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3resources in a knowledge economy and this is our way of basically trying to adapt to thischanging world.
A. CATEGORYWhat are you passionate about now?
[00:07:01] I think what I’m really passionate about and something that goes way back isreally two things: one, is I am continuously learning. I don’t know if you describe it as pure curiosity, or it is more finding new interesting things to challenge, I don’t know if Iqualifies as some sort of attention deficit, but there is definitely a part of me that isalways very interested in learning more and to a certain extent, in kind of confronting, or at least challenging some parts that I still don’t know about. I like to have new areas of interest be open, so that’s why I think part of the story of this organization fits well withwhat I do which I am passionate about. The other part I’m really passionate about is thecontact to people. I think one of the best parts of the job, and I hope also for theorganization for what we do, is definitely understanding people, listening to what they do,to a certain extent anticipating what they are interested in as well, and then kind of providing some support, so I’ve been very interested in making this kind of connectionand building up a network both on a personal basis and on an organizational basis.
What would you like people to know, think, feel and do?
[00: 08:19] So, I think if you take the two sides which is a little bit the idea of exploringnew ground and of connecting people, it fits basically very well with what we do here,which is basically promoting science and technology by connecting people. I think what’s happening, is we’re entering an age where knowledge is key and networks arevery important, and by knowledge I don’t necessarily mean only the kind of knowledgeyou can derive from all kinds of textbooks and others but also the knowledge aboutothers and everything that can be to a certain extent transcribed also into interest, values,culture, and some others. We are entering a phase I think where this is becoming veryimportant for all kinds of work. At the same time, I think the notion of network is alsokey to what we do because we want to try to understand how from all different scientificfields we can make sure the people get to know each other, find their ideas, find newways to basically work together and then the networks are just our kind of daily activitiesif you want.
What do you see for the future?
[00:09:31] If you would like to look at what the future, I think with the increasing amountof data for everybody, it’s just mind blowing to see what you can find through Facebook,Linked In, and some other kinds of recent social networks, I thinks it’s we’re going tocontinue to find more output for deeper conversations. I think what has now sometimes been labeled or described as casual networking to a certain extent, you’re still relying onchance and others, I think you can look at this in the future in a much more strategic wayand to a certain extent find ways and find original ways to search and develop, and