I love mischief on April Fools’ Day but starting a new job on this year’s April 1st was a proper shocker.
There’s nothing like a near death experience to get you thinking. When I emerged from a coma in February last year one of my very first thoughts was whether we were letting down any of our partners. Being the sort of partners they are, they soon told me to shut up, stop worrying and get better. I took their advice and just recently received the “all clear” after a year in which – with the help of my incredible family and wonderful friends – I dodged death a score of times.
How do you inspire innovation? The Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI) had the daunting task of encouraging innovation among 160 educators from five countries in East Africa at the last RELI convening. To meet the challenge they solicited the help of the culture consultants at limeSHIFT. limeSHIFT works with communities – public and private – to make them their most productive, purposeful and creative.
First published by onthinktanks.org: The World Cup is now in full swing and, whether you love or loathe it, football will continue to dominate the news cycle over the next few weeks.
History will remember this as the week that Mugabe finally fell. But history will almost certainly forget the bit-part role I played in his downfall.
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In the week that US academic Richard H. Thaler wins the Nobel Prize for his work on behavioural economics, it’s worth thinking about what that means for us lesser mortals toiling on the coal face of learning, health, and happiness (the suffix to his 2008 book, Nudge, with Cass Sunstein).
Exactly a week ago, my TED Talk about Colour in Faith, a project about countering fear through social practice art was published. The talk is less than twelve minutes long but it took me a lifetime to prepare for it!
Those twelve minutes were prepared over months and days of working with my colleagues at Well Made Strategy, the TED curatorial team and wonderful Broadway choreographer Danny Mefford. I’m going to save you a lot of time and share a few useful tips from my experience.
A lot of think tanks and research organisations end up using a submarine strategy. They don’t do it deliberately. It’s just what happens, by default, in the absence of a communications strategy.