As a result of the enthusiastic response from the Green Culture Conference in 2014 an exciting new alliance has been created, the Green Culture Network. Through this network, a strong cohesive group of individuals and organizations work together to bring the Green Culture mission to fruition – finding solutions and creating plans to tackle the environmental problems, while enhancing the cultural and creative capital of Western Balkan societies. By being a part of the Green Culture Network, members also support one another to achieve their goals through collaboration and exchanging knowledge and skills.
The Green Culture Network Founder
NGO Krug, International Centre for Sustainable Cultural Collaboration
Robin Gellately Smith
Robin is 70 and still full of energy with a strong desire for innovation and exploring ideas with a constant enquiring mind. He brings to any project or undertaking his experience in architecture and design for natural structures. Now living and working in Montenegro he specialises in renovation and construction of stone buildings for investors with a desire to follow the spiritual impact of building in a traditional way. Robin uses the strong and ancient form of divine proportions (golden proportions) to achieve not only the fusion of man and materials in buildings but the little recognised spiritual impact of peace of mind as occupiers.
Ruben Vergara Meersohn
Ruben Vergara Meersohn is the Founder and CEO of Wall Street International, an educational hub that focused on tracking cultural content and creating a hi-end multimedia tool dedicated to the information needs of its readers. He serves on the boards of directors of several companies, including VillasLink, Admaiora Group, Cecchi de’ Rossi and LeZahir, as well as being the manager of a real estate investment fund. He is also the Director of Balkans for DigitalTown, a platform that helps people search, connect, and buy local.
Nick Breeze – Climate Journalist and cofounder of the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series (CCLS)
Nick is a climate communicator writing and producing filmed interviews with over 200 experts in the field of climate change. He contributes regularly to The Ecologist and envisionation.co.uk. In 2016 he cofounded the Cambridge Climate Lecture Series with Dr Hugh Hunt and Dr Tony Eva (www.climateseries.com) which, in 2018 was screened in over 15 locations globally, and features speakers at the forefront of action on climate change.Nick is also a wine and blockchain journalist linking both topics to impacts from climate change.
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Alison established Julie’s Bicycle in 2007 as a non-profit company helping the music industry reduce its environmental impacts and develop new thinking in tune with global environmental challenges. JB has since extended its remit to many other art forms and is acknowledged as the leading organization bridging sustainability with the arts and culture.Trained as a cellist, Alison worked with seminal jazz improviser and teacher John Stevens. She worked for many years with socially excluded young people as Development Director at Community Music, and then at Creative and Cultural Skills where she established the National Skills Academy for the music industry. She is a school governor, a 2011 London Leader, advisor to Tonic, a judge on the Observer Ethical Awards and the Royal College of Arts Sustainable Design Awards, and a fellow of the RSA.
Neil Johnston has worked in creative, regeneration and economic development fields in the UK, USA, Africa and Europe for over 40 years. Now Chief Executive of Paddington Development Trust he works in some of the poorest UK neighbourhoods in the heart of London. He is involved in a number of charitable and business initiatives in the UK. He is a committed environmentalist and lives on an organic smallholding in Northamptonshire.
Kieran Kettleton has nearly 40 years experience in the voluntary sector working with community organisations and since 1990 leading the fundraising team in Cafod, English Heritage, Arthritis Care and Emmaus. He has developed fundraising strategies for all income streams, and the teams to effectively deliver them, across a range of charities in the sector. He has been a long-time Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and a member of the Institute of Fundraising for over 25 years. He has also held interim fundraising roles and currently is working in consultancy roles.Outside of work, he has founded and currently chairs a local residents’ group, been a member of school governing bodies, and has been vice-chair and long-term committee member of the London Region of the Institute of Fundraising. He is married with two children and, when he can, spends time gardening and cooking.