How to Build Your Own Utopia with David Bramwell

David Bramwell

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If you’re looking for something beyond the mundane, conventional and obvious, then join David Bramwell for a fascinating, and at times hilarious, journey to Utopia.

This six-part online course examines the history of Utopia and some of the most fascinating utopian experiments of the modern age, from Christiania to Damanhur. It also explores how you can bring utopian thinking into your everyday life.

The writer and presenter is David Bramwell, author of The No9 Bus to Utopia, an account of his year long trip round some of the world’s weirdest communities.

Each lesson explores the history and philosophy of utopianism by featuring a different alternative community still functioning today, situated in different parts of the world.

The particular focus will be on how we live: whether that’s alone, in communal houses, cities or communes, and what we can learn in each case.

This course offers tools for making meaningful changes in your own life. And, equally importantly, in other people’s lives. And you won’t need a spare million dollars or twenty acres of land to make your life a little more utopian.

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Course Outline

Lesson One: Anarchism. David visits Christiania in Copenhagen. 20:49

Lesson Two: Building a Community. David visits Findhorn. 18:35

Lesson Three: Is not getting what you want getting what you want? Reflections on Plato’s Republic followed by a trip to Esalen, the Californian retreat founded by Aldous Huxley. 22:27

Lesson Four: Damanhur. David visits the Italian community who built an underground network of temples in secret. 26.48

Lesson Five: Cities versus intentional communities. Co-housing in Berkeley. 15.56

Lesson Six: Regime change begins at home. How the Zocalo movement helped David change his life. 16:12


About the Tutor

Idler Academy_Talk_David Bramwell

David Bramwell is the creator of the best-selling Cheeky Guide to Brighton, host of Brighton’s long-running salon, the Catalyst Club and singer-songwriter in the band, Oddfellow’s Casino. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and 4 and won a Sony Award for his Radio 3 program, The Haunted Moustache. His book, The No9 Bus to Utopia started life as as one man show and has been given as a TED talk. www.drbramwell.com


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£60

What you get

Six video lessons totally two hours. 26 pages of printable notes. community forum and direct access to the tutor.

Testimonial

“I stumbled across Dr David Bramwell through a talk on Kraftwerk at the Brighton Fringe in May 2016. He is one of those people who does much to make the world a better place: from his long-running Brighton-based Catalyst Club, to his splendid Odditorium Podcast, and plenty more besides, including the occasional book, such as, The No.9 Bus to Utopia,” Nigeyb

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Angela
13/04/2018

How to Build Your Own Utopia
What an inspiring, thought-provoking and very enjoyable course. Full of examples of dreamers who have designed their own Utopia, as well as thoughtful challenges and homework.
David Bramwell is a witty and engaging tutor, with whom I confess I fell a little in love , but that could have a little to do with the Northern vowels.
Right, off to get the number 9 bus to Utopia, although from here, I think that goes to Skeggy.
Best Wishes, and many thanks for a great course, Angie (a fellow Yellowbelly)

Geraldine
7/06/2017

How to build your own Utopia
This was fascinating - my consciousness has been significantly expanded - thank you! Had never heard of Darmanhur - now I can't wait to visit it. Does Ryanair fly to Utopia from Brussels, I wonder? (Or to an airport within an hour thereof?) I don't know where to take the No 9 bus from, but maybe David Bramwell's book will clarify - I looking forward to procuring it at the earliest opportunity.

David Bramwell
8/06/2017

Thanks Geraldine, really glad you enjoyed it. I heartily recommend a visit to Damanhur and can always help put you in touch with them to make it possible. Nearest airport is Turin. The temples are out of this world!
Hope you enjoy the book too.
All the best
David

Reviews

Angela
13/04/2018

How to Build Your Own Utopia
What an inspiring, thought-provoking and very enjoyable course. Full of examples of dreamers who have designed their own Utopia, as well as thoughtful challenges and homework.
David Bramwell is a witty and engaging tutor, with whom I confess I fell a little in love , but that could have a little to do with the Northern vowels.
Right, off to get the number 9 bus to Utopia, although from here, I think that goes to Skeggy.
Best Wishes, and many thanks for a great course, Angie (a fellow Yellowbelly)

Geraldine
7/06/2017

How to build your own Utopia
This was fascinating - my consciousness has been significantly expanded - thank you! Had never heard of Darmanhur - now I can't wait to visit it. Does Ryanair fly to Utopia from Brussels, I wonder? (Or to an airport within an hour thereof?) I don't know where to take the No 9 bus from, but maybe David Bramwell's book will clarify - I looking forward to procuring it at the earliest opportunity.

David Bramwell
8/06/2017

Thanks Geraldine, really glad you enjoyed it. I heartily recommend a visit to Damanhur and can always help put you in touch with them to make it possible. Nearest airport is Turin. The temples are out of this world!
Hope you enjoy the book too.
All the best
David