Vegan Sensations 2015

Our exploration of London’s best vegetarian and vegan restaurants continues!

This year we celebrated World Vegan Day on 1st November with a delicious Sunday roast at Manna on Primrose Hill.

Thank you for joining us for another great meal… ’till next year!


The Dreamcoat

Nicola Sokell, artist and innovator in creative communications, led open-hearted conversations about our dreams, be they night dreams or aspirations, hopes and ambitions. For the past ten years, Nicola has travelled the world exchanging dreams between complete strangers. Thank you everyone for sharing your dreams and in so doing, bringing them into your life! You can view some pictures from the event on our Facebook page and read Greta’s reflection of the day.

Future Day 2015

London Future Day 2015

2015 might not look like the future that Marty McFly and Doc Brown time-travelled to from 1985, but can you imagine what reality might look like thirty years from now? At Future Day 2015 we engaged in lively discussions about the world in 2045. Together, we explored the possibilities for the future. What might be the effects of artificial intelligence to achieve world peace? Will biotechnology help us eradicate poverty? Will augmentation create new types of citizens? And will the double-tie really be in fashion? You can view some pictures from the event on our Facebook page and read Mark’s reflection of the day.

The Illusion of Separation

Thank you for attending our book launch of “The Illusion of Separation” with author Giles Hutchins. Giles uncovered the source of our current social, economic and environmental crises and explored a new paradigm, one in harmony with Nature. We then engaged in a lively conversation around some of the topics presented by Giles and pushed our journey towards a greater sense of belonging in the world to the next level. You can view some pictures from the event on our Facebook page and you can still purchase a copy of the book through us.

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Vegan Sensations 2014

Last year we took you to The Gate Islington to celebrate World Vegan Day with delicious vegan food. This year we had a fantastic time at the Wild Food Café, a raw-centric food restaurant located in a magical Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden. Thanks to all our friends who were able to join us!

Stealing Fire from the Gods

Our civilisation is built on a story: we are the only species ever to have attacked nature and won. Now the myths we’ve told ourselves have led us to the brink of catastrophe. As the narrative of endless growth reaches its inevitable conclusion, what alternative stories might we seek to guide us through these times? Writer and storyteller Nick Hunt leads a two-hour talk and workshop exploring the role of stories in navigating crisis. View some pictures of the event.

Another World Is Happening: The Rise Of Not-For-Profit Enterprise

Not-for-profit enterprise will be at the heart of the global economy by 2050.

This is the compelling vision outlined by Professor Donnie Maclurcan in his forthcoming book How on Earth (co-authored with Jennifer Hinton), based on a growing body of evidence that the world is already shifting toward an ‘economics of enough’. Professor Donnie Maclurcan shared his views on how this enterprise model is changing the economy and changing the game. Watch a sneak preview of our interview with him and read Greta Rossi’s blog post on the evening.


(40) Woodland Microadventure

We explored an oasis of peace and tranquillity with a microadventure in the woodlands of Southeast London. After walking for about 2 hours, we found a quiet open space to rest and enjoy some food together. We also bumped into two memorials: the first memorial was dedicated to Francis Joseph Frederick Edlmann who saved saved this particular woodland in 1927; and the second one was dedicated to William Willet, the untiring advocate of “Summer Time”.

Hope in a Hopeless Situation

(37) Talk: Hope in a Hopeless Situation

Dr. Mark Spokes introduced some of the stories of people with hope in a hopeless situation that he met during his trip in Israel and the Occupied Territories. He offered powerful insights on how we can stay hopeful in the most precarious and hostiles of situations and work together to create a future for all life to flourish in.

Rock Climbing

(32) Rock Climbing

Do you remember those days when you used to look up into the leaves of a tree and as long as there was a branch within reach, you would climb it? Althought we didn’t quite climbed trees this time, we had tons of fun showing off our monkey skills at the Biscuit Factory!


(22) Movie Night: “Home”

We hosted a film screening of “Home” – a beautiful documentary directed by Yann Arthus-Bertrand in 2009. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth, offering stunning images of the diversity of life on Earth and questioning how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet. We encourage you to also watch Yann’s TED talk if you are intrigued to know a bit more about the documentary.

Pitch and Pizza

(14) Pitch & Pizza

Pitch & Pizza is back! We presented our Young Pioneers Programme, our Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and our (50) days of Summer project to all Hub members interested in joining this initiative. We had a lovely time and would like to thank you all for the great questions and tips to help us in the second part of our crowdfunding campaign. Stay tuned for more updates!


