In [Dr. Neethling's] work in more than 30 countries and which spans two decades, he has witnessed an overbearing close-minded perspective on innovation---as if innovation is predominantly a discipline of ‘things’.
He goes on to say:
The shaping of a better planet for all of us is and will become even more complicated and unpredictable and therefore we will need a new kind of wisdom, courage and purpose-driven passion to innovate for the benefit of all.
What's needed? "Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation."
....the groundbreaking innovations of the 20th century...served only the needs of a few. Naturally we have to continue our pursuit of cutting edge technology, ideas and systems. but the context in which these innovations take place, is and remains the fundamental issue.
Of all the innovations ....the one that comes the closest to heart and mind innovation and the one that considered the context of the dramatic changes that the innovation would bring with immense sensitivity is the creation of a new South Africa.
In a television series that I wrote called ‘Creating a miracle’ I highlighted the critical factors which led to this unique societal innovation.
- A rare integration of spiritual, creative and pragmatic leadership
- A bringing together of opposite visions into a single shared vision
- The creation of new symbols, values, attitudes, principles, customs and practices (and the letting go of the traditions, norms and conventions which would obstruct or frustrate the creation of a free and democratic society)
- Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation
- An extraordinary insight into the essence of the innovation that was required
As my mentor Paul Torrance said many times: “Creative people can perform miracles but they are always in danger of crucifixion”
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