That mindset is inculcated early in the training of technologists. When developing an algorithm, computer science courses often define the goal as providing an optimal solution to a computationally-specified problem.
And the choice of which values to favor, and which to sacrifice, are made by the optimizers who then impose those values on the rest of us when their creations reach great scale.
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
20+ min read · Jul 20th · This year has been rife with pandemic-induced changes that have shifted corporate priorities—and yet, innovation has remained a top concern among corporations worldwide. Using data from the annual…
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“To have something to say,” Schopenhauer said, “by itself is virtually a sufficient condition for good style.”
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading; a man will turn over half a library to make one book,”
Success requires greater investment in the creative process. Pay for professional help. There’s that saying: if you think pros are expensive, try hiring an amateur.
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“Where does the mind stop and the rest of the world begin?”
Research shows that it’s especially important that we feel a sense of control and ownership over the space in which we do our learning or working
humans think best when they are interacting with others
~20 min read · Aug 19th · Lessons from the life sciences
Many people believe that the process for achieving breakthrough innovations is chaotic, random, and unmanageable.
Breakthroughs can be systematically generated using a process modeled on the principles that drive evolution in nature: variance generation, which creates a variety of life-forms; and selection pressure to select those that can best survive in a given environment.
There was no “aha” moment when the mRNA breakthrough happened. The Moderna platform was built on a constellation of technologies, methods, and know-how that evolved over time.
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The act of writing down your thoughts will help you reinforce these memories so they are more easily accessible in the future.
asking yourself “what if?” while taking a walk is a great way to practice creative visualization.
Being creative partly comes from our aptitude to envisage the future and our capability to visualize experiences that have not yet arisen.
1 min read · Jul 14th · Where would we be without curiosity? Curiosity is: Enthusiastic “not knowing”.Willingness to be wrong.Drive to make sense of things.Delight in surprises.Dissatisfaction with the status quo. Curiosi…
~13 min read · Jun 18th · How do you know that you’re giving good feedback? Erin ‘Folletto’ Casali offers a tangible framework for delivering feedback through the lens of the design critique process in this first installmen…
Feedback is also one of the most underestimated tools, and often by assuming that we’re already good at it, we settle, forgetting that it’s a skill that can be trained, grown, and improved.
There’s another advantage of asynchronous feedback: written feedback automatically tracks decisions.
observation, impact, question, timing, attitude, form, clarity, and actionability