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...
We’re delighted to announce the continuation of our
international programme, as this April we travel to São
Paulo for the launch of TSOL Brazil, in the form of a
week-long intensive taking place in the cultural heart of
Running from the 5 –...
We are, as Aristotle noted, defined by words. Speech is a
uniquely human gift. Yet it is surprisingly hard to talk,
even with our intimates.
Take Mr. and Mrs. Hendy, from Monty Python’s wicked
Meaning of Life. We find the retired American couple at...
Why is creativity often linked to “madness” and why do
creative people cause so much frustration to everyone around
them? Why do they keep going to extremes? Why can’t they
just be like normal people?
Highly creative people have unique vulnerabilities and
sensitivities - ways...