It’s likely you will have watched or read about the upsurge in modern activism in the form of urgent messages and protests that are going on around the world (and particularly in London, with Extinction Rebellion) in relation to climate change. Ever-escalating changes to our planet have taken a lot of casualties and one of the latest and most heart-breaking ones of all so far has to be the emperor penguins. We learnt this week that the second largest colony has almost completely vanished.
Conscious people realise that time is running out and action (not words) is the order of the day. Many believe we have literally 10 years to solve these challenges. This Street Wisdom session is for those who feel passionately about taking a stance to find ways of coming up with creative solutions to some of the vast problems we now face. Please see below for details on how a Street Wisdom session runs and for this particular event, please come armed with a question which should be in line with this objective. It is only through innovation that we will solve some of the world’s biggest problems. Using Street Wisdom as a tool for this is a great start and at the end of the session we’ll gather to discuss what we’ve discovered and what answers the streets have for us.
The main entrance of the RSA is 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EX but we will meet at the back entrance. To find it, if you are looking at the front of the RSA building, to the left is a road called Durham House St which leads around the back of the RSA and onto The Strand. There are some steps leading onto The Strand and we shall meet at the bottom of those steps, in effect, at the back of the RSA.
A Street Wisdom Session
Learn how to access the urban environment and find fresh answers to personal or work-related questions with Street Wisdom: a powerful, three-hour guided experience that uses the streets as an invisible university. This inspirational tool has been adopted by corporations, coaches and social groups across the globe – with profound results.
What is it? At the centre of Street Wisdom lies the idea that every moment is extraordinary and every street is full of inspiration – that there’s no such thing as an ordinary street, just ordinary thinking. Few of us give ourselves time or permission to really focus on the signs and signals that we normally ignore, rich stimulus that can help us learn something new.
Street Wisdom takes place in three parts. First, a street guide helps you tune up your senses so you can pick up far richer information from the environment that you would normally. Then you’re off on a journey by yourself – your street quest – where you ask a question and see what answers present themselves. You don’t have to go far but it’s amazing what you can learn. In the final 60 minute session everyone gathers together to share what happened and, more often than not, wonder at how magical an ordinary street can become when you’re really aware of those hidden messages, chance meetings and unexpected discoveries.
In just three hours of walking and wandering, participants have resolved problems that have dogged them for years, found new business ideas, changed careers, discovered new directions, and learned how to deal differently with life and love.
Invented by creative maestro David Pearl in 2013 and developed with the help of business beatnik and fellow author Chris Baréz-Brown, Street Wisdom has rapidly grown into a global movement. Our mission is to make every street in every city a free source of inspiration for everyone, every single day.
Who is it for? It is relevant for anyone struggling with the day-to-day personal stuff, tackling a challenge in the workplace, figuring out what’s next, or seeking a creative breakthrough. Once experienced, it can be easily replicated on a personal basis, or taken into the workplace and used to inspire teams and colleagues.
What do you bring? An open mind, good walking shoes and clothes for all weather. A question you’d like answered: not too big (‘What is the meaning of life?’), not too small (‘What shall I have for lunch?’) but somewhere in the middle – a burning issue to which you’d like fresh answers.
Please watch the short video below and reserve your place so we can keep you updated – if you are unable to come at the last minute, you must contact the organiser so they may give someone else the chance to take part.