Creativity and Hope

I wonder if how a person sees creativity has some kind, however imperfect, of inverse relation to the degree of despair they feel as they encounter the world around them. The mid 1990s were about half way through my creative life so far. Creativity was something I enjoyed immensely, and I was beginning to think … Continue reading Creativity and Hope

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Free Soloing the Future

Free Soloing the Future: How creativity could save the world (and why it probably won’t) Pdf of talk can be downloaded here Slides can be downloaded here https://youtu.be/7gdMu1-QLZA Transcript of talk (as delivered) at Taylor Institution Main Hall, Oxford University, 23 October 2018 to celebrate the launch of Mycelium. With thanks to The Oxford Research … Continue reading Free Soloing the Future

The Search for My Pale Blue Dot

Starting up Without Breaking Down - Part 3 (Come to the launch in Oxford - event details as per the photo here) I was a young child in the 1970s, and in 1980, when I was 8, my life, like many others was changed forever by a television programme, Cosmos. At the time I would … Continue reading The Search for My Pale Blue Dot

Starting Up and Breaking Down

Becoming an Entrepreneur when you have Poor Mental Health: A Journey in Unknown Parts You are probably here because you know one of three sides to me. As very few people know all three, let me say a paragraphette about each. They will quickly make clear why I am keeping this very public diary. I … Continue reading Starting Up and Breaking Down

Where the Limits Lie

“You don’t know where your limits are until you try to do something you can’t do. That’s where your limit is – right there where you quit” (Lazarus Lake) We all know “you can do anything you put your mind to” is just not true (we do, right, I mean, it’s not even science; it’s … Continue reading Where the Limits Lie

How You See Me, How You Don’t – Aaron Swartz Day

Please comment on the latest iteration in the comments or by replying on twitter to @agnieszkasshoes I would like to hear from all #actuallyautistic voices as well as any and all employers willing to consider this project You can download a pdf of the project as it stands here. Background "You ought always to be … Continue reading How You See Me, How You Don’t – Aaron Swartz Day

Unlock Everything: Mycelium Hackathon One – Unlock Employment

The Mycelium project is now well underway. You can learn all about Mycelium, the creative thinking training tool that mixes mediaeval alchemy and neuroscience, on this website. A key part of the project is empowering people to innovate and tackle the challenges facing the world. And a key part of that is innovating through hackathons … Continue reading Unlock Everything: Mycelium Hackathon One – Unlock Employment

Learning on the Run: 2017 Race to the Stones

CN: anxiety, suicidal ideation Every time you run an ultramarathon you learn something new about yourself. And the further you go, and the slower you go, the more you are likely to learn. Which means, at least on the second score, I should be a genius by now. This was my third Race to the … Continue reading Learning on the Run: 2017 Race to the Stones

Mycelium: Winner of the Oxford University Humanities Innovation Challenge

Creativity is a key part of what I do here. I spend a lot of time thinking about what creativity is, about the conditions under which it flourishes, and about how to increase everyone’s capacity for creativity – both the things that I can do personally and directly by teaching, writing, and developing tools; and … Continue reading Mycelium: Winner of the Oxford University Humanities Innovation Challenge

Basic Income Day: Why it Matters for Creatives

Today is Labor Day. Which is why it was the perfect day for groups within the basic income movement to pronounce it Basic Income Day. That’s because one of the key things the basic income movement stands for is the decoupling of the link between work and the money that we need in order to … Continue reading Basic Income Day: Why it Matters for Creatives