In order to prepare ourselves and the next generation for a rapidly changing world we need to be more grounded than ever in the timeless values and principles that have provided a stable point of reference in the past. Many of the problems we are facing today will not be solved by more technology or money. Although technology helps us to connect and to overcome boundaries of space, we still face the same challenges as ever: to break down boundaries among the people we live and work with, to build trust, to create a shared vision and to use the technology and the freedom we have wisely. Most solutions to our current challenges will require a change in our behaviour, which can only be sustainable if brought about by an inner change. How can we bring about this inner change? If everything we do is informed by a certain way of thinking, we need to examine the way we think in order to change the way we act. As Einstein said: “The world we have created is a product of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
Philosophy has for thousands of years been a valid path to explore our thinking, to search for the underlying principles of life, to put them into practice and to develop our inner potential. Philosophy as a way of life is not only an intellectual enterprise but an education for the head, the heart and the hands. New Acropolis is an educational charity working in the fields of philosophy, culture and volunteering. Its aim is to revive the practical and timeless aspect of philosophy as a means of individual and collective renewal and transformation. It offers a wide-ranging programme of studies in the tradition of the classical schools of philosophy of East and West.