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By encouraging random encounters and free-flowing conversation, coffee shops are engines of innovation. Hulton Archive/Stringer via Getty Images

Why being stuck at home – and unable to hang out in cafes and bars – drains our creativity

By missing out on chance encounters and observations that jolt 'a-ha' moments, new ideas, big and small, go undiscovered.
The general idea of personalised learning is where teachers help students understand key concepts through individualised learning and group work. from shutterstock.com

Gonski’s vision of ‘personalised learning’ will stifle creativity and lead to a generation of automatons

Many rely on David Gonski's ideas to shape the future of education policy. But his recommendation of personalised learning is a scripted, rigid version of education that will take us backwards.
Boredom has historically been an emotion both viewed as an enemy and embraced for its possibilities. (Shutterstock)

The fascinating history of boredom

Scholars link the emergence of the term boredom to European industrial modernity, and the standardization of time, repetitive labour and development of leisure time associated with it.
Metallica singer James Hetfield (left) and guitarist Kirk Hammett perform on stage during Lollapalooza 2017. Mario Ruiz/EPA

Why artistic differences in a band can be a good thing

There is a long list of bands that fell apart over artistic differences. But conflict between band members – and even some creative sledging – can be crucial to making better music.

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