2007 Speakers

Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow Chairperson, The Council of Canadians, author, and long-term activist on water, trade and justice issues - and in the womens' movement
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest citizen's advocacy organization as well as the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works to stop commodification of the world's water. She is also a Director with the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization. Maude is the recipient of numerous educational awards and has received honorary doctorates from six Canadian universities for her social justice work. In addition to being nominated for the "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005" she is a recipient of the "2005/2006 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship"and the "2005 Right Livelihood Award". She is a long-term activist on trade and justice issues and was a high-profile leader in the women's movement in Canada, later becoming Pierre Trudeau's advisor on women's issues when he was Prime Minister in 1983-84. She is the best-selling author or co-author of fifteen books. Member of the World Future Council.
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Simon Cooper
Simon Cooper CSR Specialist
Simon spent 25 years in broadcasting and has been a presenter, station managing director, HR director and Communications Director in his career in radio with GCap Media, ranging from Classic FM to automated digital stations.
He is now one of a team working to develop The Converging World, a new charity focused on Climate Change and Equality. Combining sustainable energy from wind turbines in Tamil Nadu with support for an Indian NGO, The Converging World generates high-quality Second Generation Carbon Offsets which are then used to encourage carbon reduction in the developed world.
A qualified performance coach, Simon graduated in 2005 with an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from the School of Management at the University of Bath.
He is a director of The Hub Bristol, a new workspace for social entrepreneurs, a trustee of the Demos think-tank, a member of the Council of the Schumacher Society and a founding director of the Association of Sustainability Practitioners. He lives in Bath with his partner Liesl, teenage daughter Grace and baby sons Sebastian and Hugo.
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Drew Dellinger
Drew Dellinger Drew Dellinger, spoken word poet, teacher, and activist, was listed as one of the "important musical voices" of the "new international, broad-based (global justice) movement" by YES! magazine...
Drew Dellinger is a spoken word poet, teacher, and activist. He is founder of Poets for Global Justice, and author of the collection of poems, love letter to the milky way. Dellinger has presented and performed at hundreds of conferences, colleges, protests, and events across the country, speaking on justice, cosmology, ecology, and democracy. Dellinger's poetry has been widely published and his work is featured in the film, "Voices of Dissent," and the books Igniting a Revolution, Children of the Movement, and Global Uprising. In 1997 he received Common Boundary magazine's national Green Dove Award. Dellinger has studied cosmology and ecological thought with Thomas Berry since 1990, and has taught at Prescott College, Naropa University-Oakland, and Esalen Institute.
Dellinger has worked closely with scholars and visionaries such as Thomas Berry, Joanna Macy, Matthew Fox, Susan Griffin, and Brian Swimme, and has shared podiums and stages with Cornel West, Danny Glover, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Ani Difranco, Rep. Maxine Waters, Billy Bragg, Medea Benjamin, 'Granny D' Haddock, Jim Hightower, Michael Franti, Tuck & Patti, Eve Ensler, and many others.
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Nicky Gavron
Nicky Gavron London Assembly member, Deputy Mayor, plays a leading role in environmental planning, sustainable design and climate change action in London
Labour Party Constituency: Londonwide
Elected on 10 June 2004
As Deputy Mayor, Nicky has responsibility for the environment, strategic planning and children and young people. She also plays a leading role on the agenda for women in London. Nicky helped shape the London Plan and is helping steer its review. She introduced sustainable design and construction into the London Plan and is producing supplementary planning guidance for all new London developments. She also established the GLA Children and Young Person's Unit.
Nicky is now leading for the Mayor on mitigating the impact of Climate Change. Central is the recent launch of the London Climate Change Agency, which has a wide remit to reduce London's CO2 emissions across energy, water, waste and transport.
