Realpolitik and Bella Caledonia present ‘FED – Ideas Worth Sustaining’, a one-day program of talks, discussions, and, most importantly, ideas. FED takes its cue from July’s TEDGlobal Edinburgh conference – but while TED costs an eye-watering £3,700 to attend, FED costs a more modest fiver.

That’s an austerity-busting saving of £3,695 (!) Go here to book your place. Full programme here…

First session – IDEAS (1.30 – 3.30)

Robin McAlpine The Habit of Thinking
Lorna WaiteNonviolence and Self-Determination
Kevin WilliamsonDirect Democracy and Technology
Jim and Margaret CuthbertEconomics, Scotland and the Future

Break: 3.00 – 3.20

Second session – PRACTICE (3.20 – 4.50)  

Kevan Shaw Banning Lightbulbs, A convenient truth?
(Kevan Shaw BSc, PLDA, IALD, MSLL is the Director of Sustainability at PLDA and runs KSLD).

Tom Kane Opening Up Schools to Debates in Medical Ethics
with Medical Practitioners (Dr Tom Kane heads Prescience Communications in Edinburgh).

Elevator Pitches from the Floor – At the start of the day attendees will be asked if they have ideas or projects that they are working which they would like to discuss/present on. There will be a whiteboard for suggestions and 5-8 participants will have 2 minutes each to present to the audience.

4.50 – 5.00 Short Break

5.00- 5.40 Reflections on the day with  Kate Higgins.

5.40 – 6.30 Poetry of the Head, Heart and Hand from Elspeth Murray followed by drinks