OU blog

Personal Blogs

Design Museum

B822 Techniques Library: Keeping a Dream Diary and Working with Dreams

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 08:08

Other people's dreams are a bore.

So don't read this unless you too are interested in using dreams or guided imagery to interpet and solve issues.

I woke with two dreams and lost one; they are after all like the proverbial 'fart in the wind': difficult to hold on to.

As I think about the dream I can recall I've decided it reveals too much about my character ... and is irrelevant to problem solving at work!

CONCLUSION

If you want to use a technique that is like chasing guinea-pigs around the garden do so. I'd keep it to yourself though or at least work with the insights offered rather than the content, feelings, images and actions of the dream itself.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

B822 Techniques Library: Keeping a Dream Diary and Working with Dreams

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 08:04

A dream in which people set value in 'winning' the right to be assessed only once they have undertaken a challenge or initiation in which they have to run into an 'arena' where a coach & horses (think Wild West) is speeding around the circuit and like a game of tag must stamp their fist/hand on the roof of the carriage.

For reasons unknown seemingly because it is the end of the 'season' (period, ers, term) or ere are no (or very few) people about (audience) as the driver of one of these carriages I can, and do slow right down.

To disavow you of the apparent risk or danger the pony and carriage might be somehing brought into the 'ring' (it was open air, dusty and improvised) by a clown or dwarf (though it wasn't) as, looking at it, you can reach its roof at shoulder height, in other words, this 'carriage' could only carry one person (such as a child) I may sit atop to 'drive', or lead it/run it around the circuit, even though it is carriage-like in look and behaviour I don't recall any horses or ponies, biut it is powered (electric car or internal combustion engine).

Having 'enrolled' or help or enable a number of people to achieve/ do this task and so 'join' or have this chance to be part of the 'scene/group/exercise or 'assessment' the suggestion is, to give a particular well-known 'somebody' a chance to 'register' for the first time. I should slow right - might even come to a stop and go off for a while. The character who then raps/taps his hand/fist on the top of the 'carriage' is a 'Bill Wyman' type.

Elsewhere in this blog I have a set of 27 or so probing questions that are designed for me, the dream 'owner' to extract meaning and value - as I perceive it. I will do this exercise and PERHAPS offer it as a separate document. However, as this will of necessity touch on facets of who I think I am, the personal not just the public me, and potentially my work set-up (people-and institution) I must of course be wary of such 'exposure' and 'disclosure'.

Importantly, for B822 'Creativity, Innovation and Change' this has or will prove to be an exercise that I can offer for my next TMA; what I don't expect are colleagues to start sharing their dreams with me because to do so is highly personal. The context, people forget when considering a dream and its interpretation is the inner workings of a person and their feelings which are often contorted and exaggerated and reflect the interplay between their conscious and subconscious, their genetic make-up, and their upbringing and personal history.

Permalink 2 comments (latest comment by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 5 Jan 2012, 18:01)
Share post
Design Museum

B822 Techniques Library 'Working with dreams and imagery'

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Tuesday, 5 Feb 2013, 06:05

There's a warning on this activity, that the techniques may draw up uncomfortable events from your past.

This also highlights a major problem with such techniques:they can throw up the unexpected.

I like to think I have ample experience 'working with dreams' ; I have used them to develop story-lines and ideas, even to some degree for personal cognisance so it felt like an obvious one to give a try.

Context is vital, picking the right activity or game for the people you are working with.

How well do you know them?

It also makes me realise that I'd like to be in a working environment with the kind of colleagues and friends where I could employ such techniques.

I feel like a big fail; there are two activities suggested for problem solving, or creativity, innovation and change: keeping a dream diary and this, which offers ways to explore a dream's meanings and to re-enter and work with this environment created by your subconscious.

There's plenty troubling me at the moment but I find repeatedly that holding onto a dream is like chasing autumn leaves in a stiff breeze.

Take this morning; just a few moments awake I recall I had been dreaming and that it had been a 'good one': vivid but apparently not memorable enough. I tried all the tips in the book to recover or return to the dream: you have to place yourself exactly as you were as you had the dream. I still can't get it; I feel like MacBeth clutching at the dagger; it is always just out of reach.

