A BUSINESS CONFERENCE IN DISGUISE
CREATIVE business MINDS and LEADERS GATHERed AT THE FOOTHILLS OF THE CAIRNGORMS
FOR 2 DAYS AND 2 NIGHTS OF EATING, DRINKING AND EXPLORING IDEAS.
THEME: 'THE POWER OF PROVENANCE'.
BASECAMP was INSHRIACH HOUSE, AN EDWARDIAN STYLE SHOOTING LODGE BUILT 1906
ON GROUNDS OF 200 ACRES OF NATURAL WOODLAND AND PASTURE.
Accompanied by five CANOPY & STARS OFF-GRID CABINS.
TALKS AND WORKSHOPS LED BY CREATIVE PIONEERS.
WALKING AND WORKSHOPPING BY DAY.
WILD COOKING AND CAMPFIRE CHATS BY NIGHT.
Guy Grieve is an adventurer and entrepreneur whose fight for sustainability has led him to start up a multi-award winning ethical fishing company on the Isle of Mull. He skippers the family fishing boat, Helanda, and dives for king scallops that are prized by chefs throughout Britain. Call of the Wild, My Escape to Alaska, his first book, was inspired by the year that he spent living alone in a cabin he built in the wilderness of the Interior of Alaska in 2004-05. He has gone on to present a number of television programmes as well as writing for various national publications. His latest book Sea Legs charts the year he and his family spent sailing from Venezuela to Scotland, via the Caribbean.
Mark Shayler runs a branding and consulting agency called This is Ape. He’s worked with over 1000 companies and has introduced new products and services, helped companies float on AIM, developed new business models, new ways of building, and has written a colour-by-numbers DIY guide to disruption Do Disrupt: Change the status quo or become it. He works with big companies (no, even bigger than that) to disrupt what they do in ways that generate more income, do less harm and ensure they will be here in 20 years time.
Mark gives talks around the world and his workshops are short, sharp, pointy, adrenaline filled and inspiration fuelled. They disrupt what you are doing and get you pointing in the right direction.
Veronica Fossa is an Italian entrepreneur, a workplace food designer, a writer, and a curator who has been recognised in 2017 as an Emerging Young Social Innovator by Ashoka.
She is the founder of WE Factory, the first workplace food culture design studio. She also started Meal at Work, an eating format for organisations that aims to disrupt toxic workplace food cultures. She has over 10 years of international experience working with agencies, grass roots organizations, and movements across Finland, Sweden, Russia, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, and Italy based around connecting people.
Her work has been featured on international media including Il Corriere della Sera, MOLD, and L’Officiel. She regularly speaks about happiness at work, community-building, food culture and experience as a catalyst for social change in the workplace. Lately, she has been sharing some of her ideas, speaking at places like TEDx, Chiang Mai Design Week, Tallinn Design Festival, and Design Thinking Camp.
With Love Project is the brainchild of two Manchester creatives who set out to find and document people who produce things with a passion and purpose.
Photographer Rob and Art Director Chris started out to produce a small book focussed around five people, asking them one single question: "Why do you do what you do?” Nearly 60 makers, producers and manufacturers later they’ve published three books, produced two short films and have set up a creative studio producing content rich campaigns for British brands.
What started as a side project has become a fully fledged business in its own right. The creative studio now work with, and champion producers, makers and manufacturers who produce things with a passion and a purpose.
Tash Willcocks has over 20 years of experience shaping future changemakers in the creative industry. She was previously programme leader of the BA and MA Graphic Design course at Salford University, and now facilitates the learning of worldwide postgraduate students that join the MA Digital Management and MA Digital Experience Design programmes at Hyper Island, along with heading up the Masters across Europe.
She has spoken at recent events such as TedX MCR, Creative Mornings Gothenburg, Innovation hub Enterprise City & Crft and been interviewed/written articles around collaboration/ethics for publications such as Forbes & Creative Review.
Parallel to disrupting design education, she has acted as an album creative for the band Elbow, carried out Skateboard design collaborations with Linder Sterling and designed for BBCs tomorrows World and more fun design thangs. Her popular daily typographic project, 'Mundaneaday' is now it its fifth year, and its demand has expanded her portfolio from digital back to physical including the commission of large scale hand-lettered murals in studios around UK. She built up MapMyMCR, a growing online map of illustrated buildings and their narratives which is being developed to incorporate additional cities.
Her workshop got our heads in the clouds while keeping our feet on the ground, an interactive TalkShop where we mentally (and physically) bridged those self made barriers and explored the power of team.
After an award-winning career as an advertising copywriter, Mike Coulter was an early, very early, adopter and advocate of social media. (He was the 11,700th person to spot the potential of and sign up for Twitter in 2006.)
