The Wisdom Collective

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Using philosophical dialogue in schools & workplaces, to support the development of independent learners, who think, relate and create with greater depth.

The Wisdom Collective exists to support the development of independent learners, who think, relate and create with greater depth. Through facilitating philosophical discussions, and teaching mindfulness, we provide people with opportunities to learn about their own intellectual and emotional capacities, and explore and expand these in everyday life. The Wisdom Collective brings people together to

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The human body and writing something new. Creativity, intuition and philosophy. by The Wisdom Collective Podcast 30/12/2023

We have published our 4th episode and this time, we enter into inquiry with teacher/author/poet/musician Joe Williams to discuss the question: What is the relationship between the human body and writing something new?

Let us know your thoughts!

The human body and writing something new. Creativity, intuition and philosophy. by The Wisdom Collective Podcast Author, poet, teacher and musician Joe Williams entered into inquiry with Rosa and Daniela to explore his question: what is the relationship between the human body and writing something new? Joe teaches intuitive writing using a deeply moving and transformational approach that is predicated on c***e...

Chuck the Facilitator! by The Wisdom Collective Podcast 23/06/2023

Did you know that the Wisdom Collective has a podcast?

Pieter Mostert proposed we 'chuck the facilitator', so we invited him for a chat to say more! Listen to Episode 3 here.

Should we get rid of, or rethink the role of the 'neutral' P4C facilitator? Listen to the episode and let us know your thoughts!

Chuck the Facilitator! by The Wisdom Collective Podcast In this episode, Rosa and Daniela chat to Pieter Mostert about his proposal that we 'chuck the facilitator'. We discuss the role of the facilitator, and explore different ways of thinking about the place of the facilitator in a philosophical dialogue. This conversation was inspired by a series of wo...

06/09/2022

We're starting a new Philosophy for Teenagers group, 4.30pm - 6pm, on September 13 & 27th, and October 11th and 25th. Email [email protected] for more information

Philosophy and art for teachers (session one) 06/09/2022

Are you a teacher? Sign up for FREE TRAINING TOMORROW.
The Wisdom Collective is collaborating with
National Galleries of Scotland to train teachers to use art to inspire children's creative and philosophical exploration. FREE training Sept 7, 4.15-5.45. BOOK: https://nationalgalleries.org/event/philosophy-and-art-teachers-session-one

Philosophy and art for teachers (session one) Gain practical skills to support children to think and explore art together. This session encourages the use of philosophical questioning techniques to develop deep, curious and creative thinking. Using tried and tested activities, we will demonstrate what it's like to participate in a philosophical...

Philosophy for children | Using art (session one) 01/09/2022

Philosophy for Children Using Art!
Training for teachers Wednesday 7 September 4.15–5.45pm
Free!
Book ya place:
https://www.nationalgalleries.org/event/philosophy-children-using-art-session-one

Philosophy for children | Using art (session one) Gain practical skills to support children to think and explore art together. This session encourages the use of philosophical questioning techniques to develop deep, curious and creative thinking. Using tried and tested activities, we will demonstrate what it's like to participate in a philosophical...

21/03/2022

New “Meet the Team” blog post is up, featuring Emily!

“… I think yoga and mindfulness are philosophy. Philosophy is to live wisdom, to explore and find out about ourselves (and beyond ourselves, if possible). Yoga is a kind of ‘active philosophy’”

07/03/2022

Do you remember your first experience with philosophy? In our “Meet the Team” blog series, we get to hear about Rosa’s philosophy story. Visit our Blog section on the website. Link in bio 😎

“I found that kind of abstract, conceptual thinking very natural and exciting…. It felt like home, and I was hooked.”

01/03/2022

Calling all Edinburgh folks! What a time to be alive. I have to confess, I’ve felt odd sharing our scheduled posts these past days with everything going on. But I genuinely believe its important now more than ever to stay c***ected to one another and engage in meaningful conversation that leads to powerful action.

There’s still time to register to our “Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy for Adults” which starts tomorrow! We’ll be exploring AI, spirituality, social media, ethics and more. If you know someone who’d love this, don’t forget to hit share.

For more information email us. Link to RSVP in stories 📎 See you there!

27/02/2022

What *are* we responsible for?

24/02/2022

Do you agree? What makes you YOU?

22/02/2022

Where do we begin? ♻️

20/02/2022

Were things better before? 🤔

18/02/2022

On convictions and education… what do you think? 🤔

16/02/2022

“For a start, it’s hard to define our needs. We know we want to be happy. But our understanding of what would work best for us is terribly vague. So we are prone to grasping at whatever is blinking at us most intensely and attractively.”

Do you agree? 🤔

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14/02/2022

“The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives”


Ah, love… Let’s celebrate it, however many different forms it comes in!


11/02/2022

More wisdom from our teenage participants.

10/02/2022

Anyone else agree?

10/02/2022

Want to get a good grounding in contemporary philosophical issues? Meet people and discuss ideas together? Come and join our eight-week philosophy course: 'Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy'. Together we will explore the philosophical issues that matter today, from AI and the internet, to the philosophy of love. Open to all, we'll learn about key philosophers and ways of engaging in philosophical dialogue.

Starts 2nd March

The Big Questions Club 06/12/2021

This Saturday our Big Questions Club and Philosophy for Teenager will explore the experience and philosophy of body and breadth! A yoga teacher will lead a mindful breathing and moving practice, as well as encouraging participants to express what it was like for them. We'll also take time to notice how philosophical questions are experienced in the body, encouraging an embodied philosophical approach.


