Imagine these two people in a room together: a highly esteemed philosopher and founder of The School of Life, Alain de Botton meets Katie Price; a glamour-model turned super-savvy business woman with a reputation to be bold, outspoken and sometimes, unpredictable.
When Changeboard first discovered the ‘Katie Price and Philosophy’ event hosted by The School of Life (also our partners on the Future Talent Forum), it got the team excited and so intrigued. What would they talk about? How would they engage in conversation? Setting a whole new dynamic, and possibly one the most unlikely and wonderful pairings ever – we knew this meeting of minds was going to be pretty special.
We headed to The Emmanuel Centre in London – where the event was held on Wednesday 16th November – with a packed auditorium of 400 people, to watch Price consider the pros and cons of being one of the nation’s most recognisable figures and her responsibilities as a role model.
Personally, I didn’t learn a huge amount on philosophy, but I definitely enjoyed getting to know Katie Price in a completely unique setting – facilitated eloquently by de Botton.
He opened the conversation with a series of questions on the analogy of ‘attachment’. There are three types; secure, anxious and dismissive. Price was surprised to be identified as ‘secure’ as she was convinced she would be ‘anxious’ for her ‘needy ways’, she said.
Round two: de Botton played The School of Life’s 100 Questions: Love Edition game, with a clever spin to get Price’s perspective on relationships; both business and personal. (This game did create some blushing moments, but I’ll let you buy the game for Christmas to find out why!)
Here are the key findings I took from the Q&A session: