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well spent

Well spent: How to live a rich life in the age of uncertainty

For those with not much to spend, experiences are the way to spend it. Put down the knitting, the book and the broom It’s time for a holiday Life is a cabaret, old chum So come to the cabaret   I’ve always loved the film Cabaret. I’m grinning and singing along as a female drag queen covered in tattoos belts out… Read more →

holly tucker

Q&A: Holly Tucker MBE on the question of plenty

Too many high streets are characterised by big, bland boxes that pile ‘em high and sell ‘em cheap. Although physically there’s a lot there, they feel empty. It’s what Holly Tucker calls the “grey world of business.” And it’s why she founded online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com a decade ago and, just this year, Holly & Co—to shine a light on the… Read more →

exist strategy

An exist strategy: In business, small is beautiful too

Building for the long run beats racing for a quick exit.   In a picturesque valley, nestled in the southern alps of Japan’s Yamanashi prefecture, lies a traditional Japanese hot spring hotel, an onsen. It’s not big. There are fewer than 40 rooms. Unlike other typical onsens, which operate during certain hours, the baths at this onsen are open 24 hours… Read more →

small gesture

Small gesture, big impact: Why the little things we do for others mean a lot

Tiny acts of kindness are a mark of good taste.   It was a rainy spring evening in Toronto when I found myself knocking on an unfamiliar door to see a group of people I’d never met. Earlier that day, I’d quit my job. A few weeks before, a friend had told me about this group that meets once a week… Read more →

made by us

Made by us: Appreciating the human side of things

Designing unique objects with, and for, the homeless.   Terry can fill a room with his laugh. A furniture restorer and french polisher by trade, he’s never without his multi-coloured crocheted hat sitting slightly askew on his head. He’s a colourful character who’s had a colourful life. An East Londoner by way of the Scottish Highlands, as a youngster he… Read more →

street protests

The long march: Photos documenting the street protests in America

The United States is witnessing a wave of activism and resistance the likes of which it hasn’t seen in a long time. For months, people have been taking to the streets, marching and speaking out on issues as diverse as women’s rights, immigration reform, healthcare, the environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion and workers’ rights. Following the US… Read more →

smart cities

Smart cities: A runner’s perspective

Being a fairly typical 40-something with a sedentary job, I’ve done what any sensible middle-aged man fearful of an expanding waistline and narrowing arteries would do—I started running. Mainly, I run to work. Most mornings I can be seen dodging cars and pedestrians as I make my way through the centre of London to my office in Soho. Running gives… Read more →

street light

Street light: A photo essay about hope shining through the dark

Humans have always been drawn to the light. It’s a source of hope and security. I like going out in search of it, challenging my own perception of areas I wouldn’t usually go—streets that could be perceived as a little dangerous, especially at night. Searching for the light in these places, I find scenes full of unexpected colour and life, of… Read more →