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Markus F. Peschl  

Professor of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science
at the University of Vienna, Co-Founder & CSO at theLivingCore

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Speaking topics

Future-Oriented Innovation 
Longevity & robots in a workplace – how to survive the digital revolution.
Organizational Design 
Agile Work Environments 
Skills and Mindsets of the Future 
Future of Education 
Future of Work 
Office Design 
Enabling Spaces 


How can we bring about innovations that “make sense”, that have an impact, and that are sustainable and shaping future markets?  What will be the relevant skills, mindsets, and work environments for a future-driven organization? How does the nature of work and workplace change over the next decade?
In this talk we will take a closer look at the challenges and leading-edge developments in the field of innovation. We are not only facing challenges and radical changes through automation, Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, etc., but also in creating new business models, new services and products, novel organizational designs as well as new niches in a highly volatile market. In such an environment, it is not sufficient to „manage“ innovation any longer, but to radically change the way we innovate and work. In these contexts, innovation plays a central role and we have to think about, what will be the next level of innovation, how can we “innovate innovation”? I will give a future outlook on what it means to understand innovation as “Learning from the future as it emerges”. We will discuss its foundations in neuro- and cognitive science, in organizational theory as well as show implications for organizational design, necessary skills and mindsets (HR).  Both theoretical foundations and concrete cases will be presented. 

In our knowledge economy, innovation has become one of the key drivers for social, economic, educational, and technological developments. The question guiding this presentation is how should we design for environments and ecosystems that support and facilitate these activities of creating new knowledge and (disruptive) innovations? 
We will show that future-oriented innovation cannot be brought about in a mechanistic manner, but we have to employ a strategy of enabling. We propose an approach that establishes spaces/environments and eco-systems enabling these processes of knowledge creation—we refer to them as “Enabling Spaces”. Enabling Spaces are multi-dimensional spaces (architectural/office design, social, organizational, emotional, epistemological, technological/virtual space, etc.) that are orchestrated in an integrated manner in order to best possibly support innovation and knowledge activities with a focus on future-oriented and radical innovations.  We will discuss both theoretical foundations, characteristics/functionalities, the design process for Enabling Spaces as well as a concrete case. 

We are living in a period that is characterized by a high level of uncertainty and exponential dynamics. In most cases, our current educational systems do not equip people with essential skills for dealing with these challenges, especially in the fields of change, innovation and making your organization future-ready. This leads to what we refer to as the “three forms of illiteracy of the 21st century”: (i) inability to change perspective, (ii) inability to deal with an uncertain future that unfolds in complexity and exponentiality, and (iii) inability to “see” novelty even though it is not visible yet. 

These forms of illiteracy can be observed both on the individual/cognitive and the organizational level; and they do not only concern skills, but are actually rooted in attitudes, mindsets, company cultures, and embodied rituals. We will show how these forms of illiteracy can be overcome by implementing new organizational mindsets/culture, new forms of leadership and skills, and by applying an innovation strategy of “learning from the future as it emerges”. We will discuss theoretical aspects and practical cases as well as implications for nurturing innovation skills and mindsets. 

Bio note

Markus Peschl is Professor of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science at the University of Vienna. His research is driven by the question how novelty and innovation come into the world. He focuses on the interdisciplinary fields of innovation, knowledge, organizational change, cognition and the design of so-called “Enabling Spaces,” i.e. spaces for the generation of new knowledge and innovations. He is co-founder of The Living Core, where he serves as chief scientific officer; in this capacity, he brings leading-edge research directly to the clients and has many years of international experience in consulting projects. Markus Peschl has published more than 140 articles and six books. 


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