Speech: Beyond the Crisis: Debating the role of innovation

Venue Hub Kings Cross, London.

With a few others I presented a ‘stump speech’ on what I think are the major barriers to innovation. As reported, I said “we are in the middle of a cult of managerialism”.

Companies, politics and culture in general has become fixated by KPIs, ROI and measuring everything that must be true because it is ‘evidence-based’. This is all “therapeutic: digital dashboards tempt you to keep things as they are“. All of this does not add up to creativity, or is strategic and not focussed on the long-term.

Instead, “Managers demand outcomes from R&D ‘before you have even put your coat on’.” I also asked “does all innovation have to be sustainable?