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Henry Ford, June 4, 1896 – A story of Passion and Perseverance

June 4, 2012 1 comment

It was on a 4th of June – June 4, 1896 – that Henry Ford first drove his Quadricycle, an ethanol-powered proto-automobile. Ford was 32. He had left the family farm at 15. The quadricycle was the outcome of many years of passion for everything mechanical, from watches to industrial machines, and perseverance in experimenting with portable engines. Read more…


Innovation from Disabilities

These pictures show personalities that we probably recognize easily.

King George VI, British King during World War II; Albert Einstein, inventor of the theory of general relativity; Ray Charles, soul musician and singer; Ludwig Van Beethoven, German composer and pianist; Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer; and Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera (just to highlight a few of his 1093 patents).

Yet, there is something that these personalities have in common – disabilitiesRead more…

Test your innovation instinct with the chairless chair

Look at the picture of the chairless chair (right) or if you want to see more pictures click here

Now, examine your feelings: what is your first reaction? Honestly. And the second? Read more…

When your analytical mind smiles down at you with an objection, all you have to do is smile back

February 27, 2011 3 comments

Today I continue my exploration of the interaction of the analytical mind and creativity with a recent real-life example.

People often regret not being creative enough. They think cannot generate novel ideas. More often than not, the issue is not an inability to generate ideas, but a stronger ability to kill them instantly, which stems from the analytical brain: when an idea pops up, timid and fragile as a late winter flower, stamping it down with all sorts of logical reasons why it will not work is easy. Dead easy. To shamelessly paraphrase Burke in reverse, all that is required for the demise of new ideas is for the analytical brain to do everything.

It is however possible to keep your analytical mind in check. The case presented itself to me in a mentoring discussion last Friday. Read more…

To forge the uncreated in the smithy of my soul…

February 4, 2011 1 comment

Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” James Joyce.

I was meditating on these words earlier this week, re-reading (although not quite for the millionth time) Rollo May’s The Courage to Create, when luck put me in touch with Dishaa and the Presencing Institute‘s core process of profound innovation.

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May the (lateral) force be with us

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

In its simplest form, the status quo can be represented as two forces of the same magnitude applied in opposite directions. They compensate each other, such that nothing move.

Then imagine a small lateral force being applied that tilts the two opposite forces from their axis. All of a sudden, the equilibrium (or status quo) is disrupted and movement starts.

What’s more, the two formerly opposite forces now literally join forces (at least partly) to add to the momentum created: what used to create status quo now accelerates the movement. Read more…

Using a design for a different purpose

November 10, 2010 2 comments

Frank Cammas has finally won the Route du Rhum transatlantic race. People will say that he had the biggest boat. Indeed, his Groupama 3 trimaran was so large that it could not get into the lock that closes the harbour of Saint Malo where all competitors gathered 10 days ago at the start of the race.

However, size was not a guarantee, far from it. Actually, taking such a boat on a solo race represented a significant risk. Read more…