Bullshit Jobs

It is true that much of half the work we do could actually be eliminated without any significant effect on the overall productivity? Would shutting down the global work machine put a break on climate change? 15 hours per week! Imagine that your job was to write a two-page report for a meeting where the... Continue Reading →

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Innovation Crap

We came across an article in Forbes - Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own - that is called Five Conventionally Accepted Wisdoms That Destroy Innovation. It is written by Dr. Sunnie Giles, the author of the The New Science of Radical Innovation and founder of Quantum Leadership Group, helping organizations catalyze radical innovation by harnessing... Continue Reading →

Art and Innovation

Does art matter in the world of innovations? "There is a prevailing attitude," says  Amy Herman, that art doesn't matter in the real world." But art can help to sharpen our observation skills. And looking at Georgia O'Keeffe's giant flowers seen through a magnifying lens may help you come up with new ideas. . .... Continue Reading →

Social Innovation

What are Social Innovations? According to Wikipedia social innovations are new strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet the social needs of different elements which can be from working conditions and education to community development and health — they extend and strengthen civil society. Social innovation includes the social processes of innovation, such as open... Continue Reading →

Play, Embrace Uncertainty and Eat Chia Seeds

What can you do to be more creative? In the video below you can listen to the neuroscientist Beau Lotto when he talks about the value of neurodesign in creating experiences that resonate with people.  He suggests that only by  encouraging uncertainty can we nurture creativity. Companies, corporations, organizations and schools are failing to instil... Continue Reading →

Challenging Startup Challenges

Nowadays there are lots of startup challenges. Mostly they define a very broad area in where ideas are sought. It is a rather passive way to innovate. It is assumed that the idea or the startup is already out there, and it only needs some nurturing in the development, mainly at the business side. The... Continue Reading →

Thinking in Analogies

Many teachers in analytical/critical thinking and writing clearly forbid students the use of analogies, because, in one sense, all analogies are faulty. However, as George Lakoff,  known for his thesis that the lives of individuals are significantly influenced by the central metaphors they use to explain complex phenomena, convincingly argues  that all our thinking is metaphorical.... Continue Reading →

Change Your Mood

How many seconds does it take to shift your mood? What messages would  you write to change your mood/thinking? SLOO is an art toy that can help "to remind us to have the strength and motivation to express." Chalk is a toy created like a chalkboard, which means that you can draw and write on... Continue Reading →

Prove that you are Fit to Work Today!

Children with a fever, swollen glands and glazed eyes are prescribed antibiotics so that their parents can go to work? Or they are sent to school where they spread the germs. Work colleagues are coughing and sneezing and relying on you to do their work. Telephone queues to the GP's and desperate people queuing outside... Continue Reading →

Interesting Reading Areas 2018

In 2013 we started what seems to have become an end of the year tradition. What would be the Interesting Reading Areas for the next year? As we don't like traditions for preventing thinking again, we will have another set-up this year. But first: Most  end-of-the-year lists of books consists of books that have already... Continue Reading →

“Thinking and the Meaning of Life!”

Gijs and Asa are delighted to introduce Dennis Perrin, who has kindly written this blog post. Enjoy! 1. Creativity and de Bono Thinking 2.Training makes the difference 3.Some experiences with the de Bonos Creativity and de Bono Thinking In the early seventies I bought Dr de Bono’s book “The Mechanism of Mind”. In the book,... Continue Reading →

Unschooling – Thinkibility Boost

What is unschooling? Is unschooling the same as homeschooling? And is wilderness necessary for unschooling? Let us start with your first thoughts when you read the quote above. When we read quotes is tempting to either agree or disagree. Yet, exploring  a topic is a much more fruitful approach. Usually we do not agree or... Continue Reading →

Too Many Ideas?

Normally we are asked to help people or teams to get ideas. Because they are stuck, running around in circles, blocked, don't have inspiration or are just not creative "by nature". However, in most of the cases they lack creative thinking tools by wich they can create deliberately alternative approaches or construct systematically breakthrough ideas.... Continue Reading →

Ideathons : breakthrough idea construction

In Ideathons, a deliberate attempt is made to create breakthrough ideas. They are tightly directed 2-hour events. The participants work together in small groups of 5 to 6 thinkers. There are clearly defined areas - not too wide nor too narrow. Areas where there is an urgent need for better ideas. For that purpose, world-renowned... Continue Reading →

Tomorrow’s Consumers

If you need something, you buy it. Cars, houses, clothes, you name it. Everything you want or need can be found in real or online stores. This way of thinking was characteristic of the 20th century, efficient manufacturing, logistics, improved transports made it possible to create a shoper's paradise. Ownership of things is a way... Continue Reading →

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