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Although many people appear to lead successful professional lives, this does not necessarily provide them with fulfilment and they continue to search for more meaningful activities. ‘Escape the City’ is aimed at people like this and aims to help them find a meaningful career that they love doing. The initiative does this in two ways: it uses ‘escape tribes’ – communities of 50 people who support each other in finding a job – and ‘start-up tribes’ – groups who set up their own companies.
Both approaches are similar in that, alongside input via workshops, they focus on mastering 20 challenges on the path to a person’s dream job. These groups are accompanied by smaller ‘accountability groups’ that assist each other and provide encouragement through weekly meetings, but also ensure that the necessary pressure is kept up so that everyone can meet their own targets. The initiative is based on the idea of ‘learning by doing’, and, thus, the view that people often only need courage and a little assistance in order to change their life and move in a new direction. The programs run for 15 weeks and have become so successful that companies are using the platform provided by the initiative to search for new employees.