Innovators’ Club review: Radical Transformation – from Caveman to Agile in Less than a Decade

Overview

The first Innovators’ Club event of 2019 focused on a key 21st century challenge for humanity – how can we adapt faster to the accelerating pace of complex technological change? Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Arndt Pechstein explained how Hybrid Thinking can help.

Publish Date

30 JAN 2019

The first Innovators’ Club event of 2019 focused on a key 21st century challenge for humanity – how can we adapt faster to the accelerating pace of complex technological change? Renowned neuroscientist Dr. Arndt Pechstein explained how Hybrid Thinking can help.

Radical transformation in the way we work is required to adapt to the accelerating pace of technological change – that was the focus of an inspiring keynote from renowned neuroscientist and TEDx speaker Dr. Arndt Pechstein  at the first Innovators’ Club of 2019, held at the Innovation Center in Darmstadt.

Importantly, as a specialist in biomimicry (bio-inspired innovation), design thinking (user-centered innovation), agile coaching, and a serial digital business entrepreneur, Dr. Pechstein was able to frame the discussion in a human but business-relevant context.

Explaining why our brains hard-wired to resist change, he demonstrated how our attitudes and brain adapt in a linear way that makes it difficult to close the gap to technological changes that are happening at an exponential rate. And then came the crucial question: How can we create a resilient and new pattern of thinking to help us cope?

Specifically, the Hybrid Thinking approach constitutes four different but interconnected elements, in recognition of the fact that in the face of increasingly complex problems, no single transformation strategy can succeed on its own. These elements are:

  • The Innovation Source: Learning from Nature through Biomimicry
  • The Intelligent Actor: Tapping the Power of our Brains through Neuroscience
  • The Network Effect: Leveraging Networks through Agile Methods
  • System Integration: Creating viable Solutions through Circular and Platform Design

To foster a deeper understanding of the innovation mindset, Dr. Pechstein ran participants through exercises in behavioral change and demonstrated how the brain reacts to these changes. This interactive section of the event illustrated perfectly the collaborative mindset required to reframe reality, take a different perspective and overcome the challenges of change, rather than getting stuck in ‘fear mode’.

Dr. Peschstein ended the session by highlighting the fact that, “Changes always start with a decision: and a decision starts with two factors – conviction and passion/emotion”. With clear decision-making discipline and a collaborative approach he concluded, it becomes possible to train our brains to adapt to change much more quickly than we ever thought possible.

Didn’t make it to the session? No problem! Watch the video here:  Innovators' Club: Radical Transformation

Still curious about new topics? Save the date for our next Innovators´ Club on the 28th of March which will focus on “Rethinking Artificial Intelligence”. Stay tuned!


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