Covid and Uncomfortable Choices about Customer Community

The problem with being a disabled business owner who wants to change the world and build a business to a level where it makes a more comfortable life possible, at least for one’s immediate family, is a stark one that has really hit home this year. All businesses need customers. But this year has made … Continue reading Covid and Uncomfortable Choices about Customer Community

Subjectivity and Friction

Subjectivity - what it means for a "person" (whatever that is) to be the direct, immediate, or ultimate (or a combination of all three) cause of their actions - is something I have been studying in earnest since I was a very wet behind the ears Masters student a quarter (eek!) of a century ago. … Continue reading Subjectivity and Friction

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

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

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.