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Forthcoming Talks

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar: Love Revolution: Love is the answer, what is your question?

27 May 2020

A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi's vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality. Satish is the editor emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. His most recent book is Elegant Simplicity.

Kirsty Schneeberger MBE, chief executive, Synchronicity Earth

Kirsty Schneeberger MBE, chief executive, Synchronicity Earth: The climate and biodiversity crises: two sides of the same coin

24 Jun 2020

Kirsty joined Synchronicity Earth in December 2019, having previously been head of strategic partnerships at the environmental law organisation ClientEarth. Kirsty's experience ranges from working on the Paris climate process resulting in the Paris Agreement, coordinating environment and development stakeholder engagement for the Rio +20 summit, managing a climate portfolio at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and leading the youth engagement programme for the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change. Kirsty was called to the Bar in 2015, is the Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association, and a Trustee of the Environmental Law Foundation. She was honoured as an MBE in 2010 for her service to environmental conservation.

Richard Dunne, educationalist... and an environmental campaigner

Richard Dunne, educationalist... and an environmental campaigner: How can Nature's principles of Harmony guide and inform a new way of learning to live?

29 Jul 2020

Richard Dunne is the educational lead for the Harmony Project, which is promoting a new way of looking at and learning about the world guided by Nature's principles of Harmony. The work of Harmony is being developed and applied in education, health and business. It aims to help people to see and understand the world from a different perspective and to develop sustainable practices that replicate the way Nature's principles of Harmony work.

Dr Mark Williamson, co-founder and director, Action for Happiness

Dr Mark Williamson, co-founder and director, Action for Happiness: From Me to We to Society

30 Sep 2020

Mark Williamson is co-founder and director of Action for Happiness and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the whole organisation. He has taken Action for Happiness from a concept on paper to a mass participation movement with hundreds of thousands of members and a wide range of activities. Mark has a long-standing interest in happiness and well-being and is passionate about creating a more balanced, collaborative society that focuses less on consumption and material wealth and more on helping people and communities thrive.

Tom Hodgkinson, founder The Idler

Tom Hodgkinson, founder The Idler: How idleness leads to wellness: the intimate connection between fulfilment and doing nothing.

25 Nov 2020

Tom founded the Idler in 1993 and went on to join the Guardian newspaper in 1995 as a columnist and head of editorial development. He and partner Gavin Pretor-Pinney then quit to set up a creative consultancy and undertook editorial and advertising projects. In 2002 Tom left the commercial world and retired to a farmhouse on the coast of North Devon to write books. His first book How to be Idle was a global best-seller and was followed by How to be Free, The Idle Parent and Brave Old World. He has also co-written The Book of Idle Pleasures (with Dan Kieran, later to launch crowdfunding publishing platform Unbound) and The Ukulele Handbook (with Gavin Pretor-Pinney). In 2014 Tom returned to London to launch develop the Idler Academy both in the real world and online.


Resurgence Talks 2021

Julia Hobsbawm OBE, Author of The Simplicity Principle

Julia Hobsbawm OBE, Author of The Simplicity Principle: Reclaiming Simplicity in a Complex World

31 Mar 2021

Julia Hobsbawm OBE is an acclaimed entrepreneur and author who put the concept of Social Health - connected behaviour as a form of wellbeing and productivity - on to the map. She has addressed global audiences on the subject from major corporations in the UK, US, Europe and Asia to institutions from the OECD, to talking directly to the World Health Organisation about changing their definition of health to accommodate Social Health. She is a columnist for Strategy + Business magazine, editor-at-large for Arianna Huffington's wellbeing portal Thrive Global and a contributor to The British Academy's Future of the Corporation project.


Previous Talks

Satish Kumar: Soil, Soul, Society

29 Mar 2017

Satish Kumar: A former Jain monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years. He is Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine. Prior to this he was the editor-in-chief of the publication for over 40 years. Satish is the founder of Schumacher College and the Small School, Devon. His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies.

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper: What's Really Happening To Our Planet?

26 Apr 2017

Tony Juniper: Tony is a campaigner, writer, sustainability adviser and a well-known British environmentalist. He works as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit, having previously worked as a Special Adviser with the Prince's Rainforests Projects. A former chief executive of Friends of the Earth he is President of The Wildlife Trusts and a trustee of The Resurgence Trust.

