The Writing on the Wall: Creativity and Paradigm Shifts

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.

Why most brainstorming doesn’t work

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 City and The City and the city, and

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

Can Blue Planets Find Space for Rainbows?

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. 

Where do Brilliant New Ideas Come From?

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?

Creativity and Freediving: Training for Mind Sports

This week I began serious training for the creative thinking and speed reading events at the Mind Sports Olympiad. I thought it would be interesting to give an insight into what it takes to prepare for these unusual events. But most of all, I thought that giving an insight into them might widen awareness of … Continue reading Creativity and Freediving: Training for Mind Sports

2019: Jump Down the Creative Rabbit Hole

What I have had the privilege of spending a large part of 2018 running creativity sessions with everyone from software designers in London to children visiting after hours exhibitions at Oxford’s museums. And the result is always the same. I see people get excited. If I have a wish for 2019, it’s simply for more … Continue reading 2019: Jump Down the Creative Rabbit Hole

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

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