My name is Fernando Gros and I’m a London based author, thinker and maker. After working in academic, music, and photography, I’ve become focused on writing about creativity, productivity and self-development.
I’m interested in how we integrate information with lived experience and turn that into wisdom we can use to live well.
My writing covers a range of topics like culture, travel, art, technology, and education. I’m interested in the ways we can be more adaptable and artful, while leading simple lives where we aren’t overwhelmed by technology and can get through our lives in satisfying ways.
My most popular short articles are The Worst Question You Can Ask, The Noguchi Filing System, and Does Coffee Make You More Creative? If you want to read some long-form essays, I recommend Working From Home,Making A Blogging Template in Scrivener 3.0, and Why I Went Back To Paper Planning.
Or, if you just want to browse your way through all my writing, you can find everything here.
I hope the articles here help you be gentler and more open with yourself and to the world around you.
They draw from a wide range of fields, cognitive science, cultural studies, economics, history, philosophy, and social studies.
By simplifying our lives we can understand better and become more creative and productive. Our world needs this because so many of the problems we face are hard and need creativity, and so many of us have important things to say and we need to find ways to say them.
At the risk of providing “way too much information” here’s an excessively detailed biography for those of you who just want more information.
I dropped out of university to pursue a career as a professional musician. In my mid twenties I returned to full time study graduating with a degree from the Australian College of Theology, majoring in Philosophical Theology and Biblical Studies. I then enrolled in a PhD programmme at King’s College London, reading in Ethics and Hermeneutics, where I was for 4 years, working with the Dean’s office, and being the research student representative for the Centre for Theology, Religion, and Culture.
When my family relocated to India I decided to quit the PhD. After a break and then a bout of illness I returned to music, enrolling to study with Berklee College of Music’s nascent online programme, BerkleeMusic. Eventually I completed a Master Certificate in Guitar, a Master Certificate in Arranging, and a Specialist Certificate in Music for Film, TV, and Games.
I also started this blog while in India. It was originally called Fernando’s Desk, a homage to mess of papers I tried to sort through every day as I switched from academia to creative work, while adapting to life as a stay at home parent, and trying to overcome culture shock.
Since then I’ve documented highs and lows, journeys and relocations as I navigated being a parent, coping with anxiety and mental health issues, and working as a freelance writer, photographer, visual artist, and musician. This included writing a column for the South China Morning Post, traveling to photograph towns and villages in Ladakh and Rajasthan and religious festivals in Malaysia and Mexico, hosting tech and music industry events in Hong Kong and Singapore, exhibiting calligraphy in Tokyo, self-publishing a book about creativity called No Missing Tools.