Category Archives: Society

Nurturing the polymaths…

My Power of Language post last week, Precision Tools, referred to the recent James MacTaggart Lecture given in Edinburgh by Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. The lecture is, I understand, a keynote of the television industry’s year and Schmidt … Continue reading

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Fiction improves our social understanding

Last Thursday morning, Radio 4’s Today programme hosted an interview with Professor Keith Oatley, a cognitive psychologist and author of the book Such Stuff as Dreams. His thesis is that reading fiction is good for you. Well, I, inveterate bookworm … Continue reading

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Bringing words to life – a call for ideas

I’ve become a big fan of RSA Animate – a series of 10-minute videos combining hand-drawn animation, written words and a narrative voiceover.  It is a novel and engaging way of conveying a message – often a complex one – … Continue reading

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Internships, celebrity culture and the new publishing model

An interesting post last week by Alison Masters on RSA Projects considers whether internships are part of the problem or part of the solution. I left a comment drawing a comparison between the internship debate and the destructive influence of celebrity publishing … Continue reading

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The language of wit, not of hate

So This Is Depravity and Other Observations by Russell Baker My rating: 5 of 5 stars It was in the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election that I first, all unwitting, encountered the phenomenon of American political commentary in all … Continue reading

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Of communities and things in common

I’ve read two posts in the last few days which have got me thinking about the c-word. The first was by the always thought-provoking Tessy Britton on collaboration versus conflict in the shaping of community outcomes.  She talks about her … Continue reading

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Information sharing in the Big Society

In one of my past lives I ran an information and mapping business – Land Management Information Service (LaMIS) – which took a new approach to public information.  I think my experience may have some application to the idea of … Continue reading

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