Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney is an international speaker, writer and change-maker and contributes to many diverse organisations and communities. He has established a portfolio of enterprises both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, including Embercombe, a valley on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, a centre for the rewilding of people and society. Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored by a group of indigenous elders. During this training and ever since, he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world-view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the significant challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. In 2013 he was presented with the Enlightened Society Award by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and in 2015 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education for his work in service to the community by Plymouth University. He has delivered four compelling TEDx talks. Mac is a member of Danone North America’s Advisory Committee and is a passionate advocate of the B Corp movement within business. In the past he has also sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble. Mac is the author of two books, Finding Earth, Finding Soul, the invisible path to authentic leadership and The Children’s Fire, heart song of a people.



Mac shares stories of intimacy, kinship, heartache and heart-song. He shares insights derived from wild relatives risking their safety and coming close; the urgent expression of messengers whose world we share.  Exquisite beauty and tenderness, joyful reunion, gnawing loneliness and silent grief. The ancient voices of distant ancestors, the encroaching din of societal madness. Soft power is deep presence, deep love, deep courage and deep commitment to service. The runes are cast but who will gather? Who will stand?  As the Hopi Nation elders announced, “We are the people we have been waiting for.”