posted by Mike Rollings
While I was on vacation I listened to this TED.com talk by Physicist Brian Cox, a professor at the University of Manchester. He explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence. Brian Cox at TED.com
His discussion about exploration links directly to our theme about insight and my hope that we can refocus on unlocking the potential of individuals. Insight is not just about another type of analytics, it is not a tool, and it is not a catchy new wave technology. Insight is about returning humanity into the workplace and into other facets of our lives. It is about appreciating the human ability to create from an invisible context that which is now visible, meaningful, and useful.
What Cox discusses is relevant to more than just scientific discovery; it is fundamental to creating a learning organization and unlocking the curiosity within all if us. Curiosity that fuels big-bang and everyday innovation.
Cox also quotes Humphry Davy. The quote captures the sadness of reducing humans to nothing more than a cog in a machine: "Nothing is more fatal to the progress of the human mind than to presume that our views of science are ultimate, that our are triumphs are complete, that there are no mysteries in nature, and that there are no new worlds to conquer."
Today we have a profound need to return exploration, curiosity, and the willingness to stumble back into the way organizations function. We certainly have not created all that there is to create. Finding a way to re-learn the art of exploration and to promote an environment that fuels human contribution will provide massive return to organizations that choose to embrace this way of being.