The Machine Part Fallacy

Right now, huge amounts of effort, airtime and emotion are being expended over how fair the exam results are for our children who have not been able to sit formal exams due to the disruption caused by our reactions to COVID. We are obsessed by how this years results might compare to last years results,Continue reading “The Machine Part Fallacy”

Effortless Beauty

It turns out that what drives us is not that much different from what drives every other organism on the planet – and probably beyond. We crave connection to others – to be part of a group, at the same time as we crave autonomy – the freedom to make our own decisions. Resolving thisContinue reading “Effortless Beauty”

Standing on the Sun

Just a moment ago, in the sixteenth century, Copernicus caused a bit of a stir. He postulated that the Sun was the centre of the Solar System, rather than the Earth. Cue much huffing and puffing by Ptolemy and the Establishment. It was a Paradigm Shift. It was a revolution in the making. Paradigm shiftContinue reading “Standing on the Sun”

The negative scale effect..

Scale is so alluring. All that coverage, all that income. Scaling is an industry. Growth Coaches, Scale up Experts. 1.3 billion items listed on Google. Craft Coaching. Much less popular. 64 million listed on Google. Yet craft is where it all starts. Somewhere, right at the beginning of the product or service was someone dedicatedContinue reading “The negative scale effect..”

Can’t go round it…….

We are always on the edge of something. There’s the safe edge, and then there’s the scary edge. Like a black hole, threatening to suck us into that which we don’t understand and don’t control. I’ve found that much of the time, I’ve been aware of the difference and can choose whether to go, orContinue reading “Can’t go round it…….”

Possibility

Are we seeing a return to craft? Where do we go when we understand volume and scale are losing their lustre, and when the mantra of constant growth becomes recognised for the absurdity it has always been? When we can make or replicate almost anything, anywhere, and replace even the most complicated routine professional skillsContinue reading “Possibility”

A Time for Artists

The time was, only a few months ago that the economy was still considered stable enough to pay us in anticipation of us doing the work . An employment contract, a supplier contract, it was all based on our record of delivery. Defined jobs, with clear specifications, in a marketplace that was familiar. Of course,Continue reading “A Time for Artists”