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Exploring value in Aldi

I am part of the experimental art group Larks and Ravens and we recently ran a Big Draw event where we invited customers in a Bristol Aldi store to draw what they valued on the shop windows! It was a … Continue reading

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Is playing golf on a Friday afternoon such a bad thing?

Liam Fox recently told an audience of Tory activists that it’s the “duty” of our business leaders “to contribute to the prosperity of our country”. Instead, Fox complained, they are letting us down by choosing to play golf on Friday … Continue reading

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Electric vehicles as storage – a psychologist’s view

“LONDON (UK) 10th May 2016: Automotive industry leader Nissan and multinational power company Enel, today confirmed plans to launch a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first ever carried out in the UK. The trial will work by installing and … Continue reading

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What does it mean “to know by heart”?

There’s an intriguing recent study showing that people’s sense of whether faces are familiar to them or not is affected by physiological signals from the heart. The experimental subjects were wired up to a heart monitor and during the facial … Continue reading

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Maybe we’re the ‘weird lunatics’ not them

Challenging article by Slavoj Zizek in the New Statesman about why we, as Europeans, feel so threatened by the migrant refugee crisis. We feel threatened by the strangeness of the other instead of seeing the strangeness in ourselves through other … Continue reading

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Talk to the humans….

If you are an academic and/or a scientist, read this recent lecture by Daniel Gilbert. It’s worth it. Ouch. Click to access SPSP2016.pdf

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Growth and Waist

UK grocery sales in decline for first time in 20 years. … was the shocking headline in the Guardian in November 2014.  At a time of very low inflation, UK shoppers failed to buy more from supermarkets than they had … Continue reading

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Energy Storage – Report of Smart Energy Wales Conference

The Prospectors recently attended a 1 day Conference organised by Smart Energy Wales on energy storage and smart grids. It was billed as ” bringing together the most experienced practitioners from industry, academia and the public sector to provide insights and … Continue reading

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Electric Car Running Costs

Individuals don’t generally buy things for their collective benefit, so industry and government would be wasting their time trying to persuade us to buy electric cars because they offer a better long term personal transport solution for society and the … Continue reading

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Working on ideas which go against the mainstream

Refreshing to read a synopsis of Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book ‘David and Goliath, Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants‘.  In particular, Gladwell talks about the French Impressionists who were exploring a radically different way to paint and were … Continue reading

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