An economic crisis, or really any type of crisis, is indeed bad. But sometimes, a crisis can foster new creativity, providing the opportunities for young, or marginal, ideas to grow and eventually prevail.
In the 18th Century and the early 19th Century, there were heated debates in a number of US cities about which standard to adopt for public transportation. Should they stay with the standard, well-mastered technology of horse-pulled wagons? Would they invest in the more reliable and mastered steam engine technology? Or would they adopt the internal combustion engine, the new inefficient, yet very promising technology?