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The Ape in the Innovation Room – guest post from Arupa Tesolin

The title of this post reminded me of the phrase, ‘the elephant in the room”*. I have thought of the role of technology in creativity and innovation of late, and how we may be pulled away from an essence of creating because of the draw to and structures of technology.

Do technology and our view of it inhibit our creativeness? On the eve of World Creativity and Innovation Day, April 21 I thought this may provide an interesting thought piece to share.

I contacted the author, Arupa Tesolin, and was granted permission to repost her blog.  Minor wording changes appear in (brackets). The bolding is mine. Arupa’s  full original post can be read at

What are your thoughts?

The Ape in the Innovation Room

The Ape in the Innovation Room

Every day … another technology, AI, robotic or virtual reality topic … makes the news. All seem to be products of an extremist polarized cultural perspective that views technology as the hallowed impact of our time. Technology has become the dominant alpha.

The way we think, imagine, create and see the world has become partial, limited, incremental and commoditized. Many of the above technologies fit, fixate, extend or elucidate that worldview …

…The fundamental problem is that we have not organically changed the way we think, feel and view the world.

Our mass cognition is … surface oriented, … material. Nearly everything we create arises from a lean or critical thinking view of profitability, sustainability, and meaningfulness. We … have machined and refined (our) hunter-gathering (behaviour) to (become) technological agriculture without consideration for environmental or species consciousness.

What’s missing from this view is access to a deeper (layer) of human experience, one that extends our deep cognition to the level where we can perceive different possibilities. This is where (profound) more viable paradigms have their birth.

Certainly, our geniuses, Einstein, Tesla, others, have gone there.

Shallow consumption and shallow thinking are non-sustainable and ultimately self-exterminating.

There is a level of mass-produced conversation and economic speculation about deep cognition in machine learning and artificial intelligence that seems to want to choke off alternatives. The prevailing view is that no infobit should remain unturned and insights into every literal data crevice are gathered. Presumptions about their significance will be made primarily by machines. And privacy be damned by the way.

But my sense is that we’ve stopped short of looking into the mirror at our own cohesive shallowness….

We are the ape in the innovation room.

Even in innovation itself. I observe often that … organizations have a tendency … to be continually breathing out, managing processes or developing outputs. There seems to (be)… no breathing in, reflection, enjoyment or pleasure; a hapless result of our speedy time. Consequently, innovation is more like forced construction than creation. Unfortunately, I see that as a road to depletion.

What is deep cognition? It is the state of cohesive mind/heart entrainment in human experience — a wholeness state. Mindfulness is (an)  entry gate to being present. Beyond presence is a deeper kind of awareness, a wholeness experience where our state of existence is more complete and has more space for creative experience and for each other.

Embarking on our own deep cognition will forever change us and the future. Intuition, imagination, and vision become more visible and frequent in this state. (Deep cognition) … enable(s) us to perceive and inform ourselves with new ideas that are … whole and … centered on quality of our lives and future, rather than (focused on the) quantity of our lives and future, as is the current predominant root theme. ( With deep cognition) our solutions, products, devices, and UX will be radically different (than what they are today).

…Divisions between them/us, gender, race, and culture (will also change with deep cognition). … We are one team, one family, one humanity. And we have not dared enough of ourselves to (alter) the limited critical thinking view that is the hallmark of our age and the result of our (current) education system.

Dare we? This is (a) disruption that festers … right in the face of our technology-vanity.

What do you think? What can we do to change this?


*The Elephant in the room is an English language idiom that refers to an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss or a condition of groupthink that no one wants to challenge. (Wikipedia)



Arupa Tesolin is the founder of Intuita, author of Ting! & creator of Intuition MindWare. She is a speaker, deep innovation trainer & consultant helping people in intelligent organizations transform from within. Reach out to her using the contact form on this site.