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Robert Smith Expert Affiliate
United Kingdom

I am a philosopher, author and constellator. In each area, I try to explore what it means to be human.

I began my career in academia, as a Prize Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, before going into management consultancy. It was in 2005–07 that I trained in Constellations, and since then I have run many sessions for both individuals and organizations. The latter include BAE Systems, Barclays, British Gas, Farfetch, HSBC, Mars, Pearson, SAB Miller, Unilever and the World Economic Forum. The Constellations have addressed strategy, stakeholder relationships, influencing government, restructuring, brand development, leadership, team dynamics, and so on.

I have written seven books, including ‘Breakfast with Socrates’, on the philosophy of everyday life; ‘The Reality Test’, a business book drawn from my experience as a consultant; and ‘What it Means to be Human’, which blends philosophy with personal memoir. My other writing endeavours have included working as a columnist for the Sunday Times Magazine, and contributing articles to publications such as Time Out, the Guardian, and Wired. I give talks at various public and private events.

I live by the river in Greenwich, in London. I have three daughters and (so far) three grandchildren. When I’m not working, I love cooking for friends, playing guitar badly, and doing Tai Chi in an unusually amateur fashion.