Abstract: Novice innovators face three developmental challenges: identifying collaborators, developing a complex set of social and technical skills, and acquiring capital to realize their ideas. Traditional paths to networking, developing skills and capital have relied on exclusive apprenticeships and elite financial and social networks. I present crowdfunding and digital lofts as new socio-technical systems to break these barriers and drive collective innovation.
Bio: Liz Gerber, is the Breed Junior Chair of Design in the McCormick School of Engineering and School of Communication at Northwestern University and advisor of Design for America which she founded to train students to work on design process with social and local impact. Her work focuses on the study and design of organizations and technology to empower innovators. This year, she was recognized by Crain’s Businessweek as leader of innovation in Chicago and received the IEEE Computer Society teaching award. Her work has been awarded at the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Competition, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Core 77, and Ashoka, and featured in such venues as Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. Liz holds a MS and Ph.D from Stanford University and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.
So we have this process, called life, it's aware of itself, it's aware of itself through you, you are an instrument through which the Universe looks at itself.
The Universe is looking at itself through you, and because of this there is always an aspect of itself that it can't see.
Like a snake pursuing his own tale.
That's what we find as we investigate the Universe:
Make the microscope bigger and bigger, and we will find ever more minute things;
Make the telescope bigger and bigger, and the Universe expands, because it's running away from itself;
It won't do that if you don't chase it!
You cannot take the whole of it, but you can get rid of it!
People around you will do the utmost to persuade you that you are missing something, because they are missing something and they think they are getting it, through a certain way; and therefore, to assure theirselves, they like you to do it too!