UK Creativity

The Fashionable Student: How to Update Your Look Without Buying Anything

Natalie Turco-Williams | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natalie Turco-Williams

Along with the cold, rain and wind - the halfway mark of first term also brings with it the somber student loan drought we've all come to hate. You might as well say goodbye to the high street, as the closest you'll actually get to shopping is your breath fogging up the window, as you press your nose up against the glass, drooling over garments you could have owned if you had enough money.

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem'

Hugh Salmon | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

As a country, the NHS is the biggest issue we face. If we leave it to the politicians - you know, the people who don't know that invoices for £1.7billion are coming through the door - the NHS could bankrupt us...

Michael Rundle

This Man Wants To Create Instagram For The Soul

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Tech

When Apple unveiled its Watch in September, there were thousands of websites and social networks where you could read updates from the event i...

Why a Cap on Immigration Would Damage our Creative Industries

Neely Reyes | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Politics
Neely Reyes

The whole argument for and against immigration is way too complex for any one person to discuss in a single article but there is one area that I haven't heard people talk about in the debate and that's the creative industries.

Strategic Idleness

Tony Crabbe | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Tony Crabbe

Life is full of moments which were always considered 'dead time': the walk to the station or the doctor's waiting room. This dead time may have felt irritating, but it created space in our lives for meditative thinking. The next time life creates an opportunity for dead time, seize it with both hands. Leave your phone in your pocket, the radio off, and allow your idle mind to wander, to experiment and to be brilliant.

Looking to Achieve Certainty in Life? Embrace the Unknown Through Imaginative Meditation

Ceri Matthias | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ceri Matthias

For me, breaking old mind patterns has led me to cut my office days, giving me the time to witness the seasons as they pass, to cook from scratch, to practice my Spanish, begin writing, and meet my boyfriend with whom I'm now buying a home.

Seeing the World a Woman's Way

Tracey Follows | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Follows

Time and again, the creative industries have tried to encourage more women to join but nothing sticks because there are, in all honesty, deep-rooted institutional factors repelling them. Charity has three practical steps she suggests can help:

What Would You Do If Asked to Sing in Front of Your Colleagues?

Helen Astrid | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Astrid

If someone asked you to stand up and sing in front of your colleagues, you might want to hide under your desk and stare at your rubbish bin. I know many people fear speaking in public but singing is even scarier. That is, until you have a go!

Creative Leadership - How to Be Elvis

Chris Barez-Brown | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Chris Barez-Brown

I'm always fascinated by how people approach their daily working lives so we recently undertook some research of our own, with the help of YouGov, to ...

Artists Over 50: The Rise of Second Half Creativity

Jill Shaw Ruddock | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jill Shaw Ruddock

By the end of the year, there will have been three major exhibitions in Great Britain devoted to the work of artists at the end of their careers - Matisse, Turner and Rembrandt. Yet it wasn't until the middle of the 20th Century, that late life creativity was considered a possibility.

How Does Failure Help Us Grow?

Adele Barlow | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

"I think we're taught in the system that failure is something that you should be ashamed of. Failure is for the dumb kids. You get an 'F'. You get a 'D'. You didn't comply. You didn't create the evidence of your worthiness," he says. Eckō probably didn't realize it, but he was indirectly referencing the work of mindfulness researchers.

Era of Creativity

Dr Thomas Rabe | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Thomas Rabe

We are entering a new era and have a great opportunity to actively shape its course. Even in an age of universal belief in technology, Europe can be confident enough to rely on the power of creativity. Because in the end, the billions of smartphones are just shells that need to be filled with creative content.

Secrets and Lives

Caragh Little | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It takes courage, someone commented to me once, to send your observations out into the ether of the blog. Anyone could read it, whether they know you in 'real life' or not, and judge you or criticize you or think you're very strange. Almost worse, perhaps, nobody will read it at all...

What Is Creativity Anyway?

Kate Taylor | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kate Taylor

It's my firm belief that being creative is something that has to exist in the world, so for the blog piece this week, I've been researching the characteristics of creative people, looking at busting some myths, and finding out what being creative means. The quotes throughout are some of the beautiful responses I got back.

Stop Saying Yes to Mental Blocks

Malminder Gill | Posted 28.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

In a city where people are seemingly becoming busier and busier by the minute, do you ever wonder how others around you are managing work and life? Are you rushed in to making decisions on the spot, unable to focus or have a huge mental block that is stopping you from progressing? If so, then read on.

Innovation is Key to Business Success

Michael Bruce | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Michael Bruce

Every great business normally comes from some divine moment of inspiration. Why? What if? And normally as a result of some form of experience that sparks intrigue and gets the brain to go into overdrive. You get excited.

Let's Talk Creativity

Roberta Verdant | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

In this post I want to talk about creativity. Do you believe yourself creative? Are you as creative as you'd like to be? What does the word "creativity" mean to you? Expressive people tend to be healthier, happier people (that's just my observation) and we all fare best when we feel seen and heard.

Six Things Every Actress Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?

A Simple Meditation For Your Brilliant Mind

Mercedes Ngoh | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mercedes Ngoh

Meditation is not a religion. Nor is it a tradition involving levitation while sitting cross-legged on the floor pretending to be an all-knowing master of the universe. Meditation, sometimes disguised as boredom, slows our breath, lowers our heart rate, relaxes our mind and provides space for self-exploration while restoring our natural energy.

To Many People, Entrepreneurship and Culture Seem Strange Bedfellows...

Caroline Meaby | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Caroline Meaby

We live in a hugely connected world but our points of reference can still be quite limited to the English-speaking world. Through programmes like YCE, the British Council can identify what's going on outside the confines of the usual places we look to. We connect our global entrepreneurs with the UK and with each other, and sow the seeds for international knowledge sharing and collaborations.

Why Women Need to Stop Producing and Start Creating

Tracey Follows | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracey Follows

A former boss of mine had a habit of saying 'women can't tell jokes and women can't do creative'. He was referring to creating advertising ideas, when he said this but he could have meant anything creative, even cooking. Actually, he was including cooking: 'all of the best chefs in the world are men' he would also remind us.

Five Secrets I Learned on Writing Retreat

Rachael Lucas | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachael Lucas

The main secret I learned was there's no escaping the fact that the key to getting a book written is hard slog. But if you're going to do it, you may as well do it with copious amounts of cake and good company. I'm already planning my next escape, even if it does mean working on another novel to justify it.

I Want to Tell You a Story...

Peter Moreton | Posted 21.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Moreton

Can you tell a good story? Google images search 'storytelling' and you are flooded with images of generations that went long before us, sitting close together round a fire using talent and artistic license to pass on tales from their parents and grandparents.

The Power of Mask Making

Charlotte Tiley | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Tiley

It is a very personal journey to make your own mask and I have seen a pattern emerge over the years of observing people make their totem piece - the mask takes form and then the maker cannot help but reveal a part of themselves through the design, build and decoration.

Internet Radio- It's a blast

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Cunningham

This year, for me, has been the year of the radio show. I can't get enough of it. What a fantastic medium radio is.