Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Bloom Newsflash!

Looking back, it seems as though Bloom has had a bit of a Blog holiday, but we have been very busy.

We thought a Bloom update was needed so here we go!

We have been working really hard to get our second BloomVine newsletter together, and we sent it out to our contacts today. The aim for the newsletter is to distribute it to 500 influential people based mainly within London who have an interest in psychology; particularly in relation to work and the workplace.

This edition's theme is 'Sustaining change'. After the initial burst of enthusiasm for a new year resolution at the start of January, how do you keep it up?

If you're not on the mailing list, then just send us an email and we will get one out to you pronto.

Our other full-time project is getting ready for the OneLife exhibition, which is in just over 2 weeks. If you do want to come along get in touch with us if you want tickets.

The picture is of a great coffee and jacket potato cafe that we've been having our lunchtime meetings in. They do porridge too - which is Rob's favourite afternoon snack.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Passion changes everything.

As promised, today I went to see Sir Ken Robinson present at the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in London. The presentation was titled after his latest book 'The Element: How finding your passion changes everything'.

It was fantastic. The RSA is such a great institution and building to hold such a talk, and the crowd were brimming with excitement and appeared eagerly expectant for an engaging and entertaining talk. Ken Robinson is definitely engaging.

On a postcard, Ken proposes that from his experience, too many adults are 'bumping along the bottom' doing what they thought they were good at, what gets them by, and ultimately just 'aiming too low and succeeding'. He went on to emphasise that this isn't enough, and that we should all strive to be in our 'element' and do something which 'resonates' within us when our talent meets our passion. Change and decisions like these aren't easy, but they are being thought about especially when an economic crisis brings about opportunity for change. On a larger level, organisations should welcome diversity over conformity, and should be recognised as organisms rather than mechanisms which flourish when personal capabilities and passions are enriched.

I cant wait to get stuck into the book!

To see more, check out soon for a video of this event.


Wednesday, 4 February 2009


Slog into work, or turn home put the kettle on and stare out of the window at the miraculous whiteness? For about 20 minutes I tried to get in, but when my boss rang to say she'd given up, I gave up too.

Within minutes I was home, with my tea and laptop, listening to the radio. Bliss. All the better for being so utterly unexpected. I went to the park and ran round it. I took photos. I spoke to people taking photos of the frozen canal. I breathed the air and listened to the deafening silence. Everyone was smiling.

When I got back home, the first thing I heard on the radio was some busybody saying the cost to the economy could run into the billions.

Is this what we've become? A nation of utilitarians? Does anyone seriously maintain that a day spent working at home making snowmen harms productivity? I don't believe it, and anyway, I don't care. I think for most people it was a huge and unexpected bonus that brought people together and made them appreciate life a bit more. And as Will Young said on Question Time, it was nice to be brought together by something other than disaster. I don't think I'll ever forget Monday 2nd February 2009.