More recently he was Creative Director on the hugely influential ‘Side Projects Report’ from The Do Lectures, which was the catalyst and inspiration for him to train and qualify as an enthusiastic evangelist, ambassador and coach for Stanford University Professor BJ Fogg’s ground-breaking Tiny Habits method of behaviour change. (Mike is one of only few officially recognised TH coaches in the UK.)
Mike took us through the Tiny Habits® Method, explaining how emotions create habits, why we should all believe in baby steps, why he considers Tiny Habits a ‘Superpower’, and helped us explore, design and nail a bunch of new positive habits in our own lives.
What people who’ve worked with Mike say:
– 'Mike is a genius at understanding human behaviour' – David Hieatt: Founder, The Do Lectures
– 'Mike was the first person I knew who spotted the potential of the internet. Later, he was the first person I knew to bang on about social media. Today, he's the first person I'd recommend to help you, be you' – Mark Waites: Co-Founder, Mother.
_ 'Mike Coulter has more ideas in an hour than most agencies have in a week. Clever man.' – Phil Adams: Planning Director, Blond Digital.
Vimla Appaddoo was voted a Top 50 Future Leader in 2016 and Young Digital Leader of the Year 2018. With a background in social good and social innovation, Vimla is currently using her skillset as a Service Designer at FutureGov to focus on public sector transformation and what it means to solve 21st century problems with a digital mindset.
Vimla has represented the UK tech sector on international trade missions and has spoken on international stages on topics ranging from innovation, empathy and inclusion. A TedX speaker and inclusion champion.
Vimla ran a workshop that explored how to use service design to work better with clients, but how to build better teams and company culture.
Department Two is a Sheffield-based creative studio founded by Arran Cross and Fern Merrills. They’ve worked on projects and campaigns for a range of clients from Savile Row tailors and luxury brands to food writers and festivals. Much of their commercial work has been for brands whose obsession with quality and provenance matches their own.
Fern and Arran helped curate this year’s event and documented the happenings and to capture unique portraits of the speakers and delegates.
Trakke was borne from a love affair with Scotland. The brand’s signature backpacks and other outdoor gear is inspired by the verdant landscape, the history, the culture and the wildlife. Trakke‘s bags are the worthy winners of many industry awards, most recently scooping a host of nominations and wins in the Carryology awards.
Founder Alec Farmer added to the weekends’ campfire conversations, and was joined by members of the Trakke team who are all passionate outdoor enthusiasts.
The High Street Delicatessen in Newton, Wales, is run by Barrie and Jojo Thompson - expert foodies who are passionate about great food made from quality produce.
The High Street Deli curated the weekend’s menu using some of the finest handpicked products, including many by producers from With Love Project’s latest book ‘For the love of food’. They gave stories behind the flavours delivered.
They also brought chef Liv Taylor to help the kitchen. Cyclist, triathlete, molecular biologist, countryside and adventure lover, but most of all a food enthusiast. thehighstreetdelicatessen.com
Break Fluid Coffee Co is a partnership of two friends, Chris Woodage and Ant Oram. By sourcing speciality coffees and roasting them to a well developed medium roast, Break Fluid gives you the great taste with a much larger sweet spot when it comes to brewing.
By using only speciality importers, Break Fluid know exactly where their beans are from and they’re all ethically sourced meaning it’s great coffee with a clean conscience. Ant and partner Sue were on site throughout the event providing speciality grade coffee keeping us all going throughout the weekend.
The Loch Fyne is a tiny shop with a huge knowledge of whisky. Their whitewashed stone store and workshop in Inveraray is a treasure trove of whisky, selling their very own blends as well as well-known malts, rare bottlings and irreplaceable expressions.
Andrew Ferguson from Loch Fyne entertained and educated us throughout the weekend.Sharing drams and imparting his expert knowledge on all things whisky.
PEAK DISTRICT 2017
CREATIVE LEADERS WALK AND TALK
The Path Less Travelled, Distilled Events, La Coppola Deli
A Saturday afternoon of walking and talking for entrepreneurs, creative business owners and leaders. Shared ideas and make connections with other inspirational minds on a great walk. The walk of 2-3 hours was led by outdoor expert Tomo Thompson, owner of The Path Less Travelled. He guided us out from the edge of the city of Sheffield to the edge of the Peak District and back again, with a chance to catch some of his own great tales along the way. There was whisky tastings en route with David Wood, owner of Distilled Events. Concluding with a gathering at award-winning La Coppola Italian deli for bread, meat and cheese boards to replenish after the excursion.
Creative brainstorming and connecting in the outdoors. You never know where it can lead…simply it started with a walk.