Who are you?
You can read my bio but...
As a former college
administrator, government official and industrial manager, one
thing has been constant. I consider myself a managerial
architect who believes in innovating our future through
2. What was the greatest
challenge of your life?
The book opens with a quote
from Robert Frost: "Two roads diverged in the wood, and I
- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the
difference." Writing a 'how-to' book on innovation
strategy for the knowledge economy when most people had not
yet realized a new approach was even essential. Equally
difficult was following with a book that stretches the vision
of the current progressive knowledge practice.
3. In which occasion did
you learn something really essential?
Once my brother gave me a
card citing: "Reaching the top of the mountain only
provides an opportunity to see what new mountains to
climb." There is hardly an interaction that has not
provided me with alternative (or reinforced) perspectives that
have had an impact. Whether it has been sitting with the
aborigines in Desert Knowledge Australia, in the streets of
Caracas with dedicated PDVSA managers wrestling with their
country's illiteracy plight, on a plane from Bogotá,
Colombia, invited to speak in Manizales about building a
knowledge city when the coffee industry shifted to Asia,
working with the US State Department on converting Russia to a
Knowledge Economy, conversing with people from all countries
and language not being their native language, addressing
thousands in Kuala Lumpur representing 83 countries building
Knowledge Societies, or receiving an unexpected query from a
doctoral student seeking a thesis topic.
Most people do not realize
that most of the real leaders in the field are actually
practitioners with vision and motivation to openly share
insights real-time. The leaders are learners and the learners
are leaders. I admire most the executives of public and
private institutions - nations included - who are embracing
the concepts and putting them into action. It is their steps
of progress upon which relies our future success.
4. What do you like in
Perhaps it is the quest - the
promise in the eyes of people around the world -
industrialized or developing nations - who realize that
something fundamental is happening, and we are all playing a
role in this evolution.
These are the men, women and
children who are exploring, discovering, and finding new ways
to build prosperity and purpose. They are innovators with
values and vision for whom I provide visibility as the E100.
The computer and communications technology provides us ways to
connect and converse in unprecedented ways. Although there is
no substitute for the face-to-face interactions, we have
opportunities to leverage the competencies of one another in
wonderful (albeit sometimes destructive when misused) ways.
One person can, indeed, begin a wave that can impact millions.
The base assumption of The Innovation SuperHighway is that the
social - perhaps even more than the technical - networks are
changing our management landscape real-time. Most important,
our visions are being realized in substantive ways; and
dimensions we initially never thought important (e.g.
environment, culture and performing arts) are critical to how
5. What is your biggest
My adventure in the knowledge
profession began explicitly a knowledge exchange staff (1986)
and a roundtable on Management Knowledge Assets into the 21st
Century (1987) where I wrote about intellectual capital.
It was admittedly a mandate
of national competitive advantage. The agenda for most had
profitability in mind and at the enterprise level with a
delineation of knowledge industries and knowledge workers.
Now, it is one of
international collaboration and applies to all levels of the
economy; and we have hundreds of initiatives worldwide to
build knowledge cities, knowledge regions and a knowledge
world...all within about 15 short years.
Simply stated, knowledge
strategy is (and has always been) a platform for world peace -
nothing less. The ultimate form of (unhealthy) competition is
war. Given some of the modern principles, practices and
policies of a Knowledge Economy, we should have within our
grasp a more sustainable, equitable and humane world.
The closing section of the
book outlines a role for our Knowledge Millennium Generation,
a Blueprint for 21st Century Innovation and a vision of the
World Trade of Ideas - a modern Bretton Woods.
6. What is the difference
between a community and a network?
Discrepancies between the two
have significantly decreased with some recent leadership work.
One would say that the difference lies in a sense of
responsibility - not only for ones own accountability but the
welfare of others. Effective networks provide for this...and
more. Perhaps a better question would be the difference
between these and other associations, societies or gatherings.
I suppose it lies in a sense of purpose, mutual trust and
shared/aligned vision of what is to be accomplished.
7. How did you come to
KnowledgeBoard - in my
estimation - has the potential to be the leading international
(not just European) portal for knowledge and innovation
practice. I discovered it shortly after its inception and
found the dynamics of interaction worth pursuit.
8. The book you finished
The book we will be
discussing is entitled The Innovation SuperHighway. However,
there are two other books: one entitled Knowledge Economics
scheduled for release in September by Tartu University Press;
and the second is a child's book for leadership executives
entitled In Search of Innovation.
9. Who do you admire?
Of course, the spheres of
admiration begin at home. My recent book is dedicated to the
youth of the world - especially Clint (my husband) who keeps
the child in me alive and Kendra (my daughter) who makes life
worth living. The Innovation SuperHighway is dedicated to the
late Dr. George Kozmetsky who - like my other mentors Dr. Tom
Malone and Admiral Bobby Inman - motivate me to realize my
vision. There are three practitioners - Leif Edvinsson
(Sweden), Hubert Saint-Onge (Canada) and Joachim Doering
(Germany) who have been my constant companions in the process.
There is the E100 from 52
countries on the Global Knowledge Leadership Map from whom I
continuously learn and tens of thousands in the Network who
constantly challenge and enrich my thinking. Basically, I
admire those with values, vision and substance with the
courage to make a difference.
10. How do you support
In the halls of Warsaw,
Poland, I once saw the quote of a Polish philosopher, Staszic:
"What good is knowledge if it is not put to the use of
Similarly, when I subtitled
my previous book The Ken Awakening, I discovered in conversing
with Dr. Peter Drucker that 'Ken' was a word that meant both
knowledge and vision (i.e., a vision to put knowledge into
action.' 'Ken' also translates into the Celtic languages,
Chinese, Japanese, Africanz, Hebrew and even Sanskrit. All
over the world, we are coming to this awakening of how to
innovate our future...together.