Glaswegian rockers, The Fratellis, have been out on tour promoting their recently released 6th album, Half Drunk Under A Full Moon, while also playing record in-stores to raise funds for their crew and the shops during the pandemic. Having penned one of the biggest singalong chants ever when they recorded ‘Chelsea Dagger’, they also released a version of the classic disco track ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ to coincide with Scotland’s appearance at the Euros.
You can’t help but love a set by Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5! They put so much energy and creativity into their sets, each one is a surprise. They strive to share their Yellow Movement message, sharing peace, love and happiness through creativity and have managed to spread it as afar afield as festivals in both North Korea and South Korea. Fresh from their Main stage slot at Playground Festival, they are continuing to spread their yellow message everywhere. ‘Ted Dancin’, the second single from The Difficult Number 2 second album, made it to the Top 10 in the Official Scottish Charts.
Conformed by Willie Campbell, hailing from the picturesque Isle of Lewis and Scottish / Indian artist Kapil Seshasayee from Glasgow. Campbell co-founded The Reindeer Section alongside Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol co-fronted Astrid and has been championed across the BBC, by The Guardian, The Herald and toured the world. Seshasayee has been featured by everyone from Pitchfork, VICE, BBC, The Guardian, The Quietus and Rolling Stone India to name a few. His debut album A Sacred Bore explored the horrors of the Indian Caste System both in India and abroad. Musically speaking, they're not the most obvious of collaborators, but as part of Common Ground Fest, they've teamed up and are co-writing an EP exploring the wellbeing economy, and climate change.
Campbell said of the collaboration,
"One of the benefits of modern recording is that you can collaborate from anywhere. Kapil and I have been exchanging voice memos and rough demos of songs and stitching ideas together that way. The EP is going to be recorded and mixed before we’ve even met each other! We're aiming for release on Friday 5 November the day before we play Common Ground Fest at QMU.”
NOTE: Dalmar is a Gaelic word that means bold, forward, audacious.
Glaswegian singer/songwriter kitti is quickly establishing herself as one to watch. Her soaring vocals and unique lyrics demand attention and make it easy to see why fans are making comparisons to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Alicia Keys. Set to be released later this year, her highly anticipated debut EP will prove why kitti’s big break is on the horizon.
Sacred Paws is a Scottish rock band, comprising Rachel Aggs (guitar, bass, vocals) and Eilidh Rodgers (drums, vocals), who met as members of the band Golden Grrrls. Their debut album Strike a Match won the 2017 Scottish Album of the Year Award.
Starry Skies are based in Auchinoch and Glasgow. They are Warren (Vocals & Guitar), Jenny (Vocals & Cello), Heather (Violin & Vocals), Sophie (Viola & Vocals), Johnny (Guitar), Adam (Bass) and Mike (Drums & Percussion).
Warren McIntyre, AKA ‘Warren Starry Sky’, founder and songwriter for the band, has previously supported Snow Patrol, The Vaselines, Belle and Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub and Chas ‘n Dave. Through a series of strange co-incidences, he has also bizarrely crossed paths with some of the musical icons of the 20th Century. When just a kid, he danced onstage with Nina Simone, hung out with Iggy Pop in a studio one night, wandered into the path of Chuck Berry waiting for the lights to change at a Glasgow crossroads, and once bumped into Debbie Harry and Chris Stein in Waterstones.
Starry Skies music has been described as upbeat sunshine folk pop and the band love performing live. In recent years they have played in Liverpool’s Cavern, Kelvingrove Bandstand, King Tuts, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Rough Trade East and many other UK venues.
‘Do It With Love’, follows their 2018’s ‘Be Kind’ album and Starry Skies independently released songs have
featured on a wide range of different genre radio stations across the world. They have played the Saturday night headline slot at the IPO Festival in New York and recorded a live session for the legendary WMFU radio station, where 9 different presenters at the station have played their songs.
Rou Reynolds is a musician / author / producer from St Albans, Hertfordshire, most notable as the singer / frontman for British alternative-rock band ENTER SHIKARI. In his career with Enter Shikari, Rou has released six studio albums, each of them debuting in the top 5 of the Official UK Album Chart upon release. The most recent Enter Shikari album “Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible” gave the band their highest chart position thus far (#2), and was the first Enter Shikari album to be produced solely by Rou Reynolds.
