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One Way to Unlearn

Posted in Ask a New Question, Behavior, Blog, Change, Children, Unlearning Lesson

Here’s one way to unlearn: Begin paying more attention to people who were never taught “what not to do.” Related Posts Think Like a Child Draw Outside the Lines The Benefits of Keeping a Child-Like Mind

Master Unlearning

Posted in Books, Children, College, Education

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

To Grow: Unlearn

Posted in Children, Enlightenment, Happiness, Imagination, Innovation, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Parable, Trees, Wisdom

If you can unlearn your ideas about what is possible, you can grow almost anywhere. Related Posts The Tree of Unlearning A Plant Whose Virtue Has Yet to Be Discovered

Why I Can Still Smile After Making a $25,000 Mistake (Really)

Posted in Children, Education, Example, Failure, Happiness, Problems into Opportunities, Relationships, Stories, Wisdom

Let me begin by admitting that it is not easy to smile after losing $25,000. At 3p.m. today, I should be addressing a senior group of utility executives who are part of IBM’s Global Intelligent  “Smart Grid” Network in Campinas, Brazil. Unfortunately, because I failed to secure the necessary visa application I was not allowed…

The Benefits of Keeping a Child-Like Mind

Posted in Children, Creativity, Imagination, Innovation, New Cards, Think Like a Child

What are the benefits of keeping a child-like mind? For one thing, you can come up with innovative solutions to old problems. Related Posts Creativity Isn't All in Your Head Draw Outside the Lines

Danger: Prevention Has Risks of Its Own

Posted in Assumptions, Children, Education, Lessons Unlearned, New Cards, Paradox, Quiz, Quotes, Risk, See What Isn't There

Did you know that after childproof lids on medicine bottles were introduced, it led to a significant increase in the number of child poisonings? The reason is because parents became less careful about keeping the bottles away from their children. I am all for taking preventative action — especially to protect kids — but we…

Seek Friends in Low Places

Posted in Children, Creativity

I'm currently on vacation and last evening I went to watch some dueling piano players. What was interesting is that although many adults were tapping their feet to the music the only person dancing was a three year-old girl.  As Ken Robinson said in this wonderful TED talk "we (as a society) are educating our…

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

Question Your Intelligence

Posted in Children, Creativity, Education, General, Innovation, New Cards, One minute unlearning, Questions, See What Isn't There, The Way We See the Problem

I have just started reading Ken Robinson's excellent book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. In it, Robinson discusses the many deficiencies of so-called intelligence tests such as the IQ test and the SAT. Primary among these standardized tests' shortcomings is the fact that they only test for a very narrow range of…


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