I miss the pool side.

Exact address: Llamas Science Hall, Palma Hall Pavilion 3, Quirino Ave, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines 1101

Not only do I miss the poolside but I would like to propose a new tambayan in the new NIP building with free flowing coffee/tea or beer! If only beer is allowed in campus. This is probably the most concrete undertaking the DOST can do to increase innovation.

From personal experience, we got at least 4 or 5 thesis problems sorted out while ‘wasting time’ (as a professor would describe it, you’ll know who this is if you’re from NIP) at the poolside. While there is also doubt if indeed the sorting out helped, at least they got sorted. hahaha

This post sounds rather cliquish. But a friend of mine Mike Solis posted this in his facebook wall and since I touched on the subject of Filipinnovation previously, I would like to share this video by Steven Johnson, an American popular science author.  His views  on innovation are not cliquish in anyway.

The video from TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) uploaded this September,  is 17 minutes and 46 seconds long.  I assure you that that almost 18 minutes is quicker than you think.  He is a good story teller.

I’d summarized his talk into three points:

1.  There are no EUREKA moments in innovation as in science.  Eureka moments are just more palatable as people always want to put a face on an innovation or science than scrutinize the process or the idea.

2.  Innovation happens when people interact freely. But these are no ordinary people by the way.  High impact innovations are made by highly-skilled people interacting and where everybody contributes to the plate. Quacks with a solid background. Well, not really quacks.

3.  Great innovations happen not by a market-driven attitude but by curiosity.  Ideas are brewed, may take a long time to be ‘productive’, and its future use unknown.

Playful experts interacting about an unknown future use. Sounds familiar to me.

Now Kuya Loy, where is that Lambanog we had at poolside last December ’97?


For the New York Time’s review of Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From, click here.


This post is a celebration of my 1st year in my highly-dynamic/greatly-innovative/full-of-interaction/caffeine-addicting/future-unknown-research job. Cheers to me!