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Book review: Free, by Mark Scandrette

We’re doing a project at work with Mark Scandrette next month, so I’ve been reading his books. I thought I’d mention this one, as its themes chime rather well with the message of the blog. Free: Spending your time and money on what matters most is all about simplifying your life around what is most […]

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the world beyond your head

Innovative advertising or attentional hijacking?

Here’s a novel advertising campaign that won a Golden Lion award at Cannes a couple of years ago. I’ll let the company explain it in their own terms: How you feel about this campaign may well depend on how much you like Dunkin Donuts, but it’s an interesting one. As far as the marketing company […]

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The World Beyond Your Head, by Matthew Crawford

Matthew Crawford is a philosopher and a mechanic, dividing his time between the University of Virginia and his motorbike workshop. As you might expect, this unique combination gives rise to a philosophy that is rooted in material things, a counter-cultural perspective that elevates manual work and craftsmanship. Crawford has a writing style to match, highly […]

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The attentional commons

Matthew Crawford‘s The Case for Working With Your Hands is one of my favourite books, a work of profound but practical philosophy. I’ve been wondering what Crawford would write next, and it’s now out: The World Beyond Your Head – how to flourish in an age of distraction. It’s about how we steward our attention. […]

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Book Review: The Post-Growth Project

The Green House is a new think tank, established in 2011 to explore green political ideas. One of its main initiatives has been the Post Growth Project, aimed at exploring alternatives to the austerity and growth boosting that has followed the financial crisis. I’ve browsed various reports along the way, and they’ve now been compiled […]

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the news de botton

The News: A User’s Manual, by Alain de Botton

The news is a daily routine for many of us, through the papers, the internet, the radio and television bulletins. We might check in a few times a day, out of boredom, curiosity, or to see what is happening in the world. Keeping up with current affairs is, after all, what serious people do. The […]

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don't even think about it

Don’t even think about it, by George Marshall

A few years ago, when I first grasped the importance of climate change, it was George Marshall’s book Carbon Detox that helped me to reduce my own CO2 emissions. I ended up buying several copies, and even adapted the book into a group activity for looking at carbon footprints together. One of the reasons I […]

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Book review: Stuffocation, by James Wallman

Christmas is peak ‘stuff’ time in our household. We throw away more than usual, and generally have a bunch of new things to find places for at the end of it. I’m not complaining, but it’s an interesting time to read a book like Stuffocation – Living More with Less. Stuffocation, as the name suggests, […]

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My books of 2014

I’ve just been looking back at my reading over this year. Here are the five books I’ve enjoyed most in 2014. Feral, by George Monbiot My favourite book of the last 12 months by some margin, Feral explores the topic of rewilding – the idea of letting nature take its course with the landscape, and […]

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learning with nature

Book review: Learning with Nature

I’ve written before about ‘nature deficit disorder’, and the way that 21st century children have far fewer opportunities to encounter nature than previous generations. Without access to wild spaces, children live sedentary lives, with all the associated health problems. They lack freedom and adventure, and make up for it in screen time. And they risk […]

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