The Adjacent Possible in Humanistic Thinking

In view of the awe-inspiring advances in science and technology the humanities need to rejuvenate itself to drive new insight and meaning into our human existence and contribution to the world. The metaphor of “adjacent possible” can be used to describe how societal transformation occur as incremental steps into new rooms that slowly lead us from our current trajectory into an adjacent one where new possibilities await. If humanists took the notion of adjacent possible into their thinking, a vast new neural network of thought exchanges, one combining with another, and another, will emerge. The result is likely to spark new energy and life into humanistic thinking and, hopefully, answers to big questions about the future of our shared civilization and planet.

Full story in my 12 November article “The Adjacent Possible in Humanistic Thinking” at, JIBS’ blog on entrepreneurship, renewal and ownership.

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