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Unlearning: An Immunization to Arrogance?

Posted in Analogy, One minute unlearning, Quotes

Subjecting yourself to a small dose of a deadly disease is a counter-intuitive idea; and yet this is precisely what happens when we vaccinate ourselves against a myriad of diseases. One "disease" for which there is sadly no known cure is intellectual arrogance. What then can we do about it? One place to begin is…

Don’t be a Turkey: Prepare to Unlearn

Posted in Analogy

In honor of today being Thanksgiving, I thought I would recount a wonderful story from Nassim Taleb's outstanding book, The Black Swan:    "Consider a turkey that is fed every day. Every single feeding will firm up the bird's belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly…

Dancing into the Future

Posted in Analogy, Future, TED

Using a mash-up of three of my favorite TED talks from Ken Robinson, Chris Anderson and Derek Sivers, I explain in six-minutes how the future is already here and we’re using dance to create an even better tomorrow. Enjoy!

Do You Live in (a) Detroit?

Posted in Analogy, Automobile, Business, Change, Creativity, Manufacturing, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Transportation

I don't mean do you physically live in Detroit. Instead, I mean do you and your business live in an environment where you're surrounded by like-minded individuals. Living with — and around — people who think the same as you can be comforting but it can also be very dangerous. The fact that the "Big…

Beware of the Unlearning Curve

Posted in Analogy, Business, Future, Unlearn Strategy

Today, I am in Las Vegas to deliver a keynote speech to the Chief Learning Officer’s summit. The title of my presentation is “Unlearning 101: Why Unlearning is the Key to Your Future.” The talk can best be summarized with the following analogy: Imagine reaching the summit of a mountain peak. You are proud of…

The Fruits of Unlearning

Posted in Advertising, Analogy, Books, Business, Creativity, Humor, New Cards, Problems into Opportunities, The Way We See the Problem, Visual unlearning, Web 2.0

Yesterday, after delivering the opening keynote (on future trends) at Beyond 2010 in Edmonton, I had the pleasure of also delivering the closing remarks. Not surprisingly, I discussed the importance of unlearning. In between, however, I had the immense pleasure of listening to a wonderful speaker, Peter Hinssen, who is the author of a new…

Reduce Mental Flabbiness: Unlearn

Posted in Analogy, General, Metaphor, Politics, Unlearn Strategy

This wonderful commentary by David Brooks was recently brought to my attention. It is entitled A Case of Mental Courage and I highly recommend it. I especially enjoyed the final paragraphs: To use a fancy word, there’s a metacognition deficit. Very few in public life habitually step back and think about the weakness in their…

Is Someone Drowning Right in Front of You?

Posted in Analogy, Behavior, Metaphor, Parenting, Wisdom

"Think drowning involves screaming, gasping, and flailing? Think it’s easy to notice someone drowning? Well, you’re wrong. Drowning is a silent killer. There’s no waving or calling for help of any kind. It's not like what you see on TV. Many people would not even notice another person drowning at just 30 yards away." The…

A Frown is Just a Smile Turned Up Down

Posted in Analogy, Illusion, Quotes

Take a look at the optical illusion to the right. (You'll need to view it upside down to understand why it is an optical illusion.) To me, it is a metaphor for that old cliche, "a frown is just a smile turned upside down." I also happen to believe that it is a healthy thing…

The Future Will Require a Whole Lotta Unlearning

Posted in Aging, Agriculture, Analogy, Business, Computer Industry, Education, Future, General, Jump the Curve, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Unlearn Strategy, Zenzizenzizenzic

If something doubles just ten times it is one thousand (1024 times to precise) larger. This is an important concept to grasp if you want to better contemplate the future. Why? Because no fewer than nine technological trends—semiconductors, data storage, bandwidth, genomics, gene sequencing, robotics, nanotechnology, brain scanning and scientific knowledge—are doubling anywhere from every…


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