New Speakers for The Story 2015 – Nelly Ben-Hayoun, Lucy Perman and Alexa Clay

Hello, and Happy New Year!

It’s the first week back at work, and in Brighton at least, it’s very grey and rainy out. So you’re probably looking for some inspiration to get you through these dark, gloomy early days of 2015.  Don’t worry – we’ve got another three fantastic and inspiring speakers to announce for this year’s The Story. And it’s only a few weeks till the event on 20th February, so if you haven’t got your tickets, get them now!

Dubbed the Willy Wonka of Design and Science, award-winning director and designer of experiences Nelly Ben Hayoun is a critical explorer, and a fearless and passionate provocateur. In 2013, Icon Magazine nominated Ben Hayoun as one of the 50 international designers “shaping the future”. She is the Designer of Experiences at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, Head of Experiences at We Transfer, and a member of the Space Outreach and Education committee at the International Astronautical Federation. Wired magazine awarded Nelly Ben Hayoun with a WIRED Innovation fellowship for her work to date and its potential to make ‘significant impact on the world.

Lucy Perman is the Executive Director of Clean Break. Clean Break was set up in 1979 by two women prisoners who believed that theatre could bring the hidden stories of imprisoned women to a wider audience. Still the only women’s theatre company of its kind today, they tell stories about women and crime that are not being told elsewhere, taking this work into prisons and onto stages across the UK. Complemented by a theatre education programme for vulnerable women in community and custodial settings, their plays aim to draw in audiences, capture their hearts and minds, and make them leave wanting to change the world.

Alexa Clay is a writer and researcher, specialising in underground and grassroots innovation, technological change and economic transition. Her project The Misfit Economy looks at how bottom-up, informal, and black market economies may have something to teach the traditional economy about ingenuity, entrepreneurialism and human resilience. The Misfit Economy will be published by Simon and Schuster later this year, and as a film by Laura Gamse.

We hope that has given you some inspiration for the new year, and encouraged you to buy a ticket to come and join us on Feb 20th at Conway Hall. See you there!