Rogue Interrobang helps you find creative solutions to wicked problems. I help people live their best lives, and I help organizations to empower their members to enable those organizations to create a better world.
I have brought together 30 years of experience as a mind sports athlete, teacher, coach, speaker, writer and researcher; and a lifetime’s experience of seeing the world differently as a result of ADHD and dyspraxia.
The result is Rogue Interrobang, a spinout company from the University of Oxford dedicated to realising the vast mine of human potential that goes untapped, whether because people lack the techniques to make the most of their minds and bodies; or because organizations lack the insight, structures and resources to empower their most unique members to truly flourish.
I spent decades falling short of my potential because I was told, and ended up believing, there were ways of pursuing optimal performance that were set in stone and to succeed I just had to try harder at doing those things.
That changed when I realised two things:
- So many of those systems were put in place by people whose brains worked differently from mine. They “succeeded” not because of any actions or habits they were practising, but because they were working with the flow of their brains not against it. If I wanted to succeed, I needed to switch my focus, and start finding actions and habits that worked with the flow of my brain. I found the result in many of the techniques that had already helped me to win 3 Creative Thinking World Championships and a World Intelligence Championship.
- What the world needs, and lacks, is solutions to its most pressing problems. Many of those problems remain unsolved not despite the many attempts to solve them, but because of those attempts. Too often the way the world tries to succeed in becoming better is the same as the way it got into problems in the first place. If we want to make the world better, we need to empower people whose perspectives and approaches are different, not seek to conform them to a model that won’t work.
Once I had realised that instead of leaning in to what I had been told I had to do, I needed to lean in to all the things that made me different, I was able to develop techniques, processes, and systems to empower others to do the same.
Rogue Interrobang started with one such technique. In 2017 I developed the card game Mycelium to help train the brain to make more and more original connections between objects and ideas. The game won the Oxford University Humanities Innovation Challenge, and two years later, thanks to the support of Oxford University Innovation, the company was born.
That process of going from idea to company in an organization which itself struggles with change wasn’t without its difficulties. And many of those difficulties have resulted in more and better services I now offer, in particular coaching and mentoring for neurodivergent founders who find themselves in the position I did; and consulting for incubators and innovation cultures that want to empower neurodivergent founders to bring their unique ideas to the world.