Last week, Advertising Week Europe (AWE) took place in London for the fourth year, bringing together the biggest and brightest of creative minds from across the EU. AWE's blend of experts from the world of advertising, media, technology and entertainment helped to unpack how creativity is set to change as we accelerate towards our mobile future. An era where people are accessing videos, images and news digitally, from any location, at any time.
Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, is preparing to publish the first White Paper - a policy document that sets out the government's proposals for future legislation - on the arts since Jennie Lee's over 50 years ago. It's a hugely significant moment for organisations such as the Crafts Council.
When you see a five-year-old scale an indoor-climbing wall like some kind of mini-Spiderman, you don't immediately think you're in for a workshop on business development. After the adrenaline has worn off (and you're in the pub celebrating your intact bones) a few lessons might just sink in, that could be applied to anyone in business today.
2015 was the year of the adult colouring book. Their popularity caused a spike in sales of physical titles as they sold in their millions, providing stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts nationwide. Bestseller lists remain full of them well into 2016: wild flowers, swear words, Jeremy Corbyn - you name it, you can colour it in.
Innovation is too often used to mean 'new'. So many of the latest products are now called innovative, when actually, they are incremental upgrades. Innovation can, I admit, operate incrementally, but innovation in its true sense comes when an invention is transformed through design and radical user insights into a fully fledged new product or service.
I believe people are starting to come together, and considering there are 7 billion of us it will always take more than a year. We all have different views, and rightly so, but surely we must all agree that a world focussed on progressing forward and away from hate should always be a slightly better one?
Creativity should be celebrated within schools. Creative people invent, problem-solve, discuss and communicate in fresh, exciting ways, we don't want this to be lost during school. Whatever the industry whether it's medical, science, engineering, academic research, technology, business, entrepreneurial; they all require creative thinkers to progress.