Male, , birthday 29th October
Joined August 2015

The biog says

"Social entrepreneur Pete Lawrence is the conceptualist and firestarter of this social network and community Campfire Convention, a concept he has been working on for the last decade and is currently launching.

Prior to that, he is probably best known as the co-founder of The Big Chill, and originator of the 'boutique' festival experience. The event quickly attracted a large number of very loyal followers, building to a peak in 2005 of 35, 000. Pete gave early exposure to such names as Lily Allen, Goldfrapp, Amy Winehouse, Gotan Project, Mr Scruff, Röyksopp, Zero 7 and Lemon Jelly. After establishing itself as one of the top half dozen UK festivals, Pete was included in Time Out’s Top 100 ‘movers and shakers’ alongside the likes of Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Madonna, Brian Paddick, Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair.

In the mid 80s Lawrence was recognised as a respected tastemaker with an unconventional flair when he 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 the world and roots music scenes.

Subsequently, Pete also became a writer, radio DJ and journalist. Through the 90s he had regular columns in Top, Update and Jockey Slut as well as founding, editing and publishing his own On magazine. Pete has arguably been one of the most influential and respected tastemakers on the electronic and downtempo scenes, and made his BBC Radio 2 debut on August Bank Holiday 2006 with a two hour chill out show. As an artist, he records under the name of Chilled By Nature, and in 2006 released his first album ‘Under One Sun’ on Big Chill Recordings, featuring a number of live guests, including The Swingle Singers, and Mozez of Zero 7 fame, who collaborated with Pete on ‘State Of Grace’.

Pete resigned as a shareholder and director of The Big Chill in early 2008, moving to the village of Braunston in Northamptonshire and has principally spent his time developing a blueprint for a social network, Campfire Convention, an evolutionary platform for creative thinkers, funded and shaped by its own members, which also stages events with community focus. Campfire is now online at and Pete is currently living in Frome, Somerset.


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Ray Lawrence, Pauline Lawrence, My children, Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Scilla Elworthy, Paul Mason, Brian Eno, Kate Raworth, Shoshana Zuboff, Roger Deakin, Stuart Maconie, Charles Eisenstein, Jason Hine, Tom Hodgkinson, Naomi Klein, E.P. Thompson, Plato, Fraser Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, Arundhati Roy, Tony Benn, Richard D.Wolff, Daniel Pinchbeck, Bill Drummond, Jonathan Pie, Derek Jarman, Monty Python, Offshore pirate radio, John Peel, Margaret Attwood, Cecil Sharp, Tom Middleton, Alan James, Greta Thunberg, Charlie Brooker, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


Campfire Convention (founder / firestarter), The Big Chill (co-founder), Cooking Vinyl (founder)


Eco Networking & sustainable living in Greece : Resources

By Pete Lawrence, 24 November 2020 8:19

Low-waste lifestyle, eco tourism, green your business, water saving, recycling and much more

Through shared research, assets, guidance and dynamic tools, Clean Blue Alliance connects islands with best practice to build a global network of plastic waste-free islands.

Located near crystal clear Aegean beaches on the Pilion mountain of mainland Greece, the Kalikalos Holistic Network offers from May through September in three nearby centres a summer program of holistic workshops, retreats, and alternative holidays along with a community-building experience patterned after the Findhorn community in northern Scotland. At these centres we demonstrate the power of authentic community as a vehicle for a new culture of cooperation, partnership and sustainability

The Living Wholeness Institute is busy with many things. We find ourselves working in places in which systems are in fundamental shift, and in collaborations with brave souls who are calling in new ways of living that sustain people and planet. Together, we are asking "What does it mean to truly transform our systems - ourselves included - so that they are deeply sustainable, at all levels?"

You need to be brave to be free, you need to be free to be content...

We are in the process of setting up eco-communities and retreat centers which will enable people to grow their own food, live on the land and also to pursue their own deepest soul calling. We are looking at sites in Greece and the Southwest of England, amongst other places, to set up ecovillages. These communities will be places where we can live with abundance, well being and joy of life as well as being a place where we can seed the transformation of our culture. These communities will be part of a larger connected network of ecovillages.

A community of conscious facilitators with a sustainable lifestyle that exists in ecological harmony with life and mother nature.

Re-Green is and EcoCulture Center and an active Permaculture farm based on a mountain countryside, aiming to actively experience the power of Green living. Re-Green is not a Hotel.

The eco lodge idea is about building an ecofriendly touristic destination on the island of Tinos, using sustainably the natural resources that surround us and creating a self-sustained system. This means using renewable energy resources and local materials, promote and produce on the plot local products, minimize waste and recycle and promote activities connected to the natural environment that surround us.

Catalyzing Communities for a Regenerative World The Global Ecovillage Network envisions a world of empowered citizens and communities, designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future, while building bridges of hope and international solidarity.

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