Month: August 2020

Your reputation creates your reality

Consulting for private clients requires a specialist skill set. It’s highly personal, combining impartiality of approach with strong empathy. The most successful client/consultant relationships are forged out of developing an intimate understanding of the individual’s goals, mapped against a pragmatic assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. Combine this with a deep awareness of the opportunities …

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Planning reforms – does the white paper plan for a positive future?

In my last blog, I looked at the new permitted development rules and reactions to the announcement. Since then, the government has released its ‘Planning for the Future’ white paper, laying out proposed reforms of the whole planning system. These proposals are under consultation for 12 weeks, so I thought I’d have a look at …

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Soft power, public diplomacy and the digital-first era

Digital disintermediation has had a dramatic effect on every sphere of life, business and society over the past twelve to fifteen years. But what do I mean by that? Quite simply that the internet – from email and video-conferencing apps to social media channels and platforms, has utterly transformed and multiplied the ways in which …

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Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well, I have others

As the Covid pandemic moves into the inevitable economic crisis, the world is hitting the reset button across numerous areas. I have written a few times about the UK’s data-driven obesity strategy and Boris Johnson re-setting his libertarian instincts to become interventionist after his personal brush with the virus. The resulting ‘Better Health’ campaign takes …

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