My name is Red Rainey [@findredrainey], I handle global events and partnerships with The Ski Week [@theskiweek]. In essence I am an explorer, and in my primary role I lead a merry band of adventurers around the best mountains in the world.
What are your passions and interests?
I love to explore, adventure and learn. I spend most of the winter snowboarding in various snowy corners of the globe, and a good portion of the summer sailing. My real passion is people – human beings are without a doubt my favorite creatures who never cease to amaze, enlighten and tickle me.
How did you come to live at The Collective Old Oak?
I happened upon a pop-up activation in Old Street Station, London whilst living in Shoreditch. That’s where I met Max, what a legend!
What is the best thing about living here?
For me, The Collective is all about access. Living at Old Oak gives me access to London, an incredible community, and opportunities to connect and learn at every turn. Truly though, it’s all about the amenities. I literally have a movie theatre in my house, and a secret garden on my floor.
What was it like meeting your neighbour?
Which one!? All of a sudden I have neighbors from all over the world, each more interesting than the last, all with a gift to share.
Had you heard of co-living before?
I had read heaps about the concept before I ever took the plunge myself which, looking back, was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Do you think co-living is something that would appeal to a lot of people?
Humans are innately social creatures – I believe co-living is the future!
How would you describe the community at The Collective Old Oak?
Diverse and unified.
Have you been to any member events?
I travel a lot, so I’ve only made it to a few community events. Every time I have been pleasantly surprised by brilliant intellectual conversation, delicious food, and all around good vibes. Ed & Joanna know how to do community.
What are your favourite spaces at Old Oak? How do you use them?
No. 1 – the secret garden for focus.
No. 2 – the movie theatre because obviously.
What do you like about living in London?
London is the perfect stage to continue my assault on the cities of Europe and the mountains of the world. The people are pretty cool too.
What would you say to someone who is considering moving somewhere like Old Oak?
Go and see it! You can read 1000 words and see 100 pictures, but until you’ve walked the space you really don’t know anything. Who knows, maybe you’ll be impressed!
What have you learnt from living in such a large, connected community?
I am consistently surprised by how supportive, interested and warm this community can be. You really have to see it for yourself.