Great ideas are transformative.
They break Walls.
Like the Berlin Wall, intellectual and technological Walls are barriers to innovation.
These Walls are the status quo that lies between us and a better future.
The Walls are the people who don’t want change to happen. They’re the technical debts that slow down the process. They’re the worldview that’s against novelty. They’re the tech and scientific challenges that impede progress. They’re the lack of imagination that prevents you from seeing opportunities. They’re the anxiety that stops you from working on what matter. They’re the biases that make us think wrong.
Sometimes, the Wall is so high that it’s nearly impossible to see through it and envision a better future.
Sometimes, the Wall is so thick that it makes it very hard to break it and create a better future.
Great ideas can break Walls but they are fragile too. A simple frown could kill any promising idea.
A Platform to Make Your Ideas Break Walls
Ideas need to spread if we want the Walls to fall.
Any platform that allows you to share your ideas should be welcome. It reinforces an idea. It makes you more likely to build a team or community to support it.
Ideas need connections and support to make the Walls fall one after another.
Social media, crowdfunding, events, professional networks, open source… There are now so many ways to spread your ideas and build a community of people who believe in it.
What Walls Are Going to Fall Next?
Some ideas are already breaking Walls.
Here are three examples of Walls that are going to fall:
1. The Wall of National Boundaries
Working with start-ups and innovators, I am at the forefront of new models like the Estonian e-Residency that signals that soon governments will be competing for citizens rather than focusing on limiting immigration.
We need to redefine the place that countries, nations, and governments have in the world.
2. The Wall of the Industrial Revolution Job Model
For nearly two centuries, jobs have been centred around companies. The emergence of the connection economy is turning this model upside down. People will take more ownership of their jobs, working with many organisations at the same time.
We will need to build an ecosystem to support the growing community of solopreneurs.
3. The Wall of Free Access to Media
Everything on the internet can be copied, from music to software. There is now a free alternative for almost everything.
As advertising struggles to support this, we need to think about new models to capture value out of creations that are now accessible for free.