Changing Perceptions

I have always said that I wished I was the same age as the young people of today. I say this not because of any fear of my rapidly advancing years. I say it because, if you listen to today’s youth, they think they know everything, whilst I recognise that there is so much more...

Yes change is frightening…

When ever change happens in our lives it is challenging and frightening. It is often thought to be better to wrap yourself up in the familiar rather than setting off in a new direction. This becomes even more the case as people get older. One of the reasons for this is that change may involve...

Who will educate the parents?

Over recent weeks I have had some interesting discussions with parents regarding their children’s education. One such discussion started when I was shown a child’s report of someone that I knew was very bright. The report bore this out, but the parent was concerned that the teacher’s comment from the previous year said, ‘exceeded expectations’...

How to pick a winner.

Over the course of my working life, I have often been required to judge a winner in a new business competition, whether for an award, grant or loan. This week I again find myself judging the entrants for the Enterprise Breakthrough Award for new businesses in the creative subjects at my old university. As I...

The Smartphone Age Gap

As someone that has worked for a major IT supplier for 20 years and uses a smartphone, laptop, and tablet, I regard myself as reasonably competent with technology. However, an experience at the weekend made me take a closer look at the impact of the smartphone on everyday life. I am living in Malaysia, and...

Keeping the faith

I have always believed that the sense of entrepreneurship that is embodied in the young is what will find the solutions to the constant new challenges that face the world we live in. Throughout my work with young people, I have seen how the creative minds, coupled with the enthusiasm and drive of young people...

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