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  • A Creative Thinking Lesson Years in the Making

    The Brainzooming Group
    Mike Brown
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    This really is a creative thinking lesson years in the making, and it couldn’t have happened any faster. A Creative Thinking Lesson Years in the Making Fifteen years ago I saw someone fifteen years older than me do something I thought was highly unusual. In fact, I thought it was the most bizarre thing I’d ever seen. Looking back on it . . . Twelve years ago, it seemed silly. Nine years ago, it seemed pathetic. Six years ago, it seemed sad. Three years ago, it seemed clueless. One year ago, it seemed understandable. Six months ago, it seemed reasonable. Three months ago, it seemed…
  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

    The Discipline of Innovation Blog
    Tim Kastelle
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The returns to innovation are wildly skewed.  In practice, this means that the value of the vast majority of new ideas is small, even if they are executed correctly. But some will hit massively big, with huge payoffs. The outliers matter – a lot. You can make a living with both kinds of innovation.  For many years, Toyota executed thousands of small improvements to their manufacturing processes.  Cumulatively, all of these changes added up to an entirely new way to build cars – even though there was not one single huge breakthrough included. Home runs can pay off too, and when…
  • Ford Drives into the Future with Open Innovation

    The IdeaConnection Blog
    IdeaConnection
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Every week there are new stories about companies launching open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives. They hope they can successfully convert the awesome brainpower of the crowd into concrete innovations that propel them ahead in the marketplace. One of the latest corporate giants to initiate an exciting new open innovation venture is the Ford Motor Company. The multinational automobile maker has revealed plans of its Innovate Mobility Challenge Series to come up with novel mobility solutions in eight locations around the world. Those locations are Lisbon in Portugal, Los Angeles,…
  • Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense
    Bulldog Drummond
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N’ Out, and you’ll get a taste of these brands’ vibrant cultures. Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. A strong culture flourishes with a clear set of values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Employees are actively and…
  • The Greatest Startup Project in the World? Meet #StartUpChile

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    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    Let’s start off with some wise words: “Instead of changing the world through revolution, we can change the world through #innovation” This was said by a former Minister of Economy in Chile and they are to be read on the website of Start-Up Chile. I first learned about this initiative while reading about a promising Danish entrepreneur, who had sold all of his belongings in Denmark because he is moving to Chile for the next 7 months – and maybe longer. The entrepreneur is not moving there because he wants to explore South America as a tourist. He is going there to further develop his…
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  • My Apologies To Everyone!

    Matthew May
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Please accept my sincere apologies for the multiple emails and RSS postings you've undoubtedly received in your inbox. My post "You Know You're Clear on Strategy" had so many hits that it sent the GoDaddy servers into a tailspin, and in trying to resurrect my site they somehow resent my feed several times in the past 48 hours. Please know it is not me spamming you! I believe they have it finally worked out, but I completely understand if you wish to unsubscribe. Apologies again, and please have a hopefully quiet Sunday with no further embarrassing messages from me! Thank you for your…
  • You Know You’re Clear On Strategy When…

    Matthew May
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    "If I had the key members of your executive suite all in the same room, would they all be able to articulate the essence of your business strategy clearly and consistently?" I asked the executive vice president of strategy. "Probably not," she replied. "But I do know we need a new one, because the current one isn't working." I hear this quite a lot. It's fine to want a new strategy, but it doesn't make sense to move to a new strategy if you're not completely clear on the current one, because formulating a new strategy starts with defining a strategic problem culled from the current strategy.
  • An Economist Walks Into A Bar…

    Matthew May
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:10 am
    Except…it's not a bar. And it's three economists, not one. When three economists on a roadtrip to Maine after an academic conference in Boston wandered into a local shoe store looking to kill some time, little did they know it would spark a nationwide trek in search of Main Street business lessons that big and small business alike might learn. Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer were so intrigued by the unusually pushy sales staff that they engaged the owner and staff in a long conversation about the merits of the store’s secret shopper program. The conversation inspired the trio…
  • There’s Such A Thing As Too Much Talent

