Join us for the World Wide Wander, Sep 22-23 2022

Street Wisdom and CreativeMornings proudly present The World Wide Wander!

Calling curious people of all kinds to come together to exercise your imaginations!

It’s time to imagine. Together.

Creative people imagine better futures. It’s what we do. The world’s never needed our creativity more.

At the heart of the World Wide Wander is the idea that the best ideas aren’t discovered by sitting down, concentrating. They’re found when we get up and go, move, walk around, engage with the world around us, speak with strangers, gather our community.

The World Wide Wander is a global gathering of curious creatives to unhook, wander the world and exercise our imaginations, together. It’s a 24 hour relay of Walkshops – walking workshops – hosted by CreativeMornings and Street Wisdom, to unleash our collective imaginations and find better ways to navigate this complex world.

When the sun comes up in your time zone there will be an event you can join online (indoors or out in the street), plus inspiring special guests, stimulation and lots of laughter throughout. It’s an experience you’ll remember, and a technique you’ll take away forever.

It’s free! The World Wide Wander is a labour of love between Street Wisdom and CreativeMornings – two global volunteer organisations that believe in the goodness of humanity, in living a creative and curious life.

The world has never needed your creativity more. Let’s see where your imagination leads us.

Get involved at worldwidewander.com

 

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Inspired? Street Wisdom is all about finding better ways. Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free. Share your insights and follow us @StreetWisdom_

 

 

 

Paul Bulencea: The Wanderful Podcast with David Pearl

I sit for an hour and I get to know the neighbours – the more than human neighbours.

Paul Bulencea is an experience designer focused on the nature of the transformational experience. He has created many experience concepts globally and is currently focusing on collaborating with wilderness to spark and maintain a much needed shift in perception. He is the co-founder of the College of Extraordinary Experiences, a global gathering that takes place in a 13th century castle in Poland with the aim of exploring the field of experience design. He is the co-author of Gamification in Tourism: Designing Memorable Experiences and is currently working on a second book about guiding transformations.

 

Listen here now: https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl

 

Timeline

00.00 – 00.44 Intro Theme

00.46 – 04.32 Introducing Paul Bulencea

04.34 – 06.20  Native Seed Shakers

06.25 – 09.40 Noticing the wilderness in the city

11.41 – 14.08 Creating edible landscapes

14.08 – 18.56 Community Supported Agriculture

18.56 – 21.50 Deconditioning industrial thinking

23.00 – How to do a ‘sit spot’ – connecting with nature

26.45 – 28.00 Honey (a sit-spot poem)

28.00 – 33.38 Wanderful Exercise: The Sit Spot

33.40 – Epilogue: The bells! The bells!

 

Quotes

“When you’re looking for wildlife, you will be surprised at the amount of wildlife in the cities… but that’s where the food is.” (Paul)

“You can eat all mushrooms, but some of them you can only eat once.” (Paul)

“What if we had cities inside edible landscapes?.” (Paul)

“We’re eating very few edible crops. We cultivate very few because we have this industrial thinking.” (Paul)

“This push for consistency – what’s so great about consistency?” (David)

“I sit for an hour and I get to know the neighbours – the more than human neighbours.” (Paul)

 

Further Information

 

Community Supported Agriculture – https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/

 

George Monibot – Regenesis – https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/317018/regenesis-by-monbiot-george/9780241447642

 

The plant David is sitting next to…we think…any knowledgeable horticulturalists, let us know! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerodendrum_infortunatum

 

Contacts

 

Paul Bulencea (Guest):

www.extraordinary.college

https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbulencea/

Instagram @paul.bulencea

 

David Pearl:

Twitter @DavidPearlHere

Instagram @davidpearl_here

Website www.davidpearl.net

 

Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)

Twitter @ItPainesMe

The Green Room at COP26 – What (On Earth’s) The Story?

Full film: https://youtu.be/UWoO9UmWscM

Trailer: https://youtu.be/zmQqj5WHSPM

Five ways to tweak your street

Street Wisdom is an everyday creative practice you add to your walk to find better ways with everything from inspiration to problem-solving and well-being.

You can start your wander now – simply listen to the Street Wisdom Tune Ups before moving on to the Quest. They’re FREE and available on Spotify.

