About the blog

This is the personal blog of Simon Kendrick.

I originally set up this blog as a place to collect the thoughts and ideas of those far more intelligent than me. I then found it was a useful tool to formalise and build upon some of the things I thought about in relation to my professional interests in research, marketing, technology and media and personal interests in music, film and society. I currently use it as an external host for my “We Love The Internet” emails, a collection of interesting, amusing and provocative things I’ve seen online in the past week.

I’m currently Head of Planning & Scheduling for BBC Three. Previously, I was Head of Research for BBC Television and prior to that had other roles in both BBC Television and BBC Digital. In accordance with BBC’s guidelines, I will not discuss specific topics on this blog that intersect with my professional responsibilities nor solicit business support.

Previously, I have worked at Essential Research, ITV and GfK NOP Media. Likewise, the personal opinion within this blog is not representative or reflective of them.

I like going to the cinema, listening to live music and spending an inordinate amount of time surfing random websites.

I dislike the imprisonment that a username chosen on a whim holds.

My strengths include inquisitiveness and persistence.

My weaknesses include forgetting to put a full stop at the end of a paragraph

You can find me on Linked In or Twitter, or email me at firstname.surname@gmail.com

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13 Responses

  1. Simon, thanks for mentioning me in your review of the MRS conference. I think I’m going to enjoy reading your blog now and then. Best wishes.

  2. Simon,

    I enjoyed your blog. Feel free to take a look at our terrific new resource on the web, http://www.researchwikis.com. Articles have been added by writers and research organizations such as Datamonitor straight out of the UK.

    Also, if you would like to, please register (it’s painless) and add a research article if you’d like – perhaps on Commercial TV research. This gives you an opportunity to create a profile and point people to your blog or wherever you want.

    Cheers,

    John Ryan
    Co-founder and Managing Director
    ResearchWikis

  3. Simon

    Doing some research on Sam Smiths set-up and interested in where you’re research has taken you. Have you explored the potential unfair dismissal claims, discrimination claims by staff. And just how serious are you about persuing the blatant discrepancies between owning a pub chain and wrongful trading by the owners?

    look forward to your reply

  4. Simon, like your blog – have just added to our blogroll at http://www.theartofconversation.net … I wondered, are you ‘doing a Columbo’ in your photo? I was wondering if this was an ITV thing or an embodiment of being persistently curious …

  5. Thanks Kevin. Although my identity is out, I don’t think the world is ready for my passport photo so I shall continue using my Columbo avatar (who was picked to embody the “There’s just one last thing…” mentality) for the time being 🙂

  6. Dear Simon,

    My name is Martín Brizuela and I’m a innovation consultant from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
    Recently, my proposal for writing a manifesto in Changethis.com has been accepted and the manifesto proposal is titled: “Innovation 3.0: Focus on releasing everyone’s potential”. It’s about the theory that the third wave of innovation could be the creation of new disciplines, game or space for each individual in the organization. If enough people like it and vote for it, I will write it.
    To view the manifest, click the following link: http://www.changethis.com/proposals/1449

    Please, check out my proposal for manifesto and see if you want to vote for it and will write the manifest. You could see the abstract below these lines. You could share it with other people too.

    I really think that you will find it interesting.

    Thanks!
    Martín Brizuela
    (+54 9 11) 6720-2705
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Innovation 3.0: Focus on releasing everyone’s potential
    Author(s): Martin Brizuela

    What would be destiny of talented people as artist or scientist without a discipline (meaning a form of business, sports, art, science and spaces in between) in which they could display its full abilities and capabilities to grow? People tend to unleash its full potential in one of a kind discipline; even brilliant people require a specific context to “play” at his/her best.

    In the next stage of innovation societies and organizations could have the capabilities to build “playgrounds” to iterate and create new disciplines for the development of every person and uncover hidden talents. Developing disciplines that could fit to people’s talents could be the best way to release human potential and achieve a great number of integral and unique innovations. Discipline innovation will set organizations and communities as exciting places to work and grow, and also will facilitate people’s best performance and potentially improve life.

    I’ll tell you how to create the playground.

  7. Hello,

    I’d appreciate if you can give me some feedback on our iphone app iLightFarts

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=317429824&mt=8

    I realize that you are iphone app guru 🙂 It’d be swell if you can place an honest review of our app.

    Thank you,
    Pam

  8. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

  9. HI, can you tell me how you got your about me section to be in on the left column? I created a new page on my blog after seeing that it was possible from your site. I tried dumping the text into an unused widget but the text came out all green. Thanks for providing an idea… btw I have also had limited success with the header. It seeems that adding more than a few words for the header makes it all jumbled without seperating the secondary text from the bubble within the header. The text I used actually spliced over the two sections. Wierd right?

  10. Hi, it is simply a text box in Appearance/widgets. Perhaps you should try changing the colours of your theme, or the theme itself, if the formatting is a little strange?

  11. We’re a new comedy group based in Berkeley and we just wanted to quickly let you know about a new comic web series that might be of interest to you. It’s called “Copy & Pastry” (www.copynpastry.com) and it features, at last count, about a boatload of Bay Area actors.

    Anyway, I won’t take up too much of your time here, because it seems much less interesting to read about than to watch.

    We’d be thrilled if you saw fit to include mention of the show on your website. And of course if you have any questions, etc. please don’t think twice to holler at us: twotrickpony.comedy@gmail.com.

    Thanks, Simon, for the time and the consideration. We love your blog and hope you like the show.

  12. I love your quote “If data is the new oil we need a bigger drill”, would you mind me using this in a presentation?

  13. Very funny pictures Small Model Airplane
    %-DDD

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