Cognitive capitalism or knowledge capitalism is the pride and joy of high-income countries. It emphasizes technology-driven innovation, organized by the private sector. We investigate problems with this model and explore alternatives
Our general investigations
- Can contemporary innovation theory cope with the innovation crisis in high-income countries?
- Is innovation being damaged by too much emphasis on technology and too little on cultural and social factors?
- Why can't current innovation practice successfully develop an environmentally vital technology like 2nd and 3rd generation solar photovoltaic manufacturing?
- What new cultural and social goals would fix the current innovation system?
- Can Rich Countries Still Innovate? Cultural and Technical Papers on a New Innovation Model ed. With Daryl Boudreaux (in preparation, due 2013).
- Why is solar photovoltaic manufacturing going bankrupt at the same time as it installs more solar panels than ever before? Do practitioners have good ideas about how to turn things around?
- Crucible is a research network that originated in the University of Cambridge in 2001, and has since become the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting rigorous research collaboration between technologists and researchers in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AH&SS).
Books and Collections
What Happened to Solar Innovation? (Film)
Can Rich Countries Still Innovate? Cultural and Technical Papers on a New Innovation Model
On ‘The Academic Rat Race’
Does Solar Energy Need a New Innovation Model? The Case of Germany
Is Nanoscale Collaboration Meeting Nanotechnology’s Social Challenge? A Call to Nano-Normalcy
コグニタリアートの構造と沈黙 (Structure and Silence of the Cognitariat)
Avoiding Network Failure: the Case of the National Nanotechnology Initiative
Is the Corporation a Social Partner? The Case of Nanotechnology
Risky Business: Why Public is Losing to Private in American Research
The Future of the Old Economy: New Deal Motives in New Economy Investors
Corporate Culture Wars