Is technological enframing simply technology through the perspective of capitalism? Steve posed this question in a comment on my post Heidegger in Silicon Valley: technology and the hacker way yesterday and it got me thinking. The fact is, I have been pondering this question for a while. As readers of this blog will have noticed, I haven’t posted here for some time. I have been developing material for a book on innovation, exploring the gift economics of new collaborative innovation methods like design thinking, agile development, and lean startup method. While I’ve posted bits and pieces of this material on my new blog giftsforgreatness.com, so far I’ve kept the main line of argument under wraps. Not surprisingly, I guess, the new blog has yet to find a regular readership. My impression is that most readers are wondering WTF I am talking about.
Steve’s question struck a chord in me because it bears on what I’m trying to do in my current work. Briefly, I am trying to open up a new perspective on innovation that brings out the relationship between innovation and human flourishing. I agree with Edmund Phelps that ‘[w]idespread flourishing … requires an economy energized by its own homegrown innovation from the grassroots on up’. I dream of a world of democratised innovation – a society in which everyone can participate in innovation and make a real difference to changing the world. [Read more…]