One of the most depressing aspects of travel is finding that
the world often looks the same in many different places. The
towers of downtown Tokyo are indistinguishable from those of
Frankfurt or Seattle. That’s no coincidence. Modern
architecture was founded on the idea...
There is something compelling and exciting about cities that
makes many of us love (and some of us dread) them. They are
full of bright attractions, intriguing strangers and
endless, unimaginable possibilities. Yet despite a great
migration towards city living in the modern era,...
There’s nothing very natural about caring for nature. The
first and predominant impulse of humans has almost always
been to burn the trees, exhaust the fish stocks, pollute the
ground springs and darken the skies.
If we learn – gradually – to become somewhat...
Abroad is, as we know, the exciting bit. You’ve been so
far recently. You were in Abuja only on Tuesday and then at
Heathrow on Wednesday. Yesterday lunchtime, you were having
fried plantain in the Wuse district with Promise and Chinwe,
and at eight...
Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the
alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin,
old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and
tarpaulin sheets. Sofa carcasses thrown onto rubbish tips in
the first world are...
For hundreds of years now, humans have tended to believe
that the best sort of government is one which leaves its
citizens maximally ‘free’. We’ve come to associate
good government directly and uncomplicatedly with the
promotion of ‘freedom’: freedom to worship as one
People are understandably confused about what philosophy is.
From a distance, it seems weird, irrelevant, boring and yet
also – just a little – intriguing. But it’s hard to
put a finger on what the interest really is. What are
philosophers? What do they...
For a start, because - as we all know - Parisians are
notoriously suspicious of tourists. How many of us have been
to Paris and stared at French life through a thick window
pane, deeply curious as to its processes and rituals and...
Since our launch in London in 2008, more than 70,000 people
have taken part in our programmes, and we are so thrilled to
now be opening our doors at another international location
in addition to our permanent school in Melbourne, Australia
and our pop-up...
I’m just back from The School of Life’s intensive in Sao
Paolo. I had a truly inspiring time, and was not only filled
with ideas for how to change my life for the better, but
also fell completely in love with Brazil....
In December 1817, the poet John Keats, then twenty-two years
old, went to see the annual Christmas pantomime at the
Theatre Royal, in London’s Drury Lane. Also in attendance
was his friend, the critic Charles Wentworth Dilke, and as
they strolled home, the two...