David Lorimer is a writer, editor, speaker and poet. Having left his career in banking at the age of 24, he embarked on a quest for wisdom and deeper understanding of life. Since then, he has devoted himself to education in the broadest sense.
He is Founder of Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and former President of Wrekin Trust and the Swedenborg Society. He has also been editor of Paradigm Explorer since 1986. He was the instigator of the Beyond the Brain conference series in 1995 and has co-ordinated the Mystics and Scientists conferences every year since the late 1980s.
David wrote his first book, Survival? Death as Transition, in just eight weeks, during his summer holiday as a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College. He has since written another dozen, including Resonant Mind (originally Whole in One), The Spirit of Science, Thinking Beyond the Brain, The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about the Bulgarian sage Beinsa Douno (Peter Deunov): Prophet for our Times, The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. His new book of essays, A Quest for Wisdom is published in March 2021. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince - has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French.
He is a founding member of the International Futures Forum and previous editor of its digest, Omnipedia - Thinking for Tomorrow. He was also a Trustee of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment and a Churchill Fellow in 1978.
David is the originator of the Inspiring Purpose Values Poster Programmes, which has reached more than 350,000 young people all over the world, and has edited fifteen magazines and five books in this connection. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham from 2015-2018. He is also Chair of the Galileo Commission, which seeks the expand the evidence base of science of consciousness beyond a materialistic world view.
In 2020 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award as a Visionary Leader by the Visioneers International Network and the Aboca Human Ecology Prize to be awarded at a ceremony in Italy in April 2021.