Date of release: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tim HarfordThe magic of mess is the subject of a public seminar at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 14 December.

Tim Harford, a senior columnist for the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4's More or Less, will be making the case for leading messier lives. It is free to attend and all are welcome, with registration details below.

"The urge to tidiness seems to be rooted deep in the human psyche," he says. "Many of us feel threatened by anything that is vague, unplanned, scattered around or hard to describe. We all benefit from tidy organisation, up to a point, but the trouble with tidiness is that, in excess, it becomes rigid, fragile and sterile."

In his talk, Tim will reveal how qualities we value more than ever – responsiveness, resilience and creativity – are just some of the benefits of being messy. "It's time to rediscover the benefits of a little mess," he adds.

The winner of the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism in 2006, and a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, his books include The Undercover Economist, The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, The Logic of Life, Adapt and Messy. More or Less was commended for excellence in journalism by the Royal Statistical Society in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Run by the university's Business School, the popular Big Picture seminar series gives high-profile speakers a chance to share their expert insights. Subjects include entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the economy and the media.

This event takes place at the Greenwich Campus from 5pm. Questions will follow the main talk.

Registration is essential due to demand:

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To find out more about studying with the Business School:, email or call 020 8331 9000.

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