I am happy and proud to share that my new book, Liminal Thinking, is now available for purchase on Amazon. Have a look!
If you know me, you know I hate traveling internationally. I mean, I like being in wonderful places but generally, I hate the process of getting there. That’s why I was excited to learn that business-class airfare doesn’t have to be expensive.
In 2001 XPLANE created an infographic visualizing the e-Business ecosystem which was one of the most downloaded things on their site. I’m still proud of this diagram and it is still valid today.
Squiggle birds is a quick exercise that you can use to get people stretching their visual thinking muscles. It takes about five minutes and quickly, clearly demonstrates how little effort is really required to make meaningful, easy-to-read images. The main point of the demonstration is that our minds are already pattern-making machines, and very little drawing is actually required to convey an idea. The mind will fill in the rest.
I learned this exercise from my friend Chris Glynn, a fine teacher who teaches fine things.
If you like this exercise, there are a lot more on my visual thinking page.
A preview of some of the ideas from my upcoming book, Liminal Thinking.
Liminal Thinking is the art of creating change by understanding, shaping, and reframing beliefs.
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Paul Chaplin of the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Group. This was one of three interviews on innovation. The published interview, which is edited, can be found on Vimeo.
Below is the unedited interview which goes into more depth.
“Dave Gray has an amazing workspace, a small building that sits behind his lovely house in St. Louis County. It’s the perfect place to create, which he does in a variety of disciplines. It’s so nice that he insists that we meet in person on a perfect March afternoon, rather than trading emails with these questions, asked of visual artists on Look/Listen every other week. It turned out to be the right choice.”
The most important thing for me is to have a quiet place with a door you can close.
Read the interview in St. Louis Magazine.
Connected Company webcast for O’Reilly media. From the description of the webcast:
“It’s getting more and more difficult for companies to handle complexity: increasing customer demands for more customization, more convenience, lower costs and faster innovation. At some point the machine breaks down and companies just can’t handle it. The connected company has the same kinds of dense, dynamic, and complex properties of well-designed cities: fast pace, high energy, rapid innovation and high productivity. And some companies are doing this today. Learn more in this webcast presented by entrepreneur and author Dave Gray.”
A webcast I did on 27 June 2013 to explain connected organization concepts to the U.S. cooperative extension, an American government outreach organization.
The purpose of government is to serve the people. Thomas Jefferson and Mao Zedong may not agree on much, but they do agree on this.
“The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.” ~ Thomas Jefferson
“We serve the people… If, in the interests of the people, we persist in doing what is right and correct what is wrong, our ranks will surely thrive. ~ Mao Zedong
Government is a service.
And we deserve better.
Read my full post Connecting government.