Cultural Crossroads: Jamie Tinklepaugh – ‘I have been inspired by stories as long as I can remember’


About Jamie Tinklepaugh In 2015, Jamie Tinklepaugh embarked on a journey from London to Hong Kong by train, accompanied by his father, Peter. In 2018 Jamie’s book about his experiences on that voyage, Wheeling East, was published, documenting with text, photos and Peter’s artwork his many fascinating encounters along the way, describing both his [...]

Smart Read: Influence, by Robert Cialdini


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion  By Robert Cialdini In 1984 Dr Robert Cialdini published this ground-breaking book, which has been in print ever since (and revised four times). What makes it so relevant today is that many of the lessons he gives (having first extracted them from such unlikely places as con-men investigators of [...]

An Unflappable Spirit


About Sanaa Hamri Sanaa Hamri is a Moroccan-American director of film, TV and music videos. She has worked with artists from Sting to Mariah Carey and Prince. Her feature films include Something New and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. Hamri is the first Moroccan woman ever to direct a Hollywood movie. Her father [...]

Pictures That Tell a Story


Pictures That Tell a Story Nick Fleming talks to ISF About Nick Fleming Nick Fleming is a photographer based in London. He has given lectures at both the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Geographical Society, and has exhibited at the Indian High Commission. Website: 1. India and London are the two [...]

Coleman Barks Talks to ISF


About Coleman Barks A noted American poet in his own right, Coleman Barks is widely credited with having made Rumi’s poetry accessible to the Occidental world. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Barks does not read or speak Persian – the language of Rumi’s poetry. Despite this, over decades he has worked painstakingly with scholarly [...]

Cultural Crossroads: Interview with Clover Stroud


Cultural Crossroads During his lifetime Idries Shah promoted contacts and connections between different traditions around the world, believing this to be an important element in the advancement of human culture. In this spirit, The Idries Shah Foundation has created ‘Cultural Crossroads’, a website forum where people from many walks of life are invited to [...]

Where Cultures Mix: Ed Grazda talks to ISF


Where Cultures Mix Ed Grazda talks to ISF About Ed Grazda Ed Grazda was born in New York in 1947. He has photographed extensively around the world, from Mexico to Afghanistan, and across much of Latin America and Asia. His work forms parts of collections in the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum [...]