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The financial crisis of the past couple of years has shocked the world. House prices collapsed and jobs were axed. Yet, now in 2010 we are told that the worst is over and growth is back again. House prices in the UK are growing again at over 10% a year, according to some market analysts, and the economy is officially growing once again.

But are we just going to fall into the same trap of debt and chasing ephemeral growth to hit political targets?

Is there another way? Well, Philippe Legrain has jetted around the world to look at different systems and ideas and he has produced a new book explaining his views on where we should go next –  ‘Aftershock’.

The book launch is tonight at 6.30pm at the New Theatre in the LSE. Do come along if you can… details are here…



Talking Outsourcing Book Launch – thanks!

I could write a long note of thanks to everyone who helped, but why bother when I recorded a short video to say it instead? Do go and take a look here…

Talking Outsourcing – Book Launch on Oct 1

My new book, Talking Outsourcing, is going to be launched on October 1st at London South Bank University.

Everyone with an interest in the subject is welcome to attend. It’s a National Outsourcing Association (NOA) event supported by the major IT services firm, Steria.

The BPO Strategy Director of Steria, Hilary Robertson, will be speaking along with globalisation expert, Philippe Legrain. I’ll be talking about my new book and hopefully we will all have some fun following the talks with a few drinks.

I’ve got a video on youtube here that tells you a bit more about the event.

For more details you can check here or to register yourself, just email your details to Natalie Milsom at the NOA.

Cycling around all day

I’ve been cycling quite a lot today…

I went in the morning from Ealing to the British museum, so I could have a chat with Philippe Legrain about his new book. Hopefully I gave him a few useful bits of information. If it was all nonsense Philippe then you can email me for something with more thought 🙂 I cycled back home after chatting to Philippe and started writing something for the Labour Friends of India.

Then, I had to go to Heathrow airport to say goodbye to my gf Angie, who is working the rest of the week in Berlin. She went to the airport on Heathrow Express and I went from Ealing – on my bicycle…

I saw something that surprised me on the way home. I stopped just as I got beyond the airport boundary, to send a text message without also riding the bike. I pulled up on Cranford bridge and I was stunned to see a nice-looking little river and a Heron wandering around – this was a few hundred metres from Heathrow airport! Then, as I was watching, the Heron stuck it’s head in the water and pulled out a frog! The frog was fighting, but he didn’t last long as he immediately ended up as an early-evening snack for the bird…

Interesting… then, as I got closer to home I realised I was passing the old Firestone factory where my father used to work in the 1970s, so I snapped a photo.

Quite a nice day on the bike anyway.