Trigger warning: this post contains descriptions of addiction and sexual assault.
I was drunk and that was hardly surprising. I was studying a postgrad journalism course in London, living in halls and trying to spin out the student experience for as long as possible.
I don’t remember the date of this particular October night in 2006, or where we went, or what I was wearing. I do remember I was with two male friends from my undergrad in St Andrews — G and M — so it was probably a Friday or a Saturday, almost definitely an indie night, possibly…
We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding (1942)
I’m writing this from my parents’ house in Glasgow. Scotland will always feel like home — my accent doesn’t lie, even if it has softened over time — so this trip marks a homecoming. It certainly isn’t the end of all my exploring, but I have arrived back where I started, and Eliot’s words resonate deeply.
In February I left my full-time job and decided to take…
As part of my career break, I’ve made it my mission to learn as many new things as possible. I want to take this opportunity to open my eyes and ears to different perspectives. I’ve left Facebook and I’m scrolling Guardian long reads instead. There’s an intimidating pile of new books on my bedside table. My diary’s packed with all the meet-ups and events I couldn’t fit in when I was working.
What impeccable timing that a week after my last day at work, I found myself at the Women of the World Festival. It was a privilege to hear…
“You are so brave. I wish I could just take six months off like that.”
When I announced I was leaving my job as managing director of a digital social enterprise to take a career break, the main response from colleagues and contacts in the world of charity digital was that I’m bold, brave and fearless. Whether or not they’re questioning my sanity under their breath, on the outside they’re nothing but positive.
Thing is, I don’t feel particularly brave. What started as a pipedream before Christmas, now feels absolutely essential. …
An unlikely tutor in the vagaries of digital strategy, at 72 my Dad doesn’t know the difference between an emoji and an Instagram story, but I can’t ignore the influence of my determined, resourceful father on my career.
Through a combination of hard work and bravery my Dad (you can call him Len) got himself from the housing schemes of Glasgow, through apprenticeships and night classes, to a career as a chartered surveyor.
In late 2014, my parents moved from the remote Scottish countryside to an apartment in an iconic art deco Grade 2 listed building in Glasgow’s west end…
How do you know that your work has value? If you sold ice creams for a living, it would be pretty simple to figure out — do people buy your cones? Do they come back for a second scoop? In charities, it’s more complicated. Income is only one part of the story and there’s never enough Neapolitan to go around. Complex key performance indicators are wheeled out to measure the impact of services on the lives of beneficiaries.
In digital, we often focus on the big numbers — website visitors, Twitter followers and a host of other vanity metrics like…
Director of Impact and Innovation @turn2us_org. Chair @ourtrajectory. Fellow @intersticia + @nwspk. Coach. Yoga teacher. Plenty of moxie.