Don Tapscott set the bar quite high with his thought-provoking opening keynote on Friday. Tapscott is Chairman of Moxie Insight and founded of the international think tank, New Paradigm. He co-authored the best-seller, Macrowikinomics, with Anthony D. Williams, a follow-on to their 2006 bestseller, Wikinomics. A few notes from his talk --
- The killer app may turn out to be saving the planet.
- The core modus operandi of Wall Street is what almost brought down global capitalism. The collapse was not a blip.
- The future is not something to be predicted, but something to be perceived. The world is not going through a cyclical change but a secular change.
- We're at a turning point in history, rebooting our institutions. We're being forced to move beyond traditional top/down organizational structure because we live in an age of networked intelligence.
- Growing up digital. This is the first time in history when a generation's children, and not their parents, are the authority on something, institutionally transforming. This generation is lapping its parents in knowledge of the digital arena.
- The cost of being open is growing cheaper than the cost of staying closed and proprietary. 50-year old mining company, Goldcorp, shared its proprietary data and acted globally in a bid to transform itself and crowdsource intelligence and analysis of its data on the possibility of a rich new find. They offered a large cash prize for successful analysis. It worked.
- Collectively, the world is on a "burning platform" where the cost of staying where we are exceeds the cost of moving to a new model. In another illustration on how to change, he sited IBM's decision to support Linux instead of compete with it, give away millions in software, and change the OS landscape while saving the company 1 billion dollars.
Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative, talked about how to cultivate and sustain creativity in our lives.
- Focus - we must stop fossilizing around assumptions. Ask questions again. Beware of "Ping" interruptions - check my email, check my phone, etc.
- Relationships - Build them, especially ones that expand your world, not just reinforce it as you see it now. Innovation is not a solo sport.
- Energy - effectively manage it. Like a gardener with plants and trees, we must be relentlessly prune things from our life that keep us from staying fresh and using our energy most creatively, effectively.
- Stimuli - we need a study plan, pursue our curiousities. Are you filling your head with healthy, mind-excercising content, or are you snacking? Grow your mind, make the choice with your time. If you want to be brilliant in a moment of need, start preparing far upstream ahead of the need.
- Hours - Do you have things built into your life that feed your creative soul? Commit time to them. Look at your calendar and your checkbook and you'll see what you've made your priorities.