Teenagers sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/198844919507

8 - 11 year olds sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/198839673817

The Salisbury Centre

The Big Questions Club For children aged 8-11 to think and talk together. Perfect for curious, open-minded children who ask a lot of questions.

Case Studies | The Wisdom Collectiv 10/11/2021

Want to know what it looks like to collaborate with The Wisdom Collective, or hire us for philosophical consultancy?

We've just finished a project with National Galleries Scotland. We worked with the National Galleries Scotland to philosophically engage children and young people with 'The World's Edge', an exhibition by TJ Cooper.

We trained teachers and produced five lessons plans for them to deliver.

Lesson plans:
We produced five lessons plans, encouraging children to engage practically, emotionally and conceptually with 'The World's Edge' through taking photos, drawing, creating stories, group work, reflecting and discussing. The lessons enable children to explore, analyse and synthesise aspects of their learning and experience.

Find out more about this and other projects:
https://www.wisdomcollective.co.uk/case-studies

Case Studies | The Wisdom Collectiv

The Big Questions Club 13/09/2021

Got an inquisitive 8-11 year old? They can ask, think and chat with others in the beautiful The Salisbury Centre gardens this Saturday, 1.30 - 2.45pm.

https://tinyurl.com/fyv3x7f4

The Big Questions Club Fun and engaging philosophical activities for children, based in the beautiful Salisbury Centre Gardens.

The Big Questions Club 30/08/2021

Send your inquisitive, imaginative, 8-11 yr olds to the Big Questions Club this Saturday, in the beautiful

gardens (or Art Room if its pouring).

https://tinyurl.com/fyv3x7f4

The Big Questions Club Fun and engaging philosophical activities for children, based in the beautiful Salisbury Centre Gardens.

How to know who’s trustworthy | Psyche Guides 09/11/2020

How do we help others think well? Interesting article about the characteristics that allow someone to be 'intellectually dependable". Sounds like a lot of skills that you model when facilitating a philosophy discussions. Also sounds like a lot like the skills the facilitators encourage in participants.

https://psyche.co/guides/how-to-spot-whos-trustworthy-and-whos-not-on-what-matters…

How to know who’s trustworthy | Psyche Guides Knotty problems call for sound advice. Use philosophy to find the intellectually dependable amid the frauds and egotists

Collaborative Autonomy: a productive paradox 04/11/2020

Who knew critical thinking could be enjoyable and productive? The Pianodrome have been taking part "in an intriguing fusion of philosophical enquiry, business planning and relationship therapy" where they "have followed a path towards unearthing the discovery of a glittering concept that perhaps has been buried at the centre of the Pianodrome all along. Collective Autonomy."

Thanks Tim for the blog post!

https://www.wisdomcollective.co.uk/post/collaborative-autonomy-a-productive-paradox

Collaborative Autonomy: a productive paradox In recent months the directors of Pianodrome CIC have had the great pleasure of working with the Wisdom Collective over a series of zoom sessions asking ‘What is a Pianodrome?’. Using an alphabet acrostic of ‘Thinking Moves’ (e.g. ‘A’h

Photos from The Wisdom Collective's post 03/11/2020

The Wisdom Collective and the Pianodrome striking their best thinking moves to work out 'What is Collaborative Autonomy? And how do we do it?

Philosophy in and of the Meadows 13/10/2020

Can we relate to plants like we relate to humans? Young people answered after spending some time with a tree. Workshops for 12 - 16 years exploring what it means to be human through being in nature and collectively philosophising on the experience.

Next session Monday 19 October for 12 - 16yrs, starting at 4.30pm.

Pay by donation
https://tinyurl.com/y5257696

Philosophy in and of the Meadows Exploring what it means to be human through being in nature and collectively philosophising on the experience.

What Is Plant Blindness? 10/10/2020

'Can we relate to plants like we relate to humans?' a question discussed in our first session of Philosophy in and of the Meadows. Responses included that plants can benefit humans but not vice versa. Is this true? Interesting article below.

https://www.treehugger.com/what-is-plant-blindness-4862583

What Is Plant Blindness? Plant blindess is the "inability to see or notice the plants in one's own environment," which leads to "the inability to recognize the importance of plants."

11/08/2020

Coming to Krishnamurti, Bohm & the Edges of Transcendence?
It's free, online. Save your spot here: https://bit.ly/3hRtHzs

Moderating is Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founder of StoryAction & UCLA's Global Media Center for Social Impact. Sandra inspires creators of television and film to develop storylines that elevate consciousness, and improve health, justice and well-being worldwide. In one three-year period, this groundbreaking work resulted in 565 storylines on 91 shows across 35 networks.

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The Wisdom Collective

The Wisdom Collective exists to support the development of independent learners, who think, relate and create with greater depth. Through facilitating philosophical discussions, and teaching mindfulness, we provide people with opportunities to learn about their own intellectual, social, and emotional capacities, and give them the tools to explore and expand these in everyday life. The Wisdom Collective brings people together to develop their critical and creative thinking skills, and their ability to relate to others, understand differing perspectives, and understand themselves.

Our sessions involve active, collaborative learning. Based on games, questions, discussion and reflection, they animate participants to grapple with issues on their own terms and direct their own learning. By instigating debate among participants, and eliciting reasons and explanations from them, facilitators help participants to develop their own ideas on topics, and build the confidence to take risks and experiment in uncharted territory.

Our approach is influenced by Philosophy for Children (P4C), the science and philosophy of embodied cognition, and the thinker and physicist Bohm, who developed a particular approach to dialogue.

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Where do we begin? ♻️#startingconversations #philosophyforall #thouhtfulrevolution #chickenortheegg
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