Joseph Kessels (JK) and Gene Roth (GR)
Joseph, you are working in this nebulous area of HRD at your own institution.
What are the frameworks you are trying to set when you try to make your
claims for space and elbow your way in the institution?
I think the only way to make progress is to find out what you really would
like to do, what you do find interesting, because it is the only way to
be excellent; and then find out who are your companions with whom
you share common ideas; because you need a number of colleagues who really
enjoy working together. Then new things can happen, especially in an academic
environment. A similar model you see emerge in knowledge intensive
work: 'we are not any more bound by the strategy of the company; we will
say you have a great idea, we enjoy doing it, and maybe you can earn
money with it, because it is new, it is diverse, it is not focusing on
standardisation, on rules and procedures, but it is focusing on how we
can be different. What is my special sound: can I be recognised?'. These
will be some of the features of this information society or knowledge economy,
realising how different we are and how our values fit under the same umbrella.
When we talk in this conference about communities, the attractiveness
of working together, emotions and involvement are important: what makes
you motivated, what leads to self-fulfilment. This does not only apply
to our objects of research, but also applies to ourselves, specifically
in the knowledge oriented environment of the university.