Advanced Imagineering
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Advanced Imagineering

Designing Innovation as Collective Creation

Edited by Diane Nijs

Articulating and illustrating how experience design can unlock experience innovation, this book offers a fresh perspective on effectuating corporate, public, social and whole system innovation by design. The book makes several contributions to the fields of innovation and design thinking by taking complexity science as its scientific point of reference. As such this is a highly provocative book for scholars, practitioners and students in the field of change and innovation.
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Chapter 3: LENS: a big shift in science – seeing change and innovation as a matter of emergence

Diane Nijs


This chapter answers two questions: What is the new lens of complex living systems all about and how can it make us more effective innovators today? The chapter is designed to offer those new to complexity science a first understanding of the basic principles, processes, dynamics and implications for leadership and management. The chapter explains the concept of a worldview or lens and shows how they evolve in a very natural way using some well-known examples. The implications of this lens for management and leadership are then described, as well as the specific implications for complex innovation challenges. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the reasons why this lens is not more popular than it is, especially when it can make us more effective innovators. The theory is illustrated by two examples from the field of healthcare.

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