Walk on Water

  The RSA is on a mission.  A big one.  21st Century Enlightenment.   So we’re delighted and honoured that they are partnering with Street Wisdom.  On Dec 3, while David Attenborough was giving his vision for tackling climate change upstairs, we were out in the streets, seeing how we could bring the local environment alive and harvest insights from the urban landscape.

For over two centuries, the RSA has been a home for innovation.  So it was appropriate that this Street Wisdom ended in a way we have never tried before.   On the water.

Not in the water, you’ll be relieved to know, but on a former Thames passenger steamer transformed into a floating bar.

45 participants showed up.  46 if you include this member of the public parking their car that got involved in Vali’s group:



If you attended the event and want to share anything you learned/enjoyed/decided, then please leave a comment below.

Street Hug for Mark and Kenny for being top RSA wizards.  And special thanks to Vali and Adam, by the way for being such great Street Leaders.  Neither of them has led a group before.  They just loved their Street Wisdom experience and wanted to pass it on.   If you’d like to do the same, just let us know and we’ll make sure you have all you need.

Have a wander-ful weekend!


David Pearl


4 thoughts on “Walk on Water

  1. Thanks so much again for a magical afternoon. I am lucky enough to try lots of new things but I have to say, this one really got to me. I loved it, thanks so much. Here is a short blog post on the afternoon from my perspective:

    Where do you find the answers? Today on #viewfromtheshed we talk about our fascinating experience with Street Wisdom and the RSA. Read on to discover how we discovered a whole bunch of answers from walking the streets of London. http://learnshedlive.com/street-wisdom-the-answers-are-everywhere/

  2. Was sceptical at first as wasn’t sure what was required of me. Within 5 minutes, our Street Leader Adam made us all feel relaxed and gave us our ‘tasks’. It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and I took away some useful tools…for life! I will be recommending this to many friends. Thank you!

  3. A lovely post from one of our facilitators, Adam Woodhall:
    Inspired by the streets, I decided to trust today. Street Wisdom is a wonderful concept that is designed to enable use of our surroundings in the city to answer questions. I was privileged to facilitate a session today for 9 people, as part of a larger group of urban voyagers from the RSA. I enjoyed creating the space for these people to explore some of their personal world, and was able to do some navigating of my own.
    The concept of Street Wisdom is that we can both use our city environment to tune in, and then utilise it to investigate an inner inquiry. I was humbled by how deep some of my fellow travelers went, and how vulnerably they shared their journey.
    Part of the guidance given to the facilitators is for us to follow some of the path which we lay out for our participants. So I tuned in by being “Drawn to what attracted me”, then “Slowed… Right… Down”, followed by “Noticing the patterns” and then did my best to “See the beauty in everything”. This tuning enabled the participants, and myself, to have a heightened awareness when they, and I, went on a ‘Street Quest’ to answer an important question.
    After my participants went off on this final stage, I had the time to ponder my question. I asked myself first “what is my question?”. What came to me initially was that “I have the answers to my questions”. I realised quickly though that I don’t have ALL the answers. But what I can do is trust myself to find the right answer for me in any given moment. By exploring what is outside of me, I had found the deepest truth inside of me.
    I can honestly say that I’ve never truly trusted myself. Even in moments when I looked, and even felt, confident, there was always some nagging doubt in the depths. For many reasons, and after a lot of work, I’m now in a place where I’ve finally figured “oh, I can trust”. I can trust myself, I can trust other people, and I can trust the universe.
    Thank you to the creator of the Street Wisdom David Pearl for giving me the opportunity to bring this to others and deepen my exploration of it.

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