Archive for November, 2012

If you need me, I’ll be with a packet of sugru somewhere attempting to fix the future.

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What would you do if money were no object?

It’s always nice to be reminded how simple this stuff really is when you disregard all the useless stuff that lingers around it. via swiss miss.

Creative on demand: A Workshop for World Vision.

Yes, that is me impersonating a wildebeest to get my point across during a Creative Workshop I ran for the very nice folks of World Vision Australia.

 In this particular slide, I’m pointing out the particular peculiarity of the creative process which is being ok with not having the answer for as long as possible. This goes against our natural instinct which is to make decisions instantly, so as a result we get flustered and frustrated. But the reality is you need to learn to be ok with dwelling in this vague space long enough for the truly original thoughts to arrive. When you don’t this, all you come up with are “first thoughts” – obvious ways to solve the problem.

The workshop itself is something I’ve been working on for a couple of years now. It’s a mix of myth debunking, me exposing how I go about coming up with ideas,  and field tested techniques that can help people make the most of their scarce thinking time.

It was a great afternoon with some really nice and talented folks doing very vital and worthy work.

Suffice to say, some great ideas came out of the sessions too.

Thank you to Pet and Andrew for inviting me along.



A whole new way of telling a story using an iPhone.

The Silent History is a serialised novel that uses your iPhone and iPad’s means to combine video, text and proximity to document an fictional epidemic where people all around the world cease talking, or communicating on any level.  It does smack of a zombie invasion, but so far I’m very intrigued as to where this is going.

The irony of me being on a crowded train silently engrossed in my phone this morning while everyone around me was doing the same wasn’t lost on me either.

Inspiring stuff, well worth a look.

“Creativity isn’t a gift, it’s a way of operating” – John Cleese.

John Cleese deconstructs his creative process, and shares some lightbulb jokes along the way.