On the unintended consequences of innovation policy …

My appreciation for Ian Morris and his big thinking has been woven into this blog already at a very early stage, as his writing provides a long-range historic context for social development in general, and I believe for innovation in particular. He has his finger on the pulse of society’s fundamental challenges, with his paradox of development eloquently paraphrasing society’s eternal […]

How innovation policy can embrace novelty …

Innovation policy is a complex composition of policies that influence the innovation capacity and success of a society, that shape a society’s innovation fitness. This set of policies usually does not cover the entire innovation landscape, but leaves the fringes of the landscape unattended. In a subsequent post, I’ll take a look at the area of known […]

Why innovation policy must be innovative

About a year ago I came across the work of the historian and archaeologist Ian Morris, who observed that “change is caused by lazy, greedy, frightened people looking for easier, more profitable, and safer ways of doing things”. This Morris Theorem essentially presents human sloth, greed, and fear as the key drivers for our society’s appetite for […]

Pushing the boundaries – Epilogue

Over the past few weeks I’ve visited the four quadrants of the innovation landscape (the short series of posts started here) to get a better idea of the boundaries between the quadrants and how they are pushed. Now it’s time to zoom out again to take a look at the landscape as a whole, with […]

The bounds of the wicked quadrant …

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been roaming the innovation landscape to get a better view of the boundaries that divide the landscape into four quadrants. I started in the second quadrant (research) and through the third (disruptive), before I visited the first quadrant (business as usual). This short series is coming to an end in the most […]