FT Weekend Stage

The FT Weekend Stage will have a range of debates and panels on the wrenching issues of our age, from Brexit and the rise of robots to Lucy Kellaway’s new career in teaching. This stage is hosted by Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend

Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend

Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend


Sessions include: 

11.00am – 11.45am | Fake new, Facebook and the post post-truth era
The editors’ debate - FT Editor, Lionel Barber, the editor of UK Buzzfeed, Janine Gibson and the BBC’s Newsnight presenter Evan Davis

12.00pm – 12.45pm | What we get wrong about technology
Tim Harford, the Undercover Economist, and award-winning broadcaster and author, tells you why not to worry about humanoid robots

1.00pm – 1.45pm | Reimagining London for the 21st Century
Ben Okri recites his poem on Grenfell Tower, and Simon Kuper and Richard Rogers debate the post-Brexit future for one of the great global cities

2.00pm  – 2.45pm | Global exclusive - the FT's first live leader debate
For the first time since the FT was founded, the Editor Lionel Barber will argue over the newspaper's official line for the following Monday's edition, with senior FT writers Roula KhalafMartin Wolf, Brooke Masters and Rob Armstrong. At least one debate will be on Brexit and the UK. Prepare for fireworks!

3.00pm – 3.45pm | Ten years on from the credit crunch, have we learned anything? 
Launch of the FT Weekend's Punk Economics animated film of what went wrong. Then Gillian Tett talks to Martin Wolf, Merryn Somerset Webb, and David McWilliams of Punk Economics on whether the City is doomed to make the same mistakes all over again

4.00pm – 4.45pm | Why I gave up the nicest job in the world to be a maths teacher
Lucy Kellaway, the FT’s inimitable columnist, famed for her satire on modern corporate life, discusses with Gideon Rachman why she has left the newspaper after more than 30 years to teach maths in a challenging London secondary school

5.00pm – 5.45pm | Strong and Stable: can Britain ever be this again? 
Robert Shrimsley talks with Janan Ganesh and Mehreen Khan plus other speakers to be confirmed

6.00pm – 6.45pm | Jeremy Paxman in the firing line
The art of the interview in the post-truth age. The FT Weekend editor Alec Russell takes on Britain’s legendary political inquisitor


Speakers

It was a fantastic and memorable day - extremely civilised, inspiring and uplifting, all the speakers I listened to were terrific... I could continue for some time with my enthusiasm for the event!

Tyler Brule and Lucy Kellaway were wonderfully fun, while the panel with Martin Wolf, Merryn Somerset-Webb, Gideon Rachman
and Robert Shrimsley was fantastic.

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