The Characteristics of a Vision
Vision converts the abstract into tangible. Imagine —> produce
Two fundamental ways of thinking [Herbert Simon]:
o Analytical – top-down, from macro to micro
o Synthetic – bottom-up, from micro to macro
Vision is about the transition from exploration to exploitation. Find a paradigm [a universally recognized solution] and use it with impact.
Not just any impact, impact with scale. Needs the right timing (easy to be ahead of the curve) and the right combination of socio-economic, technological and cultural factors.
A Vision Must:
Solve a novel or difficult problem. If there’s a mess – there’s an opportunity.
Change an assumption about a fundamental principle. Deconstruct a problem by understanding (and challenging) its assumptions.
Be Futuristic. How will the future look like in 10-20 years?
Be human-centric. The purpose of vision should be to increase utility for the humanity, i.e. prioritize the natural system and environment ahead of shareholder returns or government agendas.