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The Future of Creativity

The ultimate in creativity is the creativity that creates new perceptions of reality and new visions of the world. It transcends and is more fundamental than any particular form of art. It is the highest expression of the human imagination. The challenge of change that we face today calls for such imagination.

We inhabit a universe that insistently exceeds the power of our telescope, our knowledge, and our prediction. The only total observation of the whole that is possible is the impossibility of such total observation. Any valid understanding of the universe must therefore include this paradox as a constituent moment of the universe. Such understanding requires imagination. Hence Einstein’s oft-quoted statement: Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Innovative technologies that have emerged in the beginning of the 21st century—for example, social platforms, the cloud, and the Internet of Things—have deep transformational power. Combined with the explosion of mobility as well as with the universal access to the broadband Internet, the transformative power of these technologies reaches almost all aspects of human life, challenging entire industry segments and affecting our economic and political lives in ways unpredicted and unpredictable.

Thus it requires a high degree of imagination not only for technological innovations but also for harnessing them for the benefit of humanity.

Concomitantly humanity has entered a new phase in the evolution of consciousness where two complementary trends are discernible—greater individual differentiation and higher communal integration.

Consequently both individualism and collectivism, and their never-ending conflict and strife, can now be transcended to usher in a world where individual freedom and societal coherence can simultaneously be achieved.

These profound changes open a unique window of opportunities in many aspects of our lives that raise questions of how to unleash, shape, and lead those deep new paths from ego to eco; from scarcity to abundance; from local action to global engagement throughout the fields of creativity, education, employment, socio-politico-economic development; from individual spiritual evolvement to more conscious, self-organized, and collaborative ways of life, in order to achieve a more ecologically regenerative planet.

At BFF 2015 we will engage in deep and creative dialogue centered around these questions and seek to re-imagine imagination itself and re-create creativity itself.

The ultimate in creativity is the creativity that creates new perceptions of reality and new visions of the world. It transcends and is more fundamental than any particular form of art. It is the highest expression of the human imagination. The challenge of change that we face today calls for such imagination.

We inhabit a universe that insistently exceeds the power of our telescope, our knowledge, and our prediction. The only total observation of the whole that is possible is the impossibility of such total observation. Any valid understanding of the universe must therefore include this paradox as a constituent moment of the universe. Such understanding requires imagination. Hence Einstein’s oft-quoted statement: Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Innovative technologies that have emerged in the beginning of the 21st century—for example, social platforms, the cloud, and the Internet of Things—have deep transformational power. Combined with the explosion of mobility as well as with the universal access to the broadband Internet, the transformative power of these technologies reaches almost all aspects of human life, challenging entire industry segments and affecting our economic and political lives in ways unpredicted and unpredictable.

Thus it requires a high degree of imagination not only for technological innovations but also for harnessing them for the benefit of humanity.

Concomitantly humanity has entered a new phase in the evolution of consciousness where two complementary trends are discernible—greater individual differentiation and higher communal integration.

Consequently both individualism and collectivism, and their never-ending conflict and strife, can now be transcended to usher in a world where individual freedom and societal coherence can simultaneously be achieved.

These profound changes open a unique window of opportunities in many aspects of our lives that raise questions of how to unleash, shape, and lead those deep new paths from ego to eco; from scarcity to abundance; from local action to global engagement throughout the fields of creativity, education, employment, socio-politico-economic development; from individual spiritual evolvement to more conscious, self-organized, and collaborative ways of life, in order to achieve a more ecologically regenerative planet.

At BFF 2015 we will engage in deep and creative dialogue centered around these questions and seek to re-imagine imagination itself and re-create creativity itself.

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