Monday, May 13, 2013

Inspiration through intuition

Our experiences over the past few weeks have contributed to the topic presented in this issue of Aktualno 2.0.  We hope you will find them useful:
  • when making decisions about your education and training,
  •  when considering ideas you wake up with in the morning, or ideas coming to you on a walk, or in a meeting with your business partners,
  • when your view differs from everything you have heard so far,
  • when you cannot understand why others cannot understand your view.
Within the framework of Vibacom’s trainings, and later at the InCo movement's Management Board meeting, we combined our years of experience with innovation ecosystems and our experience with understanding and development of intuition, gained over the past two years, in the following new business model: Comprehensive Model of Development of Intuition –5I (Inspiration, Idea, Invention, Innovation, Improvement) (Figure 0). This model shows there is a direct relationship between unconscious and conscious actions, both in the process of idea generation and regarding the sustainable innovation.

Source: InCo movement, 2013

The key messages of this new insight are as follows (Figure 1):
  • inspiration comes from the realm of unconsciousness (other sources can result from the rational approaches, e.g. analysis),
  • intuition is our inherent means for connecting to our unconscious,
  • one's unconscious contains all acquired knowledge, experience, genetic memory, impulses from the current environment and elements of the collective/planetary/cosmic consciousness,
  • inspiration depends on one's openness to diversity, change, novelty, etc.,
  • one's openness to inspiration can be enhanced through removal of emotional, spiritual, energy and physical blocks, by consciously improving the receptiveness of one's senses and by developing a complete presence in the moment,

  • each step of the innovation process also contains a loop, which can be dynamically retraced back to all of the previous steps; each change in the current position influences the conditions in which we operate; each change establishes relationships and co-creates the next step; therefore, it is of key importance to maintain sensitivity to changes in our current environment at any given moment, and that we dynamically adjust our actions at every step.
Source: InCo movement, 2013

Further development of the model

1. The level of an individual: the content presented above strengthens the need for a systemic personal development on all six dimensions of the human through which we relate to ourselves, as well as to everything around us (Figure 2). A sustainable and systemic development of all six dimensions represents a special challenge to individuals and teams/organizations/societies. The same applies to the understanding of a multi-leveled interconnectivity of people, by creating at the same time a thrivable space that allows a release of the creative potentials of all individuals and maintaining a respectful relationships with all other members of the Planet Earth community.

2. The level of an organisation/community: the same description, as stated above for an individual, applies to organisations/communities that act as individual beings themselves. They, as well, are connected closely with the space around them (conscious and unconscious), which in turn influences the decision-making processes of everyone connected to them. Organizations/communities with their conscious and subconscious level make an impact on inspiration, on the generation of ideas, and on the development of innovations, which may or may not ultimately come to life. The successful generation of ideas and market realisation of innovations requires maintenance of fluent and active organisational relationships, which have an impact on the innovation process (Figure 3).  However, all of the above is calling for a development of new structures, business approaches and work methods. These would allow us a gradual integration of new visions about who we are and how we evolve, what we influence and what influences us, into our daily lives. Consequently, with such behaviour we can release collective participation that could lead to enhanced collective consciousness and vice versa. (individual – collective – individual – collective…)

3. The level of other structures: new realisations strengthen the multidimensional bonds/activities of an individual; not only with his/her intimate space, but also with all the spaces she/he moves through, works in and cohabits (geographically or at the level of the country, tribe, interest group, planet, etc.) The basic characteristics described for the individual and organizational level apply to this level as well. (Item 2). Additionally, we need to stress the relationships among various structures, which contribute to the establishment of new connections and bonds. Every structure possesses conscious and unconscious aspects through which they establish relationships with other structures, and consequently individuals as well (Figure 4).

Why such realizations are useful for the model of sustainable innovation:

Successful sustainable development of innovation ecosystems depends on at least three factors:

  • a systemic approach,
  • dynamic structures that ensure sustainable adaptation to and development of innovative products based on authenticity, an understanding of the needs and creating value for stakeholders of the innovation ecosystem, and the society as a whole,
  • ongoing lifelong development of individuals who are co-creating the innovation ecosystem.
In the search for such solutions (sustainable, innovations with a positive impact) the rational aspect of our perception alone is not sufficient for effective decision-making. Therefore we, as humans, have an opportunity to awaken yet another of our inherent skills – intuition. With its help we can upgrade our rational decision-making capability, enrich it, and add a more sustainable value to the actions we make.

Practical realisation and direct use of the above findings:
  1. for the creation of visions (cross-structural cooperation, participative models),
  2. for the development of new products, services and solutions (understanding needs and behaviours, providing solutions that create value for the target customer segment),  
  3. for planning marketing strategies (establishing an open and direct connection to the market niches, understanding actual needs, communicating information in a form that is understandable to the market niche),
  4. for the selection of teams (understanding the multidimensionality of individuals and searching for the winning team),
  5. for establishing a relationship with suppliers of knowledge, materials, intermediate products, etc. (for better understanding of the common mission and of the market needs we are addressing), 
  6. for shaping individual identities and understanding the direct and indirect consequences of our actions.
At the end I would like to stress one more time that intuition is an important channel, a means for accessing the information in our subconsciousness, which together with our conscious capacity enables systemic decisions. Whether we know and accept it or not, the information in our subconscious influences our decisions, stimulates inspiration, as well as comprehensive and systemic actions. I hope these findings will help you in shaping up a stable and sustainable environment that supports an on-going development of innovations. We sometimes come to a dead-end, feeling unable to understand what is going on around us, but this merely enables us to learn, to break through our frustration, and to open up new areas where we can thrive. The aim of this article was to highlight yet another path for finding the answers to the questions we are faced with in our private, business and social lives. May your steps be fruitful, joyful and have a deep and lasting influence. 

Oj, Violeta

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