Alain de Botton and his friends have set up an organisation called The School of Life which aims, I think, to teach what may be called applied philosophy.

AdB states with his characteristic modesty that they aim to tackle “the big questions”, adding “we don’t have all the answers … some of the answers are in you”.

Videos, which centre around an important thinker, economic concept, mood or life issue, are currently available organised into rough groupings here:

Each I have watched so far has been excellent.

Particular highlights for me have been:

Update: if you like this you will also likely like the fantastic animations explaining big ideas on the BBC website at BBC Radio 4 - A History of Ideas.

Also this video on Rational Thinking