The importance of being messy

Oh some of us are really going to enjoy this one. It’s fine to be messy folks. Well, that is what I am optimistically reading into the wonderful title of this lecture. Tim Harford, the FT’s star economist will be asking: “Have the forces of tidiness marched too far? Would we all benefit from being a bit messy?”  In Harford’s view, we need to be tidy up to a point. But in some areas of life, too much order makes things rigid, fragile and sterile. Yes, we agree with you, and what a time saver not to be tiding all the time. Also,  research shows that people are more productive and creative in an office if they are allowed to surround themselves with a bit of clutter. Oh, that is really good news. Tim Harford for Intelligence Squared on Tuesday, 6th December, 7pm, Royal Geographical Society. Tickets here … tim-harford



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