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The Education revolution starts TODAY! The radicals, at last, have all the best tunes.

Whilst Pink Floyd indicated their intent to start an educational revolution in the 1980s with their rousing ‘We Don’t Need No Education” (ironically indicating to the pedants amongst us exactly why some education was needed when it came to communicating to the rest of the English speaking world – it’s ANY education, Jones – not NO education – do keep up boy!), the most recent education revolution started TODAY at the recent TEDXLondon event at London’s Roundhouse.

And like all good revolutions, the Education Revolution is being broadcast through popular song with the revolutionaries on the stage proclaiming their intent through a collection of songs which will no doubt find their way onto ITunes in time for Christmas, or at least every school’s Nativity Play.

(Go work down) On the Waterfront is an exhilarating rehash of the old Simple Minds classic: it will be a treat to see them rejuvenate themselves and bring that thumping great bass line, simplistic memorable lyrics and exhortation to bring in the ‘real world of work’ into the imaginary world of the classroom.

Let’s Make Mistakes Together will be a soulful ballad delicately performed by Will Young and a backing chorus of X-Factor rejects who have been picked up off the audition room floor by Will, given a dusting down and placed on the road to fame and fortune.

I am me because of us is a defiant anthem which Celine Dion has penned but which U2 will be treating with a newly invigorated Eno at the mixing desk and Chumbawumba offering free style rabble rousing. Expect the addition of a further guitar courtesy of Paco de Lucia and the sampled ukele of George Formby.

Emily is one of the top ten outstanding people in the world is a remake of the lost Belle and Sebastian track from the 1998 album, Boy with the Arab Strap. It wasn’t a particularly impressive number then but with Goldie at the mixing desk, things can only get better as Ken Robinson was heard to be singing over the weblink.

She made a self-sustaining fridge for West Africa has been especially commissioned from Ray Davies, formerly of The Kinks, but still showing his penchant for English whimsy. ‘Self Sustaining Fridge’ is reminiscent of his early 1960s album, Arthur, on which She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina” was an audience favourite at the Marquee (just around the corner from the Roundhouse, funnily enough).

So although the education revolution starts TODAY and no-one’s too sure who’s leading this, who the guerillas are, where the anarchists are in the mix and where the collateral damage is going to occur, we can all at least be confident that this revolution will at least have some decent songs, downloads, tracks and other commerical spin offs.

Tips for Business Start Ups: Careful with that metaphor, Eugene and other lessons from Shakespeare and Pink Floyd

King Lear, Act IV, Scene 6 (Enter Gloucester and Edgar in peasant’s clothes)

Gloucester        When Shall I come to the top of that same hill?
Edgar               You do climb it now. Look how we labour.
Gloucester        Methinks the ground is even.
Edgar               Horrible steep. Hark, do you hear the sea?
Gloucester        No, truly.
Edgar              Why then your other senses grow imperfect by your eyes’ anguish.
Gloucester       So may it be indeed.

In this scene in William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Edgar, son of the nobleman Gloucester, pretends to take Gloucester to Dover Cliff after one of Lear’s daughters, Regan, and her husband Cornwall, have blinded him due to his alleged treason. Edmund waits as Gloucester prays to the gods to forgive him before falling to the ground – in the mistaken belief that he has thrown himself off Dover Cliff. Gloucester quickly revives from his ‘fall’ – but is still unaware that there was no cliff to fall from.

The imaginary cliff in King Lear was a useful metaphor for the process I used in the first half of my PhD: and soon I became aware that other post-grads were using some equally intriguing metaphors. Mountains, fog, mazes were all pretty common – but one colleague saw his as a gigantic toad sat in the middle of a one way street in front of a brick wall. I’m not sure if he ever completed his process.

The metaphors we use to steer our businesses by are critical and whatever your metaphor of choice, you need (to be liberal with the words of the Pink Floyd track) to Be Careful with that Metaphor Eugene.

Using Titanic metaphors for developing your business will end in tears (floods of them); if you see your business as a canoe paddling down the river, try and adjust your thinking of rough times as white water rapids rather than as an imminent waterfall; if it seems there is a light at the end of the tunnel, try to encapsulate it as an end of the tunnel, and not a train rushing down the track to meet you.

Shaping your own metaphors is a powerful way of learning, developing your business and telling your own story in your own (or even Pink Floyd’s) words.