Because walking is free, and we do it every day, most people undervalue it as a creative tool. Eugene will argue that exploring your city, and travelling to and from work, and social engagements, on foot, is an opportunity to go deeper into your ideas, words and problem-solving. He will show how different thinkers have used it to improve their work and art. One key difference with cycling, for example, is that walkers can write down their ideas. And since walking is exercise, the blood and oxygen flow, making your brain extra alert.
Walking in your local neighbourhood is also social, and these chance encounters with friends and strangers can add to your buzzing ideas and stimulate new ones.
Most people think of green space when planning a walk, but it can be productive to use architecture, people and the big urban hustle to inspire you.
And since walking should be done offline, it is a space free of the distracting, flashy, trivial internet, where you simply can reflect and play over ideas in your mind.
It may not be the fastest way to get from A to B, but if you start to see walking as working, then it can be a very efficient use of your time.
Eugene Quinn believes passionately that walking is the solution to many problems, from building social solidarity, to better use of limited ecological resources, and most of all to developing new thought. He will present his ideas as part of Creative Prism, alongside other free thinkers.
After speaking to UN on sustainable urban mobility, and several TED Talks, Eugene is happy to be back making free talks, open to the general public.
Location: Vrei Bar (Vienna’s Virtual Reality hub), 7., Lindengasse. (U3 Zieglerg.) Start: 18:30
This event is now fully-booked, but there may be some room on the night, if you come along.