Seeking inspiration at work or at play this autumn? Then Raft is sure to float your boat. An event we’ve designed to stimulate, spark and excite, Raft will see game-changing speakers from a range of industries get together on 3rd October to share their experiences, insight and experiments in ‘casting off’ new ideas and business ventures.
And it really is on boat. Cutting through the waters around Falmouth, we’ll be joined by innovators, screenwriters, entrepreneurs, hip hop obsessives and even a research magician for inspiring talks, workshops and delicious nibbles from The Cornish Seaweed Company. Back on dry land, there’ll be gin-based delights from our friends at Sipsmith, hilarious walking tours from Bullshit London, and evening discussions and merriment.
Our line-up of key speakers is set to stretch minds and open eyes. Through slick sleight-of-hand and unfathomable illusions, renowned research magician, Stuart Nolan, delivers mind warping performances underpinned by a mastery of science and research. He’s worked with everyone from LEGO to NESTA, the BBC Innovation Lab to the V&A. For Raft, he’ll be using his research-led wizardry to measure our imaginations. How will yours weigh up?
Kyra Maya Phillips, alternative innovation strategist and co-author of The Misfit Economy (Simon & Schuster), will skew our perception of pirates, terrorists, black markets, computer hackers and inner city gangs as she unearths their remarkable ingenuity, pioneering original methods and the lessons we can all learn from them to apply in our own worlds and work.
“We thought it was high time other people got to experience the benefits of Feeding firsthand – and Raft is such an exciting way to do that.”
We’ll also glean insight from writers Molly Naylor and John Osborne as we track their journey to the day Sky 1 called wanting their new sitcom. Collectively this pair have put their writerly wiles across a whole host of platforms, from theatre stage to radio waves, and in 2015 they’re set to fill TV screens with their co-written Sky 1 series, After Hours (directed by Craig Cash, The Royale Family).
There’ll be opportunities to pause, meet, talk and sip, with complimentary cocktails – and even a chance to indulge in a spot of comedy nonsense as Bullshit London decamps to Falmouth for the day, taking guests on a specially written factually fictitious and fabulously silly tour of the town.
Raft is all about helping other professionals experience the benefits of the agency’s Feeding philosophy. Says event organiser Nicola Robey: “At Stranger Collective we spend every 10th day away from our client work Feeding on creative happenings, fresh perspectives and new ideas. It keeps our thinking sharp and our writing even sharper. We thought it was high time other people got to experience the benefits of Feeding firsthand – and Raft is such an exciting way to do that. We can’t wait to hear what Stuart, Kyra and the other speakers have to say. Who knows where the wave will carry us all…”
Tickets for Raft – which include a place on the boat for all the talks (plus nibbles and refreshments), a Casting Off cocktail, a Bullshit Tour and entry to the evening talks – are on sale now for just £36.
A limited amount of tickets will also be available for land activities only (meeting at Prince of Wales Pier for a Casting Off cocktail, a Bullshit Tour and entry to the evening event).
Follow @strangerfeed to discover how the event’s shaping up, read interviews with speakers and even pinch the recipe for the Casting Off cocktail.
(A big thanks to Jessica Landor for creating the Raft identity, we love it.)
Watch The Misfit Economy teaser:
THE MISFIT ECONOMY from invisible sessions on Vimeo.