By way of example I have a snippet of a dream from a few days ago: returning to the campsite after some kind of trip or activity in the woods I find my tent has gone: everything has been removed, as if I had never been there. The plot is bare. Why should I be thinking this as I return to work after a two week break?

The 'activity' is then to work with and develop your feelings about this moment, been to re-enter the dream, not simply to see what happens next but to change or influence the outcome. This then MAY offer a solution or at least an understanding of your feelings so that you can deal with them.

How to work with a dream or metaphorical image:

  • Entering the dream
  • Studying the dream
  • Becoming the images
  • Integrating the viewpoints
  • Reworking the dream

Appreciating, reflecting, looking forward and emerging

P.S. I just returned to work and couldn't have entered a more friendly environment, my desk as I'd left it.

P.P.S. I realise why I am 'losing' my dreams: stress. I'm waking up with a jolt, some unpleasant thought in the back of my mind.

Steve Jobs was hugely influenced by Zen Buddhism; this I understand would play to the importance of intuition. Intuition alone is not enough; this for Jobs was also the product of intense effort to get his head around an issue; he immersed himself in it until, to paraphrase the historian E.H.Carr he could 'hear it speak'.

20 LIFE LESSONS FROM STEVE JOBS

http://mashable.com/2011/12/18/steve-jobs-20-life-lessons/

REFERENCE

Glouberman, D. (1989) Life Choices and Life Changes Through Imagework, London, Unwin, pp. 232-6

Isaacson, W. (2011) Steve Jobs. Little Brown.

Permalink 6 comments (latest comment by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012, 22:04)
Share post
Design Museum

Apple to make an announcement on education

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012, 05:13

I'm used to commenting on the news after the event, in terms of my thoughts on what Steve Jobs might have done for education had he still been around it appears I was ahead:

http://tinyurl.com/7w6rk7l

The intention was to taken on the $8bn text book business, to give every secondary school kid an iPad preloaded with all the text books they could need.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

Level 3 ASA Swimming Coach

Visible to anyone in the world
As if I haven't got enough going on the ASA sent my results to date for the 10 part ASA Level III coach certificate. I have taken and passed 9 out of 10. All I have to do is submit a piece of Sports Psychology and I'm just about done. So a few degrees, an MA and a Level III Swimming Coach.
Permalink 4 comments (latest comment by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012, 05:17)
Share post
Design Museum

Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson Discussion Group on LinkedIn

Visible to anyone in the world
Come and join the discussion in the 'Steve Jobs: Water Isaacson Biography' group. The idea is to bring together everyone who got the book for Christmas. I'm about to stand my second read. http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Steve-Jobs-Walter-Isaacson-discussion-4236153?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Emily Blakey, Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012, 09:57)
Share post
Design Museum

Steve Jobs on the future of education

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Monday, 2 Jan 2012, 20:23

'All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time'.

Steve Jobs quoted in Isaacson (2011:545)

He also favours highly personalised online earning with loads of vide keeping class for debate and discussion. Surely the class to some degree is redundant too given the increasing quality of the online experience?

REFERENCE

Isaacson, W. (2011) Steve Jobs. Little Brown

If enough people wish to discuss Steve Jobs I'll set up a group for OU folk over in LinkedIn?
Permalink
Share post
Design Museum

What we can learn from Steve Jobs

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:47

 

IMG_1351.JPG

Getting to the end of the 600 page biography I struggle to draw a conclusion. Perhaps he was Janus like, always looking in two directions, impish, black and white, loved it or hated it. Able to bend. Loyal (at least to his wife), even to certain friends. Selective then. He was in love with the way his mind worked.

He has been instrumental in changing the world and I feel better for having followed his products, if not his crede.

My iBook died in 2011; I have to replace it. Do I need a laptop if I have an iPad though? My inclination is to have something large and powerful enough to cut movies. The 'Full Monty' a 90 minute piece, to translate scripts I've written even developed as photo journals and start bringing some of the scenes to life.

The Steve Jobs Discussion Group on LinkedIn

http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Steve-Jobs-Walter-Isaacson-discussion-4236153?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr

Permalink 4 comments (latest comment by Jonathan Vernon, Monday, 2 Jan 2012, 19:52)
Share post
Design Museum

If Steve Jobs had been around to revolutionise Tertiary education I wonder what he would have done?

