What Design Can Do is an unbeatable title for a design
conference because implicit in this simple phrase is
humility (design can’t do everything) and challenge (but
it can do more than you expect). It embodies the design
spirit of our age: exploration.
For the past 40 years, Carol Dweck has been studying the
ways we humans respond to our own strengths and
shortcomings, and to those of others, and what that means
for our self-esteem and ability to grow. Mindset, her first
book for a non-academic...
The having it all wars are on again. Sheryl Sandberg
Facebook's COO, is advising women to “lean in”: to
believe in themselves and be more pro-active if they want to
combine career success with a vibrant family life. Others,
such as Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter,...
Now that the sun is finally out and spring seems to be
bursting forth like pent-up religious fervour, I feel a huge
desire to start afresh, and turn myself into something new.
I’ve been treading water too long, unable to move on...
A few years ago I started consciously watching the first
thing that came to mind as I awoke each morning.
More often than not what would appear during those first few
hazy moments was “The List”. The curtains I must
remember to fix, the...
Consider, please, a brief thought experiment. Suppose for a
moment that angels exist. Could therefore one such angel be
capable of bravery? Think about it. Your answer, I hazard,
would be ‘no’. OK, now how about ghosts? Could there be
such an entity as...
What would you do if money was no object? How would you
really enjoy spending your life? Watch this inspiring
short film narrated by the British philosopher Alan Watts on
the topic of defining your life by what you enjoy doing.
“I just had an idea that over the course of the past few
years has struck a cord, a creative design solution to an
environmental challenge. Each time someone wears A From
Somewhere piece, or each student that discovers upcycling,
and each person that...
I’m just back from The School of Life’s intensive in Sao
Paolo. I had a truly inspiring time, and was not only filled
with ideas for how to change my life for the better, but
also fell completely in love with Brazil....
Our definition of community is changing. It’s crazy how
few of us know our neighbours: their names, their phone
numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online
"social" networking has only made it easier to avoid
face-to-face contact in the real world. What might...
People run for different reasons. Health, appearance, social
opportunities, the temporary postponement of death, are all
fairly standard ones. What suddenly propelled me into a life
of running was the activities of some particularly rapacious
canines, who would eat my house and all of...