Last night (Monday 26th February), The Brewery and Speakers Corner welcomed event professionals and budding disruptors to the first Knowledge Guild showcase event of 2018. The latest installment in the highly anticipated series celebrated the people, ideas & inventions which changed the world.
Compered by former Sky News anchor and current BBC World presenter Samantha Simmonds, the thought-provoking evening explored the movers and shakers from the worlds of sport, health and culture as well as the visionary leaders who’ve thrown out the rule book and found another way to play the game.
The evening consisted of a panel session with double Olympic champion, former MP and chairman of the London 2012 Olympics Lord Sebastian Coe as well as much-loved television presenter and former Team GB wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitan, creator of the K1 auto-disable AIDS treatment and co-founder of Star Syringe Marc Koska and the first female controller of BBC One, Lorraine Heggessey.
The 180-strong audience were treated to personal accounts from those who have influenced, shaped and fundamentally changed the society we live in today. The evening highlighted the importance of pushing boundaries, using new approaches and facing challenges head on. From Lord Coe’s accounts of running one of the world’s most logistically complex planning processes, the Olympics, to Ade Adepitan’s personal journey of overcoming his disability to become an elite athlete and Marc Koska’s persistence in the face of enormous bureaucratic red tape to save over 14 million lives.
At the end of all the Knowledge Guild events, guests and speakers share stories during a Q&A session, before delving into the post event reception and networking opportunity. Guests also enjoyed a drinks reception and a bowl food menu, designed by The Brewery especially for the event. Dishes included beetroot gnocchi, miniature fish and chips, chicken tikka curry and winter spiced cheesecake.
The Knowledge Guild is a partnership between The Brewery and Speakers Corner, offering a mixture of world-class speakers and exceptional individuals discussing pertinent topics in a panel discussion.