Herman Miller Seminar Details

In our quest to help people create great places to work, Herman Miller continues to hold regular seminars. These seminars look at issues beyond furniture and are all listed below

We look forward to seeing you at these free seminars organised by Herman Miller’s Insight Team. 

London – 11 May – Well being and Social Ergonomics in Workplace Design  – A workplace that helps us initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we work better. Bertie van Wyk, from Herman Miller’s Knowledge and Insight team, will explore how social ergonomics interacts with cognitive and physical ergonomics to create a full human experience at work. MORE DETAILS

London – 7 June – The office is dead – long live the office – At a time when there is an increased focus on the digital workplace, what role does the physical workplace play and are its days numbered? What are the pros and cons of virtual and physical working? Is co-working here to stay and will it impact the way corporations consume space? Join Herman Miller’s Insight Group as we discuss this subject looking at internal and external research sources from around the globe MORE DETAILS

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It only took a tweet

There are some amazing people on twitter. Honest, there really are.

Yes, twitter is full of evil and nastiness and bitterness and trolls and all manner of tastelessness.

However, there are also some fantastic people. People who have a kind and willing heart, and are prepared to be a “light shining in the darkness“.

Yesterday, I was privileged to join with many of these good people in order to raise money for Sport Relief – a charity that like all my twitter buddies who took part “believes everyone deserves the right to live happier, healthier and safer lives.” – (You can see where the money goes here: https://www.sportrelief.com/where-your-money-goes )

Swimmers, cyclists and runners joined together in a fund raising activity called #IronTweeps. It was predominantly a virtual event where none of us were in the same place and where we handed over the baton via a tweet.

The incredibly talented Digital Content Specialist Ady Howes has put together an excellent video of the day. A day which started early in the morning and finished in the dark with the great Simon Heath taking us home

You can watch the video here

You can still support our crazy day by sponsoring us – we all have pages and it contributes to a central fund – My page is:   https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/markcatchlove  

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you are encouraged by the goodness of these great people.

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MIPIM guidance and thoughts

  1. It’s great to see that many of the organisations (including Reed Midem) have addressed the issue of using attractive women as a draw. Still a long way to go to address many other gender balance issues in MIPIM and Real Estate in general  though
  2. It’s great to connect with people I only ever seem to connect with at MIPIM.
  3. It’s great to make new connections at MIPIM – and I’ve made many of those already.
  4. Can someone explain why on earth companies spend fortunes on a stand and then leave it unattended? This defies any logic.
  5. If you are fronting a stand, and need to use your smartphone, please don’t do it in such a way that you are completely unapproachable. Anyone who has been on a stand that I’ve managed will know what a stickler I am for turning your phone off. If you have to make a call, move away from your stand. By not not doing so, you are telling the visitors that they aren’t important enough.
  6. If you have a stand, it would be good to ensure that the stand  communicates what it is you actually do.
  7. If you’re tweeting, then please avoid tweeting about the copious amount of alcohol you’re planning to imbibe and more importantly, don’t tweet whilst you’re drunk. It’s not funny and it’s not clever.
  8. Try speaking just a little French in the restaurants. It’s courteous to at least try (cue all the excuses)
  9. Timekeeping an event like this is really hard, so if you are going to be late, just let your host know.
  10. I’ve managed to buy some English Tea teabags – I’m willing to let you know where you can buy them if you say the magic word!!

Finally I saw this on twitter – I (If you know who created this, let me know and I will give an acknowledgement)

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Herman Miller Seminar Details

In our quest to help people create great places to work, Herman Miller continues to hold regular seminars. These seminars look at issues beyond furniture and are all listed below

We look forward to seeing you at these free seminars organised by Herman Miller’s Insight Team. 

Chippenham –  11 April –  The office is dead – long live the office – At a time when there is an increased focus on the digital workplace, what role does the physical workplace play and are its days numbered?What are the pros and cons of virtual and physical working? Is co working here to stay and will it impact the way corporations consume space? Join Herman Miller’s Insight Group as we discuss this subject looking at internal and external research sources from around the globe MORE DETAILS

London – 12 April – The office is dead, long live the office – At a time when there is an increased focus on the digital workplace, what role does the physical workplace play and are its days numbered? What are the pros and cons of virtual and physical working? Is co-working here to stay and will it impact the way corporations consume space? Join Herman Miller’s Insight Group as we discuss this subject looking at internal and external research sources from around the globe MORE DETAILS

London – 3 May – Digital Built Britain – an Overview – Elizabeth Kavanagh, Head of HR and Research and Innovation and Culture Lead for Digital Built Britain, will present an overview perspective on the vision of DBB and is therefore appropriate for those who identify themselves as “non BIM” types. This will cover concepts such as IoT, Big Data and Smart Cities and explain the core concepts behind Digital Built Britain. During this session you will be invited to consider what data has done for you and your role in creating a Digital Built Britain. MORE DETAILS

London – 11 May – Well being and Social Ergonomics in Workplace Design                      A workplace that helps us initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we work better. Bertie van Wyk, from Herman Miller’s Knowledge and Insight team, will explore how social ergonomics interacts with cognitive and physical ergonomics to create a full human experience at work. MORE DETAILS

London – 7 June – The office is dead – long live the office – At a time when there is an increased focus on the digital workplace, what role does the physical workplace play and are its days numbered? What are the pros and cons of virtual and physical working? Is co-working here to stay and will it impact the way corporations consume space? Join Herman Miller’s Insight Group as we discuss this subject looking at internal and external research sources from around the globe MORE DETAILS

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

First published in Advent Blogs by Kate Griffiths Lamb

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

Make a difference – be the change – be the light in the darkness.

