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A Fishy Tale: Less is More

Posted in Books, Less is More

(This wonderful story was taken from Garr Reynolds’ excellent book, Presentation Zen. It is a story of simplicity.) When Vijay opened his store he put up a sign that said “We Sell Fresh Fish Here.” His father stopped by and said that the word “We” suggests an emphasis on the seller rather than the customer, and…


Are You Playing Russian Roulette With Your Future?

Posted in Books, Creativity, Future, Futurist, Innovation, Unlearning

The first chapter of my new book, Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future, is entitled “Unlearn or Die.” To better appreciate why unlearning will be such a critical skill in the future, I’d like to share this paragraph from Josh Linkner’s outstanding article, Vu Deja: Tricking Yourself Into Looking At Problems…


Master Unlearning

Posted in Books, Children, College, Education

Chief Unlearning Officer Jack Uldrich asks whether you are mastering unlearning.


Can You Just Say “I Don’t Know”?

Posted in Books, Finance, I Don't Know, Randomness, Wisdom

Chief Unlearning Officer Jack Uldrich explains uses the stock market explain why all of us might want to say “I don’t know” more often than we do.


Take a Swim in the Lake of Tomorrow

Posted in Analogy, Books, Future, Futurist

One of my favorite stories about the power of exponential growth is a story about the lake and the water lily, and it can help anyone that needs to be jolted out of their current—or what I called their linear—mode of thinking. In a nutshell, here’s the story: Imagine a lake that sprouts a single…


Don't Close Your Mind: Alway Question Your Assumptions

Posted in Books, Business, Change, Publishing, Unlearning

“We’re going to have to make a lot of different assumptions,” says the head of one large publishing in this article discussing the imminent demise of Border’s — one of the world’s large bookstores. The individual is, of course, correct but the real question is why he (or she) didn’t begin questioning his assumptions years…


Don’t Assume You More Than You Do

Posted in Anti-Library, Books, Change, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, Life Sciences, Quotes, Science

"… he has persuaded me that we can solve many of our problems as long as we don't assume that we know more than we do." So concludes John Horgan in his insightful review of David Deutsch's new book, The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Will Transform the World. I not only agree with the…


The Power of Being Wrong

Posted in Books, Health Care

Later today, I'm addressing 200 senior executives of the Allina Hospital System in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The topic of my keynote presentation is "Why Future Trends in Healthcare Will Require Unlearning." I'll cover a great many areas but I intend to begin my talk with a discussion about humility. There is, perhaps, no better place to…


An Antidisciplinary Approach to the Future

Posted in Books, Education, Future

  “One of the most important disciplines in the twenty-first century will be no discipline at all,” writes Frank Moss in his new book, The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices—a new book about MIT’s Media Lab. So does this mean the hard disciplines of physics, mathematics, chemistry, and engineering can be abandoned? Absolutely not. Instead, the…


The Future Can Be Found in an E-Book

Posted in Books, Change, Future

I’m traveling to Atlanta today to keynote the Urban Land Institute’s annual meeting. The theme is: A Region at the Crossroads. One of the main themes of my presentation will be that the future will arrive sooner than expected. As a metaphor for how fast things can change, I intend to point out that just…


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