Creative works: Common, not economic man

Just started to publish in blog format chapters from my new creative writing project with the code name Common, not Economic man.

The book follows Max Wahlter, a journalist who decided to enter a competition asking for proposals for alternatives to the UN. Understanding that there is a tragedy of the commons but also a sustainable, regenerative future of the commons, Max set out to use the creative inventing technique of imagestreaming to invent this new World Governance, and to win the prize.

The technique of imagestreaming allows users to “visit in one’s mind’s eye” a place that has successfully solved the challenge. The technique suggests imagestreamers record their impressions and analyze and document them.

Max made several visits to this “place” and brought back som really deep insights. However, it was not all plain sailing as he realised the task asked for a lot more intellectual power than he felt like like applying. On the other hand without it he could not solve the problem.

Follow Max’s trials and tribulations to find the pot of gold – the answer to global governance on A Very Beautiful Place.


Imagestreaming – use it to check your understanding

Beachhead is an imagestreaming technique (See more here if you are unfamiliar with imagestreaming) that was designed to help people solve problems. The main question to be formulated goes something like “take me to a place that has solved the XXX problem and now exhibits XXXX”.

Having experienced the solution, one variant of the technique is to ask about how they implemented it and to go back in time.

Sometimes, however, we find ourselves thinking over a solution we already have and would like to try and implement – a solution that we got via another creative method. We have probably thought through how we will introduce, implement and scale the solution. This could be anything from a major shift at work to putting in a greenhouse at home.

This is the ideal opportunity to stop up a second and do a check via imagestreaming. Beachhead the solution asking to be taken to a place that has implemented just your idea. Take your time to go around, ask questions and look into a multiple array of angles.

Try it – you might just find a few unexpected potholes to avoid and pick up some really good synergies you haven’t thought of.

Remember to be thorough with verification and note down all questions that come up.

Let me know in the comments section how you get on!