Male, , birthday 29th October
Joined August 2015

The biog says

"Social entrepreneur Pete Lawrence is the conceptualist and firestarter of this social network and community Campfire Convention, a concept he has been working on for the last decade and is currently launching.

Prior to that, he is probably best known as the co-founder of The Big Chill, and originator of the 'boutique' festival experience. The event quickly attracted a large number of very loyal followers, building to a peak in 2005 of 35, 000. Pete gave early exposure to such names as Lily Allen, Goldfrapp, Amy Winehouse, Gotan Project, Mr Scruff, Röyksopp, Zero 7 and Lemon Jelly. After establishing itself as one of the top half dozen UK festivals, Pete was included in Time Out’s Top 100 ‘movers and shakers’ alongside the likes of Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Madonna, Brian Paddick, Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair.

In the mid 80s Lawrence was recognised as a respected tastemaker with an unconventional flair when he discovered and spontaneously recorded US folk singer Michelle Shocked on a walkman around a Texas campfire for his fledgling Cooking Vinyl label. The resulting album ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’, with its £1 ‘field recording’ budget, went on to top the independent album charts in 1987 and establish the label at the forefront of the world and roots music scenes.

Subsequently, Pete also became a writer, radio DJ and journalist. Through the 90s he had regular columns in Top, Update and Jockey Slut as well as founding, editing and publishing his own On magazine. Pete has arguably been one of the most influential and respected tastemakers on the electronic and downtempo scenes, and made his BBC Radio 2 debut on August Bank Holiday 2006 with a two hour chill out show. As an artist, he records under the name of Chilled By Nature, and in 2006 released his first album ‘Under One Sun’ on Big Chill Recordings, featuring a number of live guests, including The Swingle Singers, and Mozez of Zero 7 fame, who collaborated with Pete on ‘State Of Grace’.

Pete resigned as a shareholder and director of The Big Chill in early 2008, moving to the village of Braunston in Northamptonshire and has principally spent his time developing a blueprint for a social network, Campfire Convention, an evolutionary platform for creative thinkers, funded and shaped by its own members, which also stages events with community focus. Campfire is now online at and Pete is currently living in Frome, Somerset.


Key Skills





Ray Lawrence, Pauline Lawrence, My children, Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Scilla Elworthy, Paul Mason, Brian Eno, Kate Raworth, Shoshana Zuboff, Roger Deakin, Stuart Maconie, Steve Jobs, Jeff Jarvis, Tom Hodgkinson, Naomi Klein, E.P. Thompson, Plato, Fraser Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Tony Benn, Richard D.Wolff, Daniel Pinchbeck, Bill Drummond, Jonathan Pie, Derek Jarman, Monty Python, Offshore pirate radio, John Peel, Danny Baker, Cecil Sharp, Tom Middleton, Alan James, Erica Ruben, Charlie Brooker, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


Campfire Convention (founder / firestarter), The Big Chill (co-founder), Cooking Vinyl (founder)


Campfire Activism Shoecamp : A blueprint


A Blueprint

Campfire Convention 003.UK : Activism Shoecamp (working title)

Learnshops on how to be a fully qualified active citizen in the 21st century

A two or three day to learn and teach in mutual exchange. Campfire Convention is a community of elders, experts and enthusiasts of all ages. Developing templates of expertise. Building collective wisdom.

As our member Ruth Wallsgrove has proposed "'How to' sessions to learn to be an effective,  fully qualified active citizen in the 21st century. This is something Campfire could do very well. We could develop a concept for learning and teaching in mutual exchange, aiming to build networks of active citizens that convene around the Campfire (real life or virtual)."

Activism Shoecamps would aim to bring people together to find solutions.

These sessions are teach-ins, with some structure, given by one or more teachers rather than open discussions, although there will be room for a Q&A at the end of most of the programmed sessions.

We will also have a Friday and Saturday evening convivial, kicking off with a Speed networking session post-dinner on Friday.


  • How to have a positive conversation

To give someone else your undivided attention is to truly honour that person. Let's explore deep listening techniques and how to give a conversation space and rhythm. 

  • How to light a Beacon in your community

Setting up an event, organising a meeting, galvanising your local community, bringing people together, sharing conversation and disseminating ideas…

  • How to be confident and effective

Become your own best friend, discover true self esteem and create the world you want.

  • How to write

Surprisingly, confident people can be hesitant about writing in public. It’s a matter of technique and practise, anyone can learn.

  • How to shift our consciousness

Social and political change starts with self-awareness.  In order to change the world, we need to be mindful of how we behave, the values we subscribe to and changing the narrative.

  • How to use the Campfire website

Make the most of Campfire’s wide range of features to not only join the dots, but to showcase your work or leisure interests, blog your activities, collaborate with others, gather resources and build portfolios.

  • How to put to put together a radio show or podcast

Getting your message out there, articulating and producing audio content.

  • How to make a video and edit photos

Being able to back up words with video and good photos is essential to getting your message out. Here’s our practical guide…

  • How to use crypto-currencies

Debunking the myths, unravelling the mystique, sizing up the realities of crypto-currencies and whether they’re about to turn our financial systems upside down

  • How to create a thinking environment

How we can create a safe place to speak, uninterrupted, not shouted down or talked over.

  • How to reshape the employment model in the age of artificial intelligence

Steering AI towards being a force for good, not just another Wild West of wealth creation for the privileged few. Shaping citizenship responsibility in a near-future where traditional employment roles and models are likely to be shattered by the ramp-up of AI.

  • How to collaborate

Sharing, collaborative, new economic concepts are re-shaping our world. How do we create an intellectual commons environment?

  • How to do Yoga

Yoga is as much as mindset as it is about exercise, movement and fitness. Learn how yoga might just change your worldview.

  • How to take political power at local level

Independents are rejecting Party Politics.  We hear how the ‘Flatpack Democracy’ independents took power in Frome and to provide some simple steps for others to do the same at a local level.

  • How to turn your brain on

Sometimes even the most creative artists get mental blocks. This panel looks at ways we can become inspired.




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