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The People’s Supermarket: hear from the man behind the mission

Date Published: 06/10/2011

Charlie the Pertwood shire horse at Selling Organic 2010
Charlie the Pertwood shire horse provided a talking point at Selling Organic 2010
Next week (October 13, to be precise) sees the third annual running of our Selling Organic series of conferences at which we bring together some of the sector’s greatest minds to share their expertise and examine the state of the market.

We’re really pleased with this year’s line-up of speakers, which has some fresh faces for the event and some new angles to explore.

Along with Planet Organic founder, Renee Elliot, ‘Mr Organic Startup’, Simon Wright, and Nick Barnard, MD of Rude Health, we will be hearing first-hand from the man behind The People’s Supermarket, Arthur Potts Dawson (and many more – click here for the full line-up for the day).

One of my colleagues had cause to speak to Arthur this morning and came away refreshed by his commitment, drive and positivity. We think he has messages that will really spark people up, which is never a bad thing.

Our 2010 speakers tackle the Q&A session, led by Simon Wright
Our 2010 speakers tackle the Q&A session, led by Simon Wright
Something else different for this year is a look at how social technology can, and should, be harnessed by organic food businesses. We’ve got some people coming who really know about this! Mark Spofforth is the CEO of, a location-based service that harnesses social media principles and combines them with good old-fashioned recommendations to link people to their local food producers and retailers – or to food that’s local to wherever they happen to be, which is one of the really clever bits.

Joining Mark will be social technologist, Christian Payne. Widely-known all over the internet as ‘Documentally‘, Christian spends large amounts of his time demonstrating to organisations and individuals how and why they should be engaging through social media – and he’s a prolific user of everything technology he talks about. This is going to be fascinating.

Add to that unrivalled industry insight and statistics on the state of the market and you have something that’s unique in the organic calendar.

There are still some places available, so please visit the main website to book as soon as possible. You’ll also find a full programme for the day there. The date is October 13 and the location is the Barcelo Oxford Hotel. We’d love to see you there.