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'Wanderful' is a podcast created and hosted by David Pearl to help you bring a bit of wonder to your walking. Inspired by David’s not-profit social movement Street Wisdom that brings free guided in-person and online walking workshops to city streets in 67 countries and counting.

Each 30 min episode takes an entertaining and light- hearted look at an aspect of life we all secretly struggle with or want to get better at: Boredom, grumpiness, reading, feeling lost, seeking love, wealth, direction… you get the idea.

We’ll start the walks by exploring the everyday challenge in the company of an entertaining and refreshingly, imperfectly human, guest. Then, following simple instructions provided by David, the walk becomes a way to get clarity, insight and learn new skills you can use every day to help you find answers to your life questions.

All you need is some headphones and a phone so you can get outside and walk whilst listening, but if you are tuning in at home then walking (slowly) inside your house, also works well too.

You can dig deeper into the power of wandering and getting off the beaten track in David’s latest book Wanderful: Human Navigation for a Complex World available at leading bookstores.

Follow @streetwisdom_ @davidpearlhere for more ideas and inspiration on leading a Wanderful life davidpearl.net

Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go is produced and engineered by Andrew Paine

Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go David Pearl

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'Wanderful' is a podcast created and hosted by David Pearl to help you bring a bit of wonder to your walking. Inspired by David’s not-profit social movement Street Wisdom that brings free guided in-person and online walking workshops to city streets in 67 countries and counting.

Each 30 min episode takes an entertaining and light- hearted look at an aspect of life we all secretly struggle with or want to get better at: Boredom, grumpiness, reading, feeling lost, seeking love, wealth, direction… you get the idea.

We’ll start the walks by exploring the everyday challenge in the company of an entertaining and refreshingly, imperfectly human, guest. Then, following simple instructions provided by David, the walk becomes a way to get clarity, insight and learn new skills you can use every day to help you find answers to your life questions.

All you need is some headphones and a phone so you can get outside and walk whilst listening, but if you are tuning in at home then walking (slowly) inside your house, also works well too.

You can dig deeper into the power of wandering and getting off the beaten track in David’s latest book Wanderful: Human Navigation for a Complex World available at leading bookstores.

Follow @streetwisdom_ @davidpearlhere for more ideas and inspiration on leading a Wanderful life davidpearl.net

Wanderful - Inspiration On The Go is produced and engineered by Andrew Paine

    Wanderful with Tom Morley... ’irreverence, justified’

    Wanderful with Tom Morley... ’irreverence, justified’

    Wanderful with Tom Morley
    “Irreverence, justified”
    Team Building is needed more than ever in 2023. Face to face onsite interaction. A reason to come together. 200 people drumming. A thousand people singing in harmony. Things we can't do on Zoom.  
    Tom Morley has a 40- year track record of doing this. Scritti Politti, David Bowie, Madness, Blue Chips everywhere and now you. Exactly where you are. That's Tom's speciality, finding out where you are and starting there. 
    Following his time in the music business with the 80s band Scritti Politti Tom has developed a truly artistic way of living where every experience leads him to the humorous uncovering of some universal truth. He turns his disasters and successes into Keynote inspiration for tired conference audiences who think they've seen it all. Maybe they HAVE seen it all, but have they FELT it? Have they DRUMMED it? Have they CHANTED it? Have they HARMONISED it?
    Four decades onstage, first behind a drum kit then being the front man for whole troupes of performers has earned him the name ‘The Stand Up Drummer’. What's he standing up for? You're about to find out.
    Timeline
    00.00 - 00.44 Theme & Intro
    00.45 - 05.30 David introduces Tom Morley
    05.30 - 10.00 Tom discovers ‘analog instagram’ and describes the way he looks
    10.10 - 13.05 How the ‘groove’ is found at the intersection of discipline, surrender and mischief.
    13.06 - 14.07 Addressing the ‘thing’ which the audience is thinking.
    14.08 - 15.39 Irreverence Justified
    15.40 - 21.21 Tom describes his work as a ‘polymath’.
    21.22 - 23.00 Scritti Politti Anecdote - Mischief in action
    23.10 - 29.02 Making good trouble - re-introducing people to their own creativity
    29.03 - 35.27 The importance of dancing around the room - finding the flow - safety in the ‘groove’.
    35.28 - 39.03 Playing with the walking rhythm - getting into the groove on the 2nd and 4th beat.
    39.05 - 42.34 Don’t just walk from A to B - dance to A to B: Bring out the inner-adult
    42.35 - 44.24 The Wanderful Exercise: Finding the Groove
    44.24 - 48.48 Epilogue & End Credits
    Quotations
    “My mantra is ‘we’re better than this’. That’s what drives me on.” (David)
    “Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin… all those people… they gave us permission to just jam clothes together.” (Tom)
    “I look like someone you would want to have a conversation with and that’s because I’m shy. I can’t really start conversations from scratch, I have to get people to start conversations with me.” (Tom)
    “The ‘groove’ is found at the intersection of discipline, surrender and mischief.” (Tom)
    “Irreverence, justified.” (Tom)
    “We are our own powerpoint. We just need to turn ourselves on.” (Tom)
    “I’m there to re-introduce people to their own creativity.” (Tom)
    “We are up against the very well funded status-quo.” (Tom)
    “Drummers… what we do is make it safe for everybody… we keep the groove going.” (Tom)
    “The irony is, the safer they feel with the groove, the groovier the groove is, the more attractive… then they will feel something new.” (Tom)
    “We walk in rhythm, so you can play with the rhythm of walking. We pretty much walk in 4/4. If you want to get into the groove, emphasise the 2nd and the 4th beat. Then you get into the groove. It’s called the off-beat.” (Tom)
    “What’s the purpose of the dance? It’s to dance.” (Tom)
    “There is a lot to get done. As we do it, lets dance our way there, because we’ll get to better places if we do that.” (David)
    “I’m not interested in bringing out their inner-child. I’m interested in bringing out their inner-adult.” (Tom)
    Links
    Tom Morley (Guest)
    Website: https://tommorley.com/
    Twitter: @TomMorley
    Instagram: _tommorley_
     
