The challenge in implementing creative solutions to problems is finding a receptive audience. We often think that we need to work within existing frameworks, and nudge them in the right direction, but a new perspective on how paradigm shifts can occur suggests it more be possible to win over audiences more quickly to more radical solutions.
Whenever we start to learn something new our most instinctive question is "how do I understand this?" That's exactly the right question, of course, but too often what we mean when we ask it is "where do I put this?" We think of our knowledge as some kind of architectural blueprint, and what we want … Continue reading What Is This? The Secret to Learning More Creatively
I often say creativity is broken down into two very simple parts. 1. Know lots of things about lots of things And 2. Be able to join those things together Taken together these two elements harness the real power of what it means to say that knowledge is not the sum of what you know … Continue reading Take an Idea for a Walk
It can seem on the surface that a lot of what I teach is very similar to the hardly innovative technique of brainstorming. That’s because most techniques for idea generation are, let’s face it, trying to do the same thing – generate better ideas. And yes, if you have ever been through a creative thinking … Continue reading Why most brainstorming doesn’t work
The final piece about my "Can Blue Planets Find Space for Rainbows?" project is the book outline. Expect the following 9 chapters, largely in manifesto form, then detailed papers based on each. 1: A Tale of Two Scientists Using responses to the broadcast of Blue Planet 2 to illustrate the way that much-needed activism in … Continue reading The City and The City and the city, and
One of the most important things Greta Thunberg has highlighted is the structural problem with neurotypical discourse. It is acceptable in this discourse to say one thing "we must tackle the climate crisis" and do something totally at odds with that (doing nothing).For me, it is this disconnect that has been the single greatest cause … Continue reading You Cannot Be Serious
It is impossible to overstate how important technology will be in reframing the conceptual dynamic between abled & disabled people in the coming decade. It has always been a matter of choice (or, too often, simply not thought about, and therefore a result of unintended consequence) for abled people whether disabled folk have a place … Continue reading How Radical is Technology for Disabled Rights?
Disabled people have been erased from many well-meaning visions of the future, for example in environmental circles, through the adoption of the theological and philosophical notions of holiness, utopia, and disgust. I make the rather mild suggestion that the answer lies in dedicating our resources to provide infrastructures to the world that allow different groups to occupy it in the way they need.
This is the transcript of the introductory talk I gave at the 2019 Oxford Humanities Innovation Challenge. I want to start by telling one of my favourite stories about innovation. Aaron Swartz committed suicide at the age of 26 while facing 30 years in jail for downloading too many journal articles because he believed that … Continue reading “Wait Till You’re Ready”
This is a talk I gave for the Being Human Festival in 2018 at the Maths Institute of Oxford University. Thanks to The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities for hosting, and recording, the event. I've left in my powerpoint prompts so you can download by clicking here and follow the slides should you wish … Continue reading Where do Brilliant New Ideas Come From?