The Spark Blog

An occasional series of thoughts and reflections on the role of narrative in organizational change, branding and knowledge work

silent companions

Priyanga Burford, a Sparknow associate, reflects on the potency of objects to conjure up associations and emotions. ‘Pair of baby shoes for sale. Never worn’ – Earnest Hemingway. (Used in Sparknow’s ‘Getting the Story Across’ story guide) Objects inhabit our every days: silent companions to our public and private selves – functional or beautiful or both.

‘I wanted your eyes to open wider’

Sparknow’s take on the Salz report into business practices at Barclays. This request by Vija Celmins refers to her sculpture called Fix the Image in Memory. This is explained on the MOMA website. For this work, Celmins made bronze casts of eleven rocks and then painted the casts to resemble the original stones as closely

heroism and counterheroism: it’s all in the mind

Aidan Prior, a long term Sparknow associate, refracts our thinking around heroism and counterheroism a bit further through the lens of David Tuckett’s work on emotional finance. Shibboleth – photo | peripathetic Our thinking about counter-heroism has been developing over a number of years but it upped a gear after our response to the Salz Review of Barclays. The