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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Don’t wait

“Don’t ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion.”  – Mary Manin Morrissey There are those whose genius radiates from the heart. Their gift is not an EQ thing, it’s a steady, clear goodness that isn’t saintly or soppy either. It’s strong and funny and […]

November 26, 2010

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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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stories trump stats

data takes on new life and utility when it’s nested in stuff regular human brains can make sense of.
It’s well worth learning to wrap scary numbers in compelling tales to help others tap a little of their heroic alter-egos occasionally too.

October 14, 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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