School of Life

 New products from  The School of Life

New products from The School of Life

This quote made me smile as it's exactly how I'm feeling right now.

September is a really busy month in the design calendar as the nine day London Design Festival (13th -21st September) is less than two weeks away. I wrote a little preview of what's going on for The London Magazine here and I'm now sifting through my emails trying to work out which of the zillion events I should attend. It's such a great opportunity to get out and about and talk to people that once I actually get there I will love it and it will be very inspiring - plus it'll provide good blog and journalism content for the next few months.

But back to The School of Life which I'm a bit obsessed with. It's an institution founded on philosophical and secular principles by Alain de Botton (whom I have long rated as a voice of reason and who is also very good on Twitter) and offers talks and general thoughtfulness on how to live in a digital age.

With reports on how anxiety and depression are on the rise, I think in time this place is going to seem less poncey and more mainstream. Anyway, alongside their talks they also have a shop (natch) and they do an interesting range of thoughtful and sometimes quite funny presents if you are in the market for any. The Emotional Baggage bag is pretty funny.

I note that the staff list is full of women (hurrah) and what's not to like about an institution which has the job title "philosopher in chief". 

 Now, back to my inbox.

 The London Design Festival's myriad events kick off in a couple of weeks: my latest column for The London Magazine.

The London Design Festival's myriad events kick off in a couple of weeks: my latest column for The London Magazine.