Deep Innovation

Neurodivergence is at the core of creativity (slides, in-depth webinar). Striving to be popular is incompatible with being creative. This is either the truth… or it is a case of autistic black and white thinking.


Neurodivergent people and teams:

  • Adhere to idiosyncratic moral value systems rather than social norms
  • Are okay with exploring ideas that upset the “social order”
  • Spend much more time experimenting and implementing ideas that others would consider crazy or a waste of time
  • Have untypical life goals: new forms of understanding, making a positive impact, translating ideas into artistic expression
  • Autists in particular have unusually developed pattern recognition abilities and an unusual ability to persevere

In the Asch conformity paradigm, autistic people were found to resist changing their spontaneous judgement to an array of graphic lines despite social pressure to change by conforming to the erroneous judgement of an authoritative confederate.

The unConference on Interdisciplinary Innovation and Collaboration (CIIC) recognises neurodivergence as the substrate for innovation and offers a neurodiversity friendly environment for tackling challenges that go beyond the established framework of research in industry, government and academia.


Neurodiversity related CIIC results

Melbourne, June 2018
Exploitation of autists at work

Blog, 14 November 2017
Trust vs capital

Blog, 28 September 2017
The language of thought is underrated and the language of human speech is overrated

Auckland, September 2017
Interaction and collaboration of humans and intelligent machines

Blog, 25 June 2017
Finding a niche in the living world

Auckland, June 2017
Human scale computing

Blog, 30 April 2017
From the busyness of innovation to the creation of value

Blog, 25 April 2017
Designing filtering, collaboration, thinking, and learning tools for the next 200 years, see also related poster at the inaugural conference of the Cultural Evolution Society

Melbourne, March 2017

CIIC-off Melbourne, January 2017
Neurodiversity – the core of creativity

Auckland, December 2016
Making information interactive

Auckland, September 2015
How do we need to redefine economic progress? What is value?