Co-created by Prof. Csikszentmihalyi
FLIGBY was co-created by Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the man who gave Flow to the world.
Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (29 September 1934, Fiume, Italy – 20 October 2021, Claremont, US) pronounced “me-HIGH chick-sent-me-HIGH-ee,” is one of the greatest psychologists of our age. He was a legendary pioneer of Positive Psychology and the father of the world-famous Flow theory, as the first to describe and name the special state of mind when the skills and challenges are in balance. The FLIGBY project’s development was completed in partnership with him.
Many people have been inspired to creativity by the ideas of Csikszentmihalyi. But only a few people know that the Flow theory’s widespread use results from “an unusual association.” In 1993 Jimmy Johnson, coach of the Dallas Cowboys, showed the book on Flow to the camera during the break of the Super Bowl, explaining that the ideas in that exceptional book had significantly contributed to the team’s preparation. It was a good reference, as the team won the Super Bowl that year.
Csikszentmihalyi made significant contributions to the business application of Flow in his 2003 book – Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning.
The New York Times writer Richard Flaste called Csikszentmihalyi “a man obsessed by happiness,” and in a society likewise obsessed, Csikszentmihalyi became known as something of a guru. Followers regularly hold meetings devoted to Flow theory in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and government officials have been examining how to translate the idea of Flow into public policy.