Abstract of the award winning article ( Drucker Callenge ) by Anne Twombly
Opening with an anecdote about an eccentric grandmother applying knowledge and logic in a curious way, this essay strives to re-prioritize the way that technology is used as a solution in today’s digitized world. Technology is a dichotomy: either developed societies are overdependent on technological solutions to daily problems — which makes creativity atrophy — or other developing societies have restricted access based on expenses and the rapid obsolescence of every successive improvement. For inclusive prosperity to make its positive impact, it must tackle this dichotomy between the overindulgence in technological solutions and technology’s exclusive nature.
A strategy to overcome this is antiquated innovation. Based in theories of creative destruction and capacity-building, antiquated innovation is the idea to take a fundamental component of prosperity and deconstruct the dominant way of achieving it, inserting technology only at its weakest points. This minimizes the reliance on technology, and maximizes the human element of critical thinking and creativity. This strategy is demonstrated in examples of different scales, from interpersonal to industry-wide to international trade relations. Attempting to problem solve in a way that empowers humanity and uses technology as a tool to support the human dimension is an important step to achieving inclusive prosperity.
An original article by Anne Twombly – republished from the Drucker Forum- July 2017