Category Archives: Practical philosophy

Packing lists are sexy

I love packing. But until four years ago, I hated it. I would put off packing my bags, leave it to the last minute, forget things, bring the wrong things,…

3 safety valves for high-pressure decisions

One of the things that I’m learning through the design and creativity coaching sessions that I am running with engineers is that it is not a lack of design skills…

Hazel vs. Hornbeam (the fate of best-laid plans)

  A recent weekend of conservation work Hazel Hill Woods has revealed to me another woodland analogy for the struggles of daily life, and how we might overcome them. I…

Follow the deer tracks, who knows where they’ll lead

Every time I go to the woods I find new insight or inspiration that I can use in my teaching. Today’s comes from deer tracks. I know the main tracks…

Photo of a buggy with a shopping caddy attached to the back carring two large bags of washing

A systems engineering approach to parenting

In 2012, as I was preparing to begin my parental leave, one of my colleagues told me about an engineer he knew in New Zealand who quit their job in…

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…