Guest blogger

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What I do

Pat Kane is a writer, musician, consultant and activist. He is curating the Play theme at FutureFest 2016.


Based in Glasgow and London, Pat is the author of The Play Ethic (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for The Independent, The Sunday Times, the Observer and Scotland’s Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999. His forthcoming book is Radical Animal.

The Play Ethic is also an innovation consultancy that has worked with organizations like Lego, BT, BBH, Nokia, the UK Cabinet Office and The Scottish Government, among many others. 

Pat keynotes globally on the power of play, and in the last few years has presented in New York, Washington DC, London and Istanbul. He has spoken to many educators in the UK, the US and Australia about the role of play in educational reform. 

He is still one half of the 80's pop duo Hue And Cry

In the era of digital verisimilitude, every day is a potential April Fools’ Day. Here’s the latest tumble down the rabbit hole (or stumble through Plato’s Cave, if you prefer).
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Friday, 1 April 2016
When asked about the future of music in 1969, Jim Morrison of the Doors said: “I can envision one person with a lot of machines, tapes, electronic set-ups.” Jim was not just far-out, but far-sighted.
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015