Monthly Archives: August 2012

Go Karen!

Aug 30, 2012

After a fantastic opening ceremony to the Paralympic Games yesterday evening we’re champing at the bit to see Karen Darke, Team GB handcyclist and brilliant motivational speaker, in action. She has come a long way since being paralysed after a rock climbing accident at the age of 21: she has climbed Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn and California’s

Stephen Bayley’s ‘Ugly’ is published in autumn 2012

Aug 20, 2012

We love Stephen Bayley; he is brilliant, sometimes rude and always funny. The man behind London’s Design Museum, he is also this country’s cleverest speaker on design. Tom Wolfe said “I don’t know anybody with more interesting observations about style, taste and contemporary design” than Stephen, and we agree with Tom Wolfe. Here’s more on Stephen’s next book,

Conducting with Itay Talgam

Aug 17, 2012

What a pleasure it was to meet with Itay Talgam, acclaimed Israeli conductor and author of my favourite TED talk yesterday (I’m not the only one – Al Gore is also a massive fan). Over coffee – and over the irritatingly noisy group of engineers on the next table pouring over plans of the Westbourne Grove sewer system – we discussed his

Kirby Ferguson explores creativity in a world where “everything is a remix”

Aug 15, 2012

Our State-side friends have been raving to us about Kirby Ferguson. Based in New York, Kirby is a writer, director and film maker whose series, “Everything is a Remix”, has found a growing following on the idea that creativity is not the divinely inspired genius of individuals, but rather an incremental process which, over time,

Giles Duley at TED: inspiring courage and humanity

Aug 13, 2012

Giles Duley was born in 1971 in London. After 10 years as an editorial photographer in the fashion and music industries in both the US and Europe, Duley now focuses his work on humanitarian projects. Working with well respected charities such as Medecins sans Frontiers, IOM and UNHCR to highlight lesser known stories deserving of

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