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I had a dream ... and I blame the Open University

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Edited by Jonathan Vernon, Monday, 18 Nov 2013, 15:06

Fig. 1. A mash-up in Picasa of a 3D laser generated image generated at the Design Museum during their 'Digital Crystal' exhibition.

The image exists and is transformed by the presence of the observer in front of a Kinex device making this a one-off and an expression or interpretation of that exact moment.

'Working with dreams' and 'Keeping a dream journal' are taught creative problem solving techniques at the Open University Business School. I did B822 'Creativity, Innovation and Change' in 2012 (Henry et al 2010). I have the problem solving toolkit. I even got a hardback copy of VanGundy's book on creative problem solving.

Using your unconscious isn't difficult. Just go to bed early with a 'work' related book and be prepared to write it down when you stir.

I woke soon after 4.00am.

I'd nodded off between 9.30 and 11.30 so feel I've had my sleep.

Virtual bodies for first year medical students to work on, an automated mash-up of your 'lifelog' to stimulate new thinking and the traditional class, lecture and university as a hub for millions - for every student you have in a lecture hall you have 1000 online.

Making it happen is another matter.

I'm writing letters and with far greater consideration working on a topic or too for research.

"Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day." — C.G. Jung (Memories, Dreams, Reflections)

How to work with a dream or metaphorical image:

  • Enter the dream
  • Study the dream
  • Become the images
  • Integrate the viewpoints
  • Rework the dream

Appreciating, reflecting, looking forward and emerging


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

Henry, J., Mayle, D., Bell, R., Carlisle, Y. Managing Problems Creatively (3rd edn) 2010. The Open University.

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

VanGundy, A.B. (1988) Techniques of structured problem solving (2nd edn), New York: Van Nostran Reinhold.



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JoAnn Casey

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I am responding to your comment on my Blog regarding Richard III, and this seemed to be the best method!

You're quite right, of course.  Richard the Usurper probably should not have gone on the throne. He grabbed the opportunity when it arose.   Poor Edward IV.

I have a theory (!) that the kings and queens are the only true statemen/women who actually care about the State; unlike politicians who only care about what occurs on their watch (term of office).

My other simplistic opinion is that it is the annointing of the holy oil that 'makes' the king, not the bloodline. I think it is that sacred symbolism that makes a monarch 'different'.  And, Yes, I like that they are different.  I do not wish to rub shoulders with the Queen in Waitrose.

I, too, want to see history revitalised, not re-invented. I abhor these posthumous apologies and think it scandalous the way today's morals and standards are applied to a different era.  History (all of it, not just selected bits after 1945), should be returned into the national consciousness again.  As a nation we have a lot to be proud of.

Of course, if the reaction to recent scandals about deceased celebrities becomes the norm, Richard III will probably be stripped of his monarchy and expunged from the history books because of his alleged involvement with the murder of  the 'Princes in the Tower'.

Ok.  Rant over.  Have a nice day.

JoAnn x


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Not a rant at all. Loads of really interesting and important ideas. History should and can be a fascinating and valuable subject to study, not just to understand what took place and either understand from the perspective of that time or from the present, but also for analytical, writing and presenting skills that historians develop, in particular as story tellers. And you are quite right about Monarchy and the Queen. Am I personally a monarchist or a republican? Does it matter so long as a system muddles along in its nonsensical fashion without the extremes of any system. There are politicians so that we don't have to.