Join us for our first Govan Together learning event of 2012. Pat Kane joins us for a talk, a shared meal, and a space for convivial discussion.

Radical Animal: how do we balance human nature, innovation and the challenges of climate change?

Tuesday 31st January 2012 17.30-20.30

The Pearce Institute, 840-860 Govan Road, Govan,, G51 3UU

The reality of climate change is now incontrovertible – but the facts still don’t seem to sufficiently register with the ordinary citizen, worker and consumer. Our language of societal progress is still essentially understood as consumption-led growth, and our current economic slump fixable by a restoration of retail confidence.

We need to examine how the thirst for novelty and innovation, deep rooted in human nature, can be redirected from status consumption to something more active, fulfilling and planet-friendly. Pat Kane will use his 10 years of inquiry into the power and potential of play to give some indications about how this might be done – turning the “radical animals” that we are in a different direction.


About Pat Kane:

Pat Kane, 47, is a musician, writer, activist and father. He is the author of 2004’s The Play Ethic (, and his forthcoming “book-net” is Radical Animal: Innovation, Sustainability and Human Nature ( Pat consults to organisations and communities about the power and potential of play. He is also still one-half of Scottish pop group Hue And Cry (, whose 10th studio album, Hot Wire, is out in March.


Pat’s Guardian article on Radical Animal:


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