Sunday July 18, 2021 – La Minute Monocle
THE FASTER WAY / TYLER BURNT
I spent most of the morning preparing for the rest of the summer, as the trip to Tokyo for the Olympics is officially over. (No matter how much I miss Japan, the thought of being in a ‘bubble’ that only allowed the hotel / shuttle / venue seemed like the cruelest prison.) Suddenly there was a series of free weeks which required a certain structure.
While everything is likely to change, it now looks something like this. There will be a bit of Antiparos / Paros / Athens (more on the Greek capital in a moment) over the coming week, then a little Baltic tour with Tallinn, Pärnu, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. After a few days back at base it will be Gstaad, St Moritz and Merano (yes, yes there will be our usual summer party in Obermais) and maybe there will be a few more stops in Austria and Südtirol. By then it will be almost the end of August and hopefully the UK will have some of its major trading partners on its ‘green list’ or allow people vaccinated elsewhere to cross the border. to do business.
Now that my schedule is sorted, it’s time to take a look at your late summer plans, so please take a break from whatever else you could have prepared for your September sunny getaway and think about the following: readers in Athens starting September 23 for the sixth edition of our Quality of Life conference? Here’s why.
1. Of course you deserve a summer extension – especially if you live in Germany, Switzerland, France, or anywhere else in Europe that has been watered for the past few weeks and is only starting to show signs of a month or so. July normal. Think of the warm Athenian evenings, delicious food, and a great fun crowd.
2. If you are coming from a little further away, you could possibly pass through Zürich on the way (there is a special reduction for delegates on Swiss) and join in for a bit of pre-meeting. Or you can reverse that shot and catch the end of Art Basel.
3. Europe seems to be the only place to be in September. Besides Art Basel, there is also the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the MIPIM in Cannes, 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, the IAA in Munich and other design fairs in Helsinki and Vienna.
4. Our conference begins with a very warm welcome on the roof of the town hall and continues under perfect skies. Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis has promised us that the weather will be perfect.
5. You will follow small masterclasses on the most pressing problems in life. Swiss neurosurgeon Philippe Schucht will teach you how to make better use of your brain. London-based Greek fashion entrepreneur Maria Lemos will advise on building a better wardrobe.
6. The Benaki Museum building at Pireos 138 will serve as the backdrop for the main part of the conference. It will present more than 35 speakers and sessions, all addressing themes and trends to improve your quality of life – from urban planning to hospitality and cultural activities to architecture.
7. We bring together a Greek mini-market of the best in crafts and design from all over the country – think good sandals, tunics, jewelry and more.
8. As you are reading this on a Sunday, it makes sense to mention that one of the best editors in the world will be on stage to explain how to create better newsrooms. Emma Tucker, editor of the Sunday Times, will be in conversation with me and Andrew Tuck.
9. We want to offer a more nuanced view of the topics that fuel global discussions, which means creating a forum for thought-provoking ideas. Author Thomas Chatterton Williams will discuss the evaporation of forgiveness and consider why it is important to move forward.
10. The conference ends on a Saturday after lunch. From there, you can extend your stay at the Four Seasons Astir Palace, head to the islands, or consider finding a well-located apartment in Kolonaki.
If you would like to secure a ticket, please register here and if you have specific questions, please contact Hannah Grundy at [email protected] We look forward to welcoming you.