Monday, January 6, 2020, I read an interview in Bloovi with colleague corporate anthropologist, Jiske Kramer. Sound fragments immediately come back from my study period: “hmm what are you studying? “What’s that, what’s in it for you? Why do your parents pay for your study? You can’t make money with that, can you? ” “Is that useful?”

And they were partly right… it was not easy to look for a job, especially with little work experience in a crisis period, a while ago. What it was: a very educational experience, which makes me look at the world differently and from which I still reap the benefits every day, certainly within this transforming society.

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I make a trip today, no anthropology and no, no neurology, … nearly every article I read contains the word neurology or oxytocine. Today I make a trip to the animal kingdom. Yes I know, I am not the only one, certainly not if you consider the emerging growth of systems thinkers. And I’m not a specialist.

I had contact with Fons Feekes, founder of Myna, software that facilitates “swarming”. Not a new concept, no, and yet I advise you to read his white paper about swarm theory, which you can find on the website.  I just made some notes of my thoughts….

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Corona, crisis, verandering, besmettingen en doden, constante aangepaste grafieken en goede raad… Een globale crisis, zoals corona, heeft een serieuze invloed op de mensen, op de culturen en op organisatieculturen. Zoals iedereen neem ik informatie op, verwerk ik deze en maak mijn eigen beeld en bedenkingen… Als antropologe is observeren en het conceptualiseren hiervan een aangeleerd automatisme, toch kan ik het niet laten om af te sluiten met een stukje persoonlijke droom.

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diversity

Maandag 6 januari 2020 las ik een interview in Bloovi met collega bedrijfsantropoloog, Jiske Kramer. Direct komen geluidsfragmenten terug van uit mijn studie periode: “hmm wat studeer je? “ Wat is dat, wat heb je daaraan? Waarom betalen je ouders die studie voor je? Daar kan je toch geen geld mee verdienen?” “Is dat wel nuttig?”

En men had voor een stuk gelijk… het was niet evident om een job te zoeken zeker niet met weinig werkervaring in een crisis periode. Wat het wel was: een zeer leerrijk ervaring, die mij anders doet kijken naar de wereld en waar ik elke dag nog de vruchten van pluk zeker binnen deze transformerende maatschappij.

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Learntech is a tech application, that supports learning. We all learn. You can be a kid or an adult, employed or unemployed you can learn at school or home, you can learn in a group or alone… It doesn’t matter, learning or personal development are everywhere and can take place at any time. Which are the challenges for learntech designers and users? 

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scalable learning leanring becomes place and time independent

We are living in a time of digital transformation, which influences all aspects of society. Jobs will disappear, will change and new jobs will be defined. In person, I’m thankful that engineers and other techies develop innovative tools to make our lives more easy. I see an evolution from “have to work” to “choose to work or create”. This gives us, as human beings, the possibility to strengthen our talents and competences. We get the benefit of self-development and creation.

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#transformation #innovation #technological #culture #feminine

Technological evolution is good. It is great that techies invent innovative tools to make our (working) life more enjoyable. This way we can evolve from ‘must’ work to ‘want to’ work or create. What effects do these technological innovations have on the transformation of our society?

An advantage is that we, as human beings, can focus on and strengthen our talents and competences. We get time to be busy with self-development and creation. If those innovations are made with open mind intersection will take place. I see a society where, instead of working, humans make time for self development. Finally we can can focus on sustainability.

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#innovation #transformation #openminded #culture #corporate venturing

Still too often corporates don’t recognize the speed and need for innovation. Often they are convinced that they still have a lot of time. The society transforms. What consequences will this have on the daily lives? We Europeans – certainly Belgians – are risk-averse (Geert Hofstede Geert Hofstede “Allemaal andersdenkenden – omgaan met cultuurverschillen“) and often also have a paternalistic image towards others.

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Knowledge can be collected, hoarded. Intelligence is selective. Both can be trained. In the digital society, intelligence gains importance from knowledge every day. Knowledge, data is worth gold and traded. Without context (s), without intelligence, they are worth nothing.

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ethics #technology #sustanability

Ethic and technology, a topic that only grew in importance in the last year. And it is still a beginning. There is still a lot to do:

  • Intersection,
  • diversity within teams,
  • understanding each other’s language…
  • and of course going for the best for society
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