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012, 22:07

Steve%252520Jobs%252520PRESENTATION.JPG

Steve Jobs launching the iPod Nano

I can see that whilst the gift of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is my gift of 2011 (on the last chapter), that I need it as a eBook.

I resisted making notes as I read 'because it's the holidays' yet now I am finding it repeatedly a nuisance to have missed a point or quote that under others circumstances I would have dutifully taken copious notes throughout. So here's one I couldn't afford to miss: From stand in CEO when Steve Jobs was ill in 2009 (but reflecting a Steve Jobs ethos)

'We are constantly focussing on innovation. We believe in the simple not the complex. We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products that we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution'.

'We believe in deep collaboration and cross-pollination of our groups, which allows us to innovate in a way that others cannot'.

'We have the self-honesty to admit when we're wrong and the courage to change'.

This is the kind of organisation I would like to work for. This is the kind of thinking needed for those studying B882 'Creativity Innovation and Change' and for H807 'Innovations in E-Learning'.

REFERENCE

Isaacson, W. (2011) Steve Jobs.

Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Susan Whelan, Monday, 2 Jan 2012, 00:11)
Share post
Design Museum

B822 BK2 Technique Library 'Other People's Viewpoints'

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012, 05:07

DSC02879.JPG

  • List three or four key people or roles
  • Allocated these to different groups
  • Get the groups to present their ideas

REF: de bono

REFERENCE

Henry, J. and Martin J.N.T. (1997) Creative Problem-Solving Guide, B882 Residential School Booklet, The Open University.

 

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

Steve Jobs iIdeas

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Sunday, 1 Jan 2012, 06:04

 

Steve%252520Jobs%252520QUOTE.JPG

 

"There's a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat. That's crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random disucussions. You run into someone, you ask what they're doing, you say 'Wow,' and soon you're cooking up all sorts of ideas". Steve Jobs after Walter Isaacson (2011:431) on the design of the Pixar building.

I'll be quoting from the Steve jobs biography often as I apply what I have learnt to B822 'Creativity, Innovation and Change', and share what he did for the world with the Apple, with Pixar, with iTunes and the iPad.

Had he got involved in education I have an idea of how he would have approached something.

Steve Jobs was the idea and for behind releasing on iTunes a box-set of EVERYTHING Bob Dylan had ever recorded; this in the Digital Age is the way forward. Even if I cannot read everything on a subject, I want it aggregated for me nontheless. I want every article or book reference in a book such as this biography, with links to every interview too.

REFERENCE

Isaacson, W. (2011) Steve Jobs. Little, Brown.

Happy 2012 folks!

Permalink 2 comments (latest comment by Jonathan Vernon, Sunday, 1 Jan 2012, 13:13)
Share post
Design Museum

My secret pleasure

Visible to anyone in the world

DSC02842.JPG

 

I get to read this twice or three times a year when I visit my mum and step father; they have copies within reach in the downstairs loo. I love the jokes and the articles I stumbleupon. I enjoy the take on technology and life for the retired. The old still have wise words. I may also have found somewhere inexpensive to stay in London during the Olympics: LSE. I'll be poolside covering the water-polo for two weeks.

Permalink 4 comments (latest comment by ROSIE Rushton-Stone, Sunday, 1 Jan 2012, 08:16)
Share post
Design Museum

Ban PowerPoints

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Wednesday, 4 Jan 2012, 05:12

They are worse than a crutch, they are a smoke screen of obfuscation, lack of nerve and even of understanding. All anyone needs to do is to get up and talk.

Steve Jobs banned PowerPoint. There's plenty of software I'd ban in favour of a napkin or the back of an envelope.

REFERENCE Isaacson, W (2011) Steve Jobs. Little John
Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Gillian Wilkinson, Saturday, 31 Dec 2011, 17:21)
Share post
Design Museum

B877 Techniques Library

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Saturday, 31 Dec 2011, 18:02

The alternatives:

I've suggested lunch, my next is the long walk.

150 problem solving techniques yet the meal and the walk are not included, yet there are still two of the very best ways to get to know someone, to hold their attention or to give them a chance to speak.

Steve Jobs did the walk, my father did the meal deal, weekend and the walk all rolled into one getting people out if London to the Lakes for the weekend.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

B822 Techniques Library: Eating Out (the business lunch)

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:39

IMG_0701.JPG

Or is each one an apple?

