What a great word! I want be described as antidisciplinary.

Benjamin Franklin: a happy antidisciplinarian(sp?)

I picked it up from a post on the MIT Media Lab blog about innovating in innovation – they want to connect innovators better, or something.

But the thing that stuck in my mind was this idea of defining people whose skills / experience cover multiple roles as ‘antidisciplinary’.

Being antidisciplinary sounds much more fun than being interdisciplinary. ‘Anti-‘ implies a refusal to be confined to a single discipline, which sounds like a fun thing to aspire to be.

It’s also a more useful way to be. Job roles and industries are blurring. Specialising is not a great idea unless you’re in a specific profession (lawyer, accountant, doctor – in fact, I only want doctors who are specialists).

Also, new creative ideas are always combinations of existing ideas. So being antidisciplinary = having a wide range of building blocks for new ideas.

Here’s a line from Benjamin Franklin‘s Wikipedia page:

A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

Antidisciplinary indeed.


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