Watch Again: How To Be A COPtimist Conference

This afternoon event held on 4th May 2016 explores how you can be a force for inspirational and sustainable change, featuring over 25 speakers from across the creative industries.

​ Welcome

Deborah Bull Assistant Principal (London), King’s College London
Start time: 14:25

Voices of COPtimism: Panel Discussion

Start time: 22:10

Whether we respond to climate change or not, it will bring radical change to our lives. We have a choice: business as usual and the inevitable impacts of climate change, or participate in the much more creative process of redesigning our economy and encouraging new cultural values. There’s no such thing as neutrality. The panel will give an overview of how the creative industries are responding already to environmental change, and what our industries could look like if we were to choose to act now and boldly in the context of the COP21 Paris Agreement. 


  • Nick Nuttall Head of Communications and Outreach and Spokesperson for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Baroness Lola Young OBE Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion
  • Darren Henley Chief Executive, Arts Council England 
  • Patrick Degeorges French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy
  • Heather Ackroyd Artist of partnership Ackroyd & Harvey
  • Chaired by Alison Tickell Director, Julie’s Bicycle

Changing the Narrative: Creating New Norms

Start time: 1:46:43

Culture and creativity shape both our material and our conceptual worlds. The role of artists and creative businesses in provoking and mainstreaming new ideas and sustainable behaviours, and reflecting on how we feel about the natural world, are unsurpassed. So how can, and how should creatives leverage their influence?


  • Tim Lindsay CEO, D&AD
  • Matt Black Coldcut & Ninja Tune Records
  • Debbie Manners CEO, Keo Films
  • Rachel Long, Poet
  • Chaired by Alex McIntosh Business and Research Associate, Centre for Sustainable Fashion

Changing the Narrative: Institutions as Transition

Start time: 2:43:12

Businesses and organisations are creating the conditions for radical change through new business models and practice, audience participation, and  creative innovation. Our panel sketch what could be possible if every institution embodies a transitional role. 


  • Professor Dilys Williams Professor of Fashion Design for Sustainability and Director of Centre for Sustainable Fashion, London College of Fashion
  • Alison Tickell CEO, Julie’s Bicycle 
  • Lucy Davies Executive Producer, Royal Court Theatre and Chair of the London Theatre Consortium
  • Naresh Ramchandani Partner at Pentagram, Cofounder and Creative Director at Do The Green Thing 
  • Chaired by Adrian Ruth Director for Sustainability and BBC Spark, BBC

Final Plenary

Start time: 3:43:05

Breakout chairs come together to summarise key actions and next steps.

Chaired by Alison Tickell, Julie’s Bicycle

​Launch of the Creative Climate Coalition


  • Professor Frances Corner Head of London College of Fashion
  • Kevin Price COO, BAFTA
  • Tim Lindsay CEO, D&AD
  • Tony Wadsworth Chairman, Julie’s Bicycle


Rachel Long, Poet

Sustaining Creativity