My name is Tim Hampton.
Companies hire me to speak and facilitate workshops that get them unstuck and producing novel, must-have products and services. I also host public workshops on innovation and design thinking.
My mission is to learn and share the techniques of innovation. I am an engineer by training, an IT director by day, and work alongside some of the most creative and innovative people on the planet.
Machines of our own creation have already eliminated the majority of physical labour from our lives. Our newest creations are poised to take on work that, until now, required human skill.
As recently as 1790, 90% of the US labour force worked the farm. Today, agriculture occupies less than 3% of the workforce.
This change took over a hundred years, allowing people generations to find new occupations. The new machines – robotics and machine learning – are bringing incredible advances to our productivity today and affecting all our jobs.
This upheaval is what author Klaus Schwab describes in his book The Fourth Industrial Revolution – and it won’t wait one hundred years to eliminate or diminish our jobs as they currently exist.
And it’s not just individuals who will be affected. Entire companies and even industries will feel the turmoil. The S&P 500 is a stock market index of large companies listed on stock exchanges in the United States. Back in 1958, companies could expect to stay on that list for 61 years. Today, the average is just 18 years. If this rate continues, three quarters of the names we see today on the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.
So what’s a human to do?
Creativity is the most human skill. It creates our abundance and defines our legacy.
My goal when I began Design Thinking Toronto was to find and share techniques of innovation to help individuals and organizations build and maintain a pipeline of innovative ideas.
Creativity is at the heart of personal development, economic growth and meeting societal need. Creativity is the wellspring of joy at work, and one of the most meaningful contributions we can make in an increasingly automated world.