My name is Oliver Broadbent. I work with leaders, organisations and teams to build their creative skills and capacity.
I believe that most individuals are more creative than they think, and most teams have more creative potential than they realise – they just need some help working out how what they do already is creative and what they can do to build on that latent creativity.
Through my writing, podcasting, speaking and training I aim to help people to lower barriers to creativity and increase creative output – I call it creative catalysis.
Not just for engineers
I learnt my trade working with engineers, and trained as one myself, but most of what I write and train about creativity is universally applicable. I try to draw on those things that we as human beings are capable of doing, regardless of our role in life.
This website started as a blog of a year living in France studying engineering. I like a pun, and the name stuck. Over the years it has become the space where I have captured a lot of my thinking about a wide range of topics, and has been where my writing about engineering, creativity and practical philosophy has coalesced.
One of the creative principles I teach is to collate and share working drawings, sketches, and ideas along the way, even if they don’t make it to the final cut. Offcuts are the creative seeds or missing links that other people just might be searching for. So this site is my collection of offcuts, working thoughts and musings. Some of it may be very useful.