ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #22
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

Here are three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Life-Saving Soap Opera
Peru has the lowest number of organ donors in Latin America, however, it has some of the highest audience levels for Soap Operas. When a character dies in a TV series, it gets mass media coverage and...

Read on...
Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
Manage Your Energy not time
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Building physical, emotional and mental resilience.
Who's it for: Anyone focussed on making an impact

Time is a limited resource. But the good news is personal energy is renewable according to the recent HBR article by Schwartz and McCarthy.
Therefore we should manage our energy rather than time. We each have 4 vital energies; Physical, Emotional, Mental...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #21
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

It’s been a very rainy start to June, so we would like to brighten up your day by sharing three of the stories from across the world that activated our minds and informed our work last week.

Soap with a lump
To combat the 75% of Indian women that shy away from detecting irregularities in their breasts, soapmaker Lux have...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
THE POWER OF CONSTRAINTS
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Embracing constraints to create change
Who's it for: Change makers

"I was served lemons, but I made lemonade."
Hattie White, "Freedom" by Beyonce.
Constraints are assumed to be negative, but in reality, they can provide the greatest stimulus for creativity and innovation. An imposed limitation or defining parameter can be the stimulus to find a better way...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #20
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

This week marks the end of May, which means Summer is arriving tomorrow! With that in mind, here are three of the stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work in the last week of Spring.

Nike’s sustainability guide
Plastic pollution and global warming are top of the public’s agenda. Nike are attempting to...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
Learning to See
By: Chris Teague

What's it for: Setting aside preconceptions
Who's it for: Teams who wish to be more perceptive and develop better solutions

“Pulling focus away from a particular problem and instead looking at the environment around it can lead to better solutions”.
As we all now know, our Left brain is verbal/analytical, and our Right brain is visual/conceptual. Most activities require both,...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #19
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

DAISIE - a safe space to collaborate.
As most of the world are wondering what to do now that Game of Thrones has aired its final ever episode, one of the cast members has set her sights on...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #18
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

In case you didn’t know, it’s mental health awareness week! So we thought we’d dedicate the 18th Activating Our Minds post to all things mind, body and spirit…

You’re more than a reflection...
We can’t ignore the relationship we have with ourselves and sometimes, we can be our own worst critics. In a social experiment, BBC Three invited people to...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
Valuing Time
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Putting a value on our most prized asset.
Who’s it for: The foolishly busy (me included)

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
Henry David Thoreau.
This is a quote I recently read and it really made me think; we don’t buy things with money, we buy them with hours from...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #17
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

House of Eternal Return
Meow Wolf is an art collective that challenges the norm and champions the power that creativity can have on changing the world. Their first permanent installation, House of Eternal Return, immerses guests in a...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
REWARDING IMPACT, NOT LABOUR.
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Creating impact.
Who’s it for: The excessively busy.

One of my favourite blogs this year was this simple one below from Seth Godin; ‘Busy is not the point’.
Building on my earlier post IT’S TIME TO STOP CELEBRATING CRAZY AT WORK this blog is a simple reminder that work is about making an impact and not putting...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #16
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Mundane Makeovers
Putting a spotlight on the often overlooked, New York artist Tom Bob uses the street as his canvas. With his ability to see things differently than most, Bob transforms the mundane into playful 3D murals that...

Read on...
Categories: Snippets, Inspiration
I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Identifying passion to help steer our actions
Who’s it for: Those who wish to find their element

Passion. It’s one of those words you hear all the time. You’ve probably said it yourself recently. “I’m PASSIONATE about”, insert thing you’re passionate about here.
Yes, people seem to have a passion for saying we’re passionate about things. But...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #15
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Hands-on with Communication
The LEGO Foundation has teamed up with blind associations to launch a set of Braille bricks that can literally get people hands-on with communication. The bricks, which are available in 2020, represent numbers and letters...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #14
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Step into the canvas
The Carrières de Lumières, an art center Northwest of Marseille in France, is helping to give people a new perspective on the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. They have launched a fully immersive music...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #13
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Resourceful Robotics
When two year old Cillian Jackson’s parents discovered that a motorised wheelchair was financially out of their reach for their son, they sought help from a group of students who took to the playground to problem...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
A Product, not a Family
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Business owners, leaders and managers.
What’s it for: Adopting a continual improvement mindset.

"The best companies aren’t families. They’re supporters of families. Allies of families."
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work. By Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
As previously shared we were inspired by “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work’, and we...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #12
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Show us more
Dove have united with GirlGaze photographers and Getty Images to change the way women are represented within the media. Their collaboration seeks to challenge stereotypical beauty standards and be inclusive of a wider range of...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #11
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Stories > Stigma
Technology is constantly evolving, from WiFi to smart TV’s, tech has become part of our everyday homes. But what about those who are homeless? The video below shows just how impactful technology can be; with...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets
The Competition Has More of Everything Than You
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: The underdogs, the challengers everywhere.
What’s it for: To help bring perspective and spot opportunity.

