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Jay Edwin Gillette: Innovative Leadership for the Information Renaissance #bcs2015

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Keynote speech given at the BOBCATSSS 2015 conference - http://www.bobcatsss2015.com/.

“Information Renaissance” is the concept that we are in a post-industrial age, whose characteristics can be understood to be like the historic transformation of the European Renaissance. The historic renaissance had a decisive impact on human development, through the information catalyst of movable-type publishing. Renaissance ideas spread throughout Europe at first, then globally in the ensuing centuries. My thesis is that we are now in such “renaissance times.”

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Jay Edwin Gillette: Innovative Leadership for the Information Renaissance #bcs2015

  1. 1. “Innovative Leadership for the Information Renaissance: A Knowledge Society Driven by the Information Economy” Jay Edwin Gillette Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies University of Oulu, Finland 2014-2015 Professor of Information and Communication Sciences Center for Information and Communication Sciences Ball State University, USA
  2. 2. “Information Renaissance Leadership: Challenges for a Knowledge Society Driven by the Information Economy” The educator’s job is to turn experience into knowledge. Professor Richard Hutson [1] The Renaissance was a time of joy and terror, elation and anxiety, and in our own time where anxiety has thrown joy into its millennial shadow, reacquainting ourselves with our rebirth may renew our joie de vivre. Kenneth Atchity [2]
  3. 3. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 3 Presentation Contents in Five Topics Topic 1: Context of our era--Welcome to the Information Renaissance • A knowledge society driven by an information economy • Challenging innovation, yet not unprecedented in human history Topic 2: Characteristics of the Information Renaissance • Positives: rapid, extensive, historic human progress • Negatives: clash of paradigms generates major social conflict • European renaissance and Information renaissance characteristics Topic 3: Succeed and Prosper in the Information Renaissance • Succeed as a Person—Become a Renaissance Man or Renaissance Woman • Succeed as an Organization—Add knowledge value to everything you touch Topic 4: In a Scale of Knowledge, Information is the key component Topic 5: Conclusions and Recommendations • Have confidence; lead with confidence; succeed and prosper
  4. 4. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 4 Text in Context: Boats Make the Most Sense when Afloat Context Boat as Mechanism Water as Medium Text
  5. 5. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 5 Text in Context: Succeed and Prosper Professionally in the Information Renaissance Context Professional Strategies Information Renaissance Text
  6. 6. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 6 1: The Information Renaissance Context Innovative context of our era: “Welcome to the Information Renaissance” 1. New era—Knowledge Society driven by an Information Economy 1.1 Challenging innovation, yet not unprecedented in human history 1.2 Like European renaissance (e.g.: Italy c. 1500; Britain c. 1600; unfolding and following regionally and worldwide, still today) 1. “Is this the Information Revolution?” 2.1 No—a post-revolutionary era. In American context, not 1776. 2.2 In the American context it’s 1803; Thomas Jefferson and the revolutionaries are in the White House—getting ready to send out Lewis and Clark to explore the territory we’ve already bought but haven’t explored. What we call the Information Revolution is actually a Knowledge Revolution. . . . The key is not electronics; it is cognitive science. Peter Drucker [3]
  7. 7. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 7 2: Characteristics of the Information Renaissance 2.1 Overarching Characteristics of Renaissance Times 2.1.1 Positives: rapid, great human progress 2.1.2 Negatives: clash of paradigms generates major social conflict 2.2 Irresistible Force (new paradigm) Meets Immovable Object (old paradigm) 2.2.1 At the end of the story, the Irresistible Force always wins, yet the Immovable Object alters its vectors (river of Grand Canyon) 2.2.2 Renaissance & reformation (progress paradigm) generates counter-reformation, which uses the techniques of progress to counter the new paradigm; 2.2.3. Results in upheaval & change: top to bottom, bottom to top
  8. 8. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 8 2.3: Distinguishing Characteristics of the European Renaissance • Book Publishing Technology • Idealism • Scientific Method • Naturalism and Secularism • Fragmentation and Nationalism • Exploration and Discovery • Humanism • Individualism • Homo faber (“Man the maker”) Kenneth J. Atchity. ed. (1996.) The Renaissance Reader. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, with changes.
  9. 9. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 9 2.4: Distinguishing Characteristics of the Information Renaissance • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) • Knowledge Society • Information Economy • Globalism • Universal vs. Tribal • Exploration, Discovery and Travel • Search for Synthesis • Collaboration • Community • Homo sapiens [Linnaeus 1758] (“Human the knower”) Jay Edwin Gillette, Chin-gi Hong and others (discourses at Ball State University); Jay Edwin Gillette (2007.) “Leadership for the Information Renaissance” [4]; John Naisbitt. (1994.) Global Paradox. New York: Avon.
  10. 10. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 10 3: Succeed and Prosper in the Information Renaissance Succeed and Prosper in the Information Renaissance, as Person, as an Organization 3.1 Succeed as a Person—Become a Renaissance Man or Woman 3.2 Succeed as an Organization—Add knowledge value to everything you touch
