Saturday, October 13, 2007
Digital and Social Cohesion - Regions, sustainable growth and technology
My presentation is on the theme of 'Digital and Social Cohesion - Regions, sustainable growth and technology'. It is focused on knowledge development as a key factor in innovation in regions. "What is important for the production of knowledge value is not so much facilities or equipment in the material sense, but the knowledge, experience, and sensitivity to be found among those engaged in its creation" (Sakaiya, 1991).
The presentation goes on to look at how knowledge is developed and shared by workers in Small and Medium Enterprises.
In the final section of the presentation I consider what policies could be enacted at regional level to support knowledge development and innovation. These include the extension of access to learning and support for communities of practice.