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Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most

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Frankopan Hall

West Court

Jesus College, Jesus Lane

Cambridge

CB5 8BL

United Kingdom

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Steven Johnson, best-selling author of books including Wonderland, Where Good Ideas Come From, and The Ghost Map, and the host of the PBS and BBC series “How We Got To Now” and the podcast “American Innovations”, joins us for an evening talk in the Intellectual Forum, Jesus College. His writings delve into the intersection of science and technology within our lives, and have influenced everything from the way political campaigns use the Internet, to cutting-edge ideas in urban planning, to the battle against 21st-century terrorism. Steven is a regular contributor to Wired, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times

Steven was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future, and The Wall Street Journal called him “one of the most persuasive advocates for the role of collaboration in innovation.” He unites a deep understanding of scientific progress with a sharp sensitivity to contemporary online trends. Together, those traits give him an unmatched insight into how ideas emerge and spread and how they affect the world today.

In this talk, Johnson seeks to explore, if the hardest choices are also the most consequential, why do we know so little about how to get them right? In answering this, he will draw upon a number of important themes from his recent work and how we might best think about a world fraught with uncertainty, including insights from his new book, Farsighted: How We Make Decisions That Matter the Most.

How do I get to West Court, Jesus College?

The entry to West Court is directly on Jesus Lane, near to the intersection with Park Street. Please DO NOT ENTER through the main entrance to the Porters’ Lodge, known as "the Chimney”. A map is included below to assist you in finding our entrance.


What transport options do I have?

There is no on-site car parking at Jesus College for those attending our events. There is limited on-street parking outside the College and the Park Street Car Park is very close. There are also multiple Park and Ride options to the City Centre, a short walk from the College.

A regular train services runs to Cambridge from London’s Kings Cross Station, London Liverpool Street Station and many other mainline UK stations. The College is located approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometres) from the railway station. Buses run about every 10 minutes and there is a taxi rank outside the station and one here in the city centre for your return.

What time do I need to arrive?

We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before the event and doors will close at the face time on your ticket. We may not admit latecomers, especially if seating is now full or filming is taking place. Our staff will be on site to validate tickets and so it would be helpful to have either an electronic or printed form of your ticket with you. Please also bring photographic ID for validation.

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Unfortunately not everyone who receives a ticket turns up on the day and so we have to over-issue tickets to ensure a full event. We decide carefully how many tickets to issue as it is important to have a full event but the last thing we want to do is disappoint people. In order to be as fair as possible we admit ticket holders on a first come first served basis. It is helpful to us if you cannot attend that you cancel your ticket. More accurate numbers mean less overbooking in the future and reduce the risk that people with tickets will be denied entry. For some events we may be able to ticket at the door and this will be advised to the waitlist. Please join the waitlist if the event is sold out and we will let you know if this will be an option.

What can I bring with me?

There are coat hooks around our building, but there are no storage or coat minding facilities and we cannot take any responsibility for items left unattended. Mobile phones are allowed, but must be silenced or placed on airline mode during the event. Flash photography is prohibited.

What if I have access requirements?

West Court is access friendly and there are hearing loops. Please let us know about any access requirements at least three days in advance of any event via if-coordinator@jesus.cam.ac.uk. There is limited permit disabled parking, and again this must be prearranged. The building has extensive access-friendly bathroom facilities, and some limited seating in the waiting area.

Is there food or drink available?

For refreshments, our College Cafe or Bar will often be open across the courtyard selling drinks and food around our events. Details of the opening times for the cafe can be found at https://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/college/life-jesus/food-and-drink/cafe and for our bar can be found at https://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/college/life-jesus/food-and-drink/bar.

Filming, social media and data protection

The Intellectual Forum often films and live-streams its events. Notices about any filming will be placed around the venue, and if you have any concerns please contact if-coordinator@jesus.cam.ac.uk.

By signing up to attend this event, those attending give permission to the Jesus College Intellectual Forum and those authorised by Jesus College to record images and/or sound at the event by photograph and/or video/film and/or recording. A full waiver we be required in the ticketing process.

You can find information on how we manage your data at https://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/college/about-us/data-protection.

How to cancel your ticket

Many of our events are oversubscribed and we operate a wait list. In order to allow the maximum number of people to be in attendance, we ask that if you find you can no longer attend, please cancel your order. Instructions on how to cancel your ticket can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/support/articles/en_US/How_To/how-to-cancel-your-free-registration


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West Court

Jesus College, Jesus Lane

Cambridge

CB5 8BL

United Kingdom

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