The competition has more of everything than you; More staff. More history. More sales. More distribution. More infrastructure. More contacts. More marketing and more money. They have more followers on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, so how can you succeed?
‘We have...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #10
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Listen Up
In the world of today we are awash with communications, grabbing our attention every second. It seems that everyone has got something to say, but not much time to listen. Listening has become a lost art,...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
The Food of a Leader, is story
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in creating a high performance culture.
What’s it for: Understanding the components of a high performance team.

3yrs to the day, on a long-haul flight to South Africa, I read one of the most influential books in my professional career; that book was Legacy By James Kerr: and it is the reddest inked and dog-eared...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #9
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard & Jessica Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Wise Words
This years Comic Relief ad steps away from its usual light-hearted, heart string pulling approach and instead, imparts us with words of wisdom. In a time of political unrest and division, Peter Mullan’s Glaswegian narration strikes...

Read on...
Categories: Culture, Snippets, Inspiration
The Voice inside your head, yeah that one
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Parents and those who lead others.
What’s it for: Highlighting the power of personal narratives.

Why has it taken for me to be 43yrs old before I realised narratives set your ambition, your drive and your focus. And that you & only you are accountable for this narrative?
The World's Worst Boss: Seth Godin
You are what...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #8
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Hand Solo
We’re always exploring innovative solutions to problems we come across, and pride ourselves in thinking outside the box. That is why we’re so impressed by David Aguilar, who was born without a right forearm, and started...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
Alive at Work
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Leaders who wish to help others love what they do.
What’s it for: Activating the seeking systems to maximise contribution to the success of a business.

For some time now, we’ve been looking for some scientific or academic validation to support People Activation. We even considered commissioning our own study; however, this newly released book does the...

Read on...
The Most Powerful Leadership Question To Ask
By: Chris Teague

What’s it for: Sharing the most potent leadership question.
Who’s it for: Any one who leads others.

It’s not often I find a TV drama a lesson in leadership, staff engagement and internal communication; however, I believe Amazon Prime’s ‘New Amsterdam’ is precisely that. I was a huge fan of ER, so I was excited to be recommended ‘New Amsterdam’....

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #6
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Teach yourself to be creative...
Have you ever wanted to try something new, but thought to yourself “I can’t, I’m just not creative enough”? We might suck at first, but practice makes perfect. We’re constantly learning and exploring...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
A QUESTION OF PURPOSE
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: People who don’t have a ‘Why’ or feel they lack a sense of purpose.
What’s it for: Clarifying how simple purpose can be

“It may sound surprising, but the feeling of purpose doesn’t only come from curing diseases and improving the world. The feeling of purpose also ignites when we can see the cause and effect between...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #5
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Sparking Joy
In the wake of Valentine's Day, we wanted to share some self-care tips from the woman on all of our lips, Marie Kondo. Don’t know who we’re talking about? Marie teaches the practice of clearing sentimental...

Read on...
Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
THE IMPORTANCE OF FRAMING - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Decision makers.
What’s it for: To help teams and businesses ensure decisions lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.

“Good decisions don’t always lead to good outcomes, they merely lead to the best outcome being the most likely outcome.”
Seth Godin, The AltMBA
As stated in my previous blog (It’s time to stop celebrating...

Read on...
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #4
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

Let Children Get Bored Again
Our team were at TEDx Manchester this weekend and this topic sparked a lot of conversations in the studio.
These days we have a constant influx of stimulus that distracts us from tedium....

Read on...
Categories: Snippets, Inspiration, Culture
PROCRASTINATION KILLS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone who believes they experience ‘writer's block’
What’s it for: Taking action to help make change happen.

“I can procrastinate thinking about my procrastination problem. I can procrastinate
dealing with my problem of procrastinating, thinking about my procrastination
problem” Robert McKee in ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield
Writer's block is a condition, primarily associated with...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Culture
ACTIVATING OUR MINDS #3
By: Jess Hutchinson

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

The Design School of The Future
What happens when creativity and technology collide? Innovation. We love The RCA’s approach of integrating more science and technology within its curriculum to help the next generation of designers solve the problems...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Snippets, Culture
THE INFLUENCE OF WORLDVIEWS - ACTIVITY
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in understanding how organisations change.
What’s it for: Helping make organisational change happen.

The concept of a ‘worldview’ is not a term I’d heard of or considered until recently however, it is a powerful lens to help empathise with your target audience when trying to make organisational change happen. Since learning about this concept, I...

