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

May’s talk: Understanding our Digital World

Wednesday 31st May 2017: 6:30-8:00pm

As our world becomes increasingly digital and the pace of change driven by technology continues to increase, how do we stay on top of the latest developments and educate ourselves in this new digital world? From educating our children for a world that doesn’t yet exist to teaching the existing population on all things digital, this month’s talks seek to provide some answers.

Danny Windsor, Head Boy & Business Manager at Giant Campus


Danny heads up one of Kent’s newest and most exciting businesses in Giant Campus. With the objective of bridging the gap in digital skills for smaller businesses, Giant Campus delivers a modern approach to digital education and challenges most preconceptions on what professional training is. Danny will be speaking through the rationale behind Giant Campus, the gaps in digital skills in the UK and particularly Kent, and what all businesses can do to bridge that gap.

Donna Comerford, Education Technology Specialist


Donna brings together Creative Computing, Arts, Culture, Heritage, Innovation and Enterprise. With an established career in teaching and youth work, Donna will share how technology does and will affect our future generations. Donna works as a freelance Education Technology Consultant and is currently teaching and running workshops for the National Citizen service (NCS) where she creates and delivers interactive workshops about opportunities available in creative and cultural industries for young people. Donna is also the Education Coordinator for Brighton Digital Festival, is a STEM Ambassador & was a MOZFest 2015 volunteer.

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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