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)


Jason Hine calls for earth community: co-creation starting with eco villages


Let's see what is possible when we dare to dream.

It feels like a key time for societal shift as the old order crumbles and we step forward to play our part in the dismantling of old, outmoded ways, programmes and systems whilst being aware of the sensitivities around the stewardship of new ways which are essential for our survival as supply chains break down, the nature of 'work' changes beyond recognition, jobs disappear at a rapid rate, businesses close, social contact is stifled and hope and vision for a better world is in short supply. 

Campfire writer Jason Hine is ploughing new furrows grounded in ancient wisdom. He describes himself as an "earth based facilitator and coach, ceremonialist, animistic materialist, wilderness guide". His blogging is already attracting much interest and is unique in its scope and vision.

He is putting out feelers as he looks towards a potential move to Greece as a place where "a shift to an ancient future presence on earth can happen in a magical abundant supportive fruitful place."

Jason says:

"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 can happen in a magical abundant supportive fruitful place..."

We are currently staging weekly Zoom mettings on Saturday afternoons (16:00 UK, 18:00 Greece)  - If you would like to join please register in advance here 

In this Campfire article, Hine discusses the need for magic and the major shift that is already coming: "The current set of institutions and ideas commonly encountered in mainstream culture or in alternative culture, the current conceptions that folk have about politics, about the political left and the right, about education, economics, ecology and almost anything else: I suspect all these will rapidly be changed beyond recognition

Perhaps the revelation people might yearn for to create a better day, won't emerge from the radiant flashy leader at the next "new story conference" or "embodiment conference" but from an elder sitting around a campfire in a forest, from someone working with disadvantaged youth in a street corner in the city, from a farmer, or from bestial witches skulking around graveyards with goat skulls."

Audio now available for the first Eco Networking meeting

Although many of the ideas Hine talks about and Campfire promotes are already in the ascendent, they will be new to many people in Greece and I speak from my own experience here on Paros.  There are already outposts - in Ikaria, Evia, Andros and elsewhere - and as these ideas become more commonplace and mainstream, the reaction seems to be one of excitement and anticipation, a new sense of collective consciousness and of being part of something, of building together in a flexible, open , democratic way rather than hunkering down and closing ranks. 

The time is absolutely right for this movement and the far-reaching effects of the Covid era will only serve to speed up its dissemination.

As for Paros, we are blessed to be in such surroundings and connected so closely with nature, but that doesnt mean that these ideas can't spread to all corners.

These islands are certainly magical, fruitful and blessed with abundance. There is an uplifting spirit and sense of community here despite the troubled times many are facing all over the world, which fits with Jason's clarion call for a centre where ancient future presence can play out. 

Let's see what is possible when we dare to dream.

Campfire is looking to set up a resource page around the ecovillages taking shape in Greece ... watch this space




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