Talks and Presentations

  • My poor divided brain

    I have just watched the latest, rather breathless, RSAnimate by Iain McGilchrist on The Divided Brain.  Some myths debunked, and some ironies exposed.  Not sure which bits of my brain I was using, but I shall have to watch it...

  • Alex Steffen meets Ellen MacArthur

    To the RGS on Thursday night for a talk by Seattle futurist guru Alex Steffen, and a conversation between him and Ellen MacArthur. According to a NY Times blog, Steffen is a "designing optimist, [who] lays out the blueprint for a successful...

  • Back when Legends and History Collide

    A good day in Birmingham on Saturday chairing NAEE's AGM.   I wrote this recently for an Association News Bulletin: The argument that education programmes should help (young) people to have a critical understanding of the relationship between the environment quality...

  • Re-think, Redesign: Survive & Prosper

    I've been watching the latest video from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on You Tube.  Good stuff. I liked the idea of biodegradable glasses (24 seconds in) and wondered if this is a genuine innovation, or just wishful thinking.  More seriously,...

  • The Great, the Good – and Tim Oates

    An early rise recently to get to Stoke on Trent on time to attend a conference at Keele University's Centre for Successful Schools.  The focus was The Curriculum: lessons to be learned? It was an unremittingly old fashioned series of...

  • Faith, Hope and something untranslatable, but probably a heady but ineffable mix of Love, Charity, ...

    To Liverpool last week for a first visit to Liverpool Hope University. In the morning, I gave a conference keynote on Learning in a Sustainable School – exploring educational and social benefits, and then ran a workshop on Knowing how...

  • And so to Glastonbury

    Well, not quite.  On Westbury station early this morning for the London train, but just for a micro second the thought occurred to me, maybe I should join the throng on the platform and go to Glastonbury instead — and...

  • From Bonn to Tokyo - traveling with with Chuck Hopkins

    It was great to see Chuck Hopkins at a CREE [University of Bath] seminar yesterday.  He talked about the roads both to and from Bonn, and on to the culmination of the ESD Decade in Tokyo (we presume).  These are...

  • There was an architect, an engineer, an energy manager, ...

    ... and me. We all met at Bristol's Create Centre last week as part of a panel to discuss the idea of the sustainable school from the perspective of building design, construction and operation.  This was part of the Bristol...

  • Don't mention the Decade!

    I gave a seminar in the University on Tuesday to Mark my retirement.  A little late, of course, but that was just about scheduling.  I talked about the way that an interest in sustainability and learning had developed over the...