The Nomura Institute of Japan classifies four eras of economic activity:1. Agricultural2. Industrial3. Informational... and now through the evolution of technology4. Creative: constant innovation.
Daniel Pink expands on this idea in A Whole New Mind (2005) defines Economic Development as:1. Agriculture Age (farmers)2. Industrial Age (factory workers)3. Information Age (knowledge workers)4. Conceptual Age (creators and empathizers)
Pink argues that left-brain linear, analytical computer-like thinking are being replaced by right-brain empathy, inventiveness, and understanding as skills most needed by business. I would argue that we need to work colloboratively' right and left "brainers"....Pink says "Logical and precise, left-brain thinking gave us the Information Age. Now comes the Conceptual Age - ruled by artistry, empathy, and emotion." "Think about what we could do if we worked together...thinking and feeling, moving and dancing, singing and painting, writing and performing, playing and being true to who we are."