Australia’s growth, when our living standards, when our
incomes will be determined by the human capital, the
intellectual capital that all of us have. By unleashing our
innovation, unleashing our imagination, being prepared to
embrace change, we usher in the ideas boom.”
~ Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, 7 December 2015
The APS innovation snapshot 2015 highlights some of the clever new things being done in the public sector
In an immensely insightful piece titled “Two Modes of Thought,” Bruner writes:
There are two modes of cognitive functioning, two modes of thought, each providing distinctive ways of ordering experience, of constructing reality. The two (though complementary) are irreducible to one another. Efforts to reduce one mode to the other or to ignore one at the expense of the other inevitably fail to capture the rich diversity of thought.The Gift of Storytelling and
Each of the ways of knowing, moreover, has operating principles of its own and its own criteria of well-formedness. They differ radically in their procedures for verification. A good story and a well-formed argument are different natural kinds. Both can be used as means for convincing another. Yet what they convince of is fundamentally different: arguments convince one of their truth, stories of their lifelikeness. The one verifies by eventual appeal to procedures for establishing formal and empirical proof. The other establishes not truth but verisimilitude.
A story (allegedly true or allegedly fictional) is judged for its goodness as a story by criteria that are of a different kind from those used to judge a logical argument as adequate or correct.