Contra-conversations

We all have our beliefs. Some held firmly; some held not so tightly. Some true, some false Some we are prepared to change. For others, we are prepared to die. One of my firmly held beliefs is that if we are going to create a better world, then each and every one of us needs … Continue reading Contra-conversations

Al Jazeera Café The Al Jazeera Café is not just a debate. It is a conversation. A global conversation.

The Al Jazeera Cafe is about bringing people together around a table, from all backgrounds, all walks of life, in different corners of the world. Crucially, the show is always set, as the name suggests, in a cafe – whether in Amman, Jordan, Bradford England, or Mexico City, Mexico. There are no television studios, no invited … Continue reading Al Jazeera Café The Al Jazeera Café is not just a debate. It is a conversation. A global conversation.

The last of human freedoms The ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances

In 1989, I first read Stephen Covey’s  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and he introduced me to the life and work of Viktor Frankl. Viktor Frankl was an internationally renowned psychiatrist. In 1946, he wrote the book Man’s Search for Meaning. In his book, he begins with a deeply moving personal account of his imprisonment in … Continue reading The last of human freedoms The ability to chose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances

Stammtisch A table in a bar reserved for regular customers

The word Stammtisch is German. A Stammtisch is both a group of people, who meet regularly in a bar or restaurant, as well as the large table, around which the group gathers. Stammtisch tables are reserved for regular customers at which they hold friendly get-togethers. There are various types of Stammtisch groups. People may gather … Continue reading Stammtisch A table in a bar reserved for regular customers

Three wishes

How would you go about solving the world’s problems? When I think about the problems of the world, I recall the game from my childhood (based on the story of Aladdin and his magic lamp) where you are told to pretend that a Genie has granted you three wishes, and you have to say for what you … Continue reading Three wishes

Carpe diem Seize the day boys (and girls) - make your lives extraordinary

Carpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day” or “pluck the day [as it is ripe]” – in other words enjoy the moment. It is a philosophy that  I think we should take more seriously. The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. Perhaps, as a result we should, especially in … Continue reading Carpe diem Seize the day boys (and girls) – make your lives extraordinary

Conversational space

If a building doesn’t encourage [collaboration], you’ll lose a lot of innovation and the magic that’s sparked by serendipity. So we designed the building to make people get out of their offices and mingle in the central atrium with people they might not otherwise see. Credit: Steve Jobs [Status: stub – I plan to write … Continue reading Conversational space