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Thursday 14th November 2019 (Fortnightly Edition)

A warm Hallo from Team-ei. With the festive season right around the corner and the fate of our democracy hanging on the line with the upcoming general election, we thought we'd shine some ei light in your lives with some upbeat news.

The Afternoon After the Night Before Election Special


Veteran ei Network members will remember the Morning After the Night Before get-together which rang in the 2010 Coalition Government. Will this general election prove as seismic? Certainly people will want to talk about the results - whatever they are - so we are holding an Afternoon After The Night Before gathering at London’s Ivy Club.

All eiClub members get priority booking and to bring a guest. We have some additional tickets on a first-come-first-served basis for eiNetwork members contact Shanice

Prix Pictet: 'A Lens on Sustainability' podcast series goes live


Winner of the 2019 Prix Pictet Photography Prize Joana Choumalil at the glittering award ceremony at the V&A last night.

ei Auditorial Intelligence is delighted to announce that the first episode in our series for Prix Pictet: A lens on sustainability is available now on iTunes, Listen Here and Spotify Listen Here

Executive produced by Julia Hobsbawm and Kate Taylor the first episode explores the topic of Photography as Witness and features photographers Nadav Kander and Hannah Starkey, Photography Curator of the MET Jeff Rosenheim and Chairman of the Prix Pictet Stephen Barber.

A fascinating series to be involved in and to listen to, the next four episodes look at the themes of Displacement, Consumption, Conflict and Destruction with interviews of photographers, curators, philosophers and writers including Don McCullin, Elif Shafak, Gideon Mendel, and longstanding ei friend Professor Angie Hobbs.

The whole series can be listened to here

To discussed tailored auditorial and video content please contact Sophie


The World's Big Sleep Out – Campaign of a Generation - A message from Dame Louise Casey

eiNetwork's longstanding friend Dame Louise Casey CBE is heading this important campaign ;

"On the 7th December thousands of business leaders and change-makers will join me in sleeping out to create the world’s largest display of solidarity and support for homeless people across the globe."

The World’s Big Sleep Out is a ground-breaking international campaign founded by 2019 Pride of Britain Award winner, Josh Littlejohn MBE. The goal is to fund projects that provide help and hope and put the issue at the centre of the political spotlight globally. Tragically there are now around 5,000 people sleeping rough and over 125,000 children waking up homeless each day in temporary accommodation in the UK.

Major Sleep Outs are taking place in Trafalgar Square, Times Square and iconic venues in 50 other cities from Madrid to Mumbai. Money raised will be shared between local homelessness charities and international charities helping those who have been displaced through war, famine and poverty.

Events will feature performances from world-leading musicians and 'bedtime stories' from A-list actors including Will Smith and Dame Helen Mirren. Watch this short video to hear more:

To help with this campaign or to find out more about taking part or making a contribution, contact Sara Rees


Philosophy in Schools


On the 19th November Professor Angie Hobbs and Dr Josh Forstenzer are putting on a major philosophy in schools event at the Royal Society of Arts in London.

The event is directed at politicians, civil servants, teachers, journalists and other policy-makers and influencers. Leading academics, practitioners and distinguished guest speakers will explore the many benefits of both examined and, especially, unexamined philosophy provision in both primary and secondary education.

As well as clarity of thought and reasoning, such benefits have been proven to include improvements in literacy and numeracy, and are currently being tested in respect of imaginative creativity and empathy, resilience to various forms of indoctrination and widening access to cultural capital.

Professor Angie Hobbs - "This is a great event that will impact lives of the next generation"

Find out more here

Allyson Stewart-Allen Shares Insight to Profiting in American Business


Our eiClub member Allyson Stewart-Allen and co-author Lanie Denslow today published the 2nd Edition of their best-selling book, Working with Americans: How to build profitable business relationships.

The book highlights how to build successful and profitable business relationships in the US, illustrated by the many important lessons and insights in this essential reference guide.

