“The future has a way of arriving unannounced.”
– George Will
The smartness of the team is smarter than the smartest in the team.
At today’s IDDRI conference Innovative Society for the 21st Century, Paris, Development Minister Pascal Canfin concludes:
‘”Earth resources are limited. But other things are unlimited: human intelligence and human stupidity. Up to us to choose!”
Far too often, I see innovation workshops turning into market trends worship. But if innovation is about lateral thinking, breakthrough, disruption, then surely trends that are merely the extrapolation of our present circumstances are not going to be of much help.
Enter the Dragon:
“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
A while ago, I listed different ways to express the three classic horizons of innovation. Thanks to my friend Yolandé, I came across this other one, from another time, almost another world:
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
Francis of Assisi.
Returning from the MIT Energy Initiative conference in Rome, I roam the small exhibition at Leonardo Da Vinci airport, where prototypes of some of Leonardo’s many flying machines have been built according to his designs.
As I study the last one, a curious device called ‘flapping wing’ (right) designed to lift the board and the person standing on it who actions the lever, I stumble on this instruction that Leonardo wrote next to his drawing: