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Utopia series: the schools of the future

It is almost universally agreed that education is hugely important. But we are not particularly sure what we want from it. Our large commitment to there being good schools ironically has not been matched by concern about what they are for. The aim of education...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail

How to become an entrepreneur

The modern world is in love with entrepreneurship. Starting your own business holds the same sort of prestigious position as, in previous ages, making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem or spearing multiple enemies in battle. However, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur remains maddeningly...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail

Why you’re probably not enjoying your job very much

Almost certainly, you’ve been having a bad time at work. In a perfect world, work should do so much for us: lend us purpose and a sense of achievement, offer us meaning and comradeship. But invariably, something goes wrong: our talents feel like they’re...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail

A guide to the pleasures of work

You might think this bit would be easy, but one of the hardest things about our working lives is knowing what we ideally want to do with them. It’s simple enough to sense what is boring and soul-destroying, but identifying what would satisfy us...
Posted by The Philosophers' Mail

Five Things I Learnt from John Peel

1. Respond honestly to what you really love When punk emerged in the mid-70s, the whole fabric of John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 programme changed overnight. He abandoned epic 25-minute Prog-Rock overtures made by men in embroidered capes, and gave over all of his...
Posted by Mary Anne Hobbs
Imrpovisation with John Paul Flintoff

Anything Becomes Possible

When you are able to improvise, almost anything becomes possible. I really believe that - and just as I was planning to write this blog post I was handed a wonderful example of improvisation actually saving people's lives. But what do I mean by...
Posted by John-Paul Flintoff
Philosophical Consultancy

Philosophical Consulting

When people stay in a hotel, they hope to have a nice time. And, at a given price point, the hotel management will go to great lengths to remove the obstacles to a happy visit. They aim to provide excellent beds, linen, televisions,...
Posted by Alain de Botton
How to have it all

How to have it all

The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others, such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
Posted by Roman Krznaric
Mindfulness and Living a Busy Life

Mindfulness and Living a Busy Life

A few years ago I started consciously watching the first thing that came to mind as I awoke each morning.  More often than not what would appear during those first few hazy moments was “The List”. The curtains I must remember to fix, the...
Posted by Stephen Little
Alan WattsBlog

How would you really enjoy spending your life?

What would you do if money was no object?  How would you really enjoy spending your life?  Watch this inspiring short film narrated by the British philosopher Alan Watts on the topic of defining your life by what you enjoy doing.   As he...
Posted by The School of Life
Final Dose of Optimism

How To Be A Successful Optimist: The Final Principle

The final principle of successful optimists is easy to say and hard to do. It is simply this: try to kick out your cynicism.  It’s hard to do because cynicism has become embedded in our society and is even held up as wisdom. But...
Posted by Mark Stevenson

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