Structure of the day

Growing Prosperity will be a stimulating mix of plenary sessions and participative workshops.

Held at the Guildhall, in the heart of the City of London, the event will be opened by the current Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf. The Rt Hon Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, will give a keynote speech on the role of the green economy in economic recovery and answer questions from the floor. This will be followed by an armchair discussion with significant commentators led by the broadcaster Jon Snow.

Participants can then choose from six collaborative workshops run by leading think tanks and not-for-profit organisations. Wide-ranging in content and style, these will showcase examples of what has been achieved in particular localities and explore new approaches to addressing systemic barriers to change.

The afternoon is all about participation with an ‘open space’ style facilitation giving everyone a chance to shape the agenda, share and connect – and then celebrate with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

Programme Schedule

Time Session/Activity
9.30 Registration and coffee
10.00 Opening address by The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Fiona Woolf
10.10 Introduction to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation by Andrew Barnett
10.15 Key note address by The Rt Hon Gregory Barker, MP
10.30 Q & A with Gregory Barker MP, chaired by Andrew Barnett
10.40 Introduction to the work of the City Bridge Trust by David Farnsworth
10:45 Armchair discussion, chaired by Jon Snow, with Professor Tim Jackson, University of Surrey, Julia Groves, Trillion Fund, and Sally Uren, Forum for the Future
11:20 Coffee
11:45 Workshops in various locations (see below)
13:00 Lunch
14:15 Open Space, facilitated by Johnnie Moore
15:15 Tea
15:45 Open Space, facilitated by Johnnie Moore
16:45 Open Space Summary
16:55 Closing remarks by Mr Jeremy Mayhew, Chairman of City Bridge Trust
17:00 Reception with an opening speech by Lawrence C Bloom


Workshop 01

Baking a low carbon future: Are local renewables the secret ingredient?


Workshop 03

How can localities and cities influence politicians and decision-makers in delivering green growth, jobs and skills?


Workshop 05

Growing People and Plants: Re-engaging people with training and opening eyes to the opportunities available within the UK’s £9 billion horticultural industry

  • Shaun Higgins, Green Jobs Co-director at Otesha
  • Clare Joy, Training Director at Organiclea


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