Future Squared Episode #104: The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, talks Messy (part 1)

January 13, 2024

Future Squared Episode #104: The Undercover Economist, Tim Harford, talks Messy (part 1)

Listen on iTunes: goo.gl/sMnEa0Listen on Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/future

Tim Harford is the author of the bestseller The Undercover Economist, Adapt and The Logic of Life and is a member of the editorial board of the Financial Times, where he also writes the “Dear Economist” column.

Tim has just released his Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, which New York Times bestselling author, Adam Grant, says is utterly fascinating. The book celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead.

He is a regular contributor to Slate, Forbes, and NPR’s Marketplace. He was the host of the BBC TV series Trust Me, I’m an Economist and now presents the BBC series More or Less. Harford has been an economist at the World Bank and an economics tutor at Oxford University.

Malcolm Gladwell says that “every Tim Harford book is a cause for celebration” so with adulation like that I simply coudn’t get Tim get away with just a 30 minute interview when there is simply so much to talk about so he’ll be joining me and by extension, you again next month for part 2 of this interview.

But first, I bring you part one with the one, the only, Tim Harford.

Topics discussed:- Tim’s latest book – The jazz composition that almost never was… and Black Sabbath- Why clean organisations are often slow moving organisations- The connection between messiness and creativity – Our self reinforcing social media bubbles – Should we be moving to hybrid organisations?- Using chaos and messiness as an offensive weapon in business- Is inbox zero a waste of time?

Show Notes:1) Tim’s Website: timharford.com2) Tim’s books:- Messy: timharford.com/books/messy– The Undercover Economist: timharford.com/books/undercovere…ist-strikes-back/– Adapt: timharford.com/books/adapt– The Logic of Life: timharford.com/books/logicoflife3) Tim’s Twitter: twitter.com/timharford

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Steve Glaveski

Steve Glaveski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Collective Campus which he established to help companies and their employees to create more meaningful impact in the world in an age of rapid change and increasing uncertainty. Steve also founded Lemonade Stand – a children’s entrepreneurship program, wrote the Innovation Manager’s Handbook vol 1 and 2, hosts Future², an iTunes chart topping podcast on corporate innovation and entrepreneurship and is a keynote speaker. He previously founded HOTDESK, an office sharing platform and has worked for the likes of Westpac, Dun & Bradstreet, the Victorian Auditor General’s Office, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Macquarie Bank. Follow him at @steveglaveski and Book a free 15-minute call with Steve to talk through your innovation objectives.

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