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Futures Summit: Designing Innovations for Sustainable Community Wellbeing

June 18 - June 19


The summit

This two-day summit showcases and celebrates cutting edge environmental design and enhancement, rural and urban sustainable dwelling, design and architecture for wellbeing and innovation projects co-created with communities that are impacting positively on sustainable community health and wellbeing across the lifespan in the UK and Europe.

Taking a problem-based approach, to tackle thorny economic, geopolitical and social issues of a lack of affordable housing, homelessness, fragmented social care, and intergenerational health care gaps, this two-day summit addresses the critical questions:

  • How do we create new vibrant communities; places to live, work and thrive together?
  • New places that tackle the thorny issues of a lack affordable housing and homelessness, fragmented social care and the gaps in healthcare from the outset.
  • How do we work more creatively to co-design and build communities that work for the residents, businesses, and people that live there?
  • What new business models do we need to encourage social enterprise generated by the communities themselves to sustain their own innovation and creative capital?

What will we do?

Over the two days enjoy opportunities to network with and hear from keynote speakers, participate in roundtable discussions, workshops and collaborative design activities. There will be prizes to take worthy collective innovation ideas to the next stage of development using a blockchain model.

Core themes

  • Building capacity for sustainable community wellbeing providing examples of urban and rural innovation
  • Building Design and Architecture – showcasing sustainable dwelling  projects and cooperative housing model
  • Ecological design, making places greener
  • Enabling development of creative innovation catalysts for the future working with commercial sector and industry.

Who should come?

Anyone committed to improving lives through environmental enhancement, rural and urban sustainable dwelling, design and architecture, community and health and wellbeing.
Students are a really important part of this initial event as they provide the potential leadership for the future and this provides an opportunity to network and co-design with environmental designers, architects, academics, healthcare leaders, policymakers, business and industry experts together.

  • Members of the public
  • Patient leaders
  • Health professionals – public and private sector
  • Social care providers
  • Business leaders
  • Housing development/residential planners
  • Policymakers
  • Researchers
  • Social entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Voluntary and community workers
  • Artists, architects, and designers
  • Charities
  • University academics and leaders
  • Digital technology and social media expert

Keynote Speakers

Read more about speaker profiles here

Annabelle Filer – Architect and Cleantech Social Entrepreneur
Anthony Morgan – Master of Renewables and Director of the Carbon Free Group
Bryan Spooner – Director of the Carbon Free Group, Strategy & Development Lead at EdenLAB Ltd, Otok Ltd & Global Impacts Ltd.
Keith Harrison – Chief Executive of Action for Rural Communities in Kent
Kevin McGeough – Director of  ‘Healthy New Town Programme’ at Ebbsfleet Garden City
Mary Rushton-Beales –  Specialist in Lighting for Health and Wellbeing.
Greg Chant-Hall – Chartered Sustainability Professional
Stephen Hill – Public Interest Practitioner working in the commercial, governmental and non-profit housing sectors
Craig White – Developer, architect and renewable material entrepreneur
Sue Chandler – Chairman of Dover District Council
Angela Beardsley – Founder & Executive Director of Resonate Together Alloa
Tom Dollard – Head of Sustainable Design, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Rod Springett – Chartered Registered Architect and Director of Holos Form Architecture and Holos Care Developments

Summit Programme in Brief

Day 1: Urban

The future starts here! Beginning with a series of urban case studies where things have been done differently and with great success in solving one or more of the key issues this summit sets out to address.

Day 2: Rural

Collaborative rural innovation. Designing solutions together that we might then take forwards as projects.

Programme social activities

There will be an opportunity to visit and engage with a live building, environment and design events and activities in the Pines Calyx Gardens on site and an evening BBQ with Bar and Live Entertainment on the 18th June.  There will be guided visits around the Pines Calyx.


Local hotels available in the area that are recommended: The White Cliffs Hotel

Students are welcome to camp at the Kingsdown campsite: Kingsdown Camping


June 18
June 19
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Carolyn Jackson
Sarah O’Malley


The Pines Calyx
The Pines Garden, Beach Road, St Margaret's Bay
Dover, Kent CT15 6DZ United Kingdom
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