The Words on Wonder concept is simple, I interview a host of creatives, magicians and scientists about their work and how they cultivate & share wonder. They are all people who have inspired me in my own work or just made me go “Wow!”
Elizabeth Wright is an Australian Paralympic Medalist, Keynote and TEDx Speaker, and writer. She speaks in schools and organisations about disability, inclusion, and character. She also writes for the Guardian and Huffington Post, as well as blogs on Medium, about disability.
John broke the world record for paper aircraft distance in 2012; a record he still holds. Author of four books of original designs, John has been called the world’s foremost expert on paper airplanes. His planes are recognized around the globe, and one was featured in the movie “Paper Planes”. His books have been translated into... Continue Reading →
Stuart Scott is an Influence and Deception consultant. Stuart has worked as a theatre manager at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, been a professional stage magician in London, Germany and South Africa, and worked as a magic consultant. He spent 10 years at the British Council, the UK’s international education and cultural relations organisation. This work included time as a speechwriter, and 2 years posted at the British Embassy in Baghdad advising on the development of an Iraqi national education strategy, as well as a period supporting UK training in Afghanistan. Stuart also has extensive experience working with the British military and NATO on issues of cultural engagement, influence and information management. He now advises corporations on counter-deception.
Nathan Sawaya is an award-winning artist who creates awe-inspiring works of art out of some of the most unlikely things. His global touring exhibitions, THE ART OF THE BRICK, feature large-scale sculptures using only toy building blocks: LEGO® bricks to be exact. His work is obsessively and painstakingly crafted and is both beautiful and playful.
Tom is a research scientist trying to understand how embryos develop into animals. He started life as a single-celled embryo in the small town of Battle on the south coast (of ‘Battle of Hastings’ fame). Since then, science has taken him on many adventures and to many places, including Boston USA where he trained, and... Continue Reading →
Yesim Kunter is a play expert and a futurist. As a consultant she develops “playful” experiences for Fortune 500 Companies, Universities, and Communities by applying ‘Play Philosophy’ to products, lectures, environments, communities, culture creation and market research with future scoping. She has developed ‘PlaytoInnovate® Workshops’ in order to train organizations with diverse backgrounds from kids to professionals for leveraging Creative Thinking and held talks at prestigious conferences such as World Innovation Convention, TEDx. Previous to her consultancy she had worked for Toys R Us, Lego and Hasbro as a play futurist.
Daniel Simons is a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois where he heads the Visual Cognition Laboratory. His research explores the limits of awareness and memory, the reasons why we often are unaware of those limits, and the implications of such limits for our personal and professional lives. In addition to more than 100 scholarly papers, he has penned articles for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education (among others). In 2010, he and his colleague Christopher Chabris co-authored the New York Times bestseller, The Invisible Gorilla.
Tom Noddy introduced the world to Bubble Magic via television in the early 80's. Before that, he spent a decade inventing and developing this astounding art.
Elizabeth Loftus studies human memory. Her experiments reveal how memories can be changed by things that we are told. Facts, ideas, suggestions and other post-event information can modify our memories. The legal field, so reliant on memories, has been a significant application of the memory research.