OK, so let's start with the mental blockages: the more eagle-eyed of you may have noticed that the last post referred to the East End working class, and then failed to follow through on its claim....I forgot, having got carried away writing about BP and the X-Prize, to link to the Young Foundation's new publication, which follows on from Michael Young's pioneering research in the East End. I may go to the launch next week, so will report back.
Otherwise, it is a week of bizarre happenings thus far. I blog something nice(r) about BP, and then get an e-mail this morning from their Alternative Energy department, asking if the School for Social Entrepreneurs would be interested in hooking up with their entrepreneurial programme...
And, having made the momentous decision to move our work away from Lotus Notes, the Guardian makes Lotus Notes and why it is rubbish/not rubbish (depending on your status as user/administrator) a running feature in their Technology section. Indeed, my previous rant about the subject even gets quoted in that section today. The correspondence still seems to split pretty much exactly down administrator/IT people and the end users in organisations, which kind of backs up what I said previously. If it's not for the end user ultimately, who is it for?
Finally, referring back to the mental block stuff, there's a neat-ish electronic deck of cards to stimulate creative thought available from the Space for Ideas site, called the Creative Block. You download it to your desktop and then click on the deck for a technique to prompt you out of your confined thought-processes. It's not bad, although there are only 25 cards....but you can add your own. The idea, originally, relates back to Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies deck of cards, which is well worth a look, particularly as he is a patron of the Global Ideas Bank and its work.