Devout Irreverence

In early 2015, I joined a long, serpentine queue to view The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Gaultier’s show at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria broke all previous attendance records (around 226,000 in its last days).READ MORE

Tiny Utopias – Part 1

One hundred kilometres east of Seville, the regional capital of Andalusia in southern Spain, sits a small pueblo called Marinaleda. Surrounded by centuries-old feudal estates (latifundia) owned by the Spanish nobility, and the wreckage wrought by three decades of speculative capitalism, Marinaleda is a tiny utopia.READ MORE

Oh, Yoko

Yoko Ono turned 80 this year, but you wouldn’t know it. She’s a little stiff in the joints, and who knows what lies behind those dark sunglasses she wears, but Yoko Ono is as sprightly and unpredictable as ever. READ MORE

Take me to Odessa

Stories matter: we all know that. Story telling is as important to human beings as air and water. When it comes to group facilitation though, the best kinds of stories – stories that can lift a group out of its quotidian concerns and self limiting beliefs – often emerge at the margins. And no matter how smart the workshop design, the best moments are unpredictable.READ MORE

Out of box, out of office

People talk a lot in the business world about ‘getting out of the box’ to solve problems creatively or see things from a different perspective. There are big advantages in getting out of the box, especially if it leads to new ways of doing business. But what does ‘out of the box’ really mean to the decision makers who use the term and initiate ways to make it happen?READ MORE

Ways of seeing

What’s older – using words or reading pictures? It’s the latter, of course, as advertisers well know. Our visual circuitry is old, really old. Neuroscience has now filled in the gaps that Madmen have intuitively exploited. READ MORE