Category Archives: Creative

The risk of ritual

We fill our lives with rituals: every morning i make my cup of tea in the same way, when i write, i set my working space up just so (whatever cafe, train or hotel i’m sat in), when i get … Continue reading

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Let your hands do the talking: representation and abstraction

Following on from yesterday’s post, i’m on holiday this week and spending some time teaching my niece to draw. I’ve been wrestling with the notion of how to move her (at the age of ten) from direct representation to more … Continue reading

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How to learn to paint

I’m on holiday this week, down in Devon with my niece and nephew. Ten year old Megan has asked me to give her some painting lessons, a thought that fills me with fear, not least because i don’t really know … 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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To boldly go…

Just outside our Solar System, the tiny craft, Voyager, goes hurtling on: the first manmade object to leave our realm. A vessel of hope and dreams. Built with 70′s technology, pioneering in scope and reach, with every day it expands … Continue reading

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Changing culture: evolving values and needs in the Social Age

You can view organisational culture in two ways: created by the organisation and inhabited by people, or co-created by the people and framed by the organisation. I subscribe to the latter view, recognising that tribal knowledge and experience massively influences … Continue reading

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Clear stories

The summer always brings festivals: a chance to hear music that one knows and loves as well as to discover new talent. This evening, i’ve been to a gig in Hoxton by Evening Hymns, a Canadian artist, performing tracks from … Continue reading

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The 3rd Dimension of Social Leadership: Technology

I’ve been exploring the NET Model of Social Leadership, which looks at three Dimensions: Narrative, Engagement and Technology. Narrative forms the 1st Dimension: it’s about curation, storytelling and sharing, about strategies for information and knowledge management. It’s about interpretation: the … Continue reading

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Legacy, lethargy, and the need to be #agile

Only agile organisations will thrive in the Social Age, but the barriers to agility are multifold. Some attitudinal, some technical, some about capability and competence. Innovation and creativity are strangled by legacy and lethargy. But we don’t have to live … Continue reading

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Social Gaming for Learning: a practical exploration of #gamification

For many years i was able to maintain an illusion of competence when it came to the xBox. Every Monday night, Rich and I would get a pizza and invest/waste the evening playing such classics as Halo, Gears of War … Continue reading

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