How to fail without getting fired

That’s got to be utopia, right? Well, we might just be able to help you achieve that during Clerkenwell Design Week…

We’re delighted that Andy Swann will be joining us at our showroom on Great Portland Street to give us a few pointers on how to fail in style.

During his interactive breakfast session on Wednesday 24 May, he’ll discuss what failure actually is, the power of failing well, the art of experimentation and gaining permission to fail.  He’ll also share some spectacular failures and set the audience a couple of failure-based challenges!

Andy said “I’m really excited to be joining everyone at Bisley to change the way we think about failure. It’s been seen as a negative for too long and together we can change that, for the good of ourselves and our businesses. Failure is a positive part of learning and progressing – it’s how we move forward!”

About Andy 
Father, drummer, occasional runner, writer, vinyl collector, retro video game player and above all a human.  Andy thinks about our relationship with ourselves, our work, each other and the organisations we align with. Through experimentation and seeing work or ‘the career’ as an ever-evolving adventure, his own work has developed to span different arenas and experiments.

He believes the best way to learn about something is by doing it yourself, which is why he immerses himself directly in the experiments and explorations he develops to help understand our lives, work and ourselves. From the anecdotal to the insightful, Andy’s projects are a major part of his approach to life and how he develops his work.

As Founder and Curator of All About People, Andy continues to grow a unique event that explores how when people thrive, organisations thrive too. As BDG architecture + design’s Change Maker, Andy develops workplace change approaches that connect organisations and people with their work and workplace. He also delivers bespoke creative leadership experiences and events that unlock organisations and their teams through Simple Better Human.

It’s unlikely that you need any more convincing to join us, but just case you do, why not watch Andy in action? The video below is from an event we held last year with Disegno, where he shared his thoughts on how we need to design offices for belonging and community to create places where people can thrive. We’ll also be serving bacon sandwiches*.



If you’d like an invite to ‘How to fail without getting fired’ with Andy Swann and Bisley, please email us. We’re looking forward to seeing you 

*Other breakfast options will be available!