Anticipating our Urgent Innovation Needs

Among the dark imagination cards are some intriguing fears that point to some potential challenges to creating truly breakthrough innovations: Namely, that in a future where things continue to move faster and faster, and where we have increasing volumes of data and information that most of us can’t understand, it will be an increasingly difficult challenge to find time to imagine.

For instance, game player Moreview offered up this concern about the future of innovation:

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The need to respond at an increasingly fast pace wasn’t the only concern. Both Sasquatch and DanA offered up similar concerns about the potential for too much data to overwhelm our abilities to be imaginative.

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What these responses are getting at is that some of the external forces shaping our future–the increasing speed of change, the exponential growth of data–may make it increasingly hard to innovate, even as the urgency and need for innovation increases.

Buried in this, though, is a different lesson–one way of innovating for urgent challenges is to sense their potential before they emerge.


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