It’s Already Coming Home

As I was enjoying England win earlier this week, I reflected on the fact that this was the first time in over 20 years that I’ve been able to watch a football tournament from start to finish at home. Every one has seen me check match times with trains, planes and traffic. It is about… Continue reading It’s Already Coming Home

World Refugee Day, 20th June

World Refugee Day is designated to raise awareness and build empathy towards those forced to flee their homes. In previous roles, I have heard first-hand accounts of the planning skills, resilience and bravery required to flee your home and start a new life in a new country. I have also heard the frustration of those… Continue reading World Refugee Day, 20th June

Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

This week brought inspiration, beyond the fine people I worked with. I read an essay by Paul Farley about the Tipping Buckets. Officially the Piazza Fountain, they were a regular stop on me and my Dad’s Sunday morning walks around Liverpool City Centre as a child. I was fascinated by the buckets: tipping, moving, emptying… Continue reading Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

Weathered Resilience

At the end of a busy, fulfilling week, it’s great to recharge the batteries in nature. Walking around Glen Feshie, we revisited the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, where each piece is intended to withstand the Highland climate without cosmetic alterations, until it breaks and dissolves into the soil where it stands. Like so many people… Continue reading Weathered Resilience

Gratitude

There’s an old Sufi story about the philosopher who is asked, ‘Why are you always so happy?’ He replied, ‘I wake up every morning with a choice – do I feel sad, or do I feel blessed? I choose to feel blessed.’ Recently, I’ve had conversations with people who keep talking about what they’re missing… Continue reading Gratitude

My Unexpected Anniversary

It was one year ago tomorrow …….. I was on a slow-moving delayed train from Preston to Manchester Airport for my usual evening flight home, wondering if I’d make it. I did, and haven’t been on any transport since. In this past year, I’ve had a bit of a reset. More time with my loved… Continue reading My Unexpected Anniversary

Space is Gonna Do Me Good

Not only is this a great song by Frank Black, it’s also a good mindset to have. After two hectic weeks (thanks everybody!) it’s great to have the space to take a good long walk on the beach. It’s good to create some space in our busy working lives too; that time in between meetings… Continue reading Space is Gonna Do Me Good

Frasier’s Back – and I Know how he Feels!

Great news that Frasier is returning, but what’s that got to do with learning? Well…. Last week I ran six sessions to over 100 people. Only around 10% used their cameras at any point. I had galleries full of black squares and initials, which made me feel like a radio DJ. I nicely gave the… Continue reading Frasier’s Back – and I Know how he Feels!