    David Pearl (Host)
    Website: https://www.davidpearl.net/
    Instagram: @davidpearl_here
     
    Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)
    Twitter: @ItPainesMe
    Instagram: @Sonicoyster

    • 48 min
    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Libby DeLana

    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Libby DeLana

    “I have exquisite wanderlust”
    Libby DeLana is an executive creative director, founder of This Morning Walk and co-host of the podcast This Morning Walk with Alex Elle. She spoke at the 2022 Do Lectures with Cheryl Strayed about the transformative power of a walk.
    Libby spent her career in advertising. She was the Director of Design at MullenLowe for 15 years, then went on to co-found the boutique agency Mechanica. Libby’s work has won many industry awards and been featured in publications including PRINT Design Annual, Fast Company, Graphis and Communication Arts. She has been profiled by the BBC Radio 4 series The Chain in which 'leading figures name the woman who has inspired their success'.
    She is an advocate for female leadership, an aspiring pilot, rookie fly fisher, fan of a strong cup of tea and mum to two tall, smart, kind men. Do Walk is her first published book.
    https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl
    Timeline
    00.00 - 00.46
    The Wanderful Theme
    00.47 - 05.55
    Introducing Libby DeLana
    05.57 - 11.18
    Libby talks about ‘wandering’: The back story - How ‘This Morning Walk’ began:
    What did Libby need to nourish her?
    Missing the outdoors - the space between
    Walking every day for the last 11 years
    The ‘Practice’ is not about mileage
    Treating the walk as a ‘practice’ in the same way as a seated meditation or a yoga sequence.
    Even a 3 minute walk can have a profound effect
    Libby’s mission to share this knowledge with all
    11.19 - 14.30
    Learning new lessons through every walk
    Loving the fidelity of the practice: Keeping a commitment to herself
    The ‘practice’ as a ‘radical act of love’: Attentiveness and mindfulness - taking a walk for ‘me’
    Libby learns the most on the days she doesn’t want to go
    14.31 - 21.08
    What Libby learn’s from the practice and what’s the magic state?
    Learning to tap into the inherent wisdom of what goes on in the chest (heart) and the gut (intuition), rather than ‘thinking’
    Walking allowed Libby to put ideas down into heart and gut - what was embodied in that?
    Libby holds a thought - takes it for a walk and it softens and she begins to understand it.
    21.10 - 27.48
    Walking the same loop: Focusing on each step and each breath
    Submitting to the routine
    Flipping the ‘inquiry’ from external to internal
    Seeing the world feet first rather than head first
    Not just walking through the streets - you were walking through yourself: what you find beautiful out there - resides in you.
    Finding the internal beauty - is the ultimate self-care: By doing that - we are caring for our community
    Walking with others - the walk-pod
    27.50 - 31.10
    Libby’s navigation system: trusting gut / age
    Inquiry & Curiosity - what’s going to show up each day?
    Things change all the time - embrace and lean into change?
    The ‘Beginners Mind’
    31.11 - 35.49
    Waking up with the grumps - curiosity about the deep dark depths.
    One of the most challenging walks Libby did.
    Do I crawl into bed and pour a bourbon or do I need / want to get outside and walk?
    Did the loop? And repeated the loop? After each loop - ask self - how are you doing?
    Loops - Stomping / Screaming / Beyonce Lemonade / Crying - the best therapist and loving friend was the walk. Needing to know ‘what would come up’?
    Not all walks are beautiful but there are lessons in it.
    Libby loves her partnership with the walk and cannot imagine her life without it.
    35.50 - 38.30
    Moving through grief and sadness
    Being curious about whats in the heart and in the gut.
    Taking your ‘discomfort’ for a walk.
    38.32 - 45.03
    The ‘Wanderful’ Exercise: Holding your discomfort and taking it for a walk
    45.04 - 46.04
    End credits
    Quotations
    “Walking is an equivalent practice to one of meditation or yoga. It has become a place of quiet, of nourishment, sanctuary, healing of inspiration. I find it’s my most creative part of the day.” (Libby)
    “Even a three minute walk can have a profound effect.” (Libby)
    “I just love the fidelity of

