The Creative Contrarian: 20 "Wise Fool" Strategies to Boost Creativity and Curb Groupthink

  • 4h 44m 57s
  • Barry Abrams, Roger von Oech
  • Gildan Media
  • 2021

The wise fool is the archetypal contrarian known for his creativity, irreverence, and humor. He looks at life in unorthodox ways and pushes back against the status quo. Throughout history, powerful decision-makers (Egyptian pharaohs, Chinese emperors, Persian sultans, and European kings) consulted wise fools to question the assumptions that kept them mired in stale and obsolete solutions.

In The Creative Contrarian, best-selling author, speaker, and toy designer Dr. Roger von Oech provides listeners with a "Wise Fool Guide" to challenge established procedures and engage in creative thinking.

Roger shows how to gain the confidence to speak up in "groupthink" situations - and boldly present a different perspective. From laughing at your most beloved ideas to test their validity to adding constraints to problems to reveal new solutions, he offers a framework for creativity that works in business, design, education, and anywhere new ideas are required - and appreciated!

Together, these jewels of insight will help you see things from the wise fool's perspective!

In this Audiobook

  • Part I - Meet the Wise Fool
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 1: Buck the Crowd
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 2: Flex Your Risk Muscle
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 3: Laugh at it
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 4: Seek other Right Answers
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 5: Keep Playing with it
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 6: Reverse Your Perspective
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 7: Fool Around with the Constraints
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 8: Build on an Odd Idea
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 9: Look for Ambiguity
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 10: See the Obvious
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 11: Use Your Forgettery
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 12: Drop What's Obsolete
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 13: Kiss a Favorite Idea Goodbye
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 14: Revisit a Discarded Idea
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 15: Find What's Out of Whack
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 16: Stop Fooling Yourself
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 17: Exercise Humility
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 18: Imagine the Unintended
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 19: Develop a Thick Skin
  • Wise Fool Strategy # 20: Shed an Illusion
  • Part III - Use Your Wise Fool Know-How