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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The Story of the Barry IdeasBank – community open source innovation

I am very proud of having created what is believed to be the UK’s first community IdeasBank – an incredible tool with the potential to transform community regeneration and how the public sector can improve the delivery of its services. It demonstrates the potential for open source innovation or crowdsourcing for a local community. The […]

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Your New Year’s resolutions need Squeezesteps

If you have made New Year’s resolutions the critical challenge is to make them happen. Here’s where you need to use ‘Squeezesteps’. 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 requiring you or others to take.” It implies […]

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How to Brainstorm

  Always define your question as tightly as possible. I define creativity as ‘flexible thinking around beautiful questions to add value’. Outstanding creativity is not coming up with 1001 different alternatives; it’s actually about asking the right question, the beautiful question. You can tell when you have a beautiful question your ideas ooze out. Conversely, […]

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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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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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