Change – the battle of order against entropy

Change can be described loosely as ‘things are different after’; it manifests itself as a modification that occurs over a (longer or shorter) period. But how does change come about?

Combination & decomposition

Despite the lack of frenzy action that is the hallmark of living organisms, the inanimate world surrounding them is no stranger to change. It only takes more time for combination and variation, for degradation and decomposition to make a difference.

Birth & death

As living beings, humans share the properties that characterise the animate world, including birth and death, growth and ageing, and agency.

Our needs for innovation

Against our best effort, the order that we seek to establish does not last forever; as if a ‘hidden force of anti-order’ would systematically undermine all our endeavours. This ‘force’ takes many forms as it harnesses a variety of mechanisms.

Our means for innovation

The innovation engine is the centrepiece of our innovation capacity, yet we have more means at our disposal – ranging from basic, like variation and combination, to sophisticated, such as birth and growth.