Thursday, August 25, 2005

Innovation Addiction

Things are changing so rapidly and in so many ways now in the early 2000s that one can actually pursue or focus on innovation or change as an entity unto itself. Since so much innovation occurs in technology, it is possible to mistake technology as the critical part, but technology is just an interesting substrate, the innovation is the key part.

Even though technology is maybe just the most active substrate, there is some causality at work in that the minds and value systems of the technology world are more geared to the pureness of thought and ideas, openness, inclusion and creativity in the way that other substrates such as business and politics are not.

Why is innovation so addictive? There are at least two reasons: innovation's inherent dynamism and capacity for transformation. Any phenomenon with dynamism and movement is intriguing, think of fire or coastal tides for example. Movement implies growth, newness, regeneration, the cycles and patterns of life. The property of capacity for change is also captivating, the unstated promise of progress, improvements to life, more effective ways of perceiving, of interacting, of being and doing and living in this world and others. Innovation is exciting because it suggests new experience.