Transition Town Totnes
As a Co-founder of Transition Town Totnes, the first Transition Town, and of Transition
Training, I have been involved in designing, running and evolving many of the events,
groups, and trainings that have been at the heart of the enormously successful Transition
Towns movement. I co-designed and co-facilitated the first Deep Adaptation Deep Dive in
December 2018, and am part of a group who are exploring what ‘Deep Adaptation’ means
both personally and as a society.
I am currently working with Gaia Education developing new ways of delivering regenerative
education for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and on a new project currently called
Contemplative Activism. Contemplative Activism is seeing the world as it is, and learning to
act and be when we have no ground under our feet. Before the Transition movement took
over my life I lived and worked in an eco community (and am currently again), was
Managing Director of a landscape company, a gaffer in the film industry, and taught
I am joyfully aware of the preciousness of life, my capacity for love, and my own mortality. I
am father to two lovely daughters and two equally gorgeous grandchildren.
What does Hope Look Like in 2020?
Time: 09:05 - 10:05
University of Bath
Caroline Hickman is a psychotherapist who teaches at the University of Bath & is a member of the Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA) for whom she is creating a series of podcasts on Climate Psychology & Eco-Anxiety - ‘Climate Crisis Conversations - Catastrophe or Transformation’. She is currently researching children & young people’s feelings including eco-anxiety and grief about the climate and biodiversity crisis using a psychosocial free association
methodology to uncover and explore different stories, narratives and images around
our defences against the 'difficult truth' of the climate and bio-diversity crisis, and hidden and ‘less conscious’ feelings about climate anxiety. She is passionate about getting ‘under the surface’ metaphorically and literally.
What does Hope Look Like in 2020?
Time: 09:05 - 10:05
Jonathan is the Executive Sponsor for University of Bath’s new Climate Action Framework as well as an active researcher in photonics within the Department of Physics. He did his PhD at Cape Town, and held postdoctoral positions at the École Normale Supérieure (Paris) and Southampton before moving to Bath in 1996. He is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, has published over 250 papers, and has an established track record of translating academic research into commercial value.
Time: 12:30 - 13:00
Professor Jonathan Knight
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of
University of Warwick
Manveer is a 4th year Mathematics student at the University of Warwick, having recently spent a year studying in Italy, at the University of Padua. As a student Commissioner on the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education, Manveer is working alongside fellow commissioners to plan and catalyse a sector-wide response to the climate emergency. Part-time, he interns at CDP, with the Investor Initiatives team. CDP provides a global disclosure platform for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclosure, manage and share information on their environmental performance. Manveer works on a pilot project requesting environmental disclosures from unlisted, private companies, on behalf of their lenders or private equity owners.
Manveer is aspiring towards a career that will position him to be able to support the world’s efforts to mitigate climate change and adapt to its impacts.
Update on the Climate Commission
Time: 15.00 – 15.30
Mac is an international speaker, writer, and change-maker. Mentored by indigenous people
over many years, he has acquired profound and original insights into questions
preoccupying many contemporary leaders. Mac seeks to inspire the emergence of the leader in each of us, the leader who will take courageous action for a better world. Championing A New Story of Sustainability lies at the heart of this.
Challenge and Inspiration
Time: 16.00 – 17.00
Dr Muhammad Mazhar
Nottingham Business School
Dr Muhammad Mazhar is a Senior Lecturer in Sustainability at Nottingham Business School,
Nottingham Trent University, UK. He is also the Sustainability Coordinator of the Business
School, aiming to help embed sustainability in teaching, research, operational and partnership activities. By background, he is a Civil Engineer having B.E. in Civil Engineering and MSc. in Construction Management. He holds PhD in Sustainability and Carbon Management. His PhD research was on strategic carbon management within the UK higher education sector. The main aim of the research was to explore how can universities as large organisations reduce carbon emissions from their business operations through a holistic approach. His research interest is in sustainability, energy & carbon management, education for sustainable development and low carbon smart cities. Currently, he is working on research projects on international carbon management practices in universities, organisational learning & knowledge sharing for replicating low carbon smart cities and climate change conceptualization of business students and carbon literacy training.
Carbon Literacy Training
Time: 13.00 - 17.00
Kirsti blends her experience facilitating transformative group work with her 21 years as a
sustainability practitioner in corporate and FHE sectors to offer workshops so needed at this time of climatic and ecological emergency. How do we, as sustainability practitioners, remain inspired and effective whilst truly acknowledging what we know about the state of the world? Kirsti is currently Energy Manager at UWE, leading a team of passionate energy and water professionals on a mission to reduce the university’s carbon emissions. Alongside this role, she runs Action for Sustainability Ltd, offering large group facilitation, as well as offering empowerment workshops to organisations and individuals, and training others to do this on the nine-month training programme, the Facilitator Development Adventure.
Reigniting your passion and purpose
Time: 13.00 - 16.00
Riverford Organic Farmers
Guy is an inspirational and admired figure in the world of organic farming, who still spends more time in the fields than in the boardroom. Twice awarded BBC Radio 4 Farmer of the Year, Guy is passionate about sharing the organic farming and business knowledge he has accumulated over the last three decades including the benefits he has reaped from employee ownership and why championing a more human and imaginative approach to business has been a formula for success.
As a self-confessed veg nerd, Guy has over the last 30 years taken Riverford from one man and a wheelbarrow delivering homegrown organic veg to friends, to a national veg box scheme delivering to around 50,000 customers a week.
Time: 16.00 - 17.00
Sarah Warren was appointed as Bath & North East Somerset Council’s first Cabinet member dedicated to addressing the climate emergency following the election of a new council administration in May 2019.
Since then she has worked to embed this work across all council activities, ensuring it is “front and centre” in the council’s brand new Corporate Strategy. Sarah has also worked closely with local community groups to keep them informed on what the council is doing as well as to seek out innovation and feedback. Sarah studied sustainability at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and previously worked as an NHS Information Manager.
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Bath & North East Somerset
Director of External Relations
University of York
Joan Concannon is Director of External Relations at the University of York managing a portfolio that spans key aspects of reputation and income generation including student recruitment, outreach including widening participation, and admissions in UK/EU and international markets; philanthropy and alumni engagement including oversight of the recently launched institutional philanthropy campaign, York Unlimited
She is the Chair of the University’s City and Communities Sustainability Working Group and the programme lead for Civic Engagement for the University. She is also the co-founding Director of the York Festival of Ideas, one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK which is dedicated to demonstrating the relevance and societal value of education, research and ideas to diverse audiences.
She is a board member of Make It York, the city of York's destination marketing organisation and a member of the Company of Merchant Adventurers.
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Liberation and Access Officer
University of Manchester Students' Union
Sara Khan (she/they) is the elected Liberation and Access Officer
at the University of Manchester Students’ Union, and a part-time
undergraduate student of English Literature. They are the founder
of the Decolonise UoM campaign, and are deeply passionate
about fighting for a free, liberated, accessible education for all.
They are also NEC (National Executive Council) 2 nd place for the
NUS (National Union of Students’) LGBT+ campaign, and have
been working within this role to develop resources, deliver
workshops, and deliver training to student activists, societies, and
Students’ Union staff on ‘Building Anti-Racist LGBT+ Spaces’.
Time: 9.30 – 10.30am