It is all about changing

What if things change around you? You change with them.

After reading all blog contributions by CulturePlex members to salute the beginning of the academic year, the thing that strikes me the most is the pervasive sense of having experienced a great deal of (positive) change in the last few months. All of us seem to think that we have become someone else, someone a little different, a bit more complete in different fashions.

One of my main objectives at The CulturePlex Lab is that our space becomes a nurturing place where members and partners find their own way to personally and professionally grow, to learn to embrace change, and to lead in the kinds of innovative initiatives that will keep the humanities, education, and the University in sync with an uncertain world. The blog writings seem to indicate that we are succeeding in engraving a culture of self-development and change in the DNA of our very young lab.

The change is also happening to me as the beginning of the summer coincided with my enrollment in the prestigious Global Executive MBA of the IE Business School. The experience so far has been incredible, thanks to the well designed curriculum, the culture of the program, and the amazing group of fellow students from different 23 countries and more industry sectors than I knew of, that make my cohort. This is called “powerful learning by the second”, and I am fully enjoying it.

What does this have to do with the work at the lab? It relates in various ways to our mission, but will be specially relevant in the implementation of a new strategic plan, the ability of the lab to manage and participate in global research networks, and our own need to learn how to walk the full innovation cycle, from research ideas to commercial start-ups, when necessary.

All this means that we have already started implementing changes in marketing and communication, project management and operations, outreach and collaboration, and alignment with the strategic plan of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the University’s, while keeping up with our identity signs of international experience, rapid prototyping, and, above all, a desire to ask big and difficult research questions the results of which will take us away from our comfort zones and will open up new venues for more change and growth.

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