Or you can join one of our real-life in-person Street Wisdom Walkshops happening across the planet. And if you can’t find one on a street near you, why don’t you set one up yourself?

Meanwhile, as you’re here, why not try one of these extra tips for how to add a bit of creativity to your next wander and at the same time #tweakyourstreet:

  1. Smile! What happens when you smile more as you walk down the street? Who might respond, who might it help? How does it change you?
  2. Garden! Get involved in your local guerrilla gardening club, or just plant some flowers yourself. Think of the effect they will have on so many other people. Not everyone will consciously notice, but everyone will benefit at some level.
  3. Surprise! Surprise someone asking for money with a note or offer to buy some food! Leave an envelope on a bench for someone to pick up with a letter inside saying you appreciate them for being alive and noticing this letter. Offer to help someone in need. Keep safe, but done well this can change so much of the street’s vibe.
  4. Listen! Offer to be a listening ear to someone – a stranger, or a friend you bump into. Take inspiration from our friends at Sidewalk Talk. Listen to the sound of the leaves in the trees. How does the street being a little bit more aware of itself help?
  5. Breathe! Streets can be stressful places. What if you did some of the slowing right down, and the breathing. Perhaps it’s not just for you, perhaps you can help the street – and all the participants, human and more than human – as a whole by slowing down and noticing your breath?

Let us know how you get on! Share your insights @StreetWisdom_ #tweakyourstreet

 

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Inspired? Street Wisdom is all about finding better ways. Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free.

 

 

 

A Sign, A Sound, A Symbol – Try this Wanderful exercise!

For those reading David Pearl’s book, Wanderful, and anyone who’s building their own regular Street Wisdom practice, we created this short exercise video to show you how easy it is to turn your wander into wonder. Give it a go!

 

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Inspired? Street Wisdom is all about finding better ways. Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free.

 

 

 

Could Street Wisdom make you more cheerful?

One of the free Street Wisdom Tune Ups at the heart of this beautiful, simple practice is: Sense the beauty in everything and everyone.

All the Tune Ups are awakening the whole of us, bone by bone, organ by organ, sense by sense.

This final one, as David Pearl, founder of Street Wisdom, writes in Wanderful, “is designed to activate one of the most potent direction seekers of all: the human heart“.

The point of the Tune Up isn’t so much to follow our heart, but to awaken in us that most potent of qualities. Unconditional love.

And we say ‘sense’ not ‘see’ because so much that doesn’t look beautiful actually is, when you slow down and really notice it.

This is all very well and good in its own right, but a recent book has brought to light an interesting knock-on effect of sensing the beauty in everything.

Timothy Hampton’s new book, Cheerfulness: A Literary and Cultural History, suggests that sensing the beauty in everything might also help us become more cheerful.

Hampton suggests, referring to the writer Emerson, that if you want to be cheerful, a good place to start is to:

“take delight in the world… For Emerson, the key to cheerfulness is an acceptance of the beauty of the world.”

Indeed, for Emerson, the poet was cheerful because poets “delight in the world, in man, in woman, for the lovely light that sparkles from them”.

So as well as being more cheerful, Street Wisdom might also help you become more poetic? For which we might read more generally: creative.

Let us know how it’s going as you sense the beauty in the world that sparkles around you.

 

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Inspired? Street Wisdom is all about finding better ways. Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free.

We wrote this post inspired by the Guardian review of Cheerfulness: A Literary and Cultural History by Timothy Hampton (Princeton Press).

 

 

Anuradha Chugh: The Wanderful Podcast with David Pearl

My purpose is to be a beacon for inspiration.
Anu

Anuradha Chugh, CEO of Pukka Herbs

Anuradha Chugh has been the CEO of Pukka Herbs since July 2021. She firmly believes that businesses can – and should – tackle climate change and address inequality. Anu has over 25 years’ experience in the CPG industry, holding positions in values-led progressive businesses like Ben & Jerry’s as Managing Director, Europe, as well as in some of Unilever’s flagship brands like Dove & Lipton, in different geographies of Europe, US, Latin America, Turkey and India.  

Anu has demonstrated that she can lead businesses to thrive, transform and grow by creating value that is long-lasting and purpose driven. She is passionate about using the power of business to make a positive impact in society and is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone to drive change.

