Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tedia Studies: why boredom is good for your creativity

My call for a new subject of ‘Tedia Studies’ to prepare students for the inevitable mundanities of life has deepened after reading a new major academic text, on boredom. Yes, wake up! The book was about boredom and this blog … Continue reading

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George Davis is a great meme. OK!

News that a conviction of George Davis has, after 36 years, been finally overturned highlights the power of a meme. The case brings back memories of my youth and London’s East End – where Mr. Davis also lived. Luckily for … Continue reading

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Hepworth a step forward: banning ‘neon-light Banksy’ a step back

I was delighted to witness the opening of the new Hepworth gallery in Wakefield, West Yorkshire – a place where I continue to spend part of my life, where I have two businesses. Having previously invested much time and sweat … Continue reading

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Brainstorming is ‘politcally correct’

The claim that the word ‘brainstorming’ is politcally incorrect has raised its head again – this time in the Sun newspaper. Columnist Kelvin MacKenzie claims that a business colleague from a ‘Big Five’ firm of accountants had been rebuked for … Continue reading

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Royal Society backs IdeasBank to boost creativity to help Barry Island

A new initiative I want to get underway – an IdeasBank for helping to develop my hometown of Barry Island has received a welcome boost – with a grant from the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and … Continue reading

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7 lessons for management from Avram Grant

With West Ham United being the first football  club to be relegated from the English Premiership in the 2010/11 season – a team widely regarded as playing below its potential – what lessons are there for you to learn from … Continue reading

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Friday 13th meme – could it be your campaign’s lucky day?

Today, I may have some good luck for you – there is a popular meme waiting to be further developed – which could help your campaign be even more effective. I refer to ‘Friday 13th’. Hollywood has already recognised the … Continue reading

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Squeezesteps: a tool for creative thinking and to make change happen

I have invented another new word: ‘Squeezestep’. The dictionary of the future will define a ‘squeezestep as: “Actively breaking down into smaller, more do-able, nudgeable or more compelling steps in any change you require others to take.” It implies there … Continue reading

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Bin Laden: Is Obama guilty of not having a meme strategy?

Has the US administration made a mistake in its handling of the killing of Osama Bin Laden by not have a fully thought-through memes strategy? By this I mean, is it making decisions and taking actions without due consideration of … Continue reading

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Happiness: the need for learned helpfulness

Can you believe it? Apparently, people who live in places considered to be the happiest are more likely to take their own lives, according to new research. The phenomenon is caused by what is called ‘relative comparisons’ – your happiness … Continue reading

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