In his wonderful book, You Are What You Love, James K. A. Smith encourages us to reflect on the religious nature of the shopping experience by describing the shopping mall as a place of worship: The layout of this temple has architectural echoes that harken back to medieval cathedrals – mammoth religious spaces designed to… Continue reading Are you a ________ or merely a consumer of ________ artifacts?
I’ve been able to identify two different ways in which I grieve the passing of Eugene Peterson from this world. The first, and perhaps most obvious, is that he is one of my heroes. The second is the fact that while he leaves behind a legacy in the form of books, and disciples, the grounding… Continue reading On the death of Eugene Peterson
I’m reading a book at the moment that really has me thinking – Antifragile by Nassim Taleb (as recommended to me by @smn) I’ve found the ideas in the book so engaging that I’m going to write about some of them before I’ve even finished reading it, since I think I’ve got a handle on at least the core of… Continue reading Antifragility and Modern Nation States
Before we’re finished with January, I thought it’d be fun to present my list of things that inspired me this year. To begin with, I was going to present my “best reads of…” but felt like this would be more interesting… Zeitoun by Dave Eggers: the true story of a Syrian man and his family… Continue reading Inspiration: Top 10 of 2015
Dear Henning, With the news of your death, today is a sad day for many of us. We devoured your novels, whether the Wallander series, or lesser known works. We revelled in your storytelling, which despite being fictional always felt deeply honest. We were inspired by your actions, how you consistently spoke up against injustice… Continue reading Dear Henning (A Tribute To Henning Mankell)
Last week I finished work on my new eBook, Change Maker’s Manifesto: Simple Steps Toward Making a Difference. This quick start guide is for you if you want to get started in making a difference in the world, but don’t quite know where to begin. For those of you are already on this journey of change, I’ve added a section… Continue reading Change Maker’s Manifesto
Parallel Bible is an exciting new experiment that takes an ancient text and anchors it in day to day experiences through crowd-sourced images. I spoke to co-founder Andrew Breitenberg about the app and their Kickstarter campaign to fund the first printed gospel of Mark in which all of its visual content is sourced by its readers.… Continue reading Parallel Bible: An Interview with Andrew Breitenberg
A couple of things I realised through living without a computer for 4 months.
If you want to cultivate and refine your understanding of your own worldview, it’s important to study the worldview of others. Photo by Tarik Browne I discovered this when I first began studying political philosophy. Reading the likes of John Locke, Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault I would ask myself: what similarities and what differences… Continue reading Why it’s good to read people you disagree with
The Starfish and The Spider is a book that questions the way we think about the nature of leadership. Much of our culture and history has revolved around hierarchical, top-down leadership. You look at the structure and you know who’s boss. You know where the buck stops. We build careers around climbing the ladder, hoping… Continue reading Books: The Starfish and The Spider