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


Jan Sandred said...

Cool blog, Violeta!

Exactly! It’s all about getting people talk to each other. And magic happens if people from different disciplines talk to each other about the same problem.

Innovation comes from new looks at old problems; when people see beyond their expertise and together approach situations actively and in new combinations. Great breakthroughs often develop as a result of a combination of ideas from different fields, not within one specialized field only. Innovations occur at the intersection of multiple fields or interest areas, where ideas and opinions from different fields and cultures meet and diverge, to form new discoveries and solutions.

Most people have a core competence where they have developed expertise. You also have to have an “open attitude” for new approaches and learn new ideas. It just struck me that innovators are often self-taught (at least Swedish). They educate themselves intensely and often have a broad learning experience, having excelled in one field and learned another. Broad education and the ability to self-educate appear to be two keys to learning differently. The Swedish National Agency for Education has a special action programme for “lifelong learning”, to be able to learn in any stage of life. It is all purposeful learning activities whether formal, non-formal or informal like literature, media, and experience of life.

It is also essential to have a supportive environment. If you’re too much rebel, you’re rejected. It you’re too much conformist, you’re not innovating. The problem is all people who find themselves in environments where they are forced to specialize. (I have a lot of that experience myself, but finally found a place where I feel can use all my knowledge and experience)

Violeta said...

Thanks Jan… I couldn’t agree more… At the end you have to follow the call and keep the honest approach.. and results follow… We will have “Stanford after Stanford” event next week in Ljubljana and the primary goal is to continue building the community of scientists, media and business (and government) in order to cross-communicate the advantages of innovation and to bring to “common” people… to spread it around… innovations gains power when broadly used… when it’s really mobilizing people to use their creating minds… to act and not only react…V.