“Say some more about what you’re thinking,” I urged.
“Well, around this university we have all the skills you’d need to be a first-rate terrorist.”
I had encouraged the group to explore some absurd ideas, but perhaps this was not going to thrill the Powers That Be at City University London. By this stage we had several dozen other “start ideas” and when it came to the time to pick a few to work up towards practicality, there was a small group who thought there might be something in it. So off they went to cogitate.
Twenty minutes later, they came back looking rather pleased with themselves. “We’ll offer a Masters in Counter-Terrorism.”
Brilliant. So often what appear to be outrageously impossible ideas can be transformed into winners if they are given the chance.
I think this may be the outcome, just launched some three years later – an MSc in “Information Security and Risk”.
Doesn’t sound quite so daringly innovative, does it? But hopefully it will do well.