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The Myths of Innovation - Scott Berkun


Scott Berkun, author of "The Myths of Innovation" speaking at the The Economists’ Ideas Economy event at UC Berkeley on March 24, 2010. He asks the important question; What do we mean by 'Innovation'?



Rory's Story Cubes on Irish National TV


A 7 minute segment that appeared on RTE Nationwide, a National Irish TV magazine programme. We meet Rory O'Connor & Anita Murphy, the people behind Rory's Story Cubes®. They share their reason for developing Rory's Story Cubes®, business ethos and how they balance a young family while growing their business.
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Now THIS is creativity in action!!


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Highly Recommended: Writers' Seminar with Paddy Kelly


American-Irish author and screenwriter, Paddy Kelly, is offering a 5-hour Intensive Writers' Seminar at the much acclaimed New Theatre, in Dublin's Temple Bar, on 10th April 2010. The cost is only €60, which includes a 3-course lunch! Contact Paddy at

Buddha Bag 'Minds Of Our Times' Interview


Recently, I was interviewed by Tino Curione about nonlocal awareness, creativity, and techniques we can use to access it, such as remote viewing, for the Buddha Bag Group in Dublin, as part of their Minds Of Our Times series.
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Amit Goswami - The Quantum Activist


This is Amit Goswami. He is a world-renowned theoretical nuclear physicist interested in the relationship between science, consciousness, creativity and religion. He became best known as one of the interviewed scientists featured in the 2004 film "What the Bleep Do We Know!?", and stars in the newly released documentary "The Quantum Activist".

A small class of us had the great, mind-expanding, pleasure of spending an entire day with Amit and hearing him speak in his workshop on Quantum Activism.

For St. Patrick's Day: The Truth About The Little People


In celebration of an Alternative St. Patrick's Day. This was a genuine book cover!

Creativity & Coaching Tools: Rory's Story Cubes: Actions


Rory’s Story Cubes®: Actions is the first expansion set for the Rory’s Story Cubes® range. This time we have created 54 unique icons (or picto-verbs™) that depict the most important verbs (action words) to be learned in second language development.

Rory’s Story Cubes®: Actions does not require Rory’s Story Cubes® in order to use them. They can be played on their own straight out of the box, or mixed with other sets of Rory’s Story Cubes®.

Creativity & Coaching Tools: iPhone App for Rory's Story Cubes



The new iPhone App for Rory's Story Cubes combines high quality animation, the sound of rattling dice and the concept of the original 9 die, 6 faces, 54 images, and 10 million combinations, to spark your imagination and help you to access your subconscious supermind through the power of stories.

Creativity & Coaching Tools: Rory's Story Cubes


Rory's Story Cubes are a great, award-winning, creativity and coaching tool.

Roll the Cubes. Begin with 'Once upon a time' and tell a story that links together all 9 face-up images and spark your imagination. There are 10 million possible combinations of images that can be rolled, each sparking a unique story...

Remember when you were a kid and anything was possible?


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Restorative Justice: Updating Jirga in NWFP Pakistan.


I and my partner, Sarah Bird, met Ali Gohar when we travelled to Pakistan to teach Energy Psychology techniques for treating PTSD after the earthquake of October 2005. This article from Peacebuilder magazine tells about the amazing work Ali is doing with the traditional restorative justice circle, called 'jirga'..."Ali Gohar, MA ’02, is working to update the traditional system of jirga in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He believes passionately in the core function of jirga, whereby certain elders are recognized in their communities for their wisdom and ethics; these elders gather to make community-wide decisions, resolve problems, and dispense justice.Gohar has been encouraging jirga’s elders to incorporate current principles of human rights, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and restorative justice into their deliberations. Part of updating jirga, says Gohar, is building a relationship between its members and government officials, so that they work in a complementary way rather than being at odds.These photos, taken in Mardan, 45 kilometers from the provincial capital of Peshawar, show such relationship building. Malik Naveed (pictured speaking at podium),is the top police official for the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), one of the border areas gripped by the “war on terror.” Naveed not only appeared at this Gohar-organized public gathering on February 2, 2010, he announced that “reconciliation committees” would be meeting regularly with community elders at each of the 17 police stations in Mardan. Naveed expressed hope that “fear and terror about police officials in the hearts of the people would be eradicated and trust and brotherhood restored in society,” according to a report in a Pakistani newspaper.This large public meeting – notably attended by women – reflects Gohar’s efforts to see that all parties have a common understanding of the principles of conflict transformation, jirga and restorative justice. Each reconciliation committee is mandated to include three women, an unprecedented step.Gohar, co-founder and director of JustPeace International (, is on familiar ground working in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. His ethnic-linguistic group is Pashtun, whose members are distributed widely on both sides of the border. In Pakistan, he has worked mainly in NWFP, Punjab, and Baluchistan. In Afghanistan, he has worked in Kabul and Jalalabad.Gohar has organized trainings for more than 1,000 community elders, 500 police officers, 350 civil society members, 300 women activists, and 100 non-governmental organization workers. He also works through TV, radio and print. He has developed: more than 20 TV and radio shows dealing with conflict issues; a dozen booklets on aspects of restorative justice, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding, which are distributed widely at the grassroots; and three books, including one on jirga and another on restorative justice, co-authored with EMU professor Howard Zehr. He has played key roles in 40 national and international seminars, including organizing Pakistan’s first international symposium on restorative justice seven years ago."[...]

