The future of innovation is one where all innovations (technology, consumer goods and services) will rely heavily on Human States rather than the traditional processes or systems that have traditionally driven innovation.

The four Human States as defined in the Being at Full Potential model are being inspired, being abundant, being in service and being aware.

Intelligent machines may accelerate processes and leverage systems in more effective ways than humans. Yet, the human capacity for qualities such as having empathy and accessing infinite possibilities will become the centre piece of future innovations that improve lives, preserve the planet and raises our standard of living.

During the past three decades, organizations have passed through various stages of maturity with respect to innovation:

  • we formalized PROCESSES that harness innovation

  • we co-created SYSTEMS that disseminate information and enhanced cross-learning

  • we educated leaders to dedicate resources and commit to blue sky research
  • Yet, innovation has never been as relevant to organizational health as it is today.

    Thus far, triggering Human States in order to harness innovation has been a reactive process: first establish processes and systems that support innovation, and then expect human states congenial for innovation to follow.

    This order has to change if we are to create the next generation of innovation breakthroughs. Innovation requires a focus on changing mindsets first, before we can expect breakthrough results to be achieved.

    This will be one of the focus topics at the Auckland Innovation Breakthrough Forum, June 2016. We will expose how to realize radical innovation by actively hacking into the four Human States.