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Connecting the dots: How to solve bigger problems with better creativity

Commercial creatives are learning to get to better solutions faster by partnering with mission-led startups.   What happens when you combine a social mission with commercial ambition? It’s a question that’s fascinated me for ages. For me, there’s no inherent conflict between purpose and profit. In fact, given the influence it has on every aspect of our lives, I think… Read more →

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A culture of humanity: The art of connecting across races, languages and nationalities

Lessons from an unexpected encounter between a Pakistani immigrant and an older white man in America   Many years ago, as I sat next to the iconic lion statues outside the Art Institute of Chicago museum, staring at the waves of people passing by in front of me, I felt alone and mesmerised. I was new in the United States,… Read more →

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Make friends with sober: How to connect with people without alcohol

Choosing to be alcohol-free no longer means you’ve signed up to sit home alone drinking tea.   I have a confession to make, I don’t love drinking. I’ve never been a big drinker. While I drank plenty—in college, when I studied abroad, in my twenties—most of the time, I didn’t like. it. I didn’t like how it made me feel.… Read more →

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What money can’t buy: Is wealth slowly degrading our relationships?

An uptick in financial fortune has made our lives better in many ways. But is it also making our lives worse?   A large swathe of Indians in the UK are twice migrants, arriving in Britain via Kenya at a time of strife. Most made this journey in the seventies, as teenagers with nothing but a suitcase and dreams. Amongst… Read more →

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Q&A: Entrepreneur Tessa Clarke on the question of connection

There’s nothing quite like food to help people connect. An unexpected benefit of OLIO, an app to stop surplus food going to waste, is how it brings together neighbours that might never have otherwise met. I asked its co-founder Tessa Clarke to share her thoughts on connection.   How does the idea of connection fit into your work? OLIO is… Read more →

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Q&A: Fashion designer Orsola de Castro on the question of slow

Fast fashion is an ugly trend. As the relentless treadmill of new design collections runs ever quicker and cheaper, producers and the planet suffer. So designer Orsola de Castro founded Fashion Revolution, a global campaign calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the supply chain. I asked her to share her thoughts on slow fashion.   How does the idea of slow fit… Read more →

molly flatt

How to cheat at work

When the itch to play doesn’t abate as you grow up.   Here’s how I used to play. Early in the morning, before anyone else was awake—or at least awake enough to pay me any attention—I would go downstairs and pull on a pair of wellies. In summer, I might not bother. In winter, I might drag a coat over my nightie,… Read more →

alistair hall

Q&A: Monster shopkeeper and designer Alistair Hall on the question of play

When he’s not running a general store for vampires, werewolves and zombies, Alistair Hall is creating award-winning design for the likes of Penguin Books and The National Trust at his studio We Made This. I asked the co-founder and art director of children’s literacy charity Ministry of Stories and its fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to share his thoughts on play.     How does the idea… Read more →

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Replay: What we can learn from the earliest forms of play

We need to get back to basics and take ‘frivolous’ play more seriously.   Every day, for anything from 30 minutes to an hour, at some point between lunch and dinnertime I’m forced to play. Waiting patiently for hours, until I’ve wrapped up important phone calls and made a big dent in the day’s work, my playmate isn’t fussy about… Read more →