Unconference for Transformational Learning and Culture (UTLC2016)

Dear readers, Sorry for the prolonged silence. It’s been Easter holidays time for me and my family. I’m currently writing to you from the Canterbury YHA Youth Hostel where we’ve been based, touring around the Kent coast. It’s been breezy…but beautiful! Anyway, I’m very excited because this weekend is the ‘Unconference for Transformational Learning and…

Flipping the script: Example No.1 – from ‘benefits’ to ‘compensation’

Dear Reader, Sorry for the prolonged silence. I’m sooo busy. It’s a bit of a crunch time for me. My research fellowship ends and with it any regular money. I’m not realistically gonna get any university jobs mainly because instead of focusing in and carving out a particular academic niche, I’ve done the opposite and…

The most important thing I’ve probably ever written in my life

Hope that blogpost title lured you in! Read on, dear friend, read on!…   FROM DEATH TO LIFE M-C-M’/C-M-C → U-I-U’/I-U-I’ I am currently organising an ‘unconference’. I’m inviting a diverse group of around 30 people to a weekend workshop in April focused on the issue of transformation. That’s intentionally left very broad. One of…

Momentum – original post plus apology

Dear all, To end this mini saga, I attach the original post on Momentum saved by one tech-savvy reader with the apology over the apology…Well, just read it! 🙂 Thanks Joel The apology re the apology So, last week, I deleted my original article on Momentum last week, after two friends told me it read…

Five ideas for hacking television

Dear readers, Here is an article out today on OpenDemocracy in which I offer five ideas that might guide any attempts to democratise the production and viewing of television. I’m trying to apply these ideas and more to my own project – the Capital City Project. Early days yet for that, but some good stuff…

An apology re an apology re Momentum!

So, last week, I deleted my original article on Momentum last week, after two friends told me it read like an attack. I replaced it with an apology. However, since then, I’ve now received three responses from friends telling me that my original article did not read as an attack and was instead an important…

An apology re Momentum

Dear readers, A few days ago, I wrote a post about Momentum, the movement that the Labour Party leadership is trying build across the UK. I meant to be reflective and constructively critical, but, after two friends (one being my wife!) told me that the email read like an attack, I’ve decided to delete the…

What does the economy look like? And why does it matter?

  Question: What does the economy look like?… The mainstream economist’s answer: ‘Why! GDP, of course! ‘An economy,’ a mainstream economist might retort, ‘is nothing more than the combined economic activity of all ‘households’ in any given location – say, a region, a nation, the world. So, if you want to see what an economy…

The ‘Hunt’ for surplus-value: what all ‘junior’ doctors should know about the government’s plans

We are very proud here in the UK of our National Health Service, established by the post-WW2 Labour government, that still, despite creeping privatisation, provides healthcare to all ‘free at the point of delivery’ paid out of general taxation. Unsurprisingly, therefore, it is major news that this week all hospital doctors-in-training in England (i.e. doctors…