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The Political Is Personal

I’ll always remember the condescending smile on the face of my interlocutor as I finally walked away. The argument was, unbelievably, about the continuing need for feminism, which my adversary contended was out of date. “Can you name a single instance in your life where you’ve been discriminated against?” My failure to come up with … Continue reading

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Think Drink Do: Innovation from Paper, November 2014

I always enjoy innovation agency Paper’s Think Drink Do events, in which they have a series of speakers focusing on behaviour change and related concepts followed by a practical crowdsourcing innovation exercise. This time we had Cath Richardson from the Government Digital Service providing insights about how to encourage government departments to focus on citizen … Continue reading

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A Rave for Beats at the Soho Theatre

Repost: with One Stop Arts closing, I migrated this review here. A thoughtful, imaginative and minimalist Glaswegian production, Beats asks us to consider the meaning of music in all its resonant layers. At the Soho Theatre. The impetus for this story is the 1994 Criminal Justice Act banning public gatherings around amplified music characterised by ‘the … Continue reading

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Shake It Up

In the past few days I’ve been noticing more and more stories about the sudden emergence of the ‘Harlem Shake’ as a protest movement (in the most literal sense) across the Middle East.  The Verge has a particularly good analytical piece on its development. Much commentary focuses on the bizarre or trivial nature of choosing … Continue reading