Celebrating Irish Creativity and an Oscar Nomination!


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[I have made three submissions to present at this very interesting event. The links to the abstracts are below.]

16th to 18th September 2010

An interdisciplinary conference organized by the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE) and School of the Human Environment,(University College Cork).

This international interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the often hidden relationship between militarism and the design and construction of architecture and space in the modern period. Historically, military imperatives have been embedded in the way society is organized and, from the Renaissance onwards, the needs of offence and defense played an increasingly influential role not only in the physical shaping of the city and landscape, but also on the means by which they were represented. Recent events, notably the ‘War on Terror’ have reinforced these impulses within the city, extending and deepening systems and architectures of surveillance.

“Third Wave War”: The physical and non‐physical tactics of asymmetrical warfare and how they are changing our perceptions of our built environment.

‘Inverse Geometry’, ‘Swarming’, ‘Walking Through Walls’ and ‘Smoothing Out Space’; The New Pattern Language of Third Wave Urban Warfare.

'How To Stage A Military Coup'; The significance of time, space, and control of the built environment in a successful coup d’état, and how they can reframe our environment.



With thanks to Max Leone at Conscious Living

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be."

Blessed Unrest



How the Largest Movement in the World came into Being and Why No-one Saw It Coming:

A leading environmentalist and social activist's examination of the worldwide movement for social and environmental change, Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice.

From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot. causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media.

Like nature itself, it is organizing from the bottom up, in every city, town, and culture and is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people's needs worldwide.

Fundamentally, it is a description of humanity's collective genius, and the unstoppable movement to re-imagine our relationship to the environment and one another.

The Event: Thinking Hand: embodied and existential wisdom?



Topic: The Thinking Hand: embodied and existential wisdom?
Guest Speaker: Juhani Pallasmaa
Day/Date: Thursday, 11th February 2010, 18.30hrs
Location: Room No. 259, DIT, Bolton Street, Dublin 1

The 10 Top Things Every Business Leader Should Know About Strategic Sustainability


From Will Marre's blog at Development Crossing:1. Sustainable Abundance is good for business. Every product and every service needs to be re-invented to create a sustainable future. This is the greatest economic opportunity in history. (Consider automobiles, light bulbs, airplanes, energy…. everything.)2. High Sustainability Standards and Maximizing Human Benefits can generate “leapfrog” designs to invent new products and new business models. (Toyota was creating the Prius while other car companies slept.)3. Sustainability Thinking saves money. The relentless challenge to improve durability, re-use parts and eliminate packaging brings bottom line innovation. (91% of old Xerox copier parts are reused in “new” Xerox machines.)4. Removing the Bad attracts new customers. Consumers and business customers are stampeding to choose the benefits of non-toxic, no-waste products (Clorox’s non-toxic Green Works Cleaners is their fastest growing product portfolio.)5. Create a Cause Bigger Than Your Brand. Over 80% of consumers say they choose brands that support good causes because it makes them feel like they are “voting with their wallet.” (ClifBar’s brand in the manufactured nutrition bar business repeatedly earns the highest loyalty rating. They famously support the organic sourcing and the buy local food movement as well as women and fitness initiatives.)6. Sustainability Obliterates Costs.When smart people consider how to satisfy a need or want without waste or even cost, new business models spring to life. (When Apple designed the ipod, eliminating the cost/waste of CD manufacturing, shipping and distribution was the natural outcome. The ipod led to the iphone, greener product design and tens of thousands of digital apps which create user loyalty without more cost.)7. Sustainability Drives Game-Changing Business Models. When leaders consider solving huge problems in sustainable ways, new thinking creates breakthrough businesses. Before the radio, who would have thought of music with a band? Before the light bulb, who would have thought of light without a flame? (Today micro-entrepreneurs are installing solar panels on huts in the world’s poorest areas because solar generated OLED light is cheaper than kerosene. Power without the grid. Is everything possible?)8. Sustainability Creates Smart Marketing. Engaging your customers in the benefits and breakthroughs of your green and sustainable products requires a new level and a new type of communication. It’s called smarketing. Marketing that makes your customer smart. (GE recently asked design students to come up with creative ways to use GE’s new organic LED lights. Tens of thousands have seen their video on YouTube and the product launch is still months away.)9. Sustainability Attracts Top Talent. The best science, engineering and business schools report that top graduates only want to work for companies that are serious about making a difference in creating a sustainable future. (Ask any college recruiter.)10. If You Don’t Fully Embrace Sustainability, You Are Toast. The debate over green is over and green won. Consider the failures of GM and the transformation of Wal-Mart. It’s better to ride the wave than drown in the rip tide of change.For information on the speech or seminar, “Leading for Sustainability,” email[...]

Opposing Views: The Great Climate Swindle


It's been a while since I last posted, so it's time to get blogging!
I believe in listening to both sides of every story. Here's a great film providing an alternative to the mainstream view on Global Climate Change.

A Few Moments of Serenity...


This was shot by Jon Rawlinson at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan.

The main tank called the "Kuroshio Sea" holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world's second largest acrylic glass panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank.

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Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world - (song is Please don't go by Barcelona) from Jon Rawlinson on Vimeo.

The Future Of Moon Colonisation...


Artwork by Waldemar Kazak