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, Charlie Brooker, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


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


Our Guild editors


Campfire Convention is about creativity, interaction and exchange, nurturing ideas, developing Projects and having fun! Development work has now reached the stage where we’re ready to beta test the site and are looking for suitable Founder Members.

The heart of the Campfire will revolve around our 16 Guilds and each one will have the opportunity to develop its own editorial voice. We feel this is much needed right now, with much mainstream media reflecting the vested interests of its owners. We aim to develop a truly independent voice, untainted by the commercial pressures of chasing advertising and page clicks. 

There will also be an overall Campfire ‘magazine’ pulling in the best of content from throughout the site, called The Bugle.

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



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 (all members join automatically)

We're looking for members who have time to dedicate to their Guild. A knowledge of subject matter, an enthusiasm and reasonable people management skills would be an advantage. Journalistic experience welcome though not essential. 

Potential Guilds editorial roles :

1 An overview of your chosen interest.

2 Selecting regular content for ‘status update’ style postings on the Guild’s wall. Top external links and promotion of related content within the Campfire site. Write a short intro to 'set up' the linked article. Keep the sources varied - ie not all Guardian articles (my weak link!)

3 Writing occasional opinion style posts to set the tone of the Guild

4 Commissioning articles on Guild related subjects from members

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

6 Curating Guild magazine. Adding, moderating and publishing relevant articles, weighting featured articles.

7 Supporting associated Project development.

8 Enabling connections, spotting trends, analysing available data

9 Developing a ‘house’ style for the Guild, in conjunction with other editors.

10 Promoting the Guild and CC on other platforms

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

12 Editorial management, tagging, copy editing, photo editing where neccessary. 

13 Curating, editing and adding submitted items to the resource pages (ie links pages)

This is a comprehensive, all 'bells and whistles' list and we wouldn't realistically expect any Guild editor to do all this regularly!  Half an hour a week should produce some great results. 


The overall cross-site Campfire magazine, The Bugle will draw from the best content across Guilds and Projects.

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





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