The Spark Blog

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

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

heroism and counterheroism: masters of the universe?

Alicia Pickering, a long time friend of Sparknow, is working with us on ethical and cultural auditing. She writes about the problems that heroism brings in an institutional context.  As other parents of primary school age children will know, last week was Book Week. And the climax of Book Week is Book Character Day, when our

banking | the seventh element

Douglas Board, a longstanding companion to Sparknow, has worked with us to develop our response to the Salz Review of Barclays, due to report later this spring. The introduction to Sparknow’s response follows, together with links to the whole response and to our approach to ethical auditing. ‘The assumption that bankers and banking are corrupt and morally