March 28, 2019

Set up a space-time oasis, and giggle all you want.”

Wonderful, funny talk on creativity from John Cleese. Video and my notes below…


Two modes of operation:

  • Closed state
    • Efficient
    • Serious
    • Focused
    • War-like mentality
    • Contstant hum of stress
  • Open state
    • Play: True play is what happens if I try this?”
    • Humor
    • Relaxed
    • Freedom
    • Curious
    • Free from structure The problem is: it’s too easy to get stuck in closed mode

Conditions for creativity

  1. Space: Quiet, undistrurbed space
  2. Time: Seal yourself off. Suspend ordinary life. Play is distinct from ordinary life”. Create an oasis of quiet”.
  3. Time: His recommendation: 1.5hrs. ENough time to get into mode, then stay in it. Be prepared to tolerate the agitation that comes from not having solved the problem. Give your mind enough
  4. Confidence: You’re either free to play, or not. There’s no such thing as a mistake.
  5. Humor: Gets us from closed to open faster than anything else When working in a group, there’s a danger. It can be great . It’s easier to be creative if you’ve got someone to play with. But if there’s one person in the room that makes you feel defensive. They’ll ruin it..

Creativity in open mode should be like improv. Yes.. and

  • What if we did this too?
  • Would it be even better if
  • Go on
  • What if…?
March 18, 2019

Asking questions to frame the problem

Why are we doing this work?
or What is our motivation for building this product or service?

Who are our users?
or Who do we think would need to use this product or service?

What outcome will users get from this service?
or What problem will it solve for people?

What outcome are we looking for?
or What problem will it solve for our organisation?

What are our key metrics?
or What do we need to measure against these outcomes?

👆 5 questions to help frame a problem. From Ben Holliday

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