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Creative Minds Plotting a Path to the Future

The ever-accelerating rate of change is blasting us through the Information Age. And few can imagine where we're headed.

Abel Dantas
Abel Dantas
2 min read

We live in a rapidly changing world, with technology advancing at a seemingly unprecedented pace. We're all trying to cope with the vast amounts of data brought by the Information Age. However, as soon as the early 2000s, people have begun saying we entered a new era: the Imagination Age. In this age, creativity and imagination play a crucial role in shaping our future and driving economic growth.

As Portuguese poet and philosopher Agostinho da Silva so eloquently once said, "Man is not born to work, he is born to create, to be that poet on the loose." Our innate desire to create and express ourselves is one of the things that makes us human, and if there is to be such a thing as the Imagination Age, this is its driving force and foundation.

With technology automating many traditional jobs, the role of creativity and imagination in the workplace is now more critical than ever. Those who can think outside the box and bring innovative ideas will be the 'poets on the loose' creating disruption and carrying the world forward.

Much like how 20 years ago, we looked at the world through the lens of the Industrial revolution, everyone is now grasping at straws trying to understand and profit from the Information Age, and few have stopped to realize that the party is over. We are yet again on the verge of another massive transition. Or are we?

Breeding creativity

The coming change in the education system is a topic of great fascination and concern. How can a system modeled after industrial-era thinking be re-structured to equip people to create rather than produce or perform? Teaching someone to think divergently is no easy feat. And early approaches might feel much like teaching trained dogs how to howl at the moon.

I expect the classroom to move from the factory into the laboratory stage, and for students to have individualized curriculums. We need to encourage people to take risks, embrace failure, and view challenges as opportunities for growth. And, of course, we need to create environments that foster creativity, such as co-working spaces, incubators, and accelerators.

Creative warfare

Creativity, imagination, and curiosity are words that elicit fuzzy feelings. But sadly imagination is not peace and love, and people will do all kinds of ''bad'' things creatively. Studies indicate that creative individuals are more ''morally flexible'' and more likely to suffer from social alienation. So creativity can be both a blessing and a curse.

One need not go very far to find circumstances where great creative genius can lead to great harm and destruction. The conception of the atomic bomb during World War II is one such example of disastrous consequences.

The Imagination Age offers a path to a vibrant future. But is it just another moniker for an ongoing process that is ever accelerating? Let us hope that our imagination leads us to the Age of Understanding and not to the Stone Age.

📚 Some References

(1) The Sovereign Individual - Mastering the Transition to the Information Age - James Dale Davidson & William Rees-Mogg
(2) The Age of Imagination - Coming Soon to a Civilization Near You - Charlie Magee
(3) The Dark Side of Creativity - Francesca Gino & Dan Ariely
(4) Creativity and Social Alienation: The Costs of Being Creative - Zhang, G., Chan, A., Zhong, J., & Yu, X.

🍬 Keywords

Creative economy, knowledge economy, innovation, creativity, imagination, conceptual thinking, design thinking, divergent thinking, 21st century skills, future of work.


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