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Philosophy Talk asks: Will innovation kill us?

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Is innovation – and our obsession with it – a force for good, or does it just bring on problems that require more "innovation" to solve?

Innovation, be it social, economic, or technological, is often hailed as the panacea for all our troubles. Our obsession with innovation leads us to constantly want new things and to want them now. But past innovations are arguably the main reason for many of our current predicaments, which in turn creates a further need to innovate to solve those problems. So is innovation – and our obsession with it – ultimately a force for good or ill? Is our constant need to innovate a function of our biology, or just a product of various cultural forces? Can we ever escape the innovation loop? Should we try before it kills us? John and Ken find new ways to talk to Christian Seelos, author of the forthcoming Innovation and Scaling for Impact: How Effective Social Enterprises Do It. Tuesday 11/17 at 12 noon.