I live on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
For a few months in the late 1970s I worked for a publishing company in Dundee, which was my first and last salaried job. After that I learned how to build boats and went on to earn my living for the best part of 20 years designing, building and repairing things: boats, furniture, houses, sheds, tools, vehicles, bridges, and the like.
More recently my working life has been spent helping people to get things done as well as possible, on time, within budget, for the minimum amount of fuss. Apart from the discipline of turning trees into boats, I am a generalist: someone who has learned a little bit about lots of different things. I’m useful to my clients because I’m curious about how things work and will ask questions until I find a plausible answer that can be applied to the job in hand.
The desire to find more elegant ways of doing things extends beyond my work into everyday life. This blog is a place to discuss how we manage the world around us and what we can do to make it work better.
In 2010 the euro crisis was big news, the aftermath of the 2007/08 credit crunch was in full swing, and no-one appeared to have a clue what could be done to fix the mess that we were in. Having failed in the past to make any sense of conventional economics I decided to look at the problem from the perspective of money and credit, and learned some surprising things about how our economy really works. My research made me realise that our misuse of money is at the root of our economic woes and led me into writing a book about the subject, which is available from Amazon in paperback and eBook.