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Tedx Stroud 2021 –  Reclaiming the art of living well – and why our future depends on it

In our turbulent world at a time of crisis, what new ways of thinking will arise, blossom, and take flight to guide us forward? This event explores emergent ideas ranging from the intensely personal to the truly global, in a challenging and eye-opening afternoon of short talks from eight inspiring women.

Interview with upstream

In this interview, we hear from Inez Aponte, the founder of Growing Good Lives, an organization dedicated to bringing about a socially and environmentally just economic system by putting values, needs, and wellbeing at the heart of economic development work. Inez is a storyteller, facilitator and community organizer who uses the Human Scale Development Approach in her workshops and seminars. We talked about how she came to do this work, why we need a different way of talking about the economy, and the role of story and language in encouraging lasting behavior change.

Totnes street games festival


Sunday 23rd April 2017 was the day of the Totnes Street Games Festival. In the recently-renovated Rotherfold square, parents and children gathered to remember, relearn and encounter street games. The square was filled with laughter, children dashing around, skipping ropes, bouncing balls, chalk drawings. In this podcast, I speak to the organisers, children and parents to capture a sense of the day and why it matters.

 Inez Aponte and Ben Brangwyn live in Totnes, England, a town that has reimagined their local economy to support greater sustainability, engagement, and happiness for all.

Totnes futures – Totnes Pound report, 2018

The Totnes Pound was one of the first local currencies in the UK and has inspired similar initiatives across the nation. It was started to help keep money flowing locally and has succeeded in educating and inspiring people from around the world. It has however come to a cross roads: after years of hard work the volunteers who have been carrying it forward are ready to take a step back. Aware of this ‘change or die’ moment, in February this year I offered to research possible ways for the Totnes Pound to be re-envisioned.

A land conference – totnes, devon 2015

On 21st March 2015 130 people attended a one-day conference in Totnes to explore ‘How can we grow a proper relationship between people and place?’

We made a seven minute film and conference report, which provides links to audio recordings of the presentations that were given.


Really enjoyed your talk on Tuesday. So good to hear coherent recognition of truths that many of us schlep around in our hearts as we try to live whole and honest lives in an alien system. Thank you!”

“I enjoyed being encouraged to think out of the box.(…)It has made me feel far more connected not only to my community, but to humanity in general. It has raised my awareness on all sorts of levels.

“When I first saw the programme I thought it would never work. What I then witnessed was a masterclass in facilitation.”
A Land Conference participant