Alongside musical releases, Rou has written a selection of books for Faber Music. Initially collections of lyrics accompanied by brief related insights and explanations, his most recent book “A Treatise On Possibility” - published Summer 2021 - is a more in-depth long-form read exploring in greater detail the themes of the “Nothing Is True…” album. Enter Shikari are touring the UK in November / December 2021 (a tour largely already sold out, including the band’s fourth headline show at London’s legendary 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace), with mainland Europe and North America following in early 2022.
As the Green Party’s first MP, Caroline has represented Brighton Pavilion since 2010. Previously she served as an MEP for 11 years, and as an Oxfordshire councillor. She has also served as Green Party Leader and Co-Leader.
She is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change, a member of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee and co-chair of IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission.
Caroline is in the Environment Agency’s Top 100 Eco-Heroes of all time and won awards for her work on tackling social exclusion, wildlife protection, and women’s rights, and is. Her book Honourable Friends: Parliament and the fight for change makes a passionate case for parliamentary reform.
PAT KANE is a writer, musician, curator, consultant, activist and futurist, primarily based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Guardian/Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999. Currently a columnist with The National, Pat’s forthcoming book is Radical Animal.
The Play Ethic is also a creativity/innovation consultancy that has worked with organisations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, Dentsu Aegis, the UK Cabinet Office and the UK, Scottish, Australian, South Korean and Mexican Governments, among many others. Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, creativity and innovation, in the last ten years speaking in Seoul, New York, Billund, Dublin, Washington, Istanbul, Dubrovnik, Budapest, Barcelona, Berlin and beyond. Pat is also currently the lead curator of Nesta’s FutureFest event - in his words, “A Glastonbury of the Future”. He is also co-initiator of the new political platform The Alternative UK. And he is still one half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma is a Mossi Princess from Burkina Faso and a leading representative of the traditional authorities in Africa. She is the Initiator and Leader of the MAMA-LIGHT® Initiative for Sustainable Energy, recognized by UN as one of the 14
breakthrough solutions achieving the SDGs. She brings over 20 years of experience of rural development and working with local communities, she is internationally recognized as a role model for empowerment of women and youth.
H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma holds several positions including Administrator of the “West Africa Solar Pack”, Commissioner of the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty and the Chair of the H.R.H. Princess Abze Djigma Foundation. In Co-creation with UNFCCC secretariat and in coordination with the RCC’s she hosts and leads the Talk-Show “On the road to COP26 Glasgow”.
She served as deputy head of Burkina Faso’s delegation of the COP23, 24 and 25 as well as Member of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) Technical Committee.
Appointed by the Chilean presidency and the United Nations as High Level Climate Champion for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change, to mobilize climate action in non-state actors around the world. Previously, he co-founded and led TriCiclos, one of the most recognized Latin American companies in circular economy and recycling. Inspired by 10 years of running traditional food businesses where he witnessed the waste generated by the private sector, he set out to offer a transformative service that would help the environment while being financially sustainable. Using his entrepreneurial and business knowledge, he redirected his efforts towards the ideals and passion for sustainability and the environment. Today, TriCiclos operates in 13 countries in Latin America, where its mission is to foster new designs and business models for a world without waste. TriCiclos was also the first company to be certified as a B company outside North America. Gonzalo co-founded Sistema B and is a board member of BLab global. He is currently an advisor to the National Water, Green Hydrogen, Electromobility and Circular Economy Committees.
Sandrine Dixson-Declève is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN) and was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business
She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Assembly Member, Climate Mitigation & Adaptation Mission (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy and Sustainable Finance Platform (DGFISMA); The United Nations: Co-Chair, Food Summit Action Track 5 Resilience; and is also a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Julieta Martínez is founder of the collaborative platform Tremendas and coordinator of the Tremendas Foundation. She is a member of the Youth Task Force of Generation Equality and also, fellow of Girl Rising. She serves as an advisor to the sustainability board of Unilever International, and co-Founder and director of the International Network Latinas For Climate. Julieta is member of the International Adolescent Mobilization Group, WWF ambassador and “Con Causa” ambassador, an Unesco and América Solidaria initiative.
