Enabling Innovation Facing Global Dilemmas

Here are some of the things I learned via Twitter this past week.

Quote of the Week:

bhsprincipal Patrick Larkin

“If I am an effective leader then I have set up a system that is not dependent on me.” via @gcouros #cpchat

I’m currently in Berlin attending a working meeting of the International Monitoring Organisation which is examining four dilemmas facing Germany, the EU and the global community. The group decided to use Twitter for the first time and a few of us jumped in to help get the conversation online. Here are some highlights, in chronological order:

@jaycross #paradoxolutions. Messages from our group going to office of Angela Merkel. Starting point: Innovate or die, Deutschland

@jaycross Squeezed between Dynamics & Complexity. No way back. Growing “Dynaxity” [interesting neologism]

Peter Pawlowsky on high performance teams: need to communicate across disciplines eg pilots & doctors in medical rescue

key message this morning was that innovation must be based on uniqueness at all levels

Jürgen Howaldt shift from an industrial to a knowledge age requires more openness for innovation; both social & technological

Frank Emspak German work-sharing agreement helped avoid recession & maintain skill base for innovation

@jaycross Kompetenz = not just knowing how but also doing it. English equivalent = “working smarter

Francesco Garibaldo Innovation: we have to invest time with no obvious & immediate results in order to get some key results over the long term.

Fritz Böhle Accelerated change & uncertainty are obstacles to innovation: one solution to this is encouraging and supporting self-directed learning

Points from Stephen Downes, on Uniqueness & Conformity:

Fully realized, a state of total knowledge is indistinguishable from total complexity, or chaos …

In a chaotic environment, knowledge is nothing more than pattern recognition.

@downes the ‘pracademics’ – people who are working in academics and in practice

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