After his girlfriend left him for someone she described as ‘younger but more mature’, David Bramwell embarked on a global adventure – to lea
After his girlfriend left him for someone she described as ‘younger but more mature’, David Bramwell embarked on a global adventure – to learn how to live with others. He visited an anarchist community in the heart of Copenhagen, sexual arcadias, a futuristic city in the desert and believed he'd found paradise in Esalen, a Californian retreat, dreamt up by Aldous Huxley. Most fantastic of all was Damanhur, a thousand-strong community in the Italian Alps, that had built a secret underground temple the size of St Paul’s Cathedral, taught plants to sing, built a ‘fully-functioning time machine' and turned itself as a ‘living myth’. Despite the fantastical claims it was this community that most impressed Bramwell and the one to which he has returned the most. At each community he aimed to spend a month with the residents, learning about their way of life, whatever it entailed.
Along the way, David's quest threw up niggling issues that beset many of us: Why is unhappiness rife amongst those who have wealth and freedom? How can we re-install community spirit in our densely populated cities? Is getting what you want really utopian?
Inspired by his adventures, Bramwell returned home and put into action the things he learned, by transforming his neighbourhood into his own vision of utopia. He'd like to share his insights on community, sharing, alternative ways of living, making a positive future for ourselves and how to make our own neighbourhoods more ‘ utopian'.
Location: Virtual Conference
Talk Starts 7:30pm
David Bramwell is a British writer, performer and Sony-award winning broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4. He is the founder and host of Brighton's spoken word night, the Catalyst Club and author of the No.9 Bus to Utopia, The Haunted Moustache, The Odditorium, The Mysterium. He has spoken and performed at TEDx, The Tate, Sunday Assembly, The Lowry, School of Life, Idler Academy and most UK festivals.