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By Pete Lawrence, 24 November 2020 17:17
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Stephen William "Billy" Bragg (born 20 December 1957) is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes.

His music is heavily centred on bringing about change and involving the younger generation in activist causes.

"A progressive is someone who wants to see society reorganised so that everyone has access to the means by which to reach their full potential"

George Monbiot is a British writer known for his environmental and political activism. He writes a weekly column for The Guardian, and is the author of a number of books, including Captive State: The Corporate Takeover of Britain, Feral: Searching for Enchantment on the Frontiers of Rewilding and Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics in the Age of Crisis.

He is the founder of The Land is Ours, a campaign for the right of access to the countryside and its resources in the United Kingdom. As a young man, he spent six years working as an investigative journalist in West Papua, Brazil and East Africa, during which time he was shot at, shipwrecked, beaten up, stung into a poisoned coma by hornets, became lost for days in a rainforest (where he ate rats and insects to avert starvation) and was (incorrectly) pronounced clinically dead in a hospital in northern Kenya.

More recently, George has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Extinction Rebellion movement and was notably arrested during the London rebellion of October 2019.

Dr Scilla Elworthy turns vision into action: three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, with the Oxford Research Group founded in 1982.

Peace Direct goes from strength to strength under brilliant young leadership, founded by Scilla in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace-builders in conflict areas.

Scilla was adviser to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’, and was Awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003. Today her full attention is on developing Business Plan for Peace.

Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on exploring the economic mindset needed to address the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges, and is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries.

She is a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Her internationally acclaimed framework of Doughnut Economics has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists.

She has written extensively for media including The Guardian, The New Statesman, Newsweek.com, and Wired.com, and has contributed to many radio programmes including for BBC Radio 4, The World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as television including CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC. The Guardian has named her as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation”.

Jason Hine is an earth based facilitator, deep ecologist, gardener, ceremonialist and coach residing in Greece and the South West of England who helps people to connect with their mythic self and the sentient dreaming intelligence of the earth to find vision, overcome obstacles, build eco-communities and resolve inner and outer conflicts.

"My vision is flexible, open, inclusive and open to change, synergy and collaboration...

"What I'm feeling at present is to create to co-create: Housing co-operatives Ecovillages and ecovillage networks where we look towards methods of food production, technologies of reunion, wildcrafting, organizational change, local, national and global economy and currency redesign, dance, myth, mutualistic ways of doing business, forest gardening, boat building, development of new systems of governance, ceremony, conflict resolution, connection with the earth, eco-building, gardening and all the other things that we need to shift to an ancient future presence on earth and it can happen in a magical abundant supportive fruitful place..."

Lucy is a coach, educator, mentor, and therapist who lives in Devon. She is drawn to narratives and to the sensory, sensual natural world: creating and extrapolating stories from places, events, people and objects; locating adventure in the everyday and the ordinary.

As a creative practitioner she works with poets and poetry, fiction, community radio, sensory arts and crafts, movement and theatre, foraging, and textiles.

Charles is an American public speaker. His work covers a wide range of topics, including civilisation, consciousness, politics, economics, spirituality and the ecology movement.

Much of his work draws on ideas from Eastern philosophy and the spiritual teachings of various indigenous peoples. Eisenstein was involved in the Occupy and New Economy movements, and his work has also been popular with countercultural and New Age audiences.

He is the author of The Ascent of Humanity, Sacred Economics, The More Beautiful World our Hearts know is possible, Climate – A New Story.

Clare is an Earth loving social entrepreneur and inspirational speaker who worked internationally for 18 years facilitating groups, coaching business leaders and creating behaviour change processes within the personal growth sector.

Clare is leading the campaign, but TreeSisters at all levels is jointly held and developed within the circle of core team members. Her primary work is in the creation of processes, tools, courses, and messaging that can access the nature connected essence of woman and activate new forms of leadership.

"If I can grow from a socially inept, shame and fear based introvert into the founder of a global grassroots women’s reforestation movement, then frankly anything is possible! The world needs more women in their power and this course is designed to support that reality."

He co-founded the web magazine, Reality Sandwich, and Evolver.net, and edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, with North Atlantic Books. He is the founder of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture, which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki.

His essays and articles have appeared in a vast range of publications, including The New York Times, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and ArtForum, and he has been a columnist for Dazed & Confused.

His seminal book ‘How Soon Is Now’ is a song of redemption for a world torn apart by the monsters of our own creation.

We've dreamed a world that is consuming itself into extinction. Pinchbeck offers us a new dream and in doing so takes us on a powerful, magical voyage into balance and sanity.

English musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his pioneering work in ambient music and contributions to rock, pop and electronic music.

He was a founder member of Roxy Music in the early 70s and went on to produce Talking Heads and Coldplay, amongst many others.

He accepted an invitation to be Campfire’s first patron in 2016.

Social entrepreneur Pete Lawrence is the conceptualist and firestarter of the social network Campfire Convention, a growing community geared towards personal development and social change.

Previously he was best known as the co-founder of The Big Chill, and originator of the 'boutique' festival experience. The event quickly grew by word of mouth, building to a peak in 2005 of 35, 000. After establishing itself as one of the top half dozen UK festivals.

In the mid 80s Lawrence discovered and spontaneously recorded US folk singer Michelle Shocked on a walkman around a Texas campfire for his fledgling Cooking Vinyl label. The resulting album ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’, with its £1 ‘field recording’ budget, went on to top the independent album charts in 1987 and establish the label at the forefront of roots music scene.

Pete is also a writer, film maker, radio DJ and journalist, currently living in Paros, Greece.

David Stubbs is a journalist and author whose work covers music, TV, film, sport, comedy, and cultural commentary. He has written for, among others, NME, The Wire, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, New Humanist, Uncut, The Quietus, When Saturday Comes and The Daily Mash.

