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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

    Ideas for London

    Monday 14th November 2016, 9:36pm

    I return, inspired, from a day at City Hall, where Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has been hosting a one-day conference on the theme of social inclusion. As a fan of Sadiq, as soon as I heard about the event, I offered my services, as a budding facilitator. Perhaps wisely, the social inclusion of the [...]

    Mental Fitness

    Monday 10th October 2016, 7:53pm

    On World Mental Health Day, I thought I’d ask a few friends what techniques they use to keep mentally healthy.  Their answers (from singing to sculling, meditation to cycling) inspired me, so I wanted to share my own. Here, for what they are worth, are a dozen things I do; 1. Factor in some sleep [...]

    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 [...]

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