Brilliant Failures: Sometimes You Earn, Sometimes You Learn.
In this session, discussion will take place on the importance of accepting
failure as a welcome, inevitable and valuable aspect of life in general and
innovation in particular.
A better understanding of risks, supporting those who try, whether they succeed or fail,
is key for achieving progress.
This is the mission of the Institute of Brilliant Failures: to achieve a double fear
reduction. People should feel
free to come forward with new ideas and to experiment,
while on the other hand one should not be afraid to talk about and learn from failures.
The keynote introduces a methodology to identify and learn from failures
and uses some examples of Brilliant Failures. The aim is to convince the audience that
learning from failure is an integral part of a healthy knowledge management strategy.
Paul Iske is professor at the School of Business and Economics, University
Maastricht, Netherlands, focusing on Open Innovation and Business Venturing. Special topic:
Combinatoric Innovation (Innovation by Combination).
As of September 2015, Paul is Chief Dialogues Officer at PNA
Group, a company that has developed a world standard for knowledge modelling,
supporting organisations to enter the era of ‘Intelligent Business’.
From 1997-2015, Paul had various functions at ABN AMRO Bank. His last position was
Chief Dialogues Officer and Director of the Dialogues Incubator at ABN AMRO Bank. In these
roles he was responsible for open, radical, social
and sustainable innovation.
Furthermore, he was initiator and director of the Dialogues House, ABN AMRO’s center for
outside-in and future-proof thinking.
Paul is founder and CFO (Chief Failure Officer) of the Institute of
Brilliant Failures ,
an approach to get acceptance for failing as an inevitable part of our complex lives and in
particular in the innovation process.
On a free-lance basis, Paul acts as an independent consultant on Knowledge-conscious
Management and supports
organizations in the development and implementation of programs focusing on leveraging
knowledge as a strategic production factor.
Furthermore, he acts as a board-room consultant on issues related to innovation, creativity
and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent speaker on
international conferences and workshops focusing on Knowledge Management, Innovation and
He is teaching on topics related to New Business Developments at universities in various
countries, including the Netherlands (Rotterdam),
South Africa (Stellenbosch), South Korea (Seoul), Norway (Bergen) and Oman.
Since 2014, Paul is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Dutch Heart
and member of
the Industrial Advisory Board of the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Paul is also member of the International team of the
Stanford Peace Innovation Lab , a global community consisting of thought leaders
fields of behavior design, innovation, persuasive and social technologies and finance, with
the aim to increase positive peace via real world interventions as well as urban-scale