From a macro perspective

If you want to investigate the development of mankind from a macro perspective, don’t be shy, do it at a truly global scale. And if you want to look at that development over long periods of time, why not begin with, say, the end of the last ice age, some 16,000 years ago? Too ambitious? […]

A working definition …

As a first waypoint on this journey, I sense that it is helpful to reflect on how I intend to use the term “innovation” in the course of the evolving discussion. Without further ado, I’d offer the following working definition: INNOVATION is the development and implementation of an unprecedented problem solution. Let’s see what those […]

The myth of unlimited capacity

Humanity has proved to be incredibly innovative in adjusting our living conditions to our advantage. This success story appears to predate written history, and one might draw the conclusion to our collective ingenuity was absolutely superior and capable of mastering any kind of problem. But is this really true?? Let’s think twice. Our track record […]

Innovation is all good. Isn’t it …??

We all want innovation, don’t we? The latest gadget, the more efficient manufacturing technology, a more competitive business model, prosperity and social development for all. That’s all very positive, right? Well, then think about terms like disruptive innovation, or creative destruction. They speak a different language. So maybe innovation is not all only positive? Maybe? […]

The beginning of a journey …

Innovation is widely appreciated as the source of technological progress, the driver for economic prosperity, and the stimulus of societal development as a whole. But how does innovation actually work? How does it deliver its benefits? And what are the downsides? In trying to find answers to these questions, I started on a personal learning […]