Understanding Lived Experiences
Edited by Emma Bell, Sorin Gog, Anca Simionca and Scott Taylor
Chapter 9: The contemporary faith of innovationism
This chapter argues that the all-encompassing concept of innovation can be understood as a contemporary faith or belief system, ‘innovationism’. The value system of innovationism directs and guides human action and societies. Innovationism is analysed as an implicit, globally circulating religion that permeates societies and ties organisations, nations, individuals and the humankind into its value system. At its core is the utopian belief that (technological) innovations will solve fundamental challenges faced by humankind, including the threat of death and extinction through climate change. Innovationism allows the humankind not to challenge the ideology of growth. The chapter considers the dimensions or aspects of innovationism and analyses how these aspects tie into the core values of this implicit religion to manage hopes and mediate a sense of threat in society. The chapter uses a set of various cases and examples to illustrate the practical workings of innovationism.
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