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Imagination and Innovation: Lord Browne in Conversation with Sir Ian Blatchford

Human ingenuity and creativity have been the driving force behind our attempts to shape the world around us. Can imagination and innovation keep us moving towards a brighter future?

In his new book 'Make, Think, Imagine'long-listed for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019John Browne argues that we need not, and must not, put the brakes on technological advances.

Today’s unprecedented pace of change may be leaving many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives but, Lord Browne argues, the same spark that triggers human innovation can also be used to counter its negative consequences.

Lord Browne joins Sir Ian Blatchford and Dr Tilly Blythcurators of The Art of Innovation exhibition, authors of the accompanying book and presenters of the brand new BBC Radio 4 series, for what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking discussion.

Together, they will explore the nature and origins of creativity and innovation, and ask if we can imagine our way through some of the biggest challenges facing societies, civilisation and the environment today.


More about the speakers

  • John Browne trained as an engineer, was CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007 and remains an influential leader in the energy business. He is Chairman of the Crick Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society, a past President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a former Chairman of Tate. He is a collector of antique books and art, and the author of four previous books, including The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business.
  • Sir Ian Blatchford is Director and Chief Executive of the Science Museum Group and Director of the Science Museum in London. Previously, Ian was Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Dr Tilly Blyth is the Head of Collections and Principal Curator at the Science Museum in London, where she is responsible for the museum’s Curatorial, Research, and Library and Archives departments.

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