pondering on life
A philosopher at heart, I like to spend a lot of time of thinking about humanity, culture, technology, innovation, design, business, and their various intersections. Below are a few of the things that I tend to focus on, write about, and speak about.
Busting boundary walls
One of the key insights from our postmodern enlightenment is that our realities are largely constructed. We create and define the reality in which we live by culturally and individually choosing our boundaries. Unfortunately, those boundaries crystalize into impenetrable walls as they manifest into rules, cultural norms, beliefs and values that are largely hidden from our awareness. These walls prevent better ways of living from manifesting because that hidden quality makes them extremely difficult to acknowledge, let alone change. Methods for exposing these boundary walls are still fledgling but are starting to take shape through vehicles and tools such as improv, co-creation, and fireside chats.
The qualitative self
In an age of AI, Big Data, and Everywhere computing, it is more important than ever that businesses move beyond focusing on providing products and services to people, but instead, focus on providing the "right" products and services for people. That will require nothing short of a focus on the confluence of values in our global world and ensuring we that we focus on providing the best quality of experiences for humans. Quality begins with values and we'll need to learn how to harmonize with the best of those values (the virtuous of the lot) to the best of our ability.
Innovation is being able to manage the degradation of a great idea. Regardless of what you've dreamed, that dream will transform from ideal to real through compromise and challenges. To ensure that the real is as close as possible to the ideal, you must have a great process with great governance and great people. Every time.
Innovation is execution
Design has become an overly complicated web of buzzwords, consulting methodologies, various job titles, and endless advice on the most minute of things. Design is not rocket science. It's time we stop treating it that way and provide clarity to the market.
Design is like writing. It's a skill that anyone can master & everyone should. We need to help everyone be a better designer.
We spend far too much time trying to "own" our creations. We tend to perfect our ideas in isolation, wait as long as possible to share our perfected concepts, and then when we finally share them, we use that moment to influence others to say "yes" to whatever it is we've done. I believe this is highly ineffective and that we should, instead, be sharing our ideas with others as early as possible. Messy designs leave room for possibility and discussion. Collaboration allows us to harmonize around the possible and find something that we can all take pride with.
Co-creating the future
Research has become overly focused on truth, finding the perfect product or solution that meets the perfectly understood needs and requirements of the customer. The reality is that life is contextual and striving for perfection is a fallacy. Instead, research should inspire the best in us by showing us the creative potential in the world and the realm of possibility. Perfect research plans with perfect research samples are completely irrelevant and a complete waste of time.