When Does a Challenge Begin

https://youtu.be/s3ZQnDHVZn8 (My first attempt to video some training - running along the Thames Path between Port Meadow and Swinford, past Godstow Nunnery & Bishop's Lock) When does a challenge begin? In my research I think about this kind of question all the time. I work with questions like “what is the future?”, “what does it … Continue reading When Does a Challenge Begin

Our Dreams Make Different Shapes

Our Dreams Make Different Shapes: how your creativity can make the world a better place and why the world will try to stop you is now available as an ebook (£2.99/$3.99) and paperback. (£7.99) For Kindle Paperback Links to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo & others here This book is a field kit for would-be … Continue reading Our Dreams Make Different Shapes

The Message is not Mixed: How Covid Communications have Clarified Society’s Erasure of its Mentally Ill and Neurodivergent Citizens

Delivered as a talk on may 14 2020 at "Disability in the Context of Coronavirus" hosted by the Bonavero Institute for Human Rights There are few better indicators that an individual or an institution does not understand the uneven distribution of the effects of Covid19 than statements welcoming a newfound sense of community or questions … Continue reading The Message is not Mixed: How Covid Communications have Clarified Society’s Erasure of its Mentally Ill and Neurodivergent Citizens

Convergence, Divergence, Vision, Strategy, Tactics, Behavioural Science, Game Theory and Coronavirus

Originally a twitter thread, I thought it might be useful to lay out more readably: There is a lot of criticism of behavioural science at the moment (because, largely, 1. of the people using it - & our memories of Cambridge Analytica; 2. It is highly impersonal & thus inappropriate when lives are involved). Much … Continue reading Convergence, Divergence, Vision, Strategy, Tactics, Behavioural Science, Game Theory and Coronavirus

A Short Letter from Alexandria

wooden shelves of books in an old library

I want to talk about the particular kind of uncertainty that neurodivergent and mentally ill folk like me experience. But because most other people don’t, let’s first take a step back and understand what it is that we in higher education do. I’ve thought about this for the more than 3 decades since I arrived in Oxford as an undergraduate, and my conclusion is very simple. The one thing you do at your core is this. You burn books.

Holiness. Utopia. Disgust. imagination, disability, and the mechanisms of erasure

Full text of the talk I gave for the panel: "A Future Worth Fighting For: technology, disability, and ways of being" at the Futures Thinking Conference  We are increasingly reimagining what it means to be-in-the-world. Particularly, we are accepting that we cannot live in the future as we live in the present. Indeed, if we … Continue reading Holiness. Utopia. Disgust. imagination, disability, and the mechanisms of erasure

The Monk, The Mushroom, and The MRI

This is the full text of the talk "The Monk, the Mushroom, and the MRI: how creativity could save the world", given at Meeting Minds in Oxford on 20 September. You can download the slides here. I have kept in the slide prompts so you can follow. When I give talks on the subject of … Continue reading The Monk, The Mushroom, and The MRI