Aa well as a great deal of philosophising in classrooms we’ve also worked in the woods, in art galleries, at conferences and in theatres. We’ve encouraged philosophical dialogue via online discussion forums; in the sand pit, or as‘talking homework’. Thanks to our partnerships with artists, we’ve explored philosophical ideas through drama, music and visual art. We’ve even used philosophical enquiry as a research tool, as a means of consultation, as a strategy to promote team building and in the training of doctors, engineers and scientists.
Though they might look very different, all of our projects share a common goal: to build communities of philosophical enquiry where the thinking that takes place is critical and creative whilst also being caring and collaborative. Many people recognise that the value of philosophy lies is in its ability to help people think clearly, but we also value its ability to help people communicate their thinking with confidence to peers who will really listen.
In a typical introductory project, one of our experienced facilitators will visit your school or organisation, once a week for twelve weeks bringing with them intriguing stories, articles, images, film clips, objects, puzzles and packages. Each surprise provides the stimulus for an expertly facilitated philosophical enquiry workshop that will introduce your students, colleagues or clients to the core intellectual and socio-emotional skills associated with ‘Community of Philosophical Enquiry’.
Sessions evolve naturally out of the participants interests and with your input can link to curriculum topics, current affairs or emerging issues. Run by experienced philosophical educators who are fully trained, vetted and insured, our workshops also introduce some of the biggest issues in philosophy today from metaphysics, epistemology, ethics and aesthetics.
Where possible we like to work with teachers, group leaders or employers to develop facilitation skills so that the communities of enquiry we develop can be sustained.