You're next, Hong Kong! 

We're thrilled to announce our return to Hong Kong for the another #RTBHK event!

On Tuesday, March 28, we'll be hosting 10 talks at 10 local bars in Hong Kong on everything from climate change to public health to storytelling and even beauty pageants! Our speakers this year include world-renowned professors, doctors, and business leaders, so it's sure to be an inspiring night full of learning and fun! Make sure to head to our website for more information on how you can grab tickets to each of the talks before they are gone! 

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2016 was an incredible year for Raising the Bar!

Thousands of people showed up to our talks around the world to meet like-minded individuals and learn from professors, innovators, scientists, and countless other thought leaders. Everyone at Raising the Bar would like to wish you a very sweet new year full of laughter, learning, and inspiration! We have many exciting things happening for you in 2017, so be on the lookout for more information!

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7 Days of Genius Festival

In March, we partnered with 92Y in NYC to bring you a special mini-series and celebrate the 7 Days of Genius Festival, together with 30 other cities around the world! All of the events were sold out and featured professors from Columbia, Cornell Tech, and Northwestern and more! Listen to podcasts from the event here

Barnard X Raising the Bar

Later that month, we celebrated Women's History Month at Barnard College with a special event honoring the leadership in women's education and showcasing lectures by Barnard professors! Check out a recap here

Cornell Tech X Raising the Bar

In May, we partnered with Cornell Tech for the first ever Cornell Tech X Raising the Bar event, featuring professors of Information Science. We learned how they plan to radically improve people’s lives through technology. Check out pictures from the event in our Facebook album
The event went so well, that in September, we launched a second sold out Cornell Tech mini-series! In this series, we learned about the secret underground world of bitcoins and heard about some inspiring technological innovations.

Raising the Bar Sydney

In October, we headed to the land down under to hold our second annual #RTBSYD event in partnership with the University of Sydney! The sold out event included 20 professors from the university speaking at 20 different bars on a variety of topics including everything from sexting and fitness to innovation and murder! Listen to full-length podcasts from the event here.

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Raising the Bar Melbourne

Finally, in November, we stayed in Australia and partnered with the City of Melbourne to launch the first ever #RTBMELB event! 20 professionals from all over the world, including a bestselling author, a world-renowned astronomer, and a director of a prestigious gallery came out and spoke at bars all around Melbourne. The talks were extremely fascinating, and the event featured the first ever pop-up bar in Raising the Bar history! We just released podcasts of all the talks, so make sure to listen to them here!

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Melbourne's pubs will be turned into classrooms for one night.

This Wednesday, November 23 ten of Melbourne's bars and pubs will be transformed into classrooms for a night of talks — 20 of them, to be exact, which means there are at least 20 new things for you to discuss and learn about. Raising the Bar will see academics deliver free talks around the city, bringing the concept that "good ideas are born at the bar" to life.
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Previously established a few years back by students from New York and Columbia Universities and having been hosted in Sydney twice already, this is the first year the event will come to Melbourne to showcase a range of speakers, ideas, and themes. Pick one that'll interest you, teach you something new, or get you animated, standing and gesturing dramatically with your beer glass. Read More

 
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We are living in interesting linguistic times, says Monash professor Kate Burridge, a specialist in swearing, and how languages and taboos evolve. "We hear swearing a lot more than we used to," she says from the bar of her favourite local. Later this week, she will be giving a free lecture in a CBD bar, on swearing.

It's a topic, she says, that lends itself well to a Melbourne bar. "Colloquial language has always had a very special significance in Australia, and that goes right back to ... the very earliest Australian English."Hers is just one of 20 talks this week, in an attempt at combining two things that Melbourne does well: education, and drinking.

The talks will occur across 10 city-centre bars on Wednesday night, part of a global education initiative, Raising The Bar. The event, organised by Melbourne City Council, is designed to turn the bars into pop-up learning labs, with speakers presenting their research and insights as part of the evening. Read More

Huffington Post:'Raising The Bar Brings Top Academics To Sydney Bars

Sydneysiders will soon be able to pull up a stool next to an academic for a night as a worldwide initiative, 'Raising The Bar', hits the city.

