PAT KANE, 46, is a writer, musician, consultant and activist, based in Glasgow and London. He is the author of The Play Ethic: A Manifesto for a Different Way of Living (Macmillan, 2004), and has written for many publications in the UK, including the Independent, the Sunday Times, the Observer and lastly the Sunday Herald, of which he was a founding editor in 1999.

The Play Ethic ( is also an innovation consultancy that has worked with organisations like Lego, BT, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Nokia, the UK Cabinet Office and The Scottish Government, among many others. Pat speaks and keynotes regularly on play throughout the world, most recently in New York and Washington, DC.

He is still one half of the pop duo Hue And Cry (, currently making their 14th album. H&C have recorded with jazz titans like the Brecker Brothers, Ron Carter, Mike Stern, Tito Puente, Jon Faddis and Tommy Smith, and opened for U2, Madonna, James Brown, Van Morrison, Al Green, and Ray Charles.

Pat also has two beloved teenage daughters, Grace (21) and Eleanor (13)

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