Caroline Lucas - Winning Green Hearts & MindsCaroline Lucas MP and Green Party Co-Leader will explore whether the green movement should be focused on facts that change people's minds or whether it's what people feel that matters. With reference to the EU referendum, climate change and the rise of far right populism she’ll make the case for putting winning Green hearts at the centre of politics and activism.
Bruce Parry - Tawai - his new film
BBC Tribe's Bruce Parry - New film Tawai is the word the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from peoples living lives very differently to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the the tributaries of the Amazon, Tawai is a 4 year exploration to find a deeper understanding of indigenous peoples and how their way of life can benefit those in the industrialized world - providing a powerful voice that must be heard before it is completely lost."
Polly Higgins - A law for the Earth
Lawyer for the Earth, visionary and seeder Polly Higgins invites you to expand your vision of what is possible through a law that can change everything: Ecocide law. Taking you on a journey through the halls of the International Criminal Court to the United Nations, from court-room to the worlds worst ecocides, Polly shall be sharing her story.
Craig Bennett - What is progress, how are we doing and where next?
“You can’t stop progress!” is the lazy heckle often lobbed at environmental campaigners. But what is ‘progress’ exactly? How has the concept of ‘progress’ evolved through history and what does it mean today? What should it really mean and, most importantly, how are we doing and where should we be heading? And who, then, are the real enemies of progress? Delighted to have Craig Bennett CEO of Friends of the Earth join us at Seed Festival.
Matthew Taylor - The Future of Work: why we need to take work seriously
‘I will talk about my Work Review for the Prime Minister, explain why we need as a country to commit the goal of decent and meaningful work for all, how this connects to a broader story about the quality of life and sustainability and what we need to do to make this happen’. Matthew Taylor CEO of RSA
Helen Browning 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.
Rob Hopkins - 10 years of Transition: can "engaged optimism" really change the world?Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition movement, reflects on 10 years of the Transition experiment. Illustrated with stories from around the world, he'll reflect on the power of bottom-up action, local economies, paying attention to how groups work, and of re-learning to work together. Expect inspiring tales of a future that’s already here.
Solitaire Townsend Groovy Green – going mainstream
Futerra’s Co-founder Solitaire Townsend will reveal the tools for mainstreaming green lifestyles. Drawing on marketing wisdom, Hollywood’s ‘behavioral placement’ and the neuroscience of change. Solitaire will show how traditional ‘greenie’ messages can be transformed into powerful ways to entice and inspire millions more to live happier, healthier and greener lives.
Sir Tim Smit - Transformation - it’s in our natureTim Smit is Executive Vice-Chairman, and Co-founder of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when more than 18 million people and contributed over £1.7 billion into the Cornish economy. Eden is proud of its success in changing people’s perception and demonstrates once and for all that sustainability is not about sandals and nut cutlets, it is about good business practice and the citizenship values of the future.
Scilla Elworthy. Scilla will pass on the skills that women bring to peace-building and the prevention of war. She’ll show how young women in Pakistan dissuade jihadis from becoming suicide bombers, how 12 women peace builders from all continents are pooling their experiences to support one another in Rising Women Rising World, and how you can learn and use these same skills in the family, in your community and at work. She is also featuring on Friday's Femmeq Pop up Summit.
Juliet Davenport - The Great Energy TransitionJuliet Davenport The way that we generate and use energy is going through the biggest shift in a century. Over a million UK homes now generate their own power. New technology offers the world cheap, clean and reliable energy. But are lack of political will and vested business interests holding us back?
Satish Kumar - Soil, Soul, Society (The New Trinity)
Human aspirations have often been expressed in trinities. Father, Son and Holy Spirit inspire the Christian vision. Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness focused American aspirations. Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité drove the French Revolution. Mind, Body and Spirit was at the heart of the New Age movement. Now in the age of ecology, Soil, Soul, Society is a new trinity, to inspire us to work towards a holistic world-view. Thus we can act to bring environment, spirituality and humanity together. Former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the global agenda for change for over 50 years
Molly Scott Cato - Ploughing a Lone Furrow: Farming Policy Post Brexit
In this session Molly Scott Cato MEP will draw upon findings and recommendations from two reports she commissioned to look at agriculture in the post-Brexit world. The focus is on moving towards an economy with thriving farms and rural communities that provide environmental benefits and an increased food supply.
Mac Macartney - Contemporary Indigene: re- discovering our indigeneMac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of the leadership-based social enterprise, Embercombe. In this talk Mac shares his research into the period of history that initiated the collapse of Britain, Ireland, and Europe’s indigenous spiritual tradition. He recounts the dreaming journey he undertook in the winter of 2009 walking from Malvern to the Isle of Anglesey. Delve into the memory of valleys, mountains and meadows that were once known to be sacred.
