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Meetings are for lemmings?

There are occasional readers of DT (hi Leavergirl, if you’re still there) who despair of my tendency to a) attend meetings and b) be surprised when they are crap. Some friends even staged an intervention a while back… They are, … Continue reading

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Meetings in the nude?! #pomposityreduction

“Is it always as tense as this with her?” I wondered. “Not always,” Caroline thought for a minute. “Me and her have lived here the longest. Five years it must be, near enough. It’s worked well enough most of the … Continue reading

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Of silencing and silences as a mechanism of power. #slavery #conferences #crasscomparisons

There’s more than one way to skin a cat (I’m told). There’s more than one way to impose reality, to enforce a limited number of narratives. Plantation owners used to make sure their slaves came from different parts of Africa, … Continue reading

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How on earth does ANYTHING get done?

No wonder your average entrepreneur so loathes meetings. What was it Dave Berry said – organisations have meetings because they can’t actually masturbate? Either they are poorly conceived (death by powerpoint, serial-sage-on-the-stage) or else they are adequately conceived and then … Continue reading

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“Only Connect”: Red Pepper on Syriza, feminism and movements. (But oh, the turgidity.)

There are two pieces in the latest worthy Red Pepper (1) worthy of note (so far – I’ve not finished it). They are both book reviews. “Syriza in Greece has been the most successful in mobilising popular and electoral support … Continue reading

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XX marks the spot? Female-dominated meetings

Yes there are exceptions (many exceptions), but as a gross generalisation – for reasons that may have to do with genetics, or socialisation (and I am not particularly interested because the ‘genetics’ argument is a red herring) – women are … Continue reading

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Acing “comment tennis”

I am done with “comment tennis.” What is comment tennis? It’s what happens at the end of a ‘normal’ panel discussion. The panellists (middle-class white men, mostly) have used up all their time (and more). The panellists haven’t really addressed … Continue reading

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