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Herbert Girardet
Herbert Girardet Director of Programmes, World Future Council
Prof. Herbert Girardet is an author, consultant and filmmaker. He is an honorary fellow of RIBA, a patron of the Soil Association, and a recipient of a UN Global 500 Award 'for outstanding environmental achievements'. His eight books include Earthrise, 1992, The Gaia Atlas of Cities, 1992, Creating Sustainable Cities, 1999 and Cities, People, Planet, 2004. He has produced 50 TV documentaries on sustainable development for broadcasters around the world. In 2003 he was 'Thinker in Residence' in Adelaide, developing sustainability strategies for South Australia. He is visiting professor at the University of Northumbria, Middlesex University, and the University of West of England.
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Julia Häusermann
Julia Häusermann Founder and President of Rights and Humanity, the international movement for the promotion and realisation of human rights and responsibilities.
An international human rights lawyer, advocate and author, Ms Häusermann has been working in the field of humanitarian relief, human rights and development for thirty years, helping to draft and develop UN, inter-governmental and governmental policies on human rights and development.
Widely acknowledged for her long-term commitment to multi-faith dialogue and promotion of respect for cultural diversity, she has developed methodologies for consensus building that have been successfully used to enable people of difference to achieve their highest common vision rather than the lowest common denominator between competing claims. She writes and lectures widely on human rights, with a particular focus on the human rights implications of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In 1992, she established and taught the first master’s degree course at Essex University on economic, social and cultural rights.
Ms Häusermann is best known, however, for her pioneering work in promoting a human rights approach to development now adopted by many UN and national agencies.
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Rob Hopkins
Rob Hopkins Founder of the Transition Towns movement.
What do we do when we learn that the 'black gold' will soon start running out? Do we grab a gun and head for the hills, or do we redouble our efforts to build strong, resilient communities and economies that are not dependent on fossil fuels? Rob Hopkins is at the forefront of the latter approach. Originally a permaculture teacher, Rob began tackling peak oil by coordinating an energy descent action plan with his students for Kinsale, the town in Ireland where he was living and teaching. The resulting document received a huge amount of interest from around the world (and can be downloaded as a PDF here), and has since given rise to the Transition Towns movement - a rapidly spreading, community-led approach to peak oil planning, which is currently being implemented at a village, town and even city level. Rob also writes a popular and solutions-based peak oil blog called Transition Culture.
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Bianca Jagger
Bianca Jagger World Future Council chair; Human rights advocate; Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador
Bianca Jagger is a prominent international human rights advocate. For over 20 years, she has campaigned for social and economic justice and environmental protection throughout the world. She is Council of Europe goodwill ambassador, a member of the Executive Directors' Leadership Council for Amnesty International, USA, a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch America, a board member of People for the American Way. In the 1990's she received the Earth Day Award from the UN, the Green Globe Award from the Rain Forest Alliance, and an 'Abolitionist of the Year' award from the US National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. In 2005 she received the Right Livelihood Award. In 1997 she was the recipient of Amnesty International USA, Media Spotlight Award for leadership "in recognition of her work for human rights around the world exposing and focusing attention on justice."
Watch Bianca Jagger talking about the WFC here.
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Professor C S Kiang
Professor C S Kiang Founding Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences, Bejing University, an internationally recognized expert on air quality, specializing in sustainable development and climate change in China
Professor C.S. Kiang is the Founding Dean of the College of Environmental Sciences, Beijing University. Dr. Kiang is responsible for bringing to China many of the world's leading experts on sustainable development, both to educate the next generation of leaders and to develop a working case study in the south of China. An internationally recognized expert on air quality, Dr. Kiang retired from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) as an Institute Professor where he was responsible for its environment science, engineering and policy program, one of the top 5 in the USA. Mr. Kiang is currently working with others to establish a Center of Northeast Asia for Peace, Security and Sustainability initiated by Maurice Strong. He has also been very active in trying to get China and the US to cooperate on tackling climate change. Member of the World Future Council.
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Miriam Therese MacGillis
Miriam Therese MacGillis Leading voice on New Cosmology and the work of philosopher Thomas Berry
Miriam Therese MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey.
She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation.
