Creativity and Governance

Recent revolutions around the world have shown us the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to disseminate information and to help people share their views whilst also allowing them to collectively make their voices heard.

Many of these revolutions show a concern with what governments do, what they have achieved and what they could be doing better.  As much as ICTs can improve communication and they facilitate new relationships between individuals and organisations, they fall short of showing us clearly how is it that we want to live together in our societies.

Human creativity can be considered at its best now, with ICT being one of its manifestations.  However, creativity is also being put to the test to address the complexities of our modern world.  How can think of better futures for ourselves and others, how can we make use of ICT, and how can we challenge what we see as conducive not to governance but to a powerless, passive and conformist world?

Systems thinkers have contributed with a number of methodologies and approaches that could help us imagine a different type of society, one in which development and not only economic growth occurs.  Challenging our way of thinking about the future requires us to think carefully about different problems, and how we intend not only to solve but to dissolve them.  We are part of bigger ‘systems’ and should be also concerned about them, not only knowing but doing about their problems.

In this regard, we consider that the following and other questions can help us to think about our futures as individuals, groups and corporations:

  • What would happen in the future (let us say 5 years) if we do not do anything? (in other words, if we stay passive to recent events and current problems)
  • What type of society would we like to live in?  (can we invent a nice, hopeful and inspiring definition of the society we would like for us and our children?)
  • What services is that system called ‘society’ going to provide to any citizen? (this is not about being better and lazier consumers, it is about helping us and our children develop as individuals)
  • How would we like to govern and be governed in society? (This is a question that experts in policy making, welfare and government could find it difficult because of our fear to ‘change’ current government systems and policies).
  • And last, how do we see ICT helping us?

We hope these questions inspire us to think about our roles in society and the changes that our institutions and our attitudes require.

 

José-Rodrigo Córdoba.

 

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