This current pandemic has highlighted how ‘inventiveness comes out of necessity’.
From the homemakers of PPE, masks and gowns, to the collaboration of high tech engineering
companies to make respirators, we have seen hundreds of examples.
All of us have shown imagination in our cooking and entertainment with quizzes, plays and
Libby Purves (a keen yachts woman) in a recent article wrote about some advice she was given
by a sailor about when a piece of equipment fails when you’re far from land:
“Think not what it looked like, think what it did.”
Interestingly, universities often say that their students in arriving in their first year have little or
no practical experience – everything they’ve learnt has been ‘in theory’.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.