I didn't really have a clue a year ago. But wow, learning on the job I think will always be the best way to gain knowledge and skills. It has been a huge learning curve. People doubted me and the organisation. Sometimes we follow plan A and sometimes we follow plan B. But we will always prosper with whatever path we take. Sometimes I fail, sometimes I succeed.
Watching my Snapchat feed, the green monster inside me began to make an appearance as I saw, what seemed like, EVERYONE at a much coveted event. I tapped through short clips of customised cupcakes, gorgeous selfies and perfect poses. Damn it, why wasn't I invited? Everyone looks like they are having SO much fun. All those smiles prove it right?
But there's another economy which does reward work which is exploratory in and of itself. "R&D in the arts" seems to be quite a new thing, inspired by the digital model, but not motivated by financial revenue. I worry about the arts taking on the mantle, because R&D and innovation are terms with such an overwhelming direction built in to them
London Fashion Week AW16 is only just kicking off and already we have witnessed some historic transformations. As technology and social media have become increasingly prominent parts of our daily lives, the way in which we interact with brands is changing and the fashion industry is being compelled to respond.
Now the train-tracks and copper-dyed hair (thank you, Sun-in) have gone, my luck has improved, but my feelings for holiday have not. Even in a relationship, I feel there's an impending sense of disappointment. This Valentine's I've created a fool-proof list of non-cliché things to do for both singles and lovers...so you won't have to suffer the same pain.
Last year, Milan was ranked among the top 25 world cities with the most powerful brands, according to the first Guardian Cities global survey. Its position in the list - above the likes of Tokyo, Berlin, and Beijing, owes much to a sturdy economy, its excellent shopping and fashion offerings and its range of cultural attractions.
LFW SS16 will need to pull out all the stops to make this the best event yet, and prove that this new venue is not just an ample replacement to Somerset House, the event's previous home. In Brewer Street Car Park, the organisers have an event space already proven in hosting successful events, but also one with a lot of potential.
I've been running the London Internet of Things meetup since December 2011 and have helped a few friends set up their own meetup in various cities around the world. London now has over 6 meetups on this topic (see sidebar of iot.london) and I thought I'd share what you should think about when starting a meetup.
A competitive fundraising climate with 'market-savvy' donors creates a demand for bigger and tougher challenges. It puts pressure on charities and fundraisers to stand-out and show why they are most deserving of support. I welcome that - I want everyone to know where their hard-earned money goes when they donate to us.
In the run up to Christmas most working parents will have already planned their Christmas leave, but taking time off is the easy part - what isn't so easy is making sure you have enough things planned that make the Christmas holidays fun for the whole family (especially if this year you're having a 'staycation'!)