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Hawkwood's Centre for Future Thinking programme provides a space for people to come together to explore their own and society's values, and to question and debate the future of a rapidly changing world.

Our vision is about creating the world we want for now and our future. We convene people and organisations from many disciplines in support of a creative, flourishing society and a sustainable environment. We invite innovative thinkers to addres societal, cultural and environmental challenges through keynote events, dialogue days, films and educational programmes. Every two years we programme our Seed Festival: Planting Big Ideas www.seedfestival.co.uk an international festival which brings together these topics in an intensive weekend with over 200 contributors.

Hawkwood’s Centre for Future Thinking is emerging as a valuable community resource and a magnet for world leaders in social change 

Visit our Hawkwood YouTube channel for talks from leading changemakers such as Tim Smit, Juliet Davenport, Matthew Taylor, Polly Higgins, Craig Bennet and Jonathon Porritt.

Leadership at Hawkwood: Centre for Future Thinking  

The personal meets the organisational

Organisational culture is moving from hierarchy towards cooperation and communication.  With the growth of social media, flash mobs, kickstarting, crowd funding and more, our lives are becoming more complex and flexible, which presents challenges as well as choice and freedom. Qualities such as innovation, intuition, creativity, positive attitudes, resilience and empathy are more valued than ever before in the workplace and in relationships of all kinds.

At Hawkwood, these qualities are reflected in an emergent strand of our programme, bringing together  resources for you to explore your development as a leader of your own life and in wider forums. These courses are guaranteed to bring you forward in your self development, and delivered by top mentors and guides.

Our 2018 programme includes evening talks and leadership courses:


Leadership for Navigating the Storms of Change. 16 - 18 April

Theory U network day. 11 June

Steeping into personal purpose. 4 - 7 June

Working for Transformation with Miki Kashtan. 12- 14 June

Empowered activism October and November

Purpose, politics and Influence 15 - 18 October

Enjoying the 2020s: Wising up to Super Resilience. 15 - 16 October


In 2016-2017 we welcomed

Olivier Mythodrama Evolutionary Leadership (2016); Power, Authority and Ambition- Lessons from Macbeth (June 2017 Leadership, Adaptatbility and Autonomy - Lessons from As You Like It (October 2017)

David Whyte - March 2017

FemmeQ 6- 7 July - pop-up summit - Feminine Intelligence applied to real life. Scilla Elworthy, Karen Downes, Hetty Enzig, Renata Kellar and more....

SEED FESTIVAL: Planting Big Ideas 7-9 July - Tim Smit, Bruce Parry, Polly Higgins, Craig Bennett, Satish Kumar, Ed Gillespie, Juliet Davenport, Matthew Taylor, Helen Browning plus Matt Harvey, amazing music, youth activities and more.

Rising Women, Rising World Monthly Monday gathering 6.45pm for 7.00-9.00pm

Building Well-being together now 22-24 September - Network of Wellbeing conference.

Rising Women, Rising World - Scilla Elworthy and Karen Downes (2016)

Theory U - Live U Lab Webstreams - Otto Scharmer. Plus ongoing coaching circles

RSA - Royal Society of Arts and Engineering. Social watching - film evenings and discussion

Findhorn New Story Summit hub - ongoing networking group

Radical Wholeness: Get out of your head and into your Body - Philip Shepherd

Future Considerations.

Previous contributors include: Charles Eisenstein (Author of Sacred Economics), Natalie Bennett (Green Party Leader), Juliet Davenport (CEO Good Energy), Ed Gillespie (Futerra and author of Only Planet), Jonathon Porritt (Forum for the Future) and Arthur Potts Dawson (Economy and Ecology of Kitchen).

Subscribe to our Youtube channel here and view some of the talks we have held.

Below are some of the inspiring Centre For Future Thinking talks.


World Soil Day - 5 December 2015