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How to Escape Into Meaningful Work

Escape the City

Monday, 1 July 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)

How to Escape Into Meaningful Work

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Here at Escape the City we often hear from people who want to find meaningful work but have absolutely no idea where to start or how to turn their dreams into reality.


This evening is for you if you: 


  • Want to escape a traditional career;
  • Have no idea what the alternative looks like;
  • Dream of work that is meaningful and has positive social impact;
  • Want to figure out how to get from here to there;
  • Need help with defining your sweet spot where passion overlaps with professional talents and networks. 


Escape Evenings are informal social evenings designed to get you connecting with other Escape members and to get inspired by interesting speakers.


Richard Alderson is the co-founder of Journeys for change and CareerShifters; Rosie Walford is the founder of The Big Stretch
They are putting together an exciting new Escape journey (working title, 'Be The Change Journey') for people who want to find work that is meaningful and has positive social impact.
Escape Evenings are informal social evenings designed to get you connecting with other Escape members and to get inspired by interesting speakers.
This evening is about how you can transition into meaningful work.
Introducing Richard Alderson
Disillusioned with corporate life, Richard shifted from his London consulting job into the social entrepreneurship sector in 2004.
He has subsequently gone on to co-found an award-winning social incubator in India (www.unltdindia.org), a leadership development social enterprise (www.journeysforchange.org) and a career-change website (www.careershifters.org).
Richard holds a degree in Management Science from Warwick University and is social entrepreneur in residence at INSEAD business school in Singapore.


Introducing Rosie Walford 

Rosie is a psychologist by training. For a short sharp time she was strategic planning director at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, (international ad agencies) where she co-founded a unit which specialises in creative thinking. But soon she was eager to spread her wings beyond branding soap powder and cars.   

Rosie transported her skills to non profits, social entrepreneurs and campaigning organisations where she worked as consultant, coach and facilitator, part time. Then, seeing the values gap between people in the corporate and social sector, she launched The Big Stretch (a creative coaching retreat in the mountains)  which helps individuals define their purpose and put it into action with autonomy and passion. 

At the same time, Rosie consults with some huge multinationals to help senior leaders put values, creativity and social/ environmental impact at the heart of their strategy. She teaches and coaches worldwide. 

In parallel, she is a columnist for the New Zealand Herald and occasional photojournalist for the Guardian, a way to pursue her own passions for travel, biodiversity and yoga.  She moved from central London and now lives on a subtropical island off NZ and has led an expedition of 12 people and 24 horses in the Chilean Andes.

This event is hosted by: Adele Barlow (@adelebarlow)

Adele is the Education Director for Escape the City

Our members are talented corporate professionals who want to pursue exciting and meaningful careers outside of the corporate mainstream.

We offer job opportunities, inspiration and resources for people to find work they love.

You can read her Escape profile here and email her your questions (adele@escapethecity.org) so that they are covered on the evening.

Do you have questions about How to Escape Into Meaningful Work? Contact Escape the City

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Adam Street Club
9 Adam St
WC2N 6AA London
United Kingdom

Monday, 1 July 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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