Planting Oak Trees to Build Future Ships. Churchill Fellowship Post 6.

Here’s a quiz. What links these four things together? There are pictures to help you: A replica (under construction)of the Basque Galleon, San Juan, Some strangely shaped pieces of wood, The Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and A template drawing of the ‘sections’ of a mature oak tree. * There’s a Mayflower II […]

Failure is Not an Option, and Neither is Blame, Most of the Time.

Here’s a quick quiz.  Where did the phrase ‘Failure is not an option’ originate?  Queen Boudicca AD 61, in her famous  rallying call to the Iceni Tribe before taking on the occupation forces of the Roman Empire. Chief Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel 1835. In his brief memo to all Great Western Railway staff, stressing the importance […]

Its good to have a hobby. Currently mine is #TiL253

I’ve tried all sorts of hobbies over the years. Probably my worst has been building Airfix models. It’s the glue. And the painting. And don’t get me started on those transfer things that are supposed to ‘slide on with ease’ to complete your masterpiece. There are several boxes of ‘bodged’ attempts lurking in our attic. […]

Struggling with Learning from Failure? Just host a Cheese Fondue Party

Buried deeply in the recesses of our kitchen cupboards is a Le Creuset Cast Iron, Lifetime Guarantee, Fondue Set (somewhere near the automatic bread maker and the juice making thing). It was a wedding present and represented the height of 1980’s sophistication… apparently. It’s never been used as far as I can remember. All that boiling […]

Public Service Journalism Returns, version 2.0, back by courtesy of the BBC

I originally wrote this post as a Guest Editor on Comms2point0 . This is an updated version. As newsrooms shrink there has been concern over the poor standard of journalism to hold public institutions to account and inform the public. Under new plans from the BBC this may affect you. Public Service Journalism is Back. Realistically, […]

What is the First Rule of ‘Organisational Trust Building Club’?

Obviously the answer is… Rule 1. You do not talk about Organisational Trust Building Club. And, Rule 2. You DO NOT talk about Organisational Trust Building Club. Anyone who remembers the 1999 film, Fight Club, will hopefully understand the reference. If you are wondering what on earth a secret club for bare-chested blokes (having bare knuckle fist […]

The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and Behaviour Change

Behaviour Change and The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act have featured a lot for me over the last 12 months. Here is something I wrote in an attempt to bring the two together. There is a lot more to it than this than 1000 words will allow, and more posts will follow. Title wise, I […]

The Dangerous Olive of Evidence and Stop Chasing Innovation #behfest16

This is a week 2 #behfest16, Festival of Behaviour Change update from Bangor University, programme link here. The Dangerous Olive of Evidence. Yes, that does sound a bit weird, but please stick with me for the explanation. Close your eyes and just imagine an Olive (don’t worry, I’m not trying to trick you into a […]