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, Charles Eisenstein, Jason Hine, Tom Hodgkinson, Naomi Klein, E.P. Thompson, Plato, Fraser Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, Arundhati Roy, Tony Benn, Richard D.Wolff, Daniel Pinchbeck, Bill Drummond, Jonathan Pie, Derek Jarman, Monty Python, Offshore pirate radio, John Peel, Margaret Attwood, Cecil Sharp, Tom Middleton, Alan James, Greta Thunberg, Greek culture, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


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


Campfire Guilds and magazines


Campfire Convention development work is truly under way and we will be looking to invite a few Pioneers to help shape the community within the next few weeks. Campfire Convention is about creativity, interaction and exchange, nurturing ideas, developing Projects and having fun! 

The heart of the Campfire will revolve around our 16 Guilds and each one will have the opportunity to develop its own editorial voice.

Each Guild will have :

1 Its own magazine, made up of editorially sourced and posted status updates (current topical 'found' content - the pulse of each Guild) along with more in depth articles, blogs, galleries, videos, playlists. members can like, share and comment on these updates.

2 A forum for deeper discussion. Any member can start a thread and / or comment.

3 A resources page - bookmarked articles and links relevant to each Guild

4 Specific Guilds events calendar

5 Its own editor / editorial team who will give each Guild its own unique flavour


Posting to a Guild

Members can send a post or an article to any Guild you are a member of for editorial consideration by checking the 'Guilds' box in the 'visibility' column (top right in 'Create a Post' document) and then by selecting which one Guild you would like to nominate it for (bottom right on the 'Create a Post' page). Your submitted post will then be subject to editorial approval at the moderation stage and you will receive a notification if accepted. You can mail the editors via the 'contact editor' button on the cover of each Guild.

Status updates in the Guilds are made only by the editors but all members can 'like' and 'comment'.


Creative group of Guilds : Sound, Vision, Word, Perform, Art & Craft

Leisure group of Guilds : Explore, Taste, Home, Play, Style,

Tools For Life group of Guilds : Inform, Maximise, Tech, Connect, Balance,

Community : Campfire Community


Potential Guilds editorial roles

1 An overview of your chosen interest

2 Selecting content for regular postings on the Guild’s wall. Top external links and promotion of related content with the Campfire site

3 Commissioning articles on Guild related subjects from members

4 Reading articles by members tagged with associated ‘key interest’ tags. 

5 Curating Guild magazine. Adding and publishing relevant articles, making certain articles sticky, writing leader columns

6 Supporting associated Project development

7 Enabling connections, spotting trends, analysing available data

8 Developing a ‘house’ style for the Guild

9 Promoting the Guild and CC on other platforms

10 Identify potential moderators (for forums and comments) and editorial team members. Forum etiquette.

11 Editorial management, legals, tagging, copy editing. 

12 Curate and edit any submitted resources (ie links pages)

13 Review and add to taxonomy (tags, categories)

The overall Campfire magazine, The Bugle will draw from the best content across Guilds and Projects and will be edited and moderated.

If you are interested in applying to be one of our Guild editorial team, please drop me a line



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