"Alike minds do not think great" by Greg Alder

Alike minds do not think great

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The reason that most brainstorming sessions are painful and unproductive is that when assembling participants, we tend to gather our peers. The trouble with this is that, if we are all electrical engineers, when racking our brains for ideas, we…

"Plato in your pocket", by Greg Alder

Plato in your pocket

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We live in a great period of learning. The Internet has given us unprecedented access to knowledge. We can undertake free courses from Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, MIT. We can access the collections of great museums and libraries around the…

"F for creativity" by Greg Alder

F for creativity

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This is a blog about creativity. It is also a blog about education. The two should be linked. But they are not. If you’ve seen any presentations or read any books by Sir Ken Robinson PhD you will know how…

"How to lose clients" by Greg Alder

How to lose clients

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Most of you are already doing everything necessary to lose clients. But for those who need a few tips, here is a quick checklist of how to go about it. Implement any one of these ideas and you will start losing…

Station To Station is a concept that will work across continents and across national boundaries.

The music train

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Back in the 30s and 40s, the great jazz big bands – Basie, Ellington, Miller, Dorsey, Goodman – crisscrossed the USA by train between performances. Now artist Doug Aitken has taken the concept of the travelling band, but turned the…

"You know too much" by Greg Alder

You know too much

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Creativity comes about by connecting pieces of knowledge. The more experiences you (and your partners) have had in life, the more diverse those pieces of knowledge and the more likely you will be to come up with a truly original…

"To innovate, cross-pollinate" by Greg Alder

To innovate, cross-pollinate

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Innovating in small communities isn’t easy. The fact is that non-metropolitan areas lack the diversity of cities. Diversity is a key driver of business creativity – the cross-pollination of ideas, the adaptation of innovations in one sector being adapted to…

"The road not taken" by Greg Alder

The road not taken

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Do you know this Robert Frost poem from 1915? Here are the messages I get from it: The first message I get is one of independence, a literal message about taking the road less travelled, doing things your own way,…

"What is innovation?" by Greg Alder

What is innovation?

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We are born. We innovate. At first we have no choice. Everything is a new experience, demanding. Then we go to school. We are taught to conform. We do exams. There are questions to which there’s one acceptable answer. We…