Date(s) - 12/10/2018 - 13/10/2018
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Redchurch Street 28
The Giant Corp Rehab Centre is a one-of-a-kind therapy centre that helps people kick their addiction to giant online retailers. Whether it’s ‘one click buys’ that you can’t resist, or convenience ordering bulk loads of toilet rolls, the Giant Corp Rehab Centre encourages you to put down your devices, forget shopping with the huge retailers and re-engage with small businesses and independent stores, to keep your local high street alive and booming.
Opened by iZettle, a champion for helping small businesses succeed in a world of giants, the Giant Corp Rehab Centre is completely free to enter and comprises a number of tongue-in-cheek therapy sessions. Your ticket entitles you to attend all sessions as below:
GROUP THERAPY: On arrival patients are taken to a Group Therapy session as their first step on the road to recovery. This session allows people to come clean about the extent of their big brand online shopping addictions, encouraging them to share the highs and lows of their habit with the group, after all, admitting you have a problem is always the first step.
DIGIT DISTRACTION: When your bad habit is literally at your fingertips it’s hard to quit the urge but the Digit Distraction Class, hosted by therapist and addictions counsellor, Sally Baker teaches participants why they are so compelled to hit that ‘Click to buy’ button. Sally teaches distraction techniques so that patients know how to overcome their urges to shop, whether that quick click hit comes via social media, apps or websites.
BOX THERAPY: For anyone who’s been a victim of over packaging, this room provides the perfect relief. Patients quite literally ‘flatten their obsessions’ by crushing cardboard boxes. The nature of the repetitive behaviour is a therapy in itself.
SHOCK THERAPY: Forget the high street, it’s more like the ‘low streets’ as this Shock Therapy session gazes into the high street of the future; a stark gallery of images that shows what the world will look like if we carry on down the road of ‘one size fits all’. This collaboration of images by artists and illustrators demonstrates how bleak and desolate our high streets will be in the future, if the ‘Giant Corps’ continue to reign strong and small businesses are forced to close.
MAKE MY LIVING WORKSHOP: For the finale patients attend a ‘Make My Living Workshop’. Hosted by Selfmade small business owners, the workshops encourage patients to get involved in a creative activity such as floristry or latte art to see just what it takes to run a small business, demonstrating the hard work that’s involved for an independent business to stay afloat amongst a tide of Giant Corps.
The road to recovery to fight Giant Corp addiction lasts 90 minutes in total.