Thursday, 13 October 2016

Reinventing Standardisation - Highly interesting IEC Plenary in Frankfurt this week

I had the pleasure to attend the opening day of the IEC Plenary in Frankfurt this week. This plenary, organised by the German national committee DKE, runs under the motto of "Reinventing Standardisation".

In short: This has been a remarkable event - forward looking, disruptive presentations and thinking, innovative, challenging ... I am full of praise for the organisers.

Standardisation is certainly not the most thrilling of all topics. However, it is high on the political and business agenda, and it is an essential element for successful transformation to the digital age and for digitisation of industry. That's why it is so important to think about what is needed in standardisation to be future-ready, to cope with an agile and fast-moving business environment on a global scale.

IEC - and DKE as organisers - recognise that challenge and address it going beyond usual borders and limits. The reinvention lab at the IEC Plenary is a great arena - also laid out like one - for new, disruptive thinking.

About a decade ago I was closely connected to DIGISTAN whose objective has been to revolutionise standardisation, its processes and how openness is created. Much of the thinking from DIGISTAN has meanwhile found its ways into standards bodies - and IEC has put itself on the forefront now for driving innovative thinking for standardisation.

Worth taking a look at the recordings and outcome of the Plenary. Again, thanks for such a great event and congratulations to the organisers for their work and their courage to go that way.

Great News: Nobel Prize for Literature goes to Bob Dylan

This is fantastic news in my mind. Bob Dylan deserves it so much - and he is the first rock/pop singer-song-writer who is honoured that way.

This is some sort of breakthrough for the Nobel Prize on literature as well, given the fact that rock poets are the poets of our time. I would even dare to claim that probably never before did so many people and so many young people know so many lyrical text as nowadays thanks to rock and pop, to the grammophone, the disk, the radio, MP3, and nowadays streaming and the web. For sure there are good and less good lyrics, but that is just the same as with poetry in general.

Bob Dylan has certainly spear headed this for half a century. He is a great poet and it makes me happy that the Nobel Prize committee had the courage to take this decision. Simply fantastic.