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Tuesday 31 October 

8.30am for 9.00am start




Lansons is delighted to invite you to a breakfast with Theodore Zeldin, the Oxford scholar of personal ambitions. Theodore will be interviewed by Lansons Joint Managing Director and Head of Change and Employee Engagement, Scott McKenzie, and you will also have the opportunity to hear answers to your questions from this renowned philosopher, sociologist, historian and public speaker.

Demand for this event is likely to be high so we will operate a first come, first served policy on places. If you would like to join please RSVP to

Listen to the podcast from the event

Following the event, joint managing director and head of change and employee engagement Scott McKenzie, discussed some of the themes and ideas raised by Theodore, including:

  • What is happiness?
  • How can we rethink work?
  • What more can we do to listen and understand others?
  • Why businesses have a broader role to play in dealing with societal issues?
  • Mindfulness – is it useful for managing mental health?

If you are interested in the issues discussed in the podcast please contact Scott McKenzie at


More on Theodore Zeldin

After graduating from London University at the age of 17, and then from Oxford (with Firsts from both), Theodore Zeldin helped to build up St Antony’s College, Oxford as the university’s postgraduate centre for international studies, and was its Dean for thirteen years. He has been a leading expert on France since the publication of his History of French Passions, in five volumes: Ambition and Love, Intellect and Pride, Taste and Corruption, Anxiety and Hypocrisy, Politics and Anger. “The person the French appreciate most after Queen Elizabeth II is Theodore Zeldin”, wrote the economic journal Usine Nouvelle. “He understands us better than those who govern us, than our spouses, our bosses and our children”. He has been an adviser to the President of France, and was made a Commandeur de la Légion d’honneur.

His book on Happiness, his BBC lectures on Conversation, his Intimate History of Humanity focusing on personal emotions, and his Hidden Pleasures of Life: A New Way of Remembering the Past and Imagining the Future marked the expansion of his research to new possibilities in the art of living. His writings have been translated into 27 languages. He was a member of the BBC Brains Trust and was awarded a CBE.

His project on The Future of Work, initiated with support from the European Commission, inaugurated his development of a new model for business. Picked as an international thought leader by Fast Company, and as “one of Britain’s finest intellects” by Management Today, he has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, active in Oxford’s executive leadership programmes, and been made an honorary Professor of HEC, France’s top Business School. He has been invited to address and advise decision-makers in finance, law, medicine, IT, consulting, transport, manufacturing, design, arts, advertising, government, and international organisations. The Independent on Sunday named him as one of the forty world figures whose ideas could have “a lasting relevance in the new millennium“.

He is President of the Amar International Foundation for refugees, and of the Oxford Muse Foundation for the improvement of personal, professional and cultural relationships, and is co-founder of the Oxford Food Symposium encouraging the serious study of gastronomy. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and the University of Southern California, and has lectured in 15 countries.