I'm awed when someone I know or worked with does something which in my eyes is amazingly creative. When a former colleague of mine at the cabinet of the then vice-prime minister, now prime-minister announced in our What's App group she and her sister had developed a COVID-19 turn-based board game which is aimed at … Continue reading Flagging a creative effort – an awareness raising game on COVID
I'm frustrated. I have opinions about lots of things, but I am frustrated about the current state of education in Belgium, and likely in other countries as well. What's my beef? Our post-industrial world still educates for an industrial environment. We are still trying to produce as similar cogs as possible that then need to … Continue reading Our failure to educate
I don't know if you've ever been here, but I sure have, and something inside me tells me you likely have too if you have ever participated in endless online video meetings. Whether it is via Zoom, or Teams, I feel my attention dropping in meetings because of technology. And that is a problem. Let's take … Continue reading Attention spamming
I enjoy the Design Matters podcast by Debbie Millman. I don’t listen to it enough, or all the time, but when I do, the conversations are often eye-opening. As was the latest conversation Mrs. Millman had with Seth Godin. In it, Seth Godin explained why in his opinion, authenticity is overvalued. What he said made … Continue reading Overvaluing authenticity
I've been using Readwise to go through the highlights in the books and articles I read. It takes away the administrative burden of creating reference notes and because I'm able to sync the notes with my Roam Research graph, I can start writing almost immediately. And it confronts me on a regular basis with ideas … Continue reading Mastery is about doing less
Often referred to as a Zen koan, the question "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?", actually isn't a Zen koan at all. It has a scientific answer, and the answer is no. The falling will produce a vibration in the air, … Continue reading What does good communication sound like?
A paper like device I have long dreamt of a device which would be like paper, but more. A kind of paper plus device. the device would have all the advantages of paper: the tactile input, the requirement to slow down when your hand cannot follow your own speed of thinking, anchoring what you are … Continue reading The future of the iPad could be its new “Scribble” interface
In the absence of responsible politics and politicians, companies are coming more and more explicitly forward in their willingness to take up part of the role where the politicians show themselves to be absentee landlords. You can read pretty much any politics related article on this blog to understand how I feel about that lack … Continue reading The broader role of companies in our society
The same mistake as my neighbour Two days ago I was talking to one of my neighbours about learning to ride a horse. Both of us have been riding for a number of years, but neither of us started doing it as a child, contrary to our kids, who grew up riding horses. And during … Continue reading By force or by persuasion?
Even if you speak the same language Here is a lesson I only learned a little while ago … you don’t just need to be aware of the fact that people around you don’t necessarily think like you, you also need to adapt the way you express yourself to really connect with them and make … Continue reading Take your time to develop your thoughts in someone else’s words