Jonathan Bartley: The End of Neoliberalism: Why the Left Must Claim the Future

31 May 2017

Jonathan Bartley: Jonathan is co-leader of the Green Party. Jonathan is frequently seen and heard on national radio and television on programmes including BBC1's Big Questions, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show. He writes for The Guardian's Comment is Free and is a regular newspaper reviewer for BBC Radio London. He has also written for the Times, The Independent and The Telegraph and was a regular contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day.


Craig Bennett: What Options for the Environment Post Brexit?

28 Jun 2017

Craig Bennett: Craig, as chief executive of Friends of the Earth, led the green NGO in a bold campaign to stay in the European Union because membership was good for the UK's environment. Now, with so much political uncertainty, what next for our environment in a post-Brexit future? Craig will deliver an engaging essay centring on why any form of Brexit - from soft to hard, or scrambled - can't be allowed to make us the 'dirty man of Europe again', and what needs to happen to make protections for the environment as strong as possible.


Sir Anthony Seldon: Mindfulness for Happiness

26 Jul 2017

Sir Anthony Seldon: Vice-Chancellor of The University of Buckingham since 2015, is a leading contemporary historian, educationalist, commentator and political author. He was head of Brighton College and of Wellington College, two of Britain's leading independent schools. He is author of over 40 books on contemporary history and was the co-founder and first director of the Centre for Contemporary British History and is co-founder of Action for Happiness.

Susan Derges: Art Inspired by Nature

27 Sep 2017

Susan Derges: Susan began her career as a painter working in London and Berlin in the 1970's and moved to Japan in 1980 where she developed the cameraless approach to photography for which she has become internationally renowned. Cycles of life, death, and change, and their relationship to physical experience are explored through visual metaphors that borrow from science, nature, psychology and art. She has recently been working on a series titled Tide Pools, which has been developed with assistance from the department of Marine biology University of Plymouth and is visiting professor of photography at the University of Plymouth.

Helen Browning: Save Our Soil

25 Oct 2017

Helen Browning: Helen farms organically in Wiltshire. Helen is Chief Executive of the Soil Association and prior to that was Director of External Affairs at the National Trust. Helen is past Chair and still a member of the Food Ethics Council. She was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to organic farming.

Dr Jeremy Leggett: The Solar Civilization, Renaissance, and New Despotism

22 Nov 2017

Dr Jeremy Leggett: Jeremy is a social entrepreneur and writer. He founded and is a director of Solarcentury, an international solar solutions company (1997 - present), and founded and is chair of SolarAid, a charity funded with 5% of Solarcentury's annual profits that builds solar lighting markets in Africa via its wholly owned retail brand SunnyMoney (2006 - present). He also chairs Carbon Tracker, a climate-and-finance think tank analysing climate risk in the capital markets. He is a historian, futurist, and author of four books on the climate-and-energy nexus.

Satish Kumar: Soil, Soul, Society

31 Jan 2018

Satish Kumar: Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist: In Soil, Soul, Society - a new trinity for our time, Satish Kumar elucidates the eastern wisdom for the west. In a nutshell, he says that catering for the natural environment (Soil), maintaining personal wellbeing (Soul) and upholding human values (Society) are the moral imperatives of our time.

Rachel Kelly

Rachel Kelly: How to Walk on Sunshine

28 Feb 2018

Rachel Kelly: writer and broadcaster. Rachel teaches participants to foster resilience and mental wellbeing by sharing her own personal experience of suffering from depression and recovering. She shares evidence-based strategies relating to both body and mind, many of which participants actually experience in the workshop. She includes aspects of mindfulness, nutrition and exercise, as well as poetry and prose as a vehicle for reflection, gratitude and strength.

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt: Re-purposing the Green Movement

28 Mar 2018

Jonathon Porritt: co-founder of Forum for the Future is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Amongst other things, he was director of Friends of the Earth (1984-1990), co-chair of the Green Party (1980-1983) and a trustee of WWF (1991-2005). He received a CBE in 2000 for services to environmental protection.

