Nothing to fear but fear itself

Although I've run several Street Wisdom events, I've not yet facilitated one with a specific focus. So it was interesting to go along to the event this week run by Hilary Gallo. We started with a discussion on fear and then approached the Fear Wall to write up our particular fears. The two that ...

Finding the courage to ask for answers

Personally, I found the exercise surprisingly effective. I analyse processes and plans for a living - I am always thinking things through. But I don't consider my own navel very often and the question I chose to explore - "Why am I procrastinating on this spreadsheet?" is not a question I would ask often or ...

Creative Writing Wisdom

She scanned the middle distance. Her compass turning her towards the islands. A long view dotted with curves and lines. While others reached for the far horizon, or climbed familiar ropes and ladders, she looked for shapes she might interpret. Her eyes came to rest on the wreck. A ship out of water, grounded, frozen in ...

Walking is… giving

Something I love about Street Wisdom is the spirit of generosity at its heart. It’s free. No-one’s paying and no-one’s getting paid. Participants are invited to “pay attention”, not fees, but even attention here is less about paying something and more about giving everything. Before Christmas I was inspired by ...

Reclaim your lunch break with Street Wisdom

How would you like an extra 6 weeks holiday from work a year? Sounds appealing. That's how much time you're missing out on by not taking a lunch break and according to Bupa, a staggering 70% of us aren't taking one. We often fall into the trap of working over a lunch break to get ...

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

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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 ...