So far I've very much enjoyed what I've seen and heard here at strategy 06. I REALLY like that today's schedule is on the back of my nametag and that there's wireless internet access.
I was delighted to hear that there will soon be a combined MDes/MBA offered by ID and the Stuart School of Business.
I found Chris Meyer's Theory of Everything About Networks talk interesting because part of it dealt with agent-based modeling and that was, for me, follow-up to my first glimpse of that theory years ago at Doblin when Josh Epstein came to visit. I understand the gist of that application of networks and though I understand how it works about as well as I understand my microwave, I think it's going to to be increasingly important to designers as you create the future.
To find out that the word google actually has something to do with a parasite that attacks the brains of mice to make them attracted to cats -- that alone was worth the price of the conference.
Meyer's current focus is on human capital, and how networks can be used to help organizations and individuals identify and exploit common value. Or something like that. The notion that we are moving from an era in which organizational "capabilities vibrate but don't move" to one in which capabilities move and it's liquid and INNOVATION IS HAPPENING FASTER THAN EVER BEFORE is not new but it was cool to hear it put in those terms. And it really is happening all the time now; I've had experience trying to recruit those capabilities for firms and have friends who plug in and unplug in small consulting firms and I'm always wondering where they're actually working now.
I really liked comparison between Arthur C. Clarke (the next evolution of man is one shared mind) and the quote from Kevin Kelly, where he talks about the internet as a (shared) invisible mind. As a blogger I know this is true, and yet it's discovering the individual voices out there in the morass that make the shared mind so interesting to me.