Anu is married to Rohit with whom she has two kids: Aditi and Varun, and loves spending time outdoors with their dog, Alfie.


Timeline

00.00 – 00.43 Theme

00.44 – 05.05 David introduces Anuradha Chugh

05.07 – 09.10 Speaking to and from the heart

09.12 – 11.50 Meeting people’s needs

12.20 – 13.30 Choosing ice cream over detergents

14.00 – 15.43 Where to find inspiration: How to be a beacon for inspiration

16.00 – 19.56  What inspires Anu?

17.00 – 18.21 Routes: Mentoring women who have come from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds

18.40 – 21.38 Doing good and doing well: Business and impact: Giving back to the Planet

22.50 – 24.22 Who benefits from Pukka Teas work?

26.40 – 25.49 The well being and health benefits of tea

26.41 – 27.57 How does Anu promote her own health?

28.00 – 31.25 Work in the post-pandemic world

29.41 – 33.54 The Wanderful Exercise: The Heart Led Walk

34.10 – 38.00 Epilogue

38.01 – 38.50 End Credits

 

Quotes

“I don’t think choices can be all that rational.” (Anu)

“Packaging has to emotively speak to you. It has to grab you emotionally, while you’re walking down an aisle. Something as functional as that really has to be emotionally driven.” (Anu)

“You gravitate towards what you find exciting – there is a little bit of intentionality that comes into it.” (Anu)

“You have to find the higher purpose of what really makes you tick in that space – you have to articulate for yourself the purpose of why you get up in the morning.” (Anu)

“I need to inspire myself and inspire those I lead. You get the best work from yourself if you are a beacon for inspiration.” (Anu)

“We’re rediscovering business as a force for good.” (Anu)

“The more you grow the more positive impact you have.” (Anu)

“In today’s world we all have to do business which is regenerative.” (Anu)

“As long as people keep buying what you’re selling, then everything that you then sell has a positive impact to that last person or maybe that first person who has been wild berry picking somewhere in Guatemala. And that’s the circle.” (Anu)

“The solution will be with business working with governments and charity institutions.” (Anu)

“You are putting health and well-being in their cup.” (Anu)

“You’re selling health.” (Anu)

“Life is more about being rather than doing.” (Anu)

 

 

Further Reading

Bianca Pitt – Co Founder of She Changes Climate

 

Pukka Teas – Impact & Sustainability

https://www.pukkaherbs.com/uk/en/impact-and-sustainability

 

Contacts

 

Anuradha Chugh: @pukkaherbs

 

David Pearl:

Twitter @DavidPearlHere

Instagram @davidpearl_here

Website www.davidpearl.net

 

Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)

Twitter @ItPainesMe

The Green Room at COP26 – What (On Earth’s) The Story?

Full film: https://youtu.be/UWoO9UmWscM

Trailer: https://youtu.be/zmQqj5WHSPM

7 ways to increase your luck

Street Wisdom is a kind of mindfulness-inspired street-based game boosted with creativity, neuroscience and well-being.

Added to this veritable feast is also a whole load of good luck.

In fact, we have a special word for the kind of good luck people often experience on a Street Wisdom: serendipity. That’s when seemingly unconnected things come together to produce an unanticipated insight.  

Why focus on serendipity? For one thing, it’s the inventor of everything from Post-It Notes to X-rays and penicillin. And a lot of people at the top of their game swear by it.

Serendipity expert, Dr Christian Bausch, has written a whole book about developing a “serendipity mindset”, and we think developing a regular Street Wisdom practice can be a part of that! Dr Bausch writes:

Serendipity is about seeing what others don’t, about noticing unexpected observations and turning them into opportunities. It demands a conscious effort to prompt and leverage those moments when apparently unconnected ideas or events come together in front of you to form a new pattern. Put more plainly, it is about connecting the dots.

At Street Wisdom, we reckon we can boost our “serendipity mindset” if we become more wanderful: take time out of our busy schedules to go outside and wander, tune in to the world around us, see the patterns, be drawn to what attracts us, find the beauty in everything, and ask questions of the world around us that are rooted in our values.

