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

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?

Signed, Sealed, Now to Deliver

On March 1st in the Ryle Room at the Faculty of Philosophy in Oxford University, we signed the (copious) paperwork and became a limited company, a spinout from Oxford University. It was a fabulous occasion, presided over, as you see, by Dugal the dugong, our company mascot. The highlight of the ceremony was the amazing … Continue reading Signed, Sealed, Now to Deliver

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

Full Disclosure?

Part 2 of the Starting Up and Breaking Down series. What had started as an introductory note has ended up as a separate post. It probably serves as a useful preface for the series, which gets out there in one go why I am taking the approach I am with regard to talking openly about … Continue reading Full Disclosure?

Whose Problem Is the Box?

The other day I was reading an article on a recruitment site about what HR people think when an applicant has on their CV they are a member of Mensa. I knew where it was going, of course. And, sure enough, I was right. It wouldn’t actually stop this guy hiring someone, but if it … Continue reading Whose Problem Is the Box?