Offline Festival was a 2 day event all about celebrating and realising the potential of communities. There were lots of talks, workshops and opportunities to connect with others. It was organised by online community platform Project Dirt in collaboration with Power To Change and Eden Project Communities.
Highlights of the event for me included the check in and check out reflection sessions, a talk by Ed Gillespie from Futerra on the power of stories, a business plan workshop by ethical business coach Jen Gale, a workshop on managing work/life balance by freelance community development and engagement practitioner Niki Taigel, and a lunch time round table discussion on event sustainability and safety which I co-hosted with Samantha Felix (experienced in managing event waste) and Elliot Harris (one of the directors of Strawberry Fair)
I was also a speaker on a panel discussion about making your money and keeping your morals. This was the first time I have been part of a panel discussion such. I enjoyed sharing my stories about Redfest’s journey toward becoming a community interest company and my experiences managing sustainability of community events. Also on the panel was ethical business coach Jen Gale, Alex Smith from Alara Cereals, Philip Geraghty from Crowdfunder, and host Ed Gillespie from Futerra.
As networking events go this was definitely one of the most beneficial. I spent time catching up with old friends, growing recent friendships and meeting new people who will hopefully become closer friends over time. I feel blessed to have spent the weekend with such a great bunch of people.