The future of innovation lies in the strengthening of connections and relations between the individual’s external reality and the internal functioning of the mind/brain, and among our social networks. All that is exists, and the potential for all that will be is emerging from (1) the hierarchy of invariant forms in the human cortex, (2) associative patterning throughout the mind/brain, and (3) new forms of social networking that are making exponentially increasing information patterns readily available to growing numbers of people around the world.
We are learning from ourselves. For example, object oriented programming emerged from a growing understanding of the invariant forms in the human cortex. As we continue to push the edge of this understanding, we find that there are six levels in the cortex, with each higher level storing invariant forms relating to but not additive of forms stored at the lower levels. Further, along with billions of connections throughout the mind/brain there are continuous connections upward and feedback loops downward through all six levels of the cortex. And everything that comes in through our senses is complexed with and valued by all that is within in a continuous learning process. Nothing is static in life. There is a continuous creation of new combinations of patterns emerging from the mind/brain and introducing new ideas into the physical world. Then, when these new ideas are visible to others—communication to a larger whole through words, actions and products—the same process that was inside the mind/brain now occurs outside as social networking brings together invariant forms of colliding ideas in a virtual brainstorming process.
Knowledge is best considered as the capacity (potential or actual) to take effective action. Innovation is the presencing of ideas, whether by an individual or through a group of individuals. From the individual perspective, there is expanding knowledge on ways to access the patterns that are continuously re-combining (complexing) in the human unconscious, which is arguably a million times more powerful than the conscious brain. For example, meditation practices that have the ability to quiet the conscious mind can allow greater access to the unconscious. A second example is inner tasking, a wide-spread and often used approach to engaging the unconscious. This is when you tell your unconscious to work on a problem or question as you fall asleep at night, then lie in bed the next morning as you wake and listen to your own, quiet, passive thoughts. A third example is hemispheric synchronization, the use of sound coupled with a binaural beat to bring both hemispheres of the brain into unison. What occurs is a physiologically reduced state of arousal while maintaining conscious awareness and a doorway into the subconscious. The idea is to tap into the creative power of the mind/brain. Couple this with the rise of social networking and collaborative entanglement and imagine the potential for creativity and innovation!!!