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Past events

  • Roundtable: Learning about Learning, with Melissa Andrada

    Beginning with a breakfast, this is a new topic we’ll be exploring with people in our members’ teams who, in one way or another, take responsibility for their colleagues' learning and professional development.

    November 22nd, 2017 at 9:30am—11:30am
    Dishoom Carnaby Street, Kingly Street, London
  • Event: Physicality, Brands and Experience – at Airbnb

    On the 9th of November we welcomed a panel to Airbnb to discuss the role of physicality in creating memorable brand experiences.

    November 8th, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Airbnb, Compton Courtyard, London
  • Field Trip: The Getty Images Archive

    We rallied a group of fellow members for a field trip to the world's largest commercial photographic archive, home to over 90 million images.

    November 7th, 2017 at 10:00am—12:00pm
    Getty Images Hulton Archive, Unit 6, Canning Town Business Park, London
  • Workshop: Authentic & Purposeful Presenting

    Led by regular keynote speaker, author and change consultant Mark Shayler — this day long session is for those seeking to super-size their presentational skills.

    November 3rd, 2017 at 9:30am— 5:30pm
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Event: Talking Shop – Online to in-store

    On the 2nd of November, we took to Hammerson's headquarters to discuss why and how online retailers are setting up shops in the real-world.

    November 2nd, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Hammerson, Kings Place, London
  • Roundtable: Augmenting the in-store experience

    Led by the Your Studio Co-founders, a group of retailers shared learnings on opportunities for making tech meaningful in-store

    October 24th, 2017 at 9:30am—11:30am
    Your Studio, 54 Rivington Street, London
  • Event: Wake Up and Draw

    An illustratively invigorating Monday morning in the hands of the brilliant Scriberia at Shoreditch House Library.

    October 23rd, 2017 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • You Are Here: Wayfinding Design

    We welcomed four panellists to Hammerson's King's Cross offices, to point out the ways we can design navigation into spaces.

    October 10th, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Hammerson, Kings Place, London
  • Roundtable: The Power of Soft

    Hilary Gallo led a small group of members, around the table at YCN through the ideas at the hear of his book, 'The Power of Soft' — a different way to approach negotiation.

    September 21st, 2017 at 10:00am—12:00pm
    YCN, 72 Rivington Street, London
  • Lessons From Launching: Food & Drink

    At Radio Alice on 19th September, we were served up learnings from those behind thriving food and drink ventures.

    September 19th, 2017 at 6:00pm— 8:30pm
    Radio Alice, 16 Hoxton Square, London
  • Making Work Work For You

    In partnership with Red Bull, on 13th September we tackled the topic of flexible working, inviting a panel of passionate advocates to share why it's important and how to make it work for you.

    September 12th, 2017 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Red Bull, 155-171 Tooley Street, London
  • Wellbeing at Work

    On Tuesday 5th September at Red Bull's London offices we gained some insight into how our physical and mental wellbeing at work can positively impact productivity and creativity.

    September 5th, 2017 at 6:00pm— 8:00pm
    Red Bull, 155-171 Tooley Street, London
  • Learning at Work

    On 5th September, we asked experts from Google and Hyper Island to share ideas and approaches around creating effective cultures of learning in the workplace.

    September 5th, 2017 at 9:00am—10:30am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: Illustration

    On 22nd August, we immersed ourselves in the world of illustration over coffee and croissants at Shoreditch House.

    August 22nd, 2017 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • A Persuasive Panel

    On 15th August, we invited a panel to Shoreditch House to share their secrets on how best to bring people round to your way of thinking.

    August 15th, 2017 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Women in Beer

    We'll welcome a panel of brewers, writers and other creative minds to the Truman Brewery this July, to share their thoughts and experiences of how the beer industry is evolving to meet the needs of a growing female audience.

    July 6th, 2017 at 6:30pm— 9:30pm
    Juju's Bar, Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street, London
  • Exploring Mentoring at Airbnb

    At Airbnb's offices on Wednesday 21st June, we shared advice and first-hand experiences, to explore how people on both sides of the relationship can make the most out of mentoring.

