Innovation is the lifeblood of humanity. Creativity is another word for innovation. For all innovation emerges from human creativity.
Even the scientific method is about creativity. The more challenging the circumstances, the more creative scientists must be. What’s interesting is, people I call “arm-chair scientists” have no idea how deeply human creativity, intuition, play and relaxation shape, influence, inform – and many times provide answers to – people who actually practice science.
For clarification, “arm-chair” scientists are people who don’t actually practice science or any other primary research. Yet these people profess knowing how science works. So they claim science’s supremacy among humanity’s achievements, when science, like all human endeavors, is subordinate to and owes many of its discoveries to creativity, imagination and play.
Creativity is the bedrock of all artistic pursuits, including science. Science shares many parallels with art. Ask people who actually practice science and they will agree. Often scientists, even when practicing the scientific method, act on hunches, intuitions and epiphanies received in the shower or behind the wheel of a car.
Paying attention to how creativity and innovation works leads to interesting conclusions. The most important to me is the seeding-nature of creativity itself.
Where do ideas come from and how do they find their way to the person who “has” the idea? You’ll notice in your direct observation of how creativity works. Notice, for example, how many people receive the same idea at the same time. Some of those people will act on receiving the idea. Some will receive slightly different versions of the idea.
This is why authors, composers, and other artists are sometimes frustrated when another artist succeeds with an idea they were “planning” to execute.
The framework Copiosis is based on, was developed by Larry Mason. He is nearly as old as Jacque Fresco. He spent 40 years (again, nearly as long as Jacque) putting together basic tenets of the Copiosis Organization, NBR, Net-Benefit as a concept and more. We at Copiosis created an algorithm to replace the Copiosis Organization he had designed, then wrapped a transition plan around the idea.
This is why I believe people must be completely free to follow their passions. Individuals are the source of humanity’s best inspirations. A central committee, no matter how well-educated or how large, can’t direct how, where, when or to whom the next best idea will come. That’s why I’m a strong advocate for stigmergy.
Innovation is not a scientific process. It appears messy and chaotic. Random even. In actuality it is a well-planned and organized process originating from the same place our dreams, thoughts, ideas and scientific discoveries come from.
Harnessed deliberately, the process can create the extraordinary. Every extraordinary human act results from this process. The conscious mind plays a very minor role in the process.
And that’s the problem, isn’t it? Our society prizes conscious focus on “reality” while ignoring and even demeaning creativity’s source. But there is a renaissance afoot. Copiosis is part of that renaissance.
I’m a part of that renaissance too. As are many of my friends. The world is getting so much better and at the vanguard of that better-becoming are people who indulge in their imaginations.