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As a Humanist Celebrant, there are certain conversations that you have on a regular basis — some of which, I’m sure you can guess.

“What’s a humanist?” (Find out more about that one at humanism.org.uk)

“Are you in a cult?” (Um, no I’m not, but thanks for asking)

“What’s a naming ceremony? Is it like a christening?”

Let’s tackle that last one, shall we?

For some people, a humanist naming ceremony can be quite similar to a christening, just without God (and usually without splashing any babies with water). As non-religious people, humanists still want to mark the important moments in their lives, and naming a new child certainly fits into that category. …


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As a Product Manager, it’s my job to think about friction when it comes to my products. Whenever we hear talk about friction, it’s usually in the context of how friction can be reduced. It’s arguably become an obsession in the tech space over the last few years, and it’s easy to think of examples where reducing friction has made life easier. I’m an Apple Watch wearer in London: using Apple Pay on public transport has saved me a lot of bag-rummaging, change-finding, and ticket machine visits. It’s fair to say I’m a fan of most friction-reducing technologies.

This is why I was initially surprised to read an article from Jesse Weaver entitled “The Value of Inconvenient Design”, which floats the idea that when friction is reduced too much, it reduces our perceived value of a product. Jesse gives an example of the IKEA effect, whereby two groups of people were given IKEA boxes: one group’s boxes were pre-assembled, and one group had to assemble the boxes themselves. When asked to assign a value to the boxes, the self-assembly group valued their boxes significantly higher than those who were given completed boxes. …


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A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to a workshop held by Google, entitled I am Remarkable. I’m ashamed to tell you that my impostor syndrome kicked in just at the title of the workshop — why was I invited? Was this some kind of mistake?

Still, I jumped at the chance to attend — having recently launched our Women in Tech Not Just Code community together, this felt like a great opportunity for my colleague Carol and I to explore more ways to empower women in the workplace.

I did very little research on the #IamRemarkable concept before our workshop day, so I didn’t know what to expect from the experience. …

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Digital Product Manager @ The Telegraph. Humanist Wedding and Naming Celebrant. Co-founder of Women in Tech Not Just Code #WITNJC

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