Talks & Classes

Upcoming Talks & Workshops

Exploring ‘System Change’ was a monthly series of talks & discussion evenings at St John’s Methodist Church Hall in Hereford. We had two initial sessions, but attendance was not suffiecient to justify continuing, so all further sessions are cancelled.


The Millichap Peace Fund: ‘Is a better future possible?’ talk was given by Richard Priestley Wed 22nd Sept 2022 at 7.30pm via Zoom. The video of this talk is still available here.

There is also an old Zoom talk of mine on the Herefordshire Green Network website here

Previous Talks

Tuesday 11th April 2023, 6.30pm doors open, talk starts at 7.00pm. Colwall Park Hotel, Walwyn Road, Colwall, Herefordshire, WR13 6QG. More info here
Saturday 29th April, Stourport, Sustainability Festival, organized by  Wyre Forest Green Alliance. More info here
Sunday 30th April, Spring Greens, at the Court of Noke near Pembridge, Herefordshire, HR6 9HW More info here
Wednesday 18th January 5.30pm – 7.00pm Zoom Discussion Group about my book ‘System Change Now!’ 

Book Promotion Speaking Tour & Book Signings: September 2022Tuesday 22nd November, 7.00pm. First session of a monthly Zoom based discussion group.

Friday 25th November 2022, 7.00pm in The Council Offices, Bromyard
Tuesday 20th September: Oxford Arms, Duke St, Kington, 7.00 for 7.30pm
Wednesday 7th September: De Koffie Pot, Hereford, 7.30pm
Thursday 8th September: Methodist Church, St Owens St, Hereford, 2.30 pm (Organized by Hereford Christian Ecology Group)
‘Big Questions: Unthinkable Answers’ was a series of Zoom talks I did during 2020 and 2021 hosted by De Koffie Pot
 July 2020: Introduction to ‘Big Questions: Unthinkable Answers’
Sept 2020 System Change: Economics, Politics & Protest
Oct 2020 Energy: 100% renewables for everything, everywhere.
Nov 2020 Food, Farming & Biodiversity
Jan 2021 We all want to change the World… but HOW?
Feb 2021 A Global Green New Deal
March 2021: Possibilities: Hot dry deserts: Crucible of ‘The Solar Age’
April 2021 Possibilities: Herefordshire Reimagined

Talks from 2020 and before

Tuesday 24th March, 6.30pm. Hereford Cathedral. ‘COP26, Climate Change: Politics & Policy’ EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS. Podcast version coming soon
Thursday 21st May, 7.30pm. High School, Newtown, Powys. ‘The Energy Transition: Renewable energy can power the world sustainably and economically, this is how” EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Wednesday 4th March, 7.30pm. Presteigne Assembly Rooms. Part of the Sharppp Chat Programme. ‘The Energy Transition from a Fairness Perspective’

Sunday 15th Oct, De Koffie Pot ‘The Solar Age: Global Energy Futures’ All the latest on Global developments in renewables in general and solar in particular, and where it might all be heading.

Wednesday 24th July 2019, 7.30. De Koffie Pot, Hereford. ‘Re-imagining the Global Economy’

Sunday 12th November 2017,  Hereford Quakers. Housing, Sustainability & Social Justice

Friday 22nd September 2017,The Community Centre, Leominster. Transition Leominster. ‘Can we Feed 9 billion people sustainably?

Weds 9th Aug 2017: De Koffie Pot, The Left Bank, Hereford: ‘The Human Future: Changing Technology, Changing Politics’

11.00 am, Sunday 16th July 2017, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London: ‘How to create a better world – fundamental principles’ Now re-titled as ‘Unlocking a Better World’

7.30 Weds 12th July 2017: De Koffie Pot, The Left Bank, Hereford:  Can we Feed 9 billion people sustainably?

4.00pm Saturday 8th July: Seed Festival, Hawkwood, Stroud. Brief zoom through of ‘How to create a better world – fundamental principles’ plus panel discussion

7.30 Weds 7th June 2017: Methodist Church, Cartway, Bridgnorth, Shropshire: ‘Trump, the Carbon Bubble & possibilities of a better future’

7.30 Weds 10th May 2017:   De Koffie Pot, The Left Bank, Hereford:  Sustainable Transport, Local & Global?

Wednesday 8th March 2017 De Koffee Pot, Left Bank, Hereford,  ‘Trump, the Carbon Bubble & possibilities of a better future’.

Monday 12th September 2016,   7.30 pm.  Three Tuns Pub, Bishop’s Castle.  The Smart Future: Renewable Energy, Globally & Locally. Organised by Bishop’s Castle & Clun Climate Change Coalition.

Saturday 15th October 2016, 2.00pm CPRE AGM. Weobley Village Hall. “Post-Brexit – what future for Herefordshire?’


I give one-off talks on sustainability issues, to many diverse groups and organisations. If you’d like me to do a talk and slide show do get in contact via the e-mail on the contacts page.

Evening Classes

 Global Problems : Global Solutions

This is a series of 8 evening classes that I have run over the last five years, at most of the market towns of Herefordshire, as well as in Hereford city. A very solution focused romp through many of the worlds great problems from climate change to hunger and poverty.

Ledbury: Radical Possibilities for a Better Future

This was an experimental evening class aimed at exploring local people’s hopes for the future. It was hosted by WEA and ran from Feb to April 2013. It was the intention to kick-start real projects and the embryonic Ledbury Solar Coop has been formed by a wonderful group of people who came together on this course.

Leominster: Radical Possibilities for a Better Future

Based on the Ledbury course, I ran the Leominster one during autumn 2013.

Sustainable Malvern was I series of 6 workshops I ran in Malvern in Spring 2016.

old video of me talking about my work and upcoming classes