Ideas, Creativity, Innovation

Provocations and Possibilities

Provocations are not possibilities from Edward De Bono:

…provocations are quite different from possibilities. A provocation may be knowingly wrong, impossible, or contradictory and yet provoke valuable ideas. Provocations are not hypotheses. There needs to be a conscious decision as to the range of possibilities: how far from the probable and how near the fantastic?

Here is a provocative thought based on Edward De Bono’s message of the week on Aug 27 about simple change:

what single change would make democracy more effective (at providing good government)?

I like this way of thinking, a bit recursively. If you cannot change the system, pick a single change that has the maximum impact. In the slightly altered system, pick the next maximum impact change and keep repeating the process.