    • 46 min
    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Paul Bulencea

    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Paul Bulencea

    “I sit for an hour and I get to know the neighbours - the more than human neighbours.”
    Paul Bulencea is an experience designer focused on the nature of the transformational experience. He has created many experience concepts globally and is currently focusing on collaborating with wilderness to spark and maintain a much needed shift in perception. He is the co-founder of the College of Extraordinary Experiences, a global gathering that takes place in a 13th century castle in Poland with the aim of exploring the field of experience design. He is the co-author of Gamification in Tourism: Designing Memorable Experiences and is currently working on a second book about guiding transformations. 
    https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl
    Timeline
    00.00 - 00.44 Intro Theme
    00.46 - 04.32 Introducing Paul Bulencea
    04.34 - 06.20  Native Seed Shakers
    06.25 - 09.40 Noticing the wilderness in the city
    11.41 - 14.08 Creating edible landscapes
    14.08 - 18.56 Community Supported Agriculture
    18.56 - 21.50 Deconditioning industrial thinking
    23.00 - How to do a ‘sit spot’ - connecting with nature
    26.45 - 28.00 Honey (a sit-spot poem)
    28.00 - 33.38 Wanderful Exercise: The Sit Spot
    33.40 - Epilogue: The bells! The bells!
    Quotes
    “When you’re looking for wildlife, you will be surprised at the amount of wildlife in the cities… but that’s where the food is.” (Paul)
    “You can eat all mushrooms, but some of them you can only eat once.” (Paul)
    “What if we had cities inside edible landscapes?.” (Paul)
    “We’re eating very few edible crops. We cultivate very few because we have this industrial thinking.” (Paul)
    “This push for consistency - what’s so great about consistency?” (David)
    “I sit for an hour and I get to know the neighbours - the more than human neighbours.” (Paul)
    Further Information
    Community Supported Agriculture - https://communitysupportedagriculture.org.uk/
    George Monibot - Regenesis - https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/317018/regenesis-by-monbiot-george/9780241447642
    The plant David is sitting next to…we think…any knowledgeable horticulturalists, let us know! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clerodendrum_infortunatum
    Links
    Paul Bulencea (Guest)
    www.extraordinary.college
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulbulencea/
    Instagram @paul.bulencea
    David Pearl (Host)
    Twitter @DavidPearlHere
    Instagram @davidpearl_here
    Website www.davidpearl.net
    Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)
    Twitter @ItPainesMe
    The Green Room at COP26 - What (On Earth's) The Story?
    Full film: https://youtu.be/UWoO9UmWscM
    Trailer: https://youtu.be/zmQqj5WHSPM

