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.
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?
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
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 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.
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
March’s talk: Digital Nomads
Wednesday 29th March 2017: 6:30-8:00pm
As the world becomes more digitally connected and access to online tools becomes easier, it means more people are choosing to work freelance and have the flexibility to work pretty much anywhere so long as it has an internet connection. This is resulting in the rise of a new type of employee: The Freelance Digital Nomad. So whether it is Bali or Bolton, Thailand or Tenterden, as long as you have a good internet connection and a laptop, you can be part of this growing community breaking the rules of traditional work. Our speakers are part of this new way of working and will share their stories to give you some inspiration on how to get there too.
Lorna Morris, Freelance Graphic Designer
Our very own Lorna is a freelance graphic designer who dislikes the weather of February but does like to travel. By taking her work on the road to sunnier climes Lorna has encountered a community dubbed ‘Digital Nomads’ and realised that she falls into the part-time category of this new way of working. But do you need to be abroad to be a Digital Nomad? And what are the tools of the trade? Come along and find out!
Bogdan Alexe, MD & Producer at Corralex Media
Bogdan is a man of many talents – He is a radio presenter, producer & also runs Corralex Media, a small company that creates culture and lifestyle films. Bogdan started his career in the media industry through modelling and acting, but soon found a passion working behind the camera. Bogdan will share his story about how he followed his interests, was able to embrace the new ways of working offered by technology and ultimately run his own freelance business that gives him the ability to work on what he wants, when he wants, where he wants.
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!