The real Mexico – getting past paranoia

The real Mexico – getting past paranoia

  It’s hard to believe it’s already been three weeks, but 19th-21st May, I was part of a conference in Mexico on Soft Power and Public Diplomacy with Wilton Park, a UK government-related agency that organises thought-provoking and timely conferences around international topics. The conference itself was excellent – a tribute to the organisers who […]

Halting narratives

Halting narratives

I'm off to Colombia next week for the latest element of a great project to look at entrepreneurial attitudes across the country – this trip is to present some interim findings, develop some experimental interventions that we'll monitor in the next phase of the project. I notice that friends in the UK's first reaction to […]

Design of Understanding 2014

Design of Understanding 2014

Last Friday was the 2014 Design of Understanding day – a packed room at St Brides Library off Fleet Street, organised by the redoubtable Max Gadney of After the flood.  He and I had come across each other in a hotel bar in Kigali, Rwanda when we were both working the GirlHub Rwanda office – […]

Closing 2013 and opening up 2014

Closing 2013 and opening up 2014

When you’re presented with lots of excellent examples of people’s experience (the Northern Ireland 10,000 Voices project has already gathered 1100 examples of patients’ experiences), the temptation is still to read them all, and act quickly on the ones that strike you. … To gain a better understanding of the issues facing youth in Kyrgyzstan today, we’re introducing micronarratives – young people will collect, tell and interpret their own stories, providing a better understanding of the challenges they face in their everyday lives, and also helping to identify any gaps in the knowledge and skills of young people in order to shape the focus of our outreach activities.