Jo Ruxton - A Plastic Ocean
Jo will outline the background of the film, , how its focus changed as she learned more about the problem and experienced it around the world during the filming. She will show us why we found ourselves so addicted to single-use plastic, the consequences of this habit and why human health is now becoming threatened by it at every stage of our lives. Most importantly she will show us exactly how we can help turn the tide on the problem and the important roles that each of us can play. For more on Plastic Ocean
Giles Hutchins - The Illusion of Separation
Visionary speaker, writer and adviser Giles Hutchins activates timeless wisdom for today, taking us on an epic journey, while exposing the delusion at the root of our planetary crises. With a holographic richness of wisdom-sources, he discloses—indeed activates—the consciousness to provoke our necessary revolution; a consciousness inspired by and in harmony with Nature that opens us up to our personal and collective quest for aliveness, purpose, love and wisdom. He is Chairman of The Future Fit Leadership Academy , blogs at www.thenatureofbusiness.org and is author of The Illusion of Separation amongst other books.
Kit Beazley - Seeds in your wallet: how money can help create a better world
Money can help good things grow. Kit Beazley, head of finance at ethical bank Triodos, will talk about how our personal banking and investment choices can help address some of society’s most pressing problems, build local communities and promote environmental, cultural and social wellbeing.
Ecosia: more than a tree planting search engine.
How do you reforest a planet where 6 million trees are cut down every day? Ecosia was born in 2009 for the very purpose of trying to show that the seemingly impossible can be possible. It all starts with a choice. Ecosia Nikki Maksimovic will be sharing a panel with activist and Digital marketer Sean Buchan.
Sean Buchan- Do Good Digital
Sean Buchan is an eco and socially motivated activist and campaigner. Starting from his bedroom a few years ago, he is now the director of a digital marketing company, Do Good Digital in Bristol, which focuses on digital campaigns for environmental or social good. Meanwhile he volunteers a day a week coordinating the largest local Green Party in the country, turning ambition into action on the ground. So far his career highlights have included cycling to Paris for COP 21 - and filming it on social media applications along the way - and providing a platform for the voice of young people during the EU Referendum through the independent campaign group We Are Europe.
Growing into Activism Engaging busy people in activism is not an easy task, particularly if they're able to distance themselves from the subject somehow; when a threat as far reaching and inclusive as Fracking came along though, things started to change. Our panel will discuss the changes seen in communities across the country where social boundaries are being crossed and unity found. On this panel we are Fracktivists Louise Somerville from Frack Free Somerset plus Frack FreeLancashire & Nanashire a Tina Louise Rothery plus 'Eco Crone' Fi Radford who is involved in East Bristol Greenpeace and Grandparents for a Safe Earth.
Lawrence Woodward - Moving Beyond the GMO Myth
New GMOs that are harder to detect, regulate and control are coming our way. We need to be aware of these and also of what they represent: an old - and failing - approach to food and farming. Beyond GM’s Lawrence Woodward argues that we need to keep saying no to GMOs, but we also need to move beyond that and say yes to agroecological approaches that can carry us forward into a sustainable food future.
Fi Radford Grey and Green: encouraging elder activism
Self-styled 'ecocrone' Fi Radford who is involved in East Bristol Greenpeace and Grandparents for a Safe Earth. The baby-boomers are the generation that 'never had it so good'. Environmentally and in many other ways the future is not looking great for our children and grandchildren, something that causes us great concern. Retired people have the time and the resources to do something about it. So what are we waiting for?! “The old, having the benefit of life experience, the time to get things done and the least to lose by sticking their necks out, are in a perfect position to serve as advocates for the larger public good … we must act as the elders of the tribe looking out for the best interests of the future and preserving the precious compact between the generations.” –Maggie Kuhn, who launched Gray Panthers
Caspar Walsh - Words from the Earth - Workshop
We are all myth makers. Nature is a mirror to the myth. A true a reflection of who you are in the world. You just need to know when, where and how to look. Come dig for the words . Write, share, listen with Casper Walsh and Words of the Earth. The Seed Festival website will publish a mix of what we create.
Mani Norland - Homeopathy – the ultimate sustainable medicine?
