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A Curious Connection? Brains, Mind Maps and the Universe

Posted in Creativity, Culture, Education, Future, Imagination, Metaphor, New Cards, Science

Take a look at the pictures to the right. The symmetry between microscopic neurons and a macroscopic galaxy is rather surprising. Is there a connection between the two? Honestly, I don’t know but I do believe the human mind is capable of discovering the answer. To this end, I invite you to watch this six…


Listen and Unlearn

Posted in Business, Culture, Education, Future, Humor, Legal, Listen, Newspaper, Publishing, TED

Recently, I was on a flight and as we were descending the pilot's voice came over the intercom and, tongue-in-cheek, he asked everyone to "turn off their books." It was a funny comment but it does hint at a broader sea change — more and more people are reading books on their Kindles and iPad's….


What’s Your Managerial Default Setting?

Posted in Ask a New Question, Business, Consulting, Culture, Human Resources, Management, Problems into Opportunities

Seth Godin has a wonderful post today entitled "Headroom" in which he states, "The only thing worse than being able to say, "my boss won't let me," is having to acknowledge, "my boss will let me." It's a great point. Now what if, as a manager or leader in your organization, you told people your default managerial…


Of Flexitarians, Knowmads and Twitter

Posted in Beliefs, Change, Culture, Curiosity, Example, Metaphor

I'll freely admit I'm just a wanderer in the world of social media but I love the new connections — to both people and ideas — that I derive from the medium. To this end, I recently asked @dougbecker what he meant by describing himself as a "flextarian" and he responded, "It's a loaded term,…


It’s Official: We All Need to Unlearn

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Culture, Lessons Unlearned, Metaphor, New Cards

If you have ever rented a video/DVD just because it has won an obscure award from some international film festival, I think you'll appreciate the image (and the saying) to the right. It's easy to laugh at the truth of the statement but I believe we do the same with people. Did you know, for…


Unlearn Your Mind-Set and Adopt a Mind-Flex

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Future, Imagination, Innovation, Kindergarten, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Unlearn Strategy

I have read that when we are born our brains contain somewhere near one hundred billion neurons, and it can make a nearly infinite variety of possible connections–or neural pathways. As we grow older, however, we "pave" over many (or "hard-wire" if you will) of these neural pathways because they are so critical to our…


The Consumer as an Invisible Innovator

Posted in Assumptions, Business, Creativity, Culture, General, Innovation, Listen, New Cards, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem, Unlearn Strategy

My last few posts may have seemed trivial to some readers. After all, who cares whether you see "a tiger in a jungle" or "a jungle with a tiger" or, alternatively, whether there is "a fly in your soup" or "your soup has a fly in it." Alas, I just stumbled across a wonderful article…


A Playground for Kids 2 to 102

Posted in Arts, Behavior, Children, Creativity, Culture, Education, Innovation, Metaphor, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Unlearn Strategy

I recently came across a sign similar to the one to the right. You know what I'd like to see? A sign encouraging people to keep playing as they continue to age. Instead of thinking — and acting — like an adult, I believe we need to think more like children. To do this it…


Activate Your Imagination

Posted in Adult, Children, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Imagination, Innovation, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parenting, The Way We See the Problem, Wisdom

One of the worst things an adult can do is criticize a child for having an "overactive imagination." From my perspective, now more than ever, the world needs more imagination. One solution: Begin criticizing adults for having "underactive" imaginations. Related Posts The Essential Element of Creativity Cultivate a Beginner's Mind


The Truth About Halloween isn’t So Scary

Posted in Culture, New Cards, Quiz

How many kids have been killed on Halloween by eating poisoned candy? The answer is zero. Let me repeat that: zero! If you're like me, you probably grew up on tales of avoiding Pixie Sticks for fear some creepy old neighbor had laced the candy with strychnine. Or, perhaps, you avoided perfectly healthy apples for fear that…


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