The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
On Sale: October 4, 2016
Hardcover / e-Book
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From the award-winning columnist and author of the national
bestseller The Undercover Economist comes a
provocative big idea book about the genuine benefits of
being messy: at home, at work, in the classroom, and
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.
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
Stimulating and readable as it points
exciting ways forward, Messy is an insightful exploration of
the real advantages of mess in our lives.
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