Published on September 14, 2009
YES WE CAN
INNOVATING OUT OF A RECESSION
Dr Norman Lewis, Chief Strategy Officer, Wireless Grids Corporation, USA
10 September 2009
They were all at it!
The West living on other people’s money?
Globaldecline of R&D spending as % of GDP(apart from Japan) * Main Science & Technology Indicators, OECD, December 2008, p1
326,266 105,503 Books with ‘innovation’ in their titles Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk
Lots of books about innovation… …but little innovation to be seen
VISION & LEADERSHIP
…because it was difficult!
Created industries and jobs and spin-offs
Era of short-term pragmatism and institutionalised risk-aversion
Columbus would have fallen foul to today’s quest for predictability and expected outcomes
The precautionary principle
…or post-it notes
…or the Internet
The quest for predictability The process of minimising unpredictable outcomes is a process that raises pragmatism and the knowable to an operating principle This is not how innovationis fostered
Fail often to succeed sooner Success is the one per cent of your work that results from the 99 per cent that is called failure
The biggest danger we face is not that our expectations are unrealistic Rather, it is that they are too low and we achieve them!
NEXT? WHY? WHY NOT!
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