Messy: How to be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-minded World
Saturday 1 April 2017
Weston Lecture TheatreVenue
Financial Times journalist and economist Tim Harford argues that we should embrace messiness in our lives because it is how we succeed in business and in life.
Harford uses research from neuroscience, psychology, social science and examples of real people achieving extraordinary things to demonstrate that human qualities such as creativity, responsiveness and resilience are integral to the disorder, confusion and disarray that produce them. He explains the unexpected connection between creativity and mess, why the unexpected can help generate new ideas and opportunities and how an inclination to tidiness masks fragility and can prevent us innovating.
Harford is author of the bestselling The Undercover Economist, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Adapt, and The Logic of Life. He is a senior columnist at the Financial Times and host of BBC Radio 4’s More or Less, was named Economics Commentator of the Year in 2014, and is a winner of the Rybczynski Prize for the best business-relevant economics writing.