The One-eyed World

The One-eyed World

We live in a one-eyed world. A planet where the simplistic self-centred view often takes hold. Where party politics polarise and news services divide us. I remember how I used to think about the world when I was growing up, and I shudder. I had a set of experiences that gave me a very narrow […]

Hygge

Hygge

I spent the last week in Copenhagen for a family wedding. It is a place I visit often, and it always inspires me in my mission to make my home nation of Guernsey the best place to live on earth by 2020. Denmark has been deemed to be the happiest place to live (in 2013 […]

No Lonely Old Age

No Lonely Old Age

I want to tell you about one of my favourite projects in the world, one that inspires me and fills me with hope. It is just one example of community connection that begins to address an important issue preoccupying me at the moment. I truly believe that isolation and loneliness is at the root of […]

The Rat Park

The Rat Park

I am still really taken with the idea of social isolation as the cause of many of the problems in the world today, as I discussed in my recent blog post. I want to follow on from this by drawing attention to the real causes of addiction and the Rat Park experiments from the 1970s, […]

The Consciousness Revolution

The Consciousness Revolution

I am unapologetic utopian. I have complete faith that we can collectively create an incredible world in a relatively short period of time. The truth is – we have to. Humanity stands on the edge of the abyss. We face huge existential threats now: from the impending collapse of the global currency system, to the […]

Isolation

Isolation

‘Isolation’ – this is the word that an unidentified graffiti artist in my home nation sprayed on all the green telecoms cabinets, some years ago. It is an art project that goes unnoticed and unmentioned, but every time I see it and read it, it resonates deeply with me. It haunts me in some way. […]

The blind man who can see

The blind man who can see

I recently read a fascinating story that really highlights the arbitrary limits we place on people. And how we limit ourselves.  The story that captivated me was of Daniel Kish – the blind man who taught himself to see. Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but ‘sees’ his surroundings using tongue […]

The Power of Creativity

The Power of Creativity

I have just spent the weekend with Michael Strand – the subversive potter. He uses his pottery to make an impact on broken systems. One of my favourite projects of his is Cuplomacy, which plans to send each US Senator a non-matching cup and saucer, whether Republican or Democrat. It encourages them to go across […]

If every handshake became a hug

If every handshake became a hug

At the beginning of every talk I give, there is a technique I use that helps me get over my fear of public speaking. It’s a quirky trick I came up with after room dynamics were explained to me by a great public speaking coach, David Roylance, who told me: “The first thing you have […]

One Candle

One Candle

This week, I turned 39. I have always found birthdays pretty odd – arbitrarily celebrating days because of a particular orbit of a particular planet around a particular star. In relation to everything else that’s happening in the universe, it is a pretty odd phenomenon, to be honest. As someone who tries to have a […]