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On Taking Breakthrough Intellectual Risks

Break out your polymath tendencies. This is the kind of many worlds theory that might well save our collective asses.
Nothing refreshes creativity like spending time in a discipline other than the one you feel at home in, even if it’s awkward at first. We urgently need more intelligent people who can travel between multiple worlds with ease, and tinker across the borders for unexpected solutions. Pure logic alone is insufficient.

Unboxed: find the reluctant geniuses in your midst

“People who believe in the power of talent tend not to fulfill their potential because they’re so concerned with looking smart and not making mistakes. But people who believe that talent can be developed are the ones who really push, stretch, confront their own mistakes and learn from them.” – Carol Dweck (Stanford Psychology professor, whose […]

Make life a good counter-offer

be very clear about HOW you want people to behave, specifically. (to buy, subscribe, surrender, eat broccoli ..you get the idea)
be very clear (for yourself) about WHY you actually want that behaviour.
make it EASY for them to take the action!
offer motivation (start with feeling, then give an intellectual reason to substantiate if needed)
be prepared to try many different angles until you get to the point where getting the behaviour is simply a “no-brainer” to the other side. Congratulations you have arrived at win/win!

A (non-beginners) guide to starting something

5 POLICIES for those who dare to BEGIN THINGS (when you aren’t a beginner anymore). “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better..”
There is virtue in overturning the rulings of your head, and let what moves you, be what you do.

Out where social media isn’t a vanity sport

There was a time not too long ago, when the bit that followed Marlon Parker‘s name on a speaker’s list was “Cape Peninsula University of Technology”. One of those times was at a dinner to wrap up the 4th iteration of Nomadic Marketing. Marlon was introducing the Reconstructed Living project (RLabs), using that most loved-by-teens|vilified-by-teachers/parents […]

Learn to sell your art, so you don’t have to sell your soul

And I use “art” very loosely here when I mean the creative products of your head and your hands and the tools you use to extend the reach of both. Whether writers, filmmakers, musicians, webdesigners, potters, poets, dancers, landscapers, crafters, carpenters, architects, hatters; whatever the avenue for the creative imperative to realise itself, these endeavours […]

Astronomy quick.fixes for starry.eyed wannabes

One of the delights of living in the Southern Hemisphere has to be its dense, dazzling night sky. Meandering to open spaces where the urban light veil falls away, yields a blaze of stars, the Milky Way (the Galactic Centre and magellanic clouds, a southern sky speciality), even man.made space objects twinkling back at us. […]

new social currency ATM : the Maverick mojo is back

It’s hard to quantify the small dizzy delight we find in discovering something out in the world that simply makes us happy, no explanation needed. Julie Andrews floods the mental stereo like peach-sugar (what, you have no idea what I mean? see the video at the end to absorb the culture young weedhopper).. Maverick magazine […]