Neo-Liberalism Died in it’s Sleep. It Fell Prey to it’s Vice, Terror

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The Neo-Liberal Dream particularly captured people as the Berlin Wall fell. It was the end of the ‘bogeyman’ Communism and in response to the 45 years of global heart palpitations (that was the Cold War), people were convinced that the world would be different. We would be peaceful.

But Alas, people forget! And even so, in the pursuit of one dream, attention to detail flies out the door. One detail forgotten was that through ousting the Soviet Union from Afghanistan (through arming ruthless rebels), the US conceived a monster: Al – Qaeda. And, then there grew a headless serpent of angry, aimless, and armed mercenaries, acting as black holes to civilisation.

Nevertheless, we continued down our comfortable path of hyper capitalism, infused with a spirit of liberal values with the hope that perhaps this system would be the meritocratic answer to all conflict. A more centric pattern of politics emerged, seeming to be quite tame, at least on the surface.

But, it must end. People forget, no system works, and we get complacent too. Like every other in history, this hegemony cannot last.

Populism is rising, and because community cohesion discussions have taken a back seat in our counter-terrorism narrative, hate politics has become more and more popular. We are seeing more and more of these divisive attitudes succeed. We are seeing figureheads of hate occupy governments or get very close. All in the name of security, or in the promotion of a specific demographic.

Even when radical ideas don’t succeed they leave a scourge on society. Power over people doesn’t need to be disseminated institutionally, it’s viral. This ideological warfare is played out through social power. What a fantastic tool the internet is in the right hands and a frightful weapon in the wrong ones.

This force is pedalled underground and that is a problem. If alternative views are stamped on, they will grow in a horrifically disfigured way. We need more open discussion in order to understand what’s happening.

 

Why Everyone Should Have a Storybook

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I recently attended a training event about story telling by Rob Woods. Working as a fundraiser, “the story” is an especially essential skill to master in order to win people’s hearts – but its also an important social skill.

We all know have that one friend that always drops a gripping story whenever you meet them; and even if the conversation is a chaotic babble, it’ll get everyone’s attention for up to a solid 3 minutes. So, how can we become more Caitlin (that one friend for me).

  1. Make sure your story has four clear parts or else you might get lost in it:

Who? The problem? What was done? The Result? – stick to this, or any relevant structure and you’ll keep it snappy. The way I do it is to think up the 3 key lines before you start because if you’re trying to tell a story under social pressure you’ll get distracted unless you know where its going.

  1. Keep a storybook:

You need content. As social creatures our lives are filled with stories but too often we hear the best stories when we’re extremely busy, intoxicated, or we may just forget over time.

If you can carry a book dedicated to the stories you hear and write them up under the divisions: Professional, Personal, and whatever other areas are particularly important to you, then you’ll have more genuine and exciting content for your conversations.

Whether you want to cite that time your friend’s Mum hit Benedict Cumberbatch with her car when you’re telling celebrity stories, or, give an incredible client testimonial about your business in a meeting with an investor, you’ll build material that’s both great to use and read back on too.

http://brightspotfundraising.co.uk/ – Rob Woods’ Website

Transportation A La India

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TRANSPORTATION A LA INDIA

Something interesting about Tamil Nadu is the infamous Indian traffic and road rogues. From our first journey to the training house – the buses – Tuk tuks I can safely say that Indian traffic is not for the faint hearted.

But there’s something kind of beautiful about it. Cattle, rickshaws, mopeds, huge vans, and people swarming about the road like there are no rules. Colours popping out of the dust, often way too close for comfort, and lanes are to be laughed at.

Horn heavy drivers substitute indicators for deafening horns and practice the art of heart stopping proximity, to the extent that a stray finger out of the window is at risk.

And what about Tamil’s drivers? Just today we saw two 14odd year old girls on a moped and our bus driver stopped on a corner to take a cigarette break. Bus drivers also stopped to pick up a cabin full of shopping whilst two parallel moped drivers took up a conversation on the highway.
Perhaps we could say this is chaos! Wrong! Dangerous?
Obviously there are huge risks, of course, but dodging bulls every few yards, avoid darting mopeds (sometimes on the wrong side of the street), and pulling out on a crossroad without being crushed… That’s skill.

I leave this post without any particular judgement. I think I’m still processing what I’ve observed.

So here are two guys on a bike who really wanted a picture taken. Happy Saturday!