Climate Crisis: Solutions and Hope
Artist, author, and activist Lily Cole has been an environmental advocate for decades, including her book Who Cares Wins: Reasons for Optimism in Our Changing World, and the accompanying podcast Who Cares Wins. Cole shares actionable takeaways in this inspiring talk about the multitude of solutions to the climate crisis, leaving audiences feeling capable and hopeful.
Women in Business: The Impact of Gender Equality
Supermodel, filmmaker, writer, and activist Lily Cole has been advocating for environmentalism and social change for two decades. Through her work in the entertainment and fashion industries, as well as founding numerous social businesses, Cole has experienced the challenges and opportunities of being a woman and mother in the workplace and offers profound insights about the impact of gender equality and how individuals and organizations can move toward greater equity in their communities.
Social Business: The Intersection of Purpose and Profit
Artist, author, and activist Lily Coly is the founder of several social businesses, including Impossible.com – which is an innovation group, design agency, and home of planet centric design. Sharing her decades of work and advocacy in environmentalism, as well as insights about her expertise in sustainable business innovation, Cole inspires audiences to innovate solutions to everyday problems to change the world.
Lily’s successful career in fashion - named by French Vogue as one of the top ten models of the 2000s - led her to investigate supply chains and business practices, becoming a patron of the Environmental Justice Foundation and ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. Lily was the first Global Ambassador for community fair-trade pioneer The Body Shop, and founded several of her own social businesses, including incubator Impossible.com.
Lily's book and accompanying podcast, Who Cares Wins, explore a thousand different environmental solutions from tech-utopia to indigenous wisdom. Lily has spoken multiple times alongside The World Economic Forum's meeting in Davos; Google's Zeitgeist; Wired; LeWeb; Web Summit; the Global Fashion Agenda; at the UK Houses of Parliament; at COP26; and on behalf of the United Nation’s ECE’s Sustainability Pledge. Lily writes occasionally for international media (The Guardian, Financial Times).
Lily was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by Professor Muhammad Yunus at the University of Glasgow, for her contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes through social businesses, and an Honorary Award for her ongoing dedication to climate and human rights activism at the German Sustainability Awards 2021. She also holds a first-class Masters in History of Art from the University of Cambridge and was an affiliate at The Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Alongside her work as an activist and writer, Lily has built up a catalogue of film roles working as an actor with notable directors including Terry Gilliam, Sally Potter, Shekhar Kapur, Rolan Joffe, Mary Harron, and Rian Johnson. Lily has also performed at The Globe Theatre, The Old Vic, and Trafalgar Studios. Most recently she appeared in the BBC's The Split; and in Lasse Holstrom's upcoming feature film, Hilma.
Lily has co-written and presented documentaries for Sky Arts and the BBC; and directed multiple short documentaries for VICE and Nowness. Lily co-wrote and directed a short fiction film, Balls, which was commissioned by the Bronte Parsonage Museum and Foundling Museum. Balls was nominated for Best Director at Underwire Festival, and Best Short Film at the Short Film Awards.