Ben Rawlence

Ben Rawlence | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Ben Rawlence | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Sustainability Activist And Award-Winning Author
Gain insights into the impact of climate change on society and economies with Ben Rawlence, speaker, award-winning writer, and founder/CEO of Black Mountains College.

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Exploring Climate Change: Adaptations For A Sustainable Future

Ben Rawlence, the author of "The Treeline" and founder of Black Mountains College, delves into the profound effects of climate change on our environment. Drawing from his experience as a speechwriter for notable figures, he explores the necessary adaptations for our world and the implications for humanity's future.

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Leading In A Time Of Climate Crisis
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The Coming Storm: Lessons In Adaptation

Lessons In Adaptation Where Climate Change Is Already History.

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Ben Rawlence | Speaker Biography

  • Award-winning writer, activist, and founder/CEO of Black Mountains College
  • Speaker for prestigious organizations including Google, MiT, and Schroders Bank
  • Author of acclaimed books on climate change, conflict in Africa

Ben Rawlence is an award winning writer, activist and founder/CEO of Black Mountains College in the UK. He has spoken to a wide range of organisations including Google, MiT, Schroders Bank, Impax Asset Management, NYU, Cardiff Law School, Kings College London and Columbia University. He has published three books. In his most recent book The Treeline: The last forest and the future of life on earth (2022), he lays out how climate change is transforming the northern hemisphere and what that means for our societies and economies. The Treeline was shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize and has won a National Academies Prize for Science Writing. Previous books include Radio Congo: Signals of Hope From Africa's Deadliest War (2012) – a book about conflict in Africa and City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp (2016) – this work explores the big global issues about the refugee crisis and its links to climate change From 2006 to 2013 he was a researcher for Human Rights Watch's Africa division. Rawlence has also written for The New York Times, The Guardian and London Review of Books. Earlier in his career, he was speech writer for Sir Menzies Campbell and Charles Kennedy. Ben has also written for the Guardian, London Review of Books, New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New Yorker and many other publications. He lives Wales where he is the founding director and CEO of Black Mountains College, an innovative educational facility devoted to creative and adaptive thinking in the face of the climate and ecological emergency. Called the first ever Climate Change university, this college offers a range of courses and programmes aimed to support both young people and experienced staff with the ways and means to live in this changing world. In Autumn 2023, they will begin a BA in Sustainable Futures. Ben has BA in Swahili and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago.

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