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A diverse and tolerant society

For a creative society to exist and thrive, the people that form it have to consider fresh ideas from within their own society and also to take inspiration from those coming from elsewhere.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Ingredients For Innovation

Keep these ideas in mind:

  • If we want to come up with new ideas as individuals, we have to consider ourselves as part of a system.
  • Tolerance for divergence is crucial for creativity.
  • Invention is not the natural state of things, it is an exception. Inertia will always act towards discouraging creativity.

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  • A social infrastructure: society needs a supply of creative innovators who are willing and able to challenge their physical environment in order to better themselves.
  • Social incentives: there need to be incentives in place to encourage innovation.
  • Social attitude: a creative society has to be diverse and tolerant. People must be open to new ideas and individuals.

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In all societies, there are people and groups that want to maintain the status quo because it is in their interests to do so.

Even if there are tensions, the most creative societies are those where it is still possible for the new thing to take over. If those who want to keep the status quo have too much power, a society will end up stagnating in terms of technology.

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Joel Mokyr

“Invention occurs at the level of the individual, and we should address the factors that determine individual creativity. Individuals, however, do not live in a vacuum. What makes them implement, improve and adapt new technologies, or just devise small improvements in the way they carry out their daily work depends on the institutions and the attitudes around them.”

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Joel Mokyr

“Technological progress requires above all tolerance toward the unfamiliar and the eccentric.”

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“Sustained innovation requires a set of individuals willing to absorb large risks, sometimes to wait many years for the payoff (if any.)”

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People that are in need have less capacity for creativity.

To improve their environments, creative people need factors like good nutrition, religious beliefs that are not overly conservative, and access to education.

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The components of creativity

Two of the primary components of creativity include:

  1. Originality: The idea should be something new that is not simply an extension of something else that already exists.
  2. Functionality: The idea needs to actually work or possess some degree of usefulness.

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Constraints vs Obstacles

Constraints are viewed as obstacles. The common wisdom regarding obstacles suggests that we have to remove all constraints.

We tend to believe that by getting rid of all rules and regulations, real creativity and innovation will start to emerge.

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Innovation at work

When you look at great geniuses like Newton, for example, it can be easy to imagine that their ideas and work came exclusively out of their minds. But that is seldom how it works.

Innovation doesn’t occur in a vacuum. Regardless of how unique a work seems, if you look a bit closer, you will always find that the creator mastered what other people had already figured out.

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