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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 address 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, crowdfunding 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.

During 2019 we invite you to an array of events

See the list here

During 2018 we hosted an array of evening talks, events and longer retreats and leadership courses:

How to Flourish in an Age of Distraction - RSA watch 6 February

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

The River, premier of documentary by Peter Moseley. Stroud Film Festival 13 March

The Business Plan for Peace talk and book launch with Scilla Elworthy 9 April

Leadership for Managing the Storms of Change - Olivier Mythodrama event with The Tempest 16-18 April

Re-Wilding the Soul with Mary Reynolds Thompson 3-6 May

Connected Leadership with Horses 15-17 May

Theory U network day - Staying Present in a Disconnected World. Monday 11 June

Working for Transformation with Miki Kashtan Tuesday 12 - Thursday 14 June

Integrating Power and Love: Leadership and Collaboration in Difficult Times. An evening with Miki Kashtan. Wednesday 13 June

Carpe Diem Regained – How to seize the Day with Roman Krznaric Thursday 5 July public talk

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

Purpose, Politics and Influence - An Olivier Mythodrama event with Julius Caesar. Richard Olivier and Ana Rhodes Mon 15 - Thursday 18 October

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

Future Considerations November 2018

In 2017 we welcomed

Olivier Mythodrama Evolutionary Leadership (2016); Power, Authority and Ambition- Lessons from Macbeth (June 2017 Leadership, Adaptability 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. 
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).

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

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

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