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How Do We Fix Our World? Ed Miliband

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We The Curious  |  £10 / £8

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Ed Miliband makes a compelling case for fundamental change with a set of practical and transformative solutions, and offers real hope for the future.

Good news: the solutions to our problems already exist. Great news: a once-in-a-generation appetite for change means we can make them happen. The challenges we face are daunting, but Miliband shows that the scale of what is possible is far greater. We are at a rare moment in history when people everywhere see the need for big change. Meanwhile, practical and proven ways exist for tackling everything from inequality to the climate crisis – if you know where to look and have the courage to think big.

Miliband has captured imaginations with his award-winning hit podcast Reasons to be Cheerful, which discovers brilliant people all around the world who are successfully fixing problems, transforming communities and pioneering global movements. From a citizens’ assembly in Mongolia to the UK’s largest walking and cycling network in Greater Manchester, from flexible working in Finland to the campaign for the first halal Nando’s in Cardiff, Miliband draws on the most imaginative and ambitious of these ideas to provide a vision for how to remake society.

Ed Miliband discusses why the future is not yet written with Bristol Ideas director Andrew Kelly.

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Ed Miliband’s Go Big: How To Fix Our World is published by Vintage. Buy a copy from Waterstones, our bookselling partners, online or at the event.

Ed Miliband sitting on steps in front of a blue door

Ed Miliband is the MP for Doncaster North. He was Leader of the Labour Party from 2010 to 2015 and Climate Change Secretary from 2008 to 2010. In April 2020, he returned to the front bench to serve as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In October 2017, he and his co-host Geoff Lloyd launched the Reasons to be Cheerful podcast to explore the ideas, people and movements solving the biggest challenges facing society, through interviews with smart thinkers and inspiring campaigners from around the world. It has since had over 12 million downloads across a diverse listenership and was awarded Podcast of the Year by the Broadcasting Press Guild in 2018.

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Keeping Everyone Safe: NHS COVID Pass

We The Curious and Bristol Ideas want to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all. The event capacity has returned to normal and as seating will not be socially distanced, the NHS Covid Pass will be a requirement for all ticket holders over the age of 18. We reserve the right to refuse entry for people without this. Please arrive 45 minutes before the start of the event.

We will ask to see one of the following before you enter:

Proof of your double vaccination (you can do this through the NHS App, with a NHS COVID Pass letter or your vaccination card confirming your 2nd dose).


A negative lateral flow or PCR test taken 48 hours before your visit. You will need to register your lateral flow test and access the QR code on the NHS App or show other proof of the test, for example a text message from NHS.

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One free carer ticket can be provided for each paying disabled visitor, please contact us before booking to arrange.

We only refund tickets if the event is cancelled. Events start punctually and, out of consideration to other audience members and speakers, our policy is not to admit or issue refunds to latecomers. Full Terms and Conditions here.


One free carer ticket can be provided for each paying disabled visitor, please contact us before booking to arrange.

  • There are lifts to the We The Curious event space (Rosalind Franklin Room).
  • There is a hearing loop system.
  • There are accessible toilets for public use.
  • There is a fully accessible on-site car park.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are welcome.

More information about visiting We The Curious can be found here.

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