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  • Welcome to my personal website. My passion is making valuable connections between people and ideas. I’m retained by several organizations to do exactly that and enjoy taking on special projects.

    I’m based in the UK at the moment and hope you will be in touch if you think that I can help you in some way or if you think that we could work together. Please have a read about the sort of things I’m up to.

    From the Blog

    Joining the Dots

    Friday 1st July 2016, 4:56pm

    One of the best things about MCing and speaking at events is that you get to meet some brilliant people. In April I was in Dallas (the city, not the TV show) with the Staying Alive Foundation. Led by the phenomenal Georgia Arnold, the organisation (which funds HIV and AIDS projects around the world) raised over [...]

    “Alternative Thinking”

    Sunday 24th April 2016, 8:26pm

    I’m grateful to David Thornton for coming to meet me recently, as part of a series of interviews he’s doing for the Fredericks Foundation. His piece begins; “Oli Barrett just about qualifies as a millennial, but exhibits so many core millennial values you’d be forgiven for thinking he invented the phrase just to describe himself. [...]

    The Property Pledge

    Tuesday 15th March 2016, 8:32pm

    OK, here’s an idea. When you buy a new house, you are given the option of signing a pledge. You pledge that, on sale of that house, a small percentage of the increase in its value will go to a charity of your choice. You can choose the percentage, however let’s say it’s 1%. This [...]

    Tweet Review

    Thursday 6th August 2015, 9:20pm

    Twitter can be a bit like a conveyor belt. If you’re tuned in at the right time, you might spot a gem , or a cuddly toy. On the downside, you miss thousands of things. We probably shouldn’t  let that bother us, however I thought it might be useful to list a few of the [...]

    Alien Concepts

    Monday 27th July 2015, 9:32pm

    A letter to the Guardian sent by one Dinah Hall from Devon a couple of years ago, reads as follows; “There’s nothing like teenage diaries for putting momentous historical events in perspective.  This is my entry for 20 July 1969. “I went to arts centre (by myself!) in yellow cords and blouse. Ian was there but [...]

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