Crazy will do

Transcript from an advert for Apple about 2o years ago. Here’s to the crazy ones The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify …

Banksy – An Artist in Radical Change

I have a fascination with people, situations, products and historical events which have changed the way we live.  Let’s be a bit controversial today. “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages” – Banksy Banksy is a …

The Bic Crystal ‘Biro’; The tool of the Paradigmeer

I recently discovered a bundle of old exercise books.  As I untied the string which bound the collection I noticed they were a relic of my schooldays.  What struck me as I thumbed these seminal tomes of my intellectual development, was the smudged handwriting.  Blotches of ink, inky fingerprints and other ink related schoolboy catastrophes highlighted each page.  I was …

Paavo Nurmi: The ‘Flying Finn’

If I were to ask you to name famous Finns, you might struggle.  However, there are few more accomplished performers or greater Paradigmeers than Finnish Olympian Paavo Nurmi.  Born in Turku, Finland in 1897, Nurmi was known as one of the famous “Flying Finns.” During the 1920s, he was recognized as the greatest middle and long distance runner in the …

The Co-operative Movement

I can’t be bothered to remember significant numbers.  I even have to look up my mobile phone number.  However, there is one number that has been indelibly printed in my brain, 19517.  This is the number I had to give to the shopkeeper every time I was sent to the local co-op to buy groceries for my mother when I …

Further qualities of the Paradigmeer

Our Paradigmeers have shown they are people who think differently about how to bring fundamental change to people’s lives.  They have considered how the prevailing rules have stopped people making further steps toward improvement.  In many cases they conceived of the inconceivable.  We can all dream.  How many of us are great inventors, designers, and coaches with a ground breaking idea?  How many of …

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)

  To be considered as a Paradigmeer, it is necessary to show that a person has truly influenced a transformation.  Most historical leaders do not feature; they are merely creatures of their time, bent on maintaining their position.  Napoleon Bonaparte took the opportunity offered by the French Revolution to transform the whole of Europe.  His legacy still prevails today. Napoleon …

Hold the front page!

Mention Eddy Shah to people and you get a mixed reaction. In 1983, as the owner of a print works in Warrington in Northern England he was at the centre of one of the most bitter industrial disputes seen in the UK. As the owner of six local newspapers he was determined to use modern technology (desktop publishing) to print …

Come Fly With Me… (Or Not)

Without Freddie Laker and his Skytrain flights to New York which started in September 1977 we may not have the budget airlines of today. Until this point air travel was enjoyed by the rich, with luxury flights on National carriers being the norm. Freddie Laker challenged this dominance with Skytrain offering a ‘turn up and go’, no frills service at …

Sir Clive Sinclair

There are many examples of Paradigmeers who invented products that have changed the world.  Sir Clive Sinclair certainly belongs amongst this esteemed group for his early ground-breaking electronic calculators and the ZX Spectrum home computer. What interests me is those products that broke the rules and could have transformed the world but didn’t.  The legendary Sinclair C5 was decades ahead …