Everyday School was founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs Ashkan Safaee and Per Jonsson.
It all started in a small café in Södermalm, Stockholm.
Once a week we would gather entrepreneurs and young urban professionals to talk about matters related to work and life. We were inspired by initiatives such as the School of Life in London, the Burning Man festival in the US and the Perestroika in Brazil.
Our founding question was "How can we make people thrive and not just survive?". We wanted to create something truly shared, where we were all equals. Where every participant would be part of contributing with their knowledge and wisdom to the benefit of everyone else.
Our founding document was a manifesto with five principles that created a temporary safe container for people to speak their mind.
Everyday School became an unexpected success, very unlike the ones we had experienced previously.
Every week we would have people showing up from all over Stockholm, bringing their friends, partners, dates and coworkers to join what they called "an Everyday class" or an "unexpected experience". People would tell us things like "I have never been listened to that way before" or "I feel safe to share things that I wouldn't even share with my partner at home".
In our first year, we held a 2-hour class every Wednesday evening, covering topics such as relationships, work and meaning in life. Four years later, over 1600 students had taken hundreds of classes at Everyday School, altering their perspectives on subjects close to heart.
For many of us, Everyday School has become the campfire of the city, and a community of people who developed a shared identity and purpose around discovering all the different corners of the human experience.