Science tells us that we have a decade within which to make unprecedented and far-reaching changes to all aspects of society. Decisions made in the coming years will be critical in determining our future.
We Make Tomorrow: creative climate action in a time of crisis – will be a provocative, intergenerational and action-focused event will bring creative and cultural leaders and institutions together with funders, grassroots activists, policy-makers and the scientific community to explore what creativity, leadership and innovation means in the context of climate and ecological emergency, ahead of the crucial COP26 climate talks.
How do we build the future we want?
Taking place on Wednesday 26th February 2020 at the Royal Geographical Society London – where Julie’s Bicycle held one of its first events for the music industry more than 10 years ago – this event will bring together high-profile expert speakers and facilitators with an audience of over 300 from across the UK and beyond. Together we will ask: What will the world be like in 2030, and what can the creative and cultural community do now to push us closer to the future we want?
This day-long event will look at the political, demographic, economic and social forces driving our changing climate and devastating loss of nature, and explore how the arts and cultural sector can be galvanised to move us towards net-zero whilst laying foundations for a more connected and just future society.
SPEAKERS: Brian Eno, world famous musician, producer and trustee of Client Earth; Kate Raworth, renegade economist tackling social and ecological challenges; Noga Levy-Rapoport, climate justice advocate with UK Student Climate Network; Nabil Ahmed, visual artist and Founder of INTERPRT; Jamie Oborne, Manager of The 1975 and Entrepreneur Of The Year (2018); Jason deCaires Taylor, sculptor of underwater museums and environmentalist; Kareem Dayes, musician and Founder of the Rural Urban Synthesis Society; Baroness Lola Young OBE, Crossbench peer and arts, culture and climate justice advocate; Afsheen Kabir Rashid MBE, co-Founder and co-CEO of Repowering London; and Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change; Charise Johnson, Science policy researcher and environmental justice advocate; Farhana Yamin, Veteran UN climate negotiator and activist; Lucia Pietroiusti, Curator of General Ecology at Serpentine Galleries; Andrea Carter, Lead Producer, D6: Culture in Transit; Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern; Drill Minister, drill artist and political activist; Zamzam Ibrahim, President of the UK National Union of Students; Darren Henley, CEO, Arts Council England; Chaitanya Kumar, Head of Climate and Energy, Green Alliance; Sholeh Johnston, Facilitator, Coach and Clore Leader; Richard Aston, General Manager, Opera North; Chiara Badiali,Knowledge and Sector Intelligence Lead, Julie’s Bicycle.
We are delighted to be partnering with the General Ecology project at the Serpentine Galleries, who are curating artist-led performative interventions and workshops; and Sam Lee and The Nest Collective who are curating musical performances and walkabouts throughout the day. This cross-disciplinary collaborative project will feature more friends and contributors who will be announced shortly. Sign up to for JB news to find out more.
Serpentine Galleries General Ecology Project:
The General Ecology Project are partnering with Julie’s Bicycle to curate a series of artist interventions and conversations throughout the day. Participants include; poet Bhanu Kapil, Climate Symphony (Leah Borromeo, Katharine Round and Jamie Perera), artist Ayesha Tan Jones and artist Zadie Xa amongst many.
General Ecology is the Serpentine’s long-term and ongoing project researching complexity, posthumanism, the environment and climate change. General Ecology manifests through publications, exhibitions, study programmes, radio, symposia and live events bringing together practitioners from the fields of art, design, science, literature and anthropology, among many others. The General Ecology Project is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (Curator, Live Programmes and General Ecology) with Holly Shuttleworth (Producer, Live Programmes) and Kostas Stasinopoulos (Assistant Curator, Live Programmes).
Sam Lee and The Nest Collective:
The Nest Collective’s first musical contribution confirmed is musician Cosmo Sheldrake. More performers will soon be announced.
The Nest Collective, founded by folk singer Sam Lee, is a leading force in contemporary and cross-cultural folk music in the UK. Celebrating music with a connection to folk tradition, in the broadest possible sense. For over 10 years they have been London’s way to experience folk & roots music in unforgettable places, and from 2019 have been taking their events to locations across the UK. The Nest Collective bring people together to experience extraordinary music in unforgettable places, rekindling connections with nature, tradition and community.
What to expect
You can expect interactive sessions, performances, high profile keynotes, and cross-disciplinary discussion. As a participant of this event, we would like you to bring your vision, experience and expertise to help shape and contribute towards the day.
09:15 – 10:00: REGISTRATION, REFRESHMENTS & NETWORKING in the Main Hall + Map Room
10:00– 10:40: INTRODUCTIONS & WELCOME in the Ondaatje Theatre
PERFORMANCE: Zadie Xa (Serpentine) in the Ondaatje Theatre
10:40 – 11:20: Q&A – NET ZERO & THE ROUTE TO COP26 in the Ondaatje Theatre
11:20 – 12:45: PANEL – EXTRACTING OURSELVES: CHANGING A SYSTEM in the Ondaatje Theatre
PERFORMANCE: Ayesha Tan Jones (Serpentine)
12:45 – 13:45: LUNCH & NETWORKING in the Main Hall + Map Room*
CREATIVE CLIMATE LEADERSHIP film screenings, Campaigns and roadmap to 2030
13:45 – 14:40: AFTERNOON CHOICE 1
SESSION A PERFORMANCE: Ayanna Witter-Johnson (Nest Collective)/ PANEL – RISING: MOVEMENT BUILDING in the Ondaatje Theatre
SESSION B PERFORMANCE: (Serpentine)/ WORKSHOP – MAKING THE DOUGHNUT REAL** in the Education Centre
SESSION C: SECTOR SOLUTIONS SURGERIES** in the Drayson Room
DROP IN: Quiet Space / Library / Refuge – hosted by Craftivist Collective in the Lowther Room
14:40 – 14:50: CHANGEOVER / SHORT BREAK
14:50 – 15:45: AFTERNOON CHOICE 2
SESSION A: PERFORMANCE: Climate Symphony (Serpentine)/ PANEL – THE ROAD TO NET ZERO CARBON in the Ondaatje Theatre
SESSION B: PERFORMANCE: Sam Lee (Nest Collective)/PANEL – FORGING, FORAGING & REGENERATION** in the Education Centre
SESSION C: SEASON FOR CHANGE BRIEFING** in the Drayson Room
15:45 – 16:15: REFRESHMENTS + NETWORKING in the Main Hall + Map Room*
16:15 – 16:55: VOICES FROM THE CREATIVE CLIMATE MOVEMENT in the Ondaatje Theatre
PERFORMANCE: Cosmo Sheldrake (Nest Collective) in the Ondaatje Theatre
PERFORMANCE: Bhanu Kapil (Serpentine) in the Ondaatje Theatre
16:55 – 17:35: INTERLUDE & SUMMARY in the Ondaatje Theatre
17:35 – 21:00: DRINKS & NETWORKING in the Main Hall + Map Room*
ACTION FOCUS: NEXT STEPS in the Main Hall + Map Room*
PERFORMANCES: Millicent Chapanda (Nest Collective) in the Main Hall + Map Room*/ Fay Milton (Savages) DJ set in the Main Hall + Map Room*
*for full day ticket holders only
* for full day ticket holders only
** Limited Capacity, must be booked in advance
This event is run in partnership with the Arts Council England as part of the environmental programme.