Rupert Sheldrake: Science and Spiritual Practices

25 Apr 2018

Dr Rupert Sheldrake: a biologist and author of more than 85 scientific papers and 12 books, including Science and Spiritual Practices, published in November 2017. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and of Schumacher College in Devon. His web site is here

Colin Hines

Colin Hines: The Way

30 May 2018

Colin Hines: has worked in the environmental movement for over 40 years on the issues of population, food, new technology and unemployment, nuclear proliferation, and on the adverse environmental and social effects of international trade. He believes these problems will best be solved by replacing globalisation with 'progressive protectionism' - also the title of his latest book. He is also the convenor of the Green New Deal Group. He is giving the talk in honour of Teddy Goldsmith, founder of The Ecologist, and will link it to the relevance of 'Progressive Protectionism'

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar: Elegant Simplicity

27 Jun 2018

Satish Kumar: Editor Emeritus, Resurgence & Ecologist. Modern life is often highly complicated. To live simply we need imagination and creativity. Former Jain monk and long-term peace and environmental activist, Satish Kumar will explain why economic growth based on materialism is unsustainable. In his unique and highly inspiring manner, he will provide solutions to how we can all embrace a life of elegant simplicity.

Patrick Holden

Patrick Holden: What should I eat to be sustainable and healthy?

25 Jul 2018

Patrick Holden is founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organisation working internationally to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems. Between 1995 and 2010 he was director of the Soil Association, during which time he pioneered the development of UK and international organic standards, policy incentives for organic production and the organic market. His policy advocacy is underpinned by his practical experience in agriculture on his 100 hectare holding, now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, where he produces a raw milk cheddar style cheese from his 80 native Ayrshire cows. Patrick is a frequent broadcaster and speaker, was awarded the CBE for services to organic farming in 2005 and an Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.

Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy: The Business Plan for Peace - Building a World Without War

26 Sep 2018

Scilla Elworthy has been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics. She founded Peace Direct (2002) to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas and co-founded Rising Women Rising World (2013), and FemmeQ (2016). Scilla was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003 and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Sir Richard Branson in setting up 'The Elders'. Her latest book The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War (2017) and her book Pioneering the Possible: awakened leadership for a world that works (North Atlantic Books, 2014) received critical acclaim from experts in the field. Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by over 1,130,000 people.

Sir Tim Smit

Sir Tim Smit: Creating Places of the Heart, the need for beauty to go to war on ugliness

31 Oct 2018

Sir Tim Smit is best known for his achievements in Cornwall. He 'discovered' and then restored 'The Lost Gardens of Heligan' with John Nelson, which is now one of the UK's best loved gardens. Tim is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the multi award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Since its opening in 2001, 19 million people have come to see a once sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour. Tim is also Executive Chairman for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.

Madeleine Bunting

Madeleine Bunting: The Labours of Love - the care ethic and the crisis in human sustainability

28 Nov 2018

Madeleine Bunting is the author of four books. Her most recent, Love of Country, A Hebridean Journey, published in 2016, was shortlisted for the Wainwright and the Saltire Society Prizes. In 2010 'The Plot, the story of an English Acre' won the Portico Prize and was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize. Her first novel, Island Song will be published by Granta in 2019. She was a journalist on the Guardian until 2013, and a columnist 2000-2012 winning several prizes for her work on race, identity, global development and faith. She lives in East London and is currently working on a book on care and the crisis of human sustainability, The Labours of Love which will be published by Granta in 2020. She is a regular BBC Radio contributor.

Dr Rowan Williams

Dr Rowan Williams: Educating for insight - how should we rethink education?

19 Dec 2018

Dr Rowan Williams is the former Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages.

James Thornton

James Thornton: Earth As Teacher, Earth As Client

30 Jan 2019

James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth. He is an environmental lawyer and social entrepreneur. A member of the bars of New York, California and the Supreme Court of the United States, and a solicitor of England and Wales, he moved from Wall Street law practice to create the Citizens' Enforcement Project at NRDC in New York, where he brought some 80 federal lawsuits against corporations to enforce the Clean Water Act after the Reagan Administration had stopped enforcing the law. He won these cases and embarrassed the government to start enforcing the law again. James founded ClientEarth - Europe's first public interest environmental law organisation - in 2007. Now operating globally, it uses advocacy, litigation and research to address the greatest challenges of our time - including biodiversity loss, climate change, and toxic chemicals. Its work is always built on solid law and science. He is the author of an environmental legal thriller, Immediate Harm. He is a Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett: Craftism: the art of gentle protest

27 Feb 2019

Sarah Corbett is an, author, award-winning campaigner, Lush Life columnist and founding director of the global Craftivist Collective. She will share her story of becoming a burnt out activist, finding a way to do activism as an introvert and share evidence-based strategies and stories of how she has delivered effective activism that is slow, quiet, humble, beautiful, kind and successful.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar: Caring for the Soil, Nourishing the Soul

27 Mar 2019

Satish Kumar is the Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist. A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years. Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, he walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of 'peace tea' to the leaders of the world's then four nuclear powers. In 1973 Satish settled in the UK becoming the editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held until 2016, making him the UK's longest-serving editor of the same magazine. He has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally respected ecological and educational ventures. He co-founded Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is a Visiting Fellow. His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies.

