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Fig. 1. James Mason and Sue Lyon in Lolita (1962) Directed by Stanley Kubrick

‘I could use a colourful swimming costume’.

This pegs the following ideas:

Interconnectness
Complicatedness
Uncertainty
Ambiguity
Conflict
Societal Constraints

And recalling the authors Mason & Mitroff (1981)

However, I need to visualise this.

Perhaps the actor James Mason (in his Nabakov role of Humbert Humbert from ‘Lolita’) with a Russian girl called ‘Olga Mitroff’.

Everyone around them are wearing colourful Versace swimming costumes whereas their’s are plain black. She is black and young, suggesting the ‘complexity’ required here and they are standing on the end of a springboard, like walking the plank, and holding hands to give me ‘conflict’ and ‘connectedness’ even disaproval from those around them and so ‘societal constraints’. All I need to do now is peg this further with an orange flavoured fruit Polo. And then be able to add a couple of relevant sentences to each. Assuming there is a question from which this ‘mind dump’ can provide some detail.

Why does this all matter?

I’ve been learning in B822 how to apply a variety of creative problem solving techniques to business problems; both the theory and practice says the the problem you are dealing with has to indicate all the above to warrant a creative problem solving approach.

Beyond the exam I can and will apply this to what I do which has in the past been solving communications problems using creativity in the execution of ideas.

REFERENCE

Mason, R.O. and Mitroff, II. (1981) Challenging Strategic Planning Assumptions, Chichester: Wiley

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