When I first heard or saw the term “futurist” as someone's job title many years ago, I initially thought they might have been a science fiction writer or an artist or maybe just someone with a grand vision of “Tomorrowland.” With some investigation, I discovered my first impressions of a futurist weren’t really that far from the reality.
Science has an amazing story to tell. It brings all the drama, comedy, romance, suspense, mystery, action and yes, science-fiction, that audiences want to experience. We all have a desire to witness the impossible. That's what Science does. That's why Science matters.
What we’re learning in today’s innovation economy is that the critical factor of any successful R&D effort is the ability to make meaningful connections from discovery as you progress through unanticipated challenges. Creativity is a process, not a commodity, and a practice for building on lateral, multidimensional thinking. But how does an organization kick-start or validate the creative R&D process?