How to escape education’s death valley

Yes. Sir Ken Robinson did it again.
Another great TED Talk on rethinking education.

Gotta love him.

In this new talk “How to escape education’s death valley”, he outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them.

One quote: “Teaching is a creative profession, not a delivery system. Great teachers mentor, stimulate, provoke, engage.”

Wacht this great talk on how to escape the educational death valley we now face.


In case you missed his previous talks, watch “Bring on the learning evolution” and/or “How schools kill creativity“. Or read our blog on ‘Rethinking education

What is Design Thinking

Plan B is – among others – inspired by Design Thinking.

What is Design Thinking?

“Design thinking is a powerful tool to tackle the unknown.
To reveal new ways of thinking and doing.”

Now it’s all clear to you, right?!
Nope. We know it isn’t.

That’s why this short video is a nice one.
It brings Design Thinking to life through a real-world example. Using five ‘steps’: [Read more…]

Magazine: all about innovation

Here’s our brand new Flipboard magazine.

All about innovation!

Full of articles, tips and tricks.

Written by cool people all over the world.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

You might also like our magazine about creativity.

It’s all about creative thinking in business.

View my Flipboard Magazine.


The Certainty Trap

Many organizations are aimed at certainty.
And reliability. And predictability.

We call this The Certainty Trap.
Because this mindset is one of the biggest obstacles for innovation.

And it inhibits change.

Should you care?
Yes, you should.

Because you simply cannot ignore change. 
Shift happens.

The system

In many ‘traditional’ organizations, everything is aimed at certainty, reliability and predictability. We have an urge and desire for certainty. We feel uncomfortable with doubt, ambiguity, ‘maybe’ and ‘opportunities’. We have a tendency to control it all; to reduce uncertainty: nothing should go wrong, we don’t want to make any mistakes and we don’t like risks (see our blog about the fear of failure). Owh, and we want proof. To be certain.

This urge for certainty and predictability is one of the biggest obstacles of innovation and change. New possibilities are almost the opposite of certainty; they always bring uncertainty, risk and stress. And because we feel uncomfortable with uncertainty, we prefer to continue what we always do – until we actually forced to change.

Thereby, with new things you have no guarantee that it works, no one can prove in advance whether it is valuable or useful. You may want to know in advance whether an idea will work, but with real innovational stuff, you simply can not know. So, what happens is that many new opportunities are discarded in advance, because it is it difficult to measure. Difficult to proof. But there simply is no innovation without uncertainty.  [Read more…]

Before you start making a plan…

Source: unknown...In organizations, a lot of time and effort is spent on making plans. We make huge, extended, well-thought-out plans. We think a lot. Before we start doing.

Do you know that this approach could be a huge pitfall?


Please read these two blogs before you plan to make a plan.

We wrote these for you,  to help you avoid wasting time and money
(and joy..)


Blog: The pitfalls of planning

Blog: First think, then act?

Want to know more?

Check out our magazine
about planning ‘the other way’.
Read what other people say about this.
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The value of fun, play and happiness at work

In most organizations,  
work is done in a formal, serious way.
Little attention for moods and atmosphere.

Do you know the value of  fun, joy, play and happiness at work?
These factors could be your money makers.

The system

and and thinking

Made by: GL Hoffman

So, work is done in a formal, serious way. Formal language usually prevails (read our blog about formal language: Why we talk like idiots) and efficiency is leading. Why? One reason is: it’s in our habits and routines (we’ll write a blog about that subject separately!). In ‘traditional’ organizations; we just don’t do it “that way”. There is a separation between work and private lives. Business is formal. Another reason is that  there is a strong belief that fun, play and joy are efficiency killers. And therefore, it costs money (and value is money, see our previous blog).

The survival of the Happiest

This not completely true. While happiness is of great value for people, it also has economic value and it can play an important role in (changing) behavior.  [Read more…]

The Pitfalls of Planning

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The pitfalls of planning (part 2)

In organizations, a lot of time and effort is spent on making plans. We make huge, extended, well-thought-out plans.
We think a lot. Before we start doing.

Do you know that this systemic approach could be a huge pitfall? And a waste of time (and money).

Here’s why. [Read more…]

Changing the Game

Plan B is about acting different.
Our current ways just aren’t working sometimes.
Then you need something else,
a different way to break through the status quo.

It’s about changing the game.
But what is this change about?  [Read more…]

E-book: Plan B Introduction

Plan B IntroductionWe’ve made a tiny e-book for you.

Introducing Plan B.

A brief description.
What it is. How it works.

You can download this for free.

(Oct 2014: we’ll redesign this book soon. We know it’s ugly this way;)

Download: Plan B The Introduction (pdf)

If you like, we also can send you the book in ibook format
(let us know!)

About Design Thinking

Here’s our brand new Flipboard magazine.

About Design Thinking.

View my Flipboard Magazine.