Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

Seal the Deal in Copenhagen

The UN Climate Change Conference 2009 is being held in Copenhagen in December. Seal the Deal is their campaign to get collective agreements on environmental issues.There are two actions individuals can take:1. Sign the petitionThe world urges world leaders to:Seal the...
Malcolm Gladwell on Overconfidence

Malcolm Gladwell on Overconfidence

I am big fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s work, as is my daughter Hannah, and a number of people in my MA class, so we went down to see him speak at the Brighton Dome on Tuesday night.MG decided to talk about ‘overconfidence’ instead of taking any extracts...
Embracing the Wide Sky

Embracing the Wide Sky

Is it bad form to dip into books that you buy as gifts for other people? Probably. Never mind, I couldn’t resist. Embracing the Wide Sky is the second book by amazing Daniel Tammet, who is ‘a high-functioning autistic savant gifted with a facility for...

Relationships are the only thing that matters

For the first time, a journalist, Joshua Wolshenk, has been given access to the archives of one of the most comprehensive longitutudinal studies in history. For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been following 268 men who entered college in the late 1930s through...

Emotions and the Web

  MediaSnackers are putting together an exciting new project looking at how people (aged 13 – 19)feel online.  Although it is not live yet I am so interested to see how it will work, as emotions, the web, and networks is a particular interest of mine.  I also...
Happiness in Social Networks

Happiness in Social Networks

Last month Professor Nicholas Chistakis (Harvard University) and Associate Professor James Folwer (University of California) published the analysis of their research into the spread of happiness in social networks. This study is one of those rather remarkable pieces...

The Invisible People

Lloyd Davis shot this short video on the 15 October 2008. Shocking isn’t it? We know it happens all the time, but Lloyd’s film really highlighted how much we really ignore the homelessness issue. I was reminded of this film when I was sent a link to...
The New Optimists

The New Optimists

I have been thrilled to the very core by the inspiring words written recently on **Optimism** by two fantastic people. Optimist No 1 is Alex Steffen – World Changing Alex starts his important article in Good of 31 December by stressing the seriousness of the...
Loneliness

Loneliness

  Yesterday the BBC published their commissioned report  Changing UK which says that analysing the census data going back 30 years reveals the people in the UK are now much less rooted in their local neighbourhood. London was revealed as the ‘most lonely in...

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