Shedding the Past: how you can help re-grow Barrow in Furness.

Art Gene want to build a shared community growing space on the Island of Walney in Barrow in Furness, UK, based on permaculture principles, ensuring a holistic approach to sustainable, ecologically sound horticulture, art and design. They have undertaken many community consultation events which have demonstrated the need for a new, inter-generational self-managed community growing … Continue reading Shedding the Past: how you can help re-grow Barrow in Furness.

Why is Coca Cola thanking us for ‘sharing’ our summer with them?

Sharing - that ancient tradition of passing something onto someone which may be of mutual interest - has taken on a new dimension recently with the advent of social networks and the desire of many commercial operations to generate compelling content which can will be transferred painlessly from customer to customer in a mimetic act … Continue reading Why is Coca Cola thanking us for ‘sharing’ our summer with them?

It’s World Spinach Day! A salutary warning.

It's world spinach day! No, really it is. Time to dust off all those Popeye cliches and remind ourselves what an impertinent little vegetable that spinach is. Frisky, unreliable and a complete lack of deference to greens everywhere.  If it wasn't for spinach, our dining tables would be much quieter places with less haranguing by … Continue reading It’s World Spinach Day! A salutary warning.

Self esteem is part of your body!

Workshops and Activities at the Healing Space have been offering workshops and a self help service which aims to: * Take Care of your Skin * Take Care of your Immune system * Take Care of your Nervous System and Stress Response * Take Care of your Digestion * Take Care of your Self Esteem … Continue reading Self esteem is part of your body!

Why is Health and Safety a contradiction in terms? Some advice for Human Resource Managers

If a healthy mind and body can be associated with minimising fear, hence reducing insecurity, increasing confidence and so on - then why does a combination of health AND safety in policy documents and organisational habits actually cause the opposite - ie encouraging tendendencies to be risk averse, to be fearful and anxious - and … Continue reading Why is Health and Safety a contradiction in terms? Some advice for Human Resource Managers

Might the arts be bad for your health?

There is a wealth of data, strategy documents and rhetoric out there which make the case that participating in, or experiencing, arts practice, is good for one’s health and wellbeing. This ‘good’ is frequently expressed in psychological terms, in social terms and of course with the usual economic justifications somewhere, sotto voce, off-stage. It seems … Continue reading Might the arts be bad for your health?

Lifelines – how to use arts based research to help improve local health services

We’ve all been ill at some point in our lives and many of us may have called on the help of the NHS to help us through those difficult times.  Even if we’ve been lucky enough not to have to needed their help, we’re all too well aware these days of the importance of staying … Continue reading Lifelines – how to use arts based research to help improve local health services

Today is our preparation for tomorrow: how to be happy at the end of the world

A reader recently asked me to compose a blog about the possibility of the world ending in 2015. Mindful of the wisdom of Harold Camping who predicted the worlds end at 6pm on 21 May 2011 (and then adjusted it to October when his apocalypse awkwardly failed to materialise), one might be inclined to be … Continue reading Today is our preparation for tomorrow: how to be happy at the end of the world