Tag Archive for Ideas

slow consumption

The cure for impulse buying? Slow consumption

Buying fewer, better things can help you lead a more fulfilled, less wasteful life.   “Don’t care how, I want it now!” Looking back, I have the uncomfortable feeling that as a child I might have channelled a bit of the irredeemably entitled anti-heroine Verruca Salt. My parents, being rather more British than normal British people (due to the fact… Read more →

slow media

Slow media: Why unhurried forms of communication are worth the wait

A ‘slow media’ movement is, so to speak, gathering pace.   Once up on a time, you could stay on top of current events without being distracted by clickbait headlines, listicles and notifications. You could keep up with the news, full stop. There wasn’t a 24-hour firehose of tweets and trolls, posts and pundits. Anything described as viral was to be… Read more →

slow city

Breaking the time machine: How to slow the pace of city life

Reclaim urban space by moving through it at your own pace.   The speed of urban life has been noted for centuries. The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau declared the city a “whirlwind” back in 1761. Fast forward two hundred years, and a study in the journal Nature found scientific proof that the “pace of life varies in a regular fashion with… 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 →

replay

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 →

run play

Run and play: The joy of jogging

Running is quiet. You run alone. You are free.   I used to run. When I was in school, it was the only sport I did, or could do. Other sports were loud, involving a conspiracy of rules, teammates, spectators and judges, all oppressive. I liked running for its simplicity. Running is quiet. You run alone. You are free. Your… Read more →

thoughtful cannes 2018

Postcards from Cannes, the world’s biggest playground for creativity

Beyond the beach and booze, is there a more thoughtful side to the Cannes Lions Festival?   If you have anything to do with brands, marketing or advertising, your social media feeds may have recently been filled with snaps of rosé, yachts and people drinking rosé on yachts. The occasion? The annual Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. After years of… Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

rescue dog

The rescue dog that rescued me: An illustrated story

•   •   •   •   •   I have settled in. Who wouldn’t? I get two beds, two dinners and two walks a day. Polly used to walk on a set route with no stiles (she is small), no fields with livestock (she is terrified of cows) and no mud (she likes to walk fast). But I… Read more →