I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Surfing toward the Future: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. The document was developed by Chile’s National Innovation Council for Competitiveness (CNIC), a public-private organization charged with providing advice to the President of the Republic on policies that will strengthen innovation and competitiveness in the country. The report was officially presented to Chile’s President Sebastian Piñera on August 6.
CNIC has been led by Fernando Flores since April of 2010. Flores has had a remarkably multifaceted career in both Chile and the US. He has a Ph D from UC Berkeley and has worked extensively as an entrepreneur and consultant in computer science, human cognition and organizational leadership. He has written a number of books, including Understanding Computers and Cognition: a New Foundation for Design and Building Trust: in Business, Politics, Relationships and Life.
I first met Flores during a trip to Chile in August of 2006 to attend a conference. He was a Senator then, a position he held from March of 2002 until his appointment to president of the Innovation Council. We discovered that we had a number of common interests, - in addition to our common language, - and have since become friends and met a number of times in Chile and the US.
A couple of months ago, Flores sent me a draft of the Surfing toward the Future report. This was like no innovation document I’ve read. The language is more literary than is typical for technical or business documents, not surprisingly since Flores is an accomplished writer in both English and Spanish. While the report focuses on Chile, I believe that its findings and recommendations are generally applicable to the US and most other advanced and emerging economies.