Creating The Future 2019


As futurist Mark Stevenson puts it “the environment is starting to send back invoices”.  He will deliver cold, hard facts about the future now that we live in the eye of a storm, a time in history where humankind must change the way it organises itself or face disastrous consequences.

  • currently more than 90% of plastic is never recycled
  • Loop, created by TerraCycle, is the 21st century milk man and here to save the world from single-use plastic with Unilever, Nestle and Procter & Gamble already signed up
  •  As David Gilmour says, “The global climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity will ever face, and we are within a few years of the effects of global warming being irreversible. I hope that the sale of these guitars will help  ClientEarth in their cause to use the law to bring about real change.”
  • With the environment now sending back invoices, any investment that doesn’t consider the environment isn’t an investment, it’s a cost on the future known as stealing from your children
  • Twenty million people worldwide are diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease each year, and at present they are all progressive and incurable.
  • The annual cost globally of neurodegenerative diseases is $700 billion


Environmental speakers include Laure Cucuron of TerraCycle which aims to eliminate the idea of waste by recycling the non-recyclable; James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth will explain how he uses the law to empower people and companies to hold their governments to account to prevent climate change.  Kate Raworth, a renegade economist will discuss Doughnut Economics, the economic model gaining traction around the world which allows us to thrive within our planetary boundaries and Giulio Boccaletti  who will remind us that for 10 years running CEOs and Prime Ministers around the world see the scarcity of water is the biggest threat to global security.  Trained as a scientist, he is an expert on environmental and economic sustainability.  He is the Chief Strategy Officer and Global MD for Water at The Nature Conservancy, leading the world’s largest team of freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and conservation practitioners.  Gail Bradbrook, trained in molecular biophysics and co-founder of Extinction Rebellion believes that the Green Party’s theory of change, that you can slowly persuade people, with hope, doesn’t work. It is possible to make change, and the founders did their research; they know non-violent direct action combined with messaging that tells the truth has seen the most successful global transformation campaigns in history.  Gail argues it’s not shock tactics, it’s emergency-mode messaging; telling people if you continue as you are there will be dire consequences.


Democracy speakers include, David Runciman, Head of the University of Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies who stresses the importance of reforming our political systems, as democracy is collapsing before our very eyes.  He will discuss how to make sense of politics, which he believes has never been more unpredictable, more alarming or more interesting.  Carole Cadwalladr will discuss how some of the amazing technologies created by the likes of Facebook are now crime scenes and what happens to a western democracy when a hundred years of electoral laws are disrupted by technology and Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy UK and co-founder of Ogilvychange has developed a deep understanding of how we can nudge people to change through behavioural science.


Healthcare speakers include, Siddarthan Chandran, a neurologist who believes disruptive technologies like stem cells offer real hope, and are already halting the progress of neurological conditions.  The day we might be able to repair the damaged brain is sooner than we think. Maxine Mackintosh is a PhD student at the Alan Turing Institute and University College London’s Institute of Health Informatics. Her PhD involves using medical records to uncover early signs of dementia.  She believes that the data we generate as we go about our daily lives (shopping, banking, streaming and more) can be used to predict and prevent diseases. Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College, London, will discuss the impact of food on our bodies, backed up by cutting-edge research.  With a global obesity epidemic and its related health issues, more can be explained about one’s health from one’s microbiome than from one’s DNA.

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