PurpleBeach Experience 2014

Live postcards from the PurpleBeach Experience 2014

Is there something missing? Paul Cable and Lawrence Bloom talk about global consciousness

By Richard Davies

Is there something missing in the world and in our lives? Paul Cable and Lawrence Bloom believe that what we are really missing is a shift in our consciousness, our hearts and minds to think more globally. All of us should consider how we are in our relationships, in our businesses, as citizens of the world – are we being caring or uncaring, respectful or disrespectful, miserly or generous? Many of us have lost connection wi

Date Posted: April, 30 2014

Socialise your innovation says Haydn Shaughnessy

By Richard Davies

Enterprises are no longer fit for purpose, says Haydn Shaughnessy a writer and researcher about innovation and transformation, based at the University of California, Irvine. Haydn interviewed 13 senior executives responsible for innovation about their decision making processes for creating business transformation. Nearly all described a return on investment model, based on identifying a target market. None of them talked about loo

Date Posted: April, 30 2014

Are you a psychopath? asks Kevin Dutton

By Richard Davies

Psychopaths get a bad rap in the popular media, but really, they’re not all bad, says Kevin Dutton, research psychologist at Oxford University and author of “The wisdom of psychopaths – Lessons in Life from Saints, Spies and Serial killers.” While pure psychopaths with an uncontrolled violent streak are invariably ‘toxic’, for others who are somewhere on the psychopathic spectrum, it’s abo

Date Posted: April, 30 2014

Revealing mathematical my5teries with Marcus du Sautoy

By Richard Davies

Maths is a 'Marmite' subject, you either love it or hate it, says Marcus du Sautoy who is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, as well as being a Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and an author.  Marcus began with some questions to the audience: What is Maths? Is it  a language? An art form? A secret code? And what does a mathematician do, other than (as 

Date Posted: April, 30 2014

Secrets of happiness from Susanna Halonen

By Richard Davies

Professional ‘trained optimist’ and happiologist, Susanna Halonen shared her thoughts on how we can encourage people to adopt a more positive mindset at work.  Susanna outlined five key elements: i) Every employee in team to be their own authentic self.  If what people do at work is not aligned with who they are, what can they do to shift it? Susanna thinks there’s no point trying to be someone el

Date Posted: April, 29 2014

Quote of the day

By Richard Davies

Thank you Orit Wolf for today's quote of the day from Maya Angelou: "I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Date Posted: April, 29 2014

Music lessons with Orit Wolf

By Richard Davies

Having opened the PurpleBeach2014 session with a flawless performance of Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu, international concert pianist Orit Wolf told us that if we want to be more creative, we need to make more mistakes. Orit recounted how as a twelve year old, she once froze during a solo performance in front of a thousand people. While she had been trained to perform, she had not yet learned how to cope when something goes wr

Date Posted: April, 29 2014

What can we learn from pirates about being more creative?

By Richard Davies

What can we learn from the golden age of piracy?  That was the question posed by Kyra Maya Phillips, co-author of 'The Misfit Economy'. Sadly, Kyra began by debunking the myth that pirates spent their time making people walk the plank in shark infested seas, had peg legs and said things like, 'Aye,Aye me hearties'. Instead, pirates were early adopters of hierarchy-free enterprise. All crew members received an equal share i

Date Posted: April, 29 2014

Wish you were here?

By Richard Davies

The deckchairs have been lovingly arranged on the freshly swept purple sands. A smiling, straw-hatted life guard greets you with a drink and directs you to the PurpleBeach spa where you can adjust your mood from your long travels with a massage, manicure or heavenly aromas. Already, dedicated beach lovers are intermingling under the palm trees. There’s a long-haired hippy castaway with a keyboard on his lap and a faraway look (hey,

Date Posted: April, 29 2014

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