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We met Elaine Rumboll last weekend at the Geekretreat, where we showed her the mock-up of Cognician’s iPhone interface. To say she was excited would be putting it mildly and so we’re looking forward to meeting her again tomorrow, when we hope we can plot a way forward that sees Elaine using Cognician as soon as possible in her executive management training at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.

We are especially excited about working with Elaine and perhaps this post from her blog on How to Create a Curious State will best explain why. Take note of her three excellent mantras:

1. Be fascinated by your own ignorance.

2. Answers don’t change the world, questions do.

3. Go slow to go fast.

We have always been fascinated by ideas. That’s why we are building Cognician – an application and a platform that makes using powerful ideas as easy as clicking on a mouse. By using ideas, we don’t mean just thinking about things. We mean putting ideas to use to do things. What kinds of things? More on that later.

Since December 2006, Barry and I have been working in some way or another on Cognician. Although the love of ideas is in our DNA, Cognician properly began life as a seminar that Barry created for UCT’s graduate school of business on critical and creative thinking. When we decided to turn the content of that seminar into software, we realised that we were creating a platform for the delivery of many kinds of content. The platform and the application evolved into what we now call, Cognician: the original thinking guide.

So how does it work? What does it do? Who is it for? What will it do for you? Until we release Cognician, and for some time after, this blog will answer all these questions and more. We hope you enjoy reading it and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.