As his latest book The Frugal Innovator has recently appeared, his 58 slides commented on the essence of innovation as he has observed it world-wide. It turns out to be frugal! So I introduced myself to him as a frugal innovator. He said that
high end sophisticated science has screwed up R & D.
He knows that we need to tackle SYSTEMS, i.e. think holistically. But which screw do we turn to change from linear and hierarchical thinking to lateral and systems thinking?
Well, mathematicians are happiest when equations turn out to be simple and elegant. The fact that my aspect of maths has to be expressed in software using generic numerical meta data is a frugal invention: me and my laptop wherever I can find WiFi.
The result is, in the formulation of a journalist friend:
visual aid to identifying hidden or hard to see patterns in nature and data
and to quantifying their impact on their ecosystems.
What a beautiful way of describing what I’ve said over and over again my way:
- visual aid = software lenses
- hidden or hard to see patterns = making the invisible visible
- in nature by re-visualising digital images
- in data by layering multi-dimensional data
- quantifying their impact on their ecosystems = qualitative measuring.
Charles actually was looking for SYSTEMS THAT MEASURE! And I (like all SMEs) am looking for clients with whom to make them. In lean, clean, simple and social ways. That’s what smart knowledge portals are about.