How does innovation happen? Is there a basis for innovation? How does radically novel technology arise? What lies at the heart of invention? What is the nature of the key insight in the process of invention? Is invention in science and mathematics different than in other types of technology? How does innovation develop? What can we do as individuals and as a society to foster innovation?
These profound questions come from the theory of innovation proposed by W. Brian Arthur in his 2009 book The Nature of Technology: What it is and how it evolves.
We previously discussed this book in the 8 July 2012 discussion on "The Nature of Technology". This time we will focus on Arthur's theory of innovation which is covered in chapters 5-8 (material from chapters 1-4 will be used extensively as it provides the framework for Arthur's thinking).
This meetup is part of a series that I have organized in support of my exploration of design. Here are links to related discussions I have organized on the subject:
The Greater Philadelphia Thinking Society is a Meetup group that brings together thoughtful people for stimulating and civically minded conversations. Meetups include a recurring 10:30 AM discussion on Saturdays and Sundays, where small groups of members join in a relaxed setting to discuss a wide range of topics including culture, design, philosophy & religion, science & technology, psychology, politics, economics, and current events. Occasionally, larger events are held in the evenings, where presentations and discussions are combined with opportunities to meet a larger number of people who share your interest in the topic.
We provide a place and a format to speak up and be heard, to listen and exchange ideas, to explore optional resources and questions prepared by a discussion leader, to raise your own questions, and to share your own experiences and knowledge. We value life experiences, informal education and diverse points of view. We provide a safe, facilitated environment for exploring differences, where inquisitive discussion is encouraged instead of argumentative debate.
We start the conversation so come participate and accept your own genius.