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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

    “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 [...]

    With great power comes great responsibility

    Thursday 23rd July 2015, 4:51pm

    At least two things happened in 1996. Firstly, I completed my A-Levels, spending some of the time indoors, climbing the walls, attempting to revise.  More hours were spent outside, building what turned out to be a handful of lifelong friendships. Speaking of climbing the walls, one other thing happened that summer; Tom Holland was born. [...]

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