Posts in category: Creativity

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...
Beliefs, assumption and acceptance

Beliefs, assumption and acceptance

Why is it so hard for us to see beyond our own prejudices, to remain centred in our own humanity when confronted with people outside of our comfort zone, and be more authentically accepting of differences? Some people get terribly irrationally upset over interracial...
Let me tell you how it should be

Let me tell you how it should be

Recently in Amsterdam, I saw a young American woman telling a Starbucks staff that there was a lot more choice back home and she was not happy she couldn’t get her green berry yeast tea with unicorn dust hold the cats milk here in Amsterdam. They’re are...
Combining design thinking and applied psychology

Combining design thinking and applied psychology

I use three different problem-solving processes: Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid. I see a great deal of similarities between them. There is a possibility to combine them to create a richer, more 360° approach. A hybrid process that is: Effective...
Driving over vs walking around potholes

Driving over vs walking around potholes

Driving a car along a potholed road is like applying brute force to solve a problem. You are going to feel the effects of the potholes. The harder you drive the solution, the more you will encounter resistance, and the more noise and dust you will throw up. An...
Design + applied psychology: A hybrid problem solving process

Design + applied psychology: A hybrid problem solving process

This is a work-in-progress hybrid process that combines three problem-solving processes I use regularly; Design Thinking, Crisis Support and Suicide First Aid: The design process strengths: creative exploration, collaboration, co-design buy-in, problem definition,...

From big external to small internal

From one of many discussions with the ineffable Bob Jacobson. Here on control, drivers for action, influence, and empowerment. Global village Village global People power Personal empowerment Mass Personal Fast and sterile Slow and rich Big Small (appropriate)...
Global awareness, personal power

Global awareness, personal power

Even as our awareness expands to the global scale, the locus of control has been increasingly contracting to a more personal sphere. Apart from oddballs like North Korea, most of us have a greater level of, and opportunities for, self determination than ever before....

Reframing for new perspectives

What if the problem you are facing now is actually a blessing? List all the positives you can possibly imagine. However fantastic. Reframing a problem changes our perspective, and in doing so often reveal previously unconsidered and unexplored possibilities and...
Answers from unexpected places

Answers from unexpected places

Most of us are trained to think in a linear way within the confines of our subject-matter specialisations. Where the variables are constrained (ie when our jobs are more tightly defined, and where the outside world is not changing too much too quickly) this has served...
Start an ideas diary

Start an ideas diary

Starting and maintaining an ideas diary is a great way to exercise your creativity. Get a small paper note book – either feinted or blank. Or you can use your tablet/phone (with an application like Papyrus, S Note or OneNote which lets you combine text and...
Escaping the status quo

Escaping the status quo

Read this inspiring story about Brian Lim’s journey from a “bottom feeder” misfit to a space industry kickstarter. The systems around us, even the ones that nurtures and protect us, can limit us from reaching our full potential. The Singaporean education system Brian...
Safety and positive affect in problem solving

Safety and positive affect in problem solving

Neuroscience has shown that effective learning and problem solving (aka innovation) requires two prerequisite conditions. The participants must feel safe within the group. And there needs to be a mutual liking of each other. Safety means feeling physically and...
Australia’s start-up brain drain?

Australia’s start-up brain drain?

Paul Wallbank’s article Tony’s partying like it’s 1979 paints a depressing future for tech startups in Australia. …prominent investor Mark Carnegie said: “The truth of the matter is, Australian venture capital as an industry has been an...
Happy medium age!

Happy medium age!

In order to live our best lives, we need to find the happy medium between the child-like visionary and the grown-up wise person. When we were young, when anything was possible, we were blessed with clear and grand visions. The simplest things can be as delightful as...
Industry habits and expectations

Industry habits and expectations

Have you ever waited for a tradesperson who didn’t turn up when they said they would? Or bought a piece of technology that did not work until updates were applied at your own expense/effort? Were batteries included the last time you bought a toy? (Remember Nigel...
Solving the wrong problem

Solving the wrong problem

I have been pondering the issue of solving the wrong problem (or solving the problem at the wrong level) ever since I read a news story about an elderly woman who was allowed to have in-vitro fertilisation to help her get over the death of her adult son. It seemed...
Driving innovation vs driving chaos

Driving innovation vs driving chaos

Food for thought from Alistair Dabbs’ article Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM: Innovation is the buzzword of the moment. … it has become a licence to create change for its own sake, with betterment being experienced only in the...
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