Clearing the Mind for Creativity

John Kao

Come with me to Harvard. My classroom is like many others at the business school. An amphitheater with five rows, it boasts a half-dozen blackboards and a screen that descends from the ceiling with the push of a button. The setting is casual and comfortable, yet also conducive to drama. I lower the lights and ask my students to shut their eyes. I begin to read a story that contains scenes depicting life in the not-too-distant future.

“Picture yourself in five years,” I tell the class. “Are you alone or with another person? Where do you live? Where do you work? What are you doing right now? What do you ...

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