Richard Robinson

Chaos and Creativity at Work

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The evolution of the peacock’s tail gives us a warning about good ideas that get out of hand and run away from their original purpose. We celebrate ‘run away’, as ideas both good and bad go spinning through chaos towards farce. Runaway passwords; runaway Health and Safety, runaway web pages. The Law of Unintended Consequences shows how often the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, and how sometimes the right hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, either. But we must allow it, because, as we discover, chaos is the key to invention.

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