What is Yesha doing? He is Innovating innovating...
Now for the full version:
From time to time, I choose a tagline that defines, hints, markets, as well helps people remember what I do. In the past, I used taglines like "Do as a thinker, and think as a doer" and "Innovation via 3D3C."
Now is the time for a new tagline.
When I reflect on what drives (perhaps what should drive) the world and what drives me I can definitely see "innovation".
Innovation is more than ideas; it is the realization of these ideas into solutions that create value.
But why the two words? Innovating innovating? Well, the answer is simple: Innovation itself is changing. Innovation is being innovated. It needs to be innovated.
What has been innovation for the last 100 years is evolving. We need new kinds of innovation, new ways to fund innovation, new platforms for innovation, new government policies, and more
So my work revolves around the challenge of Innovating innovating...
- Current work:
- In Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University, where I'm the executive director, we work on the global venture ecosystem. We examine the role of ventures. For more info take a look at my paper about the venture ecosystem and our research strands.
- In my work out of Hong Kong, I'm looking at the leadership of innovation as well as working with the local HK venture ecosystem.
- I have spent more than 2 decades on my research and on teaching the Strategic Value of Innovation Technology (SVIT) -- I mostly look at the relations between the digital forces and innovation. I have few key papers about platforms of innovation and digital leadership. (see my new course in Coller Management school executive education on digital transformation (and in Hebrew)
- My focused area of expertise is what I call 3D3C platforms -- the evolving forces of 3D (imaging, printing, augmented, etc.), Community, Creation, and Commerce. See my 2016 Springer book on the matter: Handbook on 3D3C Platforms: Applications and Tools for Three Dimensional Systems for Community, Creation and Commerce (Progress in IS). I'm also the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Virtual Worlds research.
- In recent years I've been looking more deeply into mindfulness and innovation. Stay tuned for cool things in this area. ("orange bike project").
- Older work:
- My classic work on knowledge infrastructure (which can be seen as a key for innovation) can be the post Yesha's Harvard Nine Keys to a Knowledge Infrastructure.
- And my doctorate work in Harvard (which I like very much) about the role of standards, can be seen in this post: Yesha's Five Dimensions of Standards
Few words about the characters in "Innovating innovating..."
- I chose the upper case "I" to make sure we all know it starts with one person. Innovation is a team work, but it starts with a leader who leads the process.
- The second "i" is small. We need to be humble and respect the world around us: partners, employees, shareholders, customers... they are all part of the innovation.
- I chose the "..." at the end to state that innovation (in this case of innovation) is a journey. It takes time and energy. There are new things that cannot be planned for.