Anuna De Wever is a Belgian climate activist who works with Fridays For Future international and Youth For Climate Belgium. She has been involved in many international campaigns related to human rights and climate change. She's the author of 'Wij zijn het klimaat' and co-author of 'Quel monde pour demain?'. She's also starred in various documentaries streamed by VICE, Canvas and HULU. Anuna also worked with the climate campaigns team of the Greens/EFA group in the European parliament for 18 months.
Nela Cadiñanos is the UK and European Leader of the Indian-NGO We Are One. She was Vice-President of the Stirling University Environmental Enterprises Society, a role that has been replaced after being elected Students’ Union President of the university for the academic year. With a manifesto focused on Sustainability, Equality and Wellbeing, she is currently advocating for the students ensuring enhanced representation within the university. Nela is passionate about the interconnectedness of community empowerment, sustainability and wellbeing. Hence, she actively promotes the power of plant-based diets working closely with Nourish Scotland and the Food Foundation as a Veg Advocate.
Nela is also a member of the WEAll Youth, and aims to keep collaborating to implement alternative economic models that are socially and environmentally responsible.
Alex Paris is a Partner Engagement Officer at United Nations Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat. He leads the Non-Party team at the Resource Mobilization and Partnerships (RMP) Subdivision.
Alex Paris holds a master’s degree (MSc) in fuel cell technologies from the University of São Paulo. He participated in the global solutions program (GSP) at Singularity University held at NASA Research Park in Mountain View, receiving a full scholarship from Google.
Alex established and worked at UNFCCC regional collaboration centres (RCCs) in Bogotá (Latin America) and St. George’s (Caribbean), responsible for the technical support and capacity-building activities on climate change mitigation with governments and the private sector.
In 2016, Alex introduced to the UNFCCC secretariat the concept of distributed ledger technologies (DTLs) as a tool for climate action. He was a jury member of Hack4Climate at COP23.
Moreover, Alex has led the conceptualization and organization of high-level events, such as “Climate Change Data using Satellites, AI and Big Data” at the 2020 UN Climate Dialogues. Alex led the implementation of UNFCCC sustainable food initiative at COP25 in Madrid.
Jimmy Paul is the Director at the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland (WEAll Scotland). WEAll partners with organisations across Scotland through the flagship ‘allies’ programme to deliver meaningful, sustained change in line with the five ‘WEAll needs’ of fairness, dignity, participation, connection and nature.
Jimmy has worked in a range of leadership roles across health & social care for nearly ten years. He was latterly a Consultant at the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and was a co-chair at the world-leading Independent Care Review.
Katherine Trebeck is co-founder and Strategic Advocacy Advisor, Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She serves on a range of boards, including the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity and The Democracy Collaborative. She is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde and a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute. She is a member of Zero Waste Scotland’s Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group and was a member of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group. Trebeck also instigated the group of Wellbeing Economy Governments. Her most recent book The Economics of Arrival: Ideas for a Grown-Up Economy (co-authored with Jeremy Williams) was published in January 2019.
A partner at Impact Beyond (a consulting firm specialized in social business), in the last four years Kamila has worked at the São Paulo City Hall as a Community Manager of FabLab Livre SP program. She is also a Global Shaper São Paulo Hub Curator. Being a young black woman in a male-dominated space, she’s passionate about creating inclusive opportunities and advancing diversity in technology, green solutions and sustainable cities.
Angus Farquhar is the Creative Director of Aproxima arts and Creative Director of the Dandelion Collective delivering the Dandelion national growing initiative. He is a freelance artist whose work spans performance, often set in unusual locations and music production. Recent works include Over Lunan, a radio work and memorial performance set in the dunes complex of Lunan Bay on the north east coast of Scotland. ‘Dear Europe’ for the National Theatre of Scotland recently won the Glasgow Times Community Initiative of the Year 2021
Angus was Creative Director of NVA organisation, from its inception in 1992 till closure in 2018. Ground-breaking NVA commissions included monumental landscape animations such as The Path, Glen Lyon and The Storr on the Isle of Skye. Ghost Peloton, for the Tour de France extended the world tour of Speed of Light, a signature contribution to the Cultural Programme for the 2012 Olympics.
Flora Bitancourt is a Social Entrepreneur, co-founder of Impact Beyond (a consulting firm specialized in social business), business partner of Socialab Brazil, Director of fiiS Brazil, and member of the Global Shaper Community, a World Economic Forum initiative. Flora is an activist for human rights and works for different impact business projects, building a world with more equality and diversity.
