Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Listening to Larry Prusak for the first time

Yesterday I was at the KL Convention Centre watching and listening to Larry Prusak delivering his keynote address on Innovation. I was really glad he was talking on something that we have in mind and some implemented already. When he spoke about creating an environment or culture for innovation he talked about;

1. Cognitive Diversity - people from diverse background is most likely to innovate together
2. Space and Spaces
a. Our physical spaces should be a knowledge place that send the right signal to k workers. A place for knowledge and to attract knowledge people and knowledge activities. Serendipity as well
b. Cognitive Space - we need spaces to just let loose and hang out - 'a day off to walk in the park'
c. Social Space that dephysicalise knowledge and rank and status do not matter

He also mentioned about our capacity to absorb knowledge (Absorptive Capacity). We need to continuously reevaluate the things that we do and how we do them. Process change maybe.

His address is one of the best that I have heard this year.

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