Four Thought - RSA

Four Thought

Public talks


RSA House, London

  • Arts and society

Join our live audience and be part of Radio 4’s exciting talks strand - Four Thought – when our speakers Mark Vernon, Rabina Khan and Colin Murray Parkes will share their latest thinking on the ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.


Radio 4 in association with RSA

The next in the series of Radio 4's exciting new talks strand – FOUR THOUGHT – takes place in the RSA's Benjamin Franklin Room on Wednesday 4 July from 6-7.30pm.

Combining two of the trademark elements of both the RSA and Radio 4 - big ideas and evocative storytelling - speakers will be invited to take to the stage ready to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society. Talks will be unscripted, thought-provoking and entertaining, with a personal dimension.

Speakers will include: Mark Vernon, writer and former priest, defines the three kinds of love necessary for wellbeing and says we should rehabilitate narcissism as a good form of self-love; Rabina Khan, author and independent local councillor, calls for a new definition of multi-culturalism that acknowledges individuals’ multiple identities and avoids simplistic labels; the psychiatrist Colin Murray Parkes draws on his understanding of bereavement and human attachment to fathom the psychology of extremism; and entrepreneur and former CEO Margaret Heffernan challenges the negative image of whistle-blowers and argues that people who dare to speak uncomfortable truths are vital to the success of businesses and other organisations.

FOUR THOUGHT will be broadcast at a later date on BBC Radio 4.

Places for this very special event are strictly limited and we anticipate extremely high demand.

Find out more about the series Four Thought and listen to past episodes on the BBC iPlayer.

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