    Matthew May
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Los Angeles Kings, whose early demise was greatly exaggerated this past April by the L.A. Times ("Kings' Playoff Performance Could Mark End of Era") when the team was down 0-3 to San Jose in the hockey playoffs, clinched the Stanley Cup in 5 games. The San Antonio Spurs blasted the Miami Heat to take the NBA Championship in 5 games. As World Cup kicks off with defending champion and top-seeded Spain suffering a crushing defeat at the feet of 15th-ranked Netherlands, new research suggests that there is such a thing as having too much talent on a team. The research indicates that, after a…
  • An Exercise in Observation: Practicing Your Genchi Genbutsu

    Matthew May
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    One of my all-time favorite thoughts is by UK-based urban designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie, a master of designing shared space intersections: "If we observed first, designed second, we wouldn’t need most of the things we build." The Japanese phrase for what Ben is talking about is genchi genbutsu, which roughly translated means “go look and see.” It is a principle widely practiced in many Japanese organizations. The goal is to build skill in viewing problems and challenges from different perspectives, much like artists, sculptors, and photographers do when they look at their subject from…
 
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    Innovation Excellence

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    Innovation Excellence
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    We're proud to announce the introduction of a new set of menus on Innovation Excellence, designed to better highlight all of the different types of content that we publish (articles, videos, presentations, emails, and more), the innovation research offerings that we provide, and all of the information you need about the world's first global innovation certification. Continue reading →
  • Marketing’s Holy Grail – Emerging Customer Needs

    Mike Shipulski
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Holy Grail of marketing is to identify emerging customer needs before anyone else and satisfy them to create new markets. It has been a long and fruitless slog as emerging needs have proven themselves elusive. And once candidates are identified, it’s a challenge... Continue reading →
  • Berlin’s Soft Power: leading by innovating (1/2)

    Nicolas Bry
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everyone who visits Berlin can feel the cultural atmosphere and the creative spirit, which feed the German capital with an unrivaled soft power of innovation. Hub:raum, DT accelerator is definitely one of the places to visit for who's found of innovation. Continue reading →
  • Combating the Dark Side of Technology (Part 1)

    John Hagel
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:52 pm
    My last post on The Dark Side of Technology definitely seems to have hit a responsive chord. Many of us see evidence of this dark side of technology every day in the world around us. But it doesn't have to be that way... Continue reading →
  • Indiana Innovation – Attention from Salesforce and Beyond

    Stephan Vincent
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Last year's acquisition of Indianapolis' ExactTarget by Salesforce for $2.5 billion helped Indiana get national attention, credibility and capital as becoming a center for innovation. Continue reading →
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    IDEO

  • Articles: Shaping a School System, From The Ground Up

    IDEO
    5 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The New York Times spotlights IDEO’s work with Innova Schools to design a school system in Peru from the ground up. The article looks at how “increasingly design companies like IDEO are being asked to build complex systems for businesses, governments and non profit organizations”. For the full article click here.
  • Awards: IDSA’s 2014 IDEA Awards

    IDEO
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    IDEO and IDEO.org were awarded 8 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (seven and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from a new generation of bike saddles for Brooks to ​redesigning the cafeteria and food system for San Francisco Unified School District. Read more about the winners here. For IDEO: Gold Cambium C-17 Bike Saddle for Brooks (Sports, Leisure and Recreation) PillPack (Service Design) Silver Food System Redesign for San Francisco Unified School District (Design Strategy) Spark Camera App (Digital Design) Bronze POWEREASE for Medtronic (Medical and Scientific…
  • Work: Finding a New Business Model in the Everyday for Sensis

    IDEO
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    134 years ago, the phone book was the original killer app. In 1880, the year Australia’s first-ever telephone directory was published, it was a cutting edge technology that offered immediate access to a huge network of goods and services, everything from peaches in Gundagai to ship builders in Darwin. The company that produced that first phone book—and the disruptive change it represented—would later become the Australian directories company Sensis. In recent years, Sensis made a strong transition from a print directory to a digital service, but they asked IDEO to help the company think…
  • Awards: IDEO + Core77 Design Awards

