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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 30th Jun 2014
The Tabernacle * Capitalism & Its Discontents
Jack Monroe was born in Southend on Sea, Essex, in 1988. She attended Westcliff High School For Girls in Essex, gaining 4 and a half A*-C GCSEs. She left at the age of 16 and worked full time in ‘odd jobs’, retail and coffee shops and waitressing, before joining Essex County Fire and Rescue Service in 2007 to work in their control room. She left in November 2011, unable to work the night shifts as a single parent to a then 20 month old son. Jack started writing her blog, A Girl Called Jack, in February 2012, in response to a local councillor who claimed that ‘druggies, drunks and single mums are ruining the High Street.’ What started as a local politics blog developed into budget food and recipes, which were picked up with interest by the national press as she detailed living with her son on a food budget of just £10 a week. Her first cookbook, A Girl Called Jack, was published by Michael Joseph at Penguin in February 2014, and went straight to the top of the paperback charts. Jack writes a weekly recipe column for The Guardian.
Danny Dorling is the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. He grew up in Oxford and went to University in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has worked in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds, Sheffield and New Zealand. With a group of colleagues he helped create the website www.worldmapper.org which shows who has most and least in the world. Much of Danny’s work is available open access (see www.dannydorling.org). His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. His recent books include Population Ten Billion (published in 2013) and All That Is Solid (published in 2014).
Tim Jackson is Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Defra/ESRC-funded Sustainable Lifestyles Research Group. From 2004 to 2011 he was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of Prosperity without Growth – economics for a finite planet (Routledge 2009/11) which became an internationally renowned text in sustainability and was subsequently published in 16 foreign languages. In addition to his academic work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous radio writing credits for the BBC.
Kate Raworth is an economist focused on the rewriting of economics to reflect this century’s realities and challenges, and is a senior visiting research associate and lecturer at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute. She is currently writing a book, Doughnut Economics, exploring how to think like a 21st century economist. Until 2013, she was Senior Researcher at Oxfam, where she developed the concept of ‘the doughnut’ of social and planetary boundaries. She was previously a co-author of UNDP's Human Development Report, and a Fellow of the ODI in Zanzibar. She blogs about Doughnut Economics at www.kateraworth.com and tweets @KateRaworth.
A few years ago, George Monbiot was persona non grata in seven countries and had a life sentence in absentia in Indonesia. He is now a bestselling author, columnist for the Guardian and Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. In 1995 Nelson Mandela presented him with a United Nations Global 500 Award for outstanding environmental achievement. His books include Captive State: the Corporate Takeover of Britain; The Age of Consent: A Manifesto for a New World Order; Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning and Feral: Searching for enchantment on the frontiers of rewilding. His weekly column for the Guardian is syndicated in the US, France, Italy, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Russia, and he appears frequently on radio and television. His website, www.monbiot.com, is one of the world’s highest-ranked comment sites and holds an archive of his articles.