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 […]

An innovation system … kind of …

Over the past two months, I’ve developed my ideas about the innovation landscape, the protagonists playing the main roles in innovation, and their interactions that range from competition to cooperation. Taken together, these ideas describe all elements of an innovation system and its context: a system that produces and delivers the innovation that is needed, […]

Competition or cooperation ??

In a previous post, I have discussed the characteristic roles of three innovation protagonists: societies, organisations, and entrepreneurs. Each have their strengths and weaknesses. And all of them interact with one another. But how do those interactions work? More like competition? More like cooperation? Let’s find out and investigate the different actions they might take […]

More from the bird’s eye view …

In a recent post, I’ve presented a top-level perspective on competition in innovation. Cardwell’s Law truly takes a bird’s eye view in stating that No nation has been (technologically) very creative for more than a historically short period. Though there is impressive historic evidence to support this observation, it only addresses the symptoms of competition, but not the underlying reasons why […]

A bird’s eye view on competition

So far, I have viewed the innovation landscape through the lens of a single society and what happens inside it. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that there is more than one society. Rather than one global society, there are many regional and even local societies instead. With partial overlaps, with some commonalities and many differences. […]