Do we need to rebrand the working class as ‘The UnChavs’?

I’m posing the question: ‘Do we need to rebrand the working class, with the concept of ‘The UnChavs’?’ Prompted by a holiday read of Owen Jones book Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class the author has produced a good book, yet I feel misses some key points around communication, branding and memes – hence […]

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Our ‘broken society’ needs a ‘Peter Beardsley’ and a ‘Waddle’

Talk of the UK being a ‘broken society’ makes me angry. A failure to put things in perspective may cost us dearly, economically, socially, emotionally – and creatively. Prior to the recent ‘highly localised riots in three main English conurbations’ I wrote a blog about how, on an individual level, if you want to achieve […]

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8 flexible and creative thinking tips for responding to ‘the riots’

The riots across the UK have shown the worst – and the best of people. The film of a young man being callously mugged on the street while being injured can make you despair of humanity. Yet, the widespread responses of people positively demonstrating their reaction to mindless destruction can equally warm your heart – […]

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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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Seagulls miss creative Golden Swan opportunity

Sometimes a great idea or opportunity can be quite spontaneous. The trick is to both spot and be prepared to run with them. A great example is the story yesterday of the mischievous seat installers at the unveiled Falmer Stadium – the new home for Brighton and Hove Albion. They had placed extra white seats beneath the […]

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Is Twitter reducing the creative need for graffiti?

With the ability to freely express ourselves, almost instantaneously, through social media, does this new facility undermine one of the oldest forms of offline social media – graffiti? Also, is social media the ultimate form of defining your urbanity – in all senses of the word? Can we measure this repercussion of the impact of […]

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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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Cheryl Cole’s 8 creativity and career lessons for brand ‘You’

The recent sacking of ‘X Factor’ judge Cheryl Cole has valuable lessons for your creativity – and your career. Whether it is a job or an idea, the innovative and creative manager has to learn to deal with setbacks, obstacles and people saying ‘No’. Here are 8 tips you need to take on board from […]

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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 piece is highlighting how boredom can be good for your creativity. In his new text […]

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