From the Joinery: A Curious Competition

Do you ever feel like there must be more to life? We do.

The remarkable evolution of our use of technology has meant that we can be together without having to be in the same room, but also - unfortunately - be totally lost in other worlds when we are in the same room.

We love technology, but we love people, too, which is the reason we created the Karma Dinners.

Now that we're collating all the names onto February's Be Curious Karma Dinner wait list, a lucky handful to be picked on the 3rd February, we thought we'd give everyone a sneak peek of what's to come.

"If you look at things as though through the eyes of a child, then you'll see the whole universe can be a source of inspiration", is the mantra of the evening.

A chance to open your eyes to what's already there and live, not just think, curiously.

Who better to inspire such a revolutionary new approach to life then, than someone who's already done it, and done it well.

At the turn of the Millennium, Malcolm McClean awoke in a battered old caravan and realised he had walked away from a successful business, was facing an expensive divorce, and had no clear plan for the future…

Laying out a blank sheet of paper on the caravan table, he wrote down what he wanted to do in big letters - to see how it felt he even read it aloud, “Do great things with great people”.

From there, he decided that a children’s book would be a good place to look for the clues as to how he should go about it.

"Some felt I had taken leave of the senses. The idea that a business could be founded on the principles of a children’s story seemed bizarre, and walking away from a successful business and the status that went with it convinced many that something was amiss."

But having followed his curiosity, Malcolm became a successful business owner, a Sunday Times Best Selling author, and founded The School of Curiosity.

"I wondered if I should set up The School of Curiosity, then I read this from Mark Twain

‘Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbour and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

Need I say more?"

But for those of you who don't get a seat at Malcolm's table, there's great news.

What's to come is brilliantly exciting, too!

Just two of the visionaries booked to host Karma Dinners are Co-Founder of Faithless, Jamie Catto and International Best Selling Author of Clarity, Jamie Smart.

Now for a curious competition...

Indulge yourself with a three day trip to Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, this May, and experience school as it should have been - allowing you to get your curious juices flowing in the beautiful history of The Citadelle.

A ticket at this year's School of Curiosity is up for grabs is worth £399, which includes expert and inspirational tuition, materials and three delicious lunches.

"Something magical happens that can't really be captured in written words, you just have to be curious and come to experience it for yourself." - Founder, Malcolm McClean.

How to enter

To be entered into the draw for the chance to win, simply copy and share the Tweet below:

Dear @folkdigital, I'd like to #BeCurious at the @SchofCuriosity

The winner will be selected at 12:00pm on Friday 28th February.

Terms & Conditions

Entrants: Please note that flights, accommodation and other expenses are not included. The provisional dates for The School of Curiosity are 7th-9th May - awaiting confirmation from the Deputy Mayor regarding use of the Citadel during The School of Curiosity. Please do not organise accommodation or travel until the dates have been confirmed; The School of Curiosity will not refund any losses. Please note that affiliates of Folk are not permitted to enter. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash value.