The Neurology Of Power | Free Word

17 July 2020

Presented by:
Suzanne Alleyne


An interactive lecture from Suzanne Alleyne, looking at culture, power and the brain

In light of the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the UK, we have been revising plans for our season.

We are happy to say that this event will be transformed into online content. More information about this coming soon!


“What power have you got? Where did you get it from? How do we get rid of you? If you cannot get rid of the people who govern you, you do not live in a democratic system.” Tony Benn 

Join us for an interactive lecture and discussion on The Neurology of Power, an interdisciplinary project by Suzanne Alleyne.

The lecture will feature a starter’s guide to how our brains work and what is already known about how power manifests in them.

This will be followed by a discussion delving into preconceptions of how ‘success’ and ‘power’ affect our mindsets, what is happening in our brains when we acquire or lose power and what this might mean for our own power and agency. Together we will consider how neurology can help us rethink established systems of power that affect who gets to speak and be heard in society – and, by extension – the cultural industries.

17 July 2020

Suzanne Alleyne


Suzanne Alleyne

Creative Thinker and Strategist

Suzanne Alleyne is a creative thinker, researcher and strategist. Organisations she has worked with include Channel 4, Adidas, Switzerland Tourism, Barclaycard, Palace of Westminster, The Roundhouse, Wellcome Trust and The Southbank Centre. As a creative strategist she helps organisations and individuals to create organisational resilience through culture and strategy, often bringing teams together across sectors to create solutions. She is a visiting research associate and guest lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management at King’s College London, an inaugural Arts Council England Changemaker and a cultural animateur at Signifier.



There is step-free access to all areas of Free Word and a number of other facilities available to make the venue accessible.

• Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
• There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles.
• Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre and in all meeting rooms
• The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
• If you need to bring someone for assistance, please get in touch with us so we can provide a free ticket for them

Please talk to our team if you have specific access requirements.


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