John Findlay, Ph.D.
John contributes deep expertise to MIL in the fields of creativity, learning and knowledge creation. In his recent doctoral dissertation (2008) he showed there is a pattern to cognitive and technological development which obeys the laws of complexity – the Feigenbaum delta 4.669 – which is predictive of changes in jobs, cultures and technologies and cognition. The theory is the human equivalent of e=mc2.
He is the creator of Zing, a collaborative learning tool, and the author of numerous team learning, decision making and meeting methods including Dreams, Memes & Themes, 50 meetings to transform organizations, Children Matter, a whole of community approach to child development, Relating Well, 100 workshops for young people to explore growing up and Improv+zing, which integrates improvisation with higher level thinking skills.
John is a skilled facilitator and strategy consultant with over 30 years experience in organization transformation, leadership development, project management, team development, futures forecasting, politics, community development and the establishment of major infrastructure projects and new businesses.
He is currently writing a business book, 4.669 – the Human Number about how brains and technologies co-invent each other and a novel, Imaginary Friends, in collaboration with Abby Straus, which is a metaphor for learning how to creatively transform oneself in complex and rapidly changing times. He lives in Sydney, Australia and New York.