Homeopathy is the second largest system of medicine in the world. Used by an estimated 1 in 12 people on the planet. It comes from nature, it works in line with nature, it is safe, effective and gentle. Many of the medicines can be made from the plants growing in our own back gardens and anyone can master the basics of acute prescribing. Could it be the ultimate sustainable medicine? In this concentrated twenty-five-minute presentation Mani will share how a homeopathic plant remedy is made; it’s healing properties are understood; and how it is then prescribed. Mani Norland, Principal, The School of Homeopathy
Greening of Ourselves Jewels Wingfield joins Festival Producer Victoria Whelan on a panel with Chris Paradox to explore what needs to change internally to be the change we want to see in the world. Jewels has a long background in the environmental movement as well as relationship and self empowerment work. Victoria is an EcoArtist, Songwriter (Joyaa) and Constellation Facilitator; Chris Paradox is Life Engineer and Poet.
Karen Downes – The Flourish Initiative. Social Entrepreneur, Business Consultant and International speaker. Karen has founded and built 5 successful start up social impact businesses based on 3 key principles that enable people to flourish, business to prosper and earth to be honoured. Karen will share these 3 principles and speak about how business leaders can have a profound and positive impact on social change.
The Art of the Possible - Panel with Isabel Carlisle and Peter MacFadyen from Frome council and author of Flatpack Democracy.
We live in the de-stablised world of Trump and Brexit. Nationalism is on the rise, rigid political structures seem increasingly fragile and climate change is speeding up. At the same time there is a ferment of innovation at the grassroots as citizens demand a new voice. Participatory Democracy, the Commons, Devolution, Bioregionalism, Community Charters, the Progressive Alliance and metropolitan mayors are all part of this mix. How does it all connect up? What role can citizens play? What is really happening on the ground? This panel will talk from the frontlines about the opportunities and why hope is live and kicking.
Dr Trevor Thompson – Nature Works, Why Don’t We?
Trevor is a GP at Wellspring Healthy Living Centre in Bristol, serving the health needs of a culturally diverse inner-city community. He's Head of Teaching for Primary Care and looks after the “Whole Person Care” theme in Bristol Medical School. It isn’t false news, healthcare in the UK really is in crisis. Living systems, by contrast, work rather well. Come and discover how Nature’s design principles can transform healthcare in the direction of health and care.
Adam Alexander – The Seed DetectiveAdam Alexander is a Trustee of Garden Organic and a Seed Guardian for the Heritage Seed Library. He travels widely sourcing vegetables that are endangered due to war and changing farm practises. He shares seed from his library of some 500 varieties encouraging fellow growers to, themselves, sow, save and share.
Neil Munro - Where does Vegetable Seed come from why that’s important?
Conserving genetic diversity, seed saving, restoring older varieties and developing new open-pollinated ones. Formerly Manager of the Heritage Seed Library, Neil managed and helped to conserve a collection of 800 varieties of older and rarer vegetables varieties.
Now as Programme Manager of the Seed Sovereignty of UK & Ireland Programme, he is helping to get more organic seed produced and available for growers and gardeners. Joins speakers fromGAIA Foundation & Seed Cooperative to chew the cud on their love of Seeds
Surfdome's Adam Hall - Being ‘Green’ doesn’t cost the earth
Adam, Head of Sustainability at the SurfStitch group, the worlds largest action sport retailer, is currently in the process of ‘Greening ‘ the company. 30 tonnes of single use plastic have been eliminated from the companies operations, increasing each year. Whilst supporting The Plastic Project and #2MinuteBeachClean
Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, is an author, TV presenter and award-winning environmental campaigner running initiatives to stop plastic pollution at source. She'll be sharing her experience in running campaigns on a shoe-string and how City to Sea's #SwitchtheStick campaign successfully got all major UK retailers to switch from plastic cotton buds to paper, stopping over 150 tonnes of single-use plastic from being flushed into our rivers and seas each year.
Gus Hoyt, co-founder of #Refill Bristol will talk about how the complex issues of marine plastic pollution can be tackled through everyday behaviour. He will draw on lessons learnt as a green councillor and assistant mayor alongside the skills picked-up as a free-diver: Keep it simple and engage with everyone.
GlosCAN - Finding your focus for climate action
A workshop with Gloucestershire Climate Action Network (GlosCAN).
Climate Change is a vast and complex problem that can feel overwhelming. But urgent and sustained campaigning is desperately needed. GlosCAN is one group exploring how to mobilise people to take effective action. A panel of people involved in the group's work will offer their insights, followed by plenty of time for discussion. Themes will include motivations and preferences for action, and how we cope personally with the seriousness of the threat.
Come along to contribute your thoughts on what could be your focus for action, or just to listen and learn.
