Talks

Photo of Tim talking at the RSA in 2007“Tim has delivered a range of services that have been eloquently tailored to our local context with an informed eye and agile mind… Tim’s ability to adapt his message and delivery-style to connect with a diversity of audiences was regarded as a key strength.” Testimonial from Fraser Keegan, State Manager, Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle Program, South Australia

Tim is in global demand as a public speaker and workshop leader. Tim is equally at home with audiences of academics, policy makers, public and NGO sector leaders, planners, designers, service managers, corporate clients, educators, playworkers, childcare practitioners, environmentalists, campaigners, community groups and parents and carers.

Tim has given talks and run workshops across the UK and in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.

Tim is a regular visitor to Australia, and made extended visits in 2008, 2011, 20122013 and 2016 (this last trip also taking in New Zealand).

Tim has also gained a profile in Canada. He first visited in 2010, and in 2015 he undertook a series of talks and workshops. In 2016 he was an invited guest of the Lawson Foundation at the inception meeting for its ambitious play strategy.

In 2015 Tim was invited to teach on a week-long residential course at Schumacher College, on the theme of the Rewilded Child.

See below for a list of selected forthcoming events – contact Tim for more details, or to book him as a speaker or workshop leader. Topics covered include:

  • Risk aversion and childhood
  • Taking a balanced approach to managing risk
  • Creating more child-friendly communities
  • Reconnecting children with nature
  • Creating and sustaining playful spaces
  • Why children’s play and free time matter

The Times Educational Supplement website has a video of a talk on risk and childhood Tim gave in 2007 at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). [Tim thinks his delivery has improved since then!]

Here is a visual note of a talk on risk Tim gave in North Wales on 25 March 2015. Thanks to Fran O’Hara for permission to reproduce this.

Risk visual note

2016

7, 8, 9 Nov
Ghent: presentation on street play at Child in the City conference (attending the whole event)

18 Nov
London: talk at Alliance for Childhood conference on play

2017

22, 23 Feb
Lincolnshire: two one-day workshops on risk for early years settings (22 Feb in Grantham, 23 Feb in Lincoln)

18 March
Buckinghamshire: talk at forest school conference (details to follow)

21 April
Surrey: keynote and workshops on risk at outdoor learning conference for primary school teachers