OffGrid Sessions 2019 - Speaker Line Up

For OffGrid Sessions 2019 our theme was “Truth and Reality. How much do we understand what’s really going on?”


Eric Barker – Why Everything You Know About Success Is (mostly) Wrong
Do nice people finish last? Can we learn from the strategy of Genghis Khan, the errors of Albert Einstein or the work-life balance of spider-man? Eric will take us through a raft of studies, research and evidence that shows what we believe about success is (mostly) wrong.

Caroline Criado-Perez talks to June Supong MBE – Exposing data bias in a world designed for men
Imagine a world where your phone is too big for your hand, where your doctor prescribes a drug that is wrong for your body, where in a car accident you are 47% more likely to be seriously injured. If any of this sounds familiar, chances are that you’re a woman. Caroline will be in conversation with June Sarpong talking about how, in a world designed and built by men, we may be ignoring 50% of the population.

Professor Bobby Duffy – The Perils of Perception
Think you know your facts? Do you eat too much sugar? Is violence in the world increasing or decreasing? What proportion of your country are Muslim? What does it cost to raise a child? Bobby will explore the gap between perception and reality and why, in the age of the internet, when information should be more accessible than ever, we remain so poorly informed.

Paul Conroy – Under The Wire
Paul is an award-winning war photographer who worked with Marie Colvin and was with her when she died covering the siege of Homs in Syria. Catrin is an award-winning documentary maker and journalist for the BBC. They will talk about Paul’s work, Marie, the truth and whether the truth is something people actually want.

Catrin Nye – BBC documentary maker and journalist.
Catrin will be interviewing Paul Conroy about his work with Marie Colvin in Homs. The journey they had been on and Marie’s subsequent death, and most importantly the need to keep telling the true story

Alex DePledge MBE – Challenging preconceptions & getting stuff done
Alex is a young British entrepreneur, who moves at pace, makes mistakes and gets stuff done. She has already sold her first business, going from start up to a large multi-national business within a matter of years. She will be talking that when we think we need a big brand, big resource or a new innovative approach, it may often be as simple as getting moving and going from there.

Nick O’Shea – More Beer. More Jobs
Nick set up Ignition Brewery in 2015 which make great beer for the discerning residents of South London.  What makes them a distinctive, London Living Wage Employer, is that their team have learning disabilities. They were founded in response to the 94% unemployment rate for people with learning disabilities. Ignition’s team had no brewing experience when they began, but as a result of their gifts and tenacity they now have a successful, thriving and happy business.

Professor Jaideep Prabhu – Frugal Innovation
Jaideep will look at why the best solutions often come from the greatest need and smallest budget. With a particular interest in how firms develop solutions for low income communities, his approach and work has been used by companies across the world to rethink the way they both look to solve problems across the board.

Ed Warner – The Business Of Sport
Think you understand the commercials behind sport? Why would someone pull the plug on a Premier League match? What prompts an athlete to search for sponsorship on eBay? How can the decision of a drinks brand CEO make or break an entire sport? Ed Warner reveals the behind-the-scenes finances that drive sport; who gets rich and who gets left on the bench and why.

Alison S. M. Kobayashi – Unravelling A Mystery
Alison is a critically acclaimed, award-winning, New York artist whose works involve the conjuring of stories from found objects. Allegories are resurrected by the artist’s imagination as she interrogates materials as varied as the world wide web, lost letters, and vintage audio and video tapes.

Michael Blastland – How The World Conceals It’s Secrets
Humans are very clever creatures – but idiots about how clever they really are. In his talk Michael will reveal how in our quest to make the world more understandable, we lose sight of how unexplainable it often is. The result – from GDP figures to medicine – is that experts know a lot less than they think.

Wilfrid Wood – Sculpting, Drawing & The Things I’ve Seen
Ex-Spitting Image sculptor and artist, Wilfrid will be looking at why the really good and really bad are what interests us and the middle ground tends to be mush.  He’ll talk about his journey as an artist and the things he has seen… and then we’ll make some heads with him!

Rachel Parris – It’s Fun to Pretend
Rachel needs little introduction as an award-winning comedian, actor and improviser appearing regularly on our TV screens. Rachel will be wrapping up for us at OffGrid Sessions with her thoughts on pretending.


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