Our Speakers

At the heart of OffGrid Sessions is our speakers. We spend 12 months not only looking for people who are interesting, different, challenging and informed, but also ensuring they work together to create one entity. Think of it as creating a great album vs a quick playlist.

We’ve had economists, scientists, artists, designers, inventors, cider makers, adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists, ethnographers, journalists and philosophers. We always ensure our speaker line-up is diverse in it’s make up and outlook.

Each year we have a theme which we use to curate and shape OffGrid. For 2019 we are exploring “How much do we really understand? Challenging our preconceptions and the things we hold to be true”.

We hope you enjoy looking at our speakers we have announced for 2019 as well as some of the fantastic individuals from the past 3 years who helped make OffGrid what is today.


Petra Barran

2018 - Passion, Talent, Collectives and Chocolate

Petra was a street food trader between 2005-2011 via Jimmy, the choc-mobile. She drove all over Britain in her wagon, making friends with fellow traders as she went. Then, in a Damascene moment, realised that if everyone got organised they could make great things happen. First came eat.st (2010) the hobby/street food collective, then the creation of KERB (2012) the business.

Kerb work’s with small independent traders, creating a hotbed for creativity and innovation in food. KERB and those they work with have been pushing the boundaries of street food and shaping the industry since they started. They help small businesses thrive, support them through their growth and provide a springboard from which they can build permanent businesses. This is good for business, good for the customer and good for the local economy.

Petra will be talking about her journey from Jimmy the choc-mobile to the creation of Kerb. The importance of culture, collective, nurturing raw talent, shaking things up and of course food.