Carin Ism

I work on governance innovation, on updating the tools available to distribute power and make/enforce decisions. I am the co-founder of How To Rule a World, a production company working to spread knowledge on power and governance models. I give talks on power and governance-related issues and offer advisory services to governments and IGOs. I am also faculty in the future of governance at the Nordic branch of Singularity U. Before this I was Director of Research at Bitnation where i delved deep into the civic tech space. Previous to this I was Executive Director of the Global Challenges Foundation.

If you do anything in the space of reimagining governance and power, do reach out. I am always interested in learning about new projects and perspectives.

Beyond this I am the chair of Effective Altruism Sweden and run a live-in hackerspace in Stockholm, devoted to grow the effective altruism community in the Nordics.

Lastly, when time allows, I make visual art where I explore de- and reconstruction in a most literal sense. You can take a look at it here.

Functional fixedness

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Functional fixedness

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"A cognitive bias that limits a person to using an object only in the way it is traditionally used. The concept of functional fixedness originated in Gestalt psychology, a movement in psychology that emphasizes holistic processing. Karl Duncker defined functional fixedness as being a "mental block against using an object in a new way that is required to solve a problem". This "block" limits the ability of an individual to use components given to them to complete a task, as they cannot move past the original purpose of those components. For example, if someone needs a paperweight, but they only have a hammer, they may not see how the hammer can be used as a paperweight. Functional fixedness is this inability to see a hammer's use as anything other than for pounding nails; the person couldn't think to use the hammer in a way other than in its conventional function."