For four days at the end of last summer the outdoor brand Howies hosted a gathering of ‘doers’ on their campsite in Wales. A number of great speakers gave lectures, all of which are viewable and downloadable here. Among the speakers are Gavin Preator-Pinney of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Michael Braungart, originator of ‘cradle to cradle’ design, and Tevor Baylis, the inventor of the wind-up radio. Yun Hider talks about foraging, Andrew Whitley about bread. Lots of inspiring people with a real enthusiasm for their respective subjects, like a mini home-grown TED.
For my own selection here, Alistair McIntosh, author of ‘Soil and Soul’ and ‘Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition’. In his gentle talk, he calls activists to be “mindfully present to the rightness of what we are attempting”, and to be “communities not of optimism, but of hope”. It’s not an exciting talk, but he has a rare wisdom, and demonstrates that ‘patient anger’ that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago – click here to view.