Ben has a background in film making and digital media. He co-founded an animation studio called Polygon Fiction in 2008 and a transmedia production company called Fleetfoot Studios in 2010. He has studied Permaculture Design, completed Transition Training, and is an active member of the North East Permaculture and Transition Network. Ben has facilitated workshops on film making, phenomenology and social media. In 2011 Ben co-founded the Sentient Cities project – a vessel for exploring creative approaches to engaging urban populations in the shift to a more satisfying and ecologically sustainable future. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne and is growing fonder of the city by the year. Ben was appointed as Media Coordinator for NECTER / RCE North East in October 2012.