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 …

Art and Innovation

What can innovators learn from art? Observation skills, questioning, and experimentation are  vital parts of innovation. Observing everyday activities can lead to new insights where things can be improved on. It can also lead to break-through ideas. The innovation psychologist  Leon Segal said: “Innovation begins with an eye.” Innovators carefully watch the world around them …

T29 – Day 5

Day 5-7 – Aims and Goals Thinking about Aims and Goals is a metathinking activity – thinking about the thinking. Or blue hat thinking. Warren Berger says, “Questioning—deeply, imaginatively, “beautifully”—can help us identify and solve problems, come up with game-changing ideas, and pursue fresh opportunities.” Question asking is an important aspect to help us consider …

Thinking about the Spread of the Coronavirus (2) – Concepts

In the crucial month of February, in those weeks before the major outbreak in Europe, there was still room to stock up on protective equipment, to scale up the laboratories, to expand the purchase and production of test materials, to prepare for the removal of serum with antibodies in healed patients. Only, it didn’t happen. …

Post-truth

Is the news about fake news really old news? We are told that we are living in a new and frightening era of post-truth. We are surrounded by lies and fiction. Blaming social media such as Facebook or certain politicians are a prevalent way of dealing with the spread of lies and invented fiction. Yet, …

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. …

Imagine if

Imagine if. . . Why not write down  “What if” questions that you would like to explore in 2017? The importance of asking questions for the innovative process as well as for the development of Thinkibility have been explored in several blog posts. In addition, the importance of teaching children to ask questions has been …

Journey from “hmm” to “yah” – Thinkibility Nibble

From “hmm” to “yay” via “eureka” and “wow” Jane Ní Dhulchaointigh’s description of her innovation journey is a great illustration of how you can invent something by being curious and asking questions Her idea was vague but she knew when she had found something exciting. Jane says: I had a bit of an idea. “I …

Thin-slicing : the power of intuition – Thinkibility Boost

Building up Intuition is “thin-slicing” In an earlier post,  we discussed the relation between Reasoning and Intuition on the basis of Kahneman’s two interrelated thinking systems. One is fast, intuitive reactive and emotional. The other is slow, deliberate, methodical and rational. Although he acknowledges that the mind functions thanks to a delicate, intricate and sometimes …