Plebgate meme – another example of ‘truthiness’?

As the ‘plebgate’ row continues to make the headlines in UK news headlines is this yet another example of ‘truthiness’ and what fuels memes are not facts but rather what we want to believe? The story unfolds of how Andrew Mitchell, a Government Minister, was originally accused of calling a police officer a ‘pleb’ after […]

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When is ‘sticky’ sticky – memes, viral & words of mouth

One of my favourite scenes from the BBC Comedy series ‘Black Adder III’ is the encounter with Dr. Johnson where Edmund Black Adder makes up words on the spot to confuse the lexicographer and creator of the first modern dictionary. It seems we are in danger, not so much false or empty words entering our […]

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Breaking Bad and Nintendo – listen don’t laugh at the outrageous

The award-winning and must-see television series ‘Breaking Bad’ is a great example of the idea everyone laughs at is usually the seed for something brilliant Apparently, the TV legend that is ‘Breaking Bad’ grew from a throwaway joke. And the inspiration for Japanese conglomerate NIntendo to create the video game market grew from an idle […]

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Communications Directors’ Forum – I’ll be all at sea

I’m literally going to be all at sea over the next few days speaking at the Communications Directors’ Forum, sailing on the Aurora in the English Channel. I’ll be speaking to leading heads of Comms, PR and Marketing and revisiting one of my most cherished talks ‘Overcoming Stupidity in the World Around You’. It uses […]

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Barry ideas bank shares its story with Royal Society for Arts

Valuable insights and lessons on how to manage and resource community innovation by ‘Blended Creativity’ – using offline and online resources in tandem – were highlighted when I told the story of the Barry IdeasBank – believed to be the UK’s longest running community idea resource – at the annual conference of the Royal Society […]

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