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 ...

The World Wide Wander 2018

One of the best things about the World Wide Wander weekend is that it gives us the opportunity to galvanise our community from all over the world. It reignites conversations and acts as a reminder for people to slow down and escape their normal routine. It’s a 3-day celebration to get Wanderers, ...

The Street doesn’t matter!

Sometimes people think that to get a good Street Wisdom experience you need to do it in a location that has beautiful buildings and plenty going on. I can understand why they think that but I know from experience that it just isn’t true. Over the past 13 months I’ve been part of or delivered four ...

Riddle’s Close

I am the place within nobody’s aim, except today when they wander in, all different yet somehow the same. A quiet space at the end of a dark gloomy lane, a gate half closed, neither inviting nor advertising, nor calling your name. Hidden in time waiting for your world weary frame, for the unveiling, the descaling, the ...

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 ...

Still Sille

I wondered why I was hesitating to write something about the glorious Sille Lundquist, a dear Street Wisdom friend who passed away in January.  And then I received a shared email from her "fan club" (thank you HeartSpace) letting me know yesterday would have been her birthday.   It’s so much more lifeful to mark ...

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 ...