A Crook’s Certificate – Compulsory for Students?

We pledge for a crook's certificate that all students must obtain before they leave high school. Thinkibility – the skills of agile thinking – include the ability of unethical thinking as well.

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The Knowledge Illusion – 21st Century Challenges

Providing people with more facts is not going to improve making sense of the world. Instead, we need to look of other solutions to break the hold of groupthink.

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 …

The Brilliant Failure Award – Thinkibility Nibble

Earlier in the post The Charm of Imperfection we wrote about figure-ground reversal or negative space: in art it is the space around and between the subject(s) of an image. Negative space may be most evident when the space around a subject, not the subject itself, forms an interesting or artistically relevant shape, and such space occasionally …

Cold Cases –

What could we learn from solved cold cases? What has caused that the case is solved after years of investigations without results? What were the reasons that a solution was waiting for discovery, but never did? Solved cold cases are illustrative for how we think wrongly. In September 1961, 25-year-old Lucy Johnson, mother of one, …

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 …

Crowd Research

There are some fascinating developments which call for some "What If Thinking". Four technological developments Nowadays more or less everyone is connected to someone via the Internet. It is assumed that any person can connect to another person via a friend of a friend, all it takes is six or fewer steps for anyone to …

Information Overload

Abundance of Information Headlines such as “Every two days we create as much information as we did up to 2003” suggest that we live in an age of information abundance. Admittedly, it depends on how you define what constitutes information; information can include all user-generated information that contains little new information. Nevertheless, regardless of how …

Cassandra Information

The introduction of computers and the web combined with an explosion in information have lead to an overabundance. Finding ways to use information in the best possible way is becoming a vital skill. Many people, when confronted with a problem, begin a broad search  for information. They assume that enlarging the information space inevitable will lead to uncovering the information needed to solve …

Remedies Against Groupthink

Groupthink Consequences Groupthink is described historically by the myth of the Cassandra syndrome. This myth describes a prediction or warning that goes unheeded with serious consequences. The term comes from the story about Cassandra, who was raped by the senior adviser to her father at court. To defend against accusations, she was personally discredited. So Cassandra's special …