We Make Tomorrow 2022

We Make Tomorrow summit 2020 video. For the audio-described version, please watch here.

The buzz is building for the return of our action-focused one-day summit We Make Tomorrow on October 13th in Birmingham. Sliding scale tickets for both in person and online attendance are on sale now (including complimentary and concession rates) and we share our first speaker and programme preview below. 

What To Expect
Credit: An excerpt from Zadie Xa’s artwork ‘Ancestral undulations and the transmission of knowing’, previewed at We Make Tomorrow 2020

We Make Tomorrow 2022 is Julie’s Bicycle’s biggest event, inviting people to connect with the projects, individuals, and ideas that are making change and leading on creative climate action.

25+ cross-cultural speakers: 
An intersectional line-up of inspiring speakers and contributors, including artists, activists, cultural commentators, scientists, policymakers, producers, curators, writers and communicators.

Visual arts interventions: 
>> Discover artists exploring the relationships between art, social justice, imagination and liberation from the creatives at MAIA.

Musical performances: 
>> Woven together with lively performances from talented musicians via cross-cultural folksters Nest Collective.

Intimate workshops: 
>>  Put your learning into action with workshops on personal resilience and wellbeing, and creating sustainable doughnut cities

Inspiration on Creative Climate Leadership: 
>> Meeting courageous individuals reimagining the possibilities for a fairer future.

Community & connection: 
>>  Plenty of space for discussion, networking and reflection with others working towards Creative Climate Action, with delicious vegetarian and vegan sustenance provided during break times.

A 600-strong community of participants: 
>>  300 joining us in person and 300 participating online to discover, question, and gather hope together. 

Changemakers retreat space: 
>>  A dedicated oasis of calm hosted by our friends at Craftivist Collective, with 6 action stations to reflect, digest and get creative throughout the day.

Exploring Climate Justice
Photo Civic Square’s Co-Creation Week

The We Make Tomorrow 2022 programme will include sessions on the following topics:

We need one another

What is needed now? A conversation about leading climate action with care, honesty, and respect.

Making justice work

What can be learnt from those who’ve stepped up against the odds to take action on climate, changing the conditions around them?

Funding climate justice

Does financial decision-making reflect values that integrate justice? Exploring principles and frameworks for funding climate justice in our work.

Our place in the world

Learning from local placemaking that tackles creative climate action, leveraging our role as cultural catalysts in local climate policy and civic activism: when to step up and when to step aside?

We don’t care when your net zero target is!

How do we challenge the ‘net zero’ tag without losing the critical 1.5 degrees limit on warming? What imaginative responses might culture make to reach net zero locally, nationally and globally?

Adaptation and upheavals

How can cultural organisations respond to social and physical upheavals, adapt, thrive and build resilience to climate impacts?

Seeing the big picture: creative climate justice

How do we practice solidarity and connect injustices to build equitable, healthy, and regenerative systems for our planet, here and internationally?

Making space for wellbeing

What does personal resilience mean, and what makes a caring, healthy environment in which we can thrive?

A legacy that matters

Creating legacies now: which frameworks and relationships can support ongoing change?

The full programme will be announced soon. 

Meet Our Contributors
Speakers include:

Ahdaf Soueif, novelist and political and cultural commentator

Alistair Gentryartist, activist and researcher

Amahra Spence, Co-Founder and Creative Director, MAIA

Cecilia Vicuna, poet, artist, filmmaker and activist

Emma Blake Morsi, Multi-Disciplinary Producer, and Director of Rising Arts Agency

Eric Njugunayouth climate justice and human rights organizer

Fehinti Balogunactor and writer

Feimatta ContehEnvironmental Sustainability Manager, Manchester International Festival

Gillian Burkebiologist, presenter, public speaker, and writer

Harpreet Kaur Paul, researcher and lawyer

Helen Starrworld-building curator

Ian Solomon KawallCEO of May Project Gardens

Immy KaurCo-Founder and Director, CIVIC SQUARE

Islam Elbeitimusician, cultural curator and radio presenter

Janet VaughanCo-Artistic Director of Talking Birds

Jessica SimCo-Founder of Nadas Istanbul

Lou Byng, Creative Director, CIVIC SQUARE

Magid Magidrace and climate justice activist and author

Nathan Thankihuman ecologist and writer

Noga Levy-Rapoportyouth climate activist, organiser, and speaker

Nonhlanhla MakuyanaCo-Founder of Decolonising Economics

Pravali VangetiWorld Heritage Education Programme Coordinator, UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Raj Palcurator/historian and activist

Saleemul HuqDirector, International Centre for Climate Change and Development

Zahra Davidson, Chief Exec and Design Director, Huddlecraft

…and more!

Further speakers and performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Full speaker bios can be found on this page.

Friends of We Make Tomorrow include:

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 
The Climate Heritage Network
Culture Declares Emergency 
The Happy Museum 
LIVE Green 
May Project Gardens
Music Declares Emergency
The National Museum Directors’ Council
The Theatre Green Book 

With warm thanks to our supporters and sponsors for this event:

This event is run in partnership with Arts Council England as part of the environmental sustainability programme.

Good Energy is a pioneering, clean energy company whose purpose is to power the choice of a cleaner, greener future for everyone. Its mission is to help one million homes and businesses cut their carbon by 2025. It supplies customers with electricity from a community of over 1700 renewable generators, helps tens of thousands more generate their own clean power and is accelerating clean transport too. The company has a long history of working with the arts and cultural sector.

Sustainable Wine Solutions began its journey in 2002 as Borough Wines with its refillable wine on tap concept. Today Sustainable Wine Solutions are the true champions of sustainability within the drinks industry, with their fully circular business model supplying zero waste wines with UK’s only refill Kegs and the first Bottle Return Scheme, directly invested in tackling packaging and transport of wine (the biggest source of emissions in the wine industry), plus working with sustainably led winemakers.

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