FREE monthly event for inquisitive local people

The Kent Collective is a FREE event on the last Wednesday of every month that brings together the inquisitive people of Kent to hear some fantastic speakers and discuss big ideas. We are building an engaged community of people who love learning, are always questioning the status quo and want to meet like-minded local people.

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What is the Kent Collective?

We like to think of the Kent Collective as a monthly, mini TED talk but with a social twist. We set it up as Kent is full of inquisitive people who if connected could add a vibrant social and business scene to the area and demonstrate there is life outside of London. The problem is that these people don’t have an easy and informal way for connections to be made and we want to solve this. The Kent Collective is a free event on the last Wednesday of every month that brings together the inquisitive people of Kent to hear some fantastic speakers and discuss big ideas on important issues. We are building an engaged community of people who love learning, are always questioning the status quo and want to meet like-minded local people.

Who’s it for?

Inquisitive people

Are you an inquisitive person who loves learning new things, are always questioning the status quo and want to meet like-minded local people? Then come and join us to hear great talks and discuss big ideas on important issues

Remote workers

More people are able to work from home, which allows them to juggle work with other life commitments. However, this can quickly become lonely, so break this isolation by joining us and meeting some other great local people

Kent commuters

Kent is home to a rich mix of diverse and talented people who regularly commute to work in London, yet do not know many people locally. Join us to ensure you meet some like-minded people that are a little closer to home

Join in with our great community & discussions via facebook

The Format: Inspiring talks & Meeting new people

Held on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:00pm, every Kent Collective event features two talks that will focus on a specific topic we think are of interest to inquisitive local people. We encourage all members of the Collective to get involved with discussions before and after each event via our facebook page and also to speak at future events to harness the community spirit.

Timings for each event:

Every Kent Collective event is on the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. We aim to provide a good mix of inspiring talks but also opportunity to engage with each other and meet new people in an easy way. The timings for each event are:

  • 6:30-6:45: Sign in, meet new people & grab a coffee
  • 6:45-7:35: 2 x 25 min talks from different speakers
  • 7:35-8:00: Q&A with the speakers with a Group discussion

Find out more about our upcoming and previous talks by clicking below.

Where is it?

Every Kent Collective event takes place on the last Wednesday of every month at International House, Ashford. We chose Ashford as it lies in the heart of Kent and is within easy reach of all areas of Kent and London. The venue is also opposite Ashford International station offering easy access to commuters to pop in before heading home and is easily accessible by car, with free parking after 6pm in the council car park to the left of International House next to the Everest Inn restaurant. There is even a bike rack behind international house for those wanting some exercise and is easily accessible by many of Ashford’s bus routes to the train station.

International House, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1HU

1st Floor, International House, Dover Place, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1HU

1st Floor, Int’l House, Dover Place, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1HU
Opposite Ashford International Station (Free parking after 6pm)
Event capacity: 35 people

April’s talk: The Importance of Creativity

Wednesday 26th April 2017: 6:30-8:00pm

In this time of austerity often one of the first things to be cut is the creative arts as it is simple not valued by those holding the purse strings as other activities. We believe this is not only wrong, but also short-sighted and want to celebrate the importance of creativity and the positive impact it can have on society, the local community and individuals.

Nina Clark, Musical Activist, Musician & Teacher


Nina is a professional musician based in Folkestone and her career encompasses many strands, from minstreling in her Musical Walkabout project, private instrumental lessons, live performance and studio recording as a singer-songwriter of original material. Her ethos regarding creativity is one that encourages inclusivity, challenging our comfort boundaries and generating joy and social cohesion through musical engagement in the community

Gordon LaMont, Freelance Content Creator


All of Gordon’s work involves creative engagement including Training and Development for the BBC, National Schools Partnership, Actors Centre, Schools, Houses of Parliament or others; writing books, web material and radio scripts. He also produces radio and provides creative consultancy and facilitation. He will share his wealth of experience, approach to creativity and why it is so important for us all.

Who’s part of the collective?

The Kent Collective’s core mission is to build an engaged community of people who love learning, are always questioning the status quo and want to meet like-minded local people. To make meeting new people as easy as possible we have created a members section that gives a brief intro of every Kent Collective member, so you have an easy way to start up a conversation at each event. Plus you can always come and talk to the organisers of the Kent Collective, Adam and Lorna, who are always happy to chat!

Adam Henderson

Adam Henderson

Organiser

See who is part of our growing community and be part of it too!

Lorna Morris

Lorna Morris

Organiser

If you want to get involved by helping arrange future Kent Collective events, have any questions about joining or want to hold a talk yourself, please get in contact.

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