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On September 13/14, the Small Is…Festival comes to Bristol for the very first time. It began life in 2009, at the HQ near Rugby of Practical Action, the company founded by E.F. Schumacher.

Our speakers this year include poets, writers, professors, inventors, students, mayors – and an equally wide range of wonderful musicians. PLUS practical workshops, strong debates and tasty food – all in the superb venue which is St. George’s Concert Hall, off Park St.

On Saturday, Sept 13, Bristol’s Mayor George Ferguson opens the Festival, and (hopefully) lets us into the secret of his success as a changemaker. Then economist Molly Scott Cato reports on her first months as a Green MEP, and author and broadcaster Leo Johnson gives us a glimpse of the future – fromoutside the political arena.

Further projections follow as Herbert Girardet looks at regenerative cities, Keith Barnham reveals the amazing potential of Solar power and Johnny Golding investigates the role of art.

Sunday, Sept 14, brings the wonderful American poet and author Drew Dellinger, addressing the question of how we truly change – with many poems along the way! And in the afternoon, we have a delightful invasion from Devon, led by our second Mayor of the weekend – Jacqi Hodgson from Totnes. Then Jonathan Dawson from Schumacher College addresses the future of education together with Amrita Bhohi, a young leader who found her time as a student at the College to be transformative.

Those are the main lectures. During the day there’ll also be debates, all kinds of practical workshops and more talks (outside in ‘the Sched’). Then there’ll be food, followed by two fabulous evenings of music from around the world.

Full details here: www.smallisfestival.org/programme
TICKETS – Weekend £50/45 Full day £27.50/25 Day/eve only £15/12.50
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Saturday, 13th September

George Ferguson

George Ferguson

George Ferguson – our first speaker. Described elegantly, on Twitter, as: “First elected Mayor of Bristol. Independent, Innovative & Inclusive. Architect, Urbanist, Social & Cultural Entrepreneur. Establishment rebel.” Hopefully, George will reflect on his first two years in office.

Molly Scott Cato

Molly Scott Cato

Molly Scott – A British green politician, academic, environmental and community activist, green economist and Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South West England She was elected in May 2014, and is the first Green Party MEP to represent the region.

Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson is the co-author of “Turnaround Challenge: Business & the City of the Future” (OUP 2013) and a Visiting Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise & Environment at Oxford. He is the co-Founder of strategy firm Sustainable Finance, now part of the PwC group.

Keith Barnham

Keith Barnham

Keith Barnham is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. He started his research career in experimental high energy nuclear physics. Mid-career he switched to researching solar energy and invented a solar cell with three times the efficiency of today’s roof-top panels.

Herbert Girardet

Herbert Girardet is a prolific author and international consultant in the field of cultural and urban ecology and a co-founder of the World Future Council. In 2003 he was inaugural ‘Thinker in Residence’ in Adelaide, developing regenerative development strategies for South Australia which have been largely implemented.

Johnny Golding

Johnny Golding

Johnny Golding is a philosopher and poet. Her research covers the curious intersections of fine art, physics and the electronic arts, filtered through the erotic materialities of sense, surface, air. She is Director of the Centre of Fine Art Research (CFAR) and Professor of Philosophy and Fine Art at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

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Sunday, 14th September

Drew Dellinger

Drew Dellinger

Drew Dellinger is an internationally known speaker, poet, writer, and teacher whose keynotes and poetry performances—which address ecology, justice, cosmology, and connectedness—have inspired minds and hearts around the world. Drew has been called “a national treasure,” by Joanna Macy.

Jacqui Hodgson

Jacqui Hodgson

Jacqi Hodgson has been a Green Party town councillor in Totnes since 2009, and became Mayor earlier this year. Involved in the Transition Town movement from the beginning, she co-authored, with Rob Hopkins, ‘Transition in Action – Totnes and District 2030 – the Energy Descent Action Plan for Transition Town Totnes.

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson

Jonathan Dawson is a sustainability educator and Senior Lecturer in Economics at Schumacher College in Devon, leading the Masters programme, Economics for Transition. A former president of the Global Ecovillage Network, he is widely published on ecovillages and community economic development in the global South.

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita Bhohi co-ordinates the City Forum project at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London. Having recently graduated from Schumacher College with an MA in Economics for Transition, she is writing a book focusing on the themes of young leadership, transition and new economics.

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