The Knowledge Guild – How To Prepare For Unprecedented Change

Will they or won’t they? The saga that is Brexit finally reached The Brewery last night, for a hotly tipped debate between four leading broadcasters, journalists and economists who discussed the trials and tribulations of the UK’s current political landscape in front of a live audience.

Yesterday’s installment (28 October) of The Knowledge Guild – our discussion series with Speaker’s Corner – even coined a new term, ‘Brexstay’, and welcomed the introduction of ‘Flextension’.

But as the country prepares for unprecedented change, the 80 guests in attendance saw poised introductions from speakers Declan Curry, freelance journalist, news presenter and businessman; Sonia Sodha, chief leader writer at the Observer, and deputy opinion editor at the Guardian; and Tim Marshall journalist, author and broadcaster, who between them looked at what Brexit means for the economy and society; from whether we’re facing a new financial crisis, civil unrest across the globe, the rise of AI and demands to change the way we work, to the impending general election and Britain’s global reputation. Who says you can’t achieve a lot in a short space of time…?   

Knowledge Guild speaker in the Smeaton Vaults

The evenings master of ceremonies, BBC journalist, Christian Fraser later brought the speakers together for an engaging Q&A, with live audience participation and questions delivered through the Glisser app system, which brought the evening’s debate to a rounded close (or as close to a conclusion as you can when discussing Brexit).     

With the clocks having gone back at the weekend, the evening was an opportunity for guests to also sample some winter dishes from our new Christmas standing menu, which featured:

  • Vegan to-fish, chips, wally, pea puree and tartar
  • Sticky beef crumpets, chive and currants
  • Pie, mash, liquor and malt vinegar
  • Jaffa cake  stacks

While we couldn’t solve the Brexit puzzle in one sitting, Knowledge Guild once again turned into a night of intrigue, conversation and feasting, which is pretty good for a cold Monday evening.