The 'Techniques Library' is a collection of some 150 activities or games that elicit from a person, or group (as small or as large as you like) answers to business problems, or at least ideas (potentially innovative or off-the-wall). Forty or so of these hold some appeal so I am picking my way through them; missing is the the meal, two or more people gathered for what I might describe as a 'continental' dining experience i.e. where you indulge for a couple of hours, mixing socialising with work, finding the middle ground.

Two observations:

1) As soon as you do one of the 'techniques' your starting point shifts

2) Whatever you do next comes a) with the outcomes of that activity and b) with the experience of the strengths and weaknesses of what you did.

I am reminded of the concept of 'Hilbert Space' that I became familiar with in 2000 when working for one of the most creative web agencies of the era (BAFTA, Cannes, IVCA top awards). Hilbert Space imagines a vortex full of holes; you exist in this space wearing a blindfold and holding a bag of marbles; to progress you role a marble forward, when it roles down a hole you listen out for the shin king noise, shuffle off in that direction, pause, then role another marble: this is how you find your direction, it is progression that is iterative and not in a straight line.

What about dinner?

Why has this been left out? The Business lunch is not about feeding your face at the office's expense, it is in part the experience of the meal, its pleasures and challenges, but also about the conversation and how the longer meal is conducive to so many of the things these exercises set out to achieve: shared points of view, listening, sharing, disagreeing in a non-combatitive manner and potentially leaving the table with some ideas sketched-out on a napkin (or the table-cloth). Other bonds are created, insights too on a person's tastes (literally).

Our problem in the UK (I have lived and worked in France) is that 'we eat to live, whereas the French live to eat'. We had luncheon vouchers to use and went out every day for a proper meal, we might take a work problem with us, we might not (I know setting where no business talk was permitted before the coffee). The dining room table became a meeting room.

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

Views from a train window

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Friday, 30 Dec 2011, 14:43
photo%252520%25252818%252529.JPG
Bruxelles Midi
Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

Dream Fail

Visible to anyone in the world
I need to get back into this. There was a dream that was 'project based' but I lost the plot despite my best efforts to 'retrieve' it. The trick is to drift into consciousness and if necessary shift around in bed so you are in the psition in which you had the dream: none of this worked even though i had the opening scenario my son in a football game played with a tennis ball that kept being kicked out of field. Then a Regional Manager I know made an appearance and we reconvene in a commercial kitchen. Now I draw a blank. In theory I may be able return to this moment tonight, in practice I may prepare better. Something needs to disturb your sleep without shocking you into consciousness. You can't make notes if it risks waking others either. As someone who can draw I have never found drawing a dream works, they are either too complex or shift, more importantly it is how you FEEL about the place, people and events that explains the dreams purpose.
Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

Dream Interpretation (big sis and B822)

Visible to anyone in the world
I thought I was well into my teens when I developed an interest in dreams, but as I am with my older sister she can put me straight: I was eleven. She would have been 14. So along with David Bowie, the Rolling Stones and Elton John she had me interpreting dreams. The way the wonderful way the mind does this as we talk about I recall a dream she had, even a freaky conviction that we both had the same dream and started telling each other what happened. What relevance has this to B822? Not much yet, but I doubt many people will follow through with this technique as one to solve a business problem or to generate innovation or support creativity: I plan to do so. P.S. This THIRD Christmas feasting has me helping a Project Director from the FT prepare carrots and parsnips; we try not to talk shop.
Permalink 1 comment (latest comment by Matt Hobbs, Thursday, 29 Dec 2011, 19:17)
Share post
Design Museum

What's your New Year's Resolution?

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 5 Jan 2012, 07:38

Jonahan%252520Wanda%252520Married.JPG

18 years ago our lives became wedded.

I find these resolutions from the 'well known' in Propect Magazine predictably trite?

What's yours?

Some I fail within hours, like giving up coffee! Others become a way of life, such as keeping a diary.

P.S. one seems to be made as a matter of course, every year I can wish for another year of happy marriage and family life.

 

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

B822 BK2 Technique Library Metaplan

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:33

I knew a Metaplan moderator well and become familiar with the texhnique which he taught in moderated groups all across Europe (in several langauges).

