When you’re brainstorming. When you’re typing. When anyone is describing something important or difficult to you. (But not while you’re driving!) No, seriously. Research has shown that our brains can’t really multitask, and also that […]
Normally, these I² posts are about things I do to boost my creativity. But this one is about something I didn’t do, and regret, although I’m not quite sure I knew I should have done […]
In order to be able to connect the dots between random and seemingly disconnected things—a key element of innovation—you must know at least a little about a lot of things. The single best way I […]
Wired’s recent article Measuring and Visualizing Interdisciplinarity has a fascinating diagram of how various fields of medical research have merged and morphed over a span of seven years: (It’s the Fourth, so I thought the […]
There are many examples of great innovators accomplishing the seemingly impossible.
The latest one I came across is the story of Telstar—the world’s first communications satellite.
Weekends are for relaxing. It is an absolute must in order to make the next week as productive as it can be. If you feel you have to work the weekend, at least block out […]
And don’t eat at your desk. I’m not sure yet what length of time is ideal, and it’s probably different for everyone. But 15 minutes is too little, I’m sure. I’d like to suggest that […]
No, really. Build a submarine, a plane, or (if you’re a carpenter) a manned rocket which you will personally pilot or travel in. The concept occurred to me last week when something made me recall the CEO of the […]
I’ve spent a good part of my career doing product reviews and analysis in one form or another, so some of you who know me may perceive a bias towards the topic of this last […]
“Simplicate. Then add lightness.” —Colin Chapman “Everything should be made as simple as it can be, but no simpler.” –Einstein (paraphrased) Inspiration and credit for the title goes to Flying magazine and its I Learned […]