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Featured event: counting down to YOW! 2014 Conference in Australia — November 17, 2014

Featured event: counting down to YOW! 2014 Conference in Australia

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Melbourne 4-5 December | Brisbane 8-9 December | Sydney 11-12 December

Over 2,000 tech professionals will learn from the best and are expected to attend YOW! 2014 Conference which operates across three cities, with 42+ Speakers39 Talks and 24 Workshops.

There are over 42+ national and international software authors, thought leaders and world experts presenting this year about the latest practices, technologies and methods in software development and delivery. Many speakers have not presented in Australia before so this is a great opportunity to learn from them while they are in town! You can download the list of speakers here.

Topics covered in 2014 include the latest in Agile & Lean, Microservices, Architecture & Design, Functional Programming, Big Data & Analytics, Web & UX, DevOps, Performance & Security, Mobile, and Languages.

Check out the 10 Reasons why you should attend YOW! 2014 Conference.

So your mind is made up. You’ve seen the line-up and the location. You will be attending YOW! 2014 Confence in December. Now a common challenge… how to convince your boss to let you go? You’ll find some information that will help you and your boss make an informed decision here

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To make the most of the opportunity, YOW! also offers smaller workshops with some of the visiting experts:

These workshops are a great way to learn specific skills, network and brainstorm with international field experts, local thought leaders and other talented developers about the latest practices, technologies and methods. Don’t miss out as places are limited.

Learn more about the workshops in Melbourne on 2-3 December or  Sydney on 9-10 December.

News: The School of Life launches in Australia — December 9, 2012

News: The School of Life launches in Australia

This week, we got some questions to Sara Tiefenbrun – the new project director at The School of Life in Melbourne. I’ve followed The School of Life closely before and since its original launch in the UK, having attended a few classes in the Marchmont Street store. So was very excited to hear of its official launch in Australia after rumours emerged mid-2011.

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The School of Life storefront in London

For those that aren’t quite familiar with the concept, what is The School of Life and how is it different from other event or learning providers?

The School of Life began in London in 2008, founded by the writer and philosopher Alain de Botton and others. Since then it has become a brand that is associated with some of the most interesting and groundbreaking thinkers of our age. We offer classes, tours, workshops and events designed to provoke and tickle the mind. Underneath it all is the exploration of how to live wisely and well.

The School of Life helps people to address some of life’s biggest challenges: How do you balance work with life? How do you stay calm in our digital age? How Necessary is a Relationship? Can love last a lifetime? The experiences equip people with ideas that help them to ask better questions, without necessarily providing all of the answers.

Because the classes are generally in bitesize chunks, they fit with a modern hectic lifestyle. We aren’t promising that one three hour class will resolve the biggest challenges in your life, but it will give you food for thought. And you might meet some interesting people along the way. Part of the appeal for many people is the sense of meeting a community of like-minded people – people who want to make the most out of their lives.

I think beyond that there’s warmth and wit in what The School of Life offers that sets it apart from other event or learning providers – it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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How did you discover The School of Life and what’s been your personal journey to date?

I learnt about The School of Life whilst in Melbourne when friends in London told me all about amazing experiences that they were having at events and weekends away. I had spent a decade in London working in documentary making as a director. At times I struggled with being single whilst many friends settled down and started families. It felt a bit like I’d stayed on at a party too long and everyone else had gone home. But there didn’t seem to be much guidance about how to tackle this portion of my life. If The School of Life had been up and running at the time it would have been a fantastic place to explore some of the challenges that I was facing in an intelligent and worthwhile way.

What role will Small Giants be playing in The School of Life Australia?

Small Giants is a joint partner in this venture with The School of Life UK. It’s a great association between two very strongly aligned businesses, particularly given the Small Giants family of companies includes Dumbo Feather whose mission is to inspire people to live with passion and purpose. Working together with the School of Life in the UK, Small Giants is managing the operational and strategic execution of the School of Life in Australia.

Why Collingwood?

The site is in the heart of Collingwood, which is a vibrant and incredibly exciting location for our very first term. As a launch location we couldn’t be happier!

Will be seeing a storefront similar to Marchmont Street in London?

Yes, plans are still falling in to place, but we intend to have a store front similar to Marchmont Street, selling curated objects and meaningful literature, including The School of Life books and more. This being Melbourne, we are also launching a café with excellent coffee on site.

What kind of event series and speakers will be kicking it off in the New Year?

Our program will be announced mid-December. We have started selling tickets to a week-long Intensive in February and the early bird tickets are almost gone. It’s led by Gaylene Gould, who is a key member of the UK Faculty with several local guest speakers. A key part of our offering will be The School of Life classes which have been devised and fine tuned over the last four years. These include: How to be creative, How necessary is a relationship? How to fill the god-shaped hole, How to stay calm, How to Face Death and more. These classes are going to be taught by the very best local facilitators. Other names involved will include creativity experts Jeff and Julie Crabtree (a husband and wife, musician and psychologist partnership), illustrator Matthew Johnstone (author of Quiet the Mind and Alphabet of the Human Heart), the British writer Oliver Burkeman (author of The Antidote – Happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking), cartoonist Oslo Davis of The Age and Melbhattan and Melbourne based philosopher Damon Young author of Philosophy in the Garden and Distraction. Stay tuned for more information on some larger special events.

For a great round-up of upcoming events and news from The School of Life Australia plus other related goodness, subscribe our free email digests via The Fetch.

Never stop learning! A London guide to short courses and workshops — July 13, 2012

Never stop learning! A London guide to short courses and workshops

You may have left school and formal education years ago, but this week London curator, Chloe Nicholls, has put together a list of places that regularly hold short courses, adult training and workshops to ensure you never stop learning. She’s also listed some popular online education and learning websites, so you can learn new skills and, who knows, perhaps you may even become a teacher yourself one day?

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General Assembly London

Recently launched in London last month, General Assembly is a global network of campuses for individuals seeking opportunity and education in technology, business, and design. You can learn anything from Management Reporting for Entrepreneurs, to Mobile Marketing and Front-End Web Development.

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The School of Life

The School of Life is a cultural enterprise offering intelligent instruction on how to lead a fulfilled life. They offer classes, workshops and books on topics such as how to find a job you love, a mindfullness one-day workshop and an overnight talk with a Magnum photographer, Martin Parr.

Decoded.co 

Got an awesome startup idea but don’t know how to code? Then join one of the tailored classes at Decoded, which is offers a one day workshop teaching anyone to code.  Code from scratch a multi-platform app in HTML5, CSS and JavaScript, the languages behind all modern web apps and sites.

Ideas Store

Ideas Store may look just like a library but it’s more than just books! With several locations based around East London, Ideas Store offers free courses, business help and learning opportunities.

InnerSpace

InnerSpace is a meditation and personal development centre based in Covent Garden. As Ferris Buller once said, ‘life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.’ Head to InnerSpace and take in some relaxation. Join one of their meditation courses, or even explore some of their talks such as S.T.O.P. the Stress and Anxiety & Fear.

If that wasn’t enough for you, there are also some great sites revolutionising online education and creating a community of students and teachers who are eager to learn new skills and be inspired by new ideas! Check out Chloe’s recommendations below:

Skillshare – Learn anything from anyone, anywhere.

Udemy – Amazing Instructors. Teaching the World.

Khanacademy – Trying to make a world-class education available to anyone, anywhere.

Gidsy – A place where anyone can explore, organize and book unique things to do.

Any we have missed? Tell us in the comments below!

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