We're delivering a positive programme of industry led, virtual sessions to inspire and inform students and recent graduates — wherever they are.

This summer series of talks, workshops and other interactive sessions are facilitated by members of the YCN team alongiside a cast of bright minds and expert collaborators drawn from across the creative industries globally. The intention is to support emerging creative thinkers at a time when education and graduation has been deeply disrupted, to support their transition into industry through skills building and knowledge sharing. Expect a focus on soft skills, creative thinking, wellbeing and anything inbetween.

Coming sessions are shared below — all students, recent graduates and their tutors and course leaders are welcome to freely join — with a simple registration required at video platform Zoom to access the link in each case.


Summer Schools: Coming Sessions

May 20th 2020, 4—5.15pm UK time
Ideas Gym, with Nick Eagleton
Register to join the session here.

Former creative director of The Partners and Superunion — and now co-founder of Saboteur — Nick will lead a punchy and active session dedicated to the pursuit of plentiful ideas. 

Through many years guiding creative teams towards impactful, effective and customer delighting ideas, Nick has honed an ample toolbox — loaded with ways to unearth and sharpen thinking. His belief is that when it comes to the currency of ideas — to begin with it's the more the merrier, and that getting our ideas abundently down is as important as then knowing when to filter and refine.

In this short, 'hands on'  and highly interactive session Nick will share the best and freshest of these tools and techniques, taking us through them — and encouraging us to apply them to our more testing creative challenges, there and then. You'll do this solo and among small groups of peers at times too.


May 27th 2020, 4—5.15pm UK time
How I did it, with Dan Woodger and Joe Cruz
Register to join the session here.

Save yourself a virtual front row seat for this intimate and insightful session with illustrator and animation director Dan Woodger and visual artist Joe Cruz. They'll be sharing some insights into their creative processes, pointers on how to begin to build a client list and some of their favourite projects from the last 12 months. Dan and Joe have both built enviable client lists since graduating; and they’ll generously share their guidance on getting going in the same direction.


June 3rd 2020, 4—5.30pm
Build your Resilience, with Ella Reynolds
Register to join the session here

Founder of Those That Rise, and YCN Facilitator Ella Reynolds will introduce practical ways that we can bounce back from challenges, manage stress and use our energy effectively so that we're more focussed and more creative.

Over an energising 90-minutes we’ll cover what resilience means for us personally, learn about the stress response and how it affects the body and mind and learn important tools for regulating our nervous system to be calmer and more present in the face of challenges. Being resilient doesn’t mean challenges disappear, but it does mean that we cope better, learn from past experiences and build an internal stability to thrive in these times of change.


June 10th 2020, 4—5.15pm.
Build Your Personal Brand, with Hadrien Chatelet
Register to join the session here

Co-founder of The Wern, branding expert Hadrien Chatelet leads this interactive hands-on session on how to build and communicate your authentic-self through personal branding — why it’s important, and how it can get you in front of the people you want to work with.

Together we’ll get to the core of your purpose, vision, values and personality — challenging you to consider how you want to be perceived to potential employers and clients. By the end of this session you'd have learned a framework to help you nurture a genuine & memorable personal brand, after all your brand is what people say about you when you’re not in the room.


June 17th 2020, 4—5.15pm
Hype Yourself  — a no nonsense guide to self promotion, with Lucy Werner
Register to join the session here

Author of Amazon best-seller Hype Yourself: A no-nonsense PR toolkit for small businesses, co-founder of The Wern and publicity expert Lucy Werner shares the self-promotion tips and tricks she’s learnt from 15 years in publicity with you — helping you catch the eye of the employers, clients and collaborators of your dreams. Together we’ll discover the different ways you can hype yourself online and offline, securing the future you deserve through self promotion. 

You’ll leave this session with the increased confidence and a self-promotion toolkit to get yourself going towards your current goals.


Further Summer School sessions will be shared here shortly, as well as our brand new leadership and life skills development programme for tutors and course leaders. 

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We provide growth-oriented organisations of all shapes and sizes with social, motivating and behaviourally-driven approaches to building capability throughout their teams — wherever they’re working from.

With an emphasis on virtual and remote delivery; our pioneering programmes bring people together to build skills among peers, and immediately apply them to the commercial and cultural challenges of the day.

To learn more about our transformative work with partners ranging from Dr. Martens to Dishoom, Adidas to Action for Children; and to explore ways we can support your teams — email Nick Defty or call +44 (0)20 7033 2140.

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