MIRTHQUAKE FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
Lawrence is currently Secretary General of the Be Earth Foundation, a UN Inter-Governmental Organisation advising, assisting and enabling the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals on behalf those countries with which it has Treaties.
He is the Chairman of the Global Strategic Advisory Boards of Dakia Global Enterprise LLC, a Holding Company creating a significant hotel subsidiary, along with other major initiatives, and Rothbadi & Co an Institutional Advisor on leveraging Blockchain.
Lawrence is Chair of Be Energy, a green energy company specialising in the conversion of waste and plantation timber to sustainable energy projects.
He was recently voted by SALT magazine as among the top 25 Most Conscious Global Leaders, and in 2016 received an award at the UN from the Humanitarian Innovation Forum for Conscious Leadership.
Lawrence was appointed the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and he is a current alumnae of All Agenda Councils.
He is former Chairman of the UN Environmental Programme, Green Economy Initiative, Green Cities, Buildings and Transport Council. Lawrence also served as an active a member of the Corporate Responsibility Advisory Group of the ICEAW.
His passion is to support what is breaking through that which is breaking down in the current system. He considers this action will enable the emergence of a societal model and a society, whose understanding around the interconnectedness of all things will harmonise conscious economics, social wellbeing and environmental responsibility into a healthy, thriving and abundant culture.
MIRTHQUAKE FOUNDATION TRUSTEE
Australian film and television producer, Chairman of Youngheart Animation and Youngheart Entertainment, Australia.
After leaving school and attaining a Commerce Degree from the University of NSW, Wayne was accepted into the Australian Diplomatic Corps. Trained in Canberra and London he was then attached to the Australian Embassies in Austria and Germany for five years, working behind the Iron Curtain in trade.
Following his time in the Diplomatic, with partners, Wayne set up Spectrum International Marketing, a unique psychological research and creative advertising company in Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.
At Spectrum Wayne created probably the most dynamic political advertising campaign ever in Australia, the ‘It’s Time’ campaign, which helped get Gough Whitlam elected as Prime Minister in 1972. He then worked with Prime Minister Whitlam as media advisors for three years.
After Spectrum Wayne moved into writing, focussing on feature film scripts, while living in various locations around the world. He started his film career as Associate Producer of the first Crocodile Dundee film. Dundee is the biggest hit ever from Australia.
In 1986 Wayne established Youngheart with his eldest son and with Producer Peter Faiman, making the animation feature FernGully, The Last Rainforest, distributed worldwide by Twentieth Century Fox, winning Best Film at the 1992 American Environmental Media Awards, the Genesis Award, the One Earth Award given by the United Nations. FernGully donated $4M to environmental organizations.
In 1994, allied with legendary founding Chairman of Greenpeace International David McTaggart, Wayne produce two television specials called The Last Whale about the onslaught of commercial whaling, directed by Academy Award nominee David Bradbury. The programme focussed world attention on the plight of the whales, resulting in the creation of the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.
Youngheart produced the television series Human Nature starring Olivia Newton-John about the special contact between human beings and nature. Human Nature was on the Discovery Network and TBS in the USA, ITV in the UK, Network 9 in Australia as WildLife. It was a top-rating show, with 52 one- hour episodes screened in over 50 countries.
In the late 90s Wayne produced media campaigns which helped protect dolphins in US waters, in collaboration with Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye-Smith.
Creative consultant working with producer Ric Birch on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Wayne is Executive Producer together with co-Trustee Napier Marten of WhaleDreamers, another award winning documentary about the connection of tribal peoples with cetaceans.
Wayne produced the feature documentary The War on Democracy, written by and featuring renowned television, print journalist and author John Pilger. The film was distributed in the UK by Lions Gate, in Australia by Hopscotch, broadcast by ITV in the UK, winning best TV Documentary at One World Media Awards June 2008.
Wayne has been directing the Youngheart team in recent years, conceptualising and creating the development of two new animation ventures: FernGully Friends, a TV and online series to extend the FernGully brand, and DreamBeaming, a TV and online series based on children’s dreams.
TRUSTEE & FOUNDER MIRTHQUAKE FOUNDATION & MIRTHQUAKE PRODUCTIONS LIMITED
Napier Marten grew up on an estate in South West England where he discovered a deep interest in ecology, the environment, sustainability and man’s relationship with nature. Napier is a craniosacral practitioner with a varied career including estate management, theatre, professional helicopter pilot and forestry. He sold his business to pursue his developing interest in cetaceans and their connection to Man.
This was augmented by meeting Dr. John Lilley in Maui, a remarkable and somewhat divisive scientist, after which he travelled to the Nullarbor Plain, South Australia, where at the Head of the Great Australian Bight, he met with the Mirning, a dispossessed group of ‘whale dreaming’ First Nation Australians, declared extinct in the mid 1950’s. Their appropriated land and expulsion meant they lost their connection with the Southern Right whales, the Mirning ancestors, with whom they had had a continuous, remarkable and profound relationship for thousands of years.
Napier has met many other First Nation ‘cetacean’ people around the world, catalyzing his future direction; he understood the urgent need for global recognition of this profound and ancient relationship with cetaceans, sharing intelligence, wisdom and a greater understanding of how connection with our oceans is fundamental for our long-term survival. There were many remarkable encounters that served to convince Napier a profound message was being given to mankind and that this needed to be made accessible to everyone by whatever modern media methods available.
Napier has produced a number of films including, WhaleDreamers (2006) which won awards at the Monaco Film festival and Best Film Byron Bay Film Festival. Mirthquake Productions is currently developing the script for Katherine Stewart’s seminal book A Croft in the Hills. Mirthquake Ltd. is currently in the process of releasing an album Legends & Tales of Dolphins & Whales by inhouse group, The Sounding. The album is an eclectic mix of ambient, jazz, dance riffs, each track celebrating a cetacean story.
All Mirthquake’s endeavours are directed towards re establishing our broken connection with Nature.
Napier has spent the last twenty-five years cultivating Mirthquake, an organisation seeking to assist in informing individuals, institutions and politicians through music, film, entertainment and the work of the Mirthquake Foundation, of the great beings of the oceans’ call to restoration and harmony of the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Mirthquake Foundation supports the Sustainable Development Goals.