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  • - [Man] One, two, three, Listen

  • - Welcome to Real Deal, Real Deal,

  • Real Deal, Real Deal, Real Deal

  • Joining me today are the Happy Pear (indistinct)

  • (upbeat music)

  • (applauding)

  • Welcome to Real Deal.

  • I am Brian Rose and we are live here at London Real Studios

  • to talk about something that's really important.

  • And today I really wanna talk about

  • how the economic recession

  • is causing mental health issues here in London

  • and actually all around the world.

  • And this is something

  • I wanna talk very seriously about today

  • because I want to try to find solutions.

  • And I really welcome your input and help.

  • We know that this has been an issue

  • through the lockdown, the pandemic and the recession,

  • but when I've been out there in the field,

  • I've really found out how serious this issue is.

  • And as I've gone into the data,

  • which I wanna share with you today,

  • it's even more serious than I thought it was

  • and it's quite shocking

  • some of the numbers out there are going right now

  • with people that are considering suicide,

  • people that are feeling anxious,

  • feeling lonely, feeling stressed,

  • and how it's really hurting our physical

  • and mental wellbeing.

  • I wanna talk about that today,

  • but first I want to hear from you.

  • So there's all sorts of different platforms

  • that people are watching this show on,

  • but I want you to type into the chat right now

  • and tell me, what is the single biggest economic challenge

  • you are facing right now?

  • Also, I want you to answer a question,

  • since the pandemic, have you felt a significant increase

  • in stress levels, anxiety, loneliness, or hopelessness.

  • And finally, how do you think we can solve these problems?

  • Is it leadership that we need?

  • What are the real issues?

  • So please type in the chat right now.

  • I really love to hear from you

  • so we can try to find these problems

  • and solve them together.

  • I'm gonna talk about London

  • because I can only control what's in front of me.

  • But I want you to tell me what's happening in your city

  • because I want the best ideas to surface

  • so we can all use them.

  • That's been the theme of London Real

  • for the past nine years.

  • People say, "Brian, what do you have this person on

  • "or this person on?

  • "Why do you agree with this person?"

  • It's not about me agreeing with people,

  • it's a marketplace of ideas

  • that we create here at London Real,

  • so we can choose the best idea.

  • Best ideas always float to the top,

  • if we can have an open and honest debate,

  • and the best ideas have marked the upward surge

  • of human civilization throughout history.

  • So let's get these, these ideas out there

  • and choose the best one so we can move forward.

  • And look, this is the second part of a series that I'm doing

  • on how I can help make London great again,

  • to get out there and find out

  • what can we really do on the ground?

  • And I'm literally going out

  • and speaking to people in the field.

  • I had two incredible conversations yesterday

  • with entrepreneurs and business leaders here in London.

  • And I wanna share with you those conversations.

  • I've got some video coming shortly,

  • and I'm gonna be having more conversations

  • with community leaders, health professionals,

  • our first responders, anybody I can talk to.

  • People in the culture and in the arts in tourism,

  • anyone I can talk to, to offer solutions to the problem.

  • It's not only happening here in London

  • but it's happening around the world.

  • And unfortunately I think our leadership is failing us.

  • I think we get duplicitous responses from our government

  • and sometimes it seems to be politics,

  • and they're not really concentrating on good policy

  • that's gonna help us get to the next level.

  • That's what I wanna talk about today.

  • Before I get started, a lot of people say,

  • "Brian, what's with the funny accent?

  • "What's an American doing in London?

  • "And why do you love this city?"

  • Well, I love London.

  • What can I say?

  • I was actually training

  • in the gym yesterday, it was leg day,

  • and one of the trainers came up to me

  • and said, "Hey, where are you from?

  • "I heard you talking and you sound a little different."

  • And I said, "I'm from San Diego, California."

  • He says, "What are you doing in London?"

  • I said, "This is the greatest city in the world."

  • He said, "What are you talking about?

  • "You're from the beach, the sun, the surf, Baywatch?"

  • And I said, "No, this is the greatest city in the world."

  • I said, "Where are you from?"

  • He said, "London."

  • And I was trying to convince him

  • how this is such a great place.

  • And I've lived here over 20 years.

  • And for me, this city resonated with me.

  • I love the history,

  • I love the culture,

  • I love the people, I love the fighting spirit.

  • The people that fought back in the blitz of 1940,

  • when everything looked hopeless, everything looked lost.

  • It looked like only a matter of time

  • before Germany would invade

  • and crush this entire great civilization

  • and yet the people fought back.

  • I love everything about this city

  • and that's why I named my show after this city.

  • That was a conscious effort.

