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Orikaso

So Cory Doctorow just posted about some products that I designed, sourced and distributed years ago. I then realised, there is nothing that remains of the company website and where to source the products commercially. This was in part due to my need to distance myself from what had become a painful experience - closing… Continue reading Orikaso

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Paper Oppression, Faith, and Freedom

Disclaimer: Many on reading this have skipped "potentially" element in this sentence and assumed I am somehow in some kind of trouble. This is not to my knowledge the case. I am safe and well. It is not a deliberately malicious system that I fear, it's badly designed systems where abstract data becomes automated and… Continue reading Paper Oppression, Faith, and Freedom

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Reflections on a year. Living, Learning, Loving

Living Last year I scribbled down some key insights. It felt like I'd broken through some imaginary mental barriers and the rules had changed. I had learned to define my own rules. I stopped seeing Money and Meaning, the choice between helping myself to thrive and grow and helping others to thrive and grow ceased… Continue reading Reflections on a year. Living, Learning, Loving

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On Attraction

The most attractive thing anyone can be is themselves. You wont attract everybody, but you will attract the ones that will love you for who you are. For them you will shine, and they for you. If instead you adjust yourself to the perceived expectations of others, together you will construct a prison of interpreted… Continue reading On Attraction

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A rant on Social Media and Development

So I did this talk a while ago, ironically it would appear that for all the discussion regarding social media at this conference the organisers haven't even listed the Video on Youtube ;). Enjoy.

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Mutual Development Principles

Short Version Mutual Development = working together for mutual benefit, with common contribution to address local challenges There are "no experts", we are all equal participants Everyone should benefit Share your ideas, skills, knowledge and resources with others Seize the opportunity to challenge your prejudices, engage with empathy, listen without judgement, seek to learn Do… Continue reading Mutual Development Principles

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Mutual Development – A prototype to create opportunities for growth, learning and experience on the banks of the Nile

The Nile is the source of life in Egypt, where water flows, life grows and thrives on its banks. How could we also use this medium to give people access to knowledge, opportunities to connect and learn? It is knowledge that gives us power to adapt ourselves and environment to meet our needs. Each of… Continue reading Mutual Development – A prototype to create opportunities for growth, learning and experience on the banks of the Nile

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Work happens often in the gaps.

In my line of work, work happens in the gaps, when you're not stressed but relaxed. When you tell someone a story and it grows with them. When you intertwine their dreams with the reality you manufacture together. When you are all inspired. It doesn't happen at the laptop, not if you're working with people… Continue reading Work happens often in the gaps.

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Sharing in Aswan

I've been practicing openly sharing for the last few years, and it has without a doubt transformed my life. I wouldn't be writing this in Aswan now if it hadn't. But it's become second nature to me, and the people with whom I spend my time, that sometimes I forget how transformative it can be.… Continue reading Sharing in Aswan

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Gen Y, Gen Why? Gen WTF?

Once again there's talk of the generations, the struggle to understand the cultural shifts. With vast generalising brushstrokes millions are judged, nicely clumped together in a simple descriptor that gives some comfort of understanding. Yes there are trends, yes there are tendencies. But do you really think the so called "entitled" millenials are the same… Continue reading Gen Y, Gen Why? Gen WTF?