Blog

The Stories We Could Tell: Mental Illness and Neurodivergence in Higher Education

Resources for the talk at Research Services You can download a full transcript here and slides here Resources for the talk at Blavatnik School of Government on November 8th You can download a full transcript here You can order the book Our Dreams Make Different Shapes in ebook or paperback here (also available not from … Continue reading The Stories We Could Tell: Mental Illness and Neurodivergence in Higher Education

Exquisite Ladders

Resources for ARMA conference session Exquisite Ladders: Bending the Neurotypical Academy’s Straight Lines You can download the slides here. And - with apologies that the video would not permit captioning, but you can download the full transcript here. And you can view the Panopto recording, with transcript, here. You can download a beautiful printable pdf … Continue reading Exquisite Ladders

Closing the Gap: Financial Hardship and Poor Mental Health in Higher education

A talk given for the Open University's Special Interest Group on Inclusivity You’ll learn a lot if you ask someone why a problem is important. The first thing you’ll learn if you ask the question to many different people is that it often feels like they’re answering completely different questions. Understanding why that happens is … Continue reading Closing the Gap: Financial Hardship and Poor Mental Health in Higher education

“I don’t know”: Intellectual Humility and power imbalance when Dunning Kruger meets the Prisoner’s Dilemma

I am drawn to clickbait articles about self-improvement. Especially ones about being smart (their appeal is a suitable reminder to myself that I'm not, in case my head swells too much). This morning I was reading one such. It had all the classics of a genre which tends to be populated by smart-ish people trying … Continue reading “I don’t know”: Intellectual Humility and power imbalance when Dunning Kruger meets the Prisoner’s Dilemma

One Thing Relentlessly: Why Humans Always Fail

There's a line in Citizen Kane, "It's no trick to make a lot of money if all you want is to make a lot of money" that captures something fundamental about being human. Any goal is very much easier to achieve it's your only goal...But being human almost always means having more than one goal. … Continue reading One Thing Relentlessly: Why Humans Always Fail

You’ve Found a Niche: What Now?

Finding a niche is the key to maximising your impact in the world. But the fact it is a niche is also the biggest barrier to creating that impact. It may be that, as Peter Thiel says about start-ups in Zero to One, fields that would make the world better are not distributed in the … Continue reading You’ve Found a Niche: What Now?