13 01, 2019

Curiosity killed the ape: are wild or captive orangutans more creative?

By |2019-01-13T12:59:46+01:00January 13th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

In the video above, I discuss a fascinating set of scientific studies which investigated if wild or captive animals are more creative. I often ask myself the difficult questions, like how creativity evolved. That's why I was so thrilled to find out about the researchers who have made some startling discoveries about curiosity in animals. [...]

22 06, 2017

Give us Your Lions!

By |2017-06-22T19:38:48+02:00June 22nd, 2017|Innovation|1 Comment

Command-and-control, top-down organizations have the most trouble innovating. In particular, the fearful mindsets that review, align, and sign off on “decks” to be presented to Vice President-level colleagues often edit out the insights and recommendations that have the power to grow the business in new ways. These well-trained, obedient keepers of the status quo are [...]

1 06, 2017

Curiosity: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

By |2017-06-01T16:56:06+02:00June 1st, 2017|Creativity|3 Comments

Albert Einstein generally did not like school, but this all changed when he was 16 at Aarau High School, Switzerland where teachers nurtured his curiosity and encouraged him to ask a lot of questions and even express criticisms. He not only became popular among his classmates but imagined what it would be like to ride [...]

8 05, 2016

How are chains made?

By |2017-07-31T16:35:41+02:00May 8th, 2016|Curiosity|1 Comment

You see them everywhere in industry, hauling some of the world's heaviest loads. But have you ever wondered how metal chains are actually put together? In today’s Curiosity Sparks episode, we’re going to look at how metal chains are produced. Learning new knowledge about how the world works, especially of industries outside of your expertise, has been [...]

5 05, 2016

How is German Beer made? And how it prevented innovation

By |2016-11-04T10:38:07+01:00May 5th, 2016|Curiosity|0 Comments

The cleanest tasting, highest quality beer in the world has to be from Germany. [Editor's note: Ok, perhaps I am a bit biased] In today's Curiosity Sparks episode, we're going to look at how beer (and German Beer in particular) is produced. And the interesting duality that developed between a focus on quality and it preventing innovation. [...]