As we take steps into the future and the unknown, it is important to take note that something very exciting is evolving in the fabric of humanity. It has often been said that through the greatest turmoils we are able to rise above as a nation through strength and our ability to be united. We can learn from others failures or misjudgments and become better for the process. History is taught as a lesson to be learned from, perhaps leading to better judgment, greater opportunities and more responsible industrialization.
Revolts and revolutions inspire people and reignite their passion for their purpose in the scheme of their life as a whole. As Robert Byrne said, “The purpose of life is a life of purpose”. The conscious and participating members of our society and even global economy are key supporters of innovation and invention. This is simply because it is known that the greatest minds are not commodities, only the products they create. The passing of Steve Jobs will surely prove to be a hiccup in progress and ingenuity for Apple as a case example. Creativity will not be contained, ingenuity cannot be ignored and vision is vital to our prosperity.
Examine today’s underlying common trends in business and economics, specifically; the power that innovation holds which is unparalleled to any period in history excluding the Industrial Revolution. The race is fully underway for groundbreaking achievements in technology, medicine and natural resource management. While competition may be fierce and funding scarce, the cream will always rise to the top with or without resistance.
The Industrial Revolution in England and the United states was defined by the inventions, changes, and advancements, during that time period that have propelled us into the “modern era”. There is no doubt that we can learn from the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century, and is in fact a more relevant time period than ever. It has long been bookmarked in history as a testament to the possibilities of achievements that mankind is capable of. Transportation, textiles and communication inventions propelled our nation into the future even faster than we were perhaps ready for. The aftermath of the mass craze of invention during the Industrial Revolution gave rise to a leverage of greed and control. In France and England, the laissez-faire rule was adopted in order to keep the governments controlling interests separate from business or enterprise and have no control over commerce. While the intentions of the industrialists may have been an act of insurance against bureaucratic red-tape, it actually resulted in child labor and ultimately a rise in deaths due to working conditions.
In the United States the Second Revolution was actually the most significant in changing the course of our technological future. While it is not taught as such in school, the period after 1860, considered the Second Industrial Revolution gave us monumental advances in physics, chemistry and electricity. During this period Samuel Morse gave us the electric telegraph (1844), and James Watt’s the steam engine, and most significant the telephone and the automobile. In a relatively short period of time our society rapidly advanced in need and opportunity through the use of these innovative tools. This progression opened the doors to infinite possibilities in transportation, communication and automation of machinery from industrial to everyday household objects.
In the well known novel Atlas Shrugged, written in 1957, Ayn Rand weaves a fictional tale demonstrating that the greatest loss of our world would be the loss of the greatest minds. The cult following of Atlas Shrugged and others by Rand, that include the philosophy of objectivism, is extreme in the novels. Rand draws a stark comparison of workers or doers as leeches and creators or inventors as supremely divine. While excessive fictional effort is made in this novel to communicate her radical philosophical ideals the underlying concept is simply that to remain alive, man must think. Out of mans capabilities greatness can be borne or stifled, just as with innovation. As we have seen demonstrated throughout history, often radical ideas and concepts that are difficult to fathom are deemed categorically impossible, at least until proven otherwise. Such is the ultimate challenge of mankind, to defy the odds and not just persevere but triumph.
The new global platform in which we work and create literally tilts the axis on which we spin. The tools, resources, growth of collaboration, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and collective pursuit for solutions to global issues is earth shifting. By comparison since the 80’s all signs point to the fact that we are in the midst of a third revolution of sorts an Innovation Revolution that is piercing through adversity by means of necessity.