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 →

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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.

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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 →

Thought Stores – Thinkibility Nibble

Imagine, there would be stores that keep thoughts in stock and sell them. Make a mindmap where the branches reflect the various aspects of running a store. For instance:  Explore: Make a connection between aspects of running a store and selling Thoughts to customers as items in a store. What did you learn about Thoughts?... Continue Reading →

Your Ultimate Summer Thinkibility Nibble

We are still wondering why "thinking" (Thinkibility) is not given much attention as a phenomenon in itself, except by some philosophers who have made thinking, without necessity, a highly complex and abstract matter (Opinion is ours). There are no thinking courses, thinking festivals, thinking Olympics, thinking galleries, thinking lectures. In libraries and stores, there are... Continue Reading →

E-commerce and Daily Thinking – A Thinkibility Nibble

In our blog post Daily Thinking – Discovering Patterns we showed some alarming daily thinking habits, like assuming that there is a linear, unambiguously relation between a cause and an effect. For example, it is assumed that increasing e-commerce will reduce traffic. People will less go to shopping malls. However, delivering goods, ordered one by one with take-back guarantee will increase... Continue Reading →

Thinking in Images

Most people think in words. When asked to imagine a traffic accident they come up with not very detailed descriptions, in comparison with people who are thinking in pictures. It became even worse if the words are becoming more and more abstract. Words as society, market, law, inflation etc. stay for them just words; they... Continue Reading →

Framing = To Lure into Deception

In this Thinkibility Boost we will explore the relation between thinking and framing. In visual arts and particularly cinematography, framing is the presentation of the visual element in an image, especially the placement of the subject in relation to other objects. Framing can make an image more aesthetically pleasing and keep the viewer's focus on... Continue Reading →

Searching for Ideas

Idea finding or searching for a new concept seems very similar to word finding. When an individual has consistent inability to produce words for things that they want to talk about they are suffering a kind of aphasia. They experience difficulties in answering questions as: What is the name of the category: church building house... Continue Reading →

Sub-boxing Everywhere

In all highly developed civilizations, we see a trend to more: segmentation: division into segments specialization: made or used for one particular purpose, job, place, etc. differentiation: development from the one to the many, the simple to the complex, or the homogeneous to the heterogeneous classification: a category into which something is put You could say that products,... Continue Reading →

Out of Date Concepts – Thinkibility Nibble

    Concepts occur in solid form and are often not questioned. After all, they have proved their worth and value. Concepts as an abstract or generic idea, conceived in the mind, are generalized from particular instances. The more "solid" a concept appears the higher the chances are that the concept was conceived in the... Continue Reading →

Conceptual Thinking and Using Physical Things

There is a misunderstanding that conceptual thinking is abstract in nature. Conceptual thinking is seen as just playing in your head, without physical devices? Conceptual art is the physical result of conceptual thinking. In conceptual art, the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of... Continue Reading →

A Repertoire of Concepts

In our series of conceptual thinking, we argued that "thinking boxes" or concepts help us to make sense of the world. At the same time it is restricting us in three ways: if we are not able to escape from standard interpretations of the world, we can't innovate. It's about changing perceptions and is called creativity... Continue Reading →

Conceptual Blending

One of the simplest ways to design new concepts is by blending two concepts not previously connected. For instance " Glamping" .  Glamping is a contraction of the concepts of Camping and Glamour. The concept of Camping is  an elective outdoor recreational activity. Generally held, participants leave developed areas to spend time outdoors witj more natural ones... Continue Reading →

Benefits of Conceptual Thinking

Conceptual Thinking - Thinking with the help of concepts - does have a lot of advantages. concept (Wikidictionary) abstract and general idea; an abstraction understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination; a generalization (generic, basic form), or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of... Continue Reading →

How to Describe a Concept

According to Wiktionary, a concept is an abstract and general idea, an abstraction. It is an understanding retained in the mind, from experience, reasoning and/or imagination. It is a generalization (generic, basic form, or abstraction (mental impression), of a particular set of instances or occurrences (specific, though different, recorded manifestations of the concept. As you... Continue Reading →

Analogies and Banalogies

In "Surfaces and Essences", Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander suggest that "analogy-making defines each instant of thought". We build bridges between objects, actions and situations. Analogies help us to think and act in new situations and analogies help us to build new categories. Yet the term analogy is seldom used in everyday conversations and when... Continue Reading →

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