Bernadine Evaristo in Conversation with Joanna Abeyie


The Media Society will be hosting a exciting event with Bernardine Evaristo on Wednesday, 4th December 2019.

Bernardine Evaristo's eighth book, Girl, Woman, Other, won the Booker Prize 2019 with Margaret Atwood, and is a Sunday Times UK bestseller. The novel explores the intersecting lives of twelve primarily black British women with a range of sexualities, cultural backgrounds and classes.

She will be in conversation with eiClub member Joanna Abeyie, journalist, broadcaster and Founder of diversity and inclusion consultancy business Blue Moon.

Members of the eiClub Network will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets. If you are interested in attending please click here.

Arts, Culture & Design

READ LONG: Gorgeous Keanu has a gorgeous girlfriend and we're all delighted!

READ SHORT: Scottish national galleries have opted out of the BP Prize in a show of aligning themselves with the climate crisis. Read more in Article here.

LISTEN: Join the podcast duo Still Processing for their examination of masculinity as mental illness in films such as Joker and Fight Club.

WATCH: Head to the Hackney Empire panto this year! Check out tickets here.

LEARN: Christmas is coming to Oxford Street on 21st November! Be there for the switch on. Details here.

EVENTS: The Fleabag hype doesn't look like it's going anywhere soon. Check here for tickets to streamings of the show.

Business & Economics

READ LONG: For healthy, happy staff, treat them like plants! Read more here.

READ SHORT: Christmas is coming! Find out how to prepare your business for winter and make the most of the season for giving! Read here.

LISTEN: Listen! Be careful with Klarna! The hidden trouble with buy now, pay later apps.

WATCH: Hear from Robert Smith, the wealthiest African American man in the USA, on how he built his success, interviewed by fellow private equity tycoon David Rubinstein.

LEARN: Tasked with the unfortunate assignment of organising the office Christmas do? Learn from dons of the art world on a holiday party that will survive the ages!

EVENTS: Free business networking - what could be better during the season of spending? Hosted by Masterclass Entrepreneurs, find out more here.

Digital & Thechnology

READ LONG: Better data makes you run faster - the science of sprinting.

READ SHORT: How using social media affects teenagers.

LISTEN: Infiltrating a 'troll farm' - online trolls, not the other kind. This podcast is eye-opening!

WATCH: The rise and fall of WeWork - a Bloomberg video.

LEARN: The TV musical lives to see another decade! In fact, TV has reinvented the musical for the digital generation. Head to the BFI for a Q&A on how and why.

EVENTS: Head to The Future of Design and Technology Summit on the 22nd of this month - tickets available here.

Politics & World Affairs

READ LONG: Read Weike Wang's The Trip - a short story in the New Yorker on a married couple's trip across China to visit the wife's family.

READ SHORT: After reading the story, catch up with Weike Wang herself and her thoughts on the story!

LISTEN: Listen to the This is Spoke podcast, conversations on hot topics with names in literature, music and the arts.

WATCH: His Dark Materials, the Phillip Pullman trilogy, has been adapted into a BBC series. Catch it here!

LEARN: Learn to make your own books! Head to Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross for their beginners book-binding workshop.

EVENTS: Head to Samsung KX for a meditation and sounds workshop - you'll float into work after this!

Science & Medicine

READ LONG: Hypnosis is being taken seriously as a health aid. Read more here.

READ SHORT: Imagine if GPS stopped working...could you cope? Could the world?

LISTEN: Drink yourself to great health! Learn to make your own kombucha at Mercato Metropolitano this season - the perfect antidote to the impending Christmas dinner overkill!

WATCH: Watch Icarus, an Oscar-winning documentary on amateur sports doping and the Russian Olympic team. Trailer here.

LEARN: Fretting about the waste that the Christmas glut brings? Head here for a class on making your own upcycled Christmas decorations!

EVENTS: Chilly weather making your bones creak? Fix your ailments at the winter yoga retreat at Hackney City Farm! Details here.

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