Science – a great innovation

What makes a great innovation? It should certainly generate value for society. That is, for many, many people. It should also have a lasting impact. And maybe, in retrospect, it could have changed the course of history? Now that’s a tall order. Examples, please. Taming fire – offering light, heat, new access to food, and […]

How much innovation can society cope with?

Earlier on I posted that innovation essentially is change that generates value for society. From that perspective, society should just embrace every bit of innovation it could get hold of, shouldn’t it? However, there are two fundamental obstacles. The first elephant in the room is of psychological nature, I’d call it “change fatigue”: the very […]

Is growth inevitable?

We all tend to believe that mankind is on a path of continuous progress and ever-increasing prosperity, driven by good fortune and human ingenuity. Is that just wishful thinking or could it actually be true? I started looking into this question from a macro perspective in my previous post. I talked about the work of […]

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 […]