Mentoring, Networking and Innovation by @berkson0
This post, co-authored by Alan Berkson with Fred McClimans, originally appeared on October 2, 2011 in PR Conversations. It has been reprinted and updated here. History is filled with examples of linkages between networking, mentoring and innovation, but over the centuries the knowledge acquisition ecosystem has changed considerably. There was a time when this process was slow and rooted in tacit knowledge, but as the needs and wants of society progressed and evolved, the process became more refined—moving faster— and rooted in the exchange of explicit knowledge. Regrettably, as society and technology continue to explode at a pace that stretches Moore's law, it translates to the current knowledge acquisition ecosystem being broken; in fact, we may be at risk of losing a generational exchange of knowledge and innovation. Following is a fast-paced tour through related history, plus a prescription for 21st century mentoring, networking and innovation. In Days of Yore Centuries ago, the