Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed, 2019

The Gist

The author, a journalist, uses well-known examples of situations where narrowness of experience limited the ability to fully understand and thus solve a problem.

What’s Good

Diversity shouldn’t be restricted to demographic features, like gender, race, age, sexual orientation or religion. It needs to be a diversity of the mind, or cognitive diversity.


Echo chambers occur when our own beliefs are regularly repeated by the people that surround us, whether in person or online.

Something to Try

There are two types of innovation – the first is painstaking and incremental, the second is ‘recombinant’ innovation – where you take ideas from different fields or backgrounds, and join them together.