  • London Real was because of this great city,

  • my children were born in this city,

  • I have citizenship in this country,

  • and it's something I've always loved coming home to.

  • And this is home, people say,

  • "How often do you go back to the States?"

  • Rarely, actually, this is the place I call home.

  • And so it pains me and frustrates me

  • when I go out there and I see boarded up businesses,

  • when I hear people suffering from their mental health,

  • when I watch political leaders make ridiculous decisions,

  • when there's no science based decision making

  • when it comes to how to deal with COVID

  • in our lives, our businesses, even our education.

  • Taking my children to school, every single day

  • I walk my son Kaden to school

  • and I'm watching what happens,

  • I'm seeing the people out there

  • and it pains me to see this city struggling economically

  • more than any other city in Europe, it really is.

  • And so I wanna offer solutions, that's the thing.

  • Don't bring me a problem, bring me a solution.

  • That's what I tell my team here all the time.

  • And so today I wanna bring you some ideas

  • for some solutions.

  • I'm not one that complains,

  • I'm one that wants to offer a better concept.

  • So that's what I wanna talk about today.

  • And I wanna talk about, of course,

  • why I love, love London as well.

  • And I wanna move to my next slide.

  • And that is me going out

  • and talking to real people out there on the ground.

  • The first person that I went and spoke to

  • was Simon Woodroffe.

  • And this is Simon

  • and funny enough, he invited me to speak him yesterday.

  • And of course he just happens to live on a houseboat

  • in Chelsea, on the Thames River here in London.

  • I know it's a hard job I had,

  • but I got to go out and speak with this man.

  • He's an incredible guy,

  • he received an OBE from the Queen in 2006

  • for services to the country

  • and Simon for 30 years was in the entertainment business

  • then he created a restaurant chain called Yo! Sushi,

  • where at the time

  • no one had ever seen anything like that in London.

  • He put Sushi on conveyor belts

  • that went around the restaurant

  • you could take what you want, robots would serve you drinks.

  • And it was really out there,

  • it required a lot of innovation, a lot of risk taking,

  • a lot of real British spirit.

  • And he made a massive success out of that.

  • He later went on

  • to become one of the first dragons on Dragon's Den

  • and quiz entrepreneurs

  • and push them hard about their business models.

  • And I got to sit down with him yesterday

  • and I asked him, quite frankly,

  • I said, "Simon, what do you see

  • "as the problems we face here?

  • "And what are some of the solutions

  • "to get London back to work?"

  • 'Cause I, I really feel

  • that the economy solves so many problems.

  • It gets people back on track, it gets them busy,

  • it gets them generating an income, it provides certainty.

  • I went out and asked him some really hard questions,

  • and I wanna share with you some of the responses

  • that he gave to me.

  • Here's a short video clip of me going out

  • and speaking with Simon Woodroffe yesterday.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So it's Brian Rose from London Real.

  • I am on this beautiful houseboat in Chelsea Harbour

  • with Simon Woodroffe who is an entrepreneur

  • who's pretty much been there and done that.

  • 30 years in the entertainment business,

  • he also was the founder of Yo! Sushi

  • and iconic British brands.

  • One of the first dragons on Dragon's Den.

  • And now he's taken that Yo! brand

  • into hospitality all around the world.

  • And I'm super excited to sit down with him today.

  • And maybe answer some questions

  • that have been burning inside me lately,

  • which is how do we get London back to work?

  • Tell me about fear,

  • this country has seen moments of real darkness

  • and come together, the Blitz in 1940, for example.

  • And I remember when this started happening in March,

  • I had a young team

  • and I said, "Look, I've seen things like this before,

  • "I've seen economic crashes,

  • "I remember the AIDS scare when I was in New York City."

  • And I said, "You're gonna feel all this fear,

  • "but if you breathe through it,

  • "it's never going to be as bad as you think it is."

  • But a lot of people have process fear really,

  • maybe poorly or in a difficult way with all this COVID.

  • How would you give advice

  • to how to deal with the fear and the unknown

  • 'cause its not (indistinct) business.

  • - Look at here we are sitting

  • in a serious business conversation

  • and we're talking about fear.

  • The world has changed and absolutely right.

  • Fear is one of the most common human emotions

  • that we all suffer all of the time.

  • And actually it's very useful,

  • like anger can be very useful as well.

  • It gets you up and gets you off your bum

  • and gets you doing things. - Yeah.

  • - Stress is not so good, because it sort of debilitates you

  • and stops you doing things.

  • There's a balance, but I think we're going through a period

  • where we're learning

  • and I think it'll be taught in schools eventually,

  • how to deal with these emotions that we get as human beings,

  • as opposed to just learning

  • about history and geography or math,

  • and we will get much better