How information flow empowers innovation in the future

The flow of information, its density, volume and accessibility are essential underpinnings to a society’s innovation capacity. In this short series of posts, I’ve taken a historic perspective, looking at the information revolution in the middle ages, and at the technological and societal developments up to the 20th century, before turning to the 21st century and the dominant […]

Empowering innovation

Most often, the term empowering innovation is used as a synonym for disruptive innovation. For good reason, as these terms vividly describe two different views of the very same type of innovation: taking of complex and expensive product or service, and making it simpler and more affordable is the underlying definition that you’ll have seen […]

On international collaboration

How one plus one can be greater than two. Globalisation is the evolving background and increasingly becomes the driving factor for many of our considerations and actions; and science, technology, and innovation are no exceptions to this trend. While globalisation certainly poses a number of significant challenges to us, both as individuals and as societies, I’d like […]

Integrating citizen science

The concept has many names: networked science, crowd-sourced science, crowd science, civic science, or citizen science. All these terms emphasise a specific aspect, and all those aspects play a more or less important role in the overall concept. Let’s see: Networked science – science beyond the ivory tower, it requires interaction with others to progress; the […]

Attention! Attention!

Expert attention is to creative problem solving what water is to life in the desert: it’s the fundamental scarce resource. Michael Nielsen developed this idea in Reinventing Discovery, and I fully agree with him. True to the book’s subtitle, he discusses The New Era of Networked Science, where the tailored exploitation of information technology enhances and […]