I wonder what 2022 has in store. I’m certainly looking forward to teaching new students and meeting my colleagues again after a couple of months away in Europe. But it’s also time to make some predictions for the year ahead. Here, then, are ten technology trends that I think we be important for me this… Read More Technology trends to care about in 2022?
In my last post I said I had been inspired to explore World Building in more detail. I’ve been building worlds throughout my career but not by that name. This post will try to explain why I am so (re)energised by the idea. We live in a world of complex problems and ideas and many… Read More World Building: Why build worlds?
Recently I had the pleasure of a couple of Zoom meetings with Alex McDowell. He is an academic, a film production designer and a world builder. Together with a small group from Hyper Island we met him after an introduction from Jakob Widerberg, one of my closest collaborators; Jakob until recently had worked for a… Read More Is World Building the ultimate constructionist toolkit?
I took a long weekend break last week and decided to do no work but to read something that might inspire new ways of thinking. I found Creating Worlds: How to make immersive theatre by Jason Warren and it turned out to be the perfect choice. This is an extremely well written handbook for a… Read More Creating Worlds: Learning from the design of immersive theatre
In last Saturday’s Guardian, Alan Finlayson, wrote a very interesting piece about how elector demands should drive political parties rather than values. He suggested that a focus on defining and working with shared values missed basic “wants and don’t wants” that all citizen’s have. We want our roads fixed, jobs created or hospital queues to… Read More Demands and needs versus values and beliefs. Exploring the connection with Jobs to be done.
Scarcely a day goes by when I am not designing or delivering learning; from Masters Level modules as part of Hyper Island’s MA in Digital Management to individual sessions in short courses for bankers and retailers. In each session I try and embrace the making/constructing and learning by doing mindset for which Hyper Island… Read More Designing the theatre of memorable learning sessions
Networks are a way of looking at many things: communication between people, links between web sites, ownership of companies, transportation and supply chain connections, marketing strategies and biological systems. There is a growing interest in Network Science, the study of networks, and at Hyper Island we have planned and accredited a course as part of… Read More Running a network study for an alumni group
Recently I have taken a great interest in the development of mind and how a constructionist view of learning might help people solve harder problems. How we learn and how we facilitate learning appear to be key to designing effective learning experiences and in the last 20 years psychologists, neuroscientists and cognitive scientists seem to… Read More Hidden Spring: A Journey to the Source of Consciousness [book review]
I thoroughly enjoyed Shawn Callahan’s Putting Stories to Work in which he describes how to teach companies to use storytelling to improve leadership and support decision making, I was led to the book by exploring how Amazon uses Narratives (stories) instead of presentations to support meetings and Callahan provides a rich set of examples of… Read More Business Storytelling and Jobs to be Done seem to have a lot in common
I’ve been working with a team of leaders at BNP Paribas in Singapore today as part of a Hyper Island Digital Leadership Masterclass together with my colleague Trechelle Ras. It’s my first time back face-to-face after nearly 10 months and although we have used many of the ideas from “before Zoom”, we’ve also had a… Read More JTBD workshop tip: “Give your customer a gift”