Video Duration 47 minutes 52 seconds
From: Studio B: Unscripted

Studio B, Unscripted: With Alain de Botton and Ayishat Akanbi

They discuss society’s blind spot for emotional intelligence and how to generate more empathic conversations.

On this episode of Studio B: Unscripted, philosopher Alain de Botton is in conversation with stylist and social commentator Ayishat Akanbi.

A best-selling author, whose books have been described as a “philosophy of everyday life”, de Botton founded The School of Life, a social enterprise determined to make learning relevant in today’s culture using philosophy to help others “live wisely and well”.

Ayishat Akanbi is a fashion stylist and writer. Through her work and online following she confronts complex issues related to surviving in today’s society. She uses her platform to comment on and call out injustice and inequality.

This meeting of two minds from different backgrounds explores a range of topics from ancient Greek tragedies and Russian literature, to racism, social media and loneliness.

The topics of conversation revolve around the nature of good vs evil, the notion of empathy towards others and how emotional intelligence can be a vehicle towards a better society for all.

The views expressed in this programme are the guests’ own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.

Studio B, Unscripted is a free-flow conversation between two guests and a small audience, with no mediation, no MC, no TV presenter – focusing on what brings us all together and how we can tackle and discuss some of the big issues of our time.