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Platform Live: Food, Cities and Human Behaviour


Sharing knowledge, insights and energy is critical if we’re to chart a course towards a sustainable future for Greater Manchester and the world.

  • What: Platform Live - Talks and Discussion
  • Where: Manchester Museum, Kanaris Lecture Theatre
  • When: Thursday, 16 October, 2014, 14:00 - 18:00

Taking place on World Food Day this will be a half day event of fast-paced lectures and lively discussion around the themes of sustainable food, cities and human behaviour.

Talks will be delivered by leading academics, business people, social entrepreneurs and international speakers from the Do Not Smile sustainable communications network. The event will close with drinks and networking.

Speakers confirmed so far include Asda, Biospheric Foundation, ETANTE, Goodvertising (Copenhagen), Kelloggs, the Moss Cider Project, Myra (Istanbul), Sidiese (Paris), Silverback (Rome), Tipping Points (Bonn), and the University of Manchester. More speakers will be confirmed during the coming weeks. The event will be chaired by Creative Concern.


The lectures are being staged in partnership with the University of Manchester, following a series of breakfast sustainability debates at the John Rylands Library, and will be the first ‘live’ extension of the online knowledge-sharing project Platform, itself a partnership between Creative Concern, the University of Salford, Mistra Urban Futures and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. The event is also part of the inaugural Greater Manchester Food Poverty Week.

Themes covered by the speakers will include food, sustainability and waste; cider; communications and behaviour change; corporate sustainability and ‘reputation’; mobility and sustainable travel; and the ethics and future of communications.

Talks and a live blog of the event will be published on Platform. The lectures will be short and highly visual, with just 8-10 minutes for each speaker in sequences of 4-5 presentations followed by audience contributions from the floor.

The outline timings are as follows:

2.00pm  Registration, welcome and refreshments
2.30pm  Round one… 4-5 presentations plus commentary from audience
3.30pm  Break, coffee
3.45pm  Round two… 3-4 presentations plus commentary from audience
4.30pm  Round three… 3-4 presentations plus commentary from audience
5.15pm  Summing up and thanks
5.30pm  Drinks reception and networking


Confirmed speakers at 25.9.2014 include:

Michael Adler, Director, Tipping Points (Bonn)
Laura Babbs, Sustainability Manager, Asda,
Gildas Bonnel/Nicolas Perdrix, Sidiese (Paris)
Tom Curtis, Innovations Director, 3Keel
Lucy Danger, Founder and Director, Emerge
Alison Last, Corporate Communications Manager, Kellogg’s
Simonetta Lombardo, Silverback (Rome)
Damla Özlüer, Project Co-ordinator, Myra (Istanbul)
Dr Beth Perry, SURF/Mistra Urban Futures, University of Salford
Chris Walsh, Kindling Trust
Vincent Walsh, Founder, Biospheric Foundation
Julian Walker-Palin, Founder ETANTE consulting
Joe Weeks, the Moss Cider Project

And to be confirmed:

Speakers from the Tyndall Centre, Sustainable Consumption Institute and Cities@Manchester from the University of Manchester, plus we hope, Goodvertising (Copenhagen).

Platform. Live.

The Creative Concern team will be working with the University of Manchester to organise the event and we will also be recording the presentations as a series of films and blogs on our sustainability website, Platform. We will also be live-blogging and Tweeting via @On_The_Platform.



To reserve your place at this event, please go to our Eventbrite page or email 


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