    • 37 min
    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Anuradha Chugh

    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Anuradha Chugh

    "My purpose is to be a beacon for inspiration."
    Anuradha Chugh is the CEO of Pukka Herbs since July 2021. She firmly believes that businesses can – and should – tackle climate change and address inequality. Anu has over 25 years’ experience in the CPG industry, holding positions in values-led progressive businesses like Ben & Jerry’s as Managing Director- Europe, as well as in some of Unilever’s flagship brands like Dove & Lipton, in different geographies of Europe, US, Latin America, Turkey & India.  
     Anu has demonstrated that she can lead businesses to thrive, transform and grow by creating value that is long-lasting and purpose driven. She is passionate about using the power of business to make a positive impact in society and is not afraid to step out of her comfort zone to drive change.  
     Anu is married to Rohit with whom she has two kids: Aditi and Varun, and loves spending time outdoors with their dog, Alfie.
    https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl 
    Timeline
    00.00 - 00.43 Theme
    00.44 - 05.05 David introduces Anuradha Chugh
    05.07 - 09.10 Speaking to and from the heart
    09.12 - 11.50 Meeting people’s needs
    12.20 - 13.30 Choosing ice cream over detergents
    14.00 - 15.43 Where to find inspiration: How to be a beacon for inspiration
    16.00 - 19.56  What inspires Anu?
    17.00 - 18.21 Routes: Mentoring women who have come from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds
    18.40 - 21.38 Doing good and doing well: Business and impact: Giving back to the Planet
    22.50 - 24.22 Who benefits from Pukka Teas work?
    26.40 - 25.49 The well being and health benefits of tea
    26.41 - 27.57 How does Anu promote her own health?
    28.00 - 31.25 Work in the post-pandemic world
    29.41 - 33.54 The Wanderful Exercise: The Heart Led Walk
    34.10 - 38.00 Epilogue
    38.01 - 38.50 End Credits
    Quotes
    “I don’t think choices can be all that rational.” (Anu)
    “Packaging has to emotively speak to you. It has to grab you emotionally, while you’re walking down an aisle. Something as functional as that really has to be emotionally driven.” (Anu)
    “You gravitate towards what you find exciting - there is a little bit of intentionality that comes into it.” (Anu)
    “You have to find the higher purpose of what really makes you tick in that space - you have to articulate for yourself the purpose of why you get up in the morning.” (Anu)
    “I need to inspire myself and inspire those I lead. You get the best work from yourself if you are a beacon for inspiration.” (Anu)
    “We’re rediscovering business as a force for good.” (Anu)
    “The more you grow the more positive impact you have.” (Anu)
    “In today’s world we all have to do business which is regenerative.” (Anu)
    “As long as people keep buying what you’re selling, then everything that you then sell has a positive impact to that last person or maybe that first person who has been wild berry picking somewhere in Guatemala. And that’s the circle.” (Anu)
    “The solution will be with business working with governments and charity institutions.” (Anu)
    “You are putting health and well-being in their cup.” (Anu)
    “You’re selling health.” (Anu)
    “Life is more about being rather than doing.” (Anu)
    Further Reading
    Bianca Pitt - Co Founder of She Changes Climate
    https://www.shechangesclimate.org
    Pukka Teas - Impact & Sustainability
    https://www.pukkaherbs.com/uk/en/impact-and-sustainability
    Routes
    https://routescollective.com/
    Contacts
    Anuradha Chugh: @pukkaherbs
     
    David Pearl:
    Twitter @DavidPearlHere
    Instagram @davidpearl_here
    Website www.davidpearl.net
     
    Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)
    Twitter @ItPainesMe
     
    The Green Room at COP26 - What (On Earth's) The Story?
    Full film: https://youtu.be/UWoO9UmWscM
    Trailer: https://youtu.be/zmQqj5WHSPM

    • 38 min
    Wanderful - A Stumbler’s Guide

    Wanderful - A Stumbler’s Guide

    ‘What one mountain taught one Londoner about life …step…by wobbly step.”
     This week’s episode is a little off the straight and narrow. But that’s what Wanderful is all about. Finding wonder in life’s side roads.
     I reckon the planet needs us to be more creative.  So for World Nature Conservation Day, we decided to get improvising. Our producer Andrew Paine took some words that came into my mind as I was struggling down an Italian mountain and asked the  composer Laura Cannell to add whatever music came into her mind as she listened to the text. We’re calling it the Stumblers’ Guide. I deliberately didn’t listen to what she’s done so this is a premiere for you and me. And also a chance to say thanks to a mountain that taught me a lot.
     Happy wandering (and stumbling)
    David Pearl
    https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl 
     
    Laura Cannell
    Laura Cannell's music straddles the worlds of experimental, contemporary, early & medieval music, her semi-composed, semi-improvised music draws on the emotional influences of the landscape whilst exploring the spaces between early and experimental music. She has released seven solo albums to critical acclaim, mainly performing on Overbowed Violin and Double Recorders. Her new solo album 'Antiphony of the Trees’, was The Quietus Album of the week and month in March 2022, received a 4 star review from Songlines Magazine and is featured in the May Wire Magazine. Laura’s music has been used for film & television internationally.
    http://www.lauracannell.co.uk/
    Twitter @laurarecorder
    Insta @lauracannellmusic
     
