Independent, free now from the constraints of office, with a wealth of experience and the ability to open doors at the highest level, The Elders are helping tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems. Brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007, The Elders use their collective experience and influence to promote peace, justice and human rights worldwide, using private advocacy and public diplomacy. They include the former holders of some of the world’s most important and demanding posts, as well as individuals with an extraordinary track record on peace-making, reconciliation and driving social change. To celebrate the group’s fifth anniversary, on Monday 2 July Intelligence Squared hosted three of the Elders on stage in London at the Barbican Centre.
Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel, whose original vision of The Elders was translated into reality by Nelson Mandela, made a special guest appearance. Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow was in the chair.