Thursday, 26 February 2009


Leadership is the constant struggle between structure and passion. E-leadership faces the inevitable pressure to persue structure over passion and to thereby limit creativity and innovation.

(Folks this came to me at 4am in the morning - so it's my moment of Zen!)

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Another note to me really and others.....

A couple of things are running through my mind at the moment. The first one sounds a bit peculiar going to write something entitled 'Prevailing Paradigms of Procurement' which will really be about how the current process of paper based limiting and fixed structures of procurement (PQQs, Tenders, bids and the like) mitigate against innovation and creativity - can't include a blog, or podcast, or hyperlink since it can't be measured and therefore can't be assessed!

Am having a couple of days off so that'll keep my mind active and my brain busy!

The other one is just to signal a really interesting organisation - Association for Progressive Communication ( which aims to use the internet to promote social justice. Worth a look see....

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Prevailing Paradigms

Just a quick note, to myself really...
Have just been at our local Royal Society of Arts Fellowship meeting to hear Dr Cyril Levicki on strategic leadership. Cyril said some interesting things about notions of leadership and prevailing paradigms - how leadership moulds and is created by the existing paradigm in which it operates which can stifle innovation and create cultures of 'yes' people - particularly relevant given the bankers and the way they have operated. I shall meet up with Cyril soon and will write about this more....the more I think the more I'd like us to shift a few paradigms......

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Urban leaders, CEO for Cities

Whilst browsing around on the web I came across CEOs for cities - a network of urban leaders in the states working to find new ways of regenerating cities through building new ways of thinking. In their words....

Today, there is nothing easy or automatic about becoming a successful city. Places that cling to the old ways of doing things, old views of society and the old agenda may find themselves pulled under by the waves of change, rather than being pushed along by them.

This sparked off thoughts in my mind about whether a similar network exists in this country - the Smart Cities agenda has the potential to do something along these lines and if we can link this with some of the thinking around new ways of learning, sustainability, investment in new forms of capital then maybe just maybe we can create something new, dynamic, that doesn't spell the end of the planet and is human focused and friendly. I need to think about this more.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Edubloggers beware

Just quickly....I've found a wonderful website for international folk who are blogging about education and learning. run by Patricia in Ireland. Really good stuff. So much mind food out there for me and I only started this blog in January. Am starting to understand why people like blogging.....

Sunday, 1 February 2009

It's all about shifting paradigms....

Having a background in sociology, I am always drawn to notions of how the world changes. Sometimes this is slow, incremental, like ice melting, you're not really sure anything is happening and then you look back and see how different the world has become. Othertimes there's a crash, bang, wallop and the world has shifted on its axis and become something previously unthought of.

I think at the moment we may be witnessing the beginning of a paradigm shift. Writers and thinkers (some of them internationally known speaking to millions of people, some of them only known to a few who seek out blogs, podcasts and strange bits of info on the net) seem to be raising the prospect of a new way of looking at the world, a new way of being, living, growing and creating. A new way of society organising itself.

With my interest in learning and education, combined with an increasing fascination with how the current credit crunch will work itself out, I came upon a blog called Rippling Pond ( which talks about how the economic crisis (cuts in public spending on education, less teachers in schools) could force the new ways of learning which rely less on traditional pedagogies and more in rooting learning within communities using technology to bring about anytime study with smaller schools using downstreaming and other techniques to share knowledge and information. Take a look and see what you think.