Genius ≠ only mythical prodigies or lofty brainiacs.

Uncommon brilliance wastes away under-challenged,
in the wrong context ...or (worse) deferred to a waiting list.
Stop the horror. Don't let it happen to, or around you!

Skill up ferociously, travel intelligently, work ingeniously - life is too precious to let the bozos win.

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On Taking Breakthrough Intellectual Risks

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,...
Let's build a starship already

Let’s build a starship already

Cranking the limits is The 100 Year Starship, a jointly funded project of DARPA (the good folks who birthed the Internet) and NASA. It's a call to our collective ingenuity and utterly bonkers audacity: interstellar flight!
“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...
A (non-beginners) guide to starting something

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...
Out where social media isn't a vanity sport

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...
What makes Genius : Part 6 : Context

What makes Genius : Part 6 : Context

Almost all struggles for those infected with genius is a struggle of context. Wrong place, wrong time and the gift isn’t activated. Or is only realised well after their lives have...
Mandela Day: Ideas for 67 minute heroes

Mandela Day: Ideas for 67 minute heroes

Fortunately, unlike the great man whose life we’ll be honouring, our quest is only to make the world suck a little less on July 18; no repressive regimes to bring down, blessedly. To...
Learn to sell your art, so you don't have to sell your soul

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...
Astronomy quick.fixes for starry.eyed wannabes

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...
new social currency ATM : the Maverick mojo is back

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...
So you think you can change the world ..um, yes

So you think you can change the world ..um, yes

No grand 10th century castle – you couldn’t get there on a steam train from secret King’s Cross platforms – but this seemingly unexceptional building at 9...
Geekgirls: Silicon.Free in the Silicon Cape?

Geekgirls: Silicon.Free in the Silicon Cape?

I’m back in Cape Town next week for some wrap.up lectures at UCT, seeing beloved friends & family, working & meeting frenzies ..and catching the grand launch of Silicon Cape (last year’s World Mayor, now...