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Being a near compulsive collector of CDs/ DVDs and books some might consider my 'space' cluttered, which it is not of course. This book allowed me to rethink what I was doing with my 'space'. Interestingly there is a section referring to left handed people, of which I am. I was raised along side an ex navy grandfather that taught me to be prepared i.e. clothes, shoes etc well in advance. That lesson has stuck with me all my life. This book will help others to define their path going forward.
Interesante, en ocasiones hace honor al titulo y llega a parecer contradictorio. Un libro más sobre la diversidad màs que sobre el desorden, no edperes que justifique tu caos de salon para reconfortarte....o si
After reading Harford's 50 Inventions book, I'm making my way through his other books and this one is very informative and goes in a lot of different directions with topics all under the same theme of messiness. We often think of it as a bad thing, but Harford points out what some of the benefits can be in different contexts. From e-mail organization, to war planning, political communication or music the unscripted can certainly have its benefits and in several significant cases has changed history. An interesting read for anyone who is curious about learning new and random things!
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform our Lives (2016) by Tim Harford praises disorder in getting things done and being creative. Harford is an excellent economics writer and the presenter of More or Less, a number checking radio show and podcast.
First Harford describes how messiness, disorder and surprise help in creativity and talks about how Brian Eno made musicians do things unexpectedly. Teams are next with a foray into the brilliance of Paul Erdos and how diverse teams do better than teams of similar people. Workplaces where serendipitous meetings happen and the futility of tidy desks make the next chapter. Improvisation and Martin Luther King then get a run.
The virtue of holding the initiative with unexpected boldness, personified by Rommel is then added into the mix. Problems with targets for performance and the way people handle then are then described. The perils of automation and the crash of Air France 447 and the problems with relying on ordered systems are also described. Harford finally describes how calendars can be a prison, how there simply isn't a perfect formula for a perfect match and why we should value a bit of disorder in our conversation and that kids should play in a world with sufficient mess in order to become more resilient and more creative.
It's well written but as in Adapt the book doesn't quite hang together with a particularly strong thesis. Then again for a book about mess this is probably fine. It's a fun read and any 'loyal listeners' out there would definitely enjoy it.