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Take Five with Emily Druiff


Emily Druiff is the Executive Director ofPeckham Platform, leading it from its' creation in 2009 as Peckham Space to its'  transition this year into a new charity. During this time she has secured the influential endorsement of securing National Portfolio Organisation status from Arts Council England. Her knowledge and belief in the power of social arts practice to make contemporary art more relevant to people’s every day lives is what drives the curatorial vision for the organisation.

Yes

Photo of Yes on blog by Deborah Henry-Pollard for Catching Fireworks

Say 'yes' to life - 
and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.
Eckhart Tolle


Yes is one of those funny words. If you say it too quickly, just to get a quiet life, or to something you feel you ‘ought’ or ‘should’ to do, it can be one of those words that can eat away at you, chipping away at your time, energy and /or self respect.

But if you say Yes for the right reasons, it can often open up more than you can imagine. Those reasons can include the times when you get that little tremor of excitement, so close to fear, as you see an opportunity which is just outside your comfort zone.

X-traordinary

Catching Fireworks blog man looking at mountains

Creativity is putting your imagination to work,
and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.
Ken Robinson


Okay, this is pushing the A-Z a bit, but go with me on this.

Often people come to me for coaching thinking they have to become ‘different’ in order to create extraordinary results. They need to be more clever, skilled, brave, extrovert,… generally ‘better’ in some way. 

Now yes, occasionally, if you want to achieve a project, you may need to learn a new skill, although you could also get someone else already skilled to do that part.

Trick or Treat?!



As Halloween approaches, it marks not only the night when we use “the power of humor and ridicule to confront the power of death” (Portaro, Sam: A Companion to the Lesser Feasts and Fasts. Cowley Publications) but also just 2 months until the end of the year.

So, what have been the tricks or mischiefs which have been played on your life, work or career during the year? The plans which haven’t worked so far; the ideas which have stalled in the starting blocks; the brick walls you have hit? 

Perhaps this is a good time to reflect on what your plans were at the beginning of the year and where you are with them now.

Take Five with Deborah Shaw

Deborah Shaw Take Five blog for Catching Fireworks on Tower of London installation

Deborah Shaw is someone I had the very great pleasure of working with many years ago.  She is a theatre director, festival director, producer and writer who was an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Director of the acclaimed World Shakespeare Festival 2012 for London2012 and is Executive Producer and founder member of theIraqi Theatre Company.  She is also the Head of Creative Programming atHistoric Royal Palaces, where she is responsible for artistic interventions, performances and new forms of creative interpretation at the historic, iconic royal palaces of London.