Events past

2014 Lecture:  Troublemakers and Trailblazers

The 2014 Fred Edwards Trust Lecture, Troublemakers and Trailblazers:  A Transatlantic exchange on communities organising for social, economic and environmental justice, was delivered by Pam McMichael, Director of the internationally acclaimed Highlander Center, Appalachia, Tennessee.

The audience was inspired by Pam McMichael, who described the way in which Highlander is working with people in former coalfields and other activists to get organised on the issues that threaten their communities.  Pam described their environmental justice work with activists trying to stop the systematic removal of mountain tops for sometimes scant seams of coal: a prospect which appalled the Edinburgh audience.

You can download Pam’s lecture here  Fred Edwards Trust Lecture.Aug.2012 (Autosaved)

The lecture was introduced by Kevin Dunion, former Director of Friends of the Earth Scotland and author of ‘Troublemakers: The struggle for environmental justice in Scotland”.  He spoke warmly of Fred Edwards, as a mentor, environmentalist and committed ‘troublemaker’, who had joined a civil society delegation from Scotland to the Earth Summit in Johannesburg in the company of the then First Minister, Jack McConnell.

Andy Wightman, the well-known Scottish writer and broadcaster gave an entertaining response to the lecture with his reflections on the challenges facing rural communities in post-referendum Scotland.  He and Kevin both reminded the audience of the important role that ‘troublemakers’ still have to play in shaping the future of Scotland.

This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into community organising from an internationally recognised leader in the field.  Come along to be informed and inspired and to get the chance to meet with like-minded people at the post-lecture drinks reception.

The 2014 Lecture and drinks reception were sponsored by Scotmid Co-operative and supported by the University of Edinburgh.  The Fred Edwards Trust is grateful to both for their support.

2013 Lecture

The 2013 Lecture was delivered by Dr Tim Jenkins, Director of External Affairs and Great Transitions for the New Economics Foundation and chaired by Sandy Cameron, chairman of the FET Board.  Rob Edwards, the highly regarded journalist was guest interviewer for the Q&A session, following the lecture.

The Fred Edwards Trust 2011 Lecture and Debate

The Trust’s event in 2011 was a lecture and debate focussing on some of the challenges around public health in Scotland, with keynote address “Making a Success of Childhood” by Sir Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, drawing on international experience of similar issues, and considering how Scotland’s culture and practice can adapt in future. The Trust was pleased to run the event in conjunction with the Global Health Academy.

The Fred Edwards 2010 Inaugural Lecture

The Fred Edwards Trust was launched in October 2010, with its Inaugural Lecture at the Playfair Library in Edinburgh, which was kindly supported by the Sustainable Development Unit at Edinburgh University.

The Inaugural Lecture, Only Connect: is a sustainable human ecology possible?, was given by Professor Aubrey Manning OBE, Emeritus Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University, and friend of Fred Edwards. Professor Manning considered the question, exploring themes of social and ecological justice, care for and belief in the potential of all fellow human beings and enquiring what future we can imagine for Scotland and for its citizens.

Listen to the Inaugural lecture (duration 1 hour 50 mins)

Download audio of the Inaugural lecture (mp3 – right click to download)

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