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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.

    Sharing What You Find

    Sunday 15th January 2012, 8:46pm

     Fishing nets

    “Our best thoughts come from others.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

    As all serious-minded people know, Twitter is the place where people tell the world what they are having for lunch, and share silly jokes.  Well, in my case, I confess that the second may be partially true.

    On a more light-hearted note, Twitter is where I find, discover and share things from around the world.  I’m incredibly grateful when someone takes the time to pass something on, rather than keeping it to themselves.

    So whatever you’re having for lunch today, and whatever tickles your fancy, I hope you’ll enjoy some of the links I’ve been sharing so far this year.  Thank you to all of those who have brought them to my attention;

    A map of Government properties made using data released by the British Government.

    Stunning collection of photos showing a US Subway Carriage being thrown into the sea, to form a reef for marine life.

    Wonderful infographic attempting to show the nuances between the way we describe ideas (everything from dumb to brilliant)

    Wired UK’s Olivia Solon explains why she would like to see an end to ‘Booth Babes’ (women employed to ‘spice up’ exhibition stands).

    A list of 50 ‘classic’ jokes, via Friends Reunited founder, Steve Pankhurst.

    A site compiling some of the ‘least helpful’ Amazon reviews in one place.

    Anagram Map of the London Underground.  Clapham Common, for example, is Calm Moon Champ.

    Fascinating research into entrepreneurial networking by Joeri Van Geelen.

    An announcement, by the British Deputy Prime Minister about companies signing up to open up their recruitment processes as widely as possible.

    Interesting article by Alan Moore about the importance of a mentoring eco-system for entrepreneurs in Britain.

    Beautiful letter from John Steinbeck to his son, with some words of advice, and response to the news that his son was in love.

    Emma Mulqueeny writing about the importance of teaching computing in schools.

    Thought-provoking piece by Diane about ‘uncertainty’.

    Business web-site London Loves Business lists 20 good people to follow on Twitter in the area of ‘The City and Personal Finance’.

    US-based UnSectored explains its approach and way of thinking, involving the importance of cross-sector partnerships.

    Business and trends spotter Springwise lists its Top 10 business ideas and opportunities for the year ahead.

    The Global Entrepreneurship Congress will be held this year (March 9th-16th) in Liverpool.

    Web site Gympact helps you keep fit by allowing you to set financial incentives (fines!) for failing to go to the gym.

    Incredible video of a Chinese 30-storey building being constructed in, wait for it, 15 days!

    London-based entrepreneur Emi Gal has been on a recent retreat with his team.  In this post he reflects on the benefits.

    The Evening Standard profiles ‘London’s Networking Queen’, the brilliant Julia Hobsbawm.

    David Wooding reviews new film, The Iron Lady.

    From pulling pints to pulling Royals, Matthew Bell (Independent on Sunday) lists 30 things to do before you’re 30.

    BBC profile of Moshi Monsters founder (and terrific guy) Michael Acton Smith.

    The New York Times profiles some of the charity work of Irish entrepreneur Denis O’Brien.

    News that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is to ‘learn to code’.  

    Alastair Campbell (former communications chief for Tony Blair) writes about how he ‘got  happy and stayed grumpy’.

    Eric Schmidt (chairman of Google) shared 13 ‘out-of-the-tinderbox’ ways to save the economy.

    Amnesty International shared this thought-provoking list of ways in which technology was used for humanitarian projects in 2011.

    Ty Danco shared his view of the ’best and worst’ start-up stuff of 2011 in this excellent list.

    Tom Eisenmann lists his favourite start-up related posts of the past year in another great list.

    And finally…

    Forbes has ten tips on how to be more interesting. Interestingly. tip number 2 is to share what you discover.

    Are you using Twitter?  Follow me here, and I look forward to sharing more with you very soon.

    “There is no delight in owning anything unshared.” Seneca

     
     

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