  • Cards of various shapes and sizes
  • A logical process

REFERENCE

Schnelle, E. (1979) The Metaplan Method: Communcation Tools for Planning and Learning Groups.

Business Week (1976) Industrial Edition, N0, 2436, 14 June 1976, p. 90G

'The Providence Plan' (1994) http:qqq.brown.edu/Departments/Taubman_Center/plan.ecap_ch2.html

 

Permalink
Share post
Design Museum

To think differently, live differently

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:28

Steve%252520jobs%252520THINK%252520DIFFERENT.JPG

Reading the Steve Jobs biography, without taking notes (a sin, but it is the holidays), while also studying B822 'Creativity, Innovation and Change' I am increasingly inclined to ditch all techniques in favour of 'being yourself'. This is how Steve Jobs lived; he was himself, often without compromise, therefore difficult, particular and obsessive.

Some advertising creative types are laughable because of the way they go about things yet the simple act of behaving differently over an extended period of time is bound to create in that plastic mind a slightly different mind set. All it takes for an ad to stand out is for it to be different; to be effective it has to have relevance and resonance.

Having taken no notes at all on Steve Jobs I'll be obliged to read it again, notepad or iPad by my side.

If you thought there were rules or ways of doing things then this will throw your mind. Most of us can't be Steve Jobs, to realise his dreams someone has to put the ideas into action.

Had Steve Jobs done a Myers Briggs Type inventory what would he have been?

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

B822 BK2 Technique Library 'Fresh Eye' and Networking

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:17

Don't get stuck in a specific way of doing things.

Get people with no idea of what the problem is about to take a look.

Encourage or permit niave ideas.

Makes me think of Clancy in 'Being There'.

Use the WWW. (Ask in Linkedin, Quora etcsmile

More from VanGundy (1988)

Permalink
Share post
Design Museum

B822 BK2 Technique Library 'Five Ws and H'

Visible to anyone in the world
Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Thursday, 19 Apr 2012, 07:11

A prompt to thinking.

'I keep six honest, serving-men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are What and Why and When

And How and Where and Who.

 

Kipling (1902)

 

As aide memories back of an envelope, think out loud, journalism, PR ... but somewaht limiting to the facts, so you need t oexpand.

 

REFERENCE

 

Kipling, R. (1902) 'The Elephant's Child', in Just So Stories

 

 

Permalink
Share post
Design Museum

De le Warr

Visible to anyone in the world

IMG_0783.JPG

We went to the Andy Warhol exhibition at the De le Warr 30 odd minutes along the A27 from Lewes.

The last time I had the children in the car driving them somewhere without their Mum I was running them to into Primary School.

It makes a change to see something off the screen (or in my case the page), to meet any piece of art up close, from huge paints and posters to the sketches. A little bit of London by the sea?

It had all the ingredients: the busy galleries, the requests for a few quid, the cafe and bookshop. I would usually buy a book, on Warhol or the Pop Artists, or a poster, but today, nothing. I once wanted shelves of art books, now I think to myself, even said it to the children 'we can see it online'. You can call up the images these books show-off.

I would like a copy of a 1970s board game 'Masterpiece'. My Mum, with her Masters in Fine Art from Durham University, used the game as a form of education: it worked, I know my Goya to my Hockney.

(Before we went we had long discussions about how to pronounce the artist's name. Is is Andy Warhol (as in whole), or Andy Warhol (as in Hol or hols)? It reminded me of he exhange between David Bowie and Mick Ronson at the end of the song of the same name).

 

Permalink Add your comment
Share post
Design Museum

Olympics here I come

Visible to anyone in the world
Not as an athlete, nor as a coach, but as a volunteer or 'Gamesmaker' working on the Press Office at the water- polo venue (once played, still coach and refsmile http://www.london2012.com/water-polo-arena This'll require some training in February then a commitment from the end of July to the 12th August. All I need now is somewhere to stay in London (free travel within the 6 zones). What is water-polo? Rugby in water ... but more violent! There are two refs to keep order.
Permalink Add your comment
Share post

This blog might contain posts that are only visible to logged-in users, or where only logged-in users can comment. If you have an account on the system, please log in for full access.

Total visits to this blog: 7014905