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

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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

Openness

What's Changing? - Education

Education

 

Please see recent education-related change below.

 

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June 2018

  • Quartz noted that research has shown that students with highly effective teachers (those in the 90th percentile) learn 1.5 years’ worth of material in a year, while students with teachers in the 10th percentile learn just half a year’s worth of material in the same period. “No other attribute of schools comes close to having this much influence on student achievement,” an economist at Stanford University, told the Economist.

What's Changing? - Freedom

Freedom

 

Please see below recent freedom-related change.

 

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May 2018

  • Every Angolan owes $745 to China, the Angolan newspaper Expansão declared recently. By some estimates Angola owes as much as $25 billion to China. Since resuming ties in 1983, Angola has taken $60 billion from China in loans and investments. The costs and conditions of accepting lavish Chinese financing are a hot topic as Beijing expands its commercial influence globally, warned GZEROMedia. 

 

April 2018

What's Happening? - Change

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In Mind Set!, futurist John Naisbitt (author of Megatrends), advocates 11 mindsets, the first of which seems to give the lie to the hoary, ancient aphorism (pace Heraclitus), trotted out by the unthinking on a regular basis, that "change is the only constant".

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Mindset 1. While many things remain change, most things remain constant

Key ideas:

  • Home, family and work are - for many - great constants.

On Secrets

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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspired by others' little secret acts of kindness, PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

Inspired by a dying man's legacy to the young

In the last months of his life, a physically weakened Christopher Hitchens travelled to the Texas Freethought Convention and while there, an eight-year-old girl asked Hitchens what books she should consider reading. Intrigued, Hitchens spent 15 minutes chatting with the youngster and sketching out a reading list (below). His last words to her? "Lots of love...remember the love bit..."

On Colin Wilson

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Sad to read of the passing of Colin Wilson, a truly open-minded polymath, whose books, exhaustive range of interests, freedom of expression and seemingly boundless productivity I long found inspiring.

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Quote 2687

We are predisposed to find evidence that confirms our existing beliefs. That leads some people to become obsessed by narratives that offer theories of everything: communism, libertarianism, religious and environmental fundamentalism- more mundane fantasies such as the inevitability of house price appreciation- or the magical properties of securitisation - John Kay http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/bc86b5dc-dfcb-11e1-9bb7-00144feab49a.html#axz…