Canadian futurist Jim Carroll (@jimcarroll)just spoke about innovation at the London TechAlliance AGM. Here are some of the points that got my attention. (We used to call these sound bites or bullet points – I've already seem some of these show up in Tweets from the audience – so lets call these Slaw Tweets.)
Change is so rapid – 65% of public school children will be in a career that doesn't exist yet.
1/2 of what science grads learn in first year is obsolete when they graduate.
Product lifecycles used to be measured in 2 digit years. The product lifecycle of a digital camera is 3 -6 months.
Big doesn't beat small – fast beats slow.
We should choose not to participate in the recession – use it as an opportunity for growth.
A brand is no longer what you say it is – its what they say it is.
Experiential capital (accumulated experience trying to do things we have not done before) is crucial.