Mike Berners-Lee Keynote Speaker

  • Author of the timely best seller 'There is no Planet B, a Handbook for the Make or Break Years'
  • Professor at Lancaster University's Institute for Social Futures
  • Founder of Small World Consulting

Mike Berners-Lee's Biography

Mike Berners-Lee is an expert speaker on sustainability and on how we can address this overarching 21st century challenge.   He is the founder of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University, which is a world leader in the field of supply chain carbon metrics and management. Small World works with organisations of all sizes and sectors, from the world’s largest tech giants to SMEs. Mike is a professor at Lancaster University, where his research includes sustainable food systems and carbon metrics. He has made numerous speaking, radio and television broadcast appearances to promote public awareness of sustainability and climate change issues, and most notably appeared in Climate Change: The Facts alongside Sir David Attenborough. He is the author of three acclaimed books.

His 2019 book, There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years is a practical and holistic tour of the 21st century’s biggest challenges, laced throughout with practical guidance for individuals, businesses and politicians. An updated version of this book was published by Cambridge University Press in early 2021.

About his first book, How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything Bill Bryson wrote “I can’t think of the last time I read a book that was more fascinating, and useful and enjoyable all at the same time”. A fully updated version of this book was published in Summer 2020.

His book,The Burning Question , co-written with Duncan Clark, explores the big picture on climate change and the underlying global dynamics, asking what mix of politics, economics, psychology and technology are really required to deal with the problem. Al Gore described it as “Fascinating, important and highly recommended”.

Mike has a degree in Physics from Oxford University, a PGCE in Outdoor Education and Physics from Bangor, and an MSc in Organisational Development and Consulting from Sheffield Hallam University.

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Mike Berners-Lee's Speaking Topics

Investing for a Sustainable Future

Every spend and every investment pushes for a one type of future or another. Mike guides asset managers and financial advisers to better understand the Anthropocene-fitness of their portfolios; the risks and opportunities faced by each company in a transitioning world. How well is each company placed to thrive as carbon is taken out of the economy and the world undergoes deep systemic change. And to what extent does each company enables that change ?

The Big Picture of Everything

Joined up and cross-disciplinary analysis of the of the challenges and opportunities facing humanity today. What needs to happen and who can do what to help us thrive through the coming decades and beyond.

Education for the Anthropocene

The next generation face radically different challenges and opportunities to any before it. These will require new thinking skills, habits and values. What are these and how can how can they be developed in our schools and universities?

Business Purpose and Ethics for the 2020s

A fresh look at business purpose and ethics as well as the practicalities of low carbon transition.

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Videos of Mike Berners-Lee

There Is No Planet B @RSA 2019
There Is No Planet B @RSA 2019
The Carbon Footprint of Everything
The Carbon Footprint of Everything
There Is No Planet B
There Is No Planet B

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Mike Berners-Lee

There is no Planet B - a Handbook for the Make or Break Years (2021)
How Bad Are Bananas?: The carbon footprint of everything

Comments & Testimonials

Mike is an engaging and entertaining speaker who, nonetheless, pulls no punches in setting out the challenges for humanity in 'There is No Planet B'. He makes the scale and range of the problems crystal clear and presents practical actions that everyone can adopt to make a difference.
Mike manages the balance between entertainment and seriousness so brilliantly! A great event.

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