When asked how a hacker’s mentality can assist innovation in the workplace, ILTACON 2017’s keynote speaker Pablos Holman, hacker and inventor, gives a world view on how a change in perception of what constitutes risk; and the abundance we in fact live in, can lead to unlocking the constraints of our own imagination unleashing endless possibilities.
A hacker’s mentality
“The hackers are going to be the ones to think of what experiments to run. They’re going be the ones to think of the things you wouldn’t have thought of.” – Pablos Holman
Holman believes that all the tools you need to accomplish a task are at your disposal. What is required is a ruthlessly proactive agenda to engage and experiment with the technologies available to you with a critical mind in order to get the results you want.
He gives the example of data. We live in a world that’s overloaded with data. Accessing data that’s worthwhile may require continuous digging followed by good analysis. Most likely, you won’t get the results you need from the first string of data you retrieve. Multiple attempts, and throwing out data that doesn’t serve you is key.
Fostering better and more critical work environments
Holman goes on to emphasise that innovation can only occur in an environment that is curated to allow you to try new things, be tolerant of failures, be ruthlessly and efficiently critical, as well as apolitical.
A change in perspective
Finally, Holman says a realisation of the abundance that surrounds you allows for a change in perspective of risk. Without the fear of risk there is a boost in personal agency and the creation of new ideas.
Watch the full interview on ILTACON TV 2017 here.