Campfire Conversations

A Project inviting members to host their own Campfire Conversation events this summer, or to attend others' events.

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by Pete Lawrence
Created on 22 Feb 2017

With spring under way, our thoughts turn to outdoor activities and the campfire experience. We're heading out around the UK between late April and mid July in the build up to this year's Campfire Convention 00.UK event.

If you are up for hosting / organising a Campfire Conversation for this summer, have a read of the articles in this Project.

The gathering works best as a small, intimate afternoon or evening, preferably with an outdoor element (as we can then have a fire too), which can be a pub or arts centre, a back garden or a field. Ideal size I can range from 10-100 people and would involve discussion, debate, thinkshop, exhibition, ideas exchange and a knees-up element (live acoustic music or DJs) and a food / drink element, often communal cooking.



Wed, 02/22/2017
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Campfire at The Good Life


Campfire Conversations concluded their season on a sunny authumnal afternoon in north Wales around a campfire on the Hawrden estate.

The promised PA system didn't show up and with only a one-line listing in the programme, we knew we'd struggle to get our voices heard but a small gathering entered into the spirit and we chatted for four hours. Thanks to all who came and took part.

Our speakers were :

@David Brown talking about Paradox, Persuasion, and Clean Language.

"I want to talk about listening. That’s a paradox.

Presenting superior ideas will not change the mind of a person who does not want to listen. To have a person listen to us, we must go first by listening to them.

I want to show you some ways of listening that do not confuse things by introducing the ideas of the listener."

@Mia Manners 

"I raise awareness in all things organic local & seasonal embracing the pauses between the narrative and bringing people together.  To stop illusionary backed systems that degrade and destroy fragile ecosystems for profit only."

"Its time to transition like a naughty adolescent into a caring, human being adult that takes gusto with his light stepping on earth and his courage to face adversity by making a mighty shift that questions everything and all.  And to walk with dignity and integrity."

@Indra Adnan spoke on reimagining politics 

"If politics is broken, what's the alternative? We are doing this, first of all, by turning our attention to the 98% and giving attention to all the many socio-political initiatives we see out there...the real shift is that people are taking back control of their resources and lives in so many different ways and we want to amplify that in whatever way we can. Our task is not to mobilise people behind our message, but to help organise them doing their own thing...The energy of The Alternative is to step outside the bubble and create a better model which can eventually be offered back to the system." 

Read the thread from her Campfire forum sofa session

@Helen Swan 

Your Guide to Undercarriage Protection

"I have something new for you about your pelvic floor - and it's NOT all about the Kegels

Do you dare to go down under with me? No nudity required - just an open mind

For both men and women