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The Rise and Fall of a Bingo Revolution

a Talk about branding, business and mental health

A few years ago I helped start a nightlife revolution - Rebel Bingo. Out of nowhere we were suddenly running a successful global brand and travelling the world like weird bingo rock stars. We were selling thousands of tickets across the world. Then it all just kind of stopped.

This talk is about what I learned about starting a business, building a brand, and selling a dream. And it’s about what happens if the dream gets too dreamy and you forget who you are. And it’s about how not to run a business if you want it to actually make money. It’s about business but also the psychology of running a business.

Who might like this lecture?

  • People who are thinking about starting a business but don’t know much about what that entails.

  • People who like hearing about people getting successful then falling apart.

  • People who want to hear about the psychology of personal transformation and realising your potential.

Who might not like this lecture?

  • Successful people who are already good at business and life.

  • People who think in very process-driven, practical ways.

  • Douchebags.

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Mental Health

Depression for BEGINNERS

Depression wipes people out. It's scary and weird. Most people aren't ready for it. I wasn't. I didn't know what was happening, where to go with it or what to do with it.  I was freaking out. My friends and family didn't know what to do with it either. We were all a bit lost and it wasn't getting better. 

In this lecture I talk about the onset of depression and what it felt like. Based on what I've learned since, I'll try to explain to my past sad self a bit about what it is, and some of the things I could do to start to deal with it. Depression is something to be grappled with. You can learn how to cope with it. But when you're just starting out it can feel very hopeless. This lecture is designed for those who are just getting to grips with their demons, want to helping someone who is, or just want to hear from someone who's been there.

About the lecturer: Freddie Sorensen is a live event and television producer of shows like Britain's Got Talent, The Royal Variety Performance and Rebel Bingo. He has a masters degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham and is a highly experienced depressive.

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Mental Health

Depression for WINNERS

Depression doesn't have a great rep. It's got a really depressing name. But depression isn't all bad. You can find your true power way down deep in the darkness. It's where the dragons are. And they've got all the gold.

In this lecture I talk about the good bits of depression and why I'm now grateful for it. I'll share some useful things I learned along the way and some of the tricks I use to try to stay out of the depths of hell.

Getting really depressed and anxious to the point of not wanting to be alive anymore was probably the best thing that ever happened to me.

About the lecturer: Freddie Sorensen is a live event and television producer of shows like Britain's Got Talent, The Royal Variety Performance and Rebel Bingo. He has a masters degree in psychology from the University of Nottingham and is a highly experienced depressive.

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SOCIETY

THE PROBLEM WITH ATHEISM

In 1882 Nietzsche famously declared that “God is dead". Science and rationality swept away religion as the guiding force in society. Europe no longer needed God as the source for all morality and order in the universe; philosophy and science could do that for us now. Atheists rejoiced. Religious practices crumbled.

The century that followed the scientific revolution was the bloodiest century in the history of the world. The advancement of human killing technology, two world wars, the Russian Revolution, Moa’s China and countless social and political uprisings led to the death of millions.

Today depression and mental illness are more prevalent than ever before. People are struggling to find meaning in their lives. Shopping, fitness classes and successful careers don’t seem to be enough for people. Could it be that in doing away with religion we threw the baby out with the bath water? Are there aspects of religion that we are now sorely missing. This talk is about what we can learn from the idea of God, how misunderstood the idea of God is, how to find purpose in your life, and what that can mean for society, for communities, and for your own sanity.