Philosophy Cafe Market House at Night

Kingston's annual festival of ideas, a month of discussions, activities and participative events was originally run by Kingston Council arts department and then by a consortium of participating community groups in 2011 and 2012. 

2017 - 2020

TedX Kingston upon Thames continues the Think in Kingston ethos, as do the public lectures at Kingston University, Topical Lunches at All Saints Kingston, Kingston Philosophy Cafe, and occasional talks and discussions hosted by Transition Town Kingston.

Update, 2016

If you are looking for intelligent discussion in Kingston we suggest Kingston Philosophy Cafe and/or Kingston Cafe Scientifique.

A new mixed-use development on the old Post Office site in central Kingston will go ahead, with community space in the Grade-2-listed old Post Office building and, though it will take several years for it to become available to the community, we look forward to some of the activities and discussion highlighted in the Think in Kingston festival and Kingston Philosophy Cafe, happening in this new space. There is also a new Facebook page exploring the possibility of Tedx events in Kingston/Surbiton.  

Update, June 2014

Between 2012 and 2014, the ex-Chair and ex-Secretary of the Think in Kingston consortium were delegated to meet with the Rose Theatre and Kingston University, as well as with Kathryn Woodvine, Arts Commissioning Manager for the Royal Borough of Kingston, with a view to handing over remaining Think in Kingston to a bigger, better organisation. These meetings came to nothing, so we then considered handing on our residual funds to Kingston Connections or a similar project - but in the end arrived at the conclusion that Kingston Philosophy Cafe, with its remit of providing "regular philosophy discussions and talks in Kingston, open to anyone interested in discussing a range of philosophical ideas and topics seriously and rigorously, and held in accessible and sociable spaces" was fact be the most appropriate recipient of these funds. Kingston Philosophy Cafe had looked after Think funds for a couple of years, it encourages the kind of debate that Think in Kingston was established for and would use extra funds to expand its use of visiting speakers and purchase some necessary equipment, its discussions are very wide-ranging, and participation is open to everyone.  

Past Think event organisers and those who attended Think in Kingston planning meetings were notified of this decison in June 2014; they and their members, as well as occasional visitors to this website may well find much of interest in Kingston Philosophy Cafe's monthly meetings.

Think in Kingston 2012 was on Money: Does money make the world go round? Is the love of money the root of all kinds of evil? If everyone is in debt, who's got all the money? How did we get into the current economic mess, and how do we get out of it? Can we shop our way out of recession, or are there more sustainable ways of creating jobs and keeping essential public services going? Think in Kingston spent October exploring these and many other questions on a subject that affects us all. See a review of the 2012 events and discussions.

Think in Kingston 2011, on Happiness, included a rich variety of events and discussions exploring the concepts of happiness, well-being, flourishing, contentment... See History section for more.

We don't only think in October!  See Other Events and Useful Links for year-round thought-provoking events and the groups that organise them in Kingston. 


Funded in 2011 and 2012 by The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and participating community groups




With thanks to Transition Town Kingston and to Kingston Philosophy Cafe for for acting as our fund-holders in 2011 and 2012  





 With thanks to Kingstonfirst for sponsorship in 2012

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