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Dave Gray
Founder and CEO, Liminl
Founder and CEO, Liminl

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Thank you Nollind for this wonderful review of my new book, Liminal Thinking!
Review of Liminal Thinking (10/10) by Dave Gray

I cheated! So instead of reading the book Liminal Thinking by +Dave Gray slowly, savouring it bit by bit. I basically sped through it. Part of the reason was the easy format though. It's basically replicates the structure of the Six Principles and Nine Practices listed upon his book site, thus expanding each as a chapter in the book.

Reading the book, I'd say 95% of it relates to my own research on creativity. It's why when reading certain chapters, I skimmed the pages quickly because I was fully aware of what he was talking about already. Even more so, it wasn't a shock or surprise to me, as it might be to some people reading these things for the first time (as even Dave himself noted it could be uncomfortable for some to read and perform the practices). Most interesting of all were the stories he relayed in each chapter as they gave substance to what he was trying to explain.

All said and done, where Dave's previous book The Connected Company mirrored a lot of my thoughts on the Future of Work, Liminal Thinking mirrors a lot of my thoughts on Creativity and how it relates to Social Innovation through the construction and deconstruction of beliefs. It is, without a doubt, a foundational book to help people understand the emerging complexity of the world we're living within today, yet at the same time shows us how by letting go of outdated and limiting beliefs, we can step into a brighter future with more abundant possibilities and potential for everyone.

Most important of all though, relating to my own journey and research, I noticed something remarkable when finishing the book. I noticed that each of the chapters, particularly the practice ones, were elements of the creative process I had discovered myself, which I have combined together into this universal narrative. For example, the creative process is comprised of three stages: connecting, empowering, and inspiring. The Connect stage begins with setting aside time and space, asking questions which lead you on a quest, and beginning a conversation with yourself. This was mirrored remarkably by the practice chapter entitled “Ask Questions, Make Connections” and the principle chapter “Create Safe Space”.

And that relates to another difference I noticed. I've said before that this universal creative process is fractal in nature and happens at different scales: individually, organizationally, and societally. So just as an individual connects with, empowers, and inspires themselves by questioning, conversing, trusting, believing, and even finally loving themselves, so too is this process replicated organizationally. So individually, it begins an intrapersonal relationship with oneself, whereas organizationally and societally it begins more interpersonal relationships. In the book though, certain chapters like “Ask Questions, Make Connections” only provided an example of this from an interpersonal perspective, yet asking questions about everything in your own life is just as important. Hopefully to most people though, this will seem obvious.

Finally, the cornerstone chapter for me from the entire book was the practice chapter entitled “Triangulate and Validate” (which I equate with the third stage of the creative process: Inspiring). What stood out for me from this chapter was the following quote from a story which pretty much encapsulates the nature of creativity in a nutshell.

“By laying these maps over each other, suddenly things started to click. Now he understood why they were having success in some places and meeting resistance in others. Everything started to make more sense.”

“The insights in this case came not from one map or another, but through overlaying them. This is the practice of triangulation. Each map represented one theory of the world, one version of reality. It was only by viewing the situation through multiple perspectives—multiple theories—that he was able to gain insight and see the situation differently.”

Seriously, these words are so poignant to my own story, research, and development, it's unbelievable reading them from someone else. You see creative people are often described as a “multitude” because they can grasp multiple seemingly opposing perspectives at the same time and hold them in a safe space that can contain them both. This is also why I've had difficulty in describing creativity itself in the past because to truly understand creativity, you need to look at it from multiple perspectives at once as well. Thus each of the three stages of the creative process can only be truly understood by collectively understanding the multiple layers comprising each stage.

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Chris Ortiz has used tea in professional environments to break down barriers, improve relationships and accelerate initiatives. Dave Gray has a chat with him.

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I'll be chatting with +Mike Parker in a few minutes. Tune in!

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Dave Gray interviews Mike Parker about neuroliminal coaching.

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Hm. Can't see the video.

Hey everybody, the book project is almost done. You can't pre-order yet but you can take a look at the website and sign up to be notified when it's ready for pre-order here:

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Check out the cool stuff my friend Kurt Hanks is working on.
Working on a new book on Visual Note Taking.

Years ago I wrote a book called Rapid VIZ.

It was a very successful book and helped many learn the power of quickly drawn images. But over the years I’ve dramatically refined, unified and simplified my approach. It became a  tool to help people see what was formerly invisible to them – helping them gain some much needed insights and unique new skills.

And interestingly, those who caught onto what I was up to with this approach automatically started to use drawing as a part of  their thought and communication processes. I found it so easy to do that I missed its importance until some close friends reminded me of how it had so deeply affected them. Thick headed me.  I think this kind of drawing came so naturally to me that I was blinded to how it had so profoundly changed others who were new to it.

So, I listened to my friends and I’ll put this new visual process into a book.

At the core of this process is an integrated system of visual note taking for the capturing, generating, retrieving and communicating of ideas.

I’ll put this book’s ideas here as I work on them. 

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Something I find useful. Major props to where I originally got the idea. 
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