Tim believes we can learn a lot from birds. Fortunately for us, he migrated west and shared his stories.Read More
Where does our food come from? Patrick believes an identity of a nation is related to its food. And that we need to reconnect to the story behind the food we eat.Read More
We've witnessed three decades of illegal oil drilling and logging in the Peruvian Amazon and Gregor is working to defend and stop these incursions on the land of indigenous communities.Read More
Companies have mission statements but often no ideas. They have headquarters but often they are like creatures with no heads. You can solve their problems by thinking for them but not like them.Read More
What would you do to protest about GM crops being planted in Britain? Just sit there? Or get on your tractor and drive to London in protest.Read More
Gransfors make one the finest forged axes in the world. It has become more than just an axe. It is an icon for quality and a belief that there is another way of making things.Read More
Play is important. Kids learn more while playing. And if kids are playing more digital games these days, then those games need to become their teachers too.Read More
Andrew Reason is reinventing the washing machine. It uses less energy, less water and costs less to run.
His machine automatically weighs the washing, then dispenses the right amount of water, detergent and fabric softener, cutting down on waste.
Kilo for kilo it uses 30% less electricity for a standard cotton wash compared to a typical A-rated European machine.Read More
Alan Moore is a future guru. He connects the dots of a true networked society. And tells us what all those dots mean.Read More
We all need to learn what to count and how to choose what number to put on the wall. If you can't measure something you can't improve it.Read More
Is it possible to change the construction industry? Is there a better way to make concrete? David has some answers (and some patents) to say that it is possible to make it a greener industry.Read More
Foraging... an ancient practice key to the survival mankind.
Through foraging Yun feels he's discovered a surprisingly simple and accessible way to connect with the environment. Essential knowledge that we all used to depend on once rekindled, can help connect us to our precious and fragile world.Read More
How and Why to Be Unreasonable
Timothy presents case studies of how to think big and test assumptions to accomplish the impossible, whether launching a #1 bestselling product, setting a world record, or changing the world.
Timothy Ferriss, nominated as one of Fast Company's 'Most Innovative Business People of 2007' is the author of the #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week bestseller, 'The 4-Hour Workweek'.
He has been featured by dozens of media, including The New York Times, The Economist, TIME, Forbes, Fortune, CNN, and CBS. He speaks six languages, runs a multinational firm from wireless locations worldwide, and has been a popular guest lecturer at Princeton University since 2003, where he presents entrepreneurship as a tool for ideal lifestyle design and world change.Read More
Andy talks through the evolution of SAS. From a group of surfers from St Agnes in Cornwall wanting to end raw sewage going out into the sea. In 1990 they evolved into "Some of the Governments most sophisticated environmental critics" (BBS News and Current Affairs) and "Britain's coolest environmental pressure group" (The Independent). SAS now has over 20 live campaigns on 5 major issues.Read More
Why invent? Art is pleasure, invention’s treasure
Trevor discusses the difficulties he had in getting my Clockwork Radio taken seriously as a product and the obstacles he faced taking it to market, illustrating the problems many inventors have in bringing their ideas to the attention of others and their attempts at commercial success.
But most of all, he encourages and inspires us to think creatively or ‘outside the box.’Read More
Everyday, everywhere, through spontaneous and planned actions, people are changing the world, together. These everyday actions come from the growing desire to do it ourselves – planting vegetables, organising a community day to get people involved in improving where we live, exposing exploitative firms, taking responsibility for our health, making cups of tea in a social centre, figuring out how to install a shower powered by the sun, making a banner, supporting strikers, pulling a prank to make someone laugh, as well as think.
A whole range of groups from the Camp for Climate Action to No Borders and Social Centres are showing how people can take back control and organise to create a more just and sustainable world.
Paul's talk is about this kind of DIY politics: a call to get involved in practical action and reflection to create more sustainable and fairer ways of living. It is based on the recent book called ‘DIY: a handbook for changing our world’ which he co-wrote with the Trapese Popular Education Collective.Read More
Tinkering. Playing. Interesting. Slow. Lessons learnt to build the Instorematic.
About a year ago Russell volunteered to build a machine thing to go in howies shop window in Carnaby Street. It took longer than they thought, but building it has taught them all sorts of interesting things about building, playfulness, slowness, making things with your friends and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. They talk about those things and others that seem related. There'll be jokes and funny videos from the internet.Read More
Embracing the beautiful meaningless.
Shameless subjectivity on how embracing the vacuity of surfing and other apparently pointless activities can inspire, create and define a boundlessly fulfilled existence.Read More
Applying Pressure – Can An Individual Change the World?
Drawing from her experience with high profile ‘Plane Stupid' and her role as a radical lobbyist and non-violent direct activist, Tamsin considers what transforms illegal action into legitimate world-changing events.
Using both historic precedent and the current environmental struggle, she suggests that at times of crisis, when governments will not act in the interest of the people, individuals must involve and empower one another to demand and live according to what is socially good. Non-violent direct action is this community's application of pressure - not to asking for a better tomorrow but creating the reality of a better today.Read More
When we focus on the 'efficient' use of materials and resources, we are burying our heads in the sand. Matt argues that we need a conscientious approach to design, so that everything we take from nature either goes back to nature (in a biological cycle) or is up-cycled into further products (the technical cycle).
There is no such thing as "waste" in this picture - only resources which we can redeploy forever. Then human consumption becomes good for the planet.Read More