Day 1 – Effective Storytelling
2:50PM – 3:50PM
Garden Room | Clifton Pavilion
As environmental communicators, we are storytellers, carefully crafting narratives to engage people with the issues and inspire positive action. As the narrative landscape around the environment evolves, there is an urgent need for new and effective storytelling skills to rekindle and drive new creative approaches.
Delegates joined this session to discuss and share effective stories that influence the influencers and drive realistic change.
Dr Matt Pritchard
As an independent science communicator he performs to over 50,000 people a year and works with organisations like The Royal Institution, British Science Association, The Big Bang fairs, and the Science Museum Group. Previously Matt conducted atomic physics research at Durham University, where he won the Institute of Physics’ Postgraduate lecturer award. He subsequently went on to work within the Education department at Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham.
In addition to this experience, he has spent the last 18 years working as a professional magician and is an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle – one of only 300 people in the world to hold this distinction.
Leila is director of the participatory photography project Voice of Freedom, which works with women who have escaped trafficking and torture. Leila trained as a barrister before going on to work as a legal editor and journalist for several years, and since then has used writing and photography in community advocacy projects, such as Change the Picture (with prostituted women in London’s East End), the Jaffa Photography Project (with Arab and Jewish teenagers), and Voice of Freedom.
Voice of Freedom enables women who have escaped slavery to document their lives, feelings and experiences through the camera lens, and supports them as they create texts in their own words to accompany the images. Photographs by women on the project have been shown widely in educational and anti-trafficking campaigns, including by Amnesty UK, Anti-Slavery International, and the Nottingham University Rights Lab.
Sidharth has combined his two lifelong passions, food and music, by setting up and establishing multiple, award-winning businesses in those sectors. He has spent the last 20 years creating strong, resilient brands such as The Thali Cafe, Shambala Festival and his latest offering KIN.
The common theme that runs through all his various projects, past and present, are the concepts of: sustainability, innovation and social benefit. Sidharth believes that the most difficult and pressing issues that we face as a society, can be tackled by using creativity to reframe the problems and deliver solutions.
Outside of his work for Kambe, Sidharth has sat on the board for the Association of Independent Festivals and the Bristol Food Policy Council – both as a founder member. He is a trustee for FareShare Southwest the food waste / food poverty charity, and a Director of Bristol Food Network
In 2011 he was the first person to be awarded the title of ‘Local Food Champion’ by the City of Bristol in recognition for his work in promoting sustainable food.
Avon Wildlife Trust
Bath & North East Somerset Council
BBC Natural History Unit
Bristol City Council
Bristol Zoo Gardens
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of the West of England
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
The Natural History Consortium is a charitable collaboration between these member organisations.
Engaging people with the natural world through collaborative action. Reg Charity 1123432