Four places businesses can look for inspiration

Lisa Cugnetto

Inspiration comes in many forms – a remarkable book, an amazing exhibition, an opinion-changing documentary. For some, it comes in the form of events. If you’re a business owner looking for a dose of inspiration, here are four organisations that offer sessions spanning from the creative to the educational.

The School of Life

Located on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s central business district, the Australian arm of The School of Life opened in March, 2014, joining a network of international outlets in Paris, Amsterdam, Belgrade, Istanbul and London. Founded by writer Alain De Botton, the “conversation café,” which includes a bookshop and classroom, defines its mission as “developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture".

The School of Life Melbourne offers a range of workshops, classes, retreats, intensives, therapy and conferences, as well as a consulting and training service for businesses, which centre on how to live wisely and well. Check out its calendar for upcoming events, such as the “How to be creative” class on Wednesday September 23 and the “How to be confident” class on October 1 in Melbourne.

Ideas at the House

The Sydney Opera House’s annual talks and ideas program is bursting with interesting and inspirational festivals (such as the recent Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the All About Women weekend returning in 2016), talk series (such as Carnegie Conversations: Ideas for a better Australia) and one-off events.

Upcoming program highlights include RJ Mitte, Breaking Bad actor and youth spokesperson for the National Disability Institute (October 12), Paul Keating (October 20) and US humorist and writer David Sedaris (January 18-19).

Idea Bombing 

First held in Sydney in May, 2013, Idea Bombing describes itself as “part meet-up, part pop up bar, talk series and community brainstorm”. Each event is themed with venues changing each time. The evening includes a series of talks by guest speakers, after which attendees “bomb” a wall with post-it notes of ideas.

While the details of the next Idea Bombing event aren’t yet released, you can read up on previous events here.

The Wheeler Centre

Hosting more than 200 events every year with both local and international writers and thinkers, The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne aims to “provide a home and important focal point for conversations that matter in Victoria and indeed Australia”. Watch or listen to an array of talks from their archive online or check out their program of events and talk-series, including Midday Shot (held every second Thursday over lunch until October 1) and Question Time (on October 6 and November 17).

Lisa Cugnetto

Lisa Cugnetto is a Sydney-based freelance writer, editor and content producer. While she writes across all manner of subjects, she enjoys business, arts, travel, lifestyle and popular culture best.

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