Old-School

Plastic! How many new materials have been invented since it was introduced?The first plastic was invented in 1907 by Leo Hendrik Baekeland. Today, barely a day goes by without the introduction of a new-anti plastic initiative, for example, plastic-free aisle in the supermarket. Yet, few new materials have been invented and we need new materials.... Continue Reading →

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Combining concepts

What does a concert hall look like? What things are important for a great concert hall? A concert hall is: a building with a stageperformanance venuefilled with seats There are many benefits with conceptual thinking, thinking with the aid of concepts.  A concept can be defined as an abstract and general idea. But it can... Continue Reading →

How to Make the Possible, Impossible

This blog post is about how to obstruct problem solving by ineffective thinking. In these times of positive thinking, readers are attracted by slogans as How to Make the Impossible Possible. In spite of that, we see many times teams that struggle with attaining their goals. But they do work hard! Lots of energy is... Continue Reading →

Running out of People

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund is as the title clearly says about Facts. In the blog post Upgrade your phone, your computer, and view of our World, we explored the importance of updating our view... Continue Reading →

A Concept R&D Department

In 1968, Dick Fosberry won a gold medal in high jumping at the Summer Olympics. Instead of diving with his belly over the bar and landing on his feet, he did it reverse, jumped over the bar with his back and landed on his back. Nearly two thousand years since the Olympics in Athens, mankind... Continue Reading →

How to meet interesting people

Sometimes it is not as easy as you might think to find curious people who love to discuss all sort of weird and wonderful things. There is a sense that curious and thoughtful people might be out there. But how to find them? Imagine joining a community made up of the most curious emotionally intelligent... Continue Reading →

501

We made it to this five-hundred and one post! To celebrate this we announce the publishing of two books that reflect the most profound insights we got from our notes on Thinking, Creativity, Innovation and Design so far. Concepts at Work Working with concepts will get you all the ins- and outs of conceptual thinking. It will... Continue Reading →

Possible Educational Future Worlds

In "Education - 21 Century Challenges" about "What should we teach children?" we posed two additional questions: What advice should young people follow? Who or where should they turn for advice when adults’ wisdom may only be outdated biases? We suggested two (visual)  approaches; one that departs from the current situation and one that departs from 2050.... Continue Reading →

Your Face as a Student 2018

In "Education - 21 Century Challenges" about "What should we teach children?" we posed two additional questions: What advice should young people follow? Who or where should they turn for advice when adults' wisdom may only be outdated biases? We suggested two (visual)  approaches; one that departs from the current situation and one that departs from... Continue Reading →

Quintessentially Me – Student 2050

In "Education - 21 Century Challenges" about "What should we teach children?" we posed two additional questions: What advice should young people follow? Who or where should they turn for advice when adults' wisdom may only be outdated biases? We suggested two (visual)  approaches; one that departs from the current situation and one that departs from... Continue Reading →

Engineering vs Design Thinking

There is a huge difference between "engineering" and "design thinking". It comes down to that engineers are problem-oriented, a design thinker is need oriented. That's a fundamental another approach. For an engineer the problem is obvious, As you can see in the image below, it is even not mentioned at all! Design thinking does not... Continue Reading →

Education – 21 Century Challenges

What should we teach children? Can we even teach that about a world that is going to be filled with changes when we ourselves lack the experience? We hope you enjoyed the structured, systematic creative thinking approach to the first 21-century challenge - Who owns your medical data? The aim of this series of posts... Continue Reading →

Medical Stalking

This is the third post in the series “21st Century Challenges” about Who Owns Your Medical Data?. In the first post, we discussed the following: In the future, Big Data algorithms and biometric sensors may detect and diagnose a disease before we have started to notice any discomfort or signs. But would you like your insurance... Continue Reading →

Worse is Better

The population is becoming dumber and more stupid? The number of people with intellectual disabilities is rapidly increasing in highly developed societies. Is it? Or is it that the more complex the society becomes, the more people with a disability in social adaptability need care support? Complexity Complexity expresses itself as difficulties to understand or find an answer, to... Continue Reading →

Build resilience like a forest

What if your organisation could function the way a forest does? A forest shares information and nutrients so perhaps an organization could learn from the forest and function more like it. The data management company, America Learns, decided to skip its year-end sales push and just like some animals in the forest they went into... Continue Reading →

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