WJ London has partnered up with London Bridge City and Happy Matters to bring you a series of 'Clean Thinking' talks over their Summer Season.
The Clean Thinking series aims to tackle a collective of beliefs surrounding the external world. Hear and take part in Q & A's surrounding fake news, the myths of the entrepreneurial bubble, how rebellion can be positive and focus on what really matters.
Running each Thursday for a month starting on the 8th June the line up is below -
'WE'RE ALL WINGING IT'
Take a look at how much effort and time it actually takes to make something a success behind the scenes before it 'breaks'. There is no shame in doing more 'menial' jobs whilst you are working up or building something bigger. We're all doing this for the first time but that's no reason to hold back. Take a look at healthy ways to see & deal with challenges and set backs along the way.
Rebecca Walker - Bexfast - bexfast.com
Mumpreneur Bex creates healthy vegan Bexfast pots which are now stocked around London and guilt free recipes for her followers online. CEO and founder of Bexfast. After having her daughter Tyler Bex decided it was time to ditch the unhealthy lifestyle she had been living for a vegan, plant based diet. During her journey she realised she had a good skill of making healthy breakfast pots that made breakfast a guilt free splurge every day. Bex also suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), finding out she had the condition when her arms and legs stopped working in 2014. As her body started to shut down she fought hard to keep her daily routine of being a mum, keeping fit and keeping a healthy, balanced plant based diet. Her mantra was “ I am going to get stronger then I have ever been, NOT weaker” And it seems to have worked with a growing business, a beautiful growing daughter and Bex getting on with an exciting, active and above all healthy life!
Niall Green - Second Screen
Niall Green established Second Screen in 2014. He became immersed in the music and entertainment industry from a young age. After attending numerous gigs and events, Niall realised these experiences were amazing and unique, but there was no dedicated social space for attendees to share the buzz and excitement online. At just 20 years old, Niall developed Second Screen into a white label service which allows brands, events and artists to create bespoke applications in a turnaround time of only seven days.
To date, numerous apps have already been created, including tie-ups with pop sensation Anastacia; as well as several prominent UK festivals, including The Isle of Wight Festival, Liverpool’s Sound City, Horizon Festival and Fusion Festival - with further apps set to roll out throughout the year. Music is at the heart of Second Screen, but as the lines between music, art, film, fashion and sport continue to blur, Niall is excited about the prospect of expanding across these industries.
'THINK BIGGER / POSITIVE REBELLION'
Realise you don't need to follow the norms, you can 'break the wheel' to create what you want to. You don't have to do things the way they 'should' be done. You don't have to learn about what your told to learn about, realising the wealth of opportunity in online learning, the ability to connect and ask for help.
Fashion Designer - Katie Eary
Subculture is love. It is born out of love in a world of conformity.Identifying with her British-born heritage, Eary's spirit of rebellion nevertheless speaks a universal language. Marrying the intricacy of couture with the simplicity of the sweater ,the biker jacket and the slim cut jean has won her fans in the shape of Georgia's 2 Chainz and Harlem's A$AP Mob. It's a model for the future but is a model that keeps on changing.
Graduating from the RCA with an MA in 'Menswear Design' in 2008. Eary won MAN in 2010, awarded NEWGEN in 2011 and now shows independently as part of LC:M. Eary's subsequent collaboration with Kanye West (DONDA) launched her onto the world stage. Now having reached her 1th season she’s pushing forward with equal emphasis on both men's and womenswear and a fully interactive website, Eary's universe is expanding, like the underground movements that continue to inform her work, So Katie Eary rises up to face the challenges of the future.
Artist - Stuart Semple
Stuart Semple is a British artist, curator and activist. During his 15 year career Stuart has enjoyed solo exhibitions dedicated to his works in London, Milan, New York, Hong Kong, Denver and Los Angeles and numerous international group exhibitions. He is well known for his large scale public art installations around the globe. Stuart’s 2009 piece ‘Happy Cloud’ saw him flood the London skyline with thousands of smiley faced artificial clouds from London’s Tate Modern, which led to him receiving a Happiness Hero medal at the House of Lords on the UN’s first International Day of Happiness. Stuart has presented for the BBC, written for the Guardian, Art of England and the Huffington Post and regularly speaks about art, creativity and mental health appearing at ICA, Denver Art Museum, The Southbank Center, Oxford University, The Whitworth, Dublin Museum of Modern art and several others. Stuart is an ambassador for Mind the mental health charity, where he has founded a creative therapies fund that supports create therapies throughout England and Wales. Stuart is also the founder of CultureHustle.com a website in which he makes his own art materials available to artists around the globe, including the world’s pinkest pink and most glittery glitter.
Take a look at the way news is manipulated and controlled by PR and marketing long before the internet begins it's work. The effect this can have on confidence. Seeing through the 'Emperor's clothes' when it comes to news, social and personal publicity. How you can use some of this to learn to up sell YOURSELF better and healthily for job opps / career / self esteem.
Goldierocks - International DJ & Broadcaster
Goldierocks, AKA Sam Hall, is an international DJ and broadcaster with a celebrity following that includes Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger (she's performed exclusively for them all).
Her weekly global radio show 'The Selector', goes out to a staggering 44 countries with 4.3 million listeners; from Vietnam to Russia to Palestine. The Sunday Times has described it as "the most cutting-edge British music show out there. 2016 saw Sam become the 'face of dance music' for Capital FM presenting The Capital Weekender with Ministry of Sound.
'NOTHING REALLY MATTERS'
What really matters? Aside from jobs, money, business... How to remember to keep a level head and spend time on what matters - family, self care, friends and loved ones. Conversation and learning to always be asking questions. Listening. Dealing with disappointment well and using setbacks to propel you forward.
Louise Orwin - Award Winning Live Artist - Co-Founder Lemonade & Laughing Gas
Louise is an award-winning writer, researcher and theatre maker. She makes research-driven theatre projects about subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about. She makes work about what it means to be a woman today, in a fast-moving, media-saturated world.
Her last two shows received great critical acclaim. Pretty Ugly, which delved into how teenage girls interact with the internet today, caused a bit of a media stir in 2014 and was featured widely in national and international press, on the radio (Woman’s Hour, BBCR4), TV (Fusion News, ABC, US), and broadsheet press (Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Independent). A Girl and A Gun, her most recent show looks at women and violence on film, and has been featured in The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and on the BBC Radio. She is currently touring both shows throughout the UK and Europe.
Louise likes to make work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture. She makes work that gets under your skin, and will stay there days after you’ve left the theatre.
‘I can’t decide if Louise Orwin is a lunatic or a genius’ (Jimmy Richards)
‘An extraordinary performer – a magnetic presence’ (Carole Woddis)
‘[Louise’s work] demands and deserves to be seen’ (Exeunt)
Ronnie Joice - Soho Radio
Currently hosting The Ronnie Joice Show on Soho Radio tackling mental health alongside celebrity interviews encouraging discussion on the topic with a focus on the fade rather than the black. Ronnie is also a regular contributor to The Guardian on a variety of issues, including his father’s personal struggle with alcoholism. When not trying to channel his own darkness into light, he can be found at the forefront of London’s food & drink scene, where he works as a PR & Marketing manager. No stranger to the limelight and with an eclectic London awakening, throughout his 20s Ronnie was DJing for crowds at numerous festivals, fronting indie bands around the world and even hitting the catwalk for fashion designers Hedi Slimane and Dior Homme.