I was born in London and by the age of ten I was traveling
around the city by bus on my own. Thus exploring the places
beyond my neighbourhood, I came to realise that the
metropolis was far larger and more diverse than...
What do we want from art? A couple of weeks ago I was in
Madrid with my wife, visiting the city for the first time.
Like all committed culture vultures, we were determined to
tackle as many museums and galleries as we possibly...
“I just had an idea that over the course of the past few
years has struck a cord, a creative design solution to an
environmental challenge. Each time someone wears A From
Somewhere piece, or each student that discovers upcycling,
and each person that...
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and
artist of international renown whose collaborators include
Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an
illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the
pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us.
The joy of sound...
The philosopher Daniel Dennett says that one of the
occupational hazards of being a philosopher is that you get
asked difficult questions at parties. Being solicited over
drinks for free consultancy is, of course, commonplace. If
you’re a doctor you’ll be asked to pass...
All successful optimists, unsurprisingly, have an unashamed
optimism of ambition about our future. To clarify, this is
not simple wishful thinking that things will work out
alright in the end, it’s optimism specifically tied to a
goal – and a conviction that that goal...
There are few things we value today quite as much as
originality: we treasure original voices, unique visions and
unmistakable authenticity in the art and culture we consume;
we seek people and products and companies and places which
are like no other (that little...
People find cool elusive because when they go in search of
cool they often go in search of the wrong thing.
Why is it so easy to go in search of the wrong thing?
There are two reasons. First, cool is highly contextual.
In 2009 I travelled to the tiny island of Pohnpei in the
Federated States of Micronesia to fulfill my lifelong
ambition of coaching a national football team.
The reason I chose Pohnpei was simple: they were
semi-officially the worst football team on the planet. They
TV chefs teach us how to cook better. Cutting edge sports
equipment makes us run faster. And with a combination of the
words 'how to' and an internet connection, you can learn
pretty much everything. The amateur is getting more
professional. But are we...
Each of us is always changing the world in some way or other
all the time. So John-Paul Flintoff starts out his answer to
‘how to change the world’ with a theory of history.
Where Carlyle saw history as the work of great...