Walking is… protest

I have just got home from a protest march. While I was there, I realised that – in a way – we were all on a giant Street Wisdom. Here’s what I mean: First, we tuned in. Even though it was a “march”, we did not get walking for ...

Walking is… time

This’ll blow your socks off: time passes more slowly for your feet than it does for your head! I read this recently in Carlo Rovelli’s timely new book, The Order of Time: “If our feet adhere to the pavement, it is because our whole body inclines naturally to where time runs more ...

Walking is… waiting

Someone clever has worked out that we spend, on average, five years of our lives waiting. That’s five years of waiting in queues, at traffic lights, for friends to turn up... Dare I say it: five years of waiting for something to happen. The extraordinary larger-than-life photograph above (it’s almost two ...

Walking is… revolutionary

The slogan sprayed on Paris walls in the barricades of revolutionary 1968 went: “Beneath the streets, the beach!” This was not a deckchair insurgency. It was a literal reference to the sand the students found underneath the cobblestones they hurled at the police in their quest to alter the fabric of society. ...

Walking is… free

Something I love about Street Wisdom is that it’s free. In a world where everything seems to have a price tag, it’s just really refreshing. As the Street Wisdom line goes, “you don’t pay fees, you pay attention”. But what does it mean to be free? I was recently in Los Angeles ...

Walking is… photography

"Is it OK if I take photos?" During Street Wisdoms, people slow right down, paying attention to the streets around them in a deliberate way that encourages fresh answers to old questions. "Of course!" I said to her. We normally recommend turning phones off, but this participant clearly wanted to use her phone to ...

Walking is… massage

World Wide Wander

I ran a Street Wisdom recently and found myself saying to the group - in my opening remarks - that walking the streets in a Street Wisdom way was a bit like having a massage. (Just then the iPad I'm writing on autocorrected "massage" to "message", a useful bit of information we might come ...

International Serendipity Day

Happy International Serendipity Day! Street Wisdom facilitator Philip Cowell suggests January 28th be considered the new worldwide anniversary of happy and unexpected discoveries. Answers are everywhere – you just need to slow down and tune in to notice them. And not just notice them – enjoy them, listen to ...

Street Wisdom one-on-one

After a break from Street Wisdom, I was really keen to get back into it - and see who would come to a Street Wisdom session with only a few days' notice. The reason was also this: Street Wisdom is a practice for the self as much as it for others; so if no one ...