On the Queen as an example of duty

We have heard many opinions about Queen Elizabeth II, ranging from fawning admirers to resentful critics. For me, this range of commentary, coming out of ideological commitment is of little interest. Ideological thinking is inherently unreasoned, therefore of little value if we wish to speak of any profound human truth. Ideological thinking is a reductive …

Dr. Paul Bates has died. A life in search of the Good.

We live in a world of clichés and ideologues. In this internet age, we are surrounded by glass-eyed people, robots who chase their ideas and have forgotten their humanity. And yet, in this madness there remain those who are unabashedly committed to putting aside ideological vanity and instead let themselves be guided by the old …

A eulogy for Aunt Vera

A photo of my Great Aunt Vera. Today was a heavy-hearted one for me and my extended family. There are people in the world who radiate a quiet strength and a caring love. Being around them stays with you, influencing you to be more open-hearted to yourself and others. My Great Aunt Vera — Baba …

Becoming fit, staying fit, while staying happy

This is a short narrative about my up-and-down fitness journey, how it has affected my happiness, and how I have tried to manage it. I was quite the athlete as a kid and as a young man. I swam a lot, played ice hockey until I was 17 and then fenced sabre competitively into my …

7 things I do to stay creative and keep writing

This blog post has seven tips for you on how I try to be a productive writer. I hope you find them useful. I am in the midst of writing a book with Martin Waxman on how public relations, marketing and the other strategic creative professions can take charge in the emerging new world of …

Some thoughts on fear vs belonging in digital life

I’ve been thinking of the power of attention to shape our lives. What we attend to sets the public agenda in terms of what we collectively think is important … in politics, society, culture, the market. However, I think the more insidious power of attention is very personal. Indeed, we attend to what is most …