Miriam describes Genesis Farm as a learning center where people of good will are welcome to search for more authentic ways to live in harmony with the natural world and each other. She also coordinates programs exploring the work of author and geologian, Thomas Berry, as he has interpreted the need for a New Cosmology. An Earth Literacy program at Genesis Farm offers accreditation for both graduate and undergraduate students studying cosmology, bioregionalism, spirituality and sustainability.
Genesis Farm practices Biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of Earth. It was one of the early pioneers in converting to Community-Supported Agriculture, (CSA), a movement which has expanded across the country. Presently, nearly 300 families from the region are shareholders in its economic support. Genesis Farm takes its place within a community of people and organizations working to preserve the wildlife, farms and rural communities of this highly threatened region.
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Andrew Mercer
Andrew Mercer Founder of Entrepreneurs With Conscience and the clean energy company, 2OC
Andrew Mercer is a man with a mission - to use Footdown, the leadership organisation he founded in 2000, to engineer a dramatic improvement in the quality of our leaders. Footdown does this by providing a group based mentoring and coaching framework that enables individuals first to fulfil, and then to extend their leadership potential.
Andrew's drive to be world class comes as much from an abortive attempt at an Olympic sailing medal, which ended when his boat sank in Lake Garda, as it does from his frustration at the personal shortcomings that led to Silicon Valley venture capitalists forcing him to sell his software company in 1998. These setbacks only served to stiffen his resolve to improve not just his own skills as a leader, but also those of other leaders in all areas of human activity including business, public sector and the non-governmental, or NGO, world.
There are already many success stories: not least the recently announced joint venture between National Grid and 2oc, the clean energy company formed as a result of a chance conversation during one of the group meetings; and Entrepreneurs with Conscience, a forum for encouraging entrepreneurs to tackle climate change. When talented people meet, great things happen.
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George Monbiot
George Monbiot George Monbiot is the author of the best selling books Heat: how to stop the planet burning, The Age of Consent: a manifesto for a new world order and Captive State: the corporate takeover of Britain; as well as the investigative travel books Poisoned Arrows, Amazon Watershed and No Man's Land. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian newspaper.
During seven years of investigative journeys in Indonesia, Brazil and East Africa, he was shot at, beaten up by military police, shipwrecked and stung into a poisoned coma by hornets. He came back to work in Britain after being pronounced clinically dead in Lodwar General Hospital in north-western Kenya, having contracted cerebral malaria.
In Britain, he joined the roads protest movement. He was hospitalised by security guards, who drove a metal spike through his foot, smashing the middle bone. He helped to found The Land is Ours, which has occupied land all over the country.
He has held visiting fellowships or professorships at the universities of Oxford (environmental policy), Bristol (philosophy), Keele (politics) and East London (environmental science). He is currently visiting professor of planning at Oxford Brookes University. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement.
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Frances Moore Lappé
Frances Moore-Lappé Author 'Diet for a Small Planet', co-founder of Small Planet Institute, Center for Living Democracy and The Institute for Food & Development Policy
Frances Moore Lappé has authored or co-authored 16 books, including the three-million-copy bestseller 'Diet for a Small Planet', which awakened many to the needlessness of hunger in a world of plenty. She is co-founder of three organizations, including - Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy, the Center for Living Democracy and the Small Planet Institute. In 1987 she received the Right Livelihood Award. Her most recent books include 'Hope's Edge,' written with her daughter Anna Lappé, about democratic social movements worldwide and 'Democracy's Edge,' about the historic transition from democracy understood as a structure of government to democracy embraced as a way of life. To be released in late 2007 is 'Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity & Courage in a World Gone Mad.'
Lappé has received 17 honorary doctorates from distinguished institutions including The University of Michigan and was a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000-2001. Member of the World Future Council.
Watch Frances Moore Lappé talking about the WFC here.
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Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt Co-Founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future, and Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development
Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder and Programme Director of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. Established in 1996, Forum for the Future is now the UK's leading sustainable development charity, with 70 staff and over 100 partner organisations, including some of the world's leading companies.
