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LONDON, 21 April 2018


I feel as if I have been half way around the world and back again since I last blogged on WordPress and, in a way, I have.

This week it was a year since my book Fully Connected was published in hardback and now paperback. It has been 365 days in which I have done over 365 talks, interviews, articles, special posts about the book. I have been to cities in the UK, US, Europe. It’s been wonderful, exhausting, exhilarating.


Of course because of how the world is now connected, I have been in a sense, everywhere. The world is not just connected 24/7, or 24 nanosecond, but the history of what we connect to and communicate with is tracked and monitored in minute data detail so that the consequences will rebound on us indefinitely. Read this brilliant piece by Jamie Bartlett to see the scale of it.


The photo you see at the top is of me aged six, in 1970 in Peru. I went around the world abit as a child, but all my life I have lived mostly in a bubble of one kind of socioeconomy, middle class, midde European, and one which is increasingly growing disaffected with full connection, and beginning to see problems of overload, of fake news, of trolling, as the definition of what a quarter of a century of the internet has brought about.

But the world is bigger than a single demographic bubble of affluence. For all the real problems of connectedness, the internet and social networks offer vital freedom and democracy too: I was reminded of this when attending the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards in London this week.


I came across this stunning painting below at The Museum of Modern Art in New York recently. Painted by the Brazilian artist Tarsila do Amaral in the 1920s it depicts workers, in all their diversity and in all their gloomy entrapment to the grind of work itself.


This for me is what analysing the world of full connection has to be about. Are we productive and if not, why not? Are we creative and if so, do we define creativity in all workplaces, ie shopfloors and factories, or just groovy workspaces filled with hydroponic plants and hip furniture? The idea of wellbeing at work is one which I am not alone in exploring. I most recently discussed it with Arianna Huffington, who has started an excellent platform and corporate learning programme which I have begun to contribute to, called Thrive Global.



Another reason why I feel nostalgia being back on the blog is that I had the equivalent of an affair with another social medium. I strayed from the predictable, the safe, and I fell in love – didn’t everyone – with email newsletters, which were so glamorous and reached so many people, so directly…so tempting.

Except, actually, so much so that this format of emailing everyone regardless of whether they have opted into receive information is shortly going to be outlawed, via the GDPR European legislation which comes into final effect in five weeks’ time.

I realise that it is far more valuable to communicaton with people who already have interest in what you are saying and writing and who will spread word organically and naturally, than trying to cram more into people’s inboxes when our attention is already fragmented to hell and back.

So. Fully Connected. Fully back on WordPress. Fully happy to be here again.

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Five years ago this coming summer Hillary Clinton gave the best speech of her life. Unfortunately it was her concession speech, allowing Barack Obama to become the Democratic National Party’s candidate and ultimately President. But she gave eloquence to the much-used “glass ceiling” phrase about women’s barriers to success by noting that there were now, thanks to her supporters, “eighteen million cracks” in it. We know all about the shortage of women breaking through boardroom barriers and political barriers now. Change is in the air. The F-word (feminism) is back in vogue, being argued and debated with a passion not seen since the 1970s. Good. But where are women’s voices about the big ideas in society? In business? Where are the women with books like ‘Outliers’,  ‘Nudge’ and ‘The Switch’? I greatly admire and envy writers and thinkers such as the Heath Brothers, Steven Johnson, Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, Daniel Kahneman. Big ideas from Big Blokes. But women are cracking through the ideas barriers at a great speed and I welcome this. Here’s some of my favourite women thinkers and their books I recommend: Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken : Why Games Make us Better and How They Can Change the World; Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together:Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other and Susan Blackmore’s extraordinary ‘The Meme Machine’; Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. There are millions of women out there with millions of great ideas. Let’s hear more of them, from more of us.

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