When we force people to work, people will do the bare minimum to get by, but when we cultivate passion, people will have a natural drive to work.
The premise of the industrial system is to put people on a production line, forcing them to complete a specific task. The industrial system treats people as workers in a machine in which passion makes no difference. The industrial systems collects compliant people in order to serve the system, while the personalized system creatively builds structures that serve and empower the people.
The revelation behind the personalized system is that each person has a unique spark, and the role of the system is to give the individual space to be and express themselves. Creativity is the ability to express yourself, and curiosity is the drive to be creative.
“…in place of curiosity, what we have is a culture of compliance. Our children and teachers are encouraged to follow routine algorithms rather than to excite that power of imagination and curiosity. And the third principle is this: that human life is inherently creative. It’s why we all have different résumés. We create our lives, and we can recreate them as we go through them. It’s the common currency of being a human being. It’s why human culture is so interesting and diverse and dynamic.” – Sir Ken Robinson in How to Escape Education’s Death Valley
Human culture is diverse, dynamic, and personal. In order to move our world into breakthroughs of the future, we must learn to leverage individuality, creativity, and passion.