Policy Design

Classical Rational Policy Analysis and interactive policymaking are basically reacting to existing problems that, for some reasons, get "high on the societal agenda". However, a real innovative policy can only come about if policymakers redefine themselves as designers instead of reactive problem solvers.

Growing Up with Connected Private Watson Machines – Meaning of Life

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. In our post The 4th Industrial Revolution and the Meaning of Life we suggested some thinking steps …

Worse is Better

The population is becoming dumber and more stupid? The number of people with intellectual disabilities is rapidly increasing in highly developed societies. Is it? Or is it that the more complex the society becomes, the more people with a disability in social adaptability need care support? Complexity Complexity expresses itself as difficulties to understand or find an answer, to …

A Totally Misused Concept: the Average

In our Thinkibility nibble What Is An Interesting Book? we suggested that books with intellectual value should be categorized by the publisher into categories: Mainstream Improvement Criticism Provocation and Alternatives We propose a strong candidate for category 4: Provocation and Alternatives: The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness Subversive Dispels a …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …