Oblique Strategies

November 7, 2003

in Strategic Foresight

I’d like a 1975 first edition deck of the “Oblique Strategies” by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt. Today I had an e-mail from a friend and was following links and wow had to blog it. Why? See the fun stuff below. The BBC provides context of the “place-nireland/A635528″>Oblique Strategies” This site is the effective home.

So here’s the fun stuff. Try this out… Oblique Culture(Click the Culture Tab on the right). Someone else was creative in another fashion with this version. Try this one too: Oblique Version 2 in English or French.

“These cards evolved from our separate observations of the principles underlying what we are doing. Sometimes they were recognized in retrospect (intellect catching up with intuition), sometimes they were identified as they were happening, sometimes they were formulated. They can be used as a pack (a set of posibilities being continuously reviewed in the mind) or by drawing a single card from a shuffled pack when a dilemma occurs in a working situation. In this case the card is trusted even if it appropriateness is quite unclear. They are not final, as new ideas will present themselves, and others will become self-evident.” Brian Eno Oblique Strategies

I just like these things. Sometimes they come in books like Richard Neville’s “Footprints to the Future”. These types of combinations never solve anything, yet they speak to us and get us to look in other directions.

Is there a blogging application? Look at this iteration again then hook it up to a newsreader with 1000 feeds and cycle the last 250 news items updating frequently. Throw the titles very fast at me. Enable me to change categories… eg new, tech, etc. Might be more than a toy.

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