A tale of two oysters

The world is your oyster To hold in he palm of your hand, to own, open, consume, enjoy… Perhaps with a pearl in there to wear or sell along the way. The world is your oyster All around you, gritty as you are, slowly shaping you (with a bit of pressure and a spot of mucous her or there) into…

To make change happen…

We usually need several things to come together before we actually make a change. 1. See that the change is possible We learn what’s possible through exposure (seeing a thing happen or be done), experience (doing things ourselves that suggest similar things might be possible) and education (being taught, or self-teaching, about what has and can and could happen). 2.…

Godin’s triangle for change

Three things that you’ll need building your organisation and making a difference in the world: 1) The big picture Do you understand the strategy? Do you understand the layout of the world? Do you understand how the game theory works, how psychology works, how interactions work? Do you understand the economy, technology, the revolution that we’re living in? Medicine Ball…

Seth Godin on transforming education

Seth Godin has written a lot about education – Stop Stealing Dreams (TED talk and longer e-book) is a good place to start. Then it’s worth checking out what he’s actually doing:  the altMBA reverses the usual 90+ percent drop-out rates of most online courses, and the Akimbo workshops (including The Marketing Seminar, The Bootstrapper’s Workshop and The Freelancer’s Workshop)…

Econtalk: Mauricio Miller on Poverty, Social Work, and the Alternative

This is a really interesting episode of Econtalk, and worth a listen. Highlight 1: Accurate description of poor communities A couple of things here really resonated with my experience of living and working in low-income communities in Jakarta: Miller’s descriptions of the resourcefulness of people in poor communities – that many people in poor communities are hard working and resourceful…

Peter Drucker on Freedom

Freedom … is not the same as individual happiness, nor is it security or peace and progress. It is not the state in which the arts and sciences flourish. It is not good, clean government or the greatest welfare of the greatest number. This is not to say that freedom is inherently incompatible with all or any of these values,…

Contact

Next time you read an article, listen to a podcast, watch a program that you like – why don’t you get in touch with whoever made it? Not just the person who was in it – the ones we normally notice – but the people who made it too. Drop them an email, or even that hand written note that you…

The Gift

Everything changes if you can see the thing you’re doing as a gift. Doing it as a gift transforms the thing you don’t want to do, or don’t want to do right now; the thing you don’t want to do in the way you know you should do it; the thing you said yes to that seemed like a good…