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Introducing the Rebel Book Club Stage at IdeasFest | August 2022

February 16, 2023

Introducing the Rebel Book Club Stage at IdeasFest

Hi everybody! It's Emily from the Rebel Book Club team here.

We're getting really excited about our stage at IdeasFest this week, which is taking place on Thursday 4th August at the festival site in Wickham, UK. I decided to catch up with Ben Keene, our Co-Founder, to find out more about the Rebel Book Club x IdeasFest collab he's been working on.

Here's what he had to say...

How did the Rebel Book Club x Ideas Fest collab happen?

I reconnected with the brilliant UK startups awards legend, Francesca James, who told me about her latest venture - a festival for purposeful businesses with bold ideas. I didn’t need a second invitation.

What are you excited about?

Bringing some of our favourite nonfiction authors and their books to a new audience of curious minds.

Rebel Book Club is all about helping people up their reading game in the world of nonfiction, and to take the ideas and the learnings they get from their reading back into their lives, and into their own self-development, relationships and businesses.

For IdeasFest we will be bringing along three incredible nonfiction authors to the stage to get under the skin of their journeys, their ideas and their books.

Why did Rebel Book Club invite these 3 authors?

Nova Reid - author of 'The Good Ally'

Nova Reid has been leading the conversation in the UK on how to be actively anti-racist in your work and life. We all know this such a big challenge and step we need to make across our society and Nova is a brilliant, calm and inspiring guide. We can all be ‘good allies’, come and listen to Nova to hear how.

”History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
- Maya Angelou.

This bold, fearless, fascinating & ultimately galvanising book will take your curiosity and concerns around all aspects of racism and turn it into a mindset and everyday toolkit for positive change.

Nova is the teacher & friend we all need on this difficult journey to building a better society.

Sophie Morgan - author of 'Driving Forwards'

"Of all the things I'd lost, I knew that not being able to walk would matter to me the least."

At 18, Sophie Morgan had the world at her feet, but in a freedom-chasing moment she suffers a life-changing injury: total paralysis below the chest. Sophie shares in painful and raw detail the journey of her two lives, before and after the crash.

Sophie's writing is both blunt and poetic, and gives you a close-up view of the unbelievable challenges a person - and their family faces - when their body is irrevocably changed. In the 20 years since the crash Sophie has 'fallen forward into life' and through her media career and activism has played an increasingly important part in improving physical & social access for those with disabilities.

It's one of the most heart-thumping human stories I've ever read. I can’t wait for you to meet Sophie.

Jamie Bartlett - author of 'The Missing Cryptoqueen'

In 2014, a brilliant Oxford graduate called Dr. Ruja Ignatova promised to revolutionise money and make people rich in the process. And the self-styled cryptoqueen vowed that she had invented the Bitcoin Killer. ObeCoin became one of the fastest companies to make $1 billion in revenue.

But by the end of 2017 Ruja Ignatova had disappeared, along with the money, and it slowly became clear that her revolutionary cryptocurrency was not all it seemed.

The Missing Cryptoqueen is a modern tale of intrigue, techno-hype and herd madness that reveals how OneCoin became the biggest scam of the 21st Century.

Jamie Bartlett has written a modern thriller. The only difference between this story and any other gripping modern crime classic, is this story is real….and ongoing.

Pick up a copy of their books here + support local bookstores in the process (via bookshop.org).

Who else do you want to see or connect with at IdeasFest?

Michael Acton-Smith - founder of Calm.com and many more :)

Introducing Rebel Book Club for Business

If you're interested in learning and development with a difference, why not check out our RBC for Business page + pitch deck for inspiration.

We all know remote working is here to stay, but how do you maintain your company culture, keep your people performing at their best and maintain a sense of community?

At Rebel Book Club, we've spent the last 6 years perfecting what a modern day nonfiction book club looks like and now we’ve built the perfect digital solution for teams and communities who can’t come together in person.

With our extensive nonfiction library, connections to best-selling authors + our experience in events, we can can tailor the ideal learning adventures, keynote speakers or festival stages for your business, team building initiatives and events.

Connect with Ben Keene at IdeasFest for a chat, or set up a chat with Ben Saul-Garner to bounce ideas about how the Rebel Book Club experience could fit into your L+D plans.

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