Safety instructions given on a plane include putting on your oxygen mask first before you help anyone else. It’s an analogy I always use when it comes to mentoring people who push themselves too hard. We are notorious for running ourselves into the ground, either … Continue reading Your oxygen first
A humanitarian at heart, I am naturally drawn to art forms that explore and capture themes of our human spirit surviving even the worst atrocities. Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom was shown by Welcome Cinema at Amnesty International’s UK place of business on Tuesday … Continue reading Moral power in film making
Most of the strategic workshops I’m commissioned to facilitate are for big personalities with diverging views. If everyone had a single viewpoint to begin with, there’d be no reason to workshop the topic. Participants come because they want to, have to, or wish to be … Continue reading Diverging views converge
Voices shout. No-one speaks anymore. At every corner – even in the lungs of the metropolis, such as Woodberry Wetlands – the volume of human interaction is turned up. Drowning out the quiet of nature. Is it because the base line of London noise is … Continue reading Humans, be quiet!
Last week two full days appeared blank in my diary. As in there were no meetings, workshops, phone calls or required contact with anyone. Professional or personal. This headspace – that came as no accident – presented as an uninterrupted surface I could peer deep … Continue reading Quiet creative process
A novice sculptor myself – stone carving and figurative clay – I had my heart set on visiting The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park before the summer ran out. A fellow stone carving friend and I took off last week to explore West Yorkshire’s … Continue reading Yorkshire sculpture
Our bodies buckle under the punishing pressure we put them through. Mind over matter, we say as we keep going. Until matter balks, and puts a stop to our ridiculous confidence our bodies may be invincible. From seemingly insignificant ailments, to major incapacitation, the body … Continue reading Restorative yoga