The Idler is a quirky brand comprising online course business, quarterly journal, book publisher, live events company and curated retail strand with a 22,000 strong global community. Our latest project is on-demand education: online courses in the liberal arts and practical skills taught by experts. The Idler Academy is founded by Tom Hodgkinson, whose books, including How to be Idle, have sold over 350,000 copies in over 20 countries.
Teaching philosophy, history, grammar, business skills, taxidermy, poetry, beekeeping, singing, handwriting, ukulele and a host of other subjects, the Idler Academy was founded by author Tom Hodgkinson to help people lead more fulfilled lives. “Freedom through education” is their motto. They run live events, publish books and a magazine, and are now launching a new series of online courses with their charismatic teachers.
Founder: Tom Hodgkinson
Tom Hodgkinson is the author of How to be Idle, How to be Free, The Idle Parent, Brave Old World and Business for Bohemians. He founded the Idler in 1993.