Category Archives: 21st Century Britain

What on Earth are we all doing?

How To Reform Capitalism

The School of Life essay How To Reform Capitalism, (available at The School of Life shop), is worth a read for anyone engaged in the commercial world but who wonders about its values. Most of us then. Here’s the blurb: It … Continue reading

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More patience, less blasting

I enjoyed this animated RSA Short film, illustrating Simon Sinek’s point about how, in business, the big fix is rarely as effective as creating a culture where a lot of small, everyday positive things are allowed to happen.

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The 5 hour rule: keep learning the Benjamin Franklin way

http://www.inc.com/empact/why-constant-learners-all-embrace-the-5-hour-rule.html I enjoyed this article from Michael Simmons in Inc. Like seemingly all Americans who write about anything, he has a Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) fixation – but why not, it probably beats my fixation with Paul Scholes (1974- ), articulate … Continue reading

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Johnny behavioural science mnemonics: EAST and MINDSPACE

It’s too late to improve Keanu Reaves’ acting, but there’s still hope for using behavioural economics to improve other outcomes. Here are a couple of ‘what to remember about behavioural economics’ mnemonics I thought I’d share, from my recent reading … Continue reading

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Petrels: Flailing Tomb

Originally posted on We need no swords:
“An inspired marriage of ecstatic drone, krautrock and synthpop.” Read the review at Louder Than War. +++

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Eating the cabin boy: clues to Brexit from the mists of the Noughties

The period around a decade ago, at any given time, is often lost in a Bermuda Triangle of cultural amnesia. We remember very recent events; and we enjoy revisiting events further back, the tracks through which have been trodden down … Continue reading

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Riding the elephant towards empathy: an RSA Animate

In this RSA Animate short film, Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA (whose blog is here: https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/matthew-taylor-blog) gives a really interesting overview of the currents of change in big thinkers’ ideas about society. The RSA itself is an organisation … Continue reading

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