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 ...

Soul Wisdom

‘I was looking at a screen for fourteen hours a day and I realised I couldn’t remember the last time I saw a star. Our eyes aren’t meant to look at screens, we’re meant to look at the stars.’ This was the start of my drive to host the Street Wisdom event in Glasgow. Like a ...

Glasgow August 2

City-Halls-Glasgow---Glasgow-Royal-Concert-hall

A small but choice group of us ventured out to Buchanan Street in Glasgow to find the answers on the street. The weather stayed dry for us, thankfully, as we wandered along the pedestrianised part just outside the Royal Concert Hall. Such a happy group of open minded souls who played full out and took ...

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 ...

Want to find answers? Get outside

On a balmy evening in May I joined seven strangers for a Street Wisdom walk in Dublin. Steve Blank famously said “there are no facts inside the building so get the hell outside”. While he was referring to customer discovery, sometimes when you’re feeling stuck the only thing to do is get out of the office. In ...

The Summer of Love

street wisdom june 2018 munich

Little did I know that our Sunday tour in Munich coincided with an annual event of commemoration of the church, so that in various nieghborhoods, including the one we wandered in, roads were closed in order to accommodate processions of priests, musicians, and people. Though none of us were religious, it left each of us ...

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. ...

The Power of Impossible Goals

When I chose to go to live in Damanhur 26 years ago, one of the things that struck me the most was the importance everyone gave to dreams. Dreams as night dreams as a form of dialogue with oneself, or special insight or even as the ability to interact with different dimensions of reality; ...

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 ...

The Beauty of Connection

It wasn't just our Street Wisdom event who had arranged to meet outside the Albert Halls last Wednesday afternoon. A lady in blue, carrying a bunch of flowers, had arrived as we were busy with our tuning up exercises and shared a brief conversation with one of our participants. He said later that this was ...

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 ...

Spring in Munich

munich spring collage

Spring is always a great time to walk around the streets. And when the weather is warm and sunny, it’s a bonus. We gathered in a lovely little marketplace called Elisabethplatz and from there wandered the streets enjoying all the birdsong, flowering trees (those with pollen allergies didn’t seem to suffer too much) and warm ...

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 ...

The World Wide Wander 2018

We are very excited to announce our second World Wide Wander taking place Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September. This annual event is a chance to bring individuals together from all over the world for a weekend of wandering and wondering. It's a chance to bring our global network together to strengthen communities, find wisdom ...

CreateROSS in Ross on Wye

Street Wisdom - we still have a baker in town

by Caroline Utting A group of people arranged to meet at Ross Market Place 10am on a chilly Saturday in March. Only one of them really understood what they would be doing. The others had come with an open mind and a willingness to participate. They had been persuaded that it was worth dedicating a few ...

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 ...

Ten Reasons to go for a Walk

The pure and simple pleasure derived from going out for a walk is such that it requires no further justification. But should there be any doubt, this book gives us ten reasons – each as convincing as the next. Learning to walk is the primary occupation of the early years of ...

Street Wisdom for Mental Health Awareness Week

An important part of our remit at Street Wisdom is working towards ending the stigma of mental health in the workplace and support companies to deliver mental wellbeing to staff. Increasingly we’re working with companies who really care about mental health and creating a supportive environment for their employees to shine. That’s why this Mental ...

It’s all about LOVE

This was a very special Street Wisdom. First of all, the event sold out very quickly: 22 people signed up. My intuition had already told me I would have a bunch of people, but didn't think this many, this was very new to me. I had also sensed something would happen, so I was kind ...