Tag Archives: Language

What’s With Words?

It was with some pride that i first introduced myself as a writer, although it took a number of years before i stopped feeling too fraudulent. It was a badge, i figured, i had a reason to take. I write … Continue reading

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The Difference of Digital: are all Conversations Equal?

Some things feel right, some feel wrong, and some are just different. That’s what’s at the heart of my thinking today. I remember the first time i went on camera: painfully awkward, the sound of my own voice was weird, … Continue reading

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Uncommonly Global

Rich is visiting me in Amsterdam today. We’ve hired him a bike, as that’s the only way to travel in the city. “Handbrake or pedal?“, they asked in the shop. Dutch bikes have brakes that are activated by pedalling backwards. … Continue reading

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Relating to People

I spent an enjoyable day at the National Motor Museum yesterday, on the Beaulieu estate in the New Forest. I realise this gets us off to a bad start, especially if you don’t live in England: pronounce it ‘Bew-Lee‘ and, … Continue reading

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Choreography: by design, not by accident

There are many written languages: French, English, German, Russian, each with a proud heritage and some common roots, their own nuances of meaning and intonation. Some share common alphabets, such as our own Roman one, whilst others use different strokes … Continue reading

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How do stories work?

I’m just back from a weekend in the Netherlands, which included a visit to Efterling, one of the world’s oldest theme parks and home to the Enchanted Forest. As the name suggests, it’s a woodland setting for a range of … Continue reading

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The emergence of Global Culture

I’m facilitating some workshops this week around Community Management in Social Learning spaces. One of the Russian delegates mentioned that in her culture it’s ok for the moderator to tell people what to do and they will simply obey, whilst … Continue reading

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