Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Some points from Night with a Futurist – Dr. Todd Siler on the “Future of Innovation”

The Basics

Creativity & Communication

Openness - the key element.
Critical Thinking


References to books:

Think Like A Genius
The Change Handbook
Closer To Truth
Innovation Explosion

Apply Best Practices In All Operations
Streamline Operations Process
Improve Effectiveness & Efficiency of Work
Use Proven Tools of Thought for Stimulation Innovation
Manage All Resources Optimally and Responsibly

Knowledge is understanding our mistakes
Wisdom is learning from them.

How far into the future do we need "to see" to change certain patterns of human behavior today that work against our development as human beings and that weaken our humanity and sense of civil society?
1 minute? 1 month? 1 year? 10 years? 100 years? 1000 years? 10000 years?
How do we prioritize our actions in changing these destructive patterns?

If success or failure of the planet and of human beings depended on how I am and what I do... How would I be? What would I do? - Buckminster Fuller, The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Next step of human evolution: Cooperation, not competition.

The Innovators Challenge

What does a "sustainable future" mean to you?
How would you describe it?
What will enable us to sustain it?
What do we need to do differently today in order to achieve it?


"Sustainable Development is development that meets the needs of the present without the compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs into the indefinite future, using currently available technology, and that also respects other species need to survive and thrive. Sustainability is humans turning junk into resources faster then humans turn resources into junk."

forum for the future

The Innovation Process Is Naturally Messy.

How the "Head" or Front End of Innovation Really Works! "Know yourself".
Understanding "fear." Not fearing understanding. Fear shutdowns innovation.

LEARNING isn't just about experiencing new ideas and information. It also TAKES TIME TO REFLECT ON YOUR EXPERIENCES-applying what you learned.

All kids are inventors. HP

"We're all born geniuses." R.Buckminster Fuller

Genius sees through things and sees things through.
You can never make the obvious obvious enough!

Art is the representation of thought.

Express it.
Show it.
Model it.
Demonstrate it.
Understand it.

If I listen, I will forget. If I see, I will remember. If I do, I will understand. Chinese proverb.

Making virtually everything meaningful.

Four Steps of Metaphorming:

"What I cannot create, I do not understand." Richard P. Feynman
"The future never just happened. It was created."

Give yourself The Green Light to Innovate!
Open Your Mind: "Unchain Your Brain!"
-Transcend Compartmentalized Thinking
-See The Bigger Picture of Your Innovation
-Envision New Possibilities for Innovating
-Be An "Expert Novice"

Genius is everywhere, everyday, in everyone in every way imaginable!

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