Richard Sennett

Richard Sennett: Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City • CANCELLED

24 Apr 2019

Over the course of the last five decades, Richard has written about social life in cities, changes in labour, and social theory. His books include Families Against the City, The Hidden Injuries of Class, The Fall of Public Man, Authority, The Corrosion of Character, Respect, The Culture of the New Capitalism, Together, The Craftsman, and Building and Dwelling. He has had a public career, first as founder of the New York Institute for the Humanities, then as President of the American Council on Work. For the last three decades he has served as a consultant to various bodies within the United Nations; most recently, he wrote the mission statement for Habitat III, the United Nation's environmental congress. Five years ago, he created Theatrum Mundi, a research foundation for urban culture, whose board of trustees he now chairs. Among other awards, he has received the Hegel Prize, the Spinoza Prize, an honorary doctorate from the University of Cambridge, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University. In 2018, he was awarded an OBE.

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Nic Marks

Nic Marks: Intelligent happiness - how happiness can help create a world we all want

29 May 2019 • CANCELLED

Nic is the founder and CEO of Friday. He has been working in the field of happiness, wellbeing and quality of life for over 20 years with an emphasis on measurement and how to create positive change. In 2010 Nic gave a TED talk on his previous work in public policy, which has now been watched over a million and a half times. He was named as one of the Top Ten Original Thinkers by the UK's Institute of Directors magazine and his work was also hailed as one of Forbes Magazine's Seven Most Powerful Ideas in 2011. He has been applying his creative thinking to the world of work since 2012 and Friday's launch in 2018 has been the culmination of working with over 1,000 clients on measuring and improving happiness at work.

Sian Berry

Siân Berry: Green Changes Everything

26 Jun 2019

Since 4 September 2018, she has been co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales alongside Jonathan Bartley. As well as being the author of numerous environmental books, Siân founded the Alliance against Urban 4x4s in 2003 and worked as a roads and sustainable transport campaigner for the charity Campaign for Better Transport. Since being elected to the London Assembly Siân has worked on housing issues faced by the social rent and private rental sector, focused on young people and the police as well as raising issues around equality.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar: Elegant Simplicity

24 July 2019

Satish Kumar is the Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist. A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years. Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, he walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of 'peace tea' to the leaders of the world's then four nuclear powers. In 1973 Satish settled in the UK becoming the editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he held until 2016, making him the UK's longest-serving editor of the same magazine. He has been the guiding spirit behind a number of internationally respected ecological and educational ventures. He cofounded Schumacher College in South Devon, where he is a Visiting Fellow. His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies.

Jill Purce

Jill Purce: The Healing Voice and Healing the Family and Ancestors

25 Sep 2019

Jill Purce is recognised internationally as the pioneer of the Sound Healing and Ancestral Healing movements, through her rediscovery of ancient vocal techniques, the power of group chant, and the spiritual potential of the voice as a magical instrument for healing and meditation. She gives workshops throughout the world, 'Healing Voice', teaching diverse forms of sacred chant, and especially Mongolian overtone chanting and 'Healing the Family and Ancestors', combining Family Constellations with chant and ceremony. Author of The Mystic Spiral and Overtone Chanting Meditations, she guides non-singers as much as international opera performers in their pursuit of the lost voice.

Dame Fiona Reynolds

Dame Fiona Reynolds: The Fight for Beauty - why it's more important than ever • CANCELLED

30 Oct 2019

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to the college after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012. Before the Trust, she was Director of the Women's Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987-98 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980-87. Fiona is a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, Chair of the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Cambridge University's Botanic Garden.

This talk was CANCELLED

Dieter Helm

Dieter Helm: A Green and Prosperous Land: A blueprint for rescuing the British countryside

27 Nov 2019

Dieter is an Official Fellow in Economics at New College, Oxford and Professor of Economic policy at the University of Oxford. He is Chair of the Natural Capital Committee. Dieter has recently completed the Helm Review on The Cost of Energy for the British Government. Dieter's books include: The Carbon Crunch - revised and updated edition (2015), Natural Capital - Valuing The Planet (2015), and Burn Out: the endgame for fossil fuels (2018), all published by Yale University Press. Green and Prosperous Land will be published in Spring 2019 by William Collins.

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