Posts Tagged ‘talk’

11th October
2011
written by Bstefan

I had a wonderful, but short experience giving my first online presentation to students at the Adelphi University, New York. I was invited by Pamela Buckle to introduce the Change the Game Initiative as well as some trends in social responsible business and sustainability in Europe and the global major shifts to her BA students in organizational behavior. While some of the students looked pretty puzzled at me (thanks to this wonderful technologies bridging the world) there are some trends developing in the midst of New York that even puzzle me.

Who could have ever imagined the development of the Occupy Wall Street Movement as it is covered in online as well as mainstream media? I followed the analysis on Fast Company.

And soon after I followed the profile of the documentary director Alex Mallis and watched another puzzling documentation. I never thought that there would be a food coop in New York making 40 million USD in 2010 (which is according to the documentary 10 millions more than an average Whole Foods) and providing the neighborhood with healthy and affordable food.

I guess, if necessary we people are not only innovative but also entrepreneurs “by nature”. It seems, that all we need are some like minded fellows sometimes to create the new models that will make the existing models obsolete.

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2nd May
2011
written by Bstefan

April was a great month. I visited Slovenia the second time. Together with my co-author and friend Prof. Thomas Wallner from the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences I enjoyed an invitation from the 31st PODIM Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation “Driving forces of creating global ventures”. On April 21st our talk and paper on “Innovative entrepreneurship education: From aversion to excitement – how to win over students who see themselves as future employees” was well received.

The paper argues the necessity of new ways of educating entrepreneurship in an environment that is, and with students who are averse to entrepreneurship. We need to shift our focus from business administration or management responsibilities and tasks to the business innovation and design process, which is at the core and the critical success factor of every new venture. By offering learning designs that stimulate our students reasoning and touch their emotions, we strengthen their capabilities to express their desires and find radical innovations to meet unexpected desires of others. The paper summarizes the design of an ongoing learning experience that walks the talk and thus succeeds in bringing back the mojo to the class room; a class room which is transformed into an innovation hub by the students.

The paper describes this design in detail and reflects our personal learning experience with the prototyping of our own learning lab. Our most important learning: The design itself is not restricted to the class room environment. We have now elaborated a pattern language from this three years experience to transfer the design principles and methods to any venture design. I am looking forward to elaborate this pattern language further more and publish a field book in the near future.

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