Solitaire Townsend

Solitaire Townsend



  • The Happy Hero; How To Change Your Life By Changing The World.
  • Positivity and Its Power to Save The World.
  • How to Change Consumption Patterns to be Sustainable.
  • Marketing Strategies That Can Save The Planet.

What she offers

Believing that ‘The best way to change the world is to imagine a better one’, during her speeches for a positive change to reach a sustainable world she argues why we need logic (vision and maps) and magic (symbols and stories). She also calls us to stop thinking about products and start to think about people.

How she presents

She gives her messages with very sincere, friendly, interactive and positive style. With her questions she tries to provocate audiances to think about how we can make a difference to save the world.

In 1996 she graduated from The Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham with her first master’s degree, in Shakespeare Studies. In 1998 she completed a second master’s degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Middlesex University, a course run by sustainable development charity Forum for the Future.

Between 1998 and 2001 Solitaire worked as an independent consultant for BT, the UN and Mori on issues of human rights, business ethics and environmental sustainability. With Ed Gillespie, she co-founded Futerrain 2001 and was CEO for the first decade of the agency. Originally a project funded by NESTA, Futerra became one of the first sustainability agencies in the UK. Futerra focuses on building sustainability strategies and creative communication campaigns for corporations, governments and non-profits. Today the change agency has offices in London, New York, Stockholm and Mexico City and over 60 staff. Futerra became a B-corp in 2016.

Solitaire is Co-founder of the She is Sustainable events, encouraging young women in sustainability and purpose careers. She is also Co-founder of the Climate Optimist movement.

Solitaire was named ‘Ethical Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2008 and Chair of the UK Green Energy Scheme between November 2009 and July 2015. She was trustee of the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy from May 2012 until December 2016. Solitaire was a member of the United Nations Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce and was a London Leader for Sustainability. She co-founded the climateoptimist campaign in 2017.

Solitaire is a regular contributor to Forbes, providing content on sustainability, business, and optimism. She also contributes to The Guardian and Huffington Post.


  • The Happy Hero – How To Change Your Life By Changing The World (2017)
  • Sell The Sizzle – The New Climate Message.
  • The Naked Environmentalist (2013)

Presentation Languages: English

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