A London-based journalist, educator and organiser, Abdul Rehman Malik is currently programmes manager for the Radical Middle Way, which works in the UK and globally to create platforms for open debate, critical thinking and deep spiritual reflection. The organisation aims to enable change, promote social justice and combat exclusion and violence. His work has been featured in media around the world and he can be heard regularly on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought.
Ann Morisy is a freelance community theologian, working in both rural and urban contexts and specialising in social responsibility issues. She was the Director of the Commission on Urban Life and Faith which produced the report “Faithful Cities” and has written bestselling books on the spirituality of public transport, radical neighbourliness, hope in troubled times, and intergenerational equity. Her most recent book is Bothered and Bewildered: Enacting Hope in Troubled Times.
Ann Pettifor spearheaded the global debt cancellation campaign, Jubliee 2000, resulting in the cancelling of about $60bn of debt owed by developing countries. A widely respected economist and financial commentator, she is a Director of PRIME Policy Research in Macroeconomics and a senior fellow of the New Economics Foundation. She was also the author of the prophetic The Coming First World Debt Crisis, an analysis of the ecosystem of rising western indebtedness.
Dan is an artist and writer based on the South Coast. He is the founder and director of Revolutionary Arts and author of Pop Up Business For Dummies.
Dan is a recognised expert on the reuse of empty shops, and on how to create a pop up shop, and runs the Empty Shops Network.
He also started #riotcleanup. For this, he was singled out by David Cameron as an example of great British leadership. That project inspired his current work with #wewillgather, which uses social media for social good.
Davey Spens is the creative director of Boat Studio. Named one of Marketing Week's Rising Stars in 2007, he quit big agency advertising to start Boat Studio with his wife Erin. Boat is an optimistic creative studio.
"Though we live in a pretty skeptical world, we genuinely believe in the impossible. We started our agency when we quit our jobs, crossed our fingers and hoped for the best. We had no start-up capital, and were in the midst of a recession. We’ve made work we’re proud to put our name to. We launched a magazine that is on sale in three continents. And we approach everything we do with a love for big ideas and little details, a fondness for humanity, and the same spirit of cautious optimism that got us into the boat in the first place."
David Nussbaum is Chief Executive of WWF UK; he is also Chair of WWF's Global Climate and Energy Initiative. Previously he was the Chief Executive of Transparency International, based in Berlin, the leading global NGO focused on curbing corruption, with National Chapters in around 100 countries. He is a Non-Executive Director of the quoted private equity fund Low Carbon Accelerator; and of the leading Fair Trade finance company Shared Interest. Until 2006, he was the (non-executive) Chair of Traidcraft, the leading UK 'Fair Trade' company.
Michael Frost is an Australian missiologist, Vice Principal of Morling College, Sydney and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre. His most recent book is The Road to Missional (2012). He is founder of the missional Christian community, smallboatbigsea, in Manly, Sydney, where he also helped establish Action Against Poverty, a micro-financing agency, and was instrumental in launching Street Pastors Manly. Much of his work focuses on enabling people to embrace a theology of risk, adventure & courage, themes which he will focus on at ADVENTurous.
Ruth Valerio runs A Rocha UK’s Living Lightly project and is on the leadership of Spring Harvest. As well as working on her doctoral thesis – which looks at simple living as a Christian response to consumerism – Ruth is also a community activist, a director of Cred Jewellery and writer in Families First, Christianity, and Third Way. Her first book L is for Lifestyle was released in 2008.
Richard Reynolds is founder of GuerrillaGardening.org and author of “On Guerrilla Gardening”. He began cultivating neglected public land in his South London neighbourhood in 2004. Since then he’s encouraged many more people across the world to get involved and discovered hundreds of guerrilla gardeners around the world. He says they are possibly the most enthusiastic gardeners in the country, because they can’t help but act on the potential to grow things outside their garden. Richard has an RHS certificate in horticulture, a degree in geography and a career in advertising when he’s not gardening.
Following her triumphant Greenbelt 2011, left-wing political troubadour Grace has been touring the country, responding to swingeing public sector spending cuts with incisive and lyrical songcraft. Her new album Mark My Words continues her inspired mission, with a series of "blistering tributes to her protesting generation".
Andy Flannagan is married to the very gorgeous Jenny, treasures some great friends, and is the Director of the Christian Socialist Movement. They exist to be a prophetic voice to left-sided politics and the church, encouraging Christians to see politics as mission. A driving passion is to see a just re-wiring of the global economic system. Andy continues to perform, speak, lead worship and play a lot of cricket.
Already 2010 London Slam Champion, 2011 UK Slam Champion, 2011 European Slam Champion and 2012 World Slam Champion, Harry Baker describes himself as “trying to do as much poetry as possible without failing my maths degree.” Starting out as a rapper, Harry first realized his gift for poetry when he won a slam competition at the Edinburgh Fringe. And he hasn’t looked back since. His wisdom and lyricism belie his tender years.
“One of the UK’s top five live bands”, according to The Independent, Hope & Social are a blue-jacketed musical clan, producing making music from their base in the crypt of a church in Leeds – and then releasing it on their independent, fan-funded label Alamo Music. Rapidly becoming mainstays at Greenbelt festival and touring relentlessly, their exuberant and committed live shows have won them fans all over. Their generosity – in both music and life – is utterly infectious.
Iain Archer is a songwriter of renown; both solo – with his last album To The Pine Roots, released in 2009 – and with bands including the Americana supergroup Tired Pony, and Snow Patrol, with whom he won an Ivor Novello Award for their album Final Straw. He has also written with Example, Athlete, and Newton Faulkner, and has turned his hand to film scores, soundtracking the documentary film America’s Wildest Refuge.