Thursday, July 7, 2011

The cuckoo clock vs Michelangelo

“For 30 years under the Borgias Italy had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”

…or so Orson Welles says in his movie “The Third Man” but does this translate to how we innovate locally – does a combination of diversity (and unrest) drive innovation or can we still innovate effectively in a peaceful, but potentially dormant, environment.

UQ's Dr Tim Kastelle is currently in Italy and in his latest blog, he discusses the Welles quote and the innovations lessons to be learned:
  • Geography still matters
  • New innovations crowd out old technologies
  • Diversity drives innovation
Click here to read the whole blog.

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