Creative talent get business planning help

Helping Yorkshire’s creative talent develop into more successful businesses is Andy Green who is running a special training workshop called ‘Business Plans for Creative People who don’t do Business Plans’. The special event takes place at Red Brick Mill, Batley on the evening of Monday July 18th. It is organised by Loca, Kirklees Council’s arts […]

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DLT, Burmese Nobel peace prize winner, and your business strategy

I once chided a friend for remembering a quote from former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis. (I think it was something profound like, “It’s easy if you know it.”)  I wasn’t the only one scornful, with comedian Harry Enfield also using him as inspiration for one half of his parody of insipid disc jockeys, […]

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6 lessons from the Egyptian revolution

What an experience having just visited and worked in Egypt, a country that is going through a political revolution. There were times when I thought I was going to die. I saw my life flashing before me, and thought this really was the end. But enough about being a passenger in a Cairo taxi! Seriously, […]

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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 is an onus on anyone engaged with change within an organization or community to recognize […]

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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 the potential subsequent word of mouth, the memes that are likely to occur as a […]

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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 is determined by how you perceive your satisfaction according to others. […]

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Why does ‘Titanic’ fascinate us so much?

While visiting London I came across the major exhibition on ‘Titanic’ at the O2. I pondered: Why is it, 100 years on, the story of how one ship sunk still holds such fascination for contemporary society? There have been other sinkings – with an even greater loss of life. (The story of the sinking of […]

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We need a new era for award categories

A joy of doing a brainstorm or facilitating an awayday is sparking ideas which sometimes are not directly relevant to the task at hand. These ideas should always be recognised, captured, and put to good effect. Last week, while doing a creativity Masterclass at the Association of Health Communications and Marketing (AHCM) we did a […]

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