Clever people, simple technology

Clever people, simple technology

22 January 2016

How many technicians does it take to change a light bulb? Well, all joking aside it takes none because a light bulb is a very simple thing to replace and almost all of us can do it without needing guidance or instruction. Most people understand if the light isn’t working it's going to be the bulb or the electricity supply. We never ask ourselves how the light gets power from the power station as we don’t a) want to know, or b) need to know in order to make it work. This mind-set with technology can be found in vast areas across our day-to-day life. Planes, trains and automobiles. Getting money from a cash machine or inserting a card to pay for stuff. We don’t understand how, we just know it does.

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Team Shop in full swing

Team Shop in full swing

15 January 2016

Brandon Trust shop #2 is finally open and it's fabulous (even if I do say so myself). It's a joy and a relief to finally open the doors and have the public respond so positively with their kind words and perhaps more importantly, their fantastic donations and purchases. 

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I freed my potential!

I freed my potential!

8 January 2016

I signed up for coaching when I felt I’d lost my sense of direction and that I wasn’t in control of important aspects of my life. Coaching sessions gave me a safe space to say what was in my head, out loud! It made a huge difference to the way I viewed different aspects of my life, both work and personal.

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The power of simplicity

The power of simplicity

31 December 2015

For a variety of reasons I've recently been pondering about just how complicated the world is. From the tensions in the Middle East, to the effects of global warming and the floods up North this week or the inevitable ongoing impact of austerity on social care. In all of these issues, and most others, there is no single cause and no simple solution. While complexity undoubtedly enriches our lives, it can also confuse and disorientate us, slow us down and worst of all, on occasions, paralyse us.

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Imagine a world with more Dereks

Imagine a world with more Dereks

24 December 2015

Every Thursday in Cheltenham there’s a gathering of local residents with a common bond; knitting! What images do you conjure up when thinking about knitting? Ones of Grandmas knitting away in their favourite chairs, furiously casting on and knitting endless scarves and squares for that old knitted blanket?

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