Earth in Mind: Rethinking Education for Our Future

Earth in Mind: Rethinking Education for Our Future Panel Discussion

Friday 1415 – 1530 | MIND

Exclusively for Noisily, ‘Earth in Mind: Rethinking Education for Our Future’ draws together pioneers who are reimagining education to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st Century to engage on a panel on the Mind Stage. 

Much of what has gone wrong with the world is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that:

– Alienates us from life in the name of human domination

– Causes students to worry about how to make a living before they know who they are

– Overemphasizes success and careers

– Dampens creativity

– Separates feeling from intellect, and the practical from the theoretical

– Deadens the sense of wonder for the created world.

The crisis we face is one of mind, perception, and values. It is, first and foremost, an educational challenge. Once we acknowledge and begin to address this seriously, it then becomes an issue of active, effective democracy.

Our format invites dialogue with inspiring innovators and leading thinkers. We provide a ‘hot seat’ for members of the audience who have experience in the field of education to become a part of the conversation.

We hope that guests will leave inspired, informed, equipped, and motivated.

“The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”

– Sir Ken Robinson


– Moderator: Carl Pratt, Founder & Creative Director, FuturePlanet

– Roz Birch, Education Futures Changemaker 

– Peter Barden, Co-founder, Forward Democracy

– Bruce Parry, Documentary Filmmaker

– Dan Mitchlemore, Teacher & Education Changemaker

Carl Pratt, Creative Director, FuturePlanet

Carl is the Founder of FuturePlanet a community of action, with a mission to accelerate our transition to an inclusive, regenerative future. He leads with love, inclusivity, kindness, positivity, and play. As a leader, Carl’s purpose is to support you to transform the world to be one where every child, woman, and man can thrive, in balance and  harmony with nature. A future we can all love. Since founding FuturePlanet, he has united and supported change-makers from over 150 organisations, inspiring and empowering each other to create a positive impact. 

Rosamonde Birch, Education Futures Changemaker

Rosamonde is a teacher, lecturer and facilitator who has worked across primary, secondary, higher education and community learning in Citizenship Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Outdoor Learning. This includes working with the UK Parliament, children and young people to develop a political and democratic literacy program across the South West of England. Most recently, Rosamonde has been exploring pedagogies of hope, Futures Thinking and alternatives in education focusing on the potentials of eco-social justice in education. She was awarded the Nico de Bruin prize for her MA dissertation into the vitality of hope through the practice of Philosophical Inquiry in a secondary school environment. To find out more visit

Peter Barden, Co-founder, Forward Democracy 

Peter is dedicated to defending and developing democracy, peace and environmental justice in our era. Inspired by the work of Sir Ken Robinson and David Orr, Peter’s determination to reimagine politics is primarily driven by a desire to transform the Department for Education. Peter has been producing innovative educational experiences for over 10 years spanning multiple sectors and serving diverse, global audiences. He has a degree in history with a focus on modern political ideas and philosophy, and a masters in international relations. He is also a mentor for the UK charity A Band of Brothers, which works with young men involved in the criminal justice system and supports them to lead lives of purpose, connection and belonging.

Dan Mitchlemore, Teacher & Education Changemaker

Dan has taught in London secondary schools for 5 years. After a masters module in Education for Sustainable Development convinced him that educational reform was desperately needed, and wanting to experience the reality of British state schools for himself, he completed Teach First’s Leadership Development Programme.

His experiences at both of the schools he has taught at have shocked, enlightened and humbled him – and despite some very challenging experiences, he remains hopeful that better models for education exist, that change is possible, and that it is absolutely necessary to regenerate our damaged world and strengthen communities.

Inspired by the work of David Orr and Daniel Christian Wahl, as well as critical educational literature of the late 60s and beyond, Dan is coming to share his views and reflect on his experiences.

Bruce Parry, Documentary Filmmaker

Bruce is best know for his award winning documentaries which followed him living with and learning from remote indigenous peoples around the world. Other series followed him visiting peoples struggling with the effects of globalisation and climate change and the part we all play in these events.  These experiences led him to leave the BBC and direct a feature documentary about humankind’s loss of connection to nature and the effect this is having globally. He has been deeply effected by his travels and is now trying to put into practice some of the lessons he learned over the years, especially influenced by the few remaining egalitarian tribes he has been lucky to meet. He currently lives in Wales.

“The tribes offer us this way of coming together again to find purpose in something larger than ourselves…. Coming together and letting go of some of the things that distract us is a beautiful journey and we will all be happier. It’s hard to make the initial adjustments but it’s totally possible.” ~Bruce Parry