The divided brain

Iain McGilchrist: The divided brain and the making of the western world TED talk – revisited The following is half-transcript, half summary of the main points in Psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrists TED talk. I want to include the talk as a whole, since it takes on an evocative journey through the functioning of the…

Constructivism

Constructivism is an early 20th century Russian arts movement. It is also a paradigm for understanding learning as being constructed by the learner through action. In learning constructivism learners actively construct the subjective understanding and representation of objective reality – where new information is assimilated by the scaffold of prior knowledge. Learning is therefore subjective…

Preserving the Structures Within

How can we expect to adapt to new conditions, if we are not wired to do so? Why is innovation so difficult to actually implement? It takes an incredible amount of communication time to even get people to see eye-to-eye, never mind agree on a common framework, approach or initiative. Psychologist Norman Doidge makes an interesting…

Re-thinking the Fundamentals of Design Thinking

What does re-thinking mean? What does design thinking mean for that matter? Re-thinking design thinking has also been around for a while, and I suspect, be around quite for some time to come. See presentation on Issuu: I’m looking at design  thinking from the point-of-view of 21st century skills. What is the difference between one…

On the Flattery of Plagiarism

Or  – why independent and critical thinking is something we can all be inspired by. One of the principles I’m developing at the moment is one called ‘critical and independent thinking’. In a way, this is based on seeing the world in terms of being individual, having great ideas and also in having the freedom…

The Importance of Trust and Dialogue In Business

Or – Why So Many Innovation Projects Fail Updated 19.09.2016 We often hear of how we ‘need to align the dots’, work together, collaborate and engage in constructive dialogue, all in the pursuit of common interests. However, there also exists a gap between the perceived needs and indeed, desires, and the realities of how people…