Questions about Questions

Always the beautiful answer Who asks  a more beautiful question. E.E. Cummings The single most important habit for an innovative thinker may be to ask questions. A well formulated question stimulate and inspire. Questions leads to more questions and the question is why we focus so much attention on answering questions and so little on asking …

Change a Point of View – Thinking Strategy

Recently we came across a handsome book by Jodie Newman called Business Creativity. In the chapter about  Creative Toolkit, we found five tools that we clustered around the theme Change Point of View, because basically they come all down to the same principle. As we earlier pointed out each of us looks at the world …

Don’t Think That You Can Think (1) – *&;^#Grrrgrr#^&;*

In a previous blog post about the relation between contradictions and aggression we  suggested that on-going paradoxical messages could affect a person's  mental health. Also, contradictions, if not noticed, can lead to feelings of  powerlessness and furious destructive aggression. The title of this post is such a contradiction or  a paradox. Some of our readers have asked …

Key Concepts as Optical Filters – Thinkibility Boost

Optical filters are devices that selectively transmit light of different wavelengths. They absorb some wavelengths of light – that is, colors – while transmitting others. Optical filters define what we see and what is left out. Key concepts and filters Key concepts do exactly the same with what we perceive. They strengthen or weaken information, …

Trust or Trustworthiness? – Thinkibility Boost

Trust or Trustworthiness? When searching for ideas for our forthcoming book about Information  & Feelings, a sequel to Positive & Negative in the serie Thinkibility – Thinking about Thinking, Creativity Innovation and Design we stumbled on a broad range of emotions and feelings. If you search this blog on keywords like emotion, feelings and intuition …

Thinking nothing? Impossible! Or maybe not

“What are you thinking?” “Nothing!” “Impossible!” It is said that not thinking is impossible. But is it really so? Many people believe that holidays are for not-thinking in order to recharge batteries for the next year's  rat race. Or for seeing old things in new ways. Perhaps non-thinking is significant for the concept of Thinkibility …

Left Out

Something missing? Well, you can safely assume that any information you are presented with has some relevant information “Left Out”. The originator's perspective, the logic bubble in which he perceives the world and how the information is applied are some possible reasons for the missing information. Also, we may unconsciously miss the presented information because …

How Sure Are You?

What thoughts race through your mind when you hear the question, “Is that your final answer?” Are you a contestant with good metacognitive skills? Can you judge how sure you are that the answer is right? The skill to self-reflect and to know about yourself is a key to understand whether you just made a …

Innovate the Innovation

Companies and governments must be innovative. But how? Many organizations wait for some curious creative ideas to suddenly appear out of nowhere. The suggestions that are put forward  are often not so useful after all. Other organizations go a little further. They organize an “innovation day”, set up a committee on innovation, they try to …

Robustness in Networks

Our thinking habits are often based on simple cause-effect relations as can be seen in Newton's mechanics, engineering and economics. However, with the coming of quantum-mechanics, interconnected computers and global interrelated economies  maybe our standard cause – effect need to be replaced by systems thinking. Systems thinking is the process of understanding how things, regarded as …