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Part consultancy, part thinktank, part social enterprise, Halcyon helps you prepare for and respond to personal, organisational and societal change.

Halcyon's forthcoming 52:52:52 campaign on Twitter will help you address 52 issues with 52 responses over 52 weeks.

To be a catalyst is the ambition most appropriate for those who see the world as being in constant change, and who, without thinking that they control it, wish to influence its direction - Theodore Zeldin

Arts

Halcyon Arts Headlines
Arts
Halcyon Identifies 21 July 2018

 

Halcyon curates the most significant arts-related content from carefully selected sources. Please contact us if you'd like our help with arts-related challenges.

What's Changing? - Arts
Arts
Halcyon Imagines 20 July 2018

 

Please see below selected recent arts-related change.

 

See also: Halcyon Arts Headlines

 

Pre 2018

On What We Think

Kaleidoscope

 

These pages highlight our founder Dominic's subjective views on the ever-changing range and scope of subjects that Halcyon focuses on.

This is less a blog than a set of irregularly updated and often fragmentary views - on ideas and values, places and people - evolving over time into mini essais which pay humble homage to the peerless founder of the genre.

The kaleidoscope is Halcyon's prime metaphor, encouraging us to embrace change and to view issues through an ever-moving series of lenses.

On Marcel Proust
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Halcyon In Kal… 10 July 2018

 

I realised that the essential book, the one true book, is one that the great writer does not need to invent, in the current sense of the word, since it already exists in every one of us — he has only to translate it. The task and the duty of a writer are those of a translator - Marcel Proust

After the BBC opened up its archives of In Our Time, I came to the episode about Marcel Proust.

What's Changing? - Civility
Civility
Halcyon Imagines 10 July 2018

 

Please see below selected recent civility-related change.

 

See also: Halcyon Civility Headlines

 

Pre 2018

  • Jeremy Rifkin, in his book, The Empathic Civilisation, investigated the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society.
  • Moving from ancient time until now and covering art, science, philosophy and the human spirit, The Western Tradition is a free series of videos that traces the arc of western civilisation.

On Calvin and Hobbes

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"Possibly the best comic strip EVER in the history of the entire universe", claimed one commentator.

I think Dennis the Menace (in its heydey), Gaston Lagaffe and one or others may occupy the same pantheon as Calvin and Hobbes, but there is little doubt that, for all those of us who have been deeply touched by the warmth, humour, sheer humanity with which Bill Watterson blessed us over so many years, these creations occupy a very special place in our hearts.

On Albert Camus
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Halcyon In Kal… 5 June 2018

 

I was first attracted by Camus, "prince of the absurd" when I was 16.  Camus still fascinates me, now well beyond what would have been his 100th birthday, and close to 60 years after his premature death in a car crash in Burgundy (it's said that he was found with an unused train ticket in his pocket - he'd planned to go by rail to Paris to rejoin his wife and children, but had accepted at the last minute the offer of a lift from his publisher).

On Hieronymus Bosch Halcyon In Kal… 2 June 2018

For the 500-year anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch‘s death, the MOTI Museum in Holland commissioned a modern re-interpretation of the Dutch painter’s famous medieval painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights”.