Forcing creativity

This is a topic I have covered before and is the third to come out of the amazing Thinking Digital 2019. It is something that divides opinion. Can you force creativity? In other words are there circumstances that encourage or even determine people to be creative? One of the speakers, Roger Mavity, the Creative Conjurer, … Continue reading Forcing creativity

Unfolding plans 171 – Document management

So, one of the best things about going down to the Local Government Forum in Manchester earlier this week was the drive there and back.  I know it was awful.  I said so in my blog.  We got stuck in bad traffic both on the way down as well as the drive home yet it … Continue reading Unfolding plans 171 – Document management

Unfolding plans 96 – Phil Jackman Author

I am an author.  I am a writer.  I have written a book and it has been published.  I doubt it is the best book ever to have been written and I don’t expect it to be in the best sellers list but that is not the point.  It is published and a small number … Continue reading Unfolding plans 96 – Phil Jackman Author

Unfolding plans 78 – less magpie and more moth

What are the most important things that I need to be working on? That’s what Mike asked me. It seems like an easy question but in truth can be really hard to answer.  How much of what I do is driven by circumstances and how much is in line with my own ambitions and focus?  … Continue reading Unfolding plans 78 – less magpie and more moth

Unfolding plans 71 – Thinking Digital makes your head hurt #TDC15

I’ve been at Thinking Digital today.  It started yesterday afternoon with some workshops but the main event takes place today and tomorrow.  If you have never been you should.  Once you have been you’ll want to come back again and again.  It is the must attend event of the year. So why is it such … Continue reading Unfolding plans 71 – Thinking Digital makes your head hurt #TDC15


Day eighteen of the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’  and I’m straying into unknown territory.  I would not regard myself as a religious person but I have already done that bit.  I have very little knowledge of any of the religious texts yet it was a book by AJ Jacobs called ‘The year of living biblically’ … Continue reading Religion


Day sixteen of the ‘Blogging from A-Z Challenge’. There is something almost penitential about what I have been doing over the last month. Trying to work with my unusual hand has been a way of denying myself. Life has basically been too easy as a right-hander and it is time to pay the piper. I … Continue reading Penitence