Archive | March, 2010

Mr Michael Le Duc, Professor in Informatics

29 Mar




Professor In Informatics in Malardalens University (Stockholm, Sweden)

Interviewed by Ivan Ilich Collado (TheOrakul Chile)



23 Mar



The Hot topic of Collaboration and Innovation

22 Mar

Collaboration is, apparently, a hot topic of discussion in Innovation these days. Not that it’s all that new – but it certainly is hot. More than a passing trend, it’s surely just a concept whose time has finally come after years of flirting with the edges of corporate credibility.


Now, the drive toward a more socialized business structure is firmly on course thanks to the penetration of Web2.0 technologies not just through business, but through our personal lives too – the resulting effect being a gradual cultural change towards accepting a universe where the exchange of information and knowledge in a seamless, timeless, and social manner is quickly becoming “the way we do things”.

Organisations have been quick to join the initiative as visible value is finally being derived from social collaborative initiatives – and corporate innovation processes have been at the forefront of those driving that value. As a result, collaboration practices are now considered “de rigeur” for any innovation program looking to be taken seriously by corporate executives and shareholders alike.


Though there are some contradictions, whilst collaboration may well be the “new hot thing”, in most organisations, its use is still very limited – even within innovation functions – where it can be most commonly found on either “end” of the innovation process.

It would certainly be interesting to explore how some of the more innovative firms are incorporating Collaboration as part of their overall innovation strategy. It would be interesting to know if it is constructive of obstructive in nature for an organisation’s innovation.


From Melbourne Australia


Ivan Silva

The Orakul

Diversity importance in innovation

19 Mar

In the past few weeks, through a combination of personal and professional experiences,  I have been reminded of one of the most important aspects of innovation – the need for diversity in an innovation program. Let me explain:

Whilst you should strive to make innovation a repeatable, sustainable process, that doesn’t mean it should be executed like an automaton. Khan and Al-Ansari (2005) point out that many innovation strategies ultimately fail because they don’t understand that they simply can’t rely on a single reliable process to last the organisation forever. There are 3 main reasons for this are:

1)   Innovation is about solving problems – identifying, defining, and solving problems that will drive new growth opportunities for your organisation.  Problems are mostly unique and offer individual challenges that need to be understood and overcome – and whilst most can frequently be tackled in more than one way, to rely on one single methodology to tackle all of them is not ideal.

2)   Innovation is a highly human intensive process, relying on creative and constructive contributions from a wide variety of sources – employees, managers, customers, and others. With that in mind, we are subject to the subtle whims of the human creative and motivational processes.  In other words – people get bored Schweizer (2006).

People can just get creatively exhausted. Keep asking the same subset of people a continuous stretch of questions and you may notice participation slowly, and sometimes dramatically, fall off. No matter how important the topic, people reach the limits of their creative thought endurance.

3)   Modern day Innovation is also no longer the domain of a few “elite”, but rather an expectation of many. Modern organizations are now expected to run an innovation program that is no longer confined to one part of your company like R&D, but reaches out across all aspects of its business in search of the next big thing that will enable the company to obtain strategic competitive advantage in the market.  And that reach may not necessarily stop at the traditional corporate walls, but extend to a global audience with the understanding that the best solution to your problems will frequently lie outside of those walls.

What that means is that organizations are now talking. They are talking to a variety of people – some internal, some external, some trusted, some unknown – each of which should be handled in a different manner in order to obtain ideal collaborative input from them. Organisations are using blogs forums and social media networks to reach out to people, to advertise their products and people.

It’s an interesting paradox though how many in the innovation industry, an area that endeavors to bring a state of constant (but controlled) change into organizations, don’t consider the necessity for that same state in some of their very own innovation programs.

Khan, M. & Al-Ansari, M. (2005). Sustainable innovation as a corporate strategy, The Triz Journal,

Schweizer, T.S. (2006). The Psychology of Novelty-Seeking, Creativity and Innovation: Neurocognitive Aspects Within a Work-Psychological Perspective, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 15 (2), p.p. 164-172.

Ivan in Melbourne March 2010

The Orakul

Monash University

Fuerza emprendedores de Chile

8 Mar

Aquellos Chilenos y extranjeros que no vivimos la experiencia del terremoto en Chile no podemos ni siquiera comenzar a imaginar la pérdida y la devastación del pueblo chileno. En la última semana, he visto a familias enteras devastadas, divididas y perdas ante este desastre natural. Desde ese fatídico día, hemos visto el maravilloso el espíritu de un país unido en la cara de este terrible desastre. Vimos a las familias unidas, las religiones y política sectores. Esta unidad se hizo evidente en la reciente Teleton reunió el doble de la cantidad de dinero que queria reunir (véase:


Personalmente, me hizo orgulloso de ser chileno cuando vi la generosidad de mi país que no dudo en ayudar a los más vulnerables de nuestros ciudadanos. Me hizo orgulloso ver que hemos aprendido las lecciones de los desastres de la pasado mediante la construcción de edificios en buenas condiciones estructurales que hizo evitar un desastre tipo Haití, considerando que la Terremoto de Chile fue muy superior en intensidad.

Desde la Orakul seguimos firme en nuestro apoyo a los empresarios y la innovación en Chile, debo mencionar que consideramos que es importante que la actividad empresarial debe ser apoyada por el gobierno debido al hecho de que puede actuar como factor importante en la la recuperación post terremoto. La actividad empresarial es fundamental para la creacion de empleos para las personas y en algunos casos se ayudar activamente en el proceso de reconstrucción.

En cuanto a los empresarios, es importante diversificar, si posible. Con esto quiero decir que si usted proporciona un comercio tales como la reparación de muebles, puede ramificarse a la reparación de casas o trabajos prácticos relacionados. Se trata de la demanda y esto podría ser una oportunidad para obtener nuevos negocios y ofrecer nuevos servicios.

En el largo plazo, la innovación sigue siendo necesario fomentarlo en la del país. Espero que en el tiempo por venir, empresarios continuen innovando en Chile y continuen contribuyiendo a la reconstrucción de mi maravilloso país llamada Chile … .. Viva Chile … … .!!!!

In English

Those of us Chilean and non Chilean who did not experience the earthquake in Chile cannot even begin to imagine the loss and devastation of the Chilean people. In the past week, I have seen entire families devastated, divided and lost to this natural disaster.

Ever since that fateful day, we have seen the wonderful spirit of a country united in the face of this awful disaster that united families, religions and political sectors. This unity was made evident in the recent appeal that raised double the amount of money intended (see: )

Personally, it made me proud to be Chilean when I saw how generous and giving my country was in the hour of helping out the most vulnerable of our citizens. It made me proud to see that we learned lessons of disasters of the past by building structurally sound buildings that prevented a Haiti type disaster considering that the Chilean earthquake was far superior in intensity.

Since The Orakul supports entrepreneurs and innovation in Chile, I must mention that we consider it important that entrepreneurial activity must be supported by government due to the fact that it can act as important factor in post earthquake recovery. Entrepreneurial activity will provide jobs for people and in some cases it will actively help in the rebuilding process.

As for entrepreneurs, it is important to diversify if possible. By that I mean that if you provide a trade such as repairing furniture, you could branch out to repairing houses or related handy work. It is all about demand and this might be an opportunity to get new business and provide new services.

In the Long term, innovation must still be encouraged in the country. I hope that in the time to come, entrepreneurs continue to innovate in Chile and continue to contribute to the rebuilding of my wonderful country called Chile…..Viva Chile…….!!!!


Ivan Silva

The Orakul Chile