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Summer Lecture & Reception - The Pleasures & Sorrows of Work
3 July 2014


Meeting Time: 18.00 - 21.00

Who is it for?
Members and guests with an interest in exploring their relationship with their job and what it means to them and who will, of course, have an interest in the wider world of work.

Following last year's outstanding summer lecture and reception, we are very pleased to once again be hosting an occasion which will facilitate social networking with fellow members and their guests, CRF and PARC Partners and the CRF and PARC teams. 

The informality of the evening will be complemented by an address from our guest speaker, Alain de Botton, best selling of author of books such as How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Architecture of Happiness and he will be sharing his views on his latest book ‘The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work’.  Alain also started and helps to run a school in London called The School of Life, dedicated to a new vision of education. 

Members may invite up to three attendees from their own organisation or guests to participate in the evening.

We spend most of our waking lives at work in occupations most often chosen by our inexperienced younger selves and yet we rarely ask how we got there or what our jobs mean to us.  Alain will explore the joys and perils of the modern workplace wondering what other people get up to all day (and night), in search of what make jobs either fulfilling or soul-destroying. 

Work makes us and without it we are at a loss.  In work we hope to have a measure of control over our lives yet for many of us work is a straitjacket from which we cannot free ourselves from a prison from which there is no escape. 

Alain will examine our love/ hate relationship with our work, explore what we do with our lives and consider what we might do on retirement. 

If you are not a PARC or CRF member but are interested in attending this event please contact Lynn Little on 020 7470 7104 or at


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