He was formerly staff writer at Melody Maker between 1987 and 1998, where he divided his time between extolling the virtues of avant-rock and electronic music and writing the comedy section, Talk Talk Talk, creating the Mr Agreeable character. He also wrote scripts for Alan Davies and Bill Bailey at this time.

He is the author of numerous books, including Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don’t Get Stockhausen (Zero, 2010), The Prince Charles Letters (Aurum, 2011) and Future Days: Krautrock And The Building Of Modern Germany (Faber, 2014). Mars By 1980, his wide-ranging study of the history of electronic music, is his latest book and is published by Faber.

David lives in London.

Founder and Owner at Spirit of the Inca, Founder at Spirit of the Inca and Founder at Shaman, Healer, Teacher of the energy medicine of the inca tradition.

She is a creator of transformational journeys inwards to self and outwards to mythic landscapes of Peru and UK

One-time Green candidate for Somerton and Frome. Theo has been a singer/ songwriter with festival folk-band Seize The Day and an activist of note. His delivered a seminal talk on ‘kindness’ at Campout 2019. He is committed to liberation on all fronts. 

Simon says "Covid19 revealed our deep solidarity and kindness. But it’s also brought into focus the inequalities, confusions and divisions which come into play whenever we try to act with common purpose. In the past these fault lines have sabotaged all attempts at lasting system change. We can now see how, in a public emergency, they could even undermine our very survival. I’ll look at what these fault lines are, how they are exploited by hostile forces, and why we can be relied on - even without manipulation - to endlessly fall out with each other.

"As children of capitalism, I think we’ve all been trained in habits of division and disconnection - in some places as oppressors and exploiters, in others as victims.

"If we want to survive and thrive through the emergencies ahead, it’s now our task to find the revolutionary habits which help us hear each other’s needs, create resilient solidarity, and pre-emptively shut down the drivers of disunity within us and around us."

Macfadyen is the former mayor of the small town of Frome in Somerset and the author of the 'Flatpack Democacry' user manual books.

Resiliance.org says "In many ways he is a legendary figure in the world of local politics in the U.K. As the story goes, a group of frustrated Frome residents were having a pint at their local pub The Griffin, grumbling about politics. An old story, perhaps. But this one ends very differently: A few years later, and they had completely taken over. Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that, but after running as independents on a platform of rejecting party politics, these political misfits won 10 of 17 town council seats and the mayorship in their first election. And the second time around, they won all 17 seats. A complete revolution."

"The group is known as the Independents of Frome, and their goal is to take back politics by bringing power back to the local level. This means rejecting everything that Westminster stands for. No more blind affiliation to parties and to partisan politics. No more inaction in the face of climate change. No more bureaucracy. No more pomp. No more business as usual."

Peter entered politics by mistake - he was involved in the Transition Towns movement which was known as 'Sustainable Frome' locally. He was frustrated that the local town council ended up in constant arguments along party political lines and facilitated a couple of key meetings, realising that there was quite an appetite for independent politics.

Julian Roger Hallam is a Welsh environmental activist, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, cooperative federation organisation Radical Routes and the political party Burning Pink.

Hallam was previously an organic farmer on a 10-acre (4-hectare) farm near Llandeilo in South Wales; he attributes the destruction of his business to a series of extreme weather events. Between at least 2017 and early 2019 he was studying for a PhD at King's College London, researching how to achieve social change through civil disobedience and radical movements.

He was a speaker at Campfire Convention's 2019 Campout in Frome, entitled 'Emergency means Prison' and detailing why "we are fucked" and what we can do about it.

Azul is a designer of soulful rituals, an eARTh artist, a sacred activist and a mentor devoted to restoring humanity back to a deep and honourable relationship with the living Earth. ​

Thomé became a passionate campaigner for environmental action when an accident whilst dancing with the Royal Opera Ballet led to spending time with the Yanomami Indians in the middle of Amazon in 1992, where he encountered the destruction of the rainforest first-hand and its disastrous consequences for the Yanomami.

From participation in the start of the Transition Movement to the London urban food growing scene, seed banks and reforestation projects, whatever Azul activates and initiates is sourced in our animate world, deep ecology, soul imagination and deep transformation.

Donnachadh is an author, broadcaster and journalist on environmental issues. He is the founder of the award winning environmental consultancy 3 Acorns Eco-audits. His home in Camberwell was London’s first carbon negative home. It has solar hot-water, solar electric, wind-turbine (useless!), rain-harvester, wood burner and solid-wall insulation. He served as a councillor in Southwark during the 1990s, stood as a Parliamentary candidate in Peckham in 2001, where he came second to Harriet Harman and was elected to be a European Parliament candidate for London. He was twice short-listed to be the party’s London Mayoral Candidate. Donnachadh resigned from the party after 12 years in 2006 after the Party President Lord Dholakia demanded his resignation from the platform at conference over his efforts to ban Lib Dem Peers from selling his services as lobbyists and threats of legal action from Charles Kennedy over his criticism of the Party Treasurer being a lobbyist for the Cayman Islands. He is currently not a member of any political party. He is the author of two books “Easy Eco-auditing” and “Saving the Planet without Costing the Earth” and has written for The Guardian, Resurgence Magazine, Permaculture Magazine and Sunday Times. He wrote the regular green column “The Home Ecologist” for The Independent.

"Nicholas Janni is quite exceptional as a man leading transformational work at this time in the world. He is simply a joy to work with - because he has developed the capacity to focus and listen so intently, and with such perception, that profound change takes place. When he works with parties in conflict, they can begin to understand the feelings of the 'other', moving from the head to the heart. He can enable shifts in the level of consciousness in an entire room. This is transformational skill at the highest and most sophisticated level." Scilla Elworthy.

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