Dots to be joined…

It's been a busy couple of months – with a number of things that I'll be putting up here in the coming weeks. Including, excitingly, the next pilots for the Children of the World project…

In the meantime, however, some apposite quotes around ways of making changes and the work we've been – and are – doing at the moment.

"[He] started in the wrong place. He didn't look around, and watch and learn, and then say, 'This is how people are, how do we deal with it?' No, he sat and thought, 'This is the people ought to be, how do we change them?'

Night Watch, Terry Pratchett

"'A healthy galaxy is forever poised on the edge of chaos, transixed between the sterile wasteland of order and the mad wilderness of rampant entropy.' … [The organisation] was structured to thrive on diversity, multiplex thinking, multicultural societies.

"Nice trick. Starting is easy.

"It's keeping it going that's so hard."

Heaven, Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen

"In a world where everything is connected, advance signs of change, of turbulence, are likely to appear only when we look in unexpected places."

The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo

"Narrow-gazing not only leads to kinds of misfires, it also fatally constrains the ability to imagine good ideas or policies. The chance for real brilliance or flair is usually best seen out of the corner of the eye."

The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo

"[Chinese students instinctively knew] the environment contained clues to what was about to happen. If you stared at a single spot in the world around you, that incipient sensibility would be dulled to the point of uselessness."

The Age of the Unthinkable, Joshua Cooper Ramo

Yup, as I've said before, Joshua Cooper Ramo's book is great – my copy has pages and pages of underlined phrases. Read it. Just read it.