    David Pearl (Host)
    Twitter @DavidPearlHere
    Instagram @davidpearl_here
    Website www.davidpearl.net
     
    Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)
    Twitter @ItPainesMe
     
    The Green Room at COP26 - What (On Earth's) The Story?
    Full film: https://youtu.be/UWoO9UmWscM
    Trailer: https://youtu.be/zmQqj5WHSPM
     

    • 31 min
    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Sarah Corbett

    Wanderful: Inspiration On The Go with Sarah Corbett

    "My activism is just one tool in the activism tool kit."
    Sarah Corbett is an award-winning activist, author, Ashoka Fellow and founder of the global Craftivist Collective. She grew up in a low-income area of the UK into an activist family and has worked as a professional campaigner for over a decade, most recently with Oxfam GB. She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 to add a different tool of activism into the toolkit - a form of slow, quiet and intimate effective activism she calls ‘Gentle Protest’. 
    Due to demand, Sarah set up the award-winning Craftivist Collective in 2009, providing products and services for individuals, groups and organisations around the world to be effective gentle craftivists. Sarah’s work has helped change government laws, business policies as well as hearts and minds through her unique ‘Gentle Protest’ methodology. She works across the arts sector, charity sector and academia, as well as with unusual allies to reach people nervous of activism in an attractive and empowering way. Corbett regularly gives talks, events and happenings around the world. Her book “How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest” is now available in paperback. Her talk ‘Activism Needs Introverts’ was chosen as a TED Talk of the Day and has over a million views. You can preorder her Craftivist Collective Handbook here
    https://linktr.ee/DavidPearl
    Time Line
    00.00 - 00.45 Opening Credits
    00.46 - 04.58 Introducing Sarah Corbett
    05.00 - 06.25 Growing up in an activist family
    06.25 - 09.05 Routes into Gentle Activism
    09.10 - 13.00 The Canary Campaign
    13.05 - 15.55 The importance of courage and care
    15.57 - 18.10 Different forms of craftivism
    18.30 - 23.15 Gentle protest & self control
    23.18 - 26.35 Making change
    26.38 - 27.41 Being ‘crafty’ but kind
    27.43 - 29.30 How Sarah manages anger
    29.35 - 34.25 The Tale of the MP & the Handkerchief
    34.28 - 37.55 The Wanderful Exercise: In Their Shoes
    38.12 - 41.29 Epilogue
    41.30 - 42.16 End Credits
     
    Quotations
    “My activism is just one tool in the activism tool-kit.” (Sarah)
    “I knew change doesn’t just happen in transactional and loud and public ways.” (Sarah)
    “My craftivism is all about where are the gaps and where can craftivism fill certain gaps to compliment other tactics and where can it bring in audiences who are scared of activism but (who are) influential.” (Sarah)
    “My approach to craftivism is Gentle Protest.” (Sarah)
    “There’s something in the process of craft that’s really helping me slow down, calm down and think more strategically, so I thought there must be something in this.” (Sarah)
    “If we want to make change then gentleness can be so powerful, and putting yourself in the power holder’s shoes, and not just the person affected.” (Sarah)
    “The gentleness is treading lightly and being gentle with people.” (Sarah)
    “It’s more about trying things out and being light touch on everything… not holding things and forcing things.” (Sarah)
    “If you receive something which feels a little manipulative… you’re going to close off. You want people to feel genuinely encouraged and accountable.” (Sarah)
    “When I’m angry… I jump it out, I dance it out, I power walk somewhere, I just shake the anger out of me. Long term anger is chronic and produces really bad health and mental health problems. I know anger is a good catalyst, but I need to shake it out.” (Sarah)
    “I swing from really angry to okay.. .how am I going to use this anger in an effective, useful way, which won’t change the world dramatically but I can try and make some nudges and tweaks with the little power I have as one little scouser.” (Sarah)
    Contact Information
    Sarah Corbett
    https://craftivist-collective.com/
    Twitter: @craftivists
    Instagram: @Craftivists
     
    David Pearl (Host)
    Twitter @DavidPearlHere
    Instagram @davidpearl_here
    Website www.davidpearl.net
     
    Andrew Paine (Producer & Audio Engineer)
    Twitter @ItPainesMe
     

    • 42 min

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