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Country Road Dangers

Posted in Culture, Design, Government, Paradox, Politics

The other day I discussed this interesting paradox involving bike helmets and suggested that innovative designers might be able to craft a solution. I'd now like to pose another opportunity to creative designers–design safer country roads. People mistakenly feel safer on country roads even though they are far more dangerous than urban streets. In fact,…


Food for Thought on Bike Helmets

Posted in Culture, Design, Education, Parenting, See What Isn't There

Did you know that in the year after a state mandates its citizens to wear helmets while biking that biking-related deaths for children between the ages of 5 and 15 fall by about 8 death per year. It is a small number but I think most reasonable people would say that it is a positive…


Move Differently to Unlearn

Posted in Change, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Future, Games, Innovation, Music, Parenting, TED, Unlearn Strategy, Visual unlearning

Lately, I have been noticing an interesting trend: More people are paying attention to how physical movement affects learning. For example, the other day, the Wall Street Journal had a fascinating article about how handwriting can help improve idea composition and expression. Clive Thompson at Wired had a great piece on how drawing–and not writing–may…


Unlearning Requires Flip Flopping

Posted in Business, Creativity, Culture, Education, Human Resources, One minute unlearning

Dan Pink has a wonderful article on the power of "flip thinking." I have long been an advocate of turning problems into opportunities but Pink's article takes the idea a step further and provides some wonderful examples. For example, he cites a high school teacher who now makes his students watch his lectures on YouTube…


Do Stop Believin’

Posted in Assumptions, Beliefs, Change, Culture, Education, Science, Unlearn Strategy

“Man prefers to believe what he prefers to be true.” –Francis Bacon Question: True or false: Hypnosis is useful in helping witnesses accurately recall the details of crimes? False. Hypnosis helps people recall more information but not more accurate information. Yet, according to a scientific study, sixty-one percent of people still falsely hold this belief…


Ignorance as a Strength?

Posted in Behavior, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Unlearn Strategy

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting a gentlemen who was interested in volunteering for an organization in which I serve in a leadership capacity. Near the end of our conversation I told him of my interest in unlearning and he immediately added that his "greatest strength was his ignorance." To many people this might…


Underschedule to Overdeliver

Posted in Ambiguity, Behavior, Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Happiness, Innovation, Less is More, One minute unlearning, Paradox, Passion, Spiritual, Unlearn Strategy, Wisdom

It sounds paradoxical. How can you over-deliver on results by under-scheduling your day? It's easy, really. First, by underscheduling your day you will give yourself some time to think and reflect. And, by taking this time you will, counter-intuitively, come to focus on those things which are truly important. You will drop the clutter from…


Non-Judgement Day is … Here

Posted in Behavior, Culture, Education, Unlearn Strategy

Today is the first day of the new school year for my two children (ages 9 and 11). It can be exciting time but it also be a nerve wracking time if you are a student attending a new school. I always encourage my children to seek out and befriend the new kids. I also…


Create Macro-Moments

Posted in Creativity, Culture, Curiosity, Education, Parenting, Wisdom

Recently, the New York Times had an interesting article entitled Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime. One study cited in the article suggested that people learned significantly better after a walk in nature. It is speculated that the human brain uses the downtime to take in and process new information. As someone who enjoys walking…


Risky is the New Safe

Posted in Behavior, Change, Creativity, Culture, Quiz, Unlearn Strategy

Question: Do more people die jaywalking or in the crosswalk? The answer is the crosswalk. Why? Because people are lulled into a false sense of security. Due to existing rules, painted crosswalks and flashing signs, they don’t feel as compelled to pay attention to the actions of others. When jaywalking they are under no such…


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