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What insights can the arts offer in understanding climate change and future possibilities? Join unconventional thinkers for a dynamic discussion on art’s impact and potential in the unfolding environmental crisis.

Speakers include Oxford’s globally celebrated social philosopher Roman Krzanic; Michael Pawlyn from Exploration Architecture; Alison Tickell, the pioneering CEO of arts environmental organisation Julie’s Bicycle and Emma Ridgway Head of Programme, Chief Curator at Modern Art Oxford.

Roman Krznaric

Roman Krznaric is a social philosopher who has been named by The Observer as one of Britain’s leading popular philosophers. His books include EmpathyThe Wonderbox and How to Find Fulfilling Work. His writings have been widely influential amongst political and ecological campaigners, education reformers, social entrepreneurs and designers.
He is the founder of the world’s first Empathy Museum and of the digital Empathy Library, and was also a founding faculty member of The School of Life. He is a Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco, and a Research Associate at the Design Against Crime Research Centre at Central Saint Martins college of art and design in London.

Alison Tickell

Alison established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit company helping the music industry reduce its environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental challenges. JB has since extended its remit to the full performing and visual arts communities, heritage and wider creative and cultural policy communities, defining the contributions the arts should be making to climate and sustainability challenges. With an increasing international profile JB is acknowledged as the leading organisation bridging sustainability with the arts and culture.

Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn is an architect and innovator who has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry. He established his firm Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. Prior to setting up Exploration, Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that designed the Eden Project. Regularly booked as a keynote speaker on innovation, his TED talk has had over 1.8 million viewings and his book Biomimicry in Architecture has been RIBA Publications’ best-selling title. Michael Pawlyn jointly initiated the widely acclaimed Sahara Forest Project; the latest version of which was opened by the King of Jordan in 2017.