Mac Macartney

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Mac is an international speaker, writer and change-maker. He is also the founder of Embercombe, a social enterprise located in the UK that seeks to inspire people from all sections of society to take action for a world that works for all.

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 21st Century. 

Mac contributes to many diverse organisations and communities. Last year he delivered the keynote address to the Oxford Symposium in Comparative and International Education and regularly addresses schools and university audiences. He is a passionate advocate for the environment and the crucial importance of finding our way back into a respectful and reverential relationship with nature.

With a successful career as a leadership development consultant, Mac has sat on the sustainability advisory panels for Lafarge, Lend Lease, and Procter & Gamble. He currently sits on the advisory board for Danone North America, the largest certified B Corp in the world. 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 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.

Childhood Summit 2019 Keynote - Community

The Children's Fire

Day 1 Morning - Keynote

Day 1 Afternoon - Thought Leader Forum - Community

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The Children's Fire 

Keynote Synopsis

Many hundreds of years ago the story and teaching of The Children’s Fire emerged from the indigenous people of North America as a message to all those who flirt with power. The Children's Fire was a small fire that burnt in the centre of the council of chiefs reminding them of the first law, the first promise: 

'No law, no decision, no action of any kind, will be permitted to go out from this council of chiefs that will harm the children'.

It seems we have chosen to follow a different path and many believe that it will take us ever farther from our hearts. We need to re-kindle The Children's Fire - in our homes, schools, universities, work places, in government, in religion, everywhere.

Mac Macartney first spoke about The Children’s Fire at the 2011 Qi Global conference in Singapore. Since that time he has inspired audiences from around the world with the simple, powerful truth-telling of this ancient teaching. The Children’s Fire is a story for leaders of every kind and for all time. It speaks directly to some of the most critical issues that confront our disrupted and uncertain world. The Children’s Fire is a call to all that is beautiful in this world and an urgent reminder of the duty of care we have to our planet and all living beings, human and non-human alike. The Children’s Fire is a memory re-awakening in the consciousness of thought leaders, change makers, and educators. Compelling, challenging, and evocative of a brighter future, this talk has the vision and power to create waves and inspire action.