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From The Archive: Making Resolutions by Alain de Botton

We don't tend to make resolutions about things we completely believe in. Few of us would ever resolve to be appalled by war or disease.  It just comes naturally.  But we do resolve all the time to be kinder or more hardworking, because a...
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Elke Lahousse and Project In-between: do we need a new -ism?

Inventing new words, something journalists just love to do, is like a game with different levels of difficulty. Level one is rather simple and silly. This year we saw bromance, helicopter parents, boomerang children, planking and FOMO - fear of missing out - being...
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22
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Ben Irvine on Roko Belic's Film 'Happy'

Charm works wonders; which is why persuasion is often sweetened with entertainment. Examples of this can readily be found in theatre, literature, cinema, song, comedy, political broadcasting, and, of course, advertising. The film Happy belongs in this broad tradition, but its cast of characters is...
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John-Paul Flintoff on New Year's Resolutions

  Are you thinking of making a new year's resolution? If so, why not consider making a late-December resolution instead? The only good reason for waiting till the beginning of January is to make a resolution that is specific to January: such as (perhaps) resolving...
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Elke Lahousse and Project In-Between On Visual Storytelling

* M13 In-between journalism, art, and a bit of science, lies an emerging new field called data visualisation.* Do you know what Marshall McLuhan in 1964 really meant when he said 'the medium is the message'? His one-liner has become an overused and often...
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We All Need Words on Why Jargon Isn't The Problem And 'Plain English' Isn't The Answer

Every year the Plain English Campaign gives out gobbledegook awards to the worst examples of incomprehensible writing at work. But most writing problems in an organisation can't be solved with a Plain English crystal mark. About this time every year the Plain English...
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Elke Lahousse Introduces Project In-Between

I am in-between. I'm living in-between cities (London vs Leuven). I'm in-between jobs (journalist vs student). And I've always been in-between haircuts. I'm taking a career break from my job as a fashion editor, to cultivate the wondrous state of 'being in-between'. This may sound...
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Interview with Tom Chatfield on Real-World Living

*Please provide a brief introduction about yourself and tell us what you do...*I'm the author of three books about digital culture, including one on games, and also do a lot of speaking, consulting and design around game and digital experiences. Perhaps my greatest interest...
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