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Embracing obliquity at a time of radical uncertainty

I recently spoke with Dr Lígia Teixeria, CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, on the importance of understanding obliquity and radical...

Rationality will be at work this Christmas

At Christmas people will spend time with relatives they do not much like, give presents that the recipients value at less than they cost, and eat and drink more than they know is good for them. This is not completely irrational.

Economic abstractions conceal the true contours of human life

No economic model can describe “the world as it really is”.

New York’s wonder shows planners’ limits

If unplanned social interactions are the key to a vibrant city, they are also the key to a vibrant organisation.

Policy Exchange Event

On the 27th March, John spoke at an event hosted by Policy Exchange on the issues of obliquity, long-term decision making and the limitations...

Obliquity – Why our goals are best achieved indirectly – 2010

If you want to go in one direction, the best route may involve going in another. This is the concept of ‘obliquity’: paradoxical as it sounds, many goals are more likely to be achieved when pursued indirectly. Whether overcoming geographical obstacles, winning decisive battles or meeting sales targets, history shows us that oblique approaches are the most successful, especially in difficult terrain.

Obliquity – US edition

  The US edition of Obliquity is now available.   You can order Obliquity - US edition, in hardback now for £10 (incl. p&p to the UK and...


John's latest book Obliquity has now been released in many different languages, in countries all over the world. They include the US, Germany, Brazil,...

INET and Obliquity

INET (the Institute for New Economic Thinking) is an initiative kick-started by George Soros to promote a more pluralist approach to economic thinking in...

Obliquity launched in the United States

On April 14, the US edition of Obliquity was published by Penguin Press USA.  For an early review by the Wall Street Journal, click...