Total darkness can only exist if there is no light.
Even a dimly glowing light is better than no light.

Some people can see better in the gloom than others.
Some people are even afraid to open their eyes in the darkness.
Some people need to be helped along the way.
Some people just need to know if they require help it is readily available.


Light gives direction.
Light leads the way.
Light gives hope.
Light sustains life.
Lights work together to dispel the darkness and make a brighter world.

Be a light to others as their light appears to be fading.
Share the light, don’t keep it all to yourself.

There will be times when you will need to let others light your way – don’t be too proud to walk in the light of others.

Make a difference – be the change – be the light in the darkness.

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Family pride and sacrifice

This week my wife and I took a day off and visited Borde Hill Gardens near Haywards Heath in Sussex. This is probably one of my new favourite places!!

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Photo; Elaine Catchlove

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Photo: Elaine Catchlove

Afterwards we drove through Haywards Heath and I remembered that my father’s birthplace was nearby in Cuckfield. That led me to do some more family research when I got home, and I came across some amazing information.

My grandmother, who sadly died when my father was only 4, was called Florence Flesher.

As I followed her tree back I found out some amazing facts. Her Grandfather was called Joseph Flesher and this man played a major part in the history of Haywards Heath.

What caught my attention at first was his address in the 1851 Census – 33 Haywards Heath.

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Following the story through I found that there were very few house at the time – and I then came across this story in the Mid Sussex Times

With no railway line, two inns, eight farmhouses, one windmill and house  and nine cottages, its biggest impact on the history books had been during the Civil War when Parliamentarians defeated the High Sheriff of Sussex and his Royalists there as he headed for Lewes.

In 1841 that all changed with the arrival of the railway and the building of a railway tunnel – and now, 175 years later, there are big plans to celebrate the event that put Haywards Heath on the map. The line to what had become a rapidly growing town opened on July 12 1841, branching off from Norwood. 

Initially, passengers heading for Brighton were taken the rest of the way by coach and horses, until the remainder of the line opened on September 21. Funnily enough, if it hadn’t been for villages such as Cuckfield and Wivelsfield declaring they didn’t want the railway coming anywhere near them, Haywards Heath would not be the town it is today. But the route was redrawn and history was made. When it came to the building of the railway tunnel – known as the Folly Hill tunnel – one man’s contribution is literally carved into the stones of history. His name was Joseph Flesher and he was a contractor during the construction of the London to Brighton line. His initials are said to be inscribed into the stone above the entrance to the tunnel south of the station.

In his book ‘Mid Sussex Through The Ages’, published in 1939, Albert E Gregory described Haywards Heath’s transformation with the arrival of the railway. He wrote: “So the centuries old sleep of the Heath was broken by an army of north country navvies and the great change had begun. The railway was completed in 1841. “A north countryman, Mr Flesher, the contractor for this section of the line, took such a fancy to the place that, during the progress of the work, he built a house for himself on top of the tunnel which, under much altered conditions, was called Clevelands, and it was the first house built as a direct result of the railway.”
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This story stirs up quite a lot of pride and excitement – it’s great to know my ancestor played a major part in the development of a town.

However – it has also made made me wonder what happened to the family money. The story handed down in my family is that my grandmother (Joseph’s granddaughter) died when my father was 4 because the family was so poor and she didn’t eat enough. She always made sure that the children ate first.

Thank you Florence Daisy Maude Catchlove (nee Flesher) for loving my Grandad so much.

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This was Joseph’s daughter in law, Florence’s Mother

 

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A call for positive radicalism.

In the light of recent events I believe it is time for us to up our game.

I would like to make a call today for positive radicalism.

Radical Kindness  – Don’t just be kind, but be extraordinarily kind. Go the extra mile. Go the extra 5 miles if you can. Be radically kind.

Radical Generosity – Give to those who need it and give to those who don’t. Give of your time. Give people hope. Give a smile or two … or three.  Give without expectation. Give practically. Be a radical giver.

Radical listening – Listen hard. Listen carefully. Take in what you are hearing. Listen so you can help. Listen so you know when to be quiet. Listen during the silences . Be a radical listener.

Radical empathy – Imagine. Just imagine. Imagine yourself in someone else’s situation. Imagine yourself facing their challenges, their difficulties, their family situations. Be radically empathetic.

Radical forgiveness – We make mistakes. We all make mistakes. We let each other down. We let each other down too often. Make forgiveness your first intention, not hatred or resentment or revenge. Radically forgive.

Radical unity against evil – Argument. Debate. Disagreement. These are signs of healthy and civilised society. We must never lose these. However, we must all radically unite against hatred. Standing together against hatred, against revenge, against bitterness. Radically unite against evil.

Radically Dream – Believe in better. Dream and hope for a society that will improve. A society that is kind and generous, one that listens and empathises, and one that forgives and unites against evil.

My call today is for positive radicalism.

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