2015: A Passion for Reality

The London Encounter takes place on 6th June at 155 Bishopsgate (near Liverpool Street Station).
The nature of Work

An Exhibition: Drama Surrounded by Splendour: A reflection on the dignity of work through the medium of the 19th century French Realist painter, Jean-François Millet, with writings from his compatriot, the poet and essayist Charles Peguy

A Panel Discussion (11:30 a.m.):

Stefano Colli-Lanzi, CEO of GiGroup, an international group of agencies sourcing temporary employment for companies

Robert Phillips, co-founder of stategy consultancy Jericho Chambers and visiting professor at Cass Business School

Jan van Betten, the founder of Nudge, a social enterprise designed to support sustainable initiatives.

The nature of Charity

An Exhibition: considering how the virtue of charity allows the giver of charity to complete and fulfil himself, and how, through sharing our life, we find joy in the reality before us and meaning in suffering.

A Panel Discussion (2:30 p.m.):

David Livesey, Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Chair of Cambridge City Foodbank

Alessandro Mele, CEO of Cometa and Headmaster of the Oliver Twist School, Italy

Pam Orchard, CEO of Providence Row, the oldest charity serving the homeless in London

Oscar Wilde

An Exhibition: While Oscar Wilde has long been misunderstood by many who consider him simply as a champion of hedonism, this exhibition will focus on his views and experience of two mysteries at the core of our reality: beauty and sorrow.

Beats and Heartbeats: in tune with reality

A Music Event (7 p.m.)

The Irish journalist John Waters will join us in the evening. This guided listening journey will help us to discover (or rediscover) the origin of all mankind’s actions – the relationship between the desire for “everything” and what is before it: reality. The drama which begins from this relationship will be illustrated by considering a few great musicians, ordinary people who have yet been able to express this dynamic through words and music with an unimaginable, exhilarating power.

Videos 2015:

Exhibitions 2015:

“Beauty and Sorrow” – Exhibition on Oscar Wilde

The value of Charity