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Notes from PPP 2017 Chicago

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:21:46 +0000

I spoke this morning at Prototypes, Process and Play, in Chicago about The Dance of The possible (slides, sketchnotes). Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 2. Making Moonshots, Mathew Milan Leadership is the reduction of uncertainty in an organization – Paul Pangaro Reference: The Little Grey Book on Leadership, Paul Pangero Question: how

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Netflix’s updated guide to culture – an analysis & commentary

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:01:40 +0000

In 2009 Netflix released a slidedeck outlining their  company culture and I summarized its core themes with commentary in a popular post. This week Netflix released the first major update and here’s the rundown. What changed in 8 years? The most striking change is that it’s no longer a slidedeck, but an actual document of corporate philosophy. Part

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Does “think outside the box” help? Popular creativity cliches explained

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:31:15 +0000

While researching my new book The Dance of the Possible, I studied the history of some of the most misleading ideas that have been popularized about creative thinking. Similiar to the Myth of Epiphany and the other creative myths of innovation, these sayings are misleading despite their popularity. 1. Think outside the box: this famous saying has

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Dance of the Possible: Launch Recap (w/ Photos)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:38:35 +0000

About 80 friends and fans joined me on Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of The Dance of the Possible. A launch party is a good way for me to thank all the folks who’ve helped make my 14 year, 7 book, writing career possible, and share with them in launching something new. The book

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How Ignorance Drives Creativity

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:09:48 +0000

[In 22 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] “Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance

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Inside the messy invention of the microwave oven

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:16:54 +0000

[In 23 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] In 1946 Dr. Percy Spencer of

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How the Post-it Note Was Invented

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:32:22 +0000

[In 27 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] In 1968 Spencer Silver, with a

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Why no one cared about the Wright brothers airplane

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:07:30 +0000

[In 28 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] When the Wright brothers landed from

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The Dance of the Possible

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:54:23 +0000

I’m excited to announce my next book. It’s called The Dance of the Possible. This short, fast paced, irreverent guide to creativity is for everyone who wants better ideas and to finish projects they inspire. In 21 short chapters you’ll discover a fresh way to understand creative thinking, how ideas work, plus insights from decades

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Orwell’s Animal Farm – Book Review

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:16:29 +0000

I’ve read Orwell’s Animal Farm three times now: once was in high school when I wasn’t paying attention, another was in my 20s when I felt I owed it a second chance and then again this week as part of an inquiry into what’s happening in the world. While it’s well known that the context Orwell

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Hidden Insight and The Third Donkey

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:22:06 +0000

There is a viral video making the rounds of several donkeys at an animal sanctuary trying to work their way out of a pen. Most people, including a writer at the Huffington Post, focus on the superior problem solving skills of the third donkey, named Oreste, who took a novel approach to finding his way

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2016 Post-Election Sanity Guide

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 14:42:07 +0000

For three weeks I worked hard to put the 2016 election in some kind of context. I read selections from history. I worked through all the commentary. I even went back and read some of the Constitution. The result is this carefully researched 10 minute read that explains what happened, what it means and what you

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Eight lessons from Nazi Propaganda

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:18:25 +0000

On my way through Austin, Texas last week I had a free afternoon and on a whim went to the Bullock museum of Texas History. To my surprise there was an entire exhibition about Nazi Propaganda, called State of Deception. It seemed timely somehow, so I bought a ticket and stepped inside. Here is what I

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New Release: Updated Edition of The Ghost of My Father

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:07:03 +0000

I’m proud to announce the new edition of The Ghost of My Father, with a new epilogue, is now on sale. The book was first released October 2014, and a year later my father died. The new epilogue explains what happened between these two pivotal moments in my life. It shares what he thought of

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Notes from Leading Design 2016

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:45:57 +0000

I gave the opening talk at the first Leading Design event in London, hosted by Clearleft. I spoke about the challenges of being a designer in the real world, and you can grab the slides here: Design vs. The World (PDF). I stayed for both days of the event and took notes for every session I

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Notes from Digital PM Summit 2016

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 14:33:08 +0000

I’m the I was the closing speaker today yesterday at Digital PM Summit in San Antonio, TX, and I’ll be taking notes (or in fancy terms, liveblogging) for every session that I sit in until it’s my turn. I’ll be following the basic rules of Min/Max note taking and will update this post as the day goes on.

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On The Quest For Fun

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:03:18 +0000

Last week I saw Ian Bogost speak at Town Hall Seattle about his new book, Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games. Of the many ideas he offered about how to think about fun, he shared three stories that stayed with me more than anything else he said.

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The 7 Questions For Any Tradition

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:42:36 +0000

A tradition is simply a custom that has been passed down from one generation to another. Their longevity can have many reasons, some good and some bad. We can not assume that persistence alone provides moral justification. Instead we must ask better questions about traditions before we judge their value. The problem is we instinctively defend

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The Real World of Technology (Book Review)

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:02:04 +0000

Despite our cultural obsession with new technology, we forget that the idea of new technology is old. We also overlook that there are patterns for how new technologies impact cultures and societies that technologists are often ignorant of. Without understanding the social impact of past technologies, we’re more likely to repeat mistakes, since we don’t

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The 7 Questions For Any Technological Idea

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:27:59 +0000

From Neil Postman’s lecture On Culture’s Surrender to Technology: What is the problem that this new technology solves? Whose problem is it? What new problems do we create by solving this problem? Which people and institutions will be most impacted by a technological solution? What changes in language occur as the result of technological change?

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