We were lucky enough to have David Pearl take us on a mind-bending trip into our own consciousness this week. The effects we felt both during, and after, our day with David were both mesmerizing and tangible. But what really interested me, was that what we had experienced in a couple of hours, equalled a semester of studying identity theory at University.
“I can’t remember the last time that I walked without having a destination in mind” says James Kirk one of the leaders of Creative Social, a collective of the world’s most pioneering, creatives/business owners. He and CS co-founder Daniele Fiandaca had been wanting to organize an event with Street Wisdom for ages. And last week the planets aligned. Perfect timing – as it was also half term at the School for Communication Arts so SCA2 Dean Marc Lewis could join us in Hoxton Square – in the sputtering rain – to spark the whole experience off.
And quite an experience it was.
“Street Wisdom is chance to slow down, recalibrate your creativity and realise that the answers to your problems are hiding in plain sight” says James. “It opened my eyes to the magic that surrounds us everyday.”
Sally Henderson of Pello agreed: Often the wisdom we search for is right in front of us, literally under our noses looking right back at us. But we are too busy and caught up in the noise of “life” to see it.
The simple yet very powerful techniques of Street Wisdom enabled me to slow down, tune in and get connected. With my environment, new people, new and old places but most importantly with myself. And I am richer for it.
The Sharing, held in a “secret flat’ above a Hoxton pub [think Smiley’s People meet the Kray twins] was one of the most creative we’ve ever seen with books being created, careers refined, projects reframed…
One of the mantras of Creative Social is John Hegarty’s advice: “Do interesting things and interesting things happen to you”. Quite! Let’s do it again soon and unleash the creativity on the world!
The lovely people at the School for Communication Arts 2.0 enjoyed an impromptu Street Wisdom in Brixton Market, 3rd Nov 2014.
I believe that people who come to Street Wisdom don’t expect anything from it, they don’t have any pre-conceived judgements about what’s going to happen and that’s the beauty of it.
I felt myself, step by step, being guided by the architecture, the sounds of people talking, walking on the street, various colours…The Street Wisdom experience enables you to listen to yourself, realize what’s around you and be guided by this energy within you. If there is one thing which is important is to let go.
We all come with a question, which can be anything and you’ll realize that throughout the day you’ll be able to answer it yourself.
This adventure let you discover another part of yourself , that you’ll be able to nurture throughout your life. (specially if you live in a big city) It brings back the importance of our surroundings and the powerful impact that it can have on us.
Héloise Jutteau, Creative at School of Communication Arts
Street Wisdom was an intriguing and illuminating experience allowing me to connect with my surroundings in a new way. Practising mindfulness and spending the day in a relaxed, meditative state left me feeling rejuvenated at an otherwise stressful time.
There were many things weighing on my mind at the start of the day; asking the street for answers made me realise I hadn’t given myself a chance to properly think about them and I felt I left with a greater sense of clarity.
Rebecca Arthur, Creative at School for Communication Arts