Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The “bing bang” vs “step by step”

Monday was an interesting day… TIA (Technological Agency of Slovenia) organized a brainstorming session on its future development… Some really cool issues and dilemmas were brought to light… one of them being about a role and the dynamic of development of TIA. There were 2 major thoughts on the table: »a big bang« approach with the government just putting a large sums of money into it and let it lead the technological development of Slovenia or a »step by step« approach that would allow people in charge to grow along with the project. I believe that the second one is a better one. I see TIAs mission at first in bringing different players on technological development together and let them create new value add, motivate them to go even further… for such activities you do not need large sums of money. However, it is true that you need a visionary picture and lots of will…. TIA could play a really important role as a promoter of innovation culture, a source of efficient development tools and best practices…TIA could be an excellent coordinator, motivator, the one that can push things thru… there is room for innovation in how to develop and lead such an organization in an environment as Slovenia is…


Jan Sandred said...

The most important thing is to do something and not talk so much. And it is easier to take small steps than a big.

There is a large gap between the political rhetoric about the knowledge society and the reality of budgetary and other priorities. That goes for Slovenia as well as Sweden, UK, France, etc.

Lamenting failures to innovate is an international pastime. All politicians claim that everybody is falling behind everybody else. Innovation is something a free market has a hard time to provide, because ideas are expensive to produce but cheap to copy. Government intervention is essential: basic research needs to be supported with grants to universities, while intellectual property must be protected, within reason.

The most important issues are to create innovation friendly markets, strengthening R&D resources, better education (upgrading the labor force – “structural mobility”) and fostering a culture which celebrates innovation.

Today innovation policies at best do no harm. Most initiative is not working. Action is needed to address the productivity and social challenges faced by all countries in Europe.
Current figures show that the Nordic countries and the Balkan countries have the best conditions, but from different perspectives.

TIA have an important role to play, but it’s action that counts. And you cannot wait. Nobody is going to do it for you.

Violeta said...

These are important comments… is innovation really too expensive for general public? I agree to the point of substantial moves, projects that need in-depth research… however, there are many additional areas where every individual matters… so, in parallel we need to support entrepreneurial spirit and curiosity in all citizens… and as you said, nobody is going to do anything for us, not for TIA… it has to come out of teams, employees, out of us, individuals… by definition, everybody wants to be successful and we need to stimulate that… so, both paths are needed… investments in university labs research and a lot in local promotions…

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Don Lapre Albert