Read on...
Activating Our Minds #2
By: Chris Teague

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

What the Fyre Festival Documentary Revealed About Millennials
There has been a lot written & said about the challenge of engaging millennials in the workplace. Despite being a fiasco, the Fyre Festival demonstrates three themes and a value...

Read on...
Categories: Culture, Inspiration, Snippets
THE POWER OF REFLECTIVE SCRIPTS
By: Chris Teague

Who’s it for: Anyone interested in having more productive meetings.
What’s it for: Helping generate better outcomes from meetings.

In my previous blog post 'It's time to stop celebrating crazy at work' I shared the outcomes of our recent book review project which explored what we can all do to ensure the workplace is calm, productive and fulfilling for everyone....

Read on...
People Making Better People
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

Who’s it for: People who believe it is people who help make better people
What’s it for: To inspire more people to make an impact on others

PEOPLE MAKING BETTER PEOPLE
Our passion is inspiring people to get hands on with positive change.
We see a lot of great stuff and are always on the lookout for new inspiration that...

Read on...
Activating Our Minds #1
By: Chris Teague

These are three of the many stories from across the world that have activated our minds and informed our work this week.

The invention that helped me write again
Not only is this story inspiring it’s particularly timely as we’re working on an activation brief for a Rheumatoid Arthritis treatment. This is innovation at its best; adding value and literally...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration, Culture, Snippets
How do the People Activation Agency activate their own people?
By: Anna Callaghan-Leonard

One thing that we are genuinely excited about sharing, is our Summer Gathering!
After a few months of non-stop delivery for our clients, it was time to turn the gaze inwards and spend some “us time”. We wanted to get everyone together to live our team code and celebrate success by sharing our great achievements, including promotions, recent work and...

Read on...
Categories: Culture, Inspiration
The performance will only be as good as the rehearsal
By: Chris Teague

These words are probably familiar to many of us and as the conference season is well and truly upon us I thought it would be useful to remind the many leaders who will be standing in front of their teams/businesses of the fact that the performance will only be as good as the rehearsal.
We’ve all seen fantastic presenters and...

Read on...
2018 – The Year of Employee Experience
By: Joe & Pippa

2018 is turning out to be an exciting year already! Firstly, it’s Year of the Dog (which obviously, we’re on board with) and now Forbes have labelled 2018 as the ‘Year of the Employee Experience’. As we well know, employees are key to a company’s success and increasingly, companies are now starting to focus on their employees as much as...

Read on...
Empowering a Creative Culture
By: Joe & Pippa

“Originality is fragile. And, in its first moments, it’s often far from pretty.”
Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.
Pixar. Oh Pixar. They move so many of us with their emotionally charged stories, beautiful vision, and seemingly limitless creative output. It is astounding how much good material comes from Pixar and it begs the question, how on God’s green Earth do they...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
Activations of the month - April 2017
By: The Team

People Activation is the action or process of empowering a human being to create a positive change. Or causing increased emotion, activity or desire to change; capable of exerting influence (opposed to passive).
We are always on the hunt for amazing examples of People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
What can Disney teach us about company culture?
By: Chris Platt

What can Disney’s master storytellers teach us about understanding company culture?
We recently had the chance to spend time with Ron Clements and John Musker, the Disney directors behind such classics as Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and their latest project Moana - their first CGI film.
Moana is an animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who, with the help...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
Activations of the month - March 2017
By: The Team

We are always on the hunt for amazing stories that embody People Activation and have found that the more we look, the more we are blown away by the way people across the globe are standing up and creating positive change.
In the first part of this year alone, we've seen that People Activation can come from anywhere and at...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
Rapport at OFFSET
By: Gary Booth

Rapport’s studio team were lucky enough to visit OFFSET in Sheffield in October '16. Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries, attracting around 2,500 attendees annually. This was the first year it had been outside of it’s main base in Dublin, so it was a rare chance...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
New Feminism and People Activation
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

People Activation is a moment that sparks change, a moment when someone stands up for what they believe in and propels others to do the same. Sometimes these moments can start a movement. That's what Emma Watson did in 2014, when she stood in front of the UN as the goodwill ambassador and introduced a new inclusive approach to feminism...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
The Somme #WeAreHere
By: Hannah Cross-Phillipson

We spoke to Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller about the first world war memorial that captured the Nation's attention in 2016.
If you were anywhere near social media on the 1st of July 2016, even for the briefest of moments, you will have witnessed the photos and videos being shared all around Britain. From London to Glasgow, in Bristol Temple...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration
When your senses lead you
By: Laura Gallagher

Being a designer, I’m naturally drawn to things that look awesome and I truly care about making our client projects look great. However, what would happen if SIGHT was taken away?
I recently visited Budapest on holiday, and even though I try to switch off, you just can’t help but be inspired. I was lucky enough to visit the ‘invisible...

Read on...
Categories: Inspiration