A Brain Attic Blog

Not everything fits into the neat titles at the top of a landing page and ideas also evolve. My Brain Attic Blog therefore exists to underpin with extra content the proposals and discourse of the various titles in the blog itself.

In this Brain Attic you will find blog posts of content that has not found a place in the published material of my presentations or lectures, and yet which merit your attention. Much of this has been written since the original date of conception, but some is more ancient, having been considered unhelpful for inclusion in the more formalised works at the time.

Why the Brain Attic?

Simply because the material is not grand enough nor well-organised enough to be classed as a Sherlock Holmes’ style “Mind Palace”.  It is more a ragbag of ideas that are the flotsam and jetsam of my mind and indeed of my crazy butterfly life, presented in their organic and original reverse-jumbled order. This does not aid logic I know, but then there is no logic in the jumble of an attic, only history.

Mind you, not all jumble is trash, and I have not given up on the notion that one day this could become a mind palace. 🙂

What is a Mind Palace?

According to the Smithsonian online mag the Mind Palace is of ancient Greek origin:

“…the Greek poet Simonides of Ceos invented the technique after attending a banquet gone wrong. Simonides stepped outside to meet with two young men. But when he arrived outside, the young men were not there and the hall was collapsing behind him. Though his fellow banqueters were too badly crushed by the collapse for their remains to be identified, Simonides was supposedly able to put a name with each body based on where they had been sitting in the hall. That ability to remember based on location became the method of loci, also known as memory theater, the art of memory, the memory palace and mind palace.”

But my brain has so far never developed sufficient discipline to use the loci method and my Brain Attic blog is the result.

How to read the Brain Attic

  1. There may not be rooms, but you can interrogate the blog according to the category or tag cloud that heads each post , which will filter out subject matter irrelevant to your needs.
  2. Alternatively, interrogate the whole publications website, warts and all, by entering your search word or phrase via Sherlock’s magnifying glass (in the top right corner).
  3. Finally, if you want to go really crazy wild, then click on the title of this website and just keep reading the truly jumbled mess of my brain AS IT HAPPENED, most recent first.

Happy reading. Then tell me what you think!

PSSST! If you want something more ordered then click on The Blog Suites 😉 

Content Strategy

This series of suggestions comes from a WordPress workshop I attended a few years ago in Brighton, that buzzy digital city. If you want an effective website then success lies less in your technological choices than in the quality of your thinking and forward planning. Was it ever any different, whatever your context? Continue reading “Content Strategy”

The Archaeology of this Generalist

The power of integrated, joined-up thinking is recognized and new generalists are required, able to grasp specialist knowledge as well as able to range across disciplines.

Charles Landry

I am not a very focussed person and it takes me a lot of effort to structure anything. I also just can’t hack doing proper research. Continue reading “The Archaeology of this Generalist”

The Creative Entrepreneur

I am interested in the potential of the profile of the average creative entrepreneur to lead us out of our post-2008 doldrums, a profile that can marry the creation of economic wealth with other value-added contributions of strong ethics to return us to as much respect for our social and cultural wealth as Western cultures have given to money since the 1980s. Continue reading “The Creative Entrepreneur”

Losing Cultural Diplomacy

This article needs publishing now I feel (Dec 2012), since the decline of state control over its cultural diplomacy is moving fast. The text is an aggregate of various Web contributions culled to construct a keynote presentation I was asked to make to the closing session at the ENCATC Academy held in Brussels on 7 Dec 2012. The overt topic was to promote debate on the impact of social media and commerce on cultural diplomacy.

Continue reading “Losing Cultural Diplomacy”

Cultural Entrepreneurs: The New Diplomats?

This article is the full text of a presentation I made on 13 September 2012 at Goldsmiths College University of London for the 20th Anniversary conference of ENCATC. The seminar I was contributing to had been asked to consider the item: From the state to the commercial: new models of cultural relations and diplomacy

My work regularly leads me to interrogate five notions: Continue reading “Cultural Entrepreneurs: The New Diplomats?”