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- April 1, 2020: Vol. 14, Number 4

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Mapping out new ways of thinking: Without new perspectives we risk falling into dangerous traps

by Arno van Grondelle

Could the way we currently look at the world be harming us? Does it stop us from forming important new ideas?

These two key questions were posed to delegates at our Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Europe conference this year by Chris Kutarna, a social scientist from Oxford Saïd Business School, and the co-author of Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance.

Kutarna told attendees at the conference, which took place in Barcelona over 11-13 February, that we need to change the mental maps we use to plot our thinking. If we fail to do so, then we run the danger of never looking at problems or obstacles differently and so always applying the same failed methods to address them. In short, we need to find out where our blind spots are and fix them.

Kutarna used the example of the Fourth

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