Jonathon was appointed by the Prime Minister as Chairman of the UK Sustainable Development Commission in July 2000. This is the Government's principal source of independent advice across the whole sustainable development agenda. In addition, he has been a member of the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency since December 1999, and is Co-Director of The Prince of Wales's Business and Environment Programme which runs Senior Executives' Seminars in Cambridge, Salzburg, South Africa and the USA. In 2005 he became a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, and a Trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. He is also Vice-President of the Socialist Environment Resources Association (SERA). He was formerly Director of Friends of the Earth (1984-90); co-chair of the Green Party (1980-83) of which he is still a member; chairman of UNED-UK (1993-96); chairman of Sustainability South West, the South West Round Table for Sustainable Development (1999-2001); a Trustee of WWF UK (1991-2005).
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Richard Reed
Richard Reed
Richard Reed co-founded Innocent drinks, a smoothie and fruit drinks company, with two of his friends nearly seven years ago. Despite having no experience of running his own business, no financial backing, and a product with a very short shelf life, the businessnow has a turnover of £15m, selling over 400,000 smoothies a week.
The Innocent story shows that with a non-corporate attitude, a sincere commitment to the cause and creative thinking it is possible to create a fast growing, profitable company that acts responsibly.
He tells us how one small idea became a very big liquid asset: to watch the interview as a full interactive broadband experience, click here.
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Dr. Hermann Scheer
Dr. Hermann Scheer President, EUROSOLAR, MP, Germany, Member of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energies, winner of the World Solar Prize 1998
Dr. Hermann Scheer has been a Member of the German Parliament since 1980. Since 1987 he has been a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is President of the European Association for Renewable Energies, EUROSOLAR and General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energies. Honours include the World Solar Prize (1998), the Right Livelihood Award (1999) and the World Prize on Bio-Energy Biomass (2000). He was named one of five Global Heroes for the Green Century by TIME Magazine in 2002, the only parliamentarian honoured thus. His book A Solar Manifesto has been published in many languages. Member of the World Future Council.
Watch Hermann Scheer talk about the WFC here.
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Professor Dr. Vandana Shiva
Professor Dr. Vandana Shiva Physicist, ecological researcher and author, Founder, Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, founding board member of International Forum on Globalisation, and Diverse Women for Diversity
Prof. Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a Physicist. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seeds. Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Her books, 'The Violence of Green Revolution' and 'Monocultures of the Mind' have become basic challenges to the dominant paradigm of non-sustainable, reductionist agricultural practices. Her other books include 'Water Wars', 'Stolen Harvest' and 'Earth Democracy'. Time Magazine identified her as an environmental hero in 2003. She received the Right Livelihood Award in 1993. Dr. Shiva is a Founding Board Member of many important organizations such as the International Forum on Globalisation and Diverse Women for Diversity. Member of the World Future Council.
Watch Vandana Shiva talk about the WFC here.
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Jakob von Uexküll
Jacob von Uexküll Founder of the World Future Council
Jakob von Uexküll is the founder of the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize'. He is a co-founder of The Other Economic Summit and a past Member of the European Parliament where he served on the Political Affairs Committee. He is a patron of Friends of the Earth International. He has been a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation, London, and a member of the Global Commission to Fund the United Nations. He has served on the Board of Greenpeace, Germany, and on the Council of Governance of Transparency International. He lectures widely on environment, justice and peace issues. He is also a recognised philatelic expert with publications including The Early Postal History of Saudi Arabia (2001).
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Stewart Wallis
Stewart Wallis Chief Executive, nef (the new economics foundation)
Stewart graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. His career began in marketing and sales with Rio Tinto Zinc followed by a Masters Degree in Business and Economics at London Business School. He then joined the World Bank in Washington DC working on industrial and financial development in East Asia. His seven years at the World Bank also included a spell as Administrator of the Young Professionals Programme. He then worked for Robinson Packaging in Derbyshire for nine years, the last five as Managing Director. While there, he led a successful business turnaround. He joined Oxfam in 1992 as International Director with responsibility, latterly, for 2500 staff in 70 countries and for all Oxfam's policy, research, development and emergency work worldwide. He was awarded the OBE for services to Oxfam in 2002.
