Still Sille

I wondered why I was hesitating to write something about the glorious Sille Lundquist, a dear Street Wisdom friend who passed away in January.  And then I received a shared email from her "fan club" (thank you HeartSpace) letting me know yesterday would have been her birthday.   It’s so much more lifeful to mark ...

Mindful Market

Over the last months, Spitalfields has become a favourite starting point for Street Wisdom, particularly for our session introducing Street Wisdom to business people. For hundreds of years it was a wholesale food market with traders shouting out their wares and engaging customers in the argy-bargy of sales banter. Today it's a hive of ...

Climate (quick) Change

Last time we held an event in London’s Spitalfields market it was the coldest day of the year. Real stamp-your-feet and stick-your-fingers-in-your-mouth-prevent-frostbite cold. Mark even had to retreat to the West Country with a shovel to dig his family out of the snowdrifts. (Tomé Morrissy-Swan from the Telegraph was one of those not deterred by ...

Snow Business with David Pearl

So people often ask us if you need good weather to do a Street Wisdom.  And we like to say ‘bad weather' is just an invitation to look at the city differently.  It’s Nature’s way of reminding us that the urban landscape is natural too. But even we had our doubts when the event we ...

Mindfulness at Walk – the sequel

The first event with our collaborators, friends and mindful allies Mindfulness at Work was so exciting we just couldn't leave it there.   Not least because, the more you practise Street Wisdom, the more your learn.   This time we joined MaW's growing community of Mindfulness coaches among the Halva and Hookahs on London's ...

Snow & Synchronicity in Stockholm

Stockholm

When we started working with our friends Ogilvy & Mather in Stockholm, we didn't expect snow (in April) nor did we realise the location was so significant. Take a look at what we discovered and why we are proud to have played our small part in World Peace! And if you were taking part in ...

Home from Home in Haryana

I was expecting Street Wisdom in a village outside Delhi to be extraordinary. But I am a stranger, looking at India though an outsider’s eyes. It’s hard not see even the most mundane Indian street as cinematic and exotic. But what about the wonderful group of professional coaches and facilitators I was introducing to the ...

Mindfulness at Walk

Mindfulness at Work are one of the pioneering companies bringing Mindfulness into the workplace in a way that everyone can easily connect with and learn from. Louise Cox Chester, MAW's irrepressibly passionate founder and CEO has been a fan of Street Wisdom from the very start.  In fact, I think she was the first person ...

Indelible Mark

I didn't know Mark Adams for very long.  Not in earth years anyway.  Which is suprising, when I look back at the impact he had on me and on Street Wisdom. He bounded into my life in 2013 like the human development 'tigger' that he was, brimming with enthusiasm for Street Wisdom and its potential.  It ...

Inspiring Times

Freelance journalist Rachel Carlyle (@Rachel_Carlyle) was thinking about the next step in her career when curiosity brought her to a Street Wisdom on London's SouthBank.  You can take a look here at the article she wrote about her experience in The Times.  Find out what she learned about wanting it all and being human from seagulls, stickers and ...

FLO state…

Florentin is a neighbourhood of Tel Aviv that the average tourist might overlook.  But this bustling, hip, multi-cultural quarter - a magnet for new arrivals and refugees - turned out to be a delicious site for the city’s first ever night-time Street Wisdom.  It was hosted by Jonah Fisher and the team at FLO a ...

Creative Hoxton

creativesocial

“I can't remember the last time that I walked without having a destination in mind” says James Kirk one of the leaders of Creative Social, a collective of the world’s most pioneering, creatives/business owners.  He and CS co-founder Daniele Fiandaca had been wanting to organize an event with Street Wisdom for ages.   And last ...

We’ll always have Paris

So street wisdom is back in Paris after more than 100 years.  Let me explain. In the mid-nineteenth century a group of French artists and thinkers started turning to the city streets – rather than rural nature - for inspiration.   So began the Flâneur movement - from 'flâner', to stroll.  Balzac described flânerie as "the gastronomy of the ...

LUSH was a rush!

Lush is always thinking about the senses.  Their shops are a riot of colour, an explosion of different scents, a playground of textures.  They also think constantly about learning and how to inspire their thousands of people around the world develop and grow. When Katie Nugent gathered Lush's 50-strong international training team in London she asked us to create a Street ...

Google Summerfest

Summerfest turned out to be perfectly named.  Even though it was the last day of August it felt like high summer in the Netherlands.  And the annual ‘learn-a-thon’ that Google organises for their people here, felt like a real festival with participants customising their own day at the various experience tents.   Street Wisdom was ...

Fathers’ Day, NYC

"My father used to work in the city”. Long Island born musician, Ross was reflecting on what the city had meant to him and meant now, with so much of the city changing.   "It’s always felt to me like the real place.  Yet it’s always changing.  When people complain about the development I remind them it’s always been ...

Taking the Side Streets in Shanghai

Marc Lewis (@SCA2Dean) is the Dean of School of Communication Arts 2.0 one of the most successful - and definitely most funky - advertising schools on the planet.  SCA2 has woven Street Wisdom into their curriculum and now Marc takes this 'learning tool' to Shanghai for our first ever event in China: Even before I write this post, ...

Generation W

23rd June.  It was Referendum Day in the UK - a day we were all supposed to be thinking about the next generation.  So it was great the young ones were involved when we decided to host a family Street Wisdom at London's Southbank Centre.  Simon, Kate, Seren and Raya live on an idyllic cliff-top in Cornwall. ...

Camden (un)Lock

This post was written by Judy Piatkus, Founder of ConsciousCafe  Last Saturday 19 of us met in a sun-baked, vibrant Camden Lock with three Street Wisdom facilitators for our ConsciousCafe Street Wisdom experience. We divided into three groups and each of us went to a different part of the Market. It was still fairly quiet, early in the morning ...