Category Archives: Practical philosophy

Setting my landfill targets for the year ahead

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is to reduce my waste to landfill. I realised as soon as I came up with this resolution that I didn’t really know what…

2015 New Year’s Resolution – Zero waste, or as close to

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is it to try and send as little waste to landfill as possible. (Read my end of January update). The idea popped into my…

Photo of sapling emerging from a tube

Seedling analogy for organisational change

A couple of time in the last year or so I have used what I call the ‘seedling analogy’ to explain what I believe to be is a sustainable approach…

5 Months of Paternity Leave

5 months of paternity leave – the highlights

Since April, through a mixture of parental leave and part-time working, I’ve been the primary carer for our daughter. Tomorrow I resume (almost) full time office work so I thought…

Day 3 at the RDI Summer School 2013

7am: ten of us met for an early morning swim in the Dart. The water was so cold it began to burn, but the sensation was incredible. Whether they had…

Cumulonimbus at Dartington Hall

Notes from Day Two of the RSA RDI Summer School – sort of

My aim for this reportage has been to tell a live story from the Summer School. This is tricky to do because, as I said in my first day post,…

RDI Summer School

RDI Summer School – Day One

What is remarkable about the RDI Summer School is how so many people applied on the basis on personal recommendation, and yet how little any of the attendees know about…

Off to the RDI Summer School

For the next few days, I will be down at the RDI Summer School. Over four days and three nights, the School inspires, challenges, and provokes designers and those who use…

Photo of students taking to facilitator at the Big Rig

The difference between what you plan and what actually happens

I spend a lot of time at Think Up working on the design of high-impact construction training events (for examples: Constructionarium, Big Rig, Build Camp and Nuclear Island 1 & 2)….

Diary of a contact day

During my parental leave I am doing one ‘keeping in touch’ day a week. On that day, I deal with important queries on Think Up projects. Since my time in…