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Thursday 27 March 2014

Live and interactive - solutions for a better future

Local stories event

13:00 - 17:30 GMT

Conference Centre @ Southampton Solent University

During the day between 13:00 – 17:30 GMT we will also be holding a free event that will celebrate the achievements of the community, and share stories of change in and around Southampton and Hampshire. There will be a trade fair of ethical organisations, engaging speakers, plus a free vegan and vegetarian lunch for ticket holders. Please join us!

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  • Christine Seaward
    Christine Seaward

    Chief Executive, The Sustainability Centre

    The Sustainability Centre in Hampshire is an independent learning centre for sustainability and an award-winning social enterprise charity in the heart of Hampshire's South Downs in the UK.

    In 2008 Christine held an advisory role on DEFRA's Climate Change Programme Adaptation Working Group and provided evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee.

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  • Jani Franck
    Jani Franck

    Founder of The Art House

    Jani Frank is an artist, social entrepreneur and community educator based in Southampton.

    She runs community arts cafe, The Art House and supports budding and established artists in their creative journey.

    Read more about Jani

  • William Bloom
    William Bloom


    William Bloom is co-director of the Foundation for Holistic Spirituality and author of, 'Solution: the Holistic Manifesto' and, 'The Power of Modern Spirituality'.

    With a background in psychology, education and the arts, he is compassionately realistic about the human condition. He is also a champion of human rights and environmental awareness.

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  • Maddy Harland
    Maddy Harland

    Co-founder of Permaculture Magazine, Permanent Publications and Gaia Education

    Permaculture magazine covers all aspects of sustainable living, from permaculture gardening and small scale sustainable agriculture to green building, low-impact transport and community action.

    Maddy Harland also co-founded Permanent Publications, a company dedicated to publishing environmental books, and the Sustainability Centre in Hampshire, UK.

    Read more about Maddy

  • Cara Sandys
    Cara Sandys

    Artist and activist, Books For Free

    Cara Sandys is a self employed artist and environmentalist, dividing her time between the UK and Australia. She tries to offset her massive carbon footprint, by spending all her spare time championing sustainable initiatives, from recycling waste to reusing shipping containers and has a keen interest in Freeconomy ideas.

    She set up the Southampton Books for Free shop, has run Stuff for Free events and volunteers for local arts organisations.

    Read more about Cara

  • Richard Barnett
    Richard Barnett

    Transition Towns, New Forest/Rice Up Wholefoods

    Richard's career encompassed the areas of Welfare Benefits, Social Housing, Homelessness and the Voluntary Housing sector before he became senior lecturer in Social Science in 1991. His working life took a major turn in 2004 when he established 'The Barn', a vegan guest house in the New Forest and was a founding member of New Forest Transition Town network.

    In 2013 he joined the Rice Up Wholefoods Co-operative and has worked with it to establish and open the Rice Up supermarket. An independent shop in Southampton selling a wide range of cruelty free and ethical goods.

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