Tag Archive for Ideas

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 →

worst best breakup

The worst (and best) breakup story ever

It is Easter and the Man and the Woman are going on a trip. This is something they do at Easter. Or rather, it is something they have done every Easter since they met. They look forward to it. It’s not always that a Man and a Woman their age get to stay in a house that is not their… Read more →

help glue

Why help makes the best glue

I am five years old. I’m in my bedroom with my coloured pencils and colouring book. Opening the book, I grab a pencil and start colouring. And then, it happens—the thing that always happens to kids my age. I simply cannot stay inside the lines. I am frustrated. It is SO FRUSTRATING! Crying out for my mum to save me… Read more →

home museum

Museum of You: The objects in our homes say a lot about us

There’s a part of me I leave at home every day. It sits on the bookshelf in my bedroom. It’s a little brass rabbit. It used to sit above my grandmother’s fireplace, one of a set of four or five. As a child I was always drawn to it—the littlest one in the group—and I can’t remember if I slipped… Read more →

jamb-globe

The perils of a homeless soul and a soulless home

Home isn’t something we think about so much as sense. We smell some combination of clothes drying, onions frying and flowers dying. We hear the dog’s scuffling paws on the bare floorboards and anticipate the creaks as we stumble through corridors half asleep. We see the stains on the walls, the cracks in the ceiling and think, “I ought to… Read more →

thoughtful prompt

Small change, big difference: A thoughtful prompt

You know those times when you struggle to get started on a project? There’s nothing like a good prompt to get your creativity going. That’s why, when we first heard about Edlyn Yuen and her project Prompt a while back, Thoughtful was inspired to try a playful little prompt of our own. As like-minded people often do, Edlyn and I connected, shared… Read more →

thisisthoughtful

#thisisthoughtful: A little experiment

Today is the start of something new. Every day, our readers are discovering thoughtful people, places and things that are both design-driven and mission-led. So we started thinking… What if we collected these finds in one place, and then shared them with all our readers? Would they want to connect with and be inspired by other creative, forward-thinking people? Here’s how… Read more →

urban countryside

The urban countryside: From concrete jungle to garden city

The smell of manure hangs in the air. In the distance, a rooster crows. A sow and her piglets over here, a goat over there, chickens everywhere. And just over the fence, a decaying Victorian warehouse, windows dusty and shattered, walls splattered with graffiti. Hackney City Farm is a quirky patch of countryside in the middle of one of London’s most urbanised… Read more →

urban hound

Urban hound: What a dog taught me about city living

For years, my daily after-work stroll around the neighbourhood provoked a great desire to share life with a furry four-legged friend. Visits to the local park left me longing after other people’s pets. But the apartment block where I lived at the time boldly stated ‘no pets allowed’. Fast forward a couple of years, post-apartment living. My daily walks are… Read more →