Engineering + circus training = ?? The equation of play.

When I was 8 I talked of running away to join the circus.  By 15 I was far too serious to consider anything so frivolous, and enrolled in an engineering degree as a close alternative. A decade after graduating, and following roles in organisational development, strategy, change, sustainability and even social enterprise, I found myselfContinue reading “Engineering + circus training = ?? The equation of play.”

A brief history of time: engineer runs away to the circus

November, 2001: Awarded engineering degree October 5, 2009: Audition for circus school. October 14, 2009: Officially accept an offer to study full time for three months at Greentop Circus in Sheffield. April 2010: Perform corde lisse (rope trapeze), clown and acrobalance in a pink boa in an old church in the north of England. 2011-2015:Continue reading “A brief history of time: engineer runs away to the circus”

The hidden cost of cheap air travel (The Times and moi sort of agree)

I got excited when I saw The Times had a double page story on the hidden cost of cheap air travel.  ‘At last!’ I rejoiced, ‘The world has seen sense.  A £30 flight to Mallorca doesn’t justify the damage to the Earth.  Train travel will be embraced, prices reduced so it’s accessible to all, and theContinue reading “The hidden cost of cheap air travel (The Times and moi sort of agree)”

Capitalism is the new activism: big business and media lead the way to social and environmental change

Much maligned as the antithesis to sustainability, advertising and media are finding their place in the new world of urgent social and environmental change, offering what is generally lacking in environmental purists and social activists: the understanding that hard facts and finger pointing aren’t enough to yield results; you need to understand people, to appeal to values and to emotions and you need to get the right message out in the right way to lots and lots of people. Strategic sustainability communications hits Donella Meadows’ most effective system intervention points – creating a paradigm shift and the power to do something about it.

What happens when you attend a digital media conference with an old-school mobile phone?

FutureGov’s Gov 2 Gov conference at Canada House had superb chandeliers, live tweeting, and an opportunity to discuss social media as a tool for government engagement. Given it was a conference on digital media, it’s not surprising everyone I spoke to was surprised I didn’t have internet access on my old-school Nokia. What did IContinue reading “What happens when you attend a digital media conference with an old-school mobile phone?”