Of course we could do with less silliness from organisations who use brainstorming sessions to mask their lack of leadership. But if there is no longer any capacity to indulge in curiosity-led research, how can we ever begin to question or challenge common assumptions or dogma that might be unduly holding us back from new opportunities? The risk is that we will be confined to doing what we are already good at—without the opportunity to exploit new areas that could be equally lucrative.
To understand this, it’s worth remembering where the term “blue-skies research” came from. Research in a paper by Belinda Linden usefully traces the work of Juluis Comroe who wrote an article in 1976 on how scientific discoveries would often derive from curiosity-driven research.
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“The Future of Self-Knowledge” research blog encompasses the techniques and methodologies used in corporate horizon scanning & forecasting, and their counterparts in ancient divination practices and the rise in personal genome services.
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