A culture of innovation, should it go beyond technology?

Innovation and entrepreneurship are perhaps the two most commonly mentioned words in recent months, especially after the pandemic forced many people and companies to leave their comfort zones and find new growth opportunities, a crisis scenario. among.

Apply new work tools, design strategies to expand market and take advantage of innovation to obtain new forms of production; Those were some of the paths that were taken, with technology always leading the way for those who wanted to stay away.

It is here that this last item, technology, has become a fundamental ally, as social networks, the Internet and the various teams that are being built by the world’s great developers (each more sophisticated than the last); They have cleared a panorama of opportunities that were not in the way before.

With each passing day, a new application is created, a new cell phone, computer or electronic device is launched or software is launched that solves problems that were unimaginable until then. However, according to some experts, a very important factor is being left behind: the human factor.

in dialogue WeekJosé Leonardo Valencia Molano, Rector of the Andean Area University Foundation, assures that although technological developments are always welcome in the world, the lack of equal access to them is creating huge gaps in some sectors of society, either due to ignorance or lack of Because of the economic guarantee.

“It is important that companies, when talking about innovation, also focus on the human, because we are moving at a much faster rate than we are talking about autonomy in processes today. We say that in a very short time there will be automated robots that will do the work of people, but we cannot ignore the individual as a growth factor”, explained Valencia.

This academic said that one of the main challenges for organizations and companies in this digital age, beyond keeping up with the pace of technological development, is to bet that the immediacy does not displace the need to prepare future generations, So that they are leaders and not victims of this change.

“May the impact that humanity has created, never be lost, create human beings capable of being at the forefront of this innovation process and be the point of difference in all of this. Earlier, our parents told us that we studied careers for life And today we see that it is not enough because we have to keep learning so as not to be left behind”, the rector of Uni Andina said in an interview Week.

Jose Leonardo Valencia cited a UNESCO study, according to which, of the 140 million children in Latin America who attend secondary and basic education, more than 40% have to pass their school year due to lack of access to computers or the Internet. The reality is not so different in universities, he said.

“Look, we were talking about today’s young people being digital natives, and it turns out that when we encountered them in the real world, we realized that wasn’t the case, that they were just paleo. who handled social networks very well, But otherwise they did not have the skills to go further. So I think this is something that needs to be worked on as well.”

This teacher ended his dialogue through this medium and said that In the case of Colombia, companies, trainers and own companies They should keep in mind that the time when local dominated is now behind us, so we should focus on the globalized world. The way things are headed and thus change the chip for generations to come.

“Before we talked, in the case of generations like me, that I’m a baby boomer, that everything went too close, that many times I didn’t even leave town. Not so today, jobs changed And people now not only work for their immediate environment, but they give themselves to all and the demands come from the wider environment for all”, he concluded.

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