Through the arch / with some new ideas #blogpost

14 Jun


Packed bags, boarding pass printed, garden tidied, emails done, sort of sorted. Not really though. Never really sorted, more of a continual cutting of the grass and sweeping of the leaves. It will need doing when I get back. It always does.

Been taking stock recently. What’s important all that sort of stuff. Writing again, thinking. That’s it thinking. Really thinking. Often we don’t get time to do that. To take time out. To think and to imagine. To exercise your imagination. To have ideas. Ideas that have value as Ken Robinson puts it, is to use your imagination creatively. How often do we do that. I don’t mean short term problem solving. What to have for tea, shall I open that email now kind of thinking. But more proper thinking.

In my previous life, working in the NHS we had to do lots of quick thinking. Examination, taking the history, asking the right questions, doing the right tests, which x-rays to take, what to prescribe, working out what the potential diagnosis could be. Putting the findings in the ‘surgical sieve’

Yep that’s the term for it. Throw all the findings in, all the test results, all the history. What falls through? Forget it. It’s not relevant this time. What’s left behind? – there’s your answer. The stuff that stays in the sieve needs to be investigated further. This will lead you to a diagnosis.

The same is true for me now. Only this time it is a creative ‘colander’ not a sieve. And this time I am throwing in ideas. The rubbish ones fall straight through. The ones that are good stick around, and in time can stick to each other. This stickiness stops them falling through the holes. So the ideas can grow and be further worked on and put through the tests. To see if they are the correct ones. The right diagnosis. The ones that have value – and are creatively imaginative.

This process takes time, and you have to force yourself to have ideas. To exercise your imagination.

It is what I have been doing recently, and I know TEDxYork will further help with this in terms of allowing some of those ideas to be challenged and tested, and for some more to be thrown into the creative colander. This is good. I am looking forward to it. As some may stick around and be really worth exploring with time and energy.

So through the arch the picture shifts, it constantly changes, and here I will sit until it gets dark. Then go inside. Turn off my computer and wait to be picked up. As in I the morning I am going to Dresden, to see our show and to meet friends at the Annual meeting of Platform.

Ideas will happen. Some may stick around. The ones that do, I will tell you about. The ones that don’t I won’t

Til later


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