Full Circular: Insightful ideas for unusual times.

#1,  20 March 2020     

As we settle into a new rhythm of life, for the foreseeable future at least, Full Circle will continue to keep you nourished with original, thought-provoking content from our community of fellows, members, and the Full Circle team.

We’ll try to keep our use of the C-word limited, instead drawing your attention to stories that might otherwise slip under the radar, as well as reflections to stimulate your imagination.

First up, former Full Circle speakers Oliver Burkeman on happiness, and Ruth Rogers on entrepreneurship. Then a contribution from Full Circle member, Emily von Sydow,  in defence of Europe. And if all that sounds a little heavy, scroll down for Lizzie's banana bread in our Lighter Side column, and don’t forget to send your contributions and reactions to help us keep this community fed. 

Oliver Burkeman 
The Negative Path to Happiness

For a civilisation so fixated on achieving happiness, we seem remarkably incompetent at the task. The advantages of modern life seem uncapable of lifting our collective mood. Wealth doesn’t necessarily lead to happiness. Romance, family life, and work often bring as much stress as joy.

Watch here

Ruth Rogers 

A River Cafe Story

The River Cafe in London has, since it was founded in 1987, become synonymous with excellent food, seasonal cooking, and producing some of the finest chefs in the British food scene. Its founder, Ruth Rogers joined us in Brussels to discuss the story behind this culinary institution. 

Listen here

Emily von Sydow 

In Defence of Europe

Following her recent book launch of Till Europas Försvar: Värden att Varna (In defence of Europe), held at Full Circle House, Emily Von Sydow tells us why a federal EU with strong supranational powers is key to facing periods of crisis and uncertainty.

Read here

Lizzie Baked This

Banana Bread Recipe

Headlines about panic-buying and empty supermarket shelves mean food is a high priority for all of us at the moment: but we know none of you need another storecupboard recipe for lentil stews or stretching out tins of tomatoes. A crisis calls for a sugar hit, and this banana loaf has the advantages of avoiding food waste, and being flexible to fit what you have in the house. 

Check it out

Thanks for reading our first edition. If you’ve got ideas or news you want to share with our community, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you and we look forward to seeing you whenever it turns out to be possible. 

In the meantime, feel free to share this link to anyone you think may need distraction. In the coming weeks, we’ll be back in your inboxes on a regular basis with more.

Keep well,

Bridie & Louise

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