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What if we knew you?

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The 5 simple words above give rise to an avalanche of thoughts that I believe can deliver us to a fairer more equal world... How so then?

I have been told on many occasions in the past that humans are social creatures. For me this is true. I like the company of others, I enjoy speaking with others and the richness that it brings in many ways. I believe that others also enjoy this activity, but that for many reasons there are barriers in society today whether real or not (bearing in mind if you believe they are real then they are real) that get in the way of simply talking to others around us. This is not to say that I am uncomfortable with my own company as I am not. I think we ought to love our own company, spend time with ourselves too. Maybe the subject of another post...

So... many of us could do with knowing more people. The most obvious examples of this are when we have something to say or tell people. We know this 'thing' we want to say, if only it reached the ears of …

Google Glasses? ... another view...

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A post last week in the Guardian regarding #Google #Glass was brought to my attention by +Diane Richardson . The post in the Guardian which can be read here…    discussed the relative pros and cons of the £1000 gadget and concluded… expensive curiosity but the real price is in terms of social consequences… i.e. users of #Glass are considered a bit of an unwelcome technical nerd, people who are just desperate to sport the latest available gadgetry. Whereas there may well be uses for #Glass overall the report summarised that other less intrusive wearable technology such as watches would be more ‘socially acceptable’ and with a much lower price ticket; be the more sought after items.

I have been the owner of #Google #Glass since mid September 2014, so approaching 12 weeks now and my experience with #Glass is somewhat different from that indicated by the Guardian article. But to understand why that is perhaps we need to look at the rationale behind acquiring glass in the first place.

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Capitalism is leaving many of us for dead...

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Recently I made a good decision, not only one, but one in particular which was to attend a 6 week programme called 'Thrive' run by +Tania Clarke. The Thrive programme written by Rob Kelly enables people to regain their power by focussing on the 3 underlying causes which result in almost all the symptoms of unhelpful thinking styles which exist in society today. Having discussed this at various Link4Growth events and pondered this with regard to the past 30-40 years of capitalistic and social engineering; the result... Some disturbing thoughts about how capitalism is responsible for creating a weakened and highly controllable population...

The 3 underlying causes of why we are powerless as identified by Rob Kelly are low Self Esteem, External Locus of control and Social Anxiety. Capitalism sets us up for failure in the 'majority of cases' and leaves us at the mercy of those who are self serving and ruthless i.e. those who go out to win at all costs, regardless of the d…

What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve... How's your belief doing?

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Just recently I've been attending a weekly (6 in total) group workshop based on the #Thrive programme by Rob Kelly. +Tania Clarke is leading this innovative approach delivering in groups and it has been a fascinating journey. We have just done week 5, so one to go. This post is not about the thrive programme but about one element of it; belief systems.

Belief systems are those things that we hold to be true... and we spend quite a lot of energy protecting these belief systems and actually making sure they are water tight. Confirmation bias is looking for things that happen in our lives to confirm what we believe... And therefore re-affirm the belief which in turn makes it a stronger belief.

The real problem of course is that many of our beliefs are actually not true. In fact many of our beliefs are actually holding us back from what we could really achieve. So... A parent evaluating two children might deem that the more social child, who enjoys conversation and connection; extrov…

Everything starts with a Conversation...

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Being a huge ambassador for Link4Growth I attend a large number of physical events every week. So what happens at these events? Conversations mostly... Conversations about a huge number of different topics. In actual fact this blog you are reading here is a record of conversations I have had with people at Link4Growth events... This is the sole purpose of this blog.

Perhaps one of the best ways to consider the importance of conversations is to compare what happens when we don't have conversations versus when we do. We are in actual fact in the middle of a very dry period in human history in the west regarding conversations. Communities which used to be quite tight knit where people often took time out to stop and talk to each other have been usurped by busy people who have no time for such trivia any more. Time is money and we need money. So something had to give and it did give. Conversations didn't happen, and when conversations stop... Then local knowledge doesn't circu…

Is Debt a sinister drug that is freely available?

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Debt is everywhere today and yet when I look back to my parents era, to be in debt was to be in a shameful place. Even mortgages were taboo in those days, and if you did get one the aim was to pay it off as fast as possible. People lived within their means and only when they had the money to buy things did they go out and get them. Positive money. My parents had a box and some deck chairs to eat off when they bought their house they couldn't afford to buy them until they had saved up. Then they gradually acquired white goods and other furniture as money permitted. They worked for things and thus appreciated them when they finally bought them.

Today it is a very different story. Debt is an acceptable position, not desirable, but debt no longer comes with any consequence. We all have debt, it is ubiquitous, accepted and normal. The personal debt in the uk is now at astronomical levels £1.4 trillion at the last count.

But let us just look at what has fuelled this debt based society. …

6 great learnings on my anniversary of stopping using Supermarkets!

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Initially stopping using supermarkets was a massive challenge. I had been used to shopping virtually daily, being able to get everything without thinking in a one stop shop, and boy had I bought the dream... Convenience, time, lower costs... Asda was my poison of choice, and those that have known me for years could quite rightly have suspected I was on the payroll such was my enthusiasm for the shop and extent of my delusion.

I used to go to Asda 3 maybe 4 times a week... I used to buy things I didn't really need... I used to throw away quite a lot of food... The vegetables, salad and fruit kept an inordinately long time... Fruit was often not ready to eat... you had to leave it for days on end sometimes... You never really knew what food was in season as everything was available all the time...

When I stopped using Asda's 30th September 2013, it was like saying goodbye to a trusted friend... It wasn't going to be difficult to replace food I knew I could get that from the …

is "Time Tithing" a new way for us to make our contribution?

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Tithing is an ancient tradition that is still practised today. Tithe or one tenth is now more commonly associated with religion and is paid with cash as a contribution or donation. In earlier times it might have been paid in kind with produce from agricultural endeavours. The concept of tithing (giving money) can be found throughout the world.

Tithing in the UK was widespread and related to the church in a time when the church had far larger congregations than it does today. The church handled much more of the education, welfare and even some aspects of health as well as spirituality. Today the church covers a much narrower spectrum and attendance at church is pretty low somewhere in the region of 2 or 3 percent, maybe even lower than that. Why this is the case is not the subject of this blog post, but clearly financial tithing linked to the church no longer appeals to the majority.

To give freely and willingly to others who are in need is a good thing, I believe most people would ag…

Have we been conditioned to think as we do? ... can we change it?

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In recent weeks I have had many discussions around the way people behave. Specifically on the subjects of money and greed. The views have varied widely from one end of the spectrum to the other. Some people are of the view that people are inherently greedy and out for themselves and that you can't change this, whereas others believe that there is good in everyone and that what we have is just a phase of the accepted 'norm' and it can be altered.

Personally I believe that when we are born we are pretty much a blank canvass with some basic built in survival and learning instincts. What happens after that is then a response to the things happening around us. I believe when we are born we are basically good and ready to go, after that it's what we learn and believe to be true that determines how we see the world and behave.

So... What are the influences on us? Our parents, family, school, TV, Media, the Internet, the friends and acquaintances we meet. Every time we meet, …