Katie Alcott FRANK Water - Getting FRANK about Water
When she was 19, Katie Alcott travelled to India where she got sick from drinking dirty water. Today she’s CEO of safe water charity, FRANK Water. Established by Katie in 2005, FRANK started life as a social enterprise, selling local bottled water and donating the profits to fund safe water projects in India. 12 yrs later, FRANK has reached 325,000 people with safe water and toilets. Here, Katie talks about the journey travelled, risks she’s taken and the decisions she’s made for people and planet.
Liz Hosken is Founding Director of The Gaia Foundation.Originally from South Africa, Liz was active from a young age in both environmental issues and the anti-apartheid movement. She was exiled to the UK and co-founded the Gaia Foundation in 1984. With over thirty years experience working for social and ecological justice with communities all around the world, Liz Hosken will explore three threads which weave through all of Gaia’s work. The principles of Earth Jurisprudence – living by the laws of Nature; Emergence – the understanding that change happens when a critical mass of individuals and communities work towards a shared vision for something new; and indigenous wisdom – how can we learn from those who have lived a more reciprocal relationship with the earth for thousands of years?
Matthew Shaw Lush networks - power of Social Media
Matthew is a Dorset based artist and musician. He works for Lush cosmetics with the envious job title 'Free Thinker'. Currently specialising in publishing and social media channels for Lush, Matt will be giving a talk and workshop exploring how the digital age can support communities, provide a platform for activism, report the unreported and share the stories, ideas and the people that inspire us.
Clive Adams - Soil Culture - an artist's perspective
Clive Adams is the founding director of the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World. CCANW recently delivered the Soil Culture programme of artist residencies, exhibitions and activities devised to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soil, making it the UK’s most significant contribution to the UN International Year of Soils 2015.
Isabella Lazlo - joining Scilla Elworthy & Karen Downes on Sunday Afternoon - Women's Reflection
As woman, mother and artist Isabella is a woman dedicated to bringing through the voice of the feminine, in service of healing and a rebalancing upon the Earth. As Editor at She Who Knows, a new and inspiring woman’s magazine, she weaves an ever expanding rich tapestry of voices from today’s leading women, the inspirational, impassioned, heart felt voices of woman who care for our earth, and serve healing and awakening consciousness in the birth of a new world.
Louise Davies - Vegan Society - Plate up for the Planet
The Vegan Society talk about the need for new thinking around food if we are to tackle climate change. They'll be previewing their new campaign, 'Plate up for the Planet', which encourages green thinkers to take the next step and change their diet. They will discuss the environmental impact of meat and dairy, and introduce a simple seven day challenge to reduce your impact on the planet.
John David - Investing for the future
John is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and is head of Rathbone Greenbank Investments, the specialist ethical and sustainable investment manager. John and his colleagues manage in excess of £900m for private clients, charities and trusts who wish to reflect their values in their investments, avoiding companies with poor ethical, social or environmental performance, and supporting those creating a more sustainable future.
Warm Blood - Stories and images of the NenetsA blizzard threatens to wipe out an entire camp. A young woman must travel through the storm to calm the raging wind, or her people will die. Will she succeed?
The Nenets are a tribe of reindeer herders, whose annual migrations across Northern Siberia, for hundreds - maybe thousands - of years, have shaped their robust and vibrant culture. Storyteller Inez Aponte will share one of their traditional tales followed by a show of images by photographer Bryan Alexander, who has been photographing Arctic peoples for nearly five decades and has lived with the Nenets for many winters documenting their way of life.
David Price, Where do your seeds come from?
80% of the organic open pollinated vegetable seed sold in the the UK is currently imported. Globally 75% of seed is sold by just 3 corporations whose other interests lie in pesticides and fertiliser. David works with the Seed Co-operative, the UK’s community owned seed company, which is growing / selling seed and building a network of small scale growers to bring control of our food system back home.
Seed Festival 2017
Seed Festival 7-9 July 2017 Planting Big Ideas! Hawkwood, nr Stroud. Musicians, Poets, Artists, Inspiring Eco Speakers, Movers and Shakers and YOU! Seed Festival inspires a more intimate and personal connection with our living world and our place within it. WIth the biggest UK Green speaker lineup that includes the voice of many Millennials, its set to be the best yet.
More about Hawkwood
Hawkwood is a Centre For Future Thinking, providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds. Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We are a place that convenes people and organisations from many disciplines in support of creative endeavour, a flourishing society and a sustainable environment. Registered charity number 311767
More about Seed Idea
Seed Ideaexists to provide inspiring and engaging service through events, design, innovation and coaching. Seed Idea projects include: concerts, festivals, videos and workshops; plus the Big Green Chair.
They are particularly inspired by people and projects that break the mould and are grounded in social and ecological values - those who are planting big ideas in the world.