In a recent meeting, the word “vulnerability” in learning surfaced. I was inspired to associate the word with several books I’d read and some life experiences — akin to how “oblique strategies” (original concept by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt) are used. [Vulnerability (in learning) will be the inspiration for my next blogpost.] Briefly, Eno and Schmidt joined forces in the ’70s to work on oblique strategies after they discovered that they were working on a similar idea. Short phrases or questions were created and printed on cards as prompts to break an impasse and forge a way ahead.
An online version is available at http://stoney.sb.org/eno/oblique.html. There are also mobile apps for these strategies. Thanks to my course peer, Jose Sanchez, from Tina’s MOOC for pointing me to these apps. I’ve installed 2 of them on my phone!
|2 Oblique Strategies apps on my mobile phone|
An excellent illustration of how oblique strategies work is how Jason Mraz uses a phrase or a song game to spark his creative songwriting process. Check out his video below. Other musicians are also said to have used them for inspiration (Wikipedia, 2014).
Again, many thanks to Tina Seelig and my fellow learners in the Creativity MOOC for generously sharing these resources with us!