Ideas are the future

As noted elsewhere on Cibnet, ideas do not and cannot exist in a vacuum. They are informed by the past and they go on to inform the future – as long as they are made into form.

“Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way.” ~ Joichi Ito

There has been a continuous, interwoven stream of ideas handed down through generations, like the DNA in our cells, since humans started being creative, and it could be argued that primitive creative acts are what separated humans from animals in the first place, so that’s a very long time!

The way we live today is the result of human creativity – good and bad. And improving the quality of our lives will require acts of creativity linked to sustainability and environmental awareness. If the future is to be better than the past, we’ll need to be more creative, not less.

“Creativity is civilisation’s most valuable resource – and it is more than simply renewable, it inspires and feeds even greater creativity”

Developed economies around the world are moving into a post-industrial, knowledge-based future that recognises creativity as a core asset. Growth rates in the creative economies are far outstripping manufacturing and service industries. Governments and businesses have to keep pace with the accelerating changes. They need to find ways to adapt copyright legislation and management practices from outdated control-based systems to more open-sourced structures that allow information to flow.

From biotech and energy research to transportation, consumer electronics, automated manufacturing and aerospace pioneers; from architecture, art, fashion and global entertainment to cultural tourism and the production and consumption of news and information… ideas are the future.

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