The Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture

          On 11 March 2021, Save the Rhino International will host The Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture in a star-studded event presented by 15-time Tony Award nominee Arvind Ethan David, Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE and Samuel Barnett and Hannah Marks, two of the leads of Netflix’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, who will reunite for the … Read moreThe Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture

Here Comes the Rain Again

It’s raining. South London, reset to factory settings. In the fourth Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy novel, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, there’s a character called Rob Mckenna, a Rain God. He’s a lorry driver and it rains on him every day. As he drove on, the rainclouds dragged down the sky … Read moreHere Comes the Rain Again

Trying to find your voice? Listen

I worked with BBC Light Entertainment for six weeks in 2015 on Vote Now Show during the 2015 election. The work culminated in an all-nighter as the results came in and half a dozen sleep-deprived writers attempted to get our heads around a Tory landslide, and then make jokes about it. There weren’t enough biscuits. One … Read moreTrying to find your voice? Listen

The Interconnectedness of All Things

In the course of creative endeavours, artists and scientists join fragments of knowledge into a new unity of understanding.” – Vera John-Steiner Ideas are ‘just’ connections between existing elements. Sherlock Holmes is the product of 19th-century detective fiction and medical investigation. Holmes’s deductive powers were inspired by some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s medical lecturers, including … Read moreThe Interconnectedness of All Things

Creativity requires more than a meeting

I’ve written a few posts on how to start a creative meeting, and how to run one. But scheduling creative time does not guarantee good ideas. Your lifestyle and approach have a huge effect on your creative ability. And time away from the problem may be the key to a breakthrough. Be open to new … Read moreCreativity requires more than a meeting

Competence and confident humility

Self-esteem can be slippery. One minute you have it, the next the bubble bursts and it’s gone. 5 years ago I took up stand up comedy, perhaps because my self-esteem needed a boost. It’s been a rollercoaster. A gig goes well, and I’m Leonardo DiCaprio on the front of the Titanic. A gig goes badly, … Read moreCompetence and confident humility

Coming up with creative ideas

Photo by Amélie Mourichon on Unsplash A successful creative meeting: Ideas flow freely. Coffee, biscuits and emergent laughter. Everyone is contributing. How familiar does this feel? Creative meetings can be great for the confident and extroverted. But I’ve definitely been in ‘creative’ meetings where I’ve been the least experienced in the room. There is ‘banter’ … Read moreComing up with creative ideas