TNC Use Case

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As use cases tend to, this one too begins with a story. But since in the story of Knowledge Federation we are both protagonists and authors, our springboard story is a real-life event, taking place presently in Knowledge Federation, with this article’s authors as characters.

Dejan Raković in the Role of an Author

Dejan Raković is a quantum physicist and a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade. Part of his research has been in a non-conventional area – a study of the phenomenology of creativity, focusing on arguably the greatest creative genius in electrical engineering of all times, Nikola Tesla, as case study. What attracted Professor Raković to this theme was that its perplexing phenomenology could be understood with the help of to him familiar paradigm of quantum physics. A number of years of research resulted in a model explaining how the formation of Tesla-style deep creative insights might work and how it might be developed and controlled. Although Raković’s results were published in a number of research articles and books, and contrary to their large potential impact on research in other fields and on our society at large (explained below), they remained accessible only to a relatively small circle of experts - cognitive scientists who understand quantum physics.

Having heard about Knowledge Federation, Raković decides to join it and to have his work federated. He joins the Knowledge Federation 2010 workshop in Dubrovnik, and presents his work in a concise article consisting of a description of genealogy and phenomenology of Tesla’s creative insights, rendered mainly in Tesla’s own words, excerpts from his journal, and an outline of an explanatory model, written largely in the vernacular of quantum physics [REF].

Dino Karabeg in the Role of a Federator

Dino Karabeg – a federator – receives the article and recognizes its potential for making an impact.

Already in Knowledge Federation - we have been focusing on collective intelligence. But collective creativity may indeed be an even more important function of the agile and transformative collective mind we have undertaken to co-create. Is Raković's work showing us a way how we might enable collective creativity through systemic solutions in game-changing ways? Could we (as society) be creating far more creative geniuses of Tesla's caliber than we presently do? (Think what this might do for the world problematique...!) Are we inhibiting this creation routinely, because we have misunderstood the nature and the dynamics of creativity? A brief dialogue within the Knowledge Federation community about this theme revealed that this indeed might be the case.

Besides, Raković's work bears upon the theme of (foundations for) truth and worldview creation – which is central in knowledge federation – by challenging the method that relies on the paradigm of classical science and specifically classical phyhsics, and by offering a way to extend this paradigm based on newer epistemological insights.

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