SOLVING THE INNOVATOR’S PARADOX − Part I
Many of us feel called to participate actively at bettering the human condition. However, the increasing complexity of our collective reality has in many ways gone beyond human comprehension. This no doubt increases on the pressure to innovate.
Millions of creators are working every day to solve problems and many promising solutions are emerging. But is our reality actually transforming? Are we truly learning from our challenges in a way that can prompt our society to evolve?
To answer this question, we should tap into the Historian’s Paradox, which tells us that half the historians believe that everything changes through time and the other half believes that nothing ever changes, that we reproduce the same patterns again and again, albeit in different forms. Hence the saying, history repeats itself.
BUT HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO THE THE INNOVATOR’S PARADOX?
We are bound to our current paradigm, our current culture and ways of thinking (conditioning),
we constantly, whether we want to or not, project that current culture onto our attempts to build a New Paradigm. The very act of innovating with the rational mind (what we can conceive and perceive) puts us in control and blocks any possibility of new things emerging. How could we innovate and go where no one has gone before if we stay in the known?
THE CREATION IS THE MIRROR OF ITS CREATOR
Since we don’t really transform ourselves, we reproduce the old patterns, again and again. Our deep beliefs are inexorably projected onto what we create and despite our attempt to innovate; we create a culture that keeps us within the same paradigm. This is the Innovator’s Paradox.
This is why Innovation is so hard to achieve. Shifting a paradigm is very much like freeing ourselves from a centrifugal force like gravity: it is just hard to do.
HOW CAN WE SOLVE THE INNOVATOR’S PARADOX?
HOW CAN WE TRULY INNOVATE?