Can We Please Be Friends?

 It may have been complacency, but I really didn’t think we were going to leave the EU yesterday morning. I had been predicting results based upon my Facebook feed, unaware that I lived in quite such a London liberal bubble. I have felt the initial fear, the anxiety and worry …

Only You Can Save Poetry

So, apparently, poetry needs saving. At least that’s the premise of Mark Grist and Tim Clare’s show Only You Can Save Poetry, premiering during The Last Word Festival at the Roundhouse. Armed with an interactive voting device (not sure that’s the official term), the audience are asked to judge a modern …

Patriotism for the Brits

Today is St. George’s Day. Did you know that? And if you did know, do you care? A recent YouGov survey has shown that patriotism is decreasing amongst young Brits. Only 15% of 18-24 year-olds are ‘very’ patriotic. In fact, when YouGov tested Brits on the ‘Life in the UK’ exam …

A Manifesto for Empathetic Journalism

Every year, ad agency JWT publishes a trend report predicting what will be big in culture the following year. And for 2016, the number 1 trend in culture was something surprising in its non-newness: empathy.  “From computer games designed to promote empathy to new empathy-based social networks…empathy – its importance, …

Why it is unnecessary to be the best

For many, ambition is linear. We have a few things we want to achieve and we list them in priority order – these become our “dreams”. We then organise the things we do day to day, hoping they’ll all begin to contribute to our dreams. And all the while we …

A Manifesto for Empathetic Journalism

Every year, ad agency JWT publishes a trend report predicting what will be big in culture the following year. And for 2016, the number 1 trend in culture was something surprising in its non-newness: empathy.  “From computer games designed to promote empathy to new empathy-based social networks…empathy – its importance, …

Reflections on Easter Sunday and Brussels

Today is the day when we celebrate the fact that someone has risen from the dead. Or we eat lots of chocolate. Or both. And whether you believe it actually happened or not, it is genuinely kind of crazy – that millions of people around the world stop what they …

What’s so Bad About ‘Being Fake’?

So, apparently “being fake” is the modern day equivalent to being a serial killer or a tramp kicker. It’s the go-to insult to really drive home how truly abhorrent someone is. They’re a snake, they’re not real, they’re playing a game: these phrases are bandied about celebrity Twitter accounts and …

How to…Be More Creative in Everyday Life

As dott’s mantra goes, life is more than the 9 to 5. But it’s easy to get stuck in that cycle isn’t it? The commute, the desk research, the TV before bed. Soon you find there’s no time for the things you used to love. Whether it is poetry, or …

Has Social Media Made Us Flaky?

Facebook has 1.1 billion users, Twitter more than 200 million active tweeters, and 225 million people use Linkedin to tell everyone else about how great they are (yes, I am one of those people). Yet amongst this hive of online activity, people are being ignored. 71% of the 340 million …

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