Monthly Archives: May 2010

Adult creativity: Why we should make time for play

“We know that playing is an essential part of enjoying childhood and that it contributes hugely to children’s informal learning and development.” ~ Director of Play England Adrian Voce > perhaps Adults need to be reminded of this too.

Adult creativity: Why we should make time for play

play and adult creativityWe learn when we play as children, in fact this accounts for most of our early learning. Play acts as a learning laboratory for trying out different internal models on an external world. This is not dissimilar to our traditional brainstorming sessions.

Play acts as a learning laboratory for trying out different internal models on an external world. This is not dissimilar to our traditional brainstorming sessions.
Play also helps our sense of independence, and shows that we do not have to be compliant.
Play provides a protected area for our dreams.
Play provides a way of managing tensions between what is and what can be.
Play is often accompanied by a particular state of mind.
Given that shared culture, values, myths, metaphors, visions and more are the basis of many of our social groupings both inside and outside the workplace, why do we not play more often?Read more at

What Is Manliness?

Interesting article! I’ve only clipped a small part of the entire post and would recommend you clicking through to read in full. I liked the author’s description very much and her adjoining list has some very ‘big’ words.

To strive. and ultimately attain the qualities described, does somewhat put us men under a tad of pressure… Are we up to it boys?

Is anything missing from list?

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What Is Manliness?

So my definition of manliness, like Aristotle’s and the Romans, is simple: striving for excellence and virtue in all areas of your life, fulfilling your potential as a man, and being the absolute best brother, friend, husband, father and citizen you can be. This mission is fulfilled by the cultivation of manly virtues like:
  • Courage
  • Loyalty
  • Industry
  • Resiliency
  • Resolution
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Self-Reliance
  • Integrity
  • Sacrifice


One day a monk fell down in the snow

“One day a monk fell down in the snow and cried out for help. Another monk came along and lay down beside him. The first monk got up and walked away.” – Zen Koan

I laughed out loud when I read this quote. This is recovery in action–perfectly expressing the essence of twelve step work. One addict helping another through identification. If you see a newcomer in recovery, you can share your story and explain that you were in their shoes. They gain hope in seeing that you are happy and content with your life in spite of your addiction. That is how we pass hope to the newcomer–through identification. That is why we must tell our stories of addiction before we explain how we achieved sobriety–so that the newcomer knows that we are true addicts and alcoholics just like they are.

When Social Gets Too Much

Morning Fog Emerging From Trees
A Guy Taking Pictures / Water Photos / CC BY

Hunky Dorey

You’re twenty eight years old, recently married, first child on the way, a successful community manager for a leading retailer, and part of your daily bread and butter is updating the feed on Facebook or Twitter. You’ll spend an hour a day looking through your well researched RSS feeds for one or two relevant articles to post, and perhaps another hour commenting on posts and enganging with your community. Your sorted, your cool, no worries there. Continue Reading

Inner Voice

Take the effort to put aside time to be alone without interruption. It could be meditation. It could be going for a walk. I get in touch with my inner voice sometimes when I take the dog for a walk. It’s just me, my inner thoughts and the world (and the dog).

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Artificial life breakthrough announced by scientists

That’s handy, soon we won’t need to reproduce !?! Just pop down to the doctors and give them a description of the child you want… they’ll probably say, no problem sir, come back at 4pm to pick ‘it’ up… Danger or Delight?

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‘Artificial life’ breakthrough announced by scientists

Scientists in the US have succeeded in developing the first living cell to be controlled entirely by synthetic DNA.
The advance, published in Science, has been hailed as a scientific landmark, but critics say there are dangers posed by synthetic organisms.
The researchers copied an existing bacterial genome. They sequenced its genetic code and then used “synthesis machines” to chemically construct a copy.
“This is the first time any synthetic DNA has been in complete control of a cell,” said Dr Venter.
But critics say that the potential benefits of synthetic organisms have been overstated.
Dr Gos Micklem, a geneticist from the University of Cambridge, said that the advance was “undoubtedly a landmark” study.
“But the risks are also unparalleled,” he continued. “We need new standards of safety evaluation for this kind of radical research and protections from military or terrorist misuse and abuse.


Drive by Dan Pink

If you haven’t yet read the book, watch RSA’s video to get a taster, then read the book < very cool video.

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

The secret of Apple’s success

Is your thinking from in to out or from out to in?

Video: The secret of Apple’s success

In 18 minutes, Simon Sinek — the author of Start with Why — explains what Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers have in common.

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