Reuben Chesters is Founder and Managing Director of Locavore, a social enterprise working to build sustainable food system which are better for people and planet. Locavore run local, organic and zero waste supermarkets, grow organic produce and deliver vegboxes across central Scotland. Locavore employs 100 people, paying at least the living wage and plans to open 10 shops by 2023 while becoming a carbon negative company.
Dan is a creative strategist, catalyst, activist, co-designer and guide with deep experience of harnessing creativity and collaboration for action on complex social, ecological and climate challenges. He works across multiple spaces from the grassroots, place-based communities, arts, activism, conservation, NGO to global brands.
He’s a co-founder of Good for Nothing/Nothing works, Co-Pilot of Wild Labs, steward of The Wild Network, We Are Ocean collective and hosts The SpaceShip Earth podcast. He regularly writes, talks, designs and serves as a learning guide exploring brand activism, participation culture, deepening our relationship with the more than human world and creative experimentation in unravelling times.
A respected Chair and NXD, Polly is Deputy Chair of Converge Challenge and recently stepped down as the founding Chair of CodeClan. She is also a board member of Edinburgh Science, and sits on the technology advisory board for JCCA.
Polly previously held roles as Director, ScotFIN, at IGS, the Scottish agri-tech business building leading edge vertical farming solutions, and prior to that was CEO of ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital industries, where she founded CodeClan, Scotland’s digital skills academy. She has an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay.
Paddy is an independent strategy consultant and speaker. He’s focused on tackling the climate and ecological emergency, with a particular interest in the role business and culture can play in transforming our prospects. He specialises in brand, communications and narrative change. He works with a range of groups including the UNFCCC Climate Champions, and previously worked with leading consultancies Wolff Olins and Bow & Arrow. He also lectures on brand and storytelling, advises various climate-action and activism efforts, and coaches presentation skills. Once upon a time he trained as an actor.
Amanda Janoo is the Knowledge and Policy Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEALL). Amanda is an economic policy expert with over a decade of experience working with governments and international development institutions around the world. Her work aims to build just and sustainable economies through goal-oriented and participatory policy design processes.
Denisha Killoh is the lead for the Scottish Government funded National Childhood Bereavement Project delivered by Includem. Denisha has dedicated her personal and professional life to amplifying the voices of those who come from marginalised backgrounds to shift power structures and create transformational, long-term sustainable change. She believes that in order to tackle the root causes of inequality, our current economic system must undergo a paradigm shift. At the heart of this repurposing, she thinks that those with direct experience of economic hardship must have meaningful and equitable opportunities to design and deliver a wellbeing economy.
Fraser Stewart is an Energy Policy Researcher at the University of Strathclyde, making clean energy work against poverty and inequality. His core research looks at who benefits from the social and economic impacts of low-carbon technology innovations and finding new ways to bring those innovations into low-income areas, with a focus on local and community energy and housing.
Ellie Harrison is an artist and activist based in Glasgow. She is most well known for her ‘controversial’ 2016 project The Glasgow Effect for which she refused to leave Glasgow’s city limits, or use any vehicles except her bike for a whole calendar year. A real-life experiment in ‘thinking globally and acting locally’, the project enabled her to slash her carbon footprint for transport to zero, and to invest her time, energy and ideas in community activism - helping to establish several local projects and campaigns aimed at making Glasgow a more equal, sustainable and connected city, including the Get Glasgow Moving public transport campaign, Carfree Glasgow and the Glasgow Community Energy renewable energy co-operative.
Her first book The Glasgow Effect: A Tale of Class, Capitalism & Carbon Footprint was inspired by the 2016 project and published by Luath Press in November 2019. A new and updated edition is launched on 1 November 2021 to mark the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow (COP26)
Michael splits his time between Glasgow and the Lake District – both excellent locations for his wellbeing – having previously been based in South Africa and Spain where he was international director of the consulting arm of the New Economics Foundation. He holds post-grad qualifications in economics and organisational development and loves to blend rigorous analysis with innovative approaches to opening up learning spaces and finding solutions.
Joe Smee is a community energy practitioner and activist. He has played a key role in the development of the community energy sector in Scotland over the last five years, with a particular focus on Glasgow and the wider Strathclyde region. Until recently he was working for Local Energy Scotland where he helped to deliver Glasgow Community Energy's solar PV project, a community owned hydro scheme in Arrochar, a community stake in a commercial wind farm near Lesmahagow, and numerous other small and large scale community projects.
