Award-winning columnist Tim Harford celebrates the benefits that messiness has in our lives: why it’s important, why we resist it, and why we should embrace it instead. Using research from neuroscience, psychology, social science, as well as captivating examples of real people doing extraordinary things, he explains that the human qualities we value – creativity, responsiveness, resilience – are integral to the disorder, confusion, and disarray that produce them.
Tim Harford (@TimHarford) is the award-winning author of bestselling The Undercover Economist, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, Adapt, The Logic of Life and most recently Messy: How to be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World. Harford is currently a senior columnist at the Financial Times and host of the BBC Radio 4 program More or Less.
Richard Bronk is a Visiting Fellow in the European Institute at LSE and author of The Romantic Economist: Imagination in Economics.
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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".
A podcast of this event is available to download from Messy: How to be creative and resilient in a tidy-minded world
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