We came across, finally, a new approach to teach mathematics, science, and engineering by creating a culture of learning around inquiry, curiosity, and openness to failure. We discuss the principles behind the approach.
Socratic Thinking about Climate Change
Of course, we could study intensively the different approaches to the ethical question of ¨Why should we bother about climate change?¨ that scholars have identified. But we believe that policymakers and responsible citizens must able to answer that question for themselves.
Want to save some money? Food Waste Challenge
Project Drawdown describes reducing food waste as one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon intensity. It was found that "Interventions can reduce loss and waste, as food moves from farm to fork, thereby reducing overall demand. Reducing food waste is important for our environment and it can also mean a great financial profit …
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Change of Direction
Welcome to Our newish Blog! We started this blog in November 2011, and now, almost nine years later, we feel that it is time to change our focus. The main focus will continue to be on ways to inspire a creative approach to problem-solving and innovation but the topics that we will focus on will …
Opportunities for new apps are abundant and everywhere
Ideas for innovative apps seem to be up for grabs.
Creative Thinking – A Masterclass for Facilitators
It is a misunderstanding to think that the purpose of a creative thinking session is to come up with new ideas or innovative concepts. Nor is it the mere application of a creative thinking technique, however exotic it may be. What then?
Is It Well Ventilated Here? – Thinkibility Nibble
What If you could "see" if a venue is well ventilated_
Creative and Surprising Ideas from the Corona Crisis (1)
Can you design inventive social distancing devices that encourage socializing?
Coronavirus (9)- Groupthink by the Main Stream Media
Journalism (and politics) hardly seems to do source research, hardly comes up with a rebuttal, and even seems to ignore critically (but serious) sounds. Articles by dissident scientists are collectively refused by the MSM in collective exclusion.
Coronavirus (8) – Groupthink by Experts and Advisory Boards
There are lots of examples of not explored possibilities, omitted information, and neglected statistics by experts. Experts in the Advisory Boards have been canonized. Even the press no longer asks critical questions,
Coronavirus (7) – Groupthink by Governments and Health Authorities
When we proposed in the first blog post about coronavirus that the slow reaction and lax attitude of institutions can partly be explained by the phenomenon of groupthink, we could not imagine that later on groupthink would assume an even more dominant role in tackling the crisis. In the beginning, warnings about an emergent pandemic …
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Thinking about the Spread of the Coronavirus (6) – The Expected “Black Swan”
For Black Swan-like events, it seems more sensible to design robust measures than to rely on scientific models that are inherently based on previous events and therefore do not apply. And even worse, they give a misplaced feeling of being in control.
Thinking about the Spread of the Coronavirus (5) – Lack of System Thinking
To what extent are more subsystems involved than just the health care system in tackling the crisis? How are they built? What data they use? Is it taken into account that the spread of the virus, the measures that are taken by the government, and the reactions of the citizens form a complex dynamic system?
Thinking about the Spread of the Coronavirus (4) – Daily Thinking Routines
In the Coronacrisis, the lack of drive is due to flawed thinking. Unfortunately, there is no reason at all to believe that the same flaws of linear thinking and statistical approaches do not play a role in developing measures to get out of the lockdown. Because of a thinking habit, not changed since the 17th century.
Thinking about the Spread of the Coronavirus (3) – Information (not) Considered
How was situation awareness built up in the Coronacrisis and how have(not) considered information multiplied the blundering into disaster?
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. …
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Thinking about the Spread of the Coronavirus (1)
Our hypothesis is that a lack of thinking skills among governments, health institutions and the population has seriously contributed to the spread of the Corona virus
The Dominant Designing Idea in Organisations and Public Administrations
Managing organizations are in essence establishing coordinating mechanisms. Below we argue that most organizations use Control, that is setting up formal processes of assigning, evaluating, and regulating resources in order to accomplish an organization's goals. This is the generally accepted standard approach to organizing. But can we escape from that? Standard Thinking: Control Most organisations and governments …
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Ethical Questions on Biotechnology
The use of biotechnology raises several ethical questions. Biotechnology, involving living systems to make products, or technological application that uses biological systems to make or modify products for specific use, has been used by humans for thousands of years, yet, the gengre has during the last century and the beginning of this century been expanded …
Technology is not unilateral consequence of……..
Every technological invention creates a dynamic system of interactions and feedback loops with society. With new technology, it is therefore important to make an attempt to visualize the dynamic system that is evoked by the new technology.