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Emergent Innovation

Fernando Flores

Fernando Flores is an entrepreneur, philosopher, and engineer. From 2010 to 2013 he served as President of Chile's National Innovation Council for Competitiveness.

Credit: Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile

In my March 2014 column, I commented on Surfing Towards the Future, a report from Chile that offers a new interpretation of how innovations arise.1 The new story opens new possibilities for innovation in many areas including public policy, education, and world affairs. I recently discussed this with its main author, Fernando Flores.

Peter Denning: In Surfing Towards the Future you offered a new account of innovation. What drew you into that project?


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