"We're coming out of our echo chamber and speaking with people outside the 'ivory tower'," Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Dieter Hochuli told the Huffington Post Australia.

"This is a great opportunity to share our passion and enthusiasm for the work that we do with the community."

This is not your usual lecture scene. On October 18, the University of Sydney will host 20 academics as they hit 20 of the city's watering holes -- from the Annandale Hotel to Redfern's Cake/Wine Bar -- to deliver 20 thought-provoking talks.

The University of Sydney has joined Raising the Bar to bring the popular worldwide initiative, previously run in New York, Hong Kong and London, to Sydneysiders.

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Raising the Bar + Cornell Tech

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I think it’s safe to say that you’re more accustomed to sitting where you are than I am to standing where I am. It’s the first talk I’ve ever given in a bar
— Professor Deborah Estrin at the beginning of her bar-talk

The talk was organized by Raising the Bar, a new initiative aiming to infuse education into cities’ popular culture by arranging “knowledge-driven events” in bars. In this case, the event was hosted by Bo’s, a New Orleans-inspired restaurant in New York’s Flatiron district. Attendees sipped Cajun-style cocktails, as they sat listening at small tables.

Estrin, a self-described “technologist: an engineer in the age of things digital” focused on the ways in which we can use “small data”—the data generated through our individual daily digital activities—to learn how our short term choices are affecting our health in the long term.

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176 Talks, 226 Speakers, 4 Continents, 2 years.

We're celebrating two years, and what a journey it has been!

We met some amazing folks along the way and were able to inspire people all over the world thanks to our awesome speakers, partners, and global teams. Over the past two years, we were thrilled to hear our speakers deliver lectures that made people think, ask questions, and engage in some amazing conversations.

Huge thanks to our community for Raising the Bar with us! We couldn't have done it without you.

Stay curious,

Your RTB Team

 


Sydney's bar scene is getting set for an academic shake up

On 20 October, Sydney’s watering holes will be transformed into classrooms for one night as 20 academics enter 20 bars to deliver 20 thought-provoking talks. The University of Sydney has joined Raising the Bar to bring the popular worldwide initiative, which has previously run in New York, Hong Kong and London, to Sydneysiders. Established in 2014, Raising the Bar began with a group of students from Columbia University and New York University who were looking to share the unique learning experience from the world’s greatest minds with the general public. The first ever Raising the Bar Sydney event aims to change the city’s popular culture to make education a key element. Read more. 

On 20 October, Sydney’s watering holes will be transformed into classrooms for one night as 20 academics enter 20 bars to deliver 20 thought-provoking talks.

The University of Sydney has joined Raising the Bar to bring the popular worldwide initiative, which has previously run in New York, Hong Kong and London, to Sydneysiders.

Established in 2014, Raising the Bar began with a group of students from Columbia University and New York University who were looking to share the unique learning experience from the world’s greatest minds with the general public. The first ever Raising the Bar Sydney event aims to change the city’s popular culture to make education a key element. Read more. 


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University academics to hold public lectures in Sydney pubs, The Australian.  

University academics to hold public lectures in Sydney pubs, The Australian.

 

Raising the Bar Sydney Written by Jennifer Jamie Irawan

Amidst the rain and mid-week blues, twenty of Australia’s brightest minds were spread across the city to light the spark of curiosity for Sydneysiders; part of a worldwide initiative to broaden the way we consume content. The pioneering efforts of Raising the Bar aims to demystify the space of the institution as being something far removed from the rest of the world. Raising the Bar is an event held on 1 night, in 20 bars, with 20 brilliant academics escaping their lecture theatres and laboratories to instead ‘raise the bar’ on educational content and make it accessible for everyone.

I started my night a world away from the humble streetscape of Regent Street, at Freda’s which was vibrant with chatter as beers began to be poured and seats were taken. The speaker at this venue, Agnieszka Tymula is a neuroeconomist and lecturer at the University of Sydney and on this occasion she discussed the surprising reasons we take risks.Looking at the trends that influence our decisions, Agnieszka brings together economics, psychology and neuroscience to build better models of decision-making.

Initiatives like Raising the Bar bring to the fore the importance of innovation and diversity within education.

