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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So who's showing up at your Fantasy Campout..?


Campfire continues to surprise, amaze and amuse ; my fantasy Campout lineup might just turn into reality..

OK, I just had this idea. Remember Fantasy Football? Well it wasn't anything I ever did you understand the concept- pitting your own fantasy team against others... Even better- your Fantasy Campfire Campout line up.. I'm sitting here this Saturday morning, delightedly listening to David Byrne Radio. HIs playlist is just what I'm looking for this morning. It crossed my mind 'Wouldn't it be great to have David Byrne at one of our Campfire events? I've always been moved by his music, collaborations, perspective. Then I remember that he and Brian Eno have often been artistic collaborators, and Brian came to our first Campfire Convention..?  @Pete Lawrence, our very own pied piper of DIY collaborative community, invites us on this path of an emergent democratized culture so what are our ideas for next time? Don't all big ideas start out as small seeds, straws in the wind, whispers in our imagination.. so I'm inviting us to share our Fantasy Campfire ideas. Who knows, maybe we get  to make them come true...




Andie Brazewell

Sir David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg, if they haven't, they should meet.
Brian Cox and Donald Trump, sparks will fly!
Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd founder) -
Lesperance orphanage children's choir from Rwanda - let the tell their story -
Reynaldo Ochoa - I worked with this inspiring and influential man for over four years and I am still learning from him, an ex-logger of the Amazon, turned conservationist...
John Hare OBE - founder of the Bactrian Camel Sanctuary, Gobi desert, Mongolia to hear how he persuaded the Chinese government to ban and remove illegal and environmentally detrimental gold mining in the Gobi desert...


Ralph Pettingill

Wow! I'll look foward to checking out these links- thank you @Andie Brazewell