Promoting Creative InterdisciplinarityPromoting Creative Interdisciplinarity
in a Disciplinary World:in a Disciplinary Wor...
Fast Times in Higher EdFast Times in Higher Ed
 Live in fast-paced era.
 A creative era.
 Advance of knowledge.
 Augme...
RoadmapRoadmap
The world is flat & all that.
From cold war to creative era.
The technoeconomics of now.
Promoting inte...
The World is Flat & All ThatThe World is Flat & All That
 Widely asserted that world is
flat and returns to creativity ar...
Cold War Mindset in an InternetCold War Mindset in an Internet
World?World?
 In final days of the Vannevar
Bush era.
 He...
The Missed RevolutionsThe Missed Revolutions
Changes adopted in industry.
Largely missed in the academy.
We teach, but ...
The Technoeconomics of NowThe Technoeconomics of Now
From cold war to creative
era. How’d we get here?
Technoeconomic ef...
Implications for Creative EraImplications for Creative Era
Smaller organizations, sticking
to knitting, interacting easil...
Dueling Departments/DisciplinesDueling Departments/Disciplines
 Missed revolutions &
power of
departments/disciplines.
 ...
Promoting Creative InterdisciplinarityPromoting Creative Interdisciplinarity
in a Disciplinary World:in a Disciplinary Wor...
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Promoting Creative Interdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World: Part 1, Cold war mindset in an internet world

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David E. Goldberg explores how to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in universities that have strong disciplinary underpinnings. The first part considers the changes between the cold war and our creative era and how they effect design for interdisciplinarity.

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Promoting Creative Interdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World: Part 1, Cold war mindset in an internet world

  1. 1. Promoting Creative InterdisciplinarityPromoting Creative Interdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World:in a Disciplinary World: Part I: Cold War Mindset in an Internet WorldPart I: Cold War Mindset in an Internet World David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 deg@illinois.edu; www.Ifoundry.illinois.edu
  2. 2. Fast Times in Higher EdFast Times in Higher Ed  Live in fast-paced era.  A creative era.  Advance of knowledge.  Augmented by information technology.  Institutional & information systems have not kept pace.  Need historical & conceptual understanding of forces of change.  Helps think about the institutions and IT needed for rapid advance.
  3. 3. RoadmapRoadmap The world is flat & all that. From cold war to creative era. The technoeconomics of now. Promoting interdisciplinarity in a disciplinary world. Lessons from the IT landscape for creative interdisciplinarity.
  4. 4. The World is Flat & All ThatThe World is Flat & All That  Widely asserted that world is flat and returns to creativity are increasing.  For example: ◦ Tom Friedman, The World is Flat. ◦ Richard Florida, Rise of the Creative Class. ◦ Dan Pink, A Whole New Mind.  Implications of past and present for interdisciplinary work & IT.  But university reborn in cold war.
  5. 5. Cold War Mindset in an InternetCold War Mindset in an Internet World?World?  In final days of the Vannevar Bush era.  Headed US wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development.  Report, The Endless Frontier, set stage for NSF and ongoing funding of scientific research.  Curriculum, funding, P&T, and institution adapted to this change.  Hierarchical specialized industrial organizations.  Universities follow suit with departments & isolated, specialized disciplines. Vannevar Bush (1890-1974)
  6. 6. The Missed RevolutionsThe Missed Revolutions Changes adopted in industry. Largely missed in the academy. We teach, but do not practice what we preach. Missed revolutions since WW2: ◦ Quality revolution (teamwork). ◦ Entrepreneurial revolution (startups). ◦ IT revolution (innovation at a distance). Teach the “revolutions,” but do not integrate lessons into academy or curriculum. (c) 2008 David E. Goldberg
  7. 7. The Technoeconomics of NowThe Technoeconomics of Now From cold war to creative era. How’d we get here? Technoeconomic effects: ◦ Transport and communication improvements. ◦ Network effects. ◦ Transaction costs. Small agile firms connected by communication/transportati on networks. Karl Marx (1818-1883)
  8. 8. Implications for Creative EraImplications for Creative Era Smaller organizations, sticking to knitting, interacting easily with others at a distance. Easily find/connect with others at distance. A recipe for creative action. Koestler’s term: bisociation. Creativity at the intersection of disparate disciplines. But all is not well.
  9. 9. Dueling Departments/DisciplinesDueling Departments/Disciplines  Missed revolutions & power of departments/disciplines.  University of Illinois as Italian renaissance experience.  Warring factions in Venice, Rome & Florence.  Fighting for treasure, loyalty, allegiance.  Machiavelli would have been at home.  Return to treasure allocation later. Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 – 1527)
  10. 10. Promoting Creative InterdisciplinarityPromoting Creative Interdisciplinarity in a Disciplinary World:in a Disciplinary World: Part I: Cold War Mindset in an Internet WorldPart I: Cold War Mindset in an Internet World David E. Goldberg Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, IL 61801 deg@illinois.edu; www.Ifoundry.illinois.edu

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