  11. 11. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 11 3.1 Succeed as a Person 3.1 Succeed as a Person — Become a Renaissance Man or Woman 3.1.1 Exemplars = Leonardo da Vinci, Vittoria Colonna 3.1.2 Be a “T-person” – both broadly comprehensive (T- crossbar), deeply competent (T-base) , as one complete person -- Breadth of comprehension (goal of liberal arts education) -- Depth of competence (goal of professional education) 3.1.3 Breadth informs adaptability; Depth informs utility -- Adaptability to succeed in rapid change (adapt to environment) -- Utility to prosper by adding value (find a need and fill it)
  12. 12. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 12 Example: Michael Gelb’s “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”
  13. 13. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 13 Example: Ben Shneiderman’s “Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies”
  14. 14. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 14 3.2 Succeed as an Organization 3.2 Succeed as an Organization — Add knowledge value to everything you touch 3.2.1 Concept from Japanese theorist Taichi Sakaiya The Knowledge-value Revolution, or, A History of the Future 3.2.2 Incorporate knowledge-value in all products/activities (in whatever it is you do) 3.2.3 Knowledge premium in 3-Ds (design, development, deployment) -- Sakaiya’s example = Hermès tie [or scarf] -- Gillette example = Mercedes-Benz vehicles
  15. 15. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 15 4.1 Many kinds of knowledge 4.1.1 An entire field: epistemology—how we know what we know 4.1.2 Examples—rational, psychological, spiritual, emotional, intuitive, instinctive 4.2 My taxonomy analyzes six kinds of knowledge in a scale, all ways of knowing 4.2.1 Information is the key component, “the door that swings both ways” 4.2.2 Six Kinds of Knowledge (see next slide) 4: In a Scale of Knowledge, Information is the Key Component
  16. 16. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 16 4.2.2 Six Kinds of Knowledge • Wisdom • Understanding • Information – “news you use” – “you get the idea” • Data • Facts • Phenomena [start here]
  17. 17. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 17 4.3 Practice of Information Networking: How we Move and Use Information[5] Main Category of Information Networking Second Level Analysis in Information Networking Access Input Processing Movement Output Filtering Display Selection Classification Prioritization Storage Organization Placement Securing Indexing Retrieval Searching Finding Bringing Forth Queuing Using Applying Deploying Distributing Presenting
  18. 18. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 18 5: Conclusions and Recommendations 5.1 Our species comes into its own: Homo sapiens, “Humans who know”--Have confidence in the future; lead innovatively 5.1.1 Humans have seen and done this before; have confidence 5.1.2 lead innovatively with confidence, from clarity of context -- (“Morale is itself a strategic advantage”) 5.2 Succeed: renaissance times call for renaissance men and renaissance women—a challenge we can meet 5.3 Prosper: build organizations that add knowledge value to everything they touch—we’re on the way 5.4 Homo sapiens--Use information networking to leverage knowledge that we have and can discover
  19. 19. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 19 Thank You—and Discussion Renaissance Spock: Utne Magazine’s most popular cover (January-February 1998 issue)
  20. 20. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 20 Presentation Acknowledgements Information Networking requires team cooperation: Thank you Masaryk University, Brno, Tampere University, BOBCATSSS 2015
  21. 21. © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette “Information Renaissance Leadership" 21 References and Bibliography [1] Jay Edwin Gillette paraphrase of Richard Hutson. (c. 1982.) Personal Communication. University of California, Berkeley. [2] Kenneth J. Atchity. ed. (1996.) The Renaissance Reader. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, p. xxiv. [3] Peter F. Drucker. (1999.) “Beyond the Information Revolution.” The Atlantic Monthly (October 1999), p. 57. [4] Jay Edwin Gillette (2007.) “Leadership for the Information Renaissance: Clarity, Challenges, Opportunity.” Annual Review of Communications. Vol. 60. Chicago: International Engineering Consortium. 2007. Download at https://ballstate.academia.edu/JayGillette [5] Jay Edwin Gillette (2001.) “A Practical Framework for Understanding Knowledge Management.” Chapter 1 in Knowledge Management Strategies and Technologies, edited by Richard F. Bellaver and John M. Lusa. Boston and London: Artech House. Best books on information economy or information renaissance approach: • Taichi Sakaiya, The Knowledge-value Revolution, or, A History of the Future. (1991.) New York and Tokyo: Kodansha International. • Carl Shapiro and Hal R. Varian. Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy. (1998.) Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press. • Michael Gelb. (2000.) How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. New York: Dell Publishing. • Debora L. Spar. (2001.) Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet. New York: Harcourt Inc. • Ben Shneiderman. (2002.) Leonardo’s Laptop: Human Needs and the New Computing Technologies. Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press.
  22. 22. “Information Renaissance Leadership: Challenges for a Knowledge Society Driven by the Information Economy” Contact: Dr. Jay Edwin Gillette Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies University of Oulu, Finland 2014-2015 Center for Information and Communication Sciences Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306 USA jaygillette@bsu.edu © 2015 by Jay Edwin Gillette

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