The School Of Life

Being an avid follower of Sir Ken Robinson (and now one of his many Facebook friends), I received the following Tweet late last evening..

Some thoughts on Passion at the School of Life:

I followed the link and this led me to an excellent talk (yet again) by Sir Ken. I have to admit that I had never really come across the “School of Life” before, but this “sermon” was a real discovery.

Here was an organisation centred in London which states in its own website:

The School of Life is a new enterprise offering good ideas for everyday living.

We are based in a small shop in Central London where we offer a variety of programmes and services concerned with how to live wisely and well.

We address such questions as why work is often unfulfilling, why relationships can be so challenging, why it’s ever harder to stay calm and what one could do to try to change the world for the better.

The School of Life is a place to step back and think intelligently about these and other concerns. You will not be cornered by any dogma, but directed towards a variety of ideas – from philosophy to literature, psychology to the visual arts – that tickle, exercise and expand your mind. You’ll meet other curious, sociable and open-minded people in an atmosphere of exploration and enjoyment.

I have now watched the Sir Ken sermon and another brilliant talk by Charles Leadbeater about thinking about the end of life and how we can make aging and dying better experiences than they are now (see Charles Leadbeater on Perspective ). The sermons are a great resource and I shall be indulging myself to look at a few more of them.

I shall also try and find out a bit more about this new social enterprise as it ticks a number of boxes with me about the quest for addressing important questions and networking with open-minded people (many of whom happen to live down the road from me!).

If you get the chance see the Sir Ken talk for his humour, wisdom and insights about where we need to go in order to achieve our true self and how this relates to education. See also the wise and at times, very moving talk by Charles Leadbeater on how we can rethink how we deal with an aging population that still has much to contribute to our world.

Look up the “School of Life” website and maybe join in the discussion.


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