The School of Life

Core disciplines: Brand strategy, Branded content, Corporate communications


Tweet : Jan 23rd 2018 13:52
We're taught to think that 'bias' is automatically a bad thing, but everything depends on what sort of bias it is. There might be bias towards wisdom, self-understanding, tolerance and kindness - in other words, bias worth valuing.
Tweet : Jan 23rd 2018 13:01
It is hard to admit to feeling lonely within a relationship. Yet in truth, a high degree of loneliness is an inexorable part of being a sensitive, intelligent human. It is a built-in feature of a complex existence, whatever our relationship status. More:
Tweet : Jan 23rd 2018 11:01
"You ask which form of government is the best? Whichever teaches us to govern ourselves." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tweet : Jan 23rd 2018 11:01
Nowadays, we don’t have aristocratic snobs, we have job snobs. The good news is that there is a way around snobbery. Learn How to Fail in our class this month:
Tweet : Jan 23rd 2018 09:30
What Would An Ideal Friend Be Like? "We often don’t quite know what we think until a proper friend gently asks us to expand on a thought, to explain why we’re impressed by it and to find good answers to possible objections." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 22nd 2018 16:30
One of the most common Sorrows of Work that we can face is that the demand for specialisation in our careers means that we will only ever make use of a limited set of our qualities and skills. Find consolation around the Sorrows of Work:
Tweet : Jan 22nd 2018 09:30
The True and the False Self: "When we have been given the chance to be our true selves we do not, at every occasion, need to rebel and insist on our needs. We can follow the rules because we have, for a time, been able to ignore them entirely." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 21st 2018 14:01
Do you ever fall into the perfectionist trap?
Tweet : Jan 21st 2018 11:00
"There is nothing better to display the truth in an excellent light, than a clear and simple statement of facts." - St Benedict of Nursia
Tweet : Jan 21st 2018 09:30
On Dreaming: "Our dream life – even if we recall only a tiny portion of it – reveals us as much more complex, imaginative and strange beings than we purport to be during our waking hours." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 20th 2018 12:00
Rousseau wrote that to live is "not to breathe but to act." It can be difficult to find the motivation to do the latter, but we can take small steps to transform ourselves into the people we aspire to be. Our Summer School courses are a good start:
Tweet : Jan 20th 2018 06:30
Up at Dawn: "Time could be re-arranged: there are plenty of things that can contribute to leading a life more like the one we want. Every day you have the chance to be again the person you are just now in the very early morning." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 19th 2018 21:01
"At a single glance I survey the whole Universe. He will never be happy, whom such pleasures fail to please!" - Tao Yuanming
Tweet : Jan 19th 2018 16:01
Sometimes the best friend we can hope for is ourselves. #friendship #bff
Tweet : Jan 19th 2018 13:30
Introducing The Sorrows. Two new essays to help us deal with the (inevitable) sorrows of love and work. Just as we're surrounded by voices trying to help solve our sadness, these books allow us to truly understand our sorrows and put them in context:
Tweet : Jan 19th 2018 10:30
The Voyager Spacecraft, now more than ten billion miles away, set off in 1977, "when half the world was still unborn... [a] symbol of our cosmic loneliness and of our as yet unmet yearning for love and understanding." For more #perspectivesforanewyear:
Tweet : Jan 19th 2018 09:30
How to Live More Wisely Around Our Phones: "The interest of our phones wouldn’t be a matter of such concern if we didn’t suspect, somewhere in our minds, that this machine has opened some doors and is in danger of closing others." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 18th 2018 14:07
A happy relationship is often associated with constant wild and passionate sex. But in fact, one of the greatest joys, and a good indicator of mutual satisfaction, is the capacity to read in bed together. Here is why...
Tweet : Jan 18th 2018 09:30
On Resilience: "We forget our resilience in the face of the risks we face. Our lives become dominated by a fear of losing, or never getting, things which we could do perfectly well without." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 17th 2018 17:30
Last chance to enter our competition to win a two-night Valentine's stay at @LivingArch's stunning 'A House for Essex'. Book any London class, workshop or 5-day school to enter the prize draw, full entry instructions on our website:
Tweet : Jan 17th 2018 14:01
"History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends." - Karl Marx
Tweet : Jan 17th 2018 10:30
We rarely properly appreciate what is around us and doesn’t appear to cost very much. Why We Hate Cheap Things reawakens us to the world around us and to the latent beauty and interest of what we have. Discover more:
Tweet : Jan 17th 2018 09:30
The Particular Beauty of Unhappy-Looking People: "Given how much of life is tragic in structure, it follows that, for many of us, the people we feel readiest to love are not going to be those who find the business of living obvious or easy." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 16th 2018 14:03
What exactly is that wondrous, hugely desirable thing, an emotionally-healthy childhood?
Tweet : Jan 16th 2018 10:30
Card for Perspective #5 - "Seen from here [a shanty town] the most basic things in your life are revealed as quietly wonderful. Even the most annoying parts of life in developed countries deserve appreciation." For more #perspectivesforanewyear:
Tweet : Jan 16th 2018 09:30
Nietzsche, Regret and Amor Fati: "The person of amor fati doesn’t seek to erase anything of their past, but rather accepts what has occurred, the good and the bad, the mistaken and the wise, with strength and an all-embracing gratitude." Read more:
Tweet : Jan 15th 2018 16:00
Without realising it, the clothes we wear can often provide clues as to the sorts of cultures with which we identify. Find out how: (Don't forget, classes booked before 18 Jan are eligible for our Living Architecture competition, details on our website.)
Tweet : Jan 15th 2018 15:30
The only people we can mistake for ordinary are those we don’t yet know very well. From close up, we are all gloriously compulsive, over-anxious, confused and bizarre. As this bag celebrates, no one is ever quite normal. Shop now:
Tweet : Jan 15th 2018 14:14
Come and join us for our first three-day conference in San Francisco from the 23rd of March. Find out all about it here:
Tweet : Jan 15th 2018 12:00
We're delighted to be featured in @EveningStandard's round up of the best workshops in London to inspire a new hobby:

Cos Stores - A Thoughtful Guide to Good Gifting
Cos Stores
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A Thoughtful Guide to Good Gifting
Branded content, Corporate communications
We partnered with Cos Stores to create a thoughtful guide to good gifting at Christmas
Nov 29th 2017 14:37:03
Dropbox - The Vices and Virtues of Collaboration
The Vices and Virtues of Collaboration
Brand strategy, Branded content, Corporate communications
We looked to the past to help Dropbox explore the future of collaborative work…
Nov 23rd 2017 16:48:48
Citigold - Great Thinkers for Uncertain Times
Great Thinkers for Uncertain Times
Brand strategy, Branded content, Corporate communications
We produced a bespoke book - Great Thinkers for Uncertain Times - for Citigold’s Private Clients
Jul 19th 2017 15:00:50
Airbnb - The Art of Travel
The Art of Travel
Brand strategy
Our philosophical consulting team took a leftfield approach to redefine Airbnb’s market segmentation
May 9th 2017 13:37:07
Pictet - A Philosophy of Sustainability
A Philosophy of Sustainability
Branded content
A film exploring the key ingredients behind Pictet's philosophy of sustainability
Apr 24th 2017 17:12:56

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