Live your dreams

“When a child has a dream and a parent says, “It’s not financially feasible; you can’t make a living at that; don’t do it,” we say to the child, run away from home… You must follow your dream. You will never be joyful if you don’t. Your dream may change, but you’ve got to stay after your dreams. You have to.”

daily quote, 2012-10-29


Welcome to a new era of learning! Coursera is an online platform, that offers online university classes for free! The lecturers are professors from such well-known universities as Princeton, Stanford, Johns Hopkins University, Berkeley College of Music, University of London …
Coursera says about itself: “We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach Continue reading “Coursera”


“Pleasures are more beneficial than duties because, like the quality of mercy, they are not strained, and they are twice blest. There must always be two in a kiss, and there may be a score in a jest; but wherever there is an element of sacrifice, the favor is conferred with pain, and, among generous people, received with confusion.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world, which remain unknown even to ourselves, or when they are disclosed, surprise nobody so much as the benefactor.”


from: An Apology for Idlers, Robert Louis Stevenson, 1881 (in: Tom Hodgkinson: How to be idle, p. 303/304) 


Hopefully the title of this post won’t frighten you away, as I’m not going to talk about regular schools or universities. My dream and wish of finding inspiring institutions and places, made me stumble upon a great variety of different kind of “schools” (When thinking about school, I like what’s said on the website of The Idler Academy: “It’s intriguing to note that in Ancient Greece, the word for ‘leisure’, scholee, later turned into our word for ‘school’.)
But this article is not (just) about leisure. I’m now going to share with you my favorite schools, academies and universities, that are – as far as I know – representing a pleasing alternative to what one finds at “regular universities”. Continue reading “Education”

On fishing

“What is the point? Well, what the angler is trying to achieve –
although if you try too hard you’re missing the point – is to be.” 

Tom Hodgkinson, How to be idle