afbeelding [ENGLISH] From what is to what can be | Blog #1

From a sole focus on what is to exploring what can be.

Generally there has been a focus in economics on what is, rather than what can be. What can be is an unlimited source of potential. Yet what is, is always limited. For this unlimited source we need to use our imagination, open up to possiblities. By engaging in the creative process we tap into this stream.

Creativity is a process, in which both of  your hemispheres are necessary. Due to synergy a whole will emerge that is more than the sum of its parts. First, diverge, come up with as many ideas as possible. Quantity will lead to quality here. After this converge; select the best ideas to combine, develop and iterate on.

As childeren we naturally live like this; in a constant state of flow. "FLOW is way of life in which you are completely surrendered to what you are doing. You constantly let go and therefore life flows effortlessly. According to FLOW researcher Mihaly Csikszentminaly this allows for the spontaneous occurence of creativity and bliss in life. This flow of life cannot be controlled. You can only manage how you react to it (or not)." - translated from LERENLOSLATEN.COM written by Jan Bommerez.

Every state of non-flow is due to an unbalance between both hemispheres. Traditionally education has been focused toward developing the left hemisphere; facts, text and details. This hemisphere can be seen as a closed system. The right hemisphere is an open system and specializes in imagination, context and the big picture.

"Scientific breakthroughs have little to do with intellect. There is always a leap of consciousness which you could label as intuition. The solution just comes to you without knowing how or why." - Albert Einstein.

As a conductor inspiration will come to you easily. Resistance is the opposite of conducting. If you can give up your inner resistance you will become a conductor for creativity. The parallel to electrical resistance is very intersting as well as Eckhart Tolle’s remarks on being and non resitance.

"The electrical resistance of an object is a measure of its opposition to the flow of electric current. The inverse quantity is electrical conductance, and is the ease with which an electric current passes."

Being creative on your own can be very valuable but together it’s a whole new game. The power of synergy will increase enormously. For this a nurturing environment is neccessary; a certain kind of culture. An ideal culture could be named passionate. Proactivity is the key to get to a creative culture. Imagine and wonder why not? Please watch Jan Bommerez presentation on this topic (Dutch)

Let us wonder about our unlimited potential. To help people and organizations with this we are developing a ‘Wonder Why Not’ infographic.

Gratitude is owed to Jan Bommerez and Jill Bolte Taylor for their insights. See Jan’s book ‘Flow and peak performance’ or Jill’s book ‘My Stroke of insight.

This graphic is created in collaboration by Harm van den Wijngaard, Anne Nabuurs and Martijn Derksen with thanks to Fontys and FEC.