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Everyday we engage with those around us on a surface level, never really connecting. It is commonplace to stand silently in a lift; to have earphones in and eyes to the pavement when walking; and to be glued to a phone whilst on the tube. But what would happen if we were to share the personal - and painful - parts of ourselves? Find out in these 5 inspiring videos on vulnerability, compassion, and storytelling.  

  • ‘The power of vulnerability’, by Brené Brown - one of COR’s favourites, Brené Brown, an academic and researcher into human connection, shares her insights into vulnerability, and explains how this can strengthen human relationships.

  • ‘Living beyond limits’, by Amy Purdy - In 2011, Amy Purdy made herself totally vulnerable in front of a TED audience by sharing her own highly emotive account of recovery from a life-changing accident.  Reflecting on her talk, in her own words, - “I'd delivered a speech made perfect by its imperfections.”

  • Vulnerability as a key to confidence. A story of resilience’, by Imad Elabdala.  Imad, a social entrepreneur and Syrian refugee, shares his own story from growing up in Syria, to his lived experience of conflict and fear, and of life as a refugee.  He exposes his own struggles with mental health, having suffered from anxiety attacks induced by post-traumatic stress disorder, and his journey towards finding strength and confidence in vulnerability. Imad’s experience led him to set up an organisation which combines storytelling with science and art to help refugee children cope with trauma and to find courage in vulnerability.

  • ‘Why aren’t we all good Samaritans?’, by Daniel Goleman.  Author and science journalist, and expert on Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman, explores why, as human beings, we sometimes shy away from compassion and empathy.

  • ‘Trust, morality - and oxytocin’, by Paul Zak - Neuroeconomist, Paul Zak, delves into the science behind human trust and morality, and why we behave the way we do in response to certain stimuli or situations.  He demonstrates the impact of compassionate storytelling on the human brain, through its connection to the hormone, oxytocin, which is linked to feelings of empathy and trust.

Top 5...Independent Bookshops in London

Did you know that COR Collective came together because Naomi set up a book club? Helena and Naomi have been friends for many years, but it was through a shared love of books that I first met the girls and a few years later, COR was created. We are all bookworms, constantly swapping recommendations of our latest favourite page-turner and hunting for new reads to review for our followers. Bookshops are my happy place, and independent bookshops will always feel more special somehow. See below for my top spots to lose a few hours searching for your next must read...

  • STOKE NEWINGTON BOOKSHOP A haven on the bustling high street in North East London with a wide range of new releases and classics and my firm favourite from my North London days. The perfect spot to escape the traffic and get lost in choosing your next read. It's also just around the corner from Church Street with its many cafes and bars, so once you have made your decision, you can find a corner, order a coffee and get stuck in to your new read! 

  • CHENER BOOKS An East Dulwich stalwart, this is a cosy shop packed from floor to ceiling with books.  A quiet atmosphere, perfect for a long browse and a careful choice. Situated on Lordship Lane, in the summer months you can pick up a book, take a short walk to Peckham Rye or Dulwich Park, find a sunny spot and get reading.

  • LIBRERIA  Designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, and located in trendy Spitalfields, Libreria is the place to visit to find a book you never knew you needed. Enter with an open mind, browse the shelves which are arranged by broad themes (such as Wanderlust) and leave with something unexpected. 

  • LONDON REVIEW BOOKSHOP Books and cake - what more could you want? A stone's throw away from the British Library in Central London, this is a seriously good bookshop with a seriously good cafe attached to it. With a packed calendar of literary events, this bookshop is the gift that keeps on giving. 

  • PERSEPHONE BOOKS A bookshop run by publishing house Persephone books, who print 'neglected' works by (mainly) women writers. Located near Russell Square, this is where to head when you want to celebrate women writers and discover a work you may never have heard of. The books are beautifully presented and printed - the perfect gifts. 

Happy reading! 

Love A xxx

Top 5...Freelancer Work Spots in London

Sometimes finding the perfect working environment seems impossible for us freelancers. There are too many distractions at home (Ru Paul's Drag Race anyone?), the local cafe tuts every time you take out your laptop, and you can't blag your way into a university library anymore. COR Collective feel your pain, and to help, we've gathered our Top 5 freelancer work spots in London. See below for our tried and tested favourites. 

  • CANOVA HALL Located in the heart of Brixton, Canova Hall is perfect if you like a lively atmosphere where you will be left alone to work. Freelancer day rates are available with tea, coffee and fast WiFi included, meaning that you can stay all day guilt-free. Spot Naomi working from here most weekdays.

  • PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL Finding a good spot to work in central London can be a nightmare, so we suggest heading to the bar at Picturehouse Central. Located next to Piccadilly Circus, you will find yourself working alongside creatives, media types and film-goers. Not for those who like to work in silence; there is always a good buzz. Relaxed, great coffee, and the sweet potato fries are to die for.

  • OLIVIER CAFE @ NATIONAL THEATRE A cultural hub with comfy seating, a delightful bookshop and a prime Southbank location. The downstairs cafe at the National Theatre has plenty of room with long sharing tables that fill up with freelancers. Quieter in the daytime, unless it's matinee day; this is a brilliant spot to get stuck into a good book or to meet someone for a casual business coffee. Why not pop to see a play whilst you're there?

  • LOUNGE Another Brixton favourite (can you tell we all live south of the river?) and somewhere where COR can regularly be found having a planning session or catch up. Cosy, friendly and offering delicious food and coffee, this is the perfect spot to get your head down, tick some items off the to do-list, and then indulge in some people watching. 

  • READING ROOM @ WELLCOME COLLECTION If you are looking for some peace and quiet for maximum focus and big thinking, then this is the spot for you. Located in the fascinating Wellcome Collection building on Euston Road, this is where you will find Alice slouched on a beanbag on the grand staircase, nose stuck in a book. With desks, armchairs and even Freud's couch, (hidden upstairs amongst the books), you'll never want to leave. 

Happy working! 

Love A and N xxx