This is a short review of the book “Philosophy of Technology” by V. Dusek and its main themes and ideas. I’ve selected some interesting ideas to talk about, and included some excerpts from the book in the end.
“Love the Refugees” : Why the Token Representative in Business and Culture works – a Market and Consumer Behavior Perspective
This post is about the power of the ‘token representative’. The image of the refugee of today, is replacing that of the mobster of yesterday. It is always easier (and more emotionally satisfying) to use ‘approximate thinking’ and remember a simplified story. Interestingly, this is flowing from cultural products like Film to other areas, including business and entrepreneurship…
Can Economists ruin Innovation with an Index? Thoughts on measuring innovation, growth, culture, and creativity.
The 2022 Global Innovation Index report released by WIPO has been published for 2022. Here are some of thoughts on the report, including a few comments and reflections on innovation, economic growth, measurement, and cultural resources.
Country Brands can be a useful socio-economic resource. They are hard to ‘control’, but certain aspects of them can be understood and used to support markets and innovation.
How can we fix the educational system? Should we reconsider what its objectives are?
The overall effectiveness and efficiency of the school system makes for a very interesting discussion. Other than being the main tool to spread knowledge in a society, it is also supposedly an important contributor to the processes of economic progress and of social mobility (allowing for the possibility of individuals moving between ‘classes’) … That – however – is just in theory …
Super-apps and the decentralized web seem to represent too diametrically opposite forces competing for the soul of connectivity! The winning direction (if there is one) will impact the future of tech innovation.
What does it all mean? Who will win? Should we care?
Quotes, Links, Memes, and Readings from January 2022.
Topics include social media, consumer behavior, innovation, markets, trends, and education.
Shein is now a very valuable fashion company! It has recorded 7 years of 100%+ sales growth, and is now large-enough to be compared to Zara & H&M (with much faster growth). It might not survive (this will depend on their brand evolution), but it is an interesting story.
Shein is a phenomenal growth story. Its (ultra-fast) growth reiterates important lessons on innovation. It also stresses the evolution of new business models and processes.
The Cultural Innovation Sub-system
Improving the effectiveness of National Innovation System (NIS) initiatives in developing nations
The Cultural and Creative Industries can be used as critical ingredients of National Innovation Systems (termed the Cultural Innovation Sub-system), especially in developing nations.