With industrial and business administration automation rapidly evolving, humanity must rethink in two major ways:
1) We need fewer and fewer routine jobs and ever more creative contribution. Autonomous machines took over the production of virtually anything with the exception of tasks that can be performed cheaper by people who earn $2 per horse relative to machine and energy cost of a robot. Currently, more and more office jobs are replaced by machines and that will accelerate in the next 10 years. Good or bad? How exciting are routine jobs? How cool would it be to do something creative for the same amount of income? Innovation is such a rich field and our biggest hope to solve more and more of the millions of problems we have on earth. The biggest need is getting back our creativity and love to do what we do.
2) We need far more creative minds than we can currently imagine. Every child is by nature amazingly creative. But from about 6 years on and for the next 20 years we lose our creativity in exchange for focus and getting better and better at less and less things to become amazingly good at one thing. We get unknowingly and unwillingly trained to become humanoid robots. But how can we solve the massive over bureaucratization if we don’t have time to just think about all the millions of deficiencies in our gigantic organizations?
But where do we start? Every business on earth needs to at least start thinking about what would be a perfect world in the next 50 years. With that thought, we can start inspiring our teams to become more part of the overall business than part of a single process. Inspiring teams to think big – not careful. Asking the teams to help to find ways to rebuild the lost creativity instead of perfecting their routine. A highly profitable 50,000 employee company is so perfectly structured that they have on average more than 85% employee “utilization”. Those industrial marvels however cannot innovate because there is neither time nor the necessary creativity left.
In the next 10 years, the 400 Million businesses will need at least one person who thinks about innovation and 2 who think about how to implement and re-innovate over time. That are 1.2 Billion open-minded and creative people – just to innovate. More than we can get and more than the jobs at risk through automation.
We at BlueCallom can do at least two things:
1) Create a work environment that stimulates creativity and pushes every boring and routine job to a machine or computer.
2) Help create awareness and help other businesses to think more long-term and help unfold the human potential for ingenuity.