Subjectivity - what it means for a "person" (whatever that is) to be the direct, immediate, or ultimate (or a combination of all three) cause of their actions - is something I have been studying in earnest since I was a very wet behind the ears Masters student a quarter (eek!) of a century ago. … Continue reading Subjectivity and Friction
Our Dreams Make Different Shapes: how your creativity can make the world a better place and why the world will try to stop you is now available as an ebook (£2.99/$3.99) and paperback. (£7.99) For Kindle Paperback Links to Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo & others here This book is a field kit for would-be … Continue reading Our Dreams Make Different Shapes
Together We Can Solve Tomorrow A work in progress 1 There are many brilliant people with the potential to change the world for the better who are, right now, not enabled to do so. The result is a personal tragedy for them, a moral tragedy for those who put barriers in their path, and an … Continue reading Manifesto 1.0
This is the full text of the talk "The Monk, the Mushroom, and the MRI: how creativity could save the world", given at Meeting Minds in Oxford on 20 September. You can download the slides here. I have kept in the slide prompts so you can follow. When I give talks on the subject of … Continue reading The Monk, The Mushroom, and The MRI
Talk for the European Union’s Eastern Partnership Civil Society Fellows given on 11 September Download the accompanying powerpoint here If you asked people “do we need more creativity?” very few people would be likely to say no. Indeed, we know that when people are asked about creativity they want more of it. Business leaders regularly … Continue reading We Need to Build a Better Future: Why Creativity Matters
What is knowledge is a question that has exercised philosophers for millennia, and is one I'm not likely to solve in a 600 word blog post. On the other hand, at a less fundamental and practical level, you can go a long way to transforming your potential to be creative by changing the way you … Continue reading What Is Knowledge?
One of the fascinating things about being part of the Futures Thinking Network has been trying to answer what should be the simplest question of all: why am I interested in the future? I mean, of course I am – it’s the future! It’s possibility, excitement, discovery, a treasure map of life and so on and … Continue reading The Future
The one secret for building creative teams that almost all organizations miss.
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.
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