3 Things You Can Do

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Quotations to think about

“I call it The Law of Conservation of Mystery…”

“Intuition is data too, but it’s data of a different kind. We can’t ask intuition to adhere to the same rules or patterns. The scent of a rose is real data coming from the flower — but does it help me draw the flower?...”

“To improvise, there’s effort involved, but it’s a different quality of effort. It isn’t easy to improvise. To keep paying attention to what is coming at you requires constant deep practice. And there’s risk involved as well…”

“As our knowledge and understanding grows, so does our awareness of what we don't know…”

Can we open ourselves up to different ways of knowing? It’s complicated and difficult and uncomfortable. And for me, that’s what we’ve got to work on...”

“Reality surpasses my imagination by orders of magnitude...”

Show notes

Rob makes things up as he goes along, for a living. Every time he manages to get people to relax control and allow more free space for unexpected good things to happen, unexpected good things do happen.

It doesn’t solve everything. It’s not easy — in fact, it’s very difficult. But in Rob’s deep professional experience across a wide range of contexts, it often makes things better.

“The thing I’m interested in is making our controlling myths visible to ourselves,” Rob explains. Take urban design. “You could create a completely different city-experience, but in order to do that, you've first got to be aware that there's a whole set of unconscious choices and mechanisms and ideas and values and aspirations that control what a city is now…And you've got to be curious enough to ask: How might we do it differently? And what would it take? And what might result from that?”

Rob invites you to join him on a quest to discover and play with our most controlling myths. He’s especially keen to learn alongside people who bring perspectives from highly controlled situations...

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