Film of the Bristol Green Week Schumacher Lecture 2012: Moving to a zero society (more info below) Unfortunately due to technical problems we did not get John Elkingtons Talk.
Our final evening will be framed by our favourite poet, Matt Harvey, known for his great sense of humour, as frequently heard on the BBC’s Saturday Live. Our keynote speaker, John Elkington, is one of the UK’s true environmental pioneers. His new book, The Zeronauts, introduces a new breed of innovator, determined to drive to zero such problems as carbon, waste, toxics, and poverty. And two of the Zeronauts will be joining us – Felicity Hartnett, sustainability manager for the London Olympics and Michael Pawlyn, a leader in biomimicry-based architecture.
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John Elkington is best known as a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. In 2004, BusinessWeek described him as “a dean of the corporate responsibility movement for three decades”.
In 2008, The Evening Standard named John among the 1000 Most Influential People’ in London, describing him as “a true green business guru,” and as “an evangelist for corporate social and environmental responsibility long before it was fashionable.”
John founded Environmental Data Services (ENDS, 1978), the consultancy and think-tank SustainAbility (1987-2008, where he is a non-executive member of the Board) and most recently Volans, where he is Executive Chairman.
Volans launched in April 2008, and is a future-focused business working at the intersection of the sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation movements. Volans applies thought leadership and global networks across these areas to develop solutions for entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and investors.
John’s latest book, The Zeronauts was published this earlier this year.
Michael Pawlyn established Exploration in 2007 to focus exclusively on biomimicry. In 2008 the company was short-listed for the Young Architect of the Year Award and the internationally renowned Buckminster Fuller Challenge.
Prior to setting up the company Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases that included proposals for a third Biome for plants from dry tropical regions.
He has lectured widely on the subject of sustainable design in the UK and abroad and in May 2005 delivered a talk at the Royal Society of Arts with Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface. In 2007 Michael Pawlyn delivered a talk at Google’s annual Zeitgeist’ conference and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. In the same year, his book Biomimicry in Architecture was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. He is currently working on a range of biomimicry-based architectural projects and a book commissioned by TED.
Having gained her business knowledge working for Marks and Spencer and British Airways in the UK, Asia and the USA, Felicity Hartnett found her passion for corporate responsibility 10 years ago when she discovered that her focus had aligned perfectly with her interests in the social, environmental and ecomonic impacts of business that were first formed whilst studying for a Geography degree at Nottingham University.
Working for the Olympic and Paralympic Games since 2005, has allowed her to bring her personal passion for sport and sustainability together creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to inspire a generation through the delivery of a truly sustainable London 2012 Games.
Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt’s way with words as taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4′s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts (Poetry Trust) and Where Earwigs Dare (Green Books). He is married, with one wife. They have two sons.
Jonathon Porritt is Founder Director of Forum for the Future, one of the UK’s leading sustainable development charities with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world’s leading companies. He is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development.He was Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission from 2000 to 2009, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales’ Business & Sustainability Programme. In addition he is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and of Willmott Dixon Holdings, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West(1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005), and on the Board of the SW Regional Development Agency (1999-2008)
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