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I delivered a TED talk at TEDx Royal Tunbridge Wells on the subject of How Street Wisdom Changed My Life. If you are interested, more information on the rather wonderful Street Wisdom can also be found here.
- Ten Stories From This Week
15th Novermber 2020
Nice piece from (friend of The Filter) Future Strategy Club – Survival of the Fittest : The Post Covid Handbook. ‘There is no doubt that the Covid pandemic has brought a profound impact to the business world. Financially, the effect of the crisis has resulted in the prediction that a fifth of all small businesses will collapse in the UK. Although this is a bleak prophecy – as often happens in the aftermath of crises – a new period of creativity, inspiration and growth is to come. The Covid period has allowed firms to reflect on their business models and ensure they are fulfilling their founding purpose.
Quite something. This is the online Donald Trump Memorial Library. This may (or may not) be what you were expecting.
From NYT – The evolving travel experience: virtual, actual and in between : Socially distanced craft classes, virtual tango lessons, a city tour accompanied by an avatar guide: how experience companies — which now include Amazon — are adapting to the pandemic.
The Dalai Lama has appealed to world leaders to take urgent action against climate change, warning of ecological destruction affecting the lives of billions and ruining the planet, including his birth country, Tibet. The Buddha would have been green.
From MIT – ‘One in five covid-19 patients are diagnosed with a mental illness within three months.’ Anxiety disorders, insomnia, and dementia were the most common diagnoses.
The John Lewis Christmas ad stars children, snowmen and hip-hop pigeons. The Covid edition of their annual TV advert, focuses on kindness rather than gift-giving.
A photo series of brutalist apartment complexes in former Soviet states, and their inhabitants. (click to scroll)
‘Turkmenistan’s President gives his favourite dog a golden treat.’ President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov proclaimed his love for the Central Asian shepherd, by memorialising it in a 19-foot-high statue. A puppy, held by a young child, also made an appearance as Mr. Berdymukhammedov, an autocrat who rules over one of the world’s most repressive governments, watched with evident pride.(46″) (NYT, reg may be necessary).
Wonderful. Viral video of a ballerina with Alzheimer’s shows the vital role of music in memory, Music’s primal power for those living with dementia has inspired thousands of YouTube views of a clip of a former dancer.
On November 11, 1918 WWI ended. This recording, made available by the Imperial War Museum is the moment when the guns of World War I fell silent. (HT@neilperkin)
Finally, here is the Rolling Stones’ first live performance of “Sympathy For The Devil” — with a dancing John Lennon. (Piece is 8’48”, JL cutting a rug at 4’54”)Continue reading →
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- Where’s Your C-Spot?
November 3rd 2020
See this article published on the Just Breathe Project website. –
What is your relationship with curiosity? Do you dare to think expansively or do you shelter in what you know? Nick Hammond explains why we should be regularly feeding our curious selves.
I recently read an article about curiosity, quoting research concerning brain activity. It observed that we are ‘most curious when we feel the need to recall something that we are close to remembering.’ This is commonly known as the ‘tip of the tongue’ phenomenon.Continue reading →
- Going on a Retreat
My relatively short experience (just under two years) of mindfulness and meditation started in June 2018, predicated by the experience of a close personal loss. Following this, I sought solace in meditation, starting with short introductory sessions on Headspace, then becoming interested in Buddhism and studying with The Mindfulness Network.Continue reading →
- The (Animal) Spirit of Recovery
7th May 2020
Reading a recent Economist leader – The game’s the thing – as covid-19 causes sports cancellations, what can be done? (reg may be necessary), took me back to my university days studying political theory & philosophy and raised a thought relating to the C-19 crisis.Continue reading →
- Mindfulness in the time of the Virus
21st April 2020
I’d like to share some thoughts around my experience of mindfulness and the evolution of this across the last few years. This is a personal story, but I hope some of it may help in providing guidance to others, on how to approach living with a more mindful attitude.Continue reading →