Crises and creativity
“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.“-Albert Einstein
The belief that the financial model, developed in today’s world, does not work has propagated and something must be done to solve the problem.
I’m not an expert on the subject but it seems to me that the problems cannot be solved by the same people who created them, under the penalty of becoming in the wonderful path of confirmation bias where all solutions found are hiding the source of the problem.
In a country like Portugal, not much different from other countries, if we listen to people living outside of major urban centers, the crisis seems to have chosen just a few (many). These (many) were trapped in the pitfalls of easy credit, where dreams become reality and the price paid now is fiction. What is required (legal) for payment of debts is a true horror film.
It was a single experience able to prove that we were wrong.
The fiction is a dimension of growing importance in the lives of many people and the reality is no longer an interesting thing and, despite everything, the absurdity is that some people tend to conform to this.
If for some global crisis problems is related to aspects of financial models to other reality refers to climate change.
“It is the stuff of science fiction films and futuristic novels, but the realities of climate change have forced the government in the low-lying Pacific archipelago of Kiribati to consider building “floating islands” for its citizens to live on as rising sea levels threaten to engulf the nation.
Nikumaroro Island, an uninhabited Pacific coral atoll in the Republic of Kiribati, is captured by Space Imaging’s IKONOS satellite“
While, on the one hand we seek to resolve the real problems created by the owners (with the help of the actual financial model) by fiction (it does not seem real to create more value through currency speculation than creating value by producing products and services), on the other hand seek to solve problems that seem fiction through real solutions.
Also here who have to find the solution is not who created the problem.
But it is not so simple to know what the reality is and each new fact noted must be integrated into existing facts to make them consistent.
Under an analytical point of view, the truth of a proposition depends on the agreement with large sets of other propositions, preferably all known as true propositions. There is a proper context for the coexistence of these truths.
But the truth may still be the consistency of a set of personal beliefs regarding a subject. In this case, consistency is a way to justify what we believe. Consistency is not far from the truth that almost we can only apply to logical and mathematical systems.
Therefore, so many ways to justify the truth give to fiction, sometimes, the possibility to create beliefs, in developed and complex environments, as happens in the culture of a society which favors consumerism as a way to ensure a status and whose consequence is the development of social conflicts.
Knowledge of these conflicts between people is a result of psychological processes that allow us to make inferences about what is happening inside of other people, what are their intentions, their feelings and thoughts.
But all this information is sent by the society and arrives through processes that are relatively automatic and driven by stimuli, or processes that are more deliberate, controlled, and sensitive to the context in which we are.
And almost always we respond in a reaction to stimuli that are sent to us. We consume in an uncontrolled manner to give satisfaction to a pleasure principle and we ignore the consequences of our behavior.
This may seem too moralistic, but, being true that no amount of experimentation can prove that I am sure, we have the proof that the experience of exaggerated consumerism does not result.
More important than being creative or innovative is being able to create or innovate with sustainability, i.e. with meaning and guaranteed that the consequences of our behavior are beneficial for us and for others.
If we want to make the best people in a world without balance so we must be aware that we are all responsible in building the future.
The environment of constraints is conducive to creativity. Let us be realistic and work to find solutions.
What do you think of this?
Jose Baldaia – Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2011
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