Save the dates: 21-23 March 2015
Snape Maltings & Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Take an eclectic group of 200 inspired and inspiring people hand-picked from the worlds of business, science, media, culture, non-profit, technology and public life.  Put them together for a unique, fully immersive three-day residential festival of ideas, conversation, debate, screenings, performance, music, connections and exchange, and you have Names Not Numbers.  It’s a invigorating way of igniting fresh thinking, forging new networks and sharing enlightened ways of seeing and understanding the world. 


Who attends NNN? 
Numbers are restricted; please contact us for details on attendance criteria.

Names Not Numbers Highlights 2014

"NNN is an extraordinary achievement. No other high powered international gathering opens so many new vistas onto life's riches beyond those things one already loves -- or has the sense of creating a new extended family...NNN is really a festival of the mind". - Professor Simon May, Visiting Professor of Philosophy, King's College London

"A delightful sojourn with bright, interesting and accomplished people in a particularly lovely seaside town, but also consistently stimulating and absorbing" - Ed Victor, Chairman, Ed Victor Ltd

"It gets better and better and has become a necessity in my year" - Matt Hobbs, Managing Director, The Groucho Club

"What a triumph. What an absolute pleasure and was thrilled and exhilarated to be there. Thank you very much indeed." - Ben Elliot, Founder, Quintessentially

"It is a lovely event....very good idea to cross-pollinate in this way" - Margaret Atwood, Author

"I felt like I'd taken my brain to the Olympics" - Nihal Arthanayake, Broadcaster & DJ, BBC Radio 1 and BBC Asian Network

"I genuinely believe the positive vibe of the guests and the ability to talk freely comes from the manner of organisation - smart and organised not frantic and rigid. You are the swans of the summit world!" - Giles Gibbons, CEO and Founder, Good Business

"It was a brilliant event with many memorable and indeed extraordinary moments" - Melanie Phillips, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

"I was able to breath in enough inspiration, stimulation and experiences and generate sufficient serotonin to keep me going for another year. I will need another fix next year though" - Rear Admiral Chris Parry CBE, Security Expert and Strategic Forecaster

"It was one of the most inspiring and thought provoking events i’ve ever been to and yet so relaxed, intimate and fun" - Lisa Dwan, Writer and Actress

"What a truly engaging group of people! "the best spa-break my mind has taken in a long time. Stonkingly good. #NNN14" - Raymond Simonson, Director, JW3, Jewish Community Centre, London (eiClub member)

Photo credit: Habie Schwarz"It was an absolute triumph! Have come back energised, excited, buzzing, connected and happy" - Wendy Robbins, Executive Producer/Presenter, CTVC

"Quick note of congrats and thanks. Altogether superb" - Professor Nigel Cameron, President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

"NNN was utterly brilliant fun, you all did a fantastic job and everything went wonderfully well. Thank you so much for letting me be part of it." - Dr. Armand D'Angour, Classicist and Musician, Jesus College Oxford

"It's not often that you work on a project that feels like a privilege - and NNN was one of those. I left with my head buzzing with ideas and am looking forward to connecting with some of the interesting and creative people that I spoke to (in between all the running around). " - Juliet Simmons, NNN Producer

"A sensory tapestry" - Shyama Perera, Writer and Broadcaster

"That was a magical three days...magical light, a fantastic mix of people and amazingly flawless organisation" - Isabel Hilton, Editor, China Dialogue

"Special magic....the cranial festival that is NNN" - Stephen Barber, Group Managing Director and Group Head of Communications, Pictet & Cie

"So many acts and such delight. Everything worked. The programme delivered on all levels and that meant not only did it inform but it led to debate, passion, discussion, and laughter" - Geraldine Sharpe-Newton, President, The Media Society (eiClub member)

"It was a really terrific few days. I loved it. Met lots of people. Some great sessions and quirks" - Caroline Daniel, Editor of FT Weekend, Financial Times

"What an amazing NNN this year. Blazing sunshine, blazing ideas and a blazingly good crowd. Thank you" - Mary Ann Sieghart, Writer & Broadcaster

"A fantastic few days. Great conversations with some wonderful people" - Abby Guthkelch, Head of Digital London, Ketchum UK

" A fantastic opportunity to engage with some truly fascinating issues and people. Also personally, it was amazing to attend such an interesting few days" - Jonathan Caleb-Landy, PR Lead, Mencap (eiClub member)

"No-one wanted the event to end. I really did enjoy every minute: not only were the sessions inspirational in so many ways, but also I met some brilliant people through the day." - Sarah Peters, Radio producer

"24 hours by the sea in Aldeburgh at #NNN14. I feel renewed. Thank You" - Joy Lo Dico, Columnist, London Evening Standard; Co-founder, The Other Club

"Convivial, thought provoking and fun" - David Glick, Founder and CEO, Edge Group

" Just a fantastic #NNN14 - huge congrats to the entire EI team" - Iain Anderson, Director, Chief Corporate Counsel, Cicero Group (eiClub member)

"Wonderful NNN" - Ed Caesar, Writer

"Home after amazing 3 days of rich extraordinary experiences @names_not #NNN14" - Judy Piatkus, Owner, Judy Piatkus Enterprises Ltd (eiClub member)

"Some of the things were really interesting and i've learned a lot as well" - Emma Stark, 18, Alde Valley Sixth Form Centre, #NNN14 team helper

"Thank you again for an utterly brilliant NNN – I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed myself and my head is buzzing, a great feeling! " - Julia Gallop, Director of Operations, Roleplay UK

Previous participants include:

Historian Simon Schama, writers Neil Gaiman, and Kishwar Desai, the FT's "Mrs Moneypenny", artist Maggi Hambling, singer & campaigner Annie Lennox, actors Tom Hollander, Miriam Margolyes and Meera Syal. Economic Laureates Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen and trader-turned-economic philosopher Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Politicians Shashi Tharoor MP, Rt Hon David Davis MP, Douglas Alexander MP, foodies Camellia Panjabi and A.A. Gill. Tristram Hunt MP, Jo Johnson MP and the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Lawyers Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Shami Chakrabarti. The Astronomer Royal, Sir Martin Rees, filmmaker Molly Dineen, journalists David Aaronovitch, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Dylan Jones OBE, Ed Caesar, John GapperViv Groskop, Jon Snow, Rachel Johnson, Jenni Russell, Steve Richards, Mary Ann Sieghart and Betsy Gleick of People.

Names Not Numbers is now residential in Suffolk, specifically Snape Maltings and Aldeburgh, and enjoys the support of Suffolk Coast whose motto we highly approve of: Open Skies, Open Minds.

Click here for current confirmed participants
Click here for 2014 programme
Click here to apply to attend
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"I am only just coming back to earth. It was a fabulous weekend. I hope I get another chance to come. It's an amazing event, legendary."

Dominic Young, CEO, Copyright Hub and member, eiClub

"It was absolutely amazing and truly unlike anything- some interesting connections emerged- thanks so much for asking me - it was a real privilege."

Hannah Rothschild, film-maker

Photo credits Sonny Malhotra and Habie Schwarz

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