Article: Is there any value in blue-skies thinking?

Author: Martyn Perks

Now that many public sector bodies, charities and businesses are faced with the prospect of severe cutbacks in light of the government’s spending review, managers everywhere will be brainstorming to find their own ways of resolving the mess they’re in. However many of those tasked with conjuring up solutions to the mess will find it hard to break out of the constrained circumstances with any genuinely innovative ideas, especially if their only motive is to reduce waste, downsize and make cutbacks.

So is there any value in “blue-skies thinking”, which can open up new possibilities by ignoring limits and self-imposed constraints, especially in an era of austerity like now? Or is blue-skies thinking just a management cliché and an irresponsible indulgence?

Read on: Independent Blogs > Battle of Ideas

This article is promoting the debate “Blue-skies thinking is dead: long live blue-skies thinking?” at the Battle of Ideas festival on Sunday 31 October.

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