So here are 7 ways you can add more serendipity to your life:

  1. Prepare: Prepare to be surprised! Expect the unexpected. Anticipate the unanticipated. What happens when you make that shift?
  2. Reflect: Write down what you most value. Keep a gratefulness journal. Share a “serendipity story” with a friend. Ask them for one of theirs. It could help connect the dots.
  3. Relax: “Lucky people tend to be relaxed,” writes Dr Bausch. The second Street Wisdom Tune Up is “Slow. Right. Down”, so keep practising slowing down to relax.
  4. Reach out: Identify your heroes, people in your field who you admire, and reach out to them. Ask them for help with a challenge. Connect two people in your own network who don’t know each other. Send thank you notes to people who helped you that week.
  5. Wander: Use the free Street Wisdom Tune Ups on your next street wander. Be drawn to what attracts you. Notice what doesn’t. Slow, right, down. Ask a question that resonates with your values.
  6. Be brave: Chat to someone in the coffee queue; talk to people you don’t know at a conference. Share your Quest with a stranger on a park bench. While always keeping safe, assume everyone’s got a positive intention.
  7. Learn: Think of your “serendipity stories”, those times you experienced unanticipated insight due to good chance. Learn from them to help you repeat their success. Consider creating what Street Wisdom facilitator and dot-connector Anna Look calls a ‘subconscious parking lot’: a place to ‘park’ all the information, observations and meetings with people you have, so that the dot connecting can happen in its own time.

What’s your serendipity story? Send it in, we’d love to hear from you.

 

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Inspired? Street Wisdom is all about finding better ways. Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free.

This article was written by connecting the dots between Street Wisdom, David Pearl’s Wanderful, and Dr Christian Bausch’s fascinating book, The Serendipity Mindset (Penguin Books). Edmonton-based Street Wisdom facilitator Anna Look inspired us to write this piece in the first place! Anna strategically and expertly plot courses, linking together information, people, and backgrounds (aka dots) to navigate the way.

 

 

The Stumbler’s Guide: The Wanderful Podcast with David Pearl

‘What one mountain taught one Londoner about life …step …by wobbly step.”

This week’s episode is a little off the straight and narrow. But that’s what Wanderful is all about. Finding wonder in life’s side roads.

I reckon the planet needs us to be more creative.  So for World Nature Conservation Day, we decided to get improvising. Our producer Andrew Paine took some words that came into my mind as I was struggling down an Italian mountain and asked the  composer Laura Cannell to add whatever music came into her mind as she listened to the text. We’re calling it the Stumblers’ Guide. I deliberately didn’t listen to what she’s done so this is a premiere for you and me. And also a chance to say thanks to a mountain that taught me a lot.

To listen now, go here: https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl

Happy wandering (and stumbling)

David Pearl

 

Laura Cannell

Laura Cannell’s music straddles the worlds of experimental, contemporary, early & medieval music, her semi-composed, semi-improvised music draws on the emotional influences of the landscape whilst exploring the spaces between early and experimental music. She has released seven solo albums to critical acclaim, mainly performing on Overbowed Violin and Double Recorders. Her new solo album ‘Antiphony of the Trees’, was The Quietus Album of the week and month in March 2022, received a 4 star review from Songlines Magazine and is featured in the May Wire Magazine. Laura’s music has been used for film & television internationally.

www.lauracannell.co.uk/

Twitter @laurarecorder

Insta @lauracannellmusic

David Pearl (Host)

Twitter @DavidPearlHere

Instagram @davidpearl_here

Website www.davidpearl.net

Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)

Twitter @ItPainesMe

The Green Room at COP26 – What (On Earth’s) The Story?

Full film: youtu.be/UWoO9UmWscM

Trailer: youtu.be/zmQqj5WHSPM

Street Wisdom – Forest bathing in the city?

Our wanderful facilitator Justine Clement notices the similarities between Street Wisdom and Forest Bathing.

I ran my first ever Street Wisdom experience somewhere around 2016, which now feels like a preposterously long time ago.  An awful lot has happened since then, both in my own life, as well as for the life of all humans on planet Earth.

And whilst the actual year that I first stood on a rainy street corner holding a branded Street Wisdom umbrella, waiting expectantly for someone to turn up, has faded into the vast chambers of my post-covid and menopause-foggy brain, the memory of the experience, and the sheer simplicity and wonder of the walk, is still as fresh as if it were happening right here, today.

