5 speakers 15 minutes each
Sun 5th Aug 2018
5x15 @ Wilderness Festival
Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire
Design scientist and systems theorist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help build a brighter future. A design practice graduate, her career has been spent exploring the potentialities inherent in new and emerging ideas and innovations in fields including architecture, utilities, manufacturing, communications, media, publishing, events, arts, and fashion. A recipient of several national and international innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society, Melissa is listed in the 'Libertine 100’ women with complex, beautiful and potentially world-changing ideas. Published in more than 60 trade, academic, and consumer titles worldwide, and a participant of numerous scientific, design, and sustainability panels, juries, and committees, she is known for providing deep insight and informed critique at multiple scales of concept research and development. Her academic activities include visiting lecturer, visiting fellow, workshop host, thesis supervisor, and guest critic at several leading architecture and design research institutes. Currently completing a PhD at the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research group at University of Greenwich, her hypotheses translate biotic behaviours, relationships and systems that enable resilience into theoretical and practice modes, models, and metaphors for future urban environments.
Jamie Bartlett is an author and tech blogger for The Spectator and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media for Demos in conjunction with The University of Sussex. In 2013 he covered the rise of Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement in Italy for Demos, chronicling the new political force's emergence and use of social media. In 2014 he released a book entitled The Dark Net, discussing the darknet and dark web in broad terms, describing a range of underground and emergent subcultures, including social media racists, cam girls, self harm communities, darknet drug markets, cryptoanarchists and transhumanists. He regularly writes about online extremism and free speech, as well as social media trends in Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook. In 2017 he published the book Radicals about fringe political movements including transhumanism, psychedelic societies and anarcho-capitalism. He also presented the two part BBC2 series The Secrets of Silicon Valley. In 2018 he published the book The People Vs Tech.
Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent, New Scientist, the New York Review of Books, and other publications. From 2002 to 2005 he was a senior editor at OpenDemocracy. He received the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors in 2009 and the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award in 2010. He is the author of The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, a bestiary for the 21st Century, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. He lives in Oxford, England.
Emily Penn is an ocean advocate, skipper and international public speaker and advisor on issues relating to our ocean, shifting mindsets and future society. Emily’s career as an architect took a change of course when she rounded the globe on the record-breaking bio-fuelled boat, Earthrace. What she encountered on this trip changed everything. Emily has since been driving change, organising the world record community-led waste clean-up scheme in the South Pacific, and trawling for microplastics through the Arctic Northwest Passage.
Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, he completed his MA at the Institute of Education before joining Teach For All, a growing network of independent organizations working to ensure that all children fulfil their potential, and working on projects for the European Commission and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alex is fortunate to spend his time travelling the world in search of the practices that will shape the future of learning and has written about his experiences for the Independent, Financial Times and Wired. His book Natural Born Learners is a user's guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century, taking readers on a dazzling global tour into the future, from the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley to the exam factories of South Korea, Finland's inclusive classrooms to the French school without teachers. It will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 12th April.