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Feeling Stuck? Come to "Do Something Different!" with Escape the City. An Evening of Inspiration.

Escape the City - The Escape School

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM (BST)

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Please come to Escape the City's big annual event - we've made it to three years old and we would love to celebrate with all of you.

Introducing "Do Something Different!" -- hosted by Escape the City.

We started Escape to help talented and ambitious people escape or avoid corporate jobs. We believe that life is too short to do work that doesn't matter to you. We’ve asked 4 inspirational speakers (who have started / achieved things that matter to them) to share their stories, lessons and advice with us.

Our Speakers:

Roman Krznaric - Author of How to Find Fulfilling WorkSchool of Life teacher.

Sarah Outen MBE - First woman & youngest person to solo row Indian Ocean.

Ian Hogarth - CEO & Founder of Songkick, ex-Bain management consultant.

Alastair Humphreys - Adventurer & Author, cycled around the world plus more.

Plus a live set from the excellent Stephen Ridley (banker turned musician).

Tickets and Timings:

NB: There will be no tickets on the door / waiting list so once these tickets are gone, the event will be sold out as we are at full capacity. Sorry!

Please don't delay in buying tickets. In order to fight procrastination the prices get progressively more expensive as they sell out! We're expecting another full house this year and there won't be tickets available on the door.

The evening will take place in the same venue that we launched back in January 2010 - Guanabara Bar (3 mins walk from Holborn Tube in Central London). We are @escthecity on Twitter and the hashtag for the event is #escthecity.

  • 6:00 pm: Doors open
  • 6:45 pm: First talk starts
NB: Guanabara is an old theatre - there will be seats for most attendees but please be aware that if you get there late you may have to stand at the back.

A Bit More Information About Our Special Guests:

Roman Krznaric

Roman is a cultural thinker and writer on the art of living. He is a founding faculty member of The School of Life, and advises organisations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change. He has been named by the Observer as one of Britain's leading lifestyle philosophers. His latest books include TheWonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live (Profile Books) and How to Find Fulfilling Work (Macmillan).

Roman's talk will confront the big questions and challenge the big myths of career change, delving into wisdom found in psychology, philosophy, history and sociology.

How can we overcome the fear of change? Should we strive to be high achievers or 'wide achievers'? How important is it to put our values into our jobs? And what would it mean to take a 'radical sabbatical'? Overturning a century of traditional – and often mistaken – thought about career change, Roman reveals just what it takes to find life-enhancing work. - @romankrznaric


Sarah Outen

Half way through her degree, Sarah Outen decided she wanted to row across an ocean. Three years later she did, becoming the first woman to row solo across the Indian Ocean.

While out at sea, surfing with the albatrosses and the whales, she dreamed up a mission to loop the planet under human power. Paddling out under Tower Bridge on April Fool's Day 2011, she was on her way,  and paddled and pedalled all the way out to Japan.

Phase 2 across the North Pacific in June this year didn't quite go to plan and after a month at sea Sarah was rescued following a run in with a typhoon. Undeterred, she is planning to launch again in the spring, continue and complete her London2London:Via the World expedition.

Sarah will take you on the journey she has travelled from student to ocean rower to global expeditioner, sharing the tales of how she turned a dream into a reality and is making a life of it now. Whatever your adventure, only you will make it happen. Don't put it off until tomorrow, that's forever away. Make a plan. Have a go. - @sarahouten

Ian Hogarth

Ian is the co-founder & CEO of Songkick. Songkick is an application for keeping track of upcoming concerts for the artists you listen to. It is the second most trafficked concert site worldwide after Ticketmaster with 6 million monthly unique users, and maintains the largest database of concerts worldwide.

Songkick are partnered with YouTube, Soundcloud, Spotify and many others on a global basis and backed by Y Combinator, Index Ventures and Sequoia.

Prior to starting Songkick Ian worked at Bain & Company in Singapore and is going to speak about escaping the city! - @soundboy

Alastair Humphreys

Alastair’s inspiring, funny, challenging talks about his expeditions provide a spectacular, original case study of self-motivation, setting small targets to achieve outrageous goals, the rewards of risk, the power of story-telling, the magnificence of our world, and a call to arms that nothing is achieved without being bold enough to begin it. The lessons from the road.

“With the possible exception of Sir David Attenborough, that was the best lecture, and the longest applause that I have heard in the past 15 years.”

– President of the Royal Geographical Society @Al_Humphreys

Stephen Ridley

Born in South Yorkshire, with a First Class Honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Stephen chose his life of music over a prestigious career in the City. He currently divides his time between performing internationally, and recording and writing new material in London, UK. 

"I want to escape the nugatory ‘this season, next season’ mentality that is forced down our throats by endless advertisement, and devote my life to creating something truly timeless, something truly beautiful. In doing that I hope to bring people together, and inspire others towards the ideals I so adore; love, passion, beauty, happiness, and appreciation." - @ThisIsRidley

How to get there:

The address is: Guanabara Bar, Upstairs at  the New London Theatre, Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW.

If you are travelling by tube the easiest stop is Holborn on the Piccadilly line. Turn left out of the station down Kingsway. Cross the big road and take the first right down Parker Street. Guanabara is at the end on the right.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

All the best,

The Escape the City Team - @escthecity

Have questions about Feeling Stuck? Come to "Do Something Different!" with Escape the City. An Evening of Inspiration.? Contact Escape the City - The Escape School

When & Where

New London Theatre
Parker Street
WC2B 5PW London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 6:45 PM (BST)

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Escape the City - The Escape School

 Escape the City is a global community of +250,000 talented professionals who believe that life is too short to do work that doesn't matter.


We help talented professionals escape unfulfilling jobs and transition into more fulfilling work, build careers on their own terms, and start businesses that matter.


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