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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
Jaron Lanier on Who Owns the Future

Who Owns The Future?

We’re used to treating information as ‘free’,* but the price we pay for the illusion of ‘free’ is only workable so long as most of the overall economy isn’t about information. Today, we can still think of information as the intangible enabler of communications,...
Posted by Jaron Lanier
Optimist Principle 6

How To Be A Successful Optimist: Principle No.7

The legendary computer engineer Howard H. Aitken once advised, “Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.” Successful optimists understand that the beginning of many endeavours involves being told you’re mad, bad...
Posted by Mark Stevenson
Office Politics

Office Politics

The expression ‘office politics’ has got a bad name. We think of them as something undesirable, unwholesome, toxic. In my book they are far from bad, just an inevitable part of professional life. They must be embraced with as much humour, self-conscious deliberation and...
Posted by Oliver James
MS Optimism Principle No3

How To Be A Successful Optimist: Principle No.3

Parents often comment on the startling creativity of their children. Pablo Picasso famously remarked, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain one once we grow up.” I’ll go further. Every child is an artist, yes, but also a scientist, engineer...
Posted by Mark Stevenson

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