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.

February 18, 2013

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Let’s build a starship already

Image: NASA

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!

February 10, 2013

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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.” – […]

January 27, 2013

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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.

March 22, 2012

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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 […]

October 18, 2010

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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 played out. When things are set in the right context we have a sense of their relevance to us. […]

October 13, 2010

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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 count ourselves lucky and to share a little piece of that luck with someone who could use a little.

July 18, 2010

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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 […]

July 14, 2010

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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 […]

December 17, 2009

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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 […]

November 2, 2009

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So you think you can change the world, 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 Ntemi Piliso Street, downtown Johannesburg is brimming and buzzing with magic. The Defense against the Dark Arts is for real. Here they’re battling […]

September 29, 2009

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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 premier of the province, Helen Zille will be speaking to assure the gravitas of this […]

September 28, 2009

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