An unusual CTO and a New Entrepreneur. What will they be doing this spring? Exploring the problems of technology and governance. However for the moment, we give you a quick introduction into the cast members behind Vinny & Maddie
You want to be innovative do something new and think that you can just change directions on a dime. But that’s the problem. Novelty is not innovation. Without a structure to support it, a new idea won’t advance your goals. So we turn the cast loose to wrestle with this problem. Some success. Some problems. A couple of hosts disagreeing about a new idea. A little CEO who may be realizing that contract is not enough.
What is Vision? Business or Organizational Vision? Is just a fantasy? or a vague idea based on unproven technology? It is actually a very specific and useful concept, if you understand it. A clear vision can help you plan for the future, manage what you are doing, and assess your project. However, before you can do any of those things, you need to understand the basic elements. To our 8-year old entrepreneur, vision is a computer controlled still cutter, but she is still learning her way.
It’s the last idea in Vannevar Bush’s list of principles to guide science policy and it is enshrined in law but it is really an observation of a fundamental conflict, the conflict between the interests of scientists and the interests of the public. The balance between these two communities is dynamic, we make adjustments as the needs of society change but at the same time, the heads of science agencies are responsible to the citizenry and must behave that way.
The principle is illustrated by the story of Allen V Astin, the Director of the National Bureau of Standards in the 1950s and the father of a well known comedic actor of the 1960s.
And our cast slowly returns. Rohit from IT is back from his term of public service and the 8 year old entrepreneur Maddie finds her way to Washington.
A good friend always says that solo acts don’t work, that a board is always smarter than a a CEO. In podcasts, the rule seems to be that the collective adds interests. Over the past year, we have created a staff to illustrate the main points of the podcast and identify some of the absurdities of our subject. This podcast is a brief introduction to that staff.