20 Apr 2022
You’re in for an amazing ride with Pam Warhurst CBE. If you don’t know her from the classic TED Talk “How we can eat our landscapes”, please do give it a watch. It raises the hairs on the back of my neck every time I listen to it. Pam is literally the most inspiring, enthusiastic and engaging speaker I know. And wow, she knows how to start a revolution through conversation.
Pam has believed in the potential of the individual to work with others towards a kinder future for all for many years. As co-founder of Incredible Edible, an international initiative that began in Northern England, she uses the Trojan horse of local food growing to demonstrate the power of small actions in bringing about major cultural shifts.
By growing food locally on unused land, sharing the food skills that exist across the community and supporting local sticky money economies, the Incredible Edible movement has demonstrated that citizens activism moves folks from bystanders into local investors of time and resource.
What started in a working class market town called Todmorden, has now sprung activism across the globe. I really hope Pam’s story inspires you to a). Consider growing in your local community and b). Start a revolution yourself.
If there’s something you’re passionate about or want to change let Pam inspire you with her own words:
“We the people could lead the way. We could stop being done to and start doing. We could stop waiting for those leaders to be brave, and get on creating that kinder future for ourselves.”
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Pam Warhurst, CBE
Pam has believed in the potential of the individual to work with others towards a kinder future for all for many years.
As cofounder of Incredible Edible, an international initiative begun in Northern England she uses the Trojan horse of local food growing to demonstrate the power of small actions in bringing about major cultural shifts.
By growing food locally on unused land, sharing the food skills that exist across the community and supporting local sticky money economies ,the Incredible Edible movement has demonstrated that citizens activism moves folks from bystanders into local investors of time and resource . Partners in a more sustainable future.
Pam Warhurst CBE has been an activist and advisor for over 40 years. From Leader of a Local Authority, Chair of an Acute Health Trust, board member of several national environmental bodies ,Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission GB, Yorkshire representative on the Committee of the Regions in Europe and currently Chair of a Town Deal board she has had a front row on how government at all levels operates and invests.
Driven by the lack of effective leadership on sustainable development post Rio and most other Earth Summits she cofounded the first grassroots Incredible Edible in her home town of Todmorden in 2008, to encourage and demonstrate community empowerment through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan, counting over 150 groups in the UK and 1000 world-wide. Incredible Edible inspires ordinary people to take more control of how they live their lives through active civic engagement, redefining prosperity through the power of small actions.
Today Pam chairs Incredible Edible CIC, supporting and amplifying the work of groups around the UK. developing a new localised partnership model where citizen and anchor both play their parts in creating a healthy local food economy, and pressing for a change in the law giving the citizen the right to grow food on the public realm.
Pam also works as part of a global network of social entrepreneurs, as an Ashoka Fellow.