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Seeing What's Next

Posted by Chip Block on June 8, 2020 5:50 PM EDT
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The last three months of heart-breaking issues, battling COVID-19, social distancing, economic disruption of a magnitude that would have been previously unimaginable and.....

...the intensity of the civil unrest caused by the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has been terrible.  In fact, it's hard to fathom what is the best way forward.  And the polarizing impact of partisan politics, media distortion of the interpretation of the meaning of facts and continued risk to further economic devastation triggered by the riots and looting, masquerading as civic-minded protests only add to the confusion.

Disruption seems almost like too passive a word to describe the confluence of all of this horror.  And election-year politics make for shocking and at times ludicrous assertions.

Much has been written and said about this over the past four months, and more will be communicated about it as we go through the ongoing uncertainty.  And, in time, given the historic perspective that will bring some enlightenment in sociology, economics and political science, most of us will see this period (and we all pray it's short-lived on all fronts) as the most tragic period of their lives.

There are three areas that we believe innovation will be present and will surface.  They are all socio-economic issues that are important to all people and thus to all political parties.  And these three areas are an open opportunity for innovation to take hold.  They are civic engagement, prosperity/parity, and healthcare/healthier lives.

So, in the immortal words of Dr. Christensen, and in the title of the third book in his amazing initial trilogy of books led by "The Innovators Dilemma" and "The Innovator's Solution" perhaps "Seeing What's Next" may be a most aptly-titled research-based book whose time may have finally arrived.

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