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more than a way of life,
it's a way of being

 

Beyond our ideas of right and wrong
there is a field. I'll meet you there.

Rumi

Photo by Nicole Franzen

Perhaps every generation is so self-obsessed as to think they are different to those who have gone before. What if the world around them was as complex and confusing as today's world appears to us? Can you imagine first learning the world was flat?

There are so many reasons to celebrate today and still so much cause for concern. Advocateur is a time and space to think about the way we live - a moment to reflect on the influence we have on the world around us and how we intend to shape the future. 

Bringing together writers, artists, historians and visionaries to describe the world they see and the one they imagine. Creating bridges across time so wide that they will carry across all those who wish to travel. Exploring different ways to think about life and muse about unformed ideals and all the while trusting you will participate in this experiment and act out some of your dreams and challenge some of your fears. Don't hold back there's really nothing to lose. 

Relationships are all there is...nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone.
— Margaret Wheatley

On becoming ADVOCATEUR

Of course, like most things in life you know it when you see it. When you feel it. It's the searching through the rough to find the smooth. As you become more experienced you understand that the searching is an integral part of the process. Rough edges are softened and smoothed by experiences and by constant discovery and new growth. Your gifts, such as they are, in all their creative forms go to generate a unique celebration of human existence
in you. 

 

In 2010 I wrote a paper entitled 'Natural Born Neighbours?' where I wondered how neighbourhoods work and asked the question, 'are some people naturally gifted at being neighbourly with higher levels of empathy and a drive for social interrelationships?' If so, is this valuable capacity natural or can many more of us be nurtured to 'do the right thing by our neighbours?' How do we learn to be better at it and what are the benefits to each of us as individuals and then collectively as neighbourhoods, regions, nation states and the world at large? The seven years have been a journey of discovery. Some days Wonderland has felt very real to my Alice and I have both shrunk and expanded before my own eyes.

Sarah Farrugia
Editor

 

I have been taken to the limits of my understanding. My own worldview has been challenged countless times. Other days have offered exquisite, boundless joy. This is not an easy ride, nothing valuable ever will be. It is however deep, rich, rewarding and will go a long way to satisfying the competing dual human urges we each have for safety and security alongside curiosity and excitement. Be more advocative with us. Become whole, distinctive, find the inner drive that may have been lost over time or may have never been given the chance to shine.

Become ADVOCATEUR with us, through us. Together we will find new paths that have never been found before.

Subscribe now to become ADVOCATEUR 

I learned what being neighbours means, both at home and abroad. Here I learned to take terms such as freedom, justice and solidarity down from their pedestals, detach them from a narrow framework and transfer them to broad social and international contexts.
— Willy Brandt in his Nobel Lecture 10 December 1971.

GET UP AND DO STUFF, HERE'S AN A-to-Z on WHY...

