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    Nobody pays me to write any of the copy on my blog, and should I ever have the good fortune that they do, I will declare it. My main employment is as the owner and principal of The Future Place consultancy. The Future Place provides two key services 1) training and services to industry and academic bodies and 2) consultancy services to companies. The details of the companies I work with are a private matter, but if I blog about any company who has paid The Future Place more than expenses recently (approx. two years) I will mention that they are a client. I hold equity in Virtual Surveys and provide consulting services to them from time to time. I am paid to run courses for a number of trade bodies and over the last few years clients have included ESOMAR, AMSRS, MRS, and MRIA.

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alison dexter

Hi Ray,

Great to meet you in Beijing. Thank you for your comment above, and what an honor to co-win best paper with you and your colleagues. Of course I had Pho very shortly after returning!! Warm wishes, ali x

Nick Coates

Sounds like a blast! On the issue of representativity, I'm looking forward to the post. I very much doubt 70% response rates have been possible for a while, but was the CEO reacting to the spirit of what you were suggesting rather than the purist's perspective? Is the notion of representativity itself dead, i.e. maybe it's more important to engage the engaged? Do we need a new language entirely to describe how communities, for example, work? Where do different types of work sit (or need to sit) on the spectrum of 'representative' to 'distorted'?

The notion of art as representation (mimesis) occurred to me as a very different starting point. the debate about realism raged for many years with modernists suggesting, for example, that constable's Hay Wain or Dickens were only 'real' or representative on one level, i.e. physical resemblance. In every other (psychological, dynamic, kinetic) realism is a distortion, particularly because it itself represents a specific world view that thrives on order, objectivity and hierarchy.

Food for thought.

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