Over the years, we’ve played around with the Tune Ups, seeing what works best, what’s more effective, what works at home as well as out on the street. I’ve loved trying them all.  I’ve found them transferrable to so many different life situations and it’s because of this, that I found myself incorporating them into a very different environment to the streets – the forest.

I’m drawn to things that are somewhat on the fringes of the mainstream, pioneering in their own little ways.  I guess you could give it a fancy name and call it being an early adopter, but it’s just the way I am.

Fast forward four years and I’m now a fully qualified Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku as its known in Japan, guide and lead monthly walks for the Surrey Wildlife Trust, as well as for individuals and organisations in the same way I’ve done with Street Wisdom.

Forest Bathing is not wild swimming in the woods (as one gentleman thought recently as he turned up for a session with his trunks, asking all the ladies if they’d packed their swimming costumes), but rather a metaphorical bathe in the delightful atmosphere of a forest to open up your five senses and enhance your wellbeing.

If you’ve never heard of it, Forest Bathing or Shinrin-yoku was developed in Japan and is based on ancient Shinto and Buddhist practices.

It came about in the 1980’s and was developed by the government in response to a public health crisis the country was experiencing, due to high levels of stress at work and a worrying spike in rates of auto-immune disease.

The reason? Well, it’s very likely to have been as a result of the relatively swift move by much of the Japanese population from living in very a rural, to a very urban environment.  And so over the next forty years and millions of Yen and scientific studies later, thanks to the Japanese government, we now understand a little more about why being in nature, specifically the forest, is extremely good for us humans.

A little like the tune ups in Street Wisdom, the exercises in Forest Bathing (known as invitations), are designed to open up our five senses, as well as encouraging greater awarenessof ourselves, our surroundings and our place in them.

To help break down the initial reservations and barriers before each session fully begins, I offer up a few openers for people to ask each other, such as ‘What is your first memory of being in nature?” and “What is your favourite place to be in nature e.g., the beach, the forest, or a specific place that you love/have loved?”.  Just like we do on a Street Wisdom wander.

Each Forest Bathing session also places a deep emphasis on the importance of slowing down.  It’s an integral part of deepening one’s connection with nature, our surroundings and ourselves and is why the Tunes Up in Street Wisdom are also about slowing right down

People often say to me at the start of a Forest Bathing session that they already spend a lot of time walking or being out in nature.  But by the end of a three-hour session in the forest, what they come to realise is that whilst that may have been the case, their time has not been quality time – they’ve either been chatting to a friend or walking briskly wanting to get from A to B, or on their phone.

Being consciously and energetically present is very different from being physically present – you miss so much without the slowing down and noticing aspect.  It’s the same with Street Wisdom – we’re often out on the streets, but it’s an entirely different experience following the tune ups – we’re more in the street, than on it.

I love how all these important life lessons are contained in two simple three hour sessions – Forest Bathing and Street Wisdom. If this resonates with you and if you’d like to learn more about Forest Bathing, either as a 1-1 or a group experience, then do visit my website. I’ll also be running a Street Wisdom wander in London soon.  Perhaps try both and notice the similarities and the distinctions?

Whichever way you choose to go, I hope to meet you at some point soon, on the corner of a street, or at the edge of the forest.

 

About the author

Justine is a Street Wisdom Wizard and former CEO turned certified Conscious Connected Breath coach.  Her entire wellbeing roadmap of the past twenty or so years began with trying to understand herself and her place in the world. She began her love of Breathwork 12 years ago with a rigorous Ashtanga yoga practice and believes our breath is the most powerful tool we possess.  She is also a Shinrin-yoku (Forest Bathing) guide and founder of Wonderwoods – Forest Bathing Made In Britain.  She’s the co-author of a lockdown-inspired book called I Am Every Woman – A Collection Of Extraordinary Life Journeys and a forthcoming guide to nature connection, called Wonder Woods – Finding Wisdom In The Forest.  

 

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Inspired? Street Wisdom is all about finding better ways. Join a Walkshop near you, or head out for your own wander right now with our Tune Ups. Buy your own copy of Wanderful, all profits go back into Street Wisdom to help keep it free.