Category Archive: opinion

Jan 25

The Evil that is your Printer… part 1

Evil printers

Back in 2010 you may remember that the police, acting on a tip-off from Saudi intelligence, found a printer at East Midlands airport, sent from Yemen and destined for the US, packed with explosives. My first reaction was – as if printers weren’t evil enough already. They have certainly come along way in the past ten years alone, but I bet the average office manager still spends a good few hours a year pulling out trapped paper, and silently cursing whoever replaced the  ink cartridges without telling anyone they had used the last one. Printers are an interesting example of two economic and marketing phenomena. Both designed to make you …

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Nov 19

Fear and Paralysis – taking risks in a bad economy

Fear of change

We mentioned before that loss aversion can lead people to make decisions that are not in their best interest. And given the current economic climate, we can be pretty sure that most people are scared stiff. Whether or not the current malaise remains a ‘new normal’, and despite the often devastating statutory cuts many organisations are feeling, the natural reaction to retreat, post pone and cancel projects can, in fact, make things worse. Let’s look at the worst case scenario – things are bad, income is down, and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.   You try and make savings by cutting things that ‘appear’ to be less …

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Jul 23

Should there be a Museum of Charity?

We should be celebrating the history of charities in the UK

The UK has a great history of charity. Shouldn’t we celebrate it as a country? After looking around I found perhaps the oldest charity, the Hospital of St. Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty in Winchester. It goes back to 1136 and was apparently founded by Bishop Henry de Blois, a grandson of William the Conqueror. Apparently, the water in the area was unfit for drinking, so copious amounts of ale were offered instead! Some 900 years later, it’s still going, though I imagine some of its policies have changed. And then there is the Society of Schoolmasters, founded over 200 years ago in 1797 as a benevolent fund. It continued …

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