Technological Innovation and the Power of Imagination

Era of the Spinning Wheel, 1400–1800

Breakthroughs in science, architecture and technology stem from an immature, introverted curiosity about the transcendental unknown.

Technological innovation, in industry terms, means adapting to the changing needs of the global landscape by thinking creatively outside of the norm, and incorporating processes that add value to a distinctive brand in responsibly meeting those changing needs.

Disruptive innovation, according to Clayton M. Christensen [The Innovator’s Dilemma, Boston: Harvard Business Press, 1997], is the rapid evolution of the business model.

Innovation cannot happen without the capability of imagination, and the space for new ideas and concepts to grow. An active imagination is playful, and unhindered by the limitations and laws of time and physics. Sāṃkhya philosophy refers to this transcendental consciousness as puruṣa.

I recommend, thus, to locate the way forward we must often introspect, and identify with our own ethical values.

Societal submergence in pervasive media propaganda of consumerist culture implies that a sense of complacency can develop in submissive compliance towards the perception of the status quo. The dynamics of “groupthink” can often undermine our own ethical decision or moral obligation.

I reiterate the necessity to overcome the obstacle of “groupthink”. If your own confidence and recommendations are challenged and eroded by what you think other people think, then you may never make any progress in accommodating your authentic and ethical values.

This topic follows on from my commentary regarding active dreaming in deep sleep, whereby the experience of active dreaming is that which connects our consciousness to the transcendental void. Your imagination represents a magical, safe harbour for docking shipments of technological innovation, and its transcendental nature can be expressed as Tat Tvam Asi.