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TSOL Oz

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For those of you who haven’t made it down to The School Of Life yet, you can now combine a visit with an exotic trip to Melbourne or Sao Paolo. I did when I went to Oz to run the week-long Summer School Intensive at the newly launched TSOL pop-up school. An amazing story really – which involves an abandoned warehouse, barely any running water, a team of committed volunteers including architects and three short months over Christmas before it launched in February. The entire programme sold out in a matter of weeks including the Summer School which attracted twenty-five people from across a very large country. Over the week we looked at our potential, relationships, staying calm and took a wonder walk around the city discovering objects that held memory. The highlight had to be the visit to Streat and a meeting with the founder Bec Scott, a woman who is trying to end homelessness one cup of coffee at a time. Streat trains homeless young people in hospitality through the chain of Streat cafe’s as a way out of a devastating cycle. Bec revealed to us her visionary and single-minded journey to launch the project which was driven by an awe-inspiring amount of optimism and drive. Here Bec’s Ted talk here.

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