An Ecosystem and a Sharing Philosophy
Chapter 7: An open innovation approach—head, heart, and hands
Scholarship goes beyond learning the tricks of the trade. It is holistic, and we cannot make a split between our scholarly lives and us as private persons. True scholarship is our lives. It is about the integration of head, heart and hands. In this chapter I reflect on my late career period at Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H). It shaped my ways of formulating, exploring and developing our academic community. I use concepts such as grand challenges, social engagement, holistic and reflexive. The open approach includes a dialogue where all participants share and learn from each other. UW/H is embedded in anthroposophical and Humboldtian traditions. These are features of a lighthouse in showing the direction for true scholarship. In Witten I started to define myself as a mentor. In my research, teaching and mentoring I have taken up a policy of starting with the heart. Being a mentor is about working with hearts.
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