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 Circles : Organising teams


I first floated this suggestion after our discussions at the November 2016 Campfire Circle meeting in Braunston - the idea of dividing up into organisational teams 

Would this way of organising work? Your feedback is valued.

I have revised the Circles one year on and comments welcome, volunteers especially welcome!

An example of how teams might work...

Ethos : Values, Ts and Cs, privacy, What do we stand for? 

Admin : Company admin, accounts, book keeping

Biz : Planning, company, finance, forecasting

Geeks : Website development , research, issues, software, modules 

Design : Concepts, print, flyers, logos, icons, programmes

PR : Social media, event feeds, promotion and publicity

Organisation : Team meeting co-ordination, tools management, mailing lists, mail blasts

Media : Archiving, film & audio recording, transcribing

Editors : Guild and Bugle editors, content, directives, policy

Mentoring : Tutorials, nurturing new members, sponsorship of new members

Learning : Campfire courses and education

Experience : User experience, analysis. expectations, feedback

Events : Coordinating various events diary - Conversations and Circles

Kindling : Campfire youth gatherings and initiatives 

Global : Campfire worldwide development

Firecasts : Campfire podcast production and content

Sofa Sessions : Campfire forum sofa sessions co-ordination





Andie Brazewell

I think this will be really useful in coordinating action and energising teams in a supportive function - I am happy to join the event and mentoring teams too Pete
Andie x


Pete Lawrence

Brilliant @Andie Brazewell .. We'll send you an invitation


Ralph Pettingill

My first impression is that this is a simple to understand way to organise. Obviously there will be overlaps, but it's all self explanatory (well, to me, anyway..) It also seems a straightforward way for people to choose where they'd like to be involved.

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