How to thrive in crazy times

By: Bill Lucas


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Size: 198mm x 129mm

Pages : 256

ISBN : 9781845901295

Format: Paperback

Published: September 2009

We have reached a turning point in our development as a species. In the coming decades we face significant global challenges in terms of climate change, biodiversity, food and water resources and violent extremism. At the local level, these seem like crazy times, with the speed of change accelerating faster than ever.

In rEvolution, bestselling author Bill Lucas suggests some of the ways we can all succeed in today’s complex world. 150 years after Charles Darwin invented the concept of natural selection, Bill argues that the rules of evolution are changing. To thrive in our current crazy world we need a new kind of ‘mind-ware’. Specifically we need to develop our adaptive intelligence.

Drawing on new and emerging sciences and using approaches previously applied in other domains, this book describes some of the practical steps you can take at home, at school, in the workplace and in the wider community to ensure that you can constantly adapt to new circumstances.

Bill’s analysis, optimism and suggestions for practical learning make this an essential addition to the bookshelf of all thoughtful questioning members of the species!

rEvolution was named as category winner for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the CMI Management Book of the Year Awards, hosted by the British Library.

The competition seeks to uncover the UK’s best books on management and leadership. Professor Cary Cooper, a workplace psychologist based at the University of Lancaster, and one of the competition judges added: “I found this book the most interesting to read. Change is both an interesting and hugely applicable topic for a management text in the current climate.”


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Bill Lucas

Professor Bill Lucas is Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning. With Guy Claxton he created the Expansive Education Network: an organisation of schools that share a common view of the goals of education. These goals are outlined in their seminal book, Educating Ruby.

Building Learning Power with The Learning Organisation.

Read Bill's article in FE Week.

UKEdChat Podcast - Episode 13 - Teaching Creative Thinking.

Click here to read Bill Lucas' interview in Nursery World.

Click here to read Bill Lucas' article - Teaching creative thinking: Advice and examples'.

Click here to read another article by Bill Lucas - Why knowledge isn't enough'.

Read Bill's article in TES An open letter to Nick Gibb: 5 myths about creativity


  1. `The focus on adaptive intelligence - and the need for managers and leaders to let go - is crucial to surviving this recession. I commend Bill Lucas for another thought-provoking book. A must have for anyone who is rethinking their approach to business.`
  2. `There are few people that I would trust to hold up an umbrella and lead people to their varying destinations, but Bill Lucas can do this even for people, perhaps especially for people, who don`t know where they`re headed and where they might end up. But armed with an insatiable curiosity about people, life and learning, Bill gives us new clues, provides us with helpful constructs and tells us some charming stories, all of which become our aids and friends as we battle to make sense of the crazy world around us and build our own futures.`
  3. A deeply compelling argument for a mind-ware revolution with the potential to equip individuals and organisations with vital capabilities for navigating and adapting to the uncharted waters into which we`re all sailing.
  4. A treasury of invaluable ideas and advice on living and learning more effectively with the reality of change in the 21st century. Its variety, energy and expansiveness is a delight. I thoroughly recommend it.
  5. Not just a book, but a generous compendium of practical ideas; so generous in fact that you`ll surely thrive on just a fraction of the suggestions Bill Lucas offers up in this compelling book.

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