“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. See below for a list of selected forthcoming events – contact Tim for more details, or to book him as a speaker or 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, on the Isle of Man and Jersey, and in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
In 2017 Tim was the guest speaker at a seminar for executive leaders from South America on early childhood development. The event was hosted and organised by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University and supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.
In 2016 Tim was an invited expert at a three-day seminar in Bogotá organised by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, linked to its Urban95 initiative.
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.
Topics covered include:
- Risk aversion and childhood
- Taking a balanced approach to managing risk in children’s play and learning
- Child-friendly urban planning and child-friendly communities
- Reconnecting children with nature
- Creating and sustaining playful spaces
- Walking, cycling and children’s independent mobility
- 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.
Forthcoming talks and workshops
Seoul, South Korea: Keynote at International forum on Children’s Right to Play and Community, organised by UNICEF
Geneva: talk on risk at pre-conference of the International Association for Children in Museums
Lerwick, Shetland: talk at Play Convention [Facebook link]
Wandsworth, London: keynote at school outdoor learning conference
Wirral: talk on risk at primary schools health and safety conference