2013, new host/owner/organiser needed for Think in Kingston: the consortium of volunteers is looking for a local organisation that could take on co-ordinating and publicising this series of thought-provoking events. Ideally it would be an organisation with a venue and that already organises events for the wider community and could offer venues, so that TiK could fit into its remit and publicity at little or no cost and not much extra effort. Although we have worked to a theme for the past two years this is and interesting but not essential part of the festival of ideas, and neither is October, though it fits well into the Kingston calendar or holding all events in one month. Perhaps a series of thought-provoking events spread over a year would work just as well, providing regular tasters rather than the feast/famine model? We have talked to the University and the Rose Theatre and the Kingston Connections organisers, all of whom were positive and interested, but non-committal. Contact us using the form on the Home Page if your institution could help.


Where Kingston leads, Bristol follows! Another local festival on economics in November, featuring at least one of Think in Kingston's speakers Diane Coyle - run by the  local museum along with other events and partners.

October 2012, Think in Kingston this year on Money
Does money make the world go round? Is love of it the source of all 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 2012 explored these and many other questions on a subject that affects us all. You can read a round-up of the 2012 discussions here.

Thank you once again to the Royal Borough of Kingston for awarding us enough money to get fliers and posters printed and to Kingstonfirst for some sponsorship to help towards extra publicity and expenses.

Press release, September 2012

 August 2011: Think in Kingston is back
Think in Kingston, the annual festival of ideas is back, this year running throughout October. A rich variety of participative events and discussions in venues around Kingstonhas been put together by a voluntary collective of individuals and local groups, after a successful handover from Kingston's Arts Office, with publicity for the festival supported by the borough with a small project grant. 

This year, for the first time, the festival has a theme, happiness, an idea that can be explored from many angles and which provokes many questions. Activities will include yoga, a walk, poetry and singing, and a wide range of discussions will range over the connections between happiness (or well-being, flourishing, contentment...) and equality, peace, human rights, religion, government intervention, education… Keynote speakers include philosopher JulianBaggini, Director of Action for Happiness Mark Williamson,Charles Seafordof the new economics foundation,Bill Kerryof The Equality Trust, Stephanie Morgan from Kingston University, and pioneering local teacher Kevin Hogston [full programme in Events].

All events are open to all and free (though some may request donations to help cover their costs), and the organisers look forward to hearing the community's answers and thoughts on how to be personally happier as well as how to create a happier community and society. Think in Kingston fliers and interactive posters asking for your ideas about free things that make you happy can be found in libraries and other public spaces around Kingston .

May 2011: Grant from Kingston Council,
The Think in Kingston planning group was pleased and grateful to be granted some RBK funding to help publicise our events in October. 


Study reveals laughter really is the best medicine, BBC, 14/9/11

ONS report on the National Well-being , July 2011, The Office of National Statistics published its first report on the debate about measuring national well-being, July 2011: "People of all ages highlighted the importance of family, friends, health, financial security, equality and fairness in determining well-being.”

The Guardian asks readers "What is happiness?"

20 — 26 June 2011 A Good Week "a global celebration of all the Good that happens in the world. Over seven supercharged days, the world will come together to shine a spotlight on the people, communities and businesses making the world a healthier and happier place."

In search of domestic bliss: Meet Britain's happiest families, Independent, 28/5/11

We've never had it so good (at least compared with the neighbours), Independent, 25/5/11 
 From health and wealth to working hours, a study finds life in Britain not so bad after all. ...A survey of modern life found that people in the UK work an average of 1,646 hours a year, 93 hours less than the average for all 34 countries analysed by the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Though it fared badly for obesity, with the worst rates in Europe, Britain came fifth in terms of wealth in the Better Life Index, released yesterday, and has an above average life expectancy of 79.7 years. As for the rather more subjective measure of happiness, however, the country fell pretty much in the middle. Despite the proportion of Britons saying that they are satisfied with their lives now reading at 68 per cent, 9 per cent above the OECD average, the UK still ranked a rather middling 15th against competitors...

Discovered: the happiest man in America, New York Times, 5/3/11
For the last three years, Gallup has called 1,000 randomly selected American adults each day and asked them about their emotional status, work satisfaction, eating habits, illnesses, stress levels and other indicators of their quality of life.