Elon Musk, Innovation and International Relations

As easy as it may be to dismiss a field due to “why the hell not?”, we’ve got these  great people around the world to bring our focus back on these interesting things. Elon Musk is one of them, having proved his capacity with several successful innovative initiatives during the past decade. What is it about this guy to contribute to the world with such a constructive mindset? What’s driving him to do so and what can the rest of us take away from it all?

The state of the international community is currently not that great. Not many people have gone without noticing the multidimensional issues in various levels of the international sphere. Currently, armed and less armed conflicts seem to have fully blown into representing what relations between countries, and within them, are supposed to be.

Due to the extreme levels of media coverage, reaching out to millions of people in true Speedy Gonzales style, we’re all exposed to these things far more than necessary. It’s fairly easy to draw the conclusion that at this moment in time, many countries and initiatives are failing people big times.

Could it be time for a break, to reconsider structures and strategies by which these international relations are currently conducted? Maybe current representatives should go and have a good look at what’s going on in other places (non-politics), where great things are constantly happening?

 

Having the right mindset – It all starts with one question

Since time management is an issue for most dude/ttes in suits walking around and representing things, how about they all save themselves a couple of minutes by studying the mind of the great ones of our time? Elon Musk, that’s the one individual they need. In his interview at TED Talks, he speaks about what drove him to start innovating recently:

“I thought about, what are the problems that are most likely to affect the future of the world or the future of humanity? I think it’s extremely important that we have sustainable transport and sustainable energy production.” 

Having a massive perspective, that is. Asking small questions is lovely sometimes, but in professional fields where lives are at stake, even big questions are too small. The perspective through which to look in assessing what’s happening in the world has to be large.

Because, you know, we’re a big planet and we would all benefit from getting along better. Imagine the possibilities if someone with Elon Musk’s mindset could influence the international relations field into getting their shit together for once, and start acting like representatives of the people on this planet.

Innovation – What it takes to go for something awesome in life

Not pointing any fingers, but the innovation aspect of things in politics has gotten a bit stuck. Not the various fields of study, they keep producing awesome science and ideas for applying in order to develop relationships. It’s the application itself that doesn’t happen, researchers aren’t being listened to in favor of old habits and narrow mindsets.

“I got that question a lot, that’s true. People would say, ‘Did you hear the joke about the guy who made a small fortune in the space industry?’ Obviously, ‘He started with a large one,’ is the punchline. And so I tell people, well, I was trying to figure out the fastest way to turn a large fortune into a small one. And they’d look at me, like, ‘Is he serious?’

Now, Elon’s not speaking about taking any dumbass risks, he’s pursuing an idea, a dream evolved from reasoning about the big, previously mentioned question. The intentions behind going for something of this scale are good and constructive.

Foreign policies produced by policy makers worldwide could really use some of this innovative mindset when writing things that are supposed to be useful for this century.

 

Re-thinking every box that has ever been thought

Walking the old walk and talking the old talk might have worked in a time way back before we all had access to this new, huge amount of information. Yet, for deeply fascinating reasons many political representatives aim to continue with this backwards way of doing things.

“Through most of our life, we get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means copying what other people do with slight variations. And you have to do that. Otherwise, mentally, you wouldn’t be able to get through the day. But when you want to do something new, you have to apply the physics approach. Physics is really figuring out how to discover new things that are counter-intuitive, like quantum mechanics. It’s really counter-intuitive.

Spot on, Elon. ’nuff said.

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