For those of you not in the know of the now, Supernova is produced in partnership with the Wharton School of Business...."because technology is everyone's business."...and has become all the rage with the digerati.
As the lead quote on the Supernova site from former Xerox chief scientist John Seely Brown suggests: "One of the must-attends of the digerati and forward thinkers of the networked age."
Alas, I couldn't make it. I was too busy locked up in my own digital den tracking the quick demise of the U.S. World Cup soccer team (thank you, Mr. Dempsey, for that one U.S.-inflicted goal...the people of Nacogdoches and Texans around the world are most proud of you!) and continuing to pine over the beating of my Dallas Mavericks by the Miami Heeeeaaaattttt on Tuesday night.
I've had enough Shaq attacks for one season, thank you very much. But hey, Mark Cuban, feel free to not curse at the zebras just one time and make that $100K check out to "Turbo@IBM" instead. I promise not to spend it all in one place.
Now back to the Supernova. IBM exec Linda Sanford was in the house, speaking on a panel with Sean "DrKW" Park and SpikeSource's Kim "Remember Marimba?" Polese. The subject? "Innovation in Established Organizations (a.k.a. Web 2.0 Meets the Enterprise)"
Wallace's online commentary indicated that Sanford gave a shout-out to the gaming generation, remarking that companies "need to tap into the creative minds of gamers and apply that in the work world." She also discussed "reputational capital" (those little reputational digital dots that follow you college students from your MySpace profile to your first employer), and suggested that "traditional employer-employee relationships are going to be antiquated based on what we're seeing today."
That all sounds well and good, Linda, but if you're gonna assign a borg to be my new boss, I just hope he's not decked out like one of those dudes from the original "Star Wars" bar scene. I'm a Lucas fan to be sure, but a man has to have some pride and I've already had enough IBM robot bosses (just kidding!)
Serially folks, It sounds like the real point Sanford made was one I firmly support, joystick and all: Today's X-Box 360 will absolutely influence tomorrow's workers and leaders, and those institutions which don't keep up and on track with the Virtual Gaming Joneses could likely miss crossing the next major chasm -- the influence of avatar- and virtual gaming environments on workplace training and education.
And all this time here I am thinking that playing "Halo" on those long boring conference calls was goofing off? It turns out I was simply preparing myself for a step up the IBM workplace ladder.
While I wait for said ladder to be lowered, just know I'm sorry I wasn't at Supernova in the flesh. I would love to have followed the backchannel IRC, as well as heard firsthand Linda's story about interviewing Kinks' lead singer Ray Davies about the process of inspiration and creativity.
Not your father's IBM, to be sure...Not even close.[Read More]