We strive to enhance our understanding of disruption and progress by exploring fresh perspectives. And by interviewing authors who inspire us, we can share their ideas with you.
Conversations with inquiring minds
The elements behind everythingMaterial World author Ed Conway shares insights on six commodities crucial to our progress.
Exposing AI’s costsProf Kate Crawford on artificial intelligence’s environmental and social impacts.
Shakespeare: Elizabethan entrepreneurHow a book shedding new light on the life of the Bard won the ultimate non-fiction prize.
Nuts and Bolts: engineering progressHow seven small often overlooked inventions shape our lives in remarkable ways.
The future of cybersecurityVeteran data security expert Mikko Hyppönen on cyberwarfare and AI’s challenge.
Making sense of the metaverseAuthor Matthew Ball on the next-generation internet and the companies building its foundations.
Chip WarHow semiconductors bring a competitive world together.
Author interview: Closing the gapSally Magnusson interviews Mary Ann Sieghart about her argument that bias can undermine professional women.
Frames of mindViktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses the human advantage of decision making in the age of big data.
The storyteller: Tony FadellAfter his book on succeeding in tech, the man behind the iPod and Nest is investing to solve climate change.
The story of science retoldIt's wrong to credit a handful of western geniuses with revealing the secrets of the universe, according to James Poskett. The science historian introduces Alice Ross to the pioneers left out of our history books.
Pioneering potterThe V&A’s Tristram Hunt discusses how the 18th century entrepreneur crafted disruptive change.
Cogs and monstersVirtual goods and the value of digital data pose unresolved challenges to economists, investors and regulators.
An empire of addiction and painPatrick Radden Keefe discusses his book about the Sackler family’s role in the US opioid crisis.
Tribal knowledgeCompanies that hire anthropologists to get inside customers' minds would do better getting them to look at their own corporate behaviour, Gillian Tett tells Pádraig Belton.
Living for the long termAustralian philosopher Roman Krznaric talks about putting our descendants’ best interests above our own instant gratification.
Blurring the boundaries of our identityThe definition of what makes you who you are was once a simple matter. But as Tracey Follows explains to Pádraig Belton, big tech has encroached on our personal space.
Exponential change: minding the gapTech advances are outpacing older institutions’ ability to adapt, says author Azeem Azhar.
Back to earth: Rethinking international tourismTravel industry expert Emma Gregg tells Pádraig Belton why holidays have to change.
Desert Island DiscoveryCarlo Rovelli wants to reconcile us to the unstable state of the universe, as first understood on a North Sea island a century ago. Kate Clanchy asks why.
- The wealth of nations isn’t determined by economic theorists, but by practical politicians seeking quick fixes, Vince Cable tells Pádraig Belton.
- Baillie Gifford has supported literary festivals for over 10 years with a goal of helping them to flourish. This reflects the value we place on these events and the work of the fascinating authors who appear at them.
- The world isn’t short of books about The Beatles but Craig Brown, whose book won the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, tells Malcolm Borthwick why his is different.
- Maps showing the ebb and flow of globalisation give us hope for the future, Ian Goldin tells Pádraig Belton.
- Better understanding of how raw numbers reflect and obscure reality makes the world a saner place, Tim Harford tells Pádraig Belton.
- Peter Lacy claims that re-use and recycling can remodel the economy, helping people, companies and the planet itself. Erica Wagner spoke to him.
- Ever-extending lifespans bring more uncertainty as well as more leisure. Andrew Scott and Lynda Gratton tell Erica Wagner how we should be preparing for the long road ahead.
- Hallie Rubenhold reveals the hidden history of the Ripper’s victims.
- India’s growth and development has been diverted by the rise of nationalism, according to a powerful new book. Erica Wagner meets the young historian raising the alarm.
- In his book On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, Martin Rees describes ‘Space-Ship Earth’ as hurtling blindly through the void. At his home in Cambridge, he talks to Trust editor Malcolm Borthwick about why we need to think long term and globally to stay the course.
- Sarah Harper, author of How Population Change Will Transform our World, talks to Tiffany Jenkins about the challenges presented by our changing population.
- As long-term supporters of literary festivals and events, we love authors and their work because it reminds us of how we work.