FEATURE30 January 2017

Tim Harford in seven

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Tim Harford is a Financial Times columnist and BBC broadcaster. His latest book – Messy: How To Be Creative and Resilient in a Tidy-Minded World – looks at why untidiness should be embraced. His many other books include The Undercover Economist

1. Can you explain, in a nutshell, why we should embrace mess?

Tim Harford: The argument in my book is that we have a tendency to take organisational systems – targets, scripts, structures – that work very well in ...