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Bread & Circuses

The 1% owning everything while the 99% fight each ther for scraps is not a new concept. “Panem et Circensus”, literal translation being ‘Bread and Circuses’ was a formula created …

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Shut Up, Caveman!

5am this morning I woke up terrified. I don’t just mean a bit scared, here. I mean terrified, the kind of paralysing, mind-numbingly, oh-my-god-i’m-gonna-die type terror that I last felt …

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Exploding Heads, Limbs and Comfort Zones!

Film making and acting has always fascinated me. I’m a huge fan of movie making and I did quite a bit of stage acting when I was younger, but lost …

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Anyone For Anaesthetic?

There’s a great moment in the great David Fincher movie ‘Fight Club’ when a bloodied up and buff Brad Pitt empowers the members of fight club to rise up and …

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Wanna Wear Your Undies Over Your Jeans And Save The World?

As I’ve mentioned before on my blogs, there are several massive upsides to embracing real creativity in your life, your business and your Industry. You see, those individuals and organisations …

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From Leonardo to Led Zep, the magic is all in the gaps.

Whenever I need a surge of energy, swagger and attitude I always turn to the same place. I get the Led out. For many reasons, and to many millions, Led …

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Don’t Believe The Hype: We are ALL Creative

My mate has a younger brother who works in marketing for a global food brand. To the outside world, he is a ‘creative’ and carries with him every marketeer creative …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied …

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Seize The Day…Make Your Lives Extraordinary

Hi folks. It’s been ages since I last blogged – mainly ‘cos (a) I didn’t really know what to say or why, and (b) cos i’ve been busy writing albums, …

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People Who Inspired Change Through Music #3 – Mozart

I was ten years old when I went on my first ever holiday abroad. Mum and Dad had saved for years to take us to Playa de Palma in Majorca, …

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IDEAS are the new ‘Little Black Dress’

In these, the greatest times of uncertainty we humans have probably ever faced, it’s good to know that there are some things in this world that can always be relied upon;

  • Politicians are always slippery.
  • Socks and sandals never work.
  • Every cat has a God complex.
  • Asking for ‘coffee’ in a coffee house is guaranteed to end in ridicule.
  • The little black dress saves the day every time.

And here’s one of my own I’d like to add to this list of ‘safe bets’ and that is IDEAS.

HepburnYou see, I believe (and I’m not the only one, just look at the phenomenal success of the TED conferences) that our ability – both personally and collectively, in teams and organizations, in communities and societies around the world – to explore, nurture, cultivate, engage and execute the attitudes, behaviours, systems and processes that promote IDEAS are guaranteed to help us be more prepared to take on the random, uncertain, scary world of tomorrow.

Consider this; we perhaps find ourselves in a similar position to that which our forebears were 200 years ago. They gave up one form of exploration, geographical, for another, scientific. We now find ourselves on a similar precipice, where we need to creatively explore areas beyond scientific. These seem likely to be in areas beyond physical consumption into concepts such as meaning and purpose, and collaboration rather than competition.

This transition will be far from easy, mainly because it won’t be on the terms of those businesses, societies and individuals who were able to thrive in an industrial age. The engines of this new area will be passion, balance, imagination, individual talent, networks of purpose, flexibility and shared equity.

And we cannot adapt to this new environment through marginal changes.

Much as the early explorers were, our ideas need to be amazingly agile, flexible, big, challenging, wondrous. We need to set off to find things that we suspect exist, locate them and bring them back home. To do this we need to find not only new ways of working, but ways of unlearning some of the things we have relied on in the past.

Excuse me Mrs Shackleton, can Ernest come out to play?


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