Turtling away at Open 09

Posted on: November 18, 2009

I have been busy turtling in the last two days.

What is turtling you may ask?

Well, it is quite simply a discussion box and they are being run by the people organising Open 09 at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

There were a number of turtles running across the city.The future of the web and the future of journalism were discussed as well as the future of music,the future of animation,textiles and fashion as well as product design futures.

With main action points collated,the second day saw the mega turtle where the points raised in the first day were brought together.

Three questions were posed to the turtle groups of five

1.How can the UK government best support its creative entrepreneurs and innovators?

2.How can we encourage more collaboration across disciplines to the benefit of the UK economy?

3.How do we ensure the UK can nurture and develop the necessary skills for individuals to participate in the creative digital economy?

All interlinked and what came out was quite interesting.

All the groups that I was involved in came to the conclusion that all three problems lie in the educational sector.That the innovative and entrepreneurial instincts need to be nurtured  at an early age in the education system so that the risk averse society that we live in can be swept away.

The need for collaboration is paramount but we have forgotten how to network.

As more networks have become virtual,the element of establishing trust has gone and this we need to return to a social arena in which we can comfortably do business and are at ease in sharing data.

A colleague here at Manchester Innovation told be that 90 per cent of trust is built upon body language.

Hence the need for more face to face communication.

What do you think,virtual,face to face or a mixture of both?


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