    June 21st, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Airbnb, Compton Courtyard, London
  • Learning from Launching: Food & Drink

    To explore the challenges and opportunities in launching restaurants, we headed to Hoxton pizzeria Radio Alice, and sampled the perspectives of three guest speakers.

    May 23rd, 2017 at 6:00pm— 8:30pm
    Radio Alice, 16 Hoxton Square, London
  • Doors, Drones & Deliveries — New York

    For the latest event in our ZX.YCN programme, we'll head to Soho House in April to continue exploring last mile delivery with panelists from UberEats, DoorDash and Drizly.

    April 25th, 2017 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Soho House New York, 29 - 35 Ninth Avenue, New York
  • Sensory Science

    On Tuesday 11th April, we heard from Professor Charles Spence and MassiveMusic’s Roscoe Williamson about how sound can help amplify brand identities and consumer experiences.

    April 11th, 2017 at 6:00pm— 8:00pm
    PROPERCORN, 1 Royle Studios, London
  • Two’s Company: Where do ideas come from?

    In March we welcomed Anthony Burrill and Chris Barez-Brown to the YCN Library. Both had recently published books and shared their learnings on the process of developing ideas.

    March 22nd, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Doors, Drones & Deliveries

    ​At Covent Garden’s Hospital Club, we hosted a panel discussion on innovations in last mile delivery.

    March 21st, 2017 at 6:30pm— 9:30pm
    The Hospital Club, 24 Endell St, London
  • Design for Breakfast at Dishoom

    Over chai and naans at Dishoom, yesterday we explored the power of visual identities in the company of legendary restauranteur, Alan Yau.

    March 7th, 2017 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Dishoom Carnaby Street, Kingly Street, London
  • Reading List: Simon Mottram

    In February we welcomed the Rapha Founder to the YCN Library, inviting him to introduce six of his favourite books to our shelves.

    February 28th, 2017 at 6:00pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Home at Airbnb

    At Airbnb’s Clerkenwell warehouse space, a panel of speakers explored the theme of home and what it means to them and their work.

    February 7th, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Airbnb, Compton Courtyard, London
  • Reading List: Erik Kessels

    Erik Kessels, Creative Director of Member Agency KesselsKramer, joined us at the YCN Library to talk us through six of his favourite books.

    January 25th, 2017 at 6:00pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Wellness in the workplace

    To examine how businesses are instilling healthier company cultures, a panel of speakers shared their insights into the challenges and successes they've encountered so far.

    January 12th, 2017 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Speaking with confidence in public

    At a practical workshop hosted by author and coach Edie Lush, we learnt how to build our professional profiles by speaking compellingly and with confidence.

    December 5th, 2016 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Reshaping Retail

    In collaboration with Member, Hammerson, we explored the implications of emerging technologies for retailers online and in store.

    November 30th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Hammerson, Kings Place, London
  • Social Entrepreneurship

    In collaboration with Member Red Bull, on Tuesday 1st November we examined how organisations can create scalable social impact initiatives that have a lasting effect, and the lessons not-for-profits can learn from businesses.

    November 1st, 2016 at 6:30pm— 9:00pm
    Red Bull, 155-171 Tooley Street, London
  • Demographics: Over-55s

    Hosted in collaboration with Shoreditch House, the second in a series of demographically-focused events offered an insight into older groups.

    October 3rd, 2016 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: Illustration

    On Tuesday 27th September, we explored the colourful world of commercial illustration, with a seasoned panel of practitioners and commissioners.

    September 27th, 2016 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: Snacking

    On Tuesday 23rd August we examined the burgeoning snacking sector — and heard from some of the companies successfully sating consumer appetites within it.

    August 23rd, 2016 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Two’s Company: Institutional Branding

    On Wednesday 3rd August, we considered recent branding efforts for cultural institutions, that draw on graphic heritage to create identities equipped for the future.

