Matthew Syed is a British journalist, author, broadcaster and sportsman. The top British table tennis player of his generation, Syed competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, whilst he was also studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. During a table tennis match at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Syed ‘choked’ under the pressure of the occasion. This experience profoundly affected the course of Syed’s post-sporting career in journalism, where he would focus on the psychological effects of high performance and develop theories designed to enhance achievement. After a number of years contributing sports columns to The Times and broadcasting on television and radio, Syed produced his first book Bounce, about the secrets to sporting success, in 2010. He followed this up five years later with the more general popular psychology volume, Black Box Thinking, which became an acclaimed bestseller. Syed has also written a self-help guide for children entitled You are Awesome, along with an accompanying journal, and his latest book is Rebel Ideas, about the power of collaborative thinking.
A radical call to arms against the limited boundaries of individual thought, Syed’s latest masterwork posits the idea that only collaborative thinking can unlock human potential and help to solve the burning problems of modern society. Characteristically learned yet winningly accessible, Rebel Ideas fundamentally challenges notions of conventional success.