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# December 8, 2020

Sources/Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creation & Innovation - Class

# IDS 165.2

# Creativity as Contextual: Creativity in and bound by space and time

How VUCA can 2020 get?

Let’s be real. 2020 has hit us with so much crisis to the point that we’re struggling to process them all. Start of the year, we had to face a volcano eruption and a global pandemic; now, we’ve had to deal with political unrest and extreme typhoons. Sprinkle in all the celebrity deaths, and you’ve got yourself the penultimate VUCA year.

However, 2020 has also made me into a better person, personally and professionally (e.g. new careers/ventures, confronting issues). I wouldn’t have been able to grow as much if it wasn’t for the VUCA world I was living in. With the right mindset, I believe we can turn every crisis into an opportunity.

That’s why I’m glad I got to hear of the VUCA framework, because I believe it’s a step towards making a better world. Most of the crisis we’ve dealt with were because of lack of mindfulness (Hi Duterte, where’s the emergency budget!). If we were more prepared, we could’ve mitigated the effects of 2020. But now that we’ve experienced the brunt of it, I’m hoping we can learn from our mistakes, and act for our future.

# Tools

# Futures Triangle

# STEEP Analysis

# Causal Layered Analysis

The CLA is an interesting tool because it show us how the things and issues we see today go beyond the surface level. In fact, a lot of the problems and opportunities we see today did not come from nothing – ==these are products of the history of mankind.== All of the things we encounter today are rooted to and potentially upheld by myths and metaphors we may unconsciously use to define how we perceive the world. Using the CLA can help us ground our brainstorming process. Whether we’re looking for solutions to problems or searching for ways to innovate on anything, we can use this framework to see why the things are the way they are and how we can flip things back to arrive at solutions or concepts that can also be supported by what we already know.

# A Plausible Future

In this exercise, we will be using the Futures Triangle to understand a Plausible future for the central idea you are most curious about. Here’s the task: