The Significance of Heritage

Text of a five-minute response I was asked to make at the South-Central Regional conference of the RSA on Heritage, Southampton in June 11th 2016. Like a lot of my contributions it took the form of a provocation designed to promote some lateral thinking about the comforts of the subject. As is also usual there is a lot of recycled material in here too, so some of it might seem familiar.  Continue reading The Significance of Heritage

Content Strategy

This series of suggestions comes from a WordPress workshop I attended a few years ago in Brighton, that buzzy digital city. If you want an effective website then success lies less in your technological choices than in the quality of your thinking and forward planning. Was it ever any different, whatever your context? Continue reading Content Strategy

The Archaeology of this Generalist

The power of integrated, joined-up thinking is recognized and new generalists are required, able to grasp specialist knowledge as well as able to range across disciplines

Charles Landry

I am not a very focussed person and it takes me a lot of effort to structure anything. I also just can’t hack doing proper research.
Undismayed, not to say brazen, I have converted this evident intellectual laziness, if not inability, into a positive by making a virtue out of not being expert.

All of which makes me a proud generalist. Continue reading The Archaeology of this Generalist

It’s Time for the Generalist

Inspired by entries in Smashing Magazine and Psychology Today, I had been working on this article for some time; but spending an evening with the self-help mob the other night, where Barbara Winter made a plea for the return of the Renaissance Man, I was prompted to post it right away. 

Why do I make this claim? Continue reading It’s Time for the Generalist

Pacing Yourself

This article forms part of a series where the benefit of hindsight over a long career allows me to dare to offer advice to younger entrepreneurs and managers. As my responses are often prompted by a query I have received, I find that each input has a better guarantee of being timely, relevant and of good reflective quality – all objectives in my content strategy. In this way they seem to meet a wider concern than just that of the person who asked the question in the first place. Continue reading Pacing Yourself

Nine Hints on How to Talk to a Cultural Attaché

These nine hints on how to talk to a cultural attaché come out of an invitation from BAFA to speak at their annual conference of UK arts festivals in 2010, held in Brighton in the November of that year. I formed part of  a panel presentation on international links where I was asked to address the question: “The Ecology of the Cultural Attaché”.

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Cultural Diplomacy Web Resources

New material is being produced all the time. This is a selective list of the main resources on Cultural Diplomacy from 2012 onwards that you could tap into on the Web, some of which are not as objective as they may seem.

To start with, here is a core lecture from the man himself, Mr Joseph Nye.

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