Thursday 19 September 2019


Saving the world through capitalism: embracing lessons from nature

Sir Tim Smit, Co-founder of the Eden Project

The Eden project – which consists of two biomes built in an old china clay pit in Cornwall – connects us with each other and with the living world. It also inspires us to explore how we can work towards a better future.

At this event, the Eden project’s co-founder and Vice Chair, Tim Smit, will talk about our generation’s legacy and the need to inspire capitalism to win back its moral compass. Are we too in thrall to the notion of the establishment and, as a result, too passive in the face of the huge challenges we face? How can we change this mindset and ensure that we create the future that we want? What can we learn from nature to help us along our way?

Sir Tim Smit

Tim is Executive Vice-Chair and Co-founder of the multi award-winning Eden Project in Cornwall. He is also Executive Co-Chair for Eden Project International which aims to have an Eden Project on every habited continent by 2025.

Tim also ‘discovered’ and then restored one of the UK’s best loved gardens, The Lost Gardens of Heligan (with John Nelson). His book about this project won Book of the Year in 1997.



Since its opening in 2001, over 20 million people have come to the Eden Project to see a once sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour.