Ruskin and Sustainable Societies

Date: Jun 25, 2016
Details:

Saturday, 25th June 2016, 10am-4pm
Working Towards a Sustainable World:
Inspired by Ruskin

No. 70 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5NH.

Tickets £5 per person (catering included)
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A roundtable event in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University.

This full-day roundtable features six speakers who are making a difference.  They will share their stories of working to make a better, more sustainable society.  The Victorian thinker John Ruskin has inspired each one.

Ruskin looked to the medieval past for inspiration and had a real impact on British – and global – culture in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.  He inspired the arts and crafts pioneers Morris & Co.; the early Labour Party named him a major influence; Gandhi changed his life after reading Unto This Last. He was an early proponent of environmental awareness and ethical consumerism.

10.00

Arrival with tea & coffee

 

10.30

Welcome

 

 

Clive Wilmer (Master of the Guild of St George)

 

 

10.40

Introduction to Ruskin and Sustainability, setting up the Weaving Common Threads session: Rachel Dickinson (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

 

11.00

Sustainable Investment

 

Catherine Howarth (ShareAction)

 

Questions

 

 

11.30

Comfort break

 

 

11.40

New Approaches

 

Intro

 

Robin Sukatorn (Winner John Ruskin Prize [Student] 2015 and student at the Manchester School of Art)

 

Dominika Wielgopolan (awarded a Faculty Scholarship to embark on a Ruskin-focused PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

Caroline Ikin (awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship to embark on a Ruskin-focused PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University)

 

Discussion

 

 

12.30

Lunch (sandwiches etc. provided on site)

 

 

13.20

Youth & Localism

 

Julie McCarthy (42nd Street) and Ronan Brindley (Manchester Art Gallery)

 

Aonghus Gordon (Ruskin Mill Trust)

 

Questions

 

 

14.20

Comfort break

 

 

14.30

Business & Community

 

Olivier Geoffroy (Unto This Last)

 

John Iles and Jenny Robbins (Ruskin Land and Wyre Community Land Trust)

 

Questions

 

 

15.30

Comfort Break

 

 

15.40

Weaving Common Threads

Reflecting on the day.


 

16.00

Closing Drinks

Convened by Guild Director Dr Rachel Dickinson (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Cheshire Faculty, Manchester Metropolitan University)