Category Archives: Reflection

Rewriting the code: time for reflection

It’s been a busy week: new ideas, new people, new places. Today, back at home again, it’s a bit of a blur. I need time to reflect: to work out how to contextualise this new information with what i already … Continue reading

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Memories of Eden

The landscape in Cornwall is scarred: spoil heaps from a millennia of mining casting long shadows across the fields. Artificial hills with terraced slopes, their original blackness softened now by green as nature reclaims her own. Quarries and open cast … Continue reading

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Reflecting on New York: Performance

“Let’s go Rangers” was the cry, echoing round the stadium. A sea of eighteen thousand blue and white decked fans cheered, jeered and yelled from every side. As the six players took the the ice, the intensity and urgency of … Continue reading

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Reflecting on New York: spaces and community

The Highline in New York is one of my favourite urban spaces in the world: originally built to raise dangerous freight trains above the streets of Manhattan, by the 1980’s the rusted iron and concrete structure was largely redundant, made … Continue reading

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We all make mistakes: it’s what you learn from them that counts

Clearing out the attic this week made me realise the number of things i’ve got wrong over my life: the places and ways in which i’ve failed. School reports chart mediocre performance in chemistry and maths, a lack of engagement … Continue reading

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Creating the space to think

We can’t take the value of our thinking for granted: it doesn’t just happen. It’s like growing tomatoes. You have to plant them in the right compost, you need the right amount of sunshine, you have to water and feed … Continue reading

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Autumn (or Fall!)

It’s a fresh morning: the first of the year with a thick wooly jumper to keep out the chill. A heavy dew on the car windscreen and fellow passengers on the train sporing scarves and hats over weary eyes. As … Continue reading

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Swimming with dolphins: wise council in the Social Age

Last week i was lucky enough to spend an afternoon playing with dolphins: learning about their habitat and lifecycle, how they are trained and looked after, how they each have a unique personality. I was able to learn some basic … Continue reading

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Opening Pandora’s box

A while ago i was thinking about ‘how people come to learn‘. There were four main reasons: planned, needs driven, curiosity and by accident. The next two days for me are going to be about curiosity and accidental learning, and … Continue reading

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Performance in Social Leadership

As i work this week to flesh out the NET Model of Social Leadership, my thoughts turn increasingly to ‘Performance’. Specifically i’m thinking about how we rehearse and embed behaviours, it’s about the transition from abstract formal learning into changed … Continue reading

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