On Thursday 2nd April, I attended (for lack of a better word) a super interesting webinar all about "pandemic culture" - looking at the impact of social isolation, the role of 24/7 media coverage, and what brands can do and what they shouldn't do etc. I initially wrote this up as a thread on Twitter … Continue reading Pandemic Culture and Anxiety: a look at social, personal and business response
What a disappointing start to the morning. You all know I'm loud with my #financialfeminism drum. And if you want to know why, look no further than the new #MrBanker campaign from @NatWest_Help and @StylistMagazine. pic.twitter.com/AaQT6ivR3H — Harriet Allner (@TheScribbleBug) May 22, 2019 Financial feminism. The belief in the financial equality of women. The effort … Continue reading Sorry, NatWest, you can’t buy your way out of history
Money is emotional. Find a fiver in an old coat and you’re elated. Realise payday is after the bank holiday and there’s that all-too-familiar sinking feeling. I can’t count the number of times I’ve written (and spoken) about how money is emotional and why that’s the case. Hell, so many people have written that sentence, … Continue reading Why we need a money positivity movement
Can a song change your life? This is the question we're asked at One Track Minds - an live storytelling series that explores our complex relationships with music.
Having spent a weekend doing my best impressions of a noughties teenager at Reading Festival 2017 (leaving me with a neck that can barely move from my flailing attempts at hairography), it’s no surprise that my brain has been percolating on some ideas around music. Because you might be rocking headphones whilst you read this, but does music help with productivity? Does your favourite song really lift your mood? Is it true listening to music can make you smarter? Learn languages faster? Boost your memory? There are dozens of myths about the power of music. Here are some of the ones I find most interesting.
Chester Bennington died on the 20th July 2017. He killed himself. He was 41 years old. Most of the responses to the news of his death have been outpourings of grief. Personal and emotional, heartbroken and collective. Grief in the social media age is never alone. Some have pointed the finger in various directions - at … Continue reading Strong on the surface: men & mental health
For the second time in three months, I’ve marked myself as safe during a terror incident. Here is why I'd do so again.
Is all this hard work really what I want? I suspect a lot of twenty-somethings have asked something similar at one time or another – at uni, in careerland, whilst scraping mould from the shower curtain. For example, it might be the question that pops into your head one Friday evening when you’ve had a … Continue reading Anything but Ordinary: twenty-something ambition explained with Disney
The other evening, I experienced virtual reality for the first time - and it got me thinking about the physical, psychological, and philosophical (and specifically ethical) questions have and will emerge from this technology.
I'm no expert in public speaking but in prepping for the launch of Comms For Good, I had to persuade my brain that taking to the stage wouldn't end in my imminent demise. SO here are the things that I found helped me. Maybe they'll help you too.