Are you looking for an injection of hope, energy and inspiration? Join us for a participatory evening exploring regenerative responses to climate emergency. A panel discussion with Serayna Keya Solanki, Vince Knowles, Jonathan Wise and Ali Angus, followed by Q and A.
Join an impressive group of leaders who are at the forefront of re-imagining what resilience looks like in an age of climate emergency.
Serayna Solanki is the co-founder of Diaspora Dialogues for our Future, a series of facilitated conversations amongst London-based diaspora communities about our climate, social and ecological situation. Vince Knowles is involved in shaping Extinction Rebellion’s finance-sector engagement, and is leading on St Ethelburga’s ARK programme: a leadership training course designed for those working in the insurance and finance sectors. Jonathan Wise is the founder of the Comms Lab, whose purpose is to galvanise the strategic and creative power of the advertising industry and use it to address the climate crisis. And Ali Angus is a mum of five currently working on climate resilience within the context of her own Anglican church community in South London, where she leads on their Eco-Church programme, as well as leading workshops on conflict transformation.
This is sure to be an energising evening, where you’ll hear new ideas and also take an active part in the conversation, exploring what it could mean for you to cultivate a values-led resilience for the sake of regenerating our world.
All the speakers for this evening are involved in the Radical Resilience leadership training programme at St Ethelburga’s.
About the speakers:
Serayna Keya Solanki is a campaigner and consultant for inclusive, intersectional and representative climate solution design spaces. Withdrawing on her diaspora experiences, history and identity, she raises questions on colonisation and oppression; recognising our Climate Crisis as a Colonial Crisis. She helps others to understand how our colonial legacy continues and how to un-practice going forward. Serayna co-founded Diaspora Dialogues for Our Future, a BAME-centered safe space, for dialogues on community, diaspora, decolonisation and anti-oppression.
Vince Knowles has spent 10 years working at the intersection of sustainable development, finance and technology and currently works on strategy and investments at Ceniarth, a single-family investment office focused on funding market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities. Part of his role is helping develop Ceniarth’s thinking on investing for climate resilience. Previously an advisor to global energy corporations on sustainable technologies and venture capital, Vince is interested in how our market-based financial structures can be evolved to support communities in an increasingly unstable world. He has a degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Oxford and is currently part of St Ethelburga’s radical resilience programme.
Jonathan Wise’s unique experience blends a deep understanding of advertising and sustainability. It includes 15 years as a strategist in major advertising agencies, including winning Gold IPA Effectiveness Award for the launch of Dave, combined with 10 years working in sustainability, initiated by an MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge Business School in 2010.
Jonathan co-founded The Comms Lab, which launched with the Reclaiming Agency report, and has co-facilitated the Reclaiming Agency Leadership Programme for the last three years. A key theme within the programme is encouraging people with the advertising industry to face into the harsh reality of our climate and ecological emergency and what it means for them in their lives and work. He helped lead the Climate Crisis Summits and Create and Strike and is a regular spokesperson on advertising and climate change. Jonathan is deeply committed to enabling people in advertising and commercial communications to play their role in helping address our climate and ecological emergency.
Ali Angus bio coming soon…
With thanks to Emergence foundation for supporting this event.
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