Stepping into the ‘Real’ Work

September 12, 2016 § Leave a comment


Turbulent life changes bring reflection. I had to leave home (a beautiful rented house and friend-renters) by December 27th. Plans crystallised over the in-between days.

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A vision coming to life

September 5, 2016 § 1 Comment

2-post-2-IMG_0196.jpgThis Spring, I moved my home and studio from the city to countryside. The confidence to act quickly came in a surprising way. « Read the rest of this entry »

Positive Design Manifesto – Pamela Pavliscak

March 21, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Pamela Pavliscak, founder of Change Sciences is leading some fascinating work with purpose. Technology has been burdened with much of our 21st century misery, but with intention can be a force for positivity and happiness in deeper ways.

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What I learned from ‘The Experience of Illness: Learning from the Arts – a Symposium’ at University College Cork, 2012.

January 4, 2013 § 2 Comments


Roundtable Discussion

The reductionist methods of science, so well taught to physicians, need to be linked with an imaginative investigation of our patients’ experience.– David H Alpers

Without exception, everyone’s lives are somehow or other effected by illness. It is a pressing concern to develop understanding of, and therefore empathy for the ill, which leads to better care. Empathy involves being able to put oneself in another’s shoes and to actively imagine their experience. To do so we must understand the experience in detail. However, the ill have greatly reduced verbal capacities and verbal language cannot fully describe pain and experience. So communication methods must go beyond words to better describe experience. « Read the rest of this entry »

Rapid Change – POP!TECH Reviews

November 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Yesterday I had a wonderful chat with Dan Suwyn from the Rapid Change Group about how Emotionally}Vague results could be useful in their workshop contexts. He had fascinating examples of how current knowledge is used in down-to-earth ways with people adapting to change in organisational contexts.  The Rapid Change blog is straight-up on matters around emotional intelligence, brain science and how current cognitive research can be applied in real ways – useful for business and education. Dan has just written some succinct reviews of the PopTech presentations. Check out “What’s an Analogy for Being Wrong?”, “What exactly is being Brain Dead?”,  “Four Questions for When Things go Wrong”,  “Verb, Target, Outcome” and “The Illusion of Attention” You can probably see the theme running through this year’s conference: Brilliant Accidents, Necessary Failures, Improbable Breakthroughs. And you can catch a review of the E}V talk here too.

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