Hacking – Turning an IKEA Chair into a Bicycle

What do you do when you open a parcel and see an instruction? Do you read the instruction before you try to assemble the parts? Do you try first yourself and only read the instruction after you have failed to assemble the parts? Or do you change the instruction and build something else? Envisioning what …

Blocking the Left Brain Functions

One of the most fascinating books I ever read was written by  Paul Watzlawick, a family therapist, psychologist, communications theorist, and philosopher. In his book The Language of Change he explores the idea that sometimes a completely nonsensical interaction may lead to a very concrete result. He suggests that using language patterns from the left …

Conceptual Thinking

Many people are not very proficient in Conceptual Thinking. Perhaps because it is nowhere taught. Conceptual Thinking is thinking with the aid of concepts.   Some people  describe it as the ability to effortlessly walk up and down the ladder of abstraction. A concept is 1. A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. …

Provoke Randomness as a Thinking Strategy

  According to Michael Michalko  Leonardi da Vinci was the first to write about the importance of introducing random and chance events to produce variation in one's thinking patterns. In his highly recommended book Creative Thinkering – putting Your Imagination to Work he gives numerous exciting examples of using randomness to escape from standard thinking …

One Bright Idea

Richard Turee from Kenya found a simple but  innovative solution that  prevents lions from killing livestock and humans. Richard, whose family lives within the Nairobi National Park boundaries, raises livestock. He grew up more or less hating lions since they are a threat to the livestock. But his views upon lions have changed and by …

Becoming Cyborgs

The term cyborg is often applied to an organism that has enhanced abilities due to technology. It is interesting to think about what the consequences could be as our senses were enhanced outside the normal range of perception (frequencies, distance, degree of discrimination). What would it mean for our perception, and would our interaction with …

Design and Social Innovation

Today, many public and social leaders are embracing ideas and methods previously only associated with design. Visualisation, experimentation and user involvement is becoming central factors in social innovation. Terms that signify collaborative and inclusive approaches such as design thinking, service design, co-design, human centred design and strategic design are increasingly becoming more prevalent. A designer …

Language is not Innocent – How Thinking Patterns are Created

Language is not innocent, it determines how reality is interpreted. Words create logic bubbles that are difficult to escape from. The way we use words  may  prevent us from finding  solutions, restrict new ideas, and lead to wrong public policies. In this blog post we will try in a simple way to explain how thinking …