31st July 2018

Building skills brick by brick

Building skills brick by brick Published on July 31, 2018  Edit article  View stats In January this year the World Economic Forum published “Towards a reskilling revolution”. It starts by stressing the need for lifelong learning, both for employees, who need […]

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30th July 2018

Designing games with your silent partner

I love a good framework. I’ve used a few in my time, and one I am finding very useful at the moment is the (Design, Play, Experience) DPE model for designing games for learning. This grew out of an earlier model – […]

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29th July 2018

What would playful design of your work look like?

Two of my favourite things to do are spending time outside in nature and playing board games. They both give me a real sense of joy and are activities which will often cause a state of flow, meaning that I can […]

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28th July 2018

Designing your ‘Game of Life’ for pleasure and profit

Good habits are sometimes hard to keep up. There was a time that I found it easy to write a blog on my web site regularly, and to post on social platforms (articles as opposed to updates or comments). It was easy, […]

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28th July 2018

Facebook and failed stories

It’s been a bad week for social media, to put it mildly. Facebook’s losses are of a magnitude which most of us find it hard to even visualise, making Twitter’s similar problems seem almost small by comparison. I must admit to […]

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17th November 2014

Planning – not an optional extra

I’m writing a novel. OK, that statement is, in itself, somewhat of a work of fiction. What I am actually doing is writing 50,00 words within the 30 days of November. I don’t think I can really describe what I […]


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6th November 2014

Fighting Fantasy School – the Way Forward

I welcome the news that Ian Livingstone has formerly applied to launch a free school in West London next year. I have some serious reservations about the UK Government’s Free School scheme, which diverts state funding into independent schools, but […]


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6th November 2014

Gamification – Good Times or Exploitationware?

Gamification – there’s a lot of it about. Everywhere you look, marketeers, contact centres and HR types are publicising their latest gamification projects and talking numbers about engagement conversions, brand loyalty and so on. But not everyone is so enamoured […]


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4th November 2014

NaNoWriMo, Pots by the Pound and Just Getting It Done

I’m drinking coffee this morning – not something I normally do. I don’t really like the taste, I get unpleasant heart flutters after a couple of cups and after three, I actually start to feel a bit sick. Tea is […]


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3rd November 2014

Killers in the Classroom

  Picture the scene. You have spent weeks, possibly even months, putting together a beautifully crafted, engaging training course for onboarding / hi-po fast tracking / leadership and strategy / etc. (delete as applicable), and here you are on the […]


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