‘Cross Innovation in City Regions’
Dr Steve Harding works in a policy role in Birmingham City University.
He is Director of the Cross Innovation 1VC Project and has worked extensively on EU initiatives to support the creative industries (Creative Metropoles and ECCE Innovation).
Steve helped set up a co-working space in Birmingham – the Moseley Exchange.
Panel Discussion with Guest Speakers:
Anke Merkl Rachbauer
Since 1996, Mrs. Anke Merkl-Rachbauer has been working as for the Upper Austrian Business Development Agency and is heading the departements strategy and marketing . This she has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of regional economic and innovation development and cluster-policy. Anke is responsible for the coordination of the current strategic economic and research programme for Upper Austria, named “Innovative Upper Austria 2010plus”. Between 2005 and 2011 she headed the project “Plastics Location Upper Austria”, building up strategically the educational & research infrastructure in Upper Austria, accompanied by place branding measures for the plastics location Upper Austria. Placed Branding being defined as an uttermost important topic to attract talented people into the region, she is currently working on a strategy for Upper Austria. Anke is married, has a 15-year old daughter. She holds a master degree in international business,and is currently finishing a MBA-programme in the fields of Creative Process Leadership.
Dr. Bastian Lange, Economic Geography / Urbanism / Creative Industries
I am an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. I spearhead the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities in Berlin and have been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. I am particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, and refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes.
I have studied geography, ethnology and urban planning in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained a doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. I am a Fellow of the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
The Serendipity Machine. A Disruptive Business Model for Society 3.0
By Sebastian Olma, with a foreword by Joe Pine. Illustrations by Yulia Kryazheva
Serendipity – value creation based on unexpected encounters – is a new trend in the world of business. Successful global players like Google and LinkedIn are introducing serendipity leaves for their employees: time they can spend outside of rigid work structure in order to find value in the most surprising places. These companies know how important unexpected encounters and knowledge exchange are for innovation.
But what if it is actually possible to build a business – a machine – that systematically facilitates serendipity? This book presents a disruptive business model that is able to do exactly that. It shows how the Dutch company Seats2meet.com became a Serendipity Machine by implementing principles of asynchronous reciprocity, social capital and third space. The book explains these principles, providing companies and organizations with the insight they need to start their own transformation into Serendipity Machines.
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