Our main events programme includes talks, panels, films and workshops open to all. Participant numbers are kept intentionally small and significant time is allocated for discussion, either guided or informal. Food is an important component of our evening events, which usually include a break for a one-pot vegan supper that we eat together.

Rewild the Rich! How to Take Back our Countryside with Joel Scott-Halkes

Tuesday June 18th, 6.30 for 7pm

The British countryside is dying. Pollinator numbers are falling, ecosystems are collapsing and species are dying out fast. But how can this be happening in a nation of nature lovers? The answer is simple: Everyday citizens like us have lost control over the land we love.

With 50% of Britain owned by less than 1% of its population it is aristocrats, royalty, corporations and large institutions who now decide the future of our landscapes. This puts us in a truly precarious position. As we stare down the barrel of the climate and nature emergency, we find ourselves with no democratic control over our most important environmental resource: land.

In this politically and ecologically charged talk, Joel will take a deep dive into the practice of rewilding, the astonishing mismanagement of our countryside by private landowners and the ambitious but practical ways we, as citizens, can take back our land. From radically democratising the UK’s huge areas of common land to executing “citizen take overs” of the UK’s big institutional landowners like The Church and National Trust, Joel will lay down a route map for a wilder and fairer Britain.

Midsummer Club Drinks

Thursday June 20th, 6.30pm-11pm

We can’t give you sunshine but we can give you a cocktail.

Join us for midsummer drinks at 84 Tottenham Court Road.

Bring your own bottle (our licence hasn’t come through yet)
Free Bellinis until 7.30pm
Food for sale

No booking required, but if you’d like to tell us you’re coming that would help with our planning.

Cultural Atlas of Solidarity with Vali Mahlouji

Tuesday June 25th, 6.30 for 7pm

How have artists historically come together to create new spaces of resistance and how might they inspire us today? Could the sense of international solidarity currently building around Palestine suggest a way forward?

Vali Majhouli is a curator, art historian and founder of not-for-profit platform Archeology of the Final Decade.

History for Tomorrow with Roman Krznaric

Thursday July 11th, 6.30 for 7pm

‘I walk backwards into the future with my eyes fixed on the past’ – Māori proverb

As humanity faces a future of uncertainty, we would be wise to look backwards as we seek to chart a way forwards. What can history teach us about the power of rebellion to tackle the climate and nature crisis? How might understanding the origins of capitalism spark ideas for bringing AI under control? What could we learn from eighteenth century Japan for creating regenerative economies today, or from Europe’s forgotten Islamic kingdom for nurturing cultures of tolerance?

In this talk, based around his new book History for Tomorrow: Inspiration from the Past for the Future of Humanity (and also drawing on ideas from his previous book The Good Ancestor), Roman Krznaric, social philosopher and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, will offer some fascinating insights from the last 1000 years of world history that could help us confront the most urgent challenges of the twenty-first century.

Roman will show how, time and again, societies have risen up, often against the odds, to overcome crises and fight injustices. History offers a vision of radical hope that could turn out to be our most vital tool for surviving and thriving in the turbulent decades ahead.

Workshop: Everyday Democracy with Dr Sophie Scott-Brown & Pippa Evans

Saturday July 13th, 9.15am – 5pm

Democracy is the art of dealing with difference – but how often have you been stuck in a meeting, an argument, a class, a workplace where everyone just wants their way and no one is listening?

Join us for a one-off workshop which will explore how to transform conflict into social creativity. Chaired by historian and philosopher of radical democratic practice, Sophie Scott-Brown, with improvisation artist Pippa Evans, and support from Open Society Foundations, this session will provide you with a suite of techniques to build your confidence in unlocking collective energies.

Planetarity: Some Tools for Thinking About the Earth with Tim Waterman

Tuesday July 16th, 6.30 for 7pm

How can we replace the neo-liberal idea of “globalisation” with other ways of thinking about global connectedness and our place in the world?

Tim Waterman, professor of landscape at the Bartlett and author of The Landscape of Utopia, will present some new tools to help us reimagine “planetarity”: earthliness, worldliness, and globality. His talk will take in maps and Utopia, colonialism and protest, enclosure and the commons, as well as the romantic and the poetic as different ways of thinking about the planetary.

He’ll also discuss the notion of “double consciousness”, a term first used in 1903 by WEB Du Bois to describe how Black Americans were forced to see the world and themselves through the eyes of a white supremacist society. This double consciousness also applies to our contradictory experience of the natural world. Landscapes, transformed by colonialism and imperialism both past and present, are where power and financial relationships are played out on a global level. Yet at the same time they are also the setting of everyday lives and everyday experience.

Tim’s talk will offer fresh insights for anyone trying to find alternative ways of conceiving, working with, caring for and “commoning” our Earth, while grappling with the predicament of climate and nature breakdown.

Cognitive Dissonance: Living in a World of Contradictions with Sarah Stein Lubrano

Tuesday July 23rd, 6.30 for 7pm

Why do people believe false or harmful things about the political and social world, even when faced with a wealth of evidence to the contrary? Why is this kind of thinking especially prevalent in the world of politics? And what does it do to all of us, psychically, when we are structurally set up to live in a world of contradictions?

Cognitive dissonance refers to the discomfort we feel when we notice a contradiction between two or more of our beliefs or actions, even unconsciously. If you fly on planes or eat animals even when aware of the negative consequences, you have experienced dissonance firsthand. In this interactive talk and salon, researcher Dr. Sarah Stein Lubrano (University of Oxford, the Sense and Solidarity Initiative, Future Narratives Lab) will present her research on dissonance and political thought and outline how this line of research helps us understand some of the recent “bonkers”-ness of our current political moment.

She’ll share about the history of dissonance theory as it was “discovered” in an apocalyptic alien cult, the reasons dissonance is more common in political areas, and techniques that can sometimes help people navigate dissonance with greater cognitive flexibility. Together, we’ll also think about the ways that ideological beliefs and behaviours “make use” of dissonance and what this means both for trying to persuade those caught in harmful ideologies and in crafting our own political movements and messages.

Finally, there will be time not only to ask questions but to discuss, with others, the way dissonance might be at work in our own lives and movements. Come as you are, with all your contradictions and complexities!

Kairos is a not-for-profit grant-funded project and anything we take in ticket sales is solely to cover our costs. We aim to be as inclusive as possible so if you’re keen to attend an event but struggling to afford a ticket, please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do. If you’d like to help subsidise tickets for the less well-off by donating to the project, you can find out more here. Thanks so much for your support.

Please note that all attendees at our events are expected to follow club rules:
Kairos is a space for radical ideas about social and cultural change. All discussions begins with the understanding that humanity is facing an existential crisis. There is no debate about the reality of this situation.
Please no grandstanding, rank-pulling, up-staging, down-putting or mansplaining.
Mobile phones, laptops and other devices may not be used inside the club There will be no photos and/or recordings without prior agreement.
Kairos is a place for imaginative thinking. Anyone displaying a consistent lack of imagination will be asked to leave.
Please be sociable, particularly towards anyone on their own or new to Kairos.
Members must commit to developing nurturing, disseminating and enacting ideas seeded at Kairos and to supporting fellow members outside the club’s activities.
This is a vegan space.

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