It’s unusual – and encouraging – to find your experience of someone exceed your expectations of them.
We knew even before she took the stage that Gurmehar Kaur was spunky, smart, and engaged with the world in a manner atypical of most her age.
Onstage at Algebra, though, she proved she could hold her own in the face of tough questions and provocative challenges to her worldview – a worldview that doesn’t have many answers but stays true to her beliefs about free speech, about online trolling, and above all about the necessity to make one’s voice heard above the din of collective opinion.
“Don’t you believe that in the desire to enable free speech, we give too much voice to people who may not deserve that space?,” asked someone in the audience.
Algebra, the Arts & Ideas Club brings together a fellowship of people who believe great cities are built not just on infrastructure but a life of the mind; who understand robust and liberal societies need the oxygen of great conversation and nuanced thinking.
At a time when we are increasingly surrounded by rage and noise, Algebra is a live and continuous space for people to come together for a genuine exchange of ideas and exposure to issues; where new seeds could be sparked, fresh perspectives formed, and intelligent connections made.
Algebra – the Arts and Ideas Club is designed to host almost 35 engagements over the year with topline thinkers and practitioners from almost every discipline that impacts human affairs: politics, economy, environment, spirituality, cinema, medicine, science, technology, music, media, literature, the arts, sports, people’s movements, et al.