People interested in getting more involved with innovation need to do two things: 1) determine what aspects of innovation are of interest to them, and 2) find or build innovation communities.
The following aspects of innovation are of high interest to me:
- Innovation in the PPNB industry supercluster (pulp & paper, printing, nonwovens, biorefinery).
- Tele-collaboration resources and effective real-world use of those resources.
- Technology innovation, especially in the computer industry, the emerging civilian space area, the nanotechnology field, portable power innovations and general internet advancements.
- Innovation in the Midwest USA, Wisconsin, and especially northeast Wisconsin.
- Innovation which significantly improves networking, entrepreneurism, collaboration and 'quality of life' in northeast Wisconsin.
- Innovation which may help build the tech community in the Midwest USA, especially in the CM3/I-94 region (Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis).
There are many possible components of 'finding/building innovation communities.' I am meeting with a knowledge worker or two next week to discuss some of those components. A post on this blog next week will detail three or four of the ways we plan to 'find/build' innovation communities over the next six to twelve months.
As always, your suggestions or thoughts on this topic are encouraged and appreciated.