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Thinking outside the inbox

A book of bite-size thinking by philosopher, Roger Steare, "A lighthouse, in thick fog, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse".

Thinking outside the inbox

A book of bite-size thinking by philosopher, Roger Steare, "A lighthouse, in thick fog, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse".

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Why I think we should be "Thinking outside the inbox", wrote some blogs about it and then decided to publish them in a book!

I have worked as a philosopher and ethicist since 2002. During this time I have read thousands of articles and books and written some of my own. I also have met, taught and debated with thousands of leaders at work. But what I have begun to learn is how little time we take to stop and think in a thoughtful way.

We allow ourselves to be bombarded with information. Some of it makes sense. A lot of it doesn’t. We are overwhelmed with data, opinions and prejudices. The average executive I meet has to process several hundred emails a day, most of them carbon copies, just in case… And when they’re not processing emails, they spend their time in back-to-back meetings, trying to work out why they’re there, what they should or should not say; and if they can get away with it, process some of those emails whilst making out they’re making notes.

There just isn’t enough time to think outside the email Inbox. And that’s why I decided to write a weekly blog not called Thinking Outside the Box, but called Thinking Outside the Inbox.

After a few weeks, I found that the open rate for the blog was well over 30%, which I’m told is above average. I also began to get some very encouraging feedback from readers who said they appreciated not only the brevity of my musings, but also the range, depth and relevance of the questions I try to cover. Readers also said they love the way I use other people’s quotes and also the images I use to grab their attention. This was and is deliberate and is based on the English language adage: “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

After a few months, I had a chat with my design guru Ned Hoste of The Big Ideas Collective and asked him how many blogs I would need to write to fill a book or almanac. We agreed that with good use of images, quotes, text and “space to breathe”, one blog would spread over four pages. So by July or August 2019 I would have enough to publish a book!

We also talked about references and footnotes and decided not to use the academic form of citation, but to use the original hyperlinks embedded in the blog AND also create a QR code that you could scan with a smart phone, to take you directly to the source material.

The next thing you’ll notice is that the blogs are chronological. Ned, Camilla Etheridge the editor and I tried to group them into themes, but there are too many crossovers to make any meaning, meaningful. So they’re printed in the order they’re written. This is designed as a dipping book. You can flick through it randomly or use the Contents page, it doesn’t matter. Each blog takes no more than a couple of minutes to read - unless you want to explore the referenced articles, in which case it might take a couple of hours!

The other thing we wanted to offer is a book with space to write notes or attach Stickies, if you wanted. So please feel free to make this book your own, although as I already have a beard and glasses, you won’t need to draw them on my photo!

Thank you so much for your interest and support!

“When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.”  Winnie-the-Pooh

Risks and challenges

The risks of backing this venture are low. The book is already 80% complete and has some amazing endorsements from Richard Watson, futurologist at Imperial College; and Nick Knowles, the TV presenter and award-winning writer. My first book, "ethicability" has sold over 600,000 digital copies and over 25,000 print copies, so readers seem to love my writing!

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