with Piers Warren, James Light, Brendan Montegue, Association of Resilient Living , Hugh Rose, Dan Wiseman, Helen Iles
Join our guest speakers in our Another World Is Possible Forum and explore what a narrative shift could mean for our communities.
Helen Iles from Living in The Future
Brenden Montague the new editor of The Ecologist and Resurgence Magasine
and more TBC
Piers Warren is an author, conservationist, film-maker, activist, cook and veganic veg-grower living in Norfolk UK.
Piers is well known throughout the wildlife film-making industry as the Principal of WILDEYE – The International School of Wildlife Film-making, which he created in 1999 and has run ever since. With a strong background in biology, education and conservation, he has had a lifelong passion for wildlife films and has a wide knowledge of natural history. Wildeye Publishing have become the leading producers of instructional wildlife film-making books in the world.
Piers has written over a dozen books and hundreds of magazine articles, many focussing on organic principles and permaculture techniques, sustainabilty, veganism and green-thinking. His best-selling books are in these fields including How to Store Your Garden Produce (published by Green Books) and a co-production with his daughter, Ella Bee Glendining, The Vegan Cook & Gardener (published by Permanent Publications). He has had a passionate interest in self-sufficiency since childhood and is still based in Norfolk where he grows his own food. He is a council member of GreenSpirit.
James Light, Independent on Sunday Happy List winning film maker, uses film as a tool for change. His films tell the stories of activists, charities and ‘do good’ groups which help them grow and make a greater impact in the world.
James started filming and supporting Off Grid in 2010 after quitting his job in TV news.
He knew society needed a different story to share and, after a chance astrology reading by Jonathan Cainer, spent all his savings, bought film making equipment and set off in search of those stories.
Since then he has made hundreds of films for various charities and groups, vegan activists, homeless charities, eco projects, yoga festivals, the Kindness Offensive and the Museum of Happiness.
His films have been seen by millions of people and have helped raise millions of pounds by spreading the good news of what humanity has to offer, something the 24 hour news channels rarely does.
Along the way James has learnt the power of good conversation and how to share honestly and authentically with other people. In helping & healing others through film James found he healed himself. It has been a therapy he didn’t know he needed.
Film making has been a spiritual practice for James and in many ways has literally saved his life.
He is now in production of his first feature documentary called What’s Your Story?
This is a film about the universal quest for meaning and purpose. A journey to find oneself by finding out how other people are choosing to live.
Brendan Montague is editor of The Ecologist online and is responsible for publishing all the content on the website. Brendan’s interests include systems theory, social ecology and almost any subject featured on In Our Time. He is the founder of the Request Initiative and the author of Impact of Market Forces on Addictive Substances and Behaviours: The web of influence of addictive industries (Oxford University Press). Brendan was a committed environmentalist as soon as it became cool – writing about McDonald’s in HSM – his secondary school magazine – which was banned. He has worked for more than a decade on regional newspapers, learning the craft of journalism, before spending a few years on the nationals, publishing with The Guardian, The Independent and the Sunday Times, as well as New Internationalist, the New Statesman and Vice.com.
Association of Resilient Living
Hugh trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he learnt improvisation, physical theatre, group work, voice and public speaking amongst other disciplines. However, he left drama school with a strong sense of the vacuity of the commercial film and theatre industry, and has since focused on using theatre to bring people together and spread positive messages.
In this vein, he has written and directed a walkabout family pantomime entitled ‘Tom Ato & The Village Growing Pains’, led storytelling workshops in primary schools and home education groups, and told stories at spoken word events and in old people’s homes. Most recently he piloted a new workshop, ‘Storytelling for Change’, at Hamilton House in Bristol as part of Activate Bristol, an event comprising of a series of workshops and performances themed around the creation of a better, fairer world. He is a lover of words and people, and believes that telling stories can pave the way towards peace and unity.
He is part of the editorial and creative team for The Hedge – a magazine which aims to inspire people to reconnect with the seasons and form a closer relationship with land. An enthusiastic writer, his pen scrawls out musings on a variety of themes, from political satire to ecological activism to his inability to grow facial hair, which he has performed at a range of different gatherings and happenings.
Dan has also been one of the film makers helping to promote and document
Off Grid festivals over the last few years and itʼs a role he enjoys immensly. He
is passionate about trying to find ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Eventually heʼd love to build his own eco home.
Dan is also a director on the board of NEWBIAS CIC a Hip-Hop focused
community interest company involved in music driven youth outreach
programmes and he works pro bono on music videos for the socially conscious
British Hip-Hop artist Carpetface.
In 2014 Dan travelled to Brazil with The Exeter City Football Club and he made
a documentary of the tour. The players and Dan were all blown away by the
abject poverty but tenacity and positivity of the youngsters they met there and
as a result Dan is now a trustee of the Brazilian charity Onda Solidaria
(Childrenʼs Aid), which aims to provide opportunities for young people from
favelas via the medium of sport and in particular football.
His three children are home schooled too, so his feet barely touch the ground
but thatʼs the way he likes it. You will see Dan around the festival site. Do feel
free to say hello, heʼs very friendly but may well try to nab an interview.