    August 3rd, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: Digital Disruptors in Fashion

    On Thursday 21st July we explored fashionable retail opportunities online — and the companies that are shaking things up.

    July 21st, 2016 at 9:00am—11:30am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Design for Breakfast at Dishoom

    In the continuation of a series of events at the design-driven eatery — we explored the successful expression of creative narrative within restaurant interiors.

    July 12th, 2016 at 9:00am—11:00am
    Dishoom Carnaby Street, Kingly Street, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: Digital Luxury

    On Monday 6th June we were joined by a panel of speakers to consider how luxury brands are navigating digital spaces — from social media to in-store tech.

    June 6th, 2016 at 9:00am—11:30am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Demographics: Women

    On Wednesday 1st June, we were joined by speakers from Karmarama and Motherland for the first in a series of events focussed around different demographics.

    June 1st, 2016 at 8:30am—10:00am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Crafting Content

    A panel of like-minded speakers shared personal learnings around crafting compelling content, and discussed the modern purposes in doing so.

    May 24th, 2016 at 7:00pm— 9:00pm
    The Hoxton, Amsterdam, Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
  • A Simpler Way to Shop

    On 18th May, we joined forces with Member Hammerson Plc for the second in a series of panel discussions — this time looking at how smart organisations are crafting sharper and slicker retail experiences for today's consumers.

    May 18th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Hammerson, Kings Place, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: The Science of Sharing

    On Friday 6th May, we explored the psychology, creativity and science behind crafting shareable content that captures the attention of audiences online.

    May 6th, 2016 at 9:00am—10:30am
    YCN Shop & Library, 72 Rivington Street, London
  • Breakfast Briefing: Animation — A Moving Medium

    On 26th April, we explored how animation can uniquely communicate sensitive cultural ideas.

    April 26th, 2016 at 9:00am—11:30am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Tales of Travel Photography

    On Wednesday 9th March, we warmly welcomed two photographers to share prominent photography projects and the stories of their travels.

    March 9th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Two's Company: Designing Science

    On Tuesday 1st March, we examined the ways in which scientific concepts are visually brought to life with the Wellcome Trust and CG graphics studio Framestore.

    March 1st, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Heritage at Heal's

    On Wednesday 24th February we highlighted the role of heritage at the iconic Heal's flagship store on Tottenham Court Road.

    February 24th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Heal's, 196 Tottenham Court Road, London
  • More Than A Store

    On Wednesday 10th February, YCN and Hammerson welcomed a panel of passionate speakers to explore new concepts in retail innovation and the evolution of the in-store experience.

    February 10th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:30pm
    Hammerson, Kings Place, London
  • You Can Now: Drink Up!

    On Wednesday 27th January, we explored sensory experiences within the drinks industry with the help of Alan Dye of NB Studio and The Gin Journey's Leon Dalloway.

    January 27th, 2016 at 9:30am—11:30am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Two's Company: Charitable Creativity

    On Tuesday 19th January, we heard from Macmillan Cancer Support and Girl Effect, who helped us explore the importance and power of brands in advancing charitable causes.

    January 19th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Two's Company: Talking Type

    On Wednesday 13th January we unravelled the painstaking process of designing type with Bruno Maag and Colophon Foundry.

    January 13th, 2016 at 6:30pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Breakfast Briefing — Demystifying Mobile

    On the 24th November, we were joined by Hi Mum! Said Dad and Molson Coors UK, to unpack the possibilities for engaging with consumers through mobile.

    November 24th, 2015 at 9:30am—11:30am
    Shoreditch House, Shoreditch House Library, London
  • Reading List: Dave Trott

    On the 4th of November, we welcomed the lauded creative director to YCN — to talk us through six publications that have informed and inspired his work to-date.

    November 4th, 2015 at 6:30pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
  • Reading List: Alison Lloyd

    Alison Lloyd, founder of British accessories label Ally Capellino, joined us on the 28th of October to share six books that shaped her company, outlook and life.

    October 28th, 2015 at 6:30pm— 8:00pm
    YCN Library, 72 Rivington St, London
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