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The Transmission Prize

Established in 2013, Salon London’s Transmission Prize rewards writers, speakers, scientists, philosophers and activists for their ideas and the way they communicate them. 

There are more than 500 speaker opportunities each year and anyone who has been a speaker at Salon is eligible for the Transmission Prize. This includes Salon London, Salon North, Also festival, Salons for Latitude, Wilderness, Festival No. 6, Standon Calling, Harrogate International festival, Salon events with the Soho house group and any other collaborations that occur throughout the year.

Both the longlist and shortlist are selected by a panel based on the following criteria:

Originality - both the freshness of the concept and the recognition of the author as its originator.

Utility - the potential benefits to society derived from the work.

Beauty - that which sparks the imagination and speaks to the concerns of the time.

Communication - the work undertaken to get an idea in front of people.

Last year saw joint winners: Margaret Heffernan's A Bigger Prize, a call for less competition in life, and Dr Julian Baggini's philosophical unpicking of modern thoughts on food, The Virtues of the Table.

This year’s panel is chaired by entrepreneur and CEO Margaret Hefferman, science writer Dr Michael Brooks, Trading Director at Foyles Sion Hamilton, leading vocal coach and Salon London co-founder Juliet Russell and prize founder Helen Bagnall.

This year's winner, announced on 4th February, was Theodore Zeldin for The Hidden Pleasures of Life. Foyles' Sion Hamilton, one of this year's judges, said “This book is essential reading.  I am glad I read it now, but it’s one I wish I could have encountered as a teenager.  I argued with this book – I lived with it.  For me, Zeldin takes the Socratic command ‘know thyself’ and flips it – to better know oneself you must learn to know others.  And this business of learning how to listen, trying to know others, is an enriching journey that will last a lifetime.  This book offers the reader a framework, starts a conversation, in which you can think about your life.”

Zeldin, who wants to use conversation to uncover the 'dark matter' of each other's minds, plans to involve thousands of people in his conversation ‘meals’ up and down the country and even internationally in 2016. These conversation meals allow two strangers to select topics of conversation from a ‘menu’ developed specifically by Zeldin to effect social change, and The Hidden Pleasures of Life is a guide to being fully alive through actively seeking out and understanding the experiences of others.

See below for the full Transmission shortlist, which also includes Catherine Loveday, whose work explores memory and music and what this can tell us about the brain.

Plus: listen to the Transmission Prize podcasts here:

Episode One

Episode Two

 

 

 

2016 Shortlist

A Little Book of Craftivism
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Sarah Corbett
 
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The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our...
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Lewis Dartnell
 
What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from scratch? Once you've scavenged what you can, how do you begin producing the essentials? How do you grow food...
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None of the Above
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Rick Edwards
 
A pithy and succinct look at politics in the UK, this intelligent book looks at why we aren't voting, but more importantly, why we should be.
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What Nature Does for Britain
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Tony Juniper
 
From the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in...
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Tales from Concrete Jungles: Urban...
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David Lindo
 
Each of the 65 mini-chapters in this book gives the author's entertaining and sometimes controversial views on everything from birdwatching tips to hot conservation issues and why he's not a...
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You Are the Music: How Music Reveals...
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Victoria Williamson
 
A deft, unique exploration of how music makes us who we are, throughout our lives.
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