Friday, 24 February 2012

KIN Members' favourite innovations

We held a fabulous KIN Roundtable yesterday on the topic of 'Innovation Markets'.
By way of an ice-breaker introduction, I asked each of the participants to say what their favourite innovations were. We decided that we would allow inventions as well as innovations. This was their surprising and eclectic list. It was notable that the iPod or iPad did not feature!

  • Micro banking by mobile phone in Africa
  • The Zero Rupee note (very successful anti corruption initiative in India)
  • Amazon book reviews
  • Robot vacuum cleaner
  • Online gaming as a social enabler
  • Google maps and Streetview
  • Texting
  • Fire (enabled cooking and our brains to grow)
  • E Readers
  • Velcro (especially when used as restrainers for babies, apparently)
  • Aux 3.5mm jack connections in cars 
  • Social bookmarking
  • Live train updates on my phone
  • Bicycle Derailleur gears
KIN members are certainly an imaginative bunch of people!

Monday, 13 February 2012

The Riddle of Experience vs Memory - a lesson for Knowledge Transfer

Daniel Kahneman

I've just listened to a TED talk from Daniel Kahneman that has huge relevance for anyone involved in Knowledge Transfer or Knowledge Elicitation work. We know that an individual's recall and their actual experience may be quite different. This excellent talk shows just how different they can be. Kahneman is credited with inventing the concept of 'behavioural economics'.
By the way, if you are interested in knowing how much (or little) annual income is required to make you 'experientially happy', listen to the Q&A at the end. 

"Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness".

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