Travels with my notebook

British library and moleskine picYesterday I shared about one of my current favourite work spaces, the British Library. I took this picture not only to remind me of summer days spent there, but also of days hopefull to come. Whilst the pencil reminds me of home (the UK), the Moleskine notebook(s) isn’t just a real practical tool for recording dreams and plans, although, of course, I don’t need to limit myself to Moleskine notebooks to do this. However, the words it uses to describe itself actually do resonate and remind me of my own adventurous spirit, love of writing and global outlook:

Today Moleskine is synonymous with culture, imagination, memory, travel and personal identity – in both the real world and the virtual world. It is a brand that identifies a family of nomadic objects: notebooks, diaries, copybooks, bags, tools for writing and reading, designed for modern people on the go. The follow us around the world, identifying us at any latitude.

Moleskine accompanies the creative and imaginative professions of our time. It represents, around the world, a symbol of contemporary nomadism, closely connected with the digital world.

Communications for Development (C4D)

British Library photo July 2015I’ve recently been spending a fair amount of time at the British Library in Kings Cross. Cafes are great places to read and work, but sometimes – or rather often in my case – the loud music (however cool ) can be a bit of a distraction. This library is great as an academic and work hub space, with the addition of a nice business centre with some very useful research materials for start-ups et al.

Anyway, I’ve been doing some reading up on communications for development, or C4D as it’s known. C4D sounds intriguing as it seems to move beyond the traditional communication areas of media relations and of simply listening and reiterating stories to raise visibility and awareness. Those activities are still very much needed and are components of C4D. But it also involves guiding, advising and actually changing behaviours and attitudes. A UK example of this might be the nudge initiative.

But I’m still very much on a learning curve with this area of communications, though I hope to revisit more in the future.

Adopting Britain

I like stumbling on interesting exhibitions in London. One such impromptu visit was to ‘Adopting Britain’ at the South Bank Centre until September this year. Described on its website as ‘an interactive, accessible exhibition about immigration’, it’s a mix of photos, text, music and film tracing migration into the UK from the 1950s.

I especially enjoyed the short documentary and animation films that tell the stories of children and adults coming to Britain from Asia, Africa and Europe.

This cute note placed by an anonymous visitor on a ‘tree of thoughts’ caught my eye. The hidden word is, of course, ‘friends’.

Friends - Adopting Britain exhibition