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Click on the image to see the video of my TEDxWarwick talk.
The full text of is below, along with a sample of the few slides I used:
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The participants came up with ideas and scenarios in small groups which they recorded on tablecloths. They then presented the ideas to the rest of the group, using a range of approaches and media.
These different forms included a drama piece which segued from a food-related criminal investigation in a police station to a family scene which imagined a period of rationing, covering ideas such as animal and even humans being eaten as a source of food in the future.
Continue reading “Putting ideas (and food) on the table – food scenarios for Birmingham 2050 #TNOfood”
A dozen participants in the Creating Stories From the Future workshop at Birmingham Leadership Foundation introduce themselves to each other in small groups – but introducing themselves to each other as their 2050 self. Fast-forwarding 38 years, they’re talking about what their future self is doing and what they’re eating.
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There will be 20+ young citizens, the next generation of decision-makers tomorrow at the Birmingham Leadesrhip Foundation. They’re generating multimedia stories from the future — if you want to join in, there’s still time for a few more to register here.
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Here is my presentation on what it takes to feed Birmingham, a city of 1M people:
If you want to help shape Birmingham’s future, come along to this facilitated workshop on 1st December, co-hosted with the Birmingham Leadership Foundation.
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Do so soon, though, as places will be snapped up quickly.
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Last Monday (22nd October) I joined 40 or so scientists from universities and from the Research Councils, also civil servants from the likes of Defra, people from various Institutes to do with nutrition, health and food safety and a few others such as yours truly.
We were in London to talk about food security, an event organised by the Global Food Security programme.
Professor Tim Benton began with a brief presentation before four groups of us discussed three topics:
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They’re taking part in quizzing four New Optimists scientists about what they’re doing to make the world a better place.
The students are from King Edwards Girls’ School, Ludlow CE School and Small Heath School. They will each be given a copy of the book The New Optimists: Scientists View Tomorrow’s World and What It Means to Us.
Continue reading “4th July: School students, the Library Theatre & four New Optimists”
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, warned at the beginning of last week’s Earth Summit in Rio, “if we really do not take firm actions [on climate change], we may be heading towards the end – the end of our future“.
It shouldn’t surprise us that hundreds of bigwigs and politicians from around the world cannot agree on anything. Radical change doesn’t happen through consensus, it happens through a few informed very smart people deciding to do something different.
So there is hope for humanity. And it’s here and now, you and me, in Birmingham. The New Optimists Forum will be exploring at Aston Business School on 12th July what’s on the cards here. Join the conversation via twitter #TNOfood.
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