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The Ape in the Innovation Room – guest post from Arupa Tesolin

The title of this post reminded me of the phrase, ‘the elephant in the room”*. I have thought of the role of technology in creativity and innovation of late, and how we may be pulled away from an essence of creating because of the draw to and structures of technology.
Do technology and our view of it inhibit our creativeness? On the eve of World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 I thought this may provide an interesting thought piece to share.
I contacted the author, Arupa Tesolin, and was granted permission to repost her blog.  Minor wording changes appear in (brackets). The bolding is mine. Arupa’s  full original post can be read at https://intuita.com/ape-innovation-room/
What are your thoughts?
The Ape in the Innovation Room

The Ape in the Innovation Room
https://intuita.com/ape-innovation-room/

Every day … another technology, AI, robotic or virtual reality topic … makes the news. All seem to be products of an extremist polarized cultural perspective that views technology as the hallowed impact of our time. Technology has become the dominant alpha.

The way we think, imagine, create and see the world has become partial, limited, incremental and commoditized. Many of the above technologies fit, fixate, extend or elucidate that worldview …

…The fundamental problem is that we have not organically changed the way we think, feel and view the world.

Our mass cognition is … surface oriented, … material. Nearly everything we create arises from a lean or critical thinking view of profitability, sustainability, and meaningfulness. We … have machined and refined (our) hunter-gathering (behaviour) to (become) technological agriculture without consideration for environmental or species consciousness.

What’s missing from this view is access to a deeper (layer) of human experience, one that extends our deep cognition to the level where we can perceive different possibilities. This is where (profound) more viable paradigms have their birth.

Certainly, our geniuses, Einstein, Tesla, others, have gone there.

Shallow consumption and shallow thinking are non-sustainable and ultimately self-exterminating.

There is a level of mass-produced conversation and economic speculation about deep cognition in machine learning and artificial intelligence that seems to want to choke off alternatives. The prevailing view is that no infobit should remain unturned and insights into every literal data crevice are gathered. Presumptions about their significance will be made primarily by machines. And privacy be damned by the way.

But my sense is that we’ve stopped short of looking into the mirror at our own cohesive shallowness….

We are the ape in the innovation room.

Even in innovation itself. I observe often that … organizations have a tendency … to be continually breathing out, managing processes or developing outputs. There seems to (be)… no breathing in, reflection, enjoyment or pleasure; a hapless result of our speedy time. Consequently, innovation is more like forced construction than creation. Unfortunately, I see that as a road to depletion.

What is deep cognition? It is the state of cohesive mind/heart entrainment in human experience — a wholeness state. Mindfulness is (an)  entry gate to being present. Beyond presence is a deeper kind of awareness, a wholeness experience where our state of existence is more complete and has more space for creative experience and for each other.

Embarking on our own deep cognition will forever change us and the future. Intuition, imagination, and vision become more visible and frequent in this state. (Deep cognition) … enable(s) us to perceive and inform ourselves with new ideas that are … whole and … centered on quality of our lives and future, rather than (focused on the) quantity of our lives and future, as is the current predominant root theme. ( With deep cognition) our solutions, products, devices, and UX will be radically different (than what they are today).

…Divisions between them/us, gender, race, and culture (will also change with deep cognition). … We are one team, one family, one humanity. And we have not dared enough of ourselves to (alter) the limited critical thinking view that is the hallmark of our age and the result of our (current) education system.

Dare we? This is (a) disruption that festers … right in the face of our technology-vanity.

What do you think? What can we do to change this?

 
*The Elephant in the room is an English language idiom that refers to an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss or a condition of groupthink that no one wants to challenge. (Wikipedia)
 
 

Arupa Tesolin is the founder of Intuita, author of Ting! & creator of Intuition MindWare. She is a speaker, deep innovation trainer & consultant helping people in intelligent organizations transform from within. Reach out to her using the contact form on this site.

The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development | LIGTT: Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies

The main purpose of the 50 Breakthroughs study is to identify where game-changing technologies are most required. The study’s main objectives are to:

  1. Foster a thought-provoking conversation about the role of technology in solving the world’s most pressing problems, and focus effort on the breakthroughs that really matter.
  2. Provide contextual background for technologists, so that they can determine how their work can address these critical challenges.
  3. Provide decision-makers a guide to asking the hard–but important–questions.

In this study, we consulted with a large number of experts, but not all of them agree with our conclusions. We are certain that new evidence will disprove some of our conclusions and analyses. Still, we are sharing our findings because the problems we all seek to address require urgent action, and we can’t wait for perfect data.

Source: www.ligtt.org

Reading this report absolutely qualifies as a WCIW 2015 activity, on the proviso that you take some action as a result.  Game?

This Melbourne company’s secret to success? Cardboard boxes | SmartPlanet

See on Scoop.itCreativity and Learning Insights

MELBOURNE — Inspired by the humble cardboard box, a Melbourne toy company has found a way to encourage creativity in young children.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

Mr. PotatoHead for boxes.  This toy inspires children to create together in collaboration.  Notice how the toy maker uses toy packaging to enable exploration rather than have the package go to waste (as in many toys).

See on www.smartplanet.com

Scientists Discover Source of Imagination in Human Brain


Do you remember playing pretend when you were a child? A stick became a sword while a playground became a castle. This ability to use your imagination persists when people create art, invent tools and think scientifically.

Marci Segal, MS‘s insight:

The purpose of this research is to program machines. Will our creative freedoms be further restricted or enabled by this?

“Our findings move us closer to understanding how the organization of our brains sets us apart from other species and provides such a rich internal playground for us to think freely and creatively,” said Alex Schlegel, the lead author of the paper, in a news release. “Understanding these differences will give us insight into where human creativity comes from and possibly allow us to recreate those same creative processes in machines.”

See on www.scienceworldreport.com