(12) Microadventure

Our first microadventure took us on an enlightening Sunday morning stroll from Tower Bridge to Greenwich, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch in the park. Without the help of a map or technology, we wandered along the Northbank of the river Thames, visiting St Katharine Docks, the beach, Canary Wharf and reaching Greenwich via the foot tunnel! After walking approximately 4.3 miles (or 6.9 km for the continentals among you), we enjoyed some well-deserved time at Greenwich Park. Who will join us for our Woodland Microadventure?

Anna Levy

(10) Think First August 2014: Poets in the Park

Think First August 2014: Poets in the Park was all about sharing food and inspiring quotes with others! We went for a picnic with poetry at Graham Street Park over lunch break and shared quotes that have inspired you recently. For instance, our Community Engagement Intern Michela Palese shared the “Youth Poem” by Samuel Ullman, whereas our Social Impact Intern Olivia Compton read an excerpt from “Diary of a Bad Year” by J. M. Coetzee.

Impact Hub Club

(9) Impact Hub Club: The Start-Up Story

As part of our (50) days of Summer project to support our crowdfunding campaign, we participated in the new series of Start-Up Stories by talking at Impact Hub Club at Impact Hub King’s Cross on Thursday, 31st July 2014! The purpose of Impact Hub Club is to create a closer network between members of all London Impact Hubs and their friends by sharing projects, ideas, hobbies and interests.

Olivia and Michela

(8) Int’l Friendship Day: DIY Friendship Bracelets

July 30th is the United Nations International Day of Friendship, which promotes “the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.” As part of our (50) days of Summer project to support our crowdfunding campaign, we celebrated this day by offering our community the opportunity to create colourful friendship bracelets using wax cotton. We had lots of fun and got to the conclusion that light blue and red are the two most popular colours for the friendship bracelets. To view all the bracelets we made, visit our Facebook page.


(5) The Brainy Brunch: What’s Your Authentic Story?

On 27 July 2014, we curated the summer edition of the Brainy Brunch at Impact Hub Islington as part of our (50) days of Summer project to support our crowdfunding campaign. We explored the themes of authenticity and storytelling with the purpose of helping each and every one of us discover and create our authentic story. We watched two TED talks: (1) Is there a real you? by Julian Baggini and (2) Listening to shame by Brené Brown. We also did some individual and group exercises taken from the book “The Unselfish Spirit” by Mick Collins. Did you miss it? Our advisor, Anna Levy, wrote a blog post to summarise what was discussed and you can also view some pictures on our Facebook page.

Sharing Nature, Plates and Stories

We joined forces with The People Who Share to celebrate Global Sharing Day 2014 with our event “Sharing Nature, Plates and Stories”. Professor Alan Hertz shared stories on a guided walk along the River Thames from Richmond to Petersham. Charles Kaye wrote and shared an original poem “Sharers, carers, compassion and creation” that was live streamed around the world on Sharing TV. If you were unable to make the event, you can view some of the pictures in our Facebook album. You can also discover more about the largest people-driven campaign to raise awareness about Global Sharing Day by reading the Sharing Manifesto, which was created by The People Who Share, Compare and Share and Leo Burnett, and enjoy the meaningful ideas on how to live a fulfilling life through building stronger communities to share the world’s underused resources.

Akasha Earth Day 2014

On April 26th we celebrated our first Ākāśa Innovation Earth Day. We enjoyed meeting so many people at King Henry’s Walk Garden in Islington and sharing time for activities, music and food while surrounded by nature. Dr. Michael Edwards and Harry Coade of Sound Matters helped everyone to think in a different way with their experiential talk on how sound can be used to reconnect with the planet as well as ourselves and other people. Emilia from Return to Shashamane provided the delicious vegan food, so rich in flavours and full of nutrients. If you could not make it, you can view some of the pictures in our Facebook album.


Fall in love with London

We embarked on an adventure around Central London hosted by Hidden City, travelling high and low, from river views to hidden basement bars to fall in love with London. We started at the Southbank’s Concrete Bar and ended up… you did not really think we were going to spoil the fun for you, did you? We did not quite make it to the top 500 teams, but had a great time whilst discovering some of the fascinating stories behind this enchanting city!

Vegan Sensations

Vegan Sensations

Have you ever been tempted to try new foods? Are you thinking about including more vegetables or fruit in your diet? Are you curious about vegetarianism or veganism and want to know more? Are you a hardcore vegetarian or vegan and want to support others wanting to explore? We celebrated World Vegan Day on 1 November 2013 by sharing a delicious vegan dinner with our closest friends at The Gate Islington, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in town.


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