My kids ground me, right? They keep me honest. They see right through me. I used to avoid having photos of them at work, because glancing at them cut me so deeply, it momentarily bamboozled me. Now, though, I like … Continue reading We Become Seekers. We Become Dreamers.
A small, simple story to share how much I love my kids, and the gentle genius of childhood too. When Lola was in kindergarten, she was sharing a moment in her day with us at the dinner table, explaining that … Continue reading What Do You Mean, “White Skin”?!
My nephew turned 19 last week while I was in the UK. I told him, “No present from me, mate. 18 was a landmark age, 19…meh.” We talked about those important birthdays. My sister turned 50 while I was there … Continue reading Suddenly, I’m In The “Heading to Retirement” Cohort.
What is your default action, when you are creating content / stuff? Do you have a beautifully intricate filing system so all of your intellectual property is at hand, just when you need it? Are you a player? Do you … Continue reading Don’t Save It, SHARE it! Build Your Network. #14Actions
The future of work is a scary place for those unprepared. Communicators are the amongst the first to be sidelined, and I wrote a few reflections – here – here – here here – here – here – about that. … Continue reading How To Prosper In The Future Of Work: Cultivate Dangerous Curiosity #14Actions
An online conversation of the “10 books that most impacted you” type got me to thinking, natch. I remember being a slightly bored, vaguely precocious teenager needing stim, and coming across a book – from who knows where – by … Continue reading A Celebration Of Awareness: Looking For A Book 30 Years Later
I read a great quote today from Hugh MacLeod:
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed.
So let’s go back to the beginning and watch our kids grow up. Think how much they learn and how much they change – seemingly in front of our very eyes.
We – parents, family, teachers – are not changing them, they are changing themselves, driven by a innate curious to understand and orient and reorient, no stone left unturned.
I often used to annoy my mum with my ‘cleverness’ – y’know, glib responses to important questions, portraying her 40-odd years of experience had nothing on a random school playground conversation with a friend. Very annoying, especially when I was right! “Aaaah, you fiendish child!” she would often retort. It is a term that often now comes to mind when my eldest, Lola, tries on her all-knowingness routine. What goes around, comes around. — When I think about issues and opportunities arising from the discussion around social business and technology and the changing nature of work, I keep searching for something supremely, … Continue reading You Fiendish Child! Letting The Kids Cut Through Workplace Bullshit
The TMWK Manifesto begins with curiosity – and, if push comes to shove, it could end there too. Curiosity is EVERYTHING. The Manifeto says: Cultivate curiosity. It all begins with curiosity. “Our number one value isn’t in any of the skills we have. It’s that we’re essentially curious.” – Jim Coudal via @brainpickings Curiosity is the kick-start, the pre-requisite. It allows us to move forward, in the footsteps of children. John Pilger had it right: “…the first step is to engender an approach, enable the measurement of distances and walking toward. It is show the possible and potential.” – Extract from article in The Guardian … Continue reading The Person To Person Economy: Curiosity
When I am mulling over a topic – like I have been about smiling – I often ask the kids for their perspective. Sometimes some genius insight, always delight. Smiling is good for you yo! https://t.co/bxoQRMZKCY — Jonathan Anthony (@ThisMuchWeKnow) April 21, 2014 Smiling boils down to two concepts: happiness and love. Good enough for me. ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading Curious Kids: Smiling Is Happiness And Love
Ripping out lots of small pieces of paper, each with a little narrative, each meaningless on its own, but compelling as a whole, a capture of the zeitgeist. I wonder where Lola gets it from…? ←This Much We Know.→ Continue reading #Unsquirrel 9: The Kids Always Have A Story To Tell
I started this blogging idea watching my kids learning about the world for the first time with “the child’s clear eye…”; and comparing it to my own curiosity I have in unlearning / relearning so many of the social and work rules I have come to question and challenge. It is also to capture those effortless moments of childhood and not to forget them. Acknowledging my kids’ genius is vital work. These posts seem to be popular with mummy bloggers, especially on WordPress. The most popular post: Curious Kids: The Child’s Clear Eye Discover more by searching for Curious Kids. ←This … Continue reading TMWK Best Of 2013 5: Curious Kids