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Pam Warhurst

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Grow Your Own Grassroots Movement - A Conversation with Pam Warhurst

Force of Nature

In this episode of Force of Nature, Clover sits down with Pam Warhurst - founder of Incredible Edible. Pam’s history as an activist goes back four decades, but in 2008 she experienced a catalyst that ignited a global movement out of her backyard. In this conversation, Clover and Pam unpack people’s power, finding where you’re smartest, and building back communities to weather society’s biggest storms. Episode notes 02:04 - 04:56) Pam’s flashbulb moment came out of frustration at doomism; why food was the catalyst for a grassroots movement; and how ordinary people achieve extraordinary things when given the chance. 04:56 - 10:53) Incredible Edible turned global; the source of society’s disconnect; and why climate change is the ultimate trump card. 10:43 - 18:06) The problem is the system, not the individuals; how we all need to take ownership of the solutions; and why now is the time to beg for forgiveness, not ask for permission. 18:06 - 27:35) Letting go of the “we’re better than you” mentality; creating an invitation too good to turn down; delivering sustainable systems that meet the needs of all. 27:35 - 39:57) Rewriting our social contracts to deliver climate and social justice; realising that technology will only take us so far; and beginning to write a new normal.39:57 - 52:29) Decisions outside of closed-door rooms; the power of individuals sharing their stories; and how to recognise your gifts, then offer them. 52:29 - 1:00:01) Don’t let your convictions fall by the wayside; have the courage to imagine a better world; and learn to become an unrelenting optimist. Top quotes “In a society that can persuade people to buy bottled water, we can persuade people to live life differently, right? This is not rocket science.” - Pam “We have been given the greatest gift of all, which is the gift of life on this planet - yet we navigate our lives in the 21st century focusing on the mini lotteries that we lose every day.” - Clover “We've got problems. We haven't respected all species. We've created a culture of greed and consumption. All that is true. So what are we going to do about it?” - Pam “We need to build a world where decisions are made locally. You are unlikely to pollute a local watercourse if you live in the area of that watercourse; you are unlikely to want to build houses in a floodplain if you’ve lived in a floodplain. You are more likely to get those nuances, and put that extra resource in, if you live in that locality.” - Pam “Ultimately, it's up to us to stop being a victim. Stop waiting for permission, stop saying I can only do it with money. Do it with the gifts that you've got because you've got them; just play them and see where you go.” - PamAbout the guest(s)Pam Warhurst co-founded Incredible Edible in 2008, after her town of 50,000 people was hit by horrific floods - exposing its vulnerability to climate change. Having been in the inner circles of politics and business, Pam was fed up with empty promises and climate doomism. So she sat at the kitchen table with friends and explored how they could make their community more resilient, and more prosperous. Their answer was food. Specifically, ‘propaganda gardening’. Now, Incredible Edible has 120 groups across the UK, and over a thousand worldwide, all of whom are taking back their food sovereignty. Resources Incredible Edible https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/ About the hostClover Hogan is a 21-year-old climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founder of Force of Nature - a youth-led organisation empowering Gen Z to step up, rather than shut down, in the face of the climate crisis. She has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, within the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and inside classrooms across the UK.Clover serves as a trustee to Global Action Plan, and is on the advisory boards of the National Community Lottery's Climate Action Fund; the Teach the Future campaign; and the COP26 President-Designate Civil Society and Youth Advisory Council. Twitter - https://twitter.com/cloverhogan Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cloverhogan Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/cloverhogan/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/clover-h-564201126/ E. clover@forceofnature.xyz Find out more SUBSCRIBE: https://bit.ly/30hl627 Spotify: https://spoti.fi/32loH1H Website: https://www.forceofnature.xyz Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/forceofnature.xyz/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/fon_xyzLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/forceofnature/ Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@forceofnature.xyz Studio: https://www.onefineplay.com Producer: James Bishop @itsjamesbishop With special thanks to James Bishop: https://www.linkedin.com/in/onnefineplay/ Kasra Firouzyar: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kasra-firouzyar-68861117a/ Janet Hogan: https://www.linkedin.com/in/the5thdoor/ Carl Dybwad: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carl-philip-dybwad-869b72182/

1hr 1min

2 Sep 2020

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Ep 50: Pam Warhurst (Incredible Edible) on the power of small actions

Do Good Podcast

On today's show, I spoke with Pam Warhurst who cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative begun in Northern England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community, she called it propaganda gardening.She has been an activist and advisor for over 40 years. She has been involved in local politics and national policy as the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain.She also co-founded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan, counting over 100 groups in the UK and 1000 world-wide. Incredible Edible empowers ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement, redefining prosperity through the power of small actions. She is currently developing the impact work of Incredible Edible through the proposition of a New Social Contract to transform the frameworks of our lives so that all people can live well and live long.If you enjoyed this episode then please share this with a friend & subscribe for future episodes, and be sure to check out the show notes on our website: https://www.dogoodpodcast.co.uk/Support this podcast: https://www.patreon.com/dogoodpodcastIncredible Edible https://www.incredibleedible.org.uk/

1hr 7mins

17 Aug 2020

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23: Pam Warhurst | Incredible Edible

The New Ism

Our guest today is Pam Warhurst, the founder of Incredible Edible, an organisation which uses food to empower people to build stronger and more resilient communities. The concept starts with ‘propaganda gardens’ where people plant edible plants in unused public spaces. The creation of these gardens is a small act which triggers a wide range of other effects: creating conversation between people who might otherwise not have crossed paths, changing the way people relate to each other and community institutions, stimulating the local economy, and ultimately empowering people and communities to live more sustainably and take charge of their own futures.Pam talks to Mel about the importance of a thriving local economy and how people are ‘magnificent’ and immensely adaptable, if given the opportunity to tap into their inherent entrepreneurial spirit. She is a great believer in the power of small actions to create not just change but a different kind of prosperity which is more in harmony with the planet. She also discusses the ways in which innovative, thoughtful and open-minded local government can be an important force for good, even in a time when budgets are decreasing.


30 Nov 2018