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Finding balance between honesty and etiquette

There seems to be a conflict going on in my wee brain between honesty and business etiquette; I have some pretty solid business ethics, which generally results in my making less money than I could whilst maintaining my integrity, so I'm cool with that. The conflict, however, is playing out in the area where etiquette, integrity and honesty meet, or don't for that matter.

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Anger and Hatred meet Compassion and Forgiveness

People find it hard to believe that I just can't get really angry, feel hatred or hold grudges, and even I have wondered why this is so. Compassion and forgiveness are indeed contributing factors, and I practice these in both meditation and daily life, but it seems that there has been a deeper internal shift that is allowing me to be so accepting.

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Compassion, disability & mindfulness: convergence on the road to happiness

Last weekend, the inimitable Sharon Salzberg led a 2 day retreat on Compassion; I have long been her 'distance learning student', courtesy of audiobooks, dharma podcasts and suchlike, but these can never replicate the dynamic and interactive nature of a retreat.

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No Blah for Now

I love people, ideas, technology, creativity and business, and had been happily running digital agency Copious until the technologies we were utilising became cumbersome; it wasn't creative or fun anymore. I was also doing a lot of pro bono work for Government and the Third Sector and when the idea for NoBlah popped into my head, it was a eureka moment. It was the perfect marriage of social and venture and I became a deliriously monikered social entrepreneur.

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The mental illness epidemic: lost on the road to wellbeing

I recently heard Chris Ruane MP, speak and he reeled off some shocking statistics about what he referred to as a mental illness epidemic in the UK. In the past 10 years prescriptions for antidepressants have increased by 500%. Yes, 500% - from 9 million to 46 million. 46 million? The total population of this wee island is only 63 million. When he threw the fact that 32% of people between the ages of 16 and 24 have a psychiatric disorder into the mix, alarm bells started ringing. He further illuminated the issue in comparison to older people; surprisingly, only 10% of over 75s have a psychiatric disorder, with prevalence increasing as we tumble down the age scale.

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The Myth of Multitasking

Technology is meant to make our lives easier; indeed. It enables us to complete tasks with greater speed and efficiency. It is remarkable how the devices we use in our daily lives can complete all manner of different tasks simultaneously and this sort of multitasking is a good thing. However, us human folk are not computers and our brains are not meant to multitask when it comes to cognition and action.

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Mindfulness, education & inspiration: transforming young lives from within

As moments of true inspiration are rare, it would appear that today I won the inspiration lottery; so many wonderful moments unfolded as the day progressed, revealing the bare heart of humanity and the hope that just maybe this generation of children will learn to treat themselves, each other and our planet with respect and compassion. It was marvellous.

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Misogynism & sex discrimination amidst the Digerati

I'd like to think that I work in a reasonably egalitarian industry, but some pretty unpalatable stories have begun to surface about the ill-treatment of women on the web conference speaking circuit; as I read about the experiences reported by Sarah Parmenter, Jen Strickland and Relly Annett-Baker, my heart began to sink as I realised that, mathematically speaking, it is highly probable that these incidences are not rare. As those who have spoken up are strong women in a testosterone laden industry and with very few women, let alone speakers, in the digerati, I fear what lies beneath.

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