The session introduced the novel concept of the Innovation Communication System (see original blog posts explaining this concept here and here) for the second time to the business cluster community. The first time was at the TCI Global Conference 2006, in Lyon, France.
Clustering is moving in the direction of regional innovation systems, so the concept should be extremely relevant. This assumption was confirmed by very positive reviews from the audience.
Here is how the session was presented in the conference program:
Clusters and innovation ecosystems are attention economies. There are a lot of ideas, but attention is scarce. Media and communicators are "attention workers," generating and trading public attention. They are key players in the "innovation communication system," a new central concept in clustering and competitiveness.The panel represented various parties in the innovation communication system:
- Introduction/ presentation of the Innovation Communication System concept: David Nordfors, Stanford University
- Innovation Communication: Melissa Harris Thirsk, Waggener Edstrom, Seattle
- Innovation Journalism: Eric Eldon, VentureBeat, Silicon Valley
- National Innovation Policy: Jan Sandred, VINNOVA, Sweden
- National Cluster Initiative, including Innovation Journalism as a component: Amir Jahangir, CSF/USAID, Pakistan.