With so many options of interesting events to go to as part of the Festival of Ideas programme at The Sage, Gateshead, I initially decided to choose one that would give me an insight into many of the 'thinkers' of today.
1. Alasdair Cochrane - get rid of predators
2. Tiffany Watt-Smith - get rid of the term love, and break it down into its 6 constituent parts like the ancient greeks:
Eros, or sexual passion
Philia, or deep friendship
Ludus, or playful love
Agape, or love for everyone
Pragma, or longstanding love
Philautia, or love of the self
The rationale behind this idea is that there would be more love if we accepted or recognised love in all these parts rather than focusing purely on romantic love, and the notion that if you are single, it means there is something wrong with you.
3. Tom Charlton - Books on bikes (a mobile library)
4. Alun Withey - re-introduce public humiliation as a form of punishment i.e. criminals have to make a public apology to the masses
5. Will Abberley - get rid of all rules of English spelling so that misspelled words are not frowned upon, but merely seen as a creative way of spelling a given word.
6. Naomi Paxton - give a free moon cup and training on how to use it to every female adolescent
7. Preti Taneja - ban public funding being spent on exporting Shakespeare as an English cultural icon, and allow other countries to have their own interpretation of the Shakespeare text
8. Jo Cohen - teach children manners in primary schools