The Future Of Innovation ... Integral Culture

Dr. Greg Rivera

The Circular Experience Of The Future Of Innovation

The future of innovation will be the artscientist’s capacity to integrate the diversity of critical and creative systems to address the challenges of humanity. For a half-century new transdisciplinary practitioners have been rebuilding a new artscience truncated at the end of the Renaissance. The arts and sciences are reemerging in an integral form. Artscience is gaining momentum as a synergistic research and practice leaving a wake of innovation as it moves into the future.

Soft and hard scientists are gaining insights from metaphors and mythmaking expressed in the arts and humanities. Artists and humanists are finding in the sciences a rigorous approach and new language. Also aided by new technologies artists perceive and sense the invisible and virtual worlds to evoke new ways of knowing. The reality of the world is continuously becoming. Buoyant with the human will, artscience practitioners build sensorial, cognitive and behavioural capacity. In turn, guided social capital becomes creative capital and the resultant new social design models sets the stage for organizational and cultural transformation. By witnessing our capability, we continuously enrich the places and ways we live through mindful reflection and action. In essence, we are nurturing social innovation to prosper consciously.

In a new trajectory of human development I present a strategy to build evolutionary learning communities to create the conditions for social innovation. Artscience, once articulated as conscious sociocultural evolution, becomes a practice to in-form human systems and environments in villages, towns and cites. Discovery and creativity, the source of innovation, transcend ancient and contemporary world cultural belief systems. Flowing into one another, work becomes play; dysfunctional and its intervention become leisure; the complicated becomes complex and intelligently connected; and diverse experience yields confidence.

After more than a century of influence, Eastern philosophies and worldwide ancient ways of knowing continue to be provocative in the West. People are reconsidering their relationship with nature and each other. Attuned to the need for human unity, present-day artscientists are on the path to seek life-affirming and life-nurturing practice. Future artscientists have the opportunity to create a benign relationship with human systems and nature by working in aesthetic, collaborative, creative, and sustainable modes. In essence they would be paralleling nature’s creativeness.

The ancestral knowledge of discovery, invention, and innovation finds its continuum in contemporary societies. Coherent patterns of social collaboration become evolutionary systems design. Ancestral knowledge emphasized creativity in critical ways of knowing for its survival and prosperity. Present emphasis should be on the critical understanding of the consequences of future systems. Individuals, communities and organizations can act on an emergent path to construct and organize local knowledge. I speculate that transversal values will be mindful of self-organizing ethical and transparent behavior. Ethical behavior may reflect the human and nature’s symbiotic relationship. Thus, attuned to nature, the future unfolding and endurance of human and social development will scale-up a relevant integral artscience.

Article © 2009 Dr. Greg Rivera. All rights reserved.

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Dr. Greg Rivera

Dr. Greg Rivera

affiliation:   Innovalab Bilbao

position:  Director

country:  Spain

area of interest:  new media, innovation strategy, art & science

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