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How effective is being efficient? – Of Value, Creativity and Innovation

As you can see below MindNode is a tool that makes mind mapping easy. The guys from IdeasOnCanvas write that “Mind Maps are a visual representation of your ideas, starting with a central thought and growing from there.” And our thoughts did indeed grow. When we started we wanted to deconstruct efficiency and soon enough found two promising clues which we would investigate further. This was the aspect of value in the first place and secondly a link to creativity.

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Looking Back on Efficiency: A Historical Perspective

History is written by the winners. Sadly this saying does not only apply when we read about wars. Any other documentation is just as much a product of a writer. And he always has a distinct view of the world. It is the source of a majority of historical data that give us insights in what happened before our time. It helps us to structure the continuous flow of happenings and events in a meaningful way. Suddenly details pop up that have been lost in time and we can reenact aspects of history deemed unimportant or dangerous.

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An Ngram of Efficiency

When confronted with a big, abstract topic I always feel at ease after running it through Google Ngram Viewer. Not necessarily because I´m hoping for a sudden epiphany – though it happened every now and then – but more out of comfort the continuous line offers a brain. A brain that keeps chewing over possible connections that big, abstract topics usually lack. In the case of an ngram of efficiency it worked out pretty well.

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Intelligence on Efficiency is an attempt to give ‘efficiency’ a face. We want to make it tangible and discussable. It explores different aspects and directions across different fields and from different angles. It is an ongoing research project – seemingly asynchronous and fragmented. Yet it follows but one distinct question: What is efficiency about?

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