All tagged Innovation

Victorian Visions of the Future Say a lot about the Power of our Assumptions

Victorian visions of the future, in artists like Jean-Marc Côté and writers like Jules Verne, we see the tension between peering into the future, while embracing assumptions about how behaviour in our present will continue onward in time. If psychological research suggests that our imagination for the future is anchored in the same mechanisms that provide our memories of the past, perhaps we unable to escape the assumptions of our time. In the end, we may find the most interesting visions of the future by deeply understanding our past and present, in order to project forward how current behaviour might evolve and change over time. Thus, it is out of the seeds of the past and present that the futures emerges. Christopher Roosen Explores. 

1,300 years of Entrenched Anatomical Thinking - Habit versus Creativity

It took 1,300 years for the anatomist Andreas Vesalius to challenge the ideas of the ancient Greek physician Galen. We hope that new creative ideas will make an instant impact on those around us. That they will sweep away ideas that don’t work or haven’t been validated. However, the reality is that we are creatures of habit. Both cognitively and socially, we build edifices around our ideas; to elevate, preserve and protect them. Creative thinking is therefore a challenge to the status quo. It breaks habitual assumptions and quests for change. 

Experimenting With Technology

A human centred design philosophy places a premium on understanding human needs first, and then shaping technology to suit. However, the creative experimentation with developing technology is still a crucial part of the innovation process. It helps discover new opportunities, weaknesses and capabilities of the technology that underpins human needs. Christopher Roosen explores.