The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
By Tim Harford
Riverhead Books, Hardcover, 9781594634796, 304pp.
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Engrossing. New York Times
From the award-winning columnist and author of the national bestsellerThe Undercover Economist comes a provocative big idea book about the genuine benefits of being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and beyond.
Look out for Tim's next book, Fifty Inventions That Shaped the Modern Economy.
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it's important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, Tim Harford explains that the human qualities we value creativity, responsiveness, resilience are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.
From the music studio of Brian Eno to the Lincoln Memorial with Martin Luther King, Jr., from the board room to the classroom, messiness lies at the core of how we innovate, how we achieve, how we reach each other in short, how we succeed.
In Messy, you ll learn about the unexpected connections between creativity and mess; understand why unexpected changes of plans, unfamiliar people, and unforeseen events can help generate new ideas and opportunities as they make you anxious and angry; and come to appreciate that the human inclination for tidiness in our personal and professional lives, online, even in children's play can mask deep and debilitating fragility that keep us from innovation.
Stimulating and readable as it points exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of the real advantages of mess in our lives.
Tim Harford's new book Messy takes a look at how disorder and uncertainty spark creativity, by looking at famous examples of art, invention, office buildings and workspaces. More at NPR.org
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