Oller Oller People

With Richard Davies

Recently I attended the opening of Jerwood Open Forest, an exhibition to explore the relationship between art and the environment run in partnership with Forestry Commission England. I was fascinated by a project created by Adam James, a performance artist based in London. Adam took nine performers for eight days in October to Sherwood Pine Forest in Nottingham where they lived in wooden shelters, isolated from the rest of the world. B

Date Posted: February, 2 2014

Zen and the art of canal boating

With Richard Davies

Learnings come in the strangest places. For me this summer, it was while standing at the helm of a 72 foot canal boat on the Kennet & Avon Canal in the Cotswolds, while executing a 180° turn in a stretch of water barely wider than the boat. How did I come to be there? Some months earlier, I had spun a few anecdotes at a family dinner party about my annual barge trip with old college mates. “Why don’t we do that?  It wo

Date Posted: September, 5 2013

It’s good to talk

With Richard Davies

Recently I took out a new mobile phone contract and was amazed by how much ‘all you can eat’ call packages had fallen in price. Is this supply driven, I wondered, with intense market competition driving ever cheaper data transmission?  Or is it really about changes in consumer behaviour, because people now use their phones for almost everything except to phone people? My first inkling of this trend was when specifying

Date Posted: June, 10 2013

How to get more aha moments - do the washing up!

With Richard Davies

Are you someone who struggles to focus on problem solving when there’s a stack of ironing that needs doing, or a lawn that needs mowing?  Relax – the lastest scientific research says that performing simple non-demanding tasks can free up your creative brain and actually help you generate more aha moments. In the recent documentary ‘The Creative Mind’, BBC Horizon reported on a psychological experiment by Pr

Date Posted: March, 25 2013

Counting ahas

With Richard Davies

What are aha moments and why do we want people to have more of them?  Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with 1980s Norwegian synthpop bands with dodgy haircuts. We’re talking about an idea that has inspired the creation of our first PurpleBeach event. Simply, to measure our success in terms of the number of aha moments we generate for our participants. An aha moment is what happens when an idea connects with a challeng

Date Posted: March, 10 2013

Let's all go to the beach!

With Richard Davies

It’s no accident that when we want to relax and recharge, most of us head for the beach.  How often during the working day do you see the colour of the sky, or notice a change in the weather? How much of the light in your workplace comes from the sun?  Try switching off the lights and see how long it takes your eyes to adjust - and how different it looks! We spend so much of our working lives in physically confi

Date Posted: February, 17 2013

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