Posts in category: Creativity

Sacred Riana’s greater whole

Sacred Riana’s greater whole

This is a very impressive performance by Sacred Riana on Asia’s Got Talent 2017. The individual illusions are in themselves not particularly new or different. The wow factor is how the she has combined them into a consistent, unique, and well-executed concept. A...
From data to insights and strategy

From data to insights and strategy

Data collection is not the challenge. We have cheap sensors, ubiquitous connectivity, mature database tools, and inexpensive computing power. We also have decades of legacy data – both digital and analogue – in government and industry archives waiting to...
Over-reliance on data impedes innovation

Over-reliance on data impedes innovation

Insights derived from gathered data are inherently rooted in the past. Gathered data reflects what has already happened. Acting on these insights is inherently reactive. We are reacting to what had already happened. In an fairly unchanging, operationalised...
Hospitals to start drug company

Hospitals to start drug company

Image from Gizmodo. When things stay unchanging for a long time, we can accept them as immutable truth, and forget the power and resources we have at our disposal to make change. The status quo is: drug companies make and sell drugs, hospitals buy and use drugs....
Flowing from ideas to up-and-running

Flowing from ideas to up-and-running

Found this diagram I sketched while on a startup project many years ago. It may be useful to help you reflect on your new startup venture this year. It is interesting to see how the process is still more or less the...
Sketch-draw digital art process

Sketch-draw digital art process

Here is something different in the lead-up to Christmas: after some experimentation, I believe I have found a way to create digital art that works for me. It combines the precision of vector drawings with the rich chaos of hand drawn elements. The broad steps are...
Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

Can your business bank help (with innovation)?

A bank is necessity a conservative, cautious, slow to react or change organisation. That is their DNA, tied in with their business requirements and industry identity. Who would go to a bank that is on the cutting edge; where chaos, uncertainty, and bleeding occurs?!...
Three dimensions for understanding a problem

Three dimensions for understanding a problem

Looking at a problem across the following three dimensions may be useful in helping us better understand and problem, reframe our perceptions, and find ways to move forward. Is it you or the circumstance? Sometimes the problem is not us, but rather the circumstance we...
Anxiety blocks creativity

Anxiety blocks creativity

“…feelings of anxiety stimulate your limbic system, causing your brain to release stress hormones. The limbic system stops communicating with the cerebral cortex, the part of your brain responsible for creativity. Your heart pounds, you stop being able to...
Recruitment approach limits fresh thinking?

Recruitment approach limits fresh thinking?

Employers continue to play it safe; while still saying they want fresh thinking and innovation. …employers explicitly look for certainty about productivity and fit in their new hires. The data is divided by level of uncertainty. Narrow experience in a firm’s...
On-trend is myopic

On-trend is myopic

Being on-trend may be cool and helps us to fit in. But it does limit our outlook. The nature of being trendy is to be exclusionary. Being on-trend means we are into the stuff that is popular right now, and not be into everything else. If we are not careful (ie not...
How to become more innovative

How to become more innovative

You want to be a doctor? You go to medical school. You spend the specified amount of time and money. And you become a doctor. It is a straightforward path. You want to be innovative? That route is nowhere near as direct or clear. No matter how attractively packaged...
Grounded vision

Grounded vision

A whimsical illustration. Just because. Buy t-shirts, mugs, phone cases and journals here on...
What drives a closed mind?

What drives a closed mind?

What would compel someone to be so rigid, inflexible and exclusive with their thinking that they end up disrupting discussions and alienating themselves from groups? I noticed these unhelpful and disruptive behaviours from someone in a group ideation session recently...
Use the whole wall

Use the whole wall

Why use small monitors when you can use the entire wall?! This is the arrivals information display wall at Vienna...
Selling game alphas is the ultimate lean

Selling game alphas is the ultimate lean

Game companies selling alpha-release (essentially unfinished, work-in-progress) games has to represent the ultimate in lean. More game companies seem to do this. Instead of taking the more conventional, longer process of building the complete product,  testing,...
Diamond cutting: concentrate distil curate

Diamond cutting: concentrate distil curate

When a raw diamond is turned into a gemstone, more than 60 to 70 percent of the material is lost in the the cutting process (a 30-40% yield). At the same time,  the value of the remaining material increases significantly (more than double) and more than makes up for...
Visualising De Waag

Visualising De Waag

I recently had the great privilege of visiting De Waag Society in Amsterdam. I think of De Waag as a modern day art and technology guild (like the historical craft guilds), engaging in cross-disciplinary research, collaborative discovery, and civic...
Tools and operating frameworks

Tools and operating frameworks

Tools We have long built tools as a species. In recent times these tools have been information-based: mobile apps, software, computing hardware, the Internet. We currently have acces to a plethora of tools complex and simple to help us with every imaginable task...
Cross-ed FTW

Cross-ed FTW

I had the privilege to attend the final presentation of MediaLAB Amsterdam students recently. The message from students and staff is clear: there is immense value in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural team-based learning. Cross-ed rules! It is inspiring and...
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