Technology is galloping ahead at an exponential rate. There is no possibility for it to be restrained.
Today, we’re very capable of predicting certain scientific events. We know when Haley’s comet will come back and we know what happens when you mix certain chemicals together. What we can’t anticipate, though, are the cultural consequences because we have no idea how humans will adopt and use new technology. People, because of their emotions, feelings, aspirations, and ambition, are an entirely different game. Very few people can predict the future.
To achieve innovation and creativity, we must tap into people’s senses, and their perceptions, and ideas, and energies, and passions. It’s important to note that creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. It is a process; it’s not random. We must give our people the tools and resources they need. Athletes don’t compete in the Olympics without training and preparing their bodies. None of us will ever succeed creatively if we aren’t training to be the best.
A culture of innovation and creativity depends on a rigorous process of idea generation and stimulation. The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they’re valued. So it’s much more about creating climates. This requires a big shift in a lot of people.
You can be creative at anything if you don’t learn the skills that are involved. You are born with a capacity but whether you realize that depends on if you know how to unlock it.
Death Valley, California is the lowest, hottest, driest place in North America. In 1913, Death Valley recorded the second-highest temperature ever recorded in history at 13 degrees.
Life is nearly non-existent. The few species of plants and animals live just to survive. Death Valley averages less than 2″ of rain per year. But, in the fall and winter of 2005, Death Valley experienced an unusually wet period when it received 6.5″ of rain.
The next spring, something really incredible happened.
Color spread across the hottest, driest place in North America
Sir Ken went on to explain, “like the flowers on the floor of Death Valley, our world is filled with people that are merely waiting for the right conditions to bloom.”