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Carol Craig is the Centre's Chief Executive. She is author of The Scots' Crisis of Confidence, Creating Confidence: A Handbook for Professionals Working with Young People, The Tears that Made the Clyde: Well-being in Glasgow and The Great Takeover: How materialism, the media and markets now dominate our lives. Her latest book is Hiding in Plain Sight: Exploring Scotland's ill health. She is Commissioning editor for the Postcards from Scotland series. Carol blogs on confidence, well-being, inequality, every day life and some of the great challenges of our time. The views she expresses are her own unless she specifically states that they reflect the Centre's thinking.

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Posted 01/05/2010

Sometimes I like basing my blog simply on some of my latest activities as it gives an insight into the varied work of the Centre.

Monday: This was a day of meetings for me at the Centre. I get lots of request to meet up and though I'm awful busy sometimes I like to meet people if I can. Today consisted of an old colleague from the BBC who has various ideas for projects; an artist who is working on an idea for a public health project; and an NHS manager who is doing some interesting work on well-being.

Tuesday:  The morning was spent on some board and financial matters. I then went to Edinburgh as I had been asked to join the judging panel for the Sustainable Development Commission's Green Awards. I met some new people, made a contribution and learned a lot.

Wednesday: Had a meeting with Andy Milne from the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum on what we're both involved in. We're always aware of the potential for real synergy and we've resolved to have more discussions and to  find ways for joint working.  Following another couple of meetings I then went off to the City Hall as I had agreed to talk about my new Glasgow book at EDAS – an economic development network. This was an early evening social event and it was nice to meet  people in a relaxed atmosphere. I did a summary of some of the big ideas in my book. Some folk had already read it and were able to talk knowledgeably about its themes. I went away with a real spring in my step as a number of those present were really eager to know what they can do to get more attention for the issues the book raises.

Thursday: I turned up at BBC Scotland as I had been asked to participate ina panel discussion on the Today Programme about how the general election was going in Scotland. Unfortunately we didn't get on air till five to nine and since there were three of us in the discussion with Jim Naughtie we only got about two sentences each.  I spent the rest of the morning catching up on paperwork and emails. Then off to the east to speak at an event for senior managers in a council. This was a pleasure for me as it allowed me to draw on previous experience working with teams and how I thought some of the ideas on mindset could be profitably used in organisations. Again there was a really good atmosphere. Some councillors were present and I was heartened at the progressive approach to leadership development and empowerment.

Friday: I had some meetings with staff in the office and then I went up to the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University.It was the last day for one of their lecturers – Lesley Hetherington - who has been there for the last ten years. I've seen a fair amount of Lesley during this period as she has been very keen on Positive Psychology and come on a lot of our events. We've also been at various conferences together.  It was a really nice affair and it was good to catch up with some people like Colin Mason and Sara Carter – professors in the department – who I haven't seen for a while.  Following this I had various bits of work to do for the website and, of course, start thinking about a blog … .  

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