Monthly Archives: November 2014

How Brisbane’s worst storm in decades turned my Avid Reader event into a street party

Last Thursday at 5.45pm I set out to Avid Reader bookshop in Brisbane for my conversation with Radio National’s Paul Barclay. My hotel lobby was crowded with people taking refuge from the storm which had just ravaged Grey Street outside. There … Continue reading

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B Lab in Sydney – and Avid Reader in Brisbane

Yesterday morning I had the pleasure of going to the B Corporation Morning Tea at the Common Room in Surry Hills, Sydney. B Corporations – and B Lab, the organisation which conceived them and is promoting them globally – turned … Continue reading

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‘Truth? – it is one of the many miserable conventions the human brain has tortured itself with’: Henry Handel Richardson’s Maurice Guest

Maurice Guest is my favourite of Henry Handel Richardson’s novels, with its extravagant passions, music and Leipzig setting. And I now realise that it does actually connect with the Overland essay that prompted last Monday’s blog: Christopher Scanlon‘s ‘HappinessTM‘. In … Continue reading

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‘Our people are our machinery’: HappinessTM in Overland 217 and human capital in the post-industrial age

Now my new book Six Capitals is out, I’ve been thinking through and talking about the various manifestations of the four ‘new’ capitals – intellectual, human, social and relationship, and natural capital – whose application in business and economic life … Continue reading

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‘Our ideas about marriage and divorce are particularly old-fashioned’: Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

‘Our ideas about marriage and divorce are particularly old-fashioned. Our legislation favours divorce – and our social customs don’t,’ says Newland Archer to Countess Olenska, attempting to explain the subtle but rigid unspoken conventions of the patrician New York society … Continue reading

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