In a recent interview we had with professor Dave Snowden, he said that “art comes before language in human evolution.” This got us thinking about the role that art plays in our lives as humans. Why is it important? How does it influence us?
We believe that art is one of the most (if not the most) powerful innovation tools, which can leave a long lasting impression. It's power is derived from it's limitlessness. There are no rules or boundaries and no idea is too far-fetched for art. Therefore art is free to nudge at the boundaries of society with such raw honesty that it propels and expands human consciousness.
Anytime you have a group of people interacting over time, you have a complex adaptive system. You can have clear hierarchies and role requirements, but what you can't easily quantify is how powerful a role emergence will play in how projects and people take shape when they are all co-evolving. (Especially here at the HumanCurrent podcast, where we run a flat organization.) It's beautiful, really. Together people shape the work, and the work changes them.
There are a lot of factors that have agency to cause the changing shape of any system (let's take a project team as our example), but the most obvious medium for making change or progress is ideas. Here's the thing about ideas and how much power they have....