“When I say I’m an economist, most people think that I study inflation, interest rates, banks, financial crisis – not at all… When an economist analyses the studies that psychologists have done aimed to measure risk taking, a red light comes up and what we see is much more than risk taking. We see optimism and things that are confounded in the tasks that psychologists use to measure adolescent behaviour.”

Agnieszka went on to discuss the difference in risk-taking behaviour between adolescents and seniors, breaking down the brain functions involved in our decision-making processes. She then opened her talk up for conversation, and it wasn’t long before the questions began to kick off.

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It is in those moments of audience engagement that the community of like-minded creatives fulfilled the Raising the Bar goal. People in the audience were given back the discretion to question, to be inspired, and to be stimulated in a non-threatening environment. They escaped the passive audience experience and scripted narratives seen in classrooms and lecture halls.

I’ve grown up seeing the value in education, understanding that it was a cornerstone in my life to be able to find my passions, interests and more importantly fuel curiosity. I began to see that curiosity is the engine of achievement.

Initiatives like Raising the Bar bring to the fore the importance of innovation and diversity within education.By reaching out to luminaires, we are given the opportunity to cultivate free-flowing knowledge and raise the bar in the things that we talk about, become passionate about, are provoked by and find ourselves engaged in.

With over 1,200 people responding to the event on Facebook and a team of 95 members of staff and students working towards the event, it was a huge success (trending above the new Star Wars trailer – yes, you heard me).

I can’t wait to see how Raising the Bar becomes bigger and better with each year.

Seat back, have a drink and let the knowledge flow through your open mind.

Raising the Bar provides all Londoners with an amazing educational opportunity as a part of which 30 world-renowned academics are coming down from their lecterns to share their knowledge in quite a daring surrounding: the city's bars.

What if we mix education with popular culture making it affordable and understandable to a wider audience? Raising the Bar unique initiative was first who came up with this simple but genius idea.

Organized by students and supported by Columbia, New York and other universities it is aimed at educating and enlightening young people and thus enriching their life, broadening their horizons, inspiring and waking up the desire for knowledge. What started in New York last year, has grown into a global initiative with a stop in London. Raising the Bar London will feature 30 amazing speakers sharing their experience and knowledge, 20 vibrant bars all around the city and a long list of vital topics to be discussed.

The list of speakers is just too good to be true. Among them are professor Aaqil Ahmed, the Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC, who will shed some light on the necessity of religious programming. Raj Persaud, a world renowned psychologist and a Consultant Psychiatrist as well as bestseller author, will talk on the psychology of success and on how to make your mind work on you to achieve any goal set avoiding mental blocks.  

With 6,000 attendees at last year's event in New York, London is ready to take up the challenge and to Raise the Bar. The initiative is probably to beat the US traffic as it is the only event in London to offer free lectures and in what a tempting way.
 

Raising the Bar Comes to Hong Kong

Education and pleasure, for many, are two words that rarely mix. Raising the Bar hopes to bridge that gap with its inaugural Asia event. 

Raising the Bar believes that education should and can happen anywhere!

A new group hopes to bring learning to the less structured bar scene.

Originally from New York City, Raising the Bar is an initiative aimed at spreading knowledge and shaking the city’s nightlife culture. In April 2014, their inaugural event featured 50 top university professors to lecture in 50 bars throughout Manhattan over the course of one night. Their event was an absolute success, with all tickets being completely sold out.

Tonight, Raising the Bar is coming to Hong Kong! 

Brought to you by a dedicated team of young professionals, Raising the Bar’s Asia debut will happen in Hong Kong at 10 different locations tonight across Central and Soho.

The goal?

To bring education out of the ivory towers and right to where you usually have your happy hour drink on an average Tuesday night.

In contrary to the traditional beliefs and notions regarding education in Hong Kong, where it is relatively formal and structured, Raising the Bar believes that education should and can happen anywhere. This means that sitting down with a group of strangers and your favourite professor at a bar, debating about topics ranging from martial arts to social architecture, could actually be one of the most enlightening experiences in Hong Kong!

Additionally, since there are many misconceptions surrounding Hong Kong nightlife and bar culture, Raising the Bar is hoping to change these views, and redefine what nightlife means to the average Hong Konger.