Name calling

Name calling

On Friday, one of the group I was working with in Oxford asked me what "the trick" was for remembering names. I often get asked this. There isn't a trick. And that's the trick. I had spent most of the day sitting in a lecture theatre listening. Everyone was sitting in named places and I had all day til my session began at 330pm. The "trick" is simply to regard it as worth making the effort.

How are things?

How are things?

Where I live people are really struggling. There is little work and less prospect of work.  And yet I have had a good year. Which is a bit tricky. For most of the year I have tried to be positive (without gloating) and to do what little I can to spend money locally and employ local people. Whilst being sensitive to what’s happening around me, it also seemed important not slip into negativity myself.

How to cultivate conversation

How to cultivate conversation

Recently, I was working with friend and colleague Marshall Young at Green Templeton College, Oxford.  We filled three enormous whiteboards with scribbles, which I always think is a pretty good sign. We were thinking about how conversation works and what the underlying conditions or dimensions (many of them physical) that shape conversation are and what you would seek to vary or manipulate if you are endeavouring to create a series of rich conversations.

Do Do's

Had a couple of great bits of feedback from the Do Lectures.  One was John of Brainjuicer, another of the speakers, who decided as a result of my talk to run a board meeting with no agenda.  And Amanda Blake, who wasn't even at the Do Lectures but listened to a recording of one of my practice runs and was inspired enough to come up with four principles of the kind of work she wanted to do  (which were - time flexibility, financial viability, helping to build a world you believe in, and collaborating with cool people).  Nice.