5×15 at Wilderness develops new perspectives on big ideas and the issues transforming the world around us. Lively, thought-provoking and entertaining, 5×15 sees 5 speakers each with 15 minutes to share their stories. Topics include the future of education, tech wars and the wonder of the natural world. Join us for some bite-sized inspiration.
Jamie Bartlett is the author of The People vs Tech, about how the internet is destroying democracy. He is also author of The Dark Net about internet subcultures, and the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos. He recently presented the two-part BBC documentary series ‘The Secrets of Silicon Valley’.
Emily Penn is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist. As much at home in and on the water as she is on dry land, Emily’s ability to develop and communicate solutions for challenges facing today’s society has been sharpened by a diverse portfolio of unique experiences. She has organised the largest ever community-led waste cleanup from a tiny Tongan island, trawled for micro plastics on a voyage through the Arctic Northwest Passage, rounded the planet on the record-breaking biofuelled boat Earthrace, and worked on a sailing cargo ship trading western supplies for coconuts. Emily splits her time between running eXXpedition – a series of all female voyages which focus on the relationship between plastics and toxics and female health – and working on solving the ocean plastics issue with Parley for the Oceans and other corporate clients.
Caspar Henderson is a writer and journalist. His first book, The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, won the Roger Deakin Award of the Society of Authors and the Jerwood Award Royal Society of Literature, and was shortlisted for Royal Society Science Book Prize. His new book, A New Map of Wonders has received accolades from Philip Pullman, Sarah Bakewell and others.
Alex Beard has worked in education for a decade. After starting out as an English teacher in an inner-city comprehensive, Alex now works for Teach For All where he is fortunate to spend his time travelling the world in search of the practices that will shape the future of learning. His book Natural Born Learners is a user’s guide to transforming learning in the twenty-first century, taking readers on a dazzling global tour into the future, from the high-tech halls of Silicon Valley to the exam factories of South Korea, Finland’s inclusive classrooms to the French school without teachers.
Isabella Tree is an award-winning author and travel writer, and lives with her husband, the environmentalist Charlie Burrell, in the middle of a pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex. She is the author of the best selling Wilding: The return of nature to a British Farm which George Monbiot has called: ‘The remarkable story of an astounding transformation’.