Category Archives: My News

Open Space on Improv in Cambridge

In local news…

Clare Kerrison is inviting people to an Open Space on Improv in Cambridge on Saturday afternoon 9 November. I’ll be hosting the process but don’t let that put you off!

Clare’s been a prime mover in building an improv community here and this will be a chance to see what else we could do. Open Space is really a great improv format in itself so this should be a lot of fun.


I’ve just migrated this blog from Movable Type to WordPress. Something I’ve been aiming to do for a long time but put off because it seemed a real headache to do so in a way that tried to preserve historic links.

Finally, I’ve succeeded, which is pretty much entirely to the credit of my friend Antony Quinn, who has done a superb, meticulous and patient job of interpreting my wishes and the multiple complexities of the old and new blogging engines.

Hopefully, the transition will be fairly seamless for you. Any questions/issue, let me know.

Connect + Act

This June I’ll be helping to facilitate at Connect + Act, an event organised by the Campaign to End Loneliness. It’s one of the paradoxes of our uber-connected world that loneliness remains so prevalent especially when its impact is so clearly adverse for people. This campaign focuses on loneliness in old age. I’m looking forward to an engaging day, I know the organisers are making a real effort to create an engaging event. I’ll be doing a bit of world cafe/open space type stuff in the afternoon.

At the moment, the event is sold out but there is a waitlist.

Summer Season…


When I moved to Cambridge last year, my dream was to get a place where I could have people stay. All through the winter I sat in the house wondering if I was insane.

But now that there are glimmers of spring, it looks like things are shaping up. Viv is going to stay at my place from July to September. And now Ton Zjilstra and Elmine Wijnia are going to join us here for the month of August. We are already talking about the socialising we can organise together. I’d better learn how to punt with at least the semblance of confidence.

I’m looking forward to a highly entertaining few months. Let’s hope they can cope with all the bad habits I’ve accumulated living on my own over the years!

Opening the proof

We’ve almost finished getting our new book available on Lulu the print-on-demand service. This little video is just me drooling over the final proof. It’s made in the spirit of tinkering. You can follow that link if you want the free pdf download version. Kindle/eReader version to follow…

John Ptak

I was very sad to learn that John Ptak the husband of my friend Patti Digh, has been struck with cancer. Patti’s response to this, as to so many of the curve balls life throws her, has been extraordinary.

As John is uninsured in the American healthcare system, they have set up a fundraising page to help cover the horrendous costs. At least it gave me a practical way to try to help.


Nine years…

I generally avoid blogging about how I’m blogging but I will indulge myself today, as it’s my ninth anniversary of writing this blog.

It started out as a blog for a business called Ourhouse (mentioned in the very first entry), but I soon changed that to

Thanks to everyone who has been here for part or all of the ride!


You may have noticed a long silence here. I was travelling in Australia and then came back to the UK and changed location.

I’ve moved to Cambridge (the UK one) where I’ve had my work cut out with sorting out the house I’m now living in and I’m now working on connecting with what’s going on here.

Lots of thanks go out to the various friends who’ve been there in the background supporting me – you know who you are!



I decided a while back that I wanted to move out of London. I’ve lived in this city for over 25 years and I think it’s time for a change. This week I accepted on offer on my flat. In the UK this is the start of process that involves solicitors and stress the outcome of which is sometimes not that straightforward. But all being well, I’ll be moving out soon.

I’ve not decided for sure where I want to move to. Possibly Cambridge but maybe much further afield. There are times in life when you need to embrace uncertainty…


So Viv and I are going to run a workshop together on May 13th in Sydney organised by the excellent Matt Moore (no relation).

We’re calling it Crumbs! and here’s the blurb on Matt’s site. I suppose this is the nub of it:

We’re going to reveal our own prejudices about facilitating change and innovation which emphasise letting go of the effort to be spectacular in favour of being open to surprise and attentive to small ideas instead of chasing grandiose visions.

I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be death by powerpoint and will be genuinely interactive.

I was going to say this is a Beta version of the workshop but I think it’s a case of perpetual Beta, and builds on the one I’ve run before called Notice more, change less.

Watch this space for iterations in Copenhagen and London…