Thursday, April 20, 2006

A few hours after the conference

The conference is over and I can not thank enough to all the participants for all the efforts and the great energy that they helped to create in the room. Some hot issues were raised, provocative lines placed on the table and even the first suggestions for the possible solutions provided…the dialog was productive and constructive… I believe that the purpose of the conference was achieved. There were the right people in the room, those that can make a difference, those that care. The administrative procedures stopped us from signing the letter of intent officially, even though It was finalized between TIA and Stanford in the morning… I know that it will be completed in the next few days… so, as Sonja pointed out today, it is an individual turn to act on his/her best possible way… innovation, innovation systems, innovation society are the true visions that need a support from all of us… at the end, the innovation is the only real driver for value add creation and as such the source for the future development, growth and prosperity… Thanks to David, the director of the Innovation Journalism program at Stanford and Jan from VINNOVA… your presence added excellent sparkles… we proved one more time the importance of the networks and the value of the global perspective…

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

www.vibacom.si/stanfordpostanfordu

It happened. The message came and I followed…. That was pretty much how this great event on the 20.4.05 at FDV came about. The innovation Journalism concept and its mission vibrate really well with my views and believes. I believe in dialog and cooperation. Even on a level of a country that is the only way to progressively move forward. So, can media really respond? Will they have enough patience to develop the customer base for more in depth articles? It is definitely worth trying. In the next social cycle innovation as the primary force for value add creation will be replaced with something else, yet, in order to be widely accepted will need a support of media again. How can businesses and academia and the state contribute to that and avoid at the same time the “PR” connotation? How can journalists separate what has a true socio-economical impact and what is a promotion? We might want to look for an answer in business practice. Constant dialog, cooperation, presence, critical exchange of information, visions, and results are the moves that create the collective consciousness in corporate environments. Are we seeing the media sector getting more interconnected, interrelated? Will they blend in more? Could there be a need for a continues training and education for journalists, as well… not only on the spot but also formally on a long run… Are the programs that Finish, Swedish and Stanford University introduced the right way to go? The preliminary results are confirming the need for a strategic orientation. Will Slovenia follow? Let's see what kind of answers the conference will offer… the innovation age is surely exciting one and it has just started…. To follow the progress of the conference live, tune in to the conference blog V.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Small can sometimes be also an advantage

When establishing national platforms living in a small country could finally be an advantage… small countries are a great lab for testing out new models … when you get people interested in a topic you can really get all levels of society to cooperate… not that it is a piece of cake to get the movement rolling, yet, there is less levels and the networks are smaller… challenges.. many.. one of them »how to keep the movements going«, since the critical mass of people is small every person counts… and there is so many interesting projects…however, innovations is such a strong driver of change, prosperity and growth….I hope that at least for a while will be the connecting topic… as long as we can keep the honest and clear energies going… V.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Stanford after Stanford

Ok… this is a challenge… keeping the blogs up-to date… specially when blogs are not my primary channel of communication… however, at the conference, among other things, I have been convinced, that blogs and podcasts will be playing an important role not only in the hackers world but in business communities, as well. The conference was cool, it opened the core challenges of innovation societies and it stressed one more time two important relationships for the future of innovation as a global driver of growth and prosperity: relationship between media and academia and relationship between media and businesses. We all need to learn how to talk to each other, how to cooperate. Sweden, Finland, Silicon Valley are not by coincidence the drivers of global change. Probably the strongest differentiation factor is the networks that they have… their way of cross functional cooperation. David just proved it one more time to all of us attending the event… the networks really count…Can we make a progress in that field… I know we can… we actually should, since that is the most powerful elevation for innovation… and innovation is the best polygon for maximization of human capital, creativity and self being… the best ticket for successful global positioning.

Violeta & David