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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.

  • This year's winner, announced on 22nd February, was Kate Raworth for Doughnut Economics. "The groundbreaking book hand-picks the best emergent ideas – ranging from ecological, behavioural and institutional economics to complexity thinking, and Earth-systems science – to reveal the insights of eclectic economic re-thinkers. It promises that the economic future will be fascinating, but wildly unlike the past, if people equip themselves with the mindset needed to take it on."
  • Visit the official prize website

Previous Winners

2016  The Hidden Pleasures of Life by Theodore Zeldin

2015 A Bigger Prize: When No One Wins Unless Everyone Wins by Margaret Heffernan, and The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think by Julian Baggini

2014 Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the harms of legal and illegal drugs by David Nutt

2013 Mind Over Money: The Psychology of Money and How To Use It Better by Claudia Hammond

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