Richard Hawkins

Facilitator & Designer

I’m a facilitator and designer. I led PIRC’s work on Common Cause between 2010-2015, exploring the role of values in social and cultural change. I’ve facilitated over 200 workshops and trainings across the Third Sector and civil society in the UK and Europe. I previously coordinated PIRC’s climate work, bridging between the scientific community and campaigning NGOs and was lead author of the Climate Safety report.

Before joining PIRC in 2007, I founded The Green Shed, an ethical and environmental web design company. I love visual communication and have worked on several social and environmental projects with information designers and London Design Colleges.

I have a degree in Law, specialising in International Environmental Law, from the University of Nottingham. I’m a member of Smart CSOs, a co-founder of Campaign Lab & Culture lab and a fellow of the RSA.

Skills & interests:

  • cultural values & social change
  • participatory and deliberative democracy
  • framing & narrative
  • information design & data visualisation
  • ultimate frisbee

Recent articles:

Green Investment Bank: too little, too late

George Osborne’s Spending Review, just announced in Parliament with the full document available online here, makes provision for a new Green Investment Bank (GIB). This is a vital piece of policy to take forward the low-carbon transition. But the announcements look to be too little, too late. The Government has pledged just £1bn of directRead more

Climate change: where are we now? 2

With the number of polls I’ve written about here, it’s been a while since I’ve taken stock of the different results and what we can learn from them. Fortunately, MORI produced a handy collection of slides (a few months ago), which brings together a lot what we’ve seen into a single place: My conclusions fromRead more

Collapse Porn? 2

George Marshall is Founder and Director of Projects at the Climate Outreach Information Network, he blogs at climatedenial.org. A movie that is now being launched in the UK called Collapse shows Michael Ruppert chain-smoking his way through visions of social and economic disaster. It is symptomatic of the utterly self defeating way that peak oil Read more

No Pressure: An ill-advised piece of climate change communication 6

Imagine you were part of a highly successful environmental campaign group, that had spent the best part of the last year enthusiastically building a broad coalition of organisations – from schools, to local councils, to football teams – committed to cutting their carbon footprint. How might you choose to mark such a successful 10 months?Read more

This week’s top climate science links

Dive right in: Why positive feedback doesn’t necessarily lead to runaway warming – Positive feedback happens when the response to some change amplifies that change. For example: The Earth heats up, and some of the sea ice near the poles melts. Now bare water is exposed to the sun’s rays, and absorbs more light thanRead more

This week’s top climate science links

Dive right in: And yet it works. Adam Corner on ‘ClimateGate’, transparency & peer-review. – “Open access is based on the premise that there are those outside the inner circle of peer reviewers who are competent enough to provide a second opinion on the science. This is indisputably true. But while talk of throwing openRead more

Watts Up With That & SPPI promoting the BNP

Joss Garman at Left Foot Forward reports that Watts Up With That – arguably the world’s number one climate sceptic site – yesterday cited the BNP in one of its ludicrous stories: Anthony Watts’ latest source of information is none other than the British National Party – yes, those known to the rest of usRead more

This week’s top climate science links

Dive right in: Will 2010 be the hottest year on record? – it all depends on which data source you choose: GISTEMP (likely) or HadCRU (about as likely as not). Climate change is leaving us with extra space junk – Even the space junk is trying to tell us we’re changing the climate. One moreRead more