Ever since I can remember I've never had many dark days about my disability. Of course as a kid I wondered sometimes why I was 'different'. The realisation I wouldn't play football in the Premier League hurt for a week or so. The fact one-night stands were harder to get in nightclubs was frustrating, until realising I wanted something more meaningful anyway.
A major theme at this year's event was corporate wellness and how employees - a company's most important asset - could be better taken care of by businesses. Many exhibitors at the Congress were on hand to demonstrate some aspect of corporate wellness from fitness initiatives to technology-enabled programmes.
Brought together under the Every Woman Every Child partnership umbrella, these new creative solutions along with resources, collaboration and commitment will be able to make a difference to women and children, save lives and improve the prospects of future generations.
If scientists entertain the myth that giant leaps are the everyday happening of science, science funders will expect extraordinary claims in return for funding, and everyone will be disappointed with that game.
I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.
I know what you're thinking. "Oh, here we go. The wanky marketing guy, making all sorts of fanciful assertions. We won't be able to do any of what he says because regulation. Why don't they ever understand? Sigh."
This year saw a record breaking crowd turn out to witness the cutting edge of Fin Tech innovation. So much so that the venue was changed to accommodate all that wanted to attend, and even then they sold out. With 1,450 people waiting in the auditorium, Finovate was ready to commence. ..
I believe often managers actively, and mostly inadvertently, suppress innovation. Why? Because people confuse leadership with having to come up with all the best ideas. Since management defined the strategy in the first place they don't want to be diverted from it.
We learned this week that as part of the Conservative election manifesto the party will promise GP access seven days a week by 2020. This is to relieve pressure on hospitals, giving working people access to a doctor at weekends, with family doctors able to consult patients via email and internet video link as part of the plans.
It should come as no surprise if future eCommerce innovations stem from these regions, rather than more established areas like North America and Western Europe.
Important in and of itself, a craft education isn't just about creating beautiful objects. It has a vital role to play in wider industry, helps with problem-solving (as Matthew Crawford illustrated in his best-seller The Case for Working with Your Hands), and contributes to general cognitive development.