The da Vinci gap

Imagine a future guided by the principles found in the pre-computation era of science-fiction (everything before the 50s). A culture that tackles the holistic challenges, where social changes are cherished and respected, — a culture in which innovators and leaders understand that vision, passion, and creation are the backbone of the progress of development. Imagine a world where we’re being led to fully explore the potential behind the promise of a better-united life.

A world where we break thought fixation and shape our future.

The present evolution

Concepts, dating from the 20th century and before are evolving, becoming more refined and, sometimes, useful. The 2016 package-as-a-reality-show-and-push-it-to-the-masses is all about super smart little things we never knew we needed. Big players promise artificial intelligence and virtual reality. And super-thin, big screens.

Simply put, what sounded terrific but really turned out pretty crappy the last time around keeps coming back, improving with each iteration.

Heros without vision dragging us down

Traditionally the vision of the future was always strongest among those who weren’t afraid to explore their own imagination. They described a potential and took responsibility for creating a situation that can lead to it.

Unfortunately, many leaders have dismissed their responsibility for the future and lost their appetite to think big. These heroes without vision are busy analyzing and planning, while others (think Google) are building for immortality. These heroes without vision, powered by siloed vision, are fragmenting our reality and building a new circle of ideological wars.

The rebels of futures past

Giving the power of new knowledge to people who aren’t really interested in possessing a particular kind of experience can be tedious and hard work, bordering on impossible. Steve Jobs(the head of some kind of fruit company) helped move us from the clumsy technology of central computing and code interfaces to the friendly environment of the Mac and the iPhone, mostly based on a few ideas and a firm belief.

Jule Verne, Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert weren’t afraid to break the mold, imagining a future much unlike their current present. They didn’t tell stories. They made stories, shaping the ego of our self-beliefs.

Reshaping the present, shaping the future

The future doesn’t really exist. The feeling of time is a cognitive fiction (Gell-Mann) The future and nothing but the information processed by the individual and the collective — and the way we will process this information — will dictate our understanding of it.

Being an optimist is easier when you know how to isolate negative trends. Once free from them, we need to imagine what we want and then dare to experiment and think freely. We gain knowledge and wisdom when we try and fail. Even as we become aware of our weaknesses, we also become more vigilant and transformative.

Humanity proved this over and over again, even so, our journey had just begun, we believe that as deeper we’ll look at the challenges we’re facing; as better the reality we will build.

We need to believe that the best solutions to a problem are not hitting it with everything we have, but by viewing it from all possible angles. If something does not work for it’s intended purpose, it might work for something completely different.

(r)Evolution can start with the simplest idea. We need to dream big dreams and believe in at least one. Da Vinci did.