These visual thoughts are usually a result of a conversation, stumbling across a blog post or someone tweeting some verbiage at me. All these images are available for use under a Creative Commons licence - I’m always interested to hear how you used them.

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From hunch to policy

What would that look like if it were a badge? I’ve long since thought about a badge prototyping machine that would take a person through the process of creating the badge on the fly, and easily create a prototype. There’s a danger that we start with the policy in mind, rather that going with the hunch that we have…

This thought came from a session at Mozfest16.

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The Bird (or is it a fox?)

An idea often develops itself – or it certainly feels that way. An idea is most vocal when you return to it. When I shared this artwork on twitter, I wondered whether it was like the blank tile in a game of Scrabble, where I get to dictate how you see it. But Amy Burvall reckoned it looked like a fox, and I think fox > bird… How do you see it?

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Perspective

…it took me a while to realise that prayer is often about perspective. The situation itself doesn’t change, but how you see it does. I don’t believe in a God that reaches out of heaven to tweak something in the space-time continuum in order just to make me more comfortable. If that were the case I’d be the god. But when I verbalise my worries and give them up, there is somehow a releasing power — and a degree of objectivity.

(extract from my weekly dollop of visual thinkery newsletter)

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Field of view

I’m certain that I have no idea what the opportunities are that surround me. However, there are things that I can do to help those opportunities find me. But any plan I ever make is subject to change due to something happening tomorrow that I didn’t know about today. This is why a career makes no sense to me.

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Mozfest 2016

I’ll be up to my usual shenanigans at Mozfest this year, with my colleagues from @WeAreOpenCoop. If you’re there too, come say hello. If not, come say hello anyway…

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The road not taken

Ultimately, it’s the road not taken where the richest learning lies, and the reason why I promised myself years ago to stay outside my comfort zone, or at least try to head for that undiscovered land — that land where adventure lies.

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