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MOOC makes the Oxford dictionary

It’s official: MOOC is a recognised new word in the Oxford online dictionary (thanks, Chris Parr of Times Higher Education, for the revelation). Can one pen an ode to a MOOC? So, MOOC, you sound like a moose, Big and … Continue reading

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Social Partnerships and Responsible Business. A Research Handbook

I have contributed a chapter on “social contract” to a new book scheduled for publication this November: Social Partnerships and Responsible Business. A Research Handbook http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415678636/

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Neo-alchemists combining tradition, evolution and revolution

Commissioned to write a chapter for a new publication addressing 21st Century challenges for the professions. Exploring, researching and writing up the theme of “neo-alchemists”, 21st Century professionals who combine tradition, evolution and revolution to make sense of their world … Continue reading

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Excellent and inclusive: The @OpenUniversity highly rated by students for 9th year running

August is a tantalising month for universities as they eagerly await the results of the National Student Survey. Congratulations to Bath, this year’s top university – the OU was in the top place, and knows what it is like to … Continue reading

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Lessons in alliance building: US politics, climate change and #equalmarriage

Ever since the Foreign Office published in 2009 the first international report on what makes for effective collaboration, especially cross-sector collaboration, I have been tracking examples of what I call “value-based” or “values-based” collaboration. The former is what efficiently managed … Continue reading

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Alex Aiken’s army: Government launches Communications Plan

A quiet revolution is happening in Whitehall, and its Cromwell is Alex Aiken, recently appointed Executive Director of Government Communications. Under Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister and one of Aiken’s main political masters, the revolution has centred on making … Continue reading

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The biggest threat to liberty is ourselves: the choice is ours

In all the debate about NSA surveillance and wider concerns about data-collection, two crucial trends could be overlooked. Trend 1 is society’s, especially Western society’s increasing intolerance to risk and uncertainty (growing affluence, though unequally distributed, had created a fear … Continue reading

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@OpenUniversity tours music festivals http://youtu.be/flmoamigQW8

Academics from the OU Ecosystems and Biodiversity group are touring UK music festivals to bring ecology alive for festival-goers and to spread the message that climate change begins on their own doorsteps. It is also the main story on the … Continue reading

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The power of wonder

A longer blog, dedicated to my niece, Maya, fixer extraordinaire, on the occasion of her birthday. Composer Stuart J. Sharp’s account in Saturday’s Guardian (18th May, 2013) about how a dream he had transformed his life is inspiring at multiple … Continue reading

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In praise of the 1970s: why This House @NationalTheatre is such a hit

James Graham’s This House, still showing at The National Theatre, is one of the very best productions I have ever seen. So cleverly crafted, directed and choreographed, and vibrantly acted. Its context is Parlament, specifically the House of Commons, and … Continue reading

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