Innovation With L.O.V.E.
Posted by Plish on July 17, 2009
I was reading this blog that raised the question of, “Is Innovation Fair?”
It is a good question, but misses the point.
Forgive the cliche, but there’s very little in life that is objectively fair. When dealing with people, even equitable solutions will be seen by others as unfair – perception will be people’s reality.
So the question really should be, how do humans, as naturally creative beings, innovate so as to provide maximum benefit for the most people while minimizing collateral damage to others, societies, cultures, and the world?
We need to innovate with:
L-Life: Innovations should strive to improve quality of life for many not just the few. True quality that enables people to be healthy, happy, and able to become all they can. Innovations should never be done at the expense of others.
O-Observe: Innovations that are the most accepted are those that resonate with people and their cultures. The best innovations occur when people observe and appreciate life in all its dimensions: physical, psychological, spiritual, social, economical, etc.
V-Vow: Merriam-Webster defines it as: A solemn promise or assertion ; specifically : one by which a person is bound to an act, service, or condition. People need commitment from others-real commitment that allows them to plan and count on other people. We need to be as strongly committed to others as we are to ourselves and our own interests. We need to promise it.
E-Elegance: Innovations need to be simple, beautiful, dignified-Elegant.
For an example of an innovation done with L.O.V.E. check out this amazing story.