This week I have learned:

  • of the death of Pat Fish, who was The Jazz Butcher. They were a band that I loved in my teens. Every time I wait for a bus at Waterloo Station I’m reminded of the album Fischoteque. One of their songs popped up on Spotify a few days ago, and reminded me of those times. Looking up where they were now, was saddened to see that Pat died a couple of years ago.
  • how much good AV equipment makes a difference for running hybrid workshops. Had a workshop yesterday in one of the meeting rooms at BEIS, and it was equipped with clever moving and zooming cameras and a really good Shure mic system in the ceiling. Combined with Miro board online and plenty of Artefact cards in the room, it made for a good session.
  • people are coming to me for advice and help at work. That feels like it means I’m doing OK in the now not new job.
  • the whole in-person/remote debate is fascinating to me. There are definitely more people heading into offices. But I’m not entirely convinced why, other than a massive dose of sunk cost fallacy leading to 2- or 3-days-a-week mandates which can then involve people doing exactly what they would do at home but in an office. We need to be more deliberate about how time and space is used, and stop falling back on old assumptions.
  • another idea I keep coming back to is why do we segment good risks from bad risks when we manage risks. There are potential upsides and downsides to everything.
  • the Artificially Intelligent idea is the silliest thing I’ve done in a while. It also might be the most profound.

Next week: TBD (literally)

The week in photos:

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