“Learn more stuff. Empty minds bring empty results!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
One of my favorite trends I’ve covered for a long time has been the issue of knowledge.
For example, back in 2011, I observed that the volume of scientific knowledge was increasing exponentially:
…. the rate of discovery based on research into gene variants for common diseases is increasing rapidly: One or two were discovered each year beginning in 2000; thousands were discovered in 2007. “This knowledge reorients the entire medical system, from one where patients are treated once they are sick to one where patients are treated for what they are likely to develop as a result of their genetic makeup. The volume of medical knowledge is doubling every eight years, and similar changes are occurring in other trades and professions.”
It is now estimated that with Covid-19, the volume of medical knowledge is now doubling every 78 days, up from eight years pre-pandemic. Similar fields are seeing similar exponential growth rates.
A world of continual knowledge acceleration means that the knowledge you have today won’t give you what you need to thrive tomorrow; survival depends on keeping your mind in fit-top shape. That’s why continuous learning has gone from a quaint management concept decades ago to a necessity today – leading to the reality that learning is what you really need to do to earn a living.
I certainly try to pursue this idea, chasing new concepts and ideas on a regular basis. The more things I tinker with, the better positioned I am; the more I explore, the clearer the path forward might be; the more I question, the greater number of answers I might have. The more I play, the more serious the opportunity I discover.
Filling your mind with new ideas? Maybe you should play more too! If creativity is the root of all innovation, and play involves creativity, then there must be a deep connection in there somewhere. And in fact, one of my favorite authors wrote a book exactly about that opportunity: “Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World.” Two quotes are observant:
“When human beings create and share experiences designed to delight or amaze, they often end up transforming society in more dramatic ways than people focused on more utilitarian concerns.”
Innovation? It is found in:
“….people mucking around with magic, toys, games and other seemingly idle pastimes.”