Archives of #Ingenuity

Creative Structure: Skeletons In The Closet

So what’s your taste in skeletons? Structure is critical. I had a fascinating discussion with a friend of mine the other day. Joanna’s an ex-lawyer and writer who teaches creative thinking amongst other things, so we have a lot of overlap in where we play. The fascinating thing is where we differ, and we tracked…
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Bite the Plate: accidents breed innovation

I’m a printmaker (among other things) which means I make intaglio etchings – like this one. There are many of ways of doing this, but all basically involve etching a groove in a ‘plate’ of some sort, then smearing it with ink, rubbing that back so that the ink remains in the grooves, and transferring…
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The Matrix Is Real: Don’t choose – create

Religion is no longer the opiate of the masses: choice is. Having spent a considerable portion of my adult life convincing consumers that a 57th variant of corn flakes or mouthwash was all they needed to scale the dizzy peaks of enlightenment and transcend into a pantheon of personal bliss, I gather that there’s a…
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Warped Thinking

I  am totally, tragically addicted to WordWarp. It looks harmless enough. Basic anagram game App: 6 scrambled letters, a list of blank word spaces, 2 minutes, go.  If you don’t get the 6 letter word, it’s all over red rover. If you do, you go onto the next level and your score accumulates. SO. On…
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The Fish-Poo Innovation Model

Backyard Aquaponics is a Queensland company that combines aquaculture and hydroponics in a way that each not only cancels out the negative aspects of the other, but actually uses it as nourishment. The fish tank and gravel veggie bed are linked: the fish-poo water gets used to feed the plants, which in turn clean and…
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Garbage Farming

Kibera is Africa’s largest slum  (with over 1 million inhabitants) and one of the most spectacular testaments to the transforming power of human ingenuity I’ve ever seen.With huge limitations on land, energy, water and food, people’s survival depends on how ingenious and innovative they can be. My favourite story is of how a local farming…
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