Carin Ism

I work on the forefront of governance innovation, devoted to upgrading the tools available to distribute power, make and enforce decisions. I am the co-founder of the Future Of Governance Agency (FOGA), which officially opens its doors in November of 2019. I provide talks and workshops on power and governance-related topics and offer advisory services to governments and IGOs. I am the faculty in the future of governance at the Nordic branch of Singularity U, as well as in blockchain. Before this I was Director of Research at Bitnation where i delved deep into the civic tech space. Previously I was Executive Director of the Global Challenges Foundation where I, among other things, ran the biggest global competition to date in the field of governance innovation.

If you’re involved the reimagining power and governance, 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."