  • Alive
    Going out doing things gives us a true sense of aliveness
  • Anticipation
    The excitement of looking forward to something adds a positive dimension to our lives 
  • Business
    Working well gives people a real sense of achievement and satisfaction. Highly productive and successful people have a strong belief in what they do, a clear understanding of how to progress and a desire to make things happen. They listen and learn and perform at every level. Live business activities stimulate this and support well connected, highly networked confident companies and organisations 
  • Challenging Norms
    Many live performances challenge stereotypes and current thinking, offering new solutions to age old problems or just a new viewpoint which stimulates debate
  • Chemistry
    A physical chemical that is released when we are close up and personal with others that we find exciting. This is not just a sexual thing it can be released being around people in platonic settings too
  • Closeness
    Often you see couples holding hands or families holding hands when they are at events this is part of the essential glue that binds us
  • Confidence
    Getting out doing things builds confidence
  • Connection
    When we go out and do things we are around other people who are likeminded and enthusiastic this gives us a feeling of connection, an idea we are not alone
  • Curiosity
    Being curious is a healthy state of mind - it means you are open to possibility, alive
  • Discussion
    By doing different things you can join in conversations with friends and families and even passing strangers and tell them things you are up to
  • Distraction
    The mind needs distraction from worries and anxieties, events and live stuff offers a positive distraction from the daily grind
  • Energy
    We get energy from everything that surrounds us, live activities generate energy for everyone taking part 
  • Fascination
    Seeing what people are doing, crafts and skills they exhibit we are taken into a satisfying state of fascination 
  • Grace
    Looking at fine art takes us into a state of grace as we contemplate the human skill that has gone into the work and the story being told
  • Happiness
    A feeling of being alive creates chemicals in the brain which we experience as happiness, getting out and taking part, learning and discovering creates oodles of happiness
  • Inspiration
    We find other people inspiring, their talent and determination helps us to see that things are possible, that things are happening, when we experience these close up it makes them real to us and gives us the idea we could do that too
  • Joy
    Another great mood to experience, being around friends, sharing ideas and being creative gives us joyful times
  • Knowledge
    It's not about power, it's about wisdom. As you build knowledge and apply that knowledge so your life opens up wider
  • Laughter
    Going out and doing interesting things gives us a good mood which makes it easier to find things to laugh about. Laughter adds to the wellbeing we feel
  • Learning
    We find we are slowly and surely learning new things and growing this leads to a sense of meaning in our life
  • Memories
    Memories give us meaning. We remember who we are often through what we've done. 
  • Mood
    Great experiences alter our mood, which help us feel better and change the way our brains work. They make us more positive about our lives.
  • Neo
    The word for new, our brain loves new things and new ideas, get out and discover your curiosity gene
  • Open
    When we are open to each other and to other cultures we find our world expands and becomes exciting and inspiring
  • Promise
    We all have so much promise. Take yourself out and about and you will experience different sights and sounds, meet new people and enjoy new insights. 
  • Quiet
    Reflecting on what's going on in the world gives us a welcome break from multi-screen stimulus
  • Relaxation
    Enjoying a day out fishing or pursuing any special interest can offer a fab way to relax and to recharge
  • Roam
    Too much of our lives are dictated by the clock, make time to roam again, without an agenda or a to do list
  • Stray
    Stray from the norm, find places you don't normally visit and drop by, stand and stare for a while, notice what's all around you
  • Togetherness
    Is a warm feeling that comes from sharing a day out with family and friends
  • Understanding
    When we watch another and listen and learn we understand a little more about ourselves and those around us
  • Victory
    Whether it's ours or another's there is a rush of euphoria that we feel when we experience triumph
  • Willingness
    Willingness to go beyond our usual habits and routines breathes new life into our world
  • Youthful
    That's how we feel when we refresh our world through real life experiences on a moment by moment, basis
  • Zest
    The life force that runs through us when we are excited by our place in the world

 

Become ADVOCATEUR through your natural talents and gifts, we write, we think about the way the world works, we share ideas, we make new things happen, together...

click on the article above, first published in 2014, to read in full. 

Be more advocative to cut through some of the nonsense that we tell ourselves about each other...

Dawn To Dusk - it's too easy to think that the elderly are out of date and the young are where it's at. It's even easier to think that the young are self obsessed and a waste of time while the elderly are wise and right. It all depends on perspective. We think there's a lot to do to ensure that young and old grow together and change the world for the better hand in hand. 

We Have Social Issues - we speak up on issues of the day, on ways to make the world work better, we are advocative for others, 
with others...

Those who love deeply never grow old, they may die of old age, but they die young.
— Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Last night, 25th October 2016, we gave a presentation in Farringdon at The London Forum on how young people can get more involved in civic societies and how older generations can open their hearts and minds to what they need to do to engage more fully with generations to come. To say it was inspiring is an understatement. We were so happy to see the level of interest and discussion on how we can work together in more meaningful ways.

Click on the slideshow below to see the presentation. Thanks to Anna, Lauren and Alex who shared their insights and their hopes and ambitions so openly with us.

See the slide show below which demonstrates why we need to connect...

Friends In High Places - we get together to talk about interesting ideas at fabulously high locations, to bring out the best in everyone and to defy gravity...

Friends in High Places. The Sky Garden is where we held the first in the series of conversations at altitude. 

We host conversations that reach deep into modern living and high into what's important to us today. When someone famously said 'when they go low, we go high' we took them at their word. Why not come with us?

A real conversation always contains an invitation. You are inviting another person to reveal herself or himself to you, to tell you who they are or what they want.
— David Whyte

The first in the series of Friends in High Places took place early November in Darwin Brasserie at the top of the Walkie Talkie Building. The conversation over dinner was preceded by a walk in the Sky Garden to get our thinking flowing and to take a view over London's rooftops. We think it's important to get the big picture clear before scaling the heights of the imagination and sifting through the shallows of everyday life. 

If you would like to join a conversation with Friends In High Places email hello@advocateur.co.uk for more information.

At the next supper we are discussing 'VANITY' - can you imagine...

We can also design bespoke events for your own business or individual requirements. 

We write about topics of interest and challenge some norms in an advocative kind of way...

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How does fashion impact on our life? How can we think about fashion differently? Who's pulling our strings and why? We take a slow walk down the King's Road, Chelsea to discover what makes us dress the way we do. 

Granny Takes A Trip

Granny Takes A Trip

Fashion and 'wearable tech' expert, Bushra Burge looks at the trends in fashion. 

 
A little bad taste is like a nice splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste—it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.
— Diana Vreeland

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