How many times do you find yourself in a situation that feels uncomfortable, perhaps with someone who you just can’t see eye to eye with? What is your first reaction? Do you feel that fight or flight sensation? Do you respond by looking for a way to agree with them, backing down your position in the argument or do you look for a way to convince the other party that they are being unreasonable? Or do you try to change tack and look for what you both share in common? In Richard Sennett’s new book ’Together: The Rituals, Pleasures, and Politics of Cooperation‘, he explores the history of cooperation and posits that most of these tactics are actually making it harder to reach a position of real cooperation. I went with some friends to hear him talk about his new book- here’s my reflections.
What is the future of Organisations? In order to answer that question, we first must ask ourselves why we have organisations, and what purpose they serve. So let’s start with a definition (I like the wikipedia definition): An organization (or organisation) is a social arrangement which pursues collective goals, controls its own performance, and has a boundary separating - Read More -
An age old debate in design is that of whether the form we create as humans is natural or not and therefore somehow a better fit for purpose. Yet so much of what we create as designers is a new construct – think of a basic flint knife for example that one of our ancestors - Read More -
I thought I’d share some emerging strategies that we’ve been seeing across the work we’ve been doing lately, that all seem to cross the boundary of behaviour change and organisational change. I’d love to hear any thoughts or if you have your own pet ‘heuristics’: Don’t rush. Change takes time, so make sure you know - Read More -
Gyms, it seems to me, have become the church of narcissism. Nothing controversial about that statement, but it’s probably the wrong word to use ‘church’, as my real issue with gyms is that it seems like one of the places within cities where people congregate to enjoy a shared activity yet are entirely isolated from each - Read More -