Meet the organisers
We have been on our journey to FI since 2014. We were inspired by Mr Money Moustache and JL Collins (Check out JL's book here) and we have been working hard to become financially independent.
In 2016 we decided to go on a Chautauqua with JL Collins in Ecuador which gave us many tools, tips and advice that have positively impacted our lives. When JL said he had been looking for someone to help him organise Chautauquas in other countries we jumped at the chance and said we would organise one in the UK.
Here is JL Collins to tell the story of how we came to run the European Chautauqua's!
“For a while I had my eye out for someone who might be able to produce a Chautauqua outside of Ecuador, when this British couple showed up for Chautauqua 2016. As the week progressed we learned they run PopUp Business School teaching people how to launch businesses and follow their dreams in doing so. Next thing they knew, we had drafted Alan into giving an after dinner talk on entrepreneurship. It was a smash hit.
As the week wore on, I got to know and like them better and better. Finally, on the last day as I was putting them on the bus to the airport, it dawned on me what I had found in them. I pulled Alan aside and said: I want to plant an idea in your head to think about. Don’t answer me now. Give it a couple of weeks and get back to me. What would you and Katie think about producing a Chautauqua in the UK for 2017?
“Alan looked at me a second, said 'We’re gonna do it,’ turned and got on the bus.
“10 months later I, three other speakers (including Alan) and 29 attendees were at Stratford-upon-Avon for the first ever European Chautauqua. It was the best one ever, and that is a very high bar.”
The UK event was held in Stratford-upon-Avon in August 2017 and it was everything we hoped for. We had a lot of fun, made some fabulous friends and got great feedback about the event. See what people say about Chautauquas here.
We ran 2 weeks of Chautauqua in Greece in 2018 and are now planning 4 weeks in 2019 in Portugal and the UK.
We met incredible people on our Chautauqua and made lifelong friends and we wanted to experience it again so we thought what better way to do it than team up with JL and bring it to Europe.
Katie and Alan reached FI in 2018 and organise these events in their spare time around running PopUp Business School and working to change the way entrepreneurship is taught around the world.
Alan & Katie