Category Archives: Thinking spaces

Sometimes you have to kill your babies

It breaks my heart, but sometimes you just have to kill an idea you’ve been working on for ages. Seems this book idea is dead. But there’ll be another one along shortly…. This book is a gentle plea for a … Continue reading

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Weak Signal?

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Poem on a Sunday

Have you slept in a tent alone—a tent Out under the desert sky— Where a thousand thousand desert miles All silent round you lie?— The dust of the aeons of ages dead, And the peoples that trampled by? Have you … Continue reading

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Thought for the Day

Does the size of your whiteboard impact the scale of your thinking? – and while I’m on the subject, does a blackboard influence things in a different way to a whiteboard?

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The Seven Cs of Education

I’m in Oman speaking at a technology conference organised by Bank Muscat. But here’s the thing. I was doing some background homework on Oman, especially on the future of Oman. This got me looking at a project called Oman 2040 … Continue reading

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Thinking Spaces: the good, the bad (& the totally mad)

I’m getting more and more interested in how physical environments influence how people think. I see this every other week doing talks, sometimes in good venues, sometimes in bad. I also get to see the impact of different types of … Continue reading

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Out of the pool thinking

Have you ever noticed how adults in infinity pools tend to swim over to the drop-off with the view and look at whatever is beyond? No? Me neither, but I’ve been beside a couple of swimming pools recently and I … Continue reading

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A Darwinian model of innovation

Can biology teach us anything about innovation? The essence of Darwinism is that progress is created by adaptation to changing circumstances. What starts off as a random mutation often spreads throughout a population to eventually become the norm through a … Continue reading

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How to unblock a brain

I find this interesting. I was struggling with my !$%*&@? map again yesterday. Peering at the illustration on a huge sheet of A1 paper getting nowhere fast. Then for no real reason I decided to write up the text by … Continue reading

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Celebrate Failure!

Bit of a thing going on here….whiteboards and blackboards turning into an obsession. Can’t quite see this working at a British University. was a failure at being a failure.

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