After a brief spell as Oxfam's livelihoods Director, Stewart joined nef as Executive Director on 1 November 2003. His interests include: global governance, the functioning of markets, the links between development and environmental agendas, and new forms of enterprise.
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David Wasdell
David Wasdell Climate Scientist
David Wasdell, Director of the Meridian Programme (formerly the Manhattan Project of the Behavioural Sciences), is an expert in the dynamics of climate change, in particular the all-too-real possibility that the whole earth system is being triggered by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions into positive feedback and consequent accelerated runaway global heating.
A consultant with a range of organizations and institutions undergoing rapid change in a context of low resources and high stress, he is also a reviewer of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports and the author of numerous papers and presentations on climate change and related topics. In June, he co-authored the briefing to the All-PartyParliamentary Climate Change Group.
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Social Entrepreneurs Panel

Katie Alcott, Frank Water
Katie Alcottwww.frankwater.com
Katie Alcott, Founder of FRANK Water. Having lived, worked and travelled in numerous developing countries, seeing the effects of contaminated drinking water and having suffered amoebic dysentery herself in 1998 she felt compelled to do something about the world water situation. Seeing the booming bottled water market in the UK she discovered an obvious link - water for water - and with overwhelming support she started FRANK Water in 2005 to help fund clean water projects.
Indy Johar, Architecture 00
Indy Johararchitecture00.net
Director of Architecture 00, Indy focuses on people-centred sustainability in design and ethical workspaces. He believes in architecture not simply as object but as part of a process where design solutions are developed through close relationships of participation, awareness, empowerment and clture-change in order to deliver responsive and enabling environments.
Tamsin Lejeune, Ethical Fashion Forum
Tamsin Lejeunewww.ethicalfashionforum.com
Tamsin is co-founder of the Ethical Fashion Forum, a network for designers, businesses and organisations that focus on producing ethical and environmentally friendly fashion. The EFF aims to reduce poverty and create sustainable livelihoods by supporting, promoting and facilitating innovative values led business practices within the garment industry. Tamsin also heads an ethical fashion consultancy and teaches fashion students. She was raised in Africa and has lived in Mexico, Scotland, Cambodia, Bangladesh and India.
Adam Woodhall, PeopleProfitPlanet
Adam Woodhallwww.peopleplanetprofit.co.uk
PeopleProfitPlanet was founded by Adam Woodhall in 2006 to answer what seemed a significant challenge in today's business world: how organisations become more environmental whilst staying profitable? He is passionate about the wellbeing of the planet, understands the importance of profit to every organisation and loves working with people. He is often been seen cycling around his home town of Leeds and rarely behind the wheel of a car. However he never looks to impose his values on others, looking to lead by example.
Arran Brennan, Alternative Cars
Arran Brennanwww.alternative-cars.co.uk
11 months ago, after reading Tim Flannery’s The Weather Makers, Arran set up Alternative Cars. "We are a private hire car service, based in London and the home counties. What stands us apart from the rest is that we don't use fossil fuels. Believe it or not we run our fleet of vehicles on recycled vegetable oil from the catering trade. Yes, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen diesel cars are all good with biodiesel. The company has invoiced £100k to date and has 35 corporate accounts."
Jonathan Robinson, The Hub
Jonathan Robinsonwww.the-hub.net
Jonathan is a writer, strategist and entrepreneur working in the field of social innovation. His ideas have taken form in Johannesburg, New Delhi, Oslo, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Toronto and London. Jonathan is co-founder and executive director of The Hub, a multi-sited incubator for social innovation currently located in London, Bristol and Johannesburg.
Jonathan is also co-author of the book Careers Un-Ltd and works with agencies including The Tate Modern, UNICEF, Barcelona City Council, FT Prentice Hall and the London Development Agency. He thrives on collaborations with a multi-disciplinary team of architects, scientists, investors, filmmakers and activists.