Learn from play

Children learn from play. Hold the front page. Who could believe it? Whatever will they think of next? I heard it on the news so it must be true, yet anyone who has ever had children knows this to be self-evident.  Children learn the social norms of interaction, collaboration and hierarchy through play.  Anyone who … Continue reading Learn from play

Technically lonely

I've been thinking a lot about loneliness.  It is the scourge of modern living.  The paradox is that in a time of dense population and high net migration there is a growing number of people who suffer from social isolation.  It is a complex problem which cannot be solved with simplistic answers.  Very few can, yet … Continue reading Technically lonely

The Divided Self

What a fascinating book ‘The Divided Self’ by RD Laing is.  It is perhaps not the kind of book I would normally pick up but it was lying around and it is quite thin.  I would urge anyone who has any interest in the workings of humanity to give it a go.  Why?  Because the … Continue reading The Divided Self

Stressful work

Stress at work is a big problem, so I am led to believe.  It is a difficult thing to manage however as the causes are manyfold and may not be related to the working environment.  It is certainly a contributing factor.  I know this, as I have recently completed my ‘Recognising and managing stress in … Continue reading Stressful work

Office for Data Analytics

A significant group met at Sunderland Software City last week to move on the proposal for an Office for Data Analytics.  I say significant but I can’t tell you how many there were.  Perhaps there were twenty five or thirty.  There was a photo taken if you need to count them.  A smaller group of … Continue reading Office for Data Analytics

A year of work in progress – day 31

Day 31 – 14 February 2014 Valentine’s Day is the day when love hangs heavy in the air.  What better way to spend the morning than with BT?  We have a meaty contract with them to deliver the broadband infrastructure for the Digital Durham programme and so it’s important that we maintain excellent relations throughout … Continue reading A year of work in progress – day 31