An important part of the work of Emergent Form is to identify and tease out the underlying themes and patterns resulting from any analysis and projects we do. In applying this notion to our own work over the years, we can highlight three distinct areas of strategic interest that stem from a common focus on knowledge rather than just information. This distinction is important and will be discussed in a series of posts later but in this work it is a focus on knowledge that holds the key to understanding the three main themes of the work:
1. Capability – which includes learning, skills, expertise and talent.
2. Innovation – including creativity, design, collaboration and communities.
3. Decisions – encompasses planning, consensus, coordination and transparency.
These are not mutually exclusive but are becoming increasingly important strategic drivers for companies, governments and even individuals. Add to these the impact of technology in terms of accelerating change (and thus possibility) and we see why understanding these areas of interest this is key to developing relevant strategic direction and supporting digital strategies. Organisations that deploy and use technology in this context will have significant advantages in the coming years.