After graduating from Manchester University and London University, I spent six years teaching; preparing students for the Oxford and Cambridge Entrance Exam. I then joined IBM, where I trained in systems design and marketing. I was recruited from IBM Europe by a U.S. timesharing service – a predecessor of Cloud services – where I designed hundreds of computer systems for clients. I have since worked on most of the successor computing and telecom technologies from the mainframes on to EdTech games.
In the late eighties I became part of a group working with the Israeli Defense Forces and the Israel Institute of Technology. I saw an opportunity and licensed their sound digitization algorithm. Using it and off-the-shelf components I built a menu-based programming language – what we now think of as an app – to make it simple and inexpensive for small to medium size companies to add and customize voicemail, fax mail, and automated attendants using their existing phone system, and their personal computer.
I sold the business to a public company in Silicon Valley. I then spent two years teaching critical thinking – my abiding passion – at two graduate business schools. During this time, I designed the Terego Ideation Method™ as an antidote to the state-mandated, convergent thinking being taught in grades K-12 in much of the world. I have since spent hundreds of K12 classroom hours refining the method.
This method is based on my theory of learning, which is explained in my book “Hybrid Learning.” In the book I make the case that children are born with eleven Hybrid Skills – Freud’s Unlearnt Urges – which combine to unleash their high-order ideation skills.