The Future Of Innovation Is To Change The World

Mr Langdon Morris

The world, you have undoubtedly noticed, is in quite a bit of mess right now.

Let’s see …. Oil and coal power the global economy, but the pollution and climate change that they produce causes increasingly difficult and challenging problems for all of us. The global economy is in a period of crisis, and there are many wars and other violent conflicts occurring around the world. A huge wave of retirees is about to burden the pension funds of the industrialized nations, while the divide between rich and poor is widening. Health care for many is inadequate, and for many more it is nearly nonexistent.


Yes, we face lot of challenges, and they become even more difficult to deal with because they are intertwined, interconnected, interlinked. The complexity of “retirement” and the complexity of “health care” aren’t separate issues, but two sides of a single coin. The complexity of “energy” and of “economics” are not separate issues, but two aspects of a single phenomenon.

Complexity itself may be the biggest problem.

So we ask, naturally, “How will we get out of this mess?”

My answer is that we will apply disciplined innovation methods that engage the creativity and intelligence of millions of people in order to master today’s unprecedented complexity, and to design solutions that will lead, eventually, to a better world.

Hence, “the future of innovation” is in helping to transform the global economy and global society. This is not a modest task, but it is the necessary one.

What, specifically, will “innovation” help us do?

Properly applied innovation methods will help us to …

… accomplish more work with less energy by making products and machines more energy efficient.

… develop new sources of energy to replace hydrocarbons and nuclear sources.

… substitute “intelligence” for “mass and energy” in all the products we consume, making them lighter in weight, and more efficient in operation,

… understand human needs, and meet them. It will help companies to be more attentive and caring, and less abusive, so that they manage and operate with more empathy and less abuse.

… to clean the air and water so we can breathe, drink, and eat, improving the quality of life for billions of humans living in substandard conditions.

None of these will be simple accomplishments, but all of them are necessary.

Innovation methods will help us understand what is real and important, to know what we must do, and how to do it; it will help us focus on the real, underlying problems of human society rather than the superficial and trivial ones.

Because the future of innovation is not about making and selling more stuff, it’s about shifting our focus from quantity to quality.

Without “innovation,” practiced at the highest levels of effectiveness, the ultra-complex problems we face may not be solved.

So “the future of innovation” is to change the world.

Article © 2009 Mr Langdon Morris. All rights reserved.

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Mr Langdon Morris

Mr Langdon Morris

affiliation:   Innovationlabs Llc

position:  Partner

country:  United States

area of interest:  Innovation purpose and methodology

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