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Monthly Archives: January 2012

7 tips for a more organised life – my experience

As I meet more people in the academic, professional and in particular campaigning world, I encounter more and more models of self-organisation. In particular I’ve come across  Tim Ferriss who talks about breaking tasks down and aiming for the impossible but making tasks achievable. I’ve also done my best to implement the ‘do, defer or delegate’ system suggested by David Allen in Getting Things Done. A friend has also described how he sits down each month and examines how his plans […]

Globalization and its Discontents, J. Stiglitz

Here, Stiglitz, formerly Director of the World Bank, presents an overview of the role of the IFIs (the International Financial Institutions (WTO, World Bank and International Monetary Fund)) in the economic events of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. As a former head of the World Bank, Stiglitz provides a nuanced view of the difference between his institution and the IMF. He paints the WB in a fairly positive light compared to the IMF which, with the mission of […]

Decisions, decisions

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve come across a lot of public projects that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has had an outspoken public opinion on. The voice of a conservation organization making mainstream media is a very welcome sight. At times, however, the position can be a little more complicated than just sticking up for the interests of wildlife. We need to paint a vision for members of the public watching or reading our views. […]

When the missionaries came to Africa, they had the Bible and we had the land. They taught us to pray with our eyes closed. When we opened them, we had the Bible in our hand, and they had the land.” – Jomo Kenyatta, first President of Kenya

Discounting the future

Discounting the future

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Advertising: blowing bubbles

What has inspired you in the last seven days? What motivates you and what do you value? There aren’t many places, in my academic, professional or personal life where I ask or am asked these questions. But today I was in luck. I went along to a workshop to discuss values and campaigning run by my good friend Casper ter Kuile who helps to promote the thinking around Common Cause. We were discussing the role that promoting values which positively […]

Companies exist to create returns. But companies that are in business are the economic equivalent of slugs: at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder of returns. They’re tools to (merely) create financial returns for shareholders: profit. Yawn. That’s the most basic, most prehistoric, and most threadbare, narrow, myopic, uninteresting, uninspiring, and just plain one-dimensional kind of return imaginable. Companies in better- ness blow past that obsolete, outdated, tired, threadbare industrial-age idea: they have the ambition to return more than just […]

2011 travel

I’ve just used a very useful tool called TravellersPoint to capture all the journeys (both abroad and in the UK) I made during 2011. It’s not surprising to see how much these journeys cluster around London (below), although from the above map there are a few trips which took me to Scotland, Wales and the North of England. The few trips which did take me northwards were related to my climate change work. Also, I obviously need to visit the […]