The outcome of a back and forth of a dialog on Twitter with Scramray E. Pinkus generated a lovely quote worth sharing:
“Innovating is like thinking diagonally. A perfect combination of both linear and lateral.”
- Scramray E. Pinkus (@Easelton)
The conversation sprung out of a tweet I posted that postulated that when people use technology (iPads, smartphones, laptops, etc.) and television as child minders, that they are actually promoting linear thinking in their children at the expense of the lateral thinking that our society so desperately needs. We need strong lateral thinking to compliment the dominant linear thinking out there, so that together they can drive the social innovation the world needs to fix this mess we’ve made.
What do you think?
Technology as child minder, positive or negative effects on the innovative capacity of our children?
One of my proof points is this article from The Washington Post.
Any other proof points out there?