Jonny takes us on a journey through the rich history of idiot wisdom, and a look at why culture needs stupidity to thrive. Also exploring how light-hearted thinking can make life better for everyone.
The Rising Interview
Where are you right now?
I'm in a trendy workspace in Kreuzberg, Berlin. I just met a lovely Hare Kristnah who told me sleep paralysis is caused by ghosts.
Where do you go when you need inspiration?
David Byrne had it right when he said 'stop making sense'. Sometimes I put a pizza in the oven and just sit and watch it burn.
Idleness. A gift or curse?
It's a curse, but if you acknowledge it early on you can force it into amazing shapes.
To Bitcoin, or not to Bitcoin?
Direct transitions of sustainable currency is a wonderful idea, but it sounds complicated and I'm quite busy at the moment.
Liberal Democracy or Democratic Liberalism?
Carpe Diem or nosce te ipsum (know thyself)?
Last app opened?
Google Translate - You can make weird poems by using the microphone in the wrong language.
Last book read?
I read Animal Farm on a creaky train from Belgrade to Budapest. We rolled past all these huge derelict tower blocks and I thought 'oh you silly pigs'
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Questions are for answering, Answers are for questioning. - Sam Morley
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever bestowed?
Home is where your house is
If you could be anywhere, where would it be?
Soho on a summer evening
In the next three years what innovation will have the greatest impact on technology/business/culture?
It's nice to see robots finally making a name for themselves. I'm interested to see what happens when someone inevitably marries one.