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Where better for Wild Law UK to spread the word than at the Wilderness Festival, one of the hottest new arrivals to the festival scene in the UK. Billed as “A Celebration shaped by nature, A landscape transformed by the arts”, the Wilderness Festival, held on the beautiful Cornbury estate in rural Oxfordshire, is a beguiling mix of music, theatre, talks, gourmet food, outdoor pursuits and all round quirky fun. I was invited to speak at its flagship speakers’ venue, The Secret Forum, which can best be described as a combination of The Hay Literary Festival meets Glastonbury.  Alongside speakers such as Professor Richard Layard of the LSE, The Guardian’s Oliver Burkeman, author of “Wild” Jay Griffiths and Founder of the School of Life Roman Krznaric, I delivered an 18 minute TED-style talk on the latest developments in Wild Law.

I talked about how we are currently experiencing a huge transformation across many different sectors such as education, health, communications, science, energy and finance. The changes we in the Wild Law movement are advocating are part of this wider global shift. I used the example of a child shifting from perceiving the world to be flat to understanding that it is actually a globe as a metaphor for this shift in consciousness we are currently undergoing. 

As a way of grounding these ideas I invited participants to experiment with walking barefoot on the grass as a simple yet profound way of connecting more powerfully with the Earth, unmediated by the insulating buffer of technology - even if it is only the rubber sole of a wellie!

The audience were very enthusiastic and after my talk a steady stream of people approached me to find out how they could get involved and learn more about Wild Law. They including a number of lawyers who told me that the title of the talk had caught their eye and they had made a point of coming along, despite the fact that there were back-to-back talks scheduled from 10am – midnight.

The enthusiastic response I received from the audience for these ideas was a heartening reminder that there are many people working within the system who are dissatisfied and hungering for something better. For them, learning about these ideas is a homecoming, just as they were for me when I first heard them over 8 years ago.

An article based on the ideas in my talk will be posted on this website shortly.


 


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