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30th July 2021 8:00 am

Join Do Fest Dudley organiser Lorna Prescott for a full-length, in-person Street Wisdom experience with a twist, on the streets of Dudley.

Find out how you can use the streets of Dudley Town Centre to find fresh answers to all kinds of big(ish) questions about Dudley’s future with Street Wisdom.

Do Fest Dudley is a 3-day open festival inviting the people of the town to discover new kinds of doing, creating and making that unlock our imaginations. Bringing forgotten and unloved spaces and places to life, sharing stories and mementos which reveal hidden histories of Dudley and being super-curious about where we might find and generate dreams, we invite you to join us on an adventure to the future.

Street Wisdom is a powerful, three-hour guided experience that uses the streets as an invisible university. 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, your 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. You can choose a special Do Fest What If? question (or create your own) to ask 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 we gather 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? Anyone up for experimenting with some questions that could help shape community futures in Dudley. We have lots and lots of What If questions about Dudley in ten years time (or longer) with not many responses! We’ve experienced the power of Street Wisdom in Dudley for people’s personal questions, and thought we’d try out some collective questions. Once experienced, Street Wisdom can be easily replicated on a personal basis, or taken into the workplace and used to inspire teams and colleagues.

What to bring: An open mind, good walking shoes and clothes for all weather.

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.


We want to bring inspiration to every street on earth, so our WalkShops and exercises are free to everyone. Your donation will help us spread Street Wisdom further and faster.