How can we create more energy to enable societal innovation? How can we create more social energy – the energy that is created when we spend time in a stimulating environment with other people.
Here are two possible examples.
Pekka Himanen was the guest presenter today at the Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI, which is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, and in his talk he shared his ideas on how people can fulfil their creative potential. Himanen, using the X-Factor contestant Susan Boyle as an example, argued that when people are encouraged and given an opportunity to demonstrate their creative potential they usually do. Susan Boyle’s performance was energised by the enthusiastic audience at the audition – pay attention to her reaction when the audience start to clap and cheer.
Here is the clip.
Gunther Szogs gave a different example of how people, communities, and organisations can be enabled end energised. Gunther used the idea of using old innovations and new traditions to generate social energy. An example of this can be found in the work of the Berlin based social sculptor Dida Zende . Zende works with communities transforming abandoned gas filling stations (old innovations) into community resources (new traditions). In Zende’s work we see a great example of how to create more social energy.
Learning more ways to generate social energy may offer an opportunity to accelerate societal innovation.