The term “Anarchy” is an interesting one. When you hear it you probably envision a political uprising, but anarchy can also be used to describe an intellectual revolution. According to Paul Feyerabend, a famed philosopher of science, it is a willingness to overthrow the established order, in order to discover and move on in the advancement of science and technology. In his writing Against Method, Feyerabend suggested that creativity is spawned by new knowledge and that it can’t be governed by a fixed set of rules.
So where does that tie in with the entrepreneurship? Simply put, the principle that Feyerabend and other scientist have tried to set forth is that if we want research, science and technology to advance then the relationships we have with our conventional methods of investigation, design, and creation should be treated as extended love matches and not as marriages. The irony of current innovation and production processes is that the logical methodologies used to generate a product eventually become the chains that inhibit us from thinking beyond the acceptable processes. Essentially when we discover a new product, system, idea or service, we protect it with patents, monetize it, and then state that this is the absolute truth, allowing for no alternative; no flexibility.
Changes and progress occur everywhere; However, these chains of traditional old-school methodology hold tight in the manufacturing technologies, making the use of creative ideas, the implementation of new technologies and faster turnaround times for new product integration. Even so, those business innovators that do implement cutting edge innovation, ideas and practices are facilitating an important transition from the more conventional static supply chains to a more dynamic demand-driven supply chain, where the customer defines the quality of product and service he wants.
This more dynamic supply chain shift has been playing out for a number of decades, but never have the effects been so significant as they are with the modern consumer. The results of a shift from a static push-based supply chain (one where the manufacturer must push, sell and make the consumer buy) to a more dynamic and demand drive supply chain (one where the manufacturer only produces enough of a product to meet the demands of the customer), are visible across the board in a wide range of products. A ready example of this difference can be seen in the postwar success of GM, when the manufacturer decided to offer a wider range of consumer vehicles compared to the more limited selection of Ford during the same period.
So today manufacturers understand they needed to deliver a customer’s needs at lightning speed, they needed statistics, data and processes that could instantly create these changes. . . And that requires the help of entrepreneurs, innovators and the power of digital technology.
In Comes the Local Entrepreneur or Tinkerer
Surprisingly, technology assumes an important role in both technology and non-digital items, services and solutions. So although a product may not be technological, it may be produced or made using cutting edge tools. These tools are of primary importance when creating, developing or manufacturing new products. It is this that allows for the creation and manufacture of products in a more efficiently, faster and at a much smaller cost.
The need to customize and to create a dynamic supply chain that meets customer needs also requires the help of efficient and productive programmers and innovators who help create, evolve or speed up the production of these products and/or services.
Faced with this restrictive environment, and the inflexibility of the corporate environment, the solution to quick and creative innovation is the association between corporations and local entrepreneurs or tinkerers; a creative alliance that offers great innovative possibilities and opportunities in the various consumer markets.
Local entrepreneurs can come from any background and any walk of life. For instance, much of the information of this article comes from a local entrepreneur and thinker, John Whatson, a local artist.