Joe is involved in local and national campaigns on social, economic and climate justice, and is occasionally a musician and festival producer. He is currently developing a plan to somehow fit these jigsaw pieces together, and is particularly keen to build stronger connections between the climate justice movement and the local community energy sector in Glasgow.
Dr. Sabrina Schulz is the Executive Director of SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) Germany, an organisation that works with members and partners to promote sustainable development in Germany and to encourage Germany’s commitment to sustainable development in the EU and internationally. Sabrina is an expert on climate, energy and biodiversity issues, climate diplomacy, and sustainable finance & economy.
Between 2018 and 2020, Sabrina served as Head of the Berlin office at KfW, Germany’s national promotional and international development bank where she represented the interests of KfW Group in the political arena. Previously, from 2012 to 2018, she was the Director of the Berlin office at E3G-Third Generation Environmentalism, an international non-profit climate and energy think tank. Before that, Sabrina worked in various policy capacities for think tanks and consultancies in Germany, the UK, the US and Canada. From 2009 to 2011, she was a Policy Advisor on climate and energy to the British High Commission in Canada and led a project on climate security.
Sabrina holds an MA in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam, for which she also studied at the University of Konstanz and the Université catholique de Louvain, as well as an MA in International Politics and a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth in the United Kingdom.
She is also the Chairwoman of the Board of econnext, a holding investing in sustainable and impact-oriented start-ups; Deputy Chair of the Executive Committee of the Board of Agora Energiewende; and she volunteers as a Policy Fellow at ‘Das Progressive Zentrum’, a Berlin-based policy think tank.
Sasha Josette is CEO of Proposition Studios and co-founder of Breath - a climate justice community organising project. Sasha has a background as a strategic communications professional, campaigner and organiser with focus on independent media, research and digital innovation and participatory policy. She has co-founded and/or taken lead roles in projects including; The Labour Party’s Community Organising Unit and The World Transformed Festival and the Political Education Project.
Jonathon Shafi is a Glasgow based activist, writer and campaigner. He appears regularly in the Herald and a range of outlets addressing topics including Scottish and European politics, racism and the far-right and foreign policy. He speaks publicly on these and other issues across the UK. Jonathon has worked part-time at Electoral Reform Society Scotland for the last 5 years
Lisa gets the conversation going, providing the space for our all-star line up to take us on their personal journeys that brought them to care so much about changing the system and how they see the vision of a different system
Anuna, Julieta, Nela and Denisha discuss the urgency of the climate crisis, the barriers to rapid change and how to empower the voices of those that understand the urgency.
Angus, Polly and Reuben discuss solutions to support a food system in Scotland that works with nature and reconnects communities to the food they buy and eat
Michael hosts a conversation with three leading Glasgow-based energy activists about the different ways we need to look at how we move around, heat and power our city
Dan and Paddy introduce the narratives behind Stories for Life before leading the audience into a moment of reflection, creating the space for people’s own stories to emerge
This panels aims to inspire the audience by bringing concrete example from diverse sectors on how to contribute as leaders but also in our personal lives to a regenerative future. We must advocate for a system that prioritizes the health of the planet and its people above infinite growth and consumption. We must change the logic in which we are somehow separate from nature and recognize our interdependence, looking after one another.
The purpose of this workshop is to create a small atmosphere of what our society can be if we choose to care for our planet and to bring further discussions on the importance of supporting one another. But, doing this isn’t simple and our big question is: How do we connect with each other and with our own self? Authentic and spontaneous dance movement is about entering the exchange and flow, finding a pathway for collaboration together. How can we build a strong community with common interests, and make our planet safe for as much longer as possible?
The answer we’ll find together. Come with us and let's find our CommonGround!
Both in the UK and around the world, we are increasingly dependent on state power to avert climate breakdown. On the face of it this seems ok, in a democracy we elect our government to enact laws and policies that safeguard our wellbeing and that of future generations. But despite grand promises at election time, successive UK governments have ignored decades of public pressure to act on the climate crisis. So we’re here to ask - is the democratic system in the UK even currently capable of delivering the change we need? Or are we asking for oranges from an apple tree? Do we need to democratise to decarbonise?