2025, the algorithmic year

By 2025, you’ll be recruited through an algorithm. By 2025, your current daily work will most certainly be performed to a large extent by another algorithm. In fact, by 2025, you will probably work in tandem with the latter, adapted to your personality, to your professional habits and goals. But you, what will you be doing in 2025 ? Read more

Cultivate your hunches

Hyper-creative geniuses, those who – working on their own – come up with great innovations with a momentous “Eureka!”, don’t exist. Great ideas, great innovations, begin incomplete, like partial glimpses of what the final picture will look like. Some mature over time, establishing new internal connections and gaining in power and clarity, while the rest fade away. Read more

Combinatorial innovation

The invention of printing by Gutenberg in the 16th century is a classic case of combinatorial innovation. All the key components of printing had already been developed long before him, particularly the press, which was originally a grape press. Therefore, Gutenberg’s genius lay not in his inventing the principle and the elements needed for printing from scratch, but rather in borrowing a mature technology from a completely different sector and using it to solve an unrelated problem. Read more

What is the difference between creativity and innovation?

Innovators who succeed are first and foremost creative. A study published in the Creativity Research Journal has recently summarized those traits which are common to creative people. They tend to be better at identifying problems than at solving them, they’re generally more passionate and sensitive. Most of all, they’re far more curious and intellectually open. These three traits are more significant than IQ, schooling and motivation in predicting creative potential. But creativity alone is not enough to innovate. Read more