    IDEO
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Core77 recognizes four IDEO projects in its annual design awards. 2014 Runner Up recipients include our work with Brooks on the Cambium C-17 bike saddle and pharmacy market-disrupter PillPack. Notable honorees include redesigning the food system for the San Francisco Unified School District and the Edison light installation for Joie de Vivre Hotels. For more on the award winners, see here.
  • Awards: 30 Years, 18 MDEA Awards

    IDEO
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    IDEO celebrates its 18th Medical Device Excellence Award (MDEA) for our work with Tria Beauty on the Age-Defying Laser, with Tria’s Hair Removal Laser and Medtronic’s POWEREASE being named finalists. For more on IDEO’s history of delivering impactful, human-centered design to the world of medical and consumer products see here.
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Leadership’s Influence Company’s Culture

    Jeffrey Fermin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    A company will always follow its leaders, but what influence do they play on the company culture?
  • A Necessidade de um Processo de Desenvolvimento de Novo Produto

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    Esta é a terceira parte de uma série de artigos que analisa a necessidade de Inovação e compartilha alguns dos imperativos, exigências para criar e manter o "NOVO" nos negócios ou nas organizações. Este artigo incide sobre o processo de desenvolvimento do novo produto.
  • Inovar para Prosperar – Sem Risco… Sem Inovação

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    A segunda parte de uma série de artigos de Robert Brands discute a necessidade e a importância de correr riscos para alcançar Inovações bem sucedidas. Devido à elevada taxa de insucesso, as organizações que buscam a prática da Inovação devem ter uma tolerância para o fracasso. O material é baseado em 25 anos de experiência prática no espaço de Inovação e no livro “Robert's Rules of innovation”.
  • Inovar para Prosperar – A Importância da Inspiração

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Este é o primeiro de uma série de artigos que levam em consideração a necessidade de Inovação e compartilham alguns dos imperativos para criar e manter o "NOVO" nos negócios ou nas organizações. O material é baseado em 25 anos de experiência prática no espaço de Inovação e no livro "Robert’s Rule of Innovation".
  • Como Inovar: O Processo de Inovação

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Muitas pessoas presumem que a criação de novas ideias é o início do processo de inovação, mas isso não é verdade. Ideação ocorre no meio do processo de inovação controlado, que apresentamos neste capítulo.
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Changing Innovation Culture by Doing — Three Reasons It Doesn’t Happen

    GREGG FRALEY
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Innovation culture doesn’t change with assessment or analysis. You can learn a great deal about who you are and what your culture is like with the various assessment tools, but knowing isn’t changing. I’m a huge fan of KEYS, FourSight, and other assessment tools but they are not the answer. Training can help, but training alone will not do the job either. What changes innovation culture then? Doing. You change culture by Doing.  When employees are empowered to solve problems and those solutions are put into play, it’s motivating. It changes hearts and minds. And it…
  • Big Imagination is Blind Spot Remover

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    Coming back from a trip to Toronto (visiting with the amazing Min Basadur) I spotted an interesting billboard at O’Hare airport. IBM suggests they can help “Remove the Blind Spots from Your Business” — by using Big Data and analytics. The visual of a man at a kind of virtual desktop that has visibility to ships, trucks, retail, and factories indicates that if you can just know more about what’s going on out there you’ll have nothing to worry about. If only that were so. I’m not bad rapping IBM here, I’m sure they can indeed provide lots of…
  • Six Ideas for Creative Action

    GREGG FRALEY
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:14 pm
    What kind of action can you take, today, to advance your dream? What action can you take today to make real your invention, your new business idea, or art project? This is a post about taking creative action. All the great ideas in the world, all the wonderful concepts, all the ground-breaking thoughts we have are useless unless we get into real world action. It’s an easy concept to forget for people who love ideas, concepts, and imaginative thinking. Somehow — we are such great rationalisers — the good vibes generated when we have those lovely thoughts feel like action. But…
  • Harvard’s Kodak Moment?

    GREGG FRALEY
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    Nitin Nohria, Dean of HBS — and man in the hot seat Have you ever been in the position where you thought, “gee, if only I was better educated, or just smarter, this complex decision in front of me would be easy.” In the innovation world the agonizing decision of whether to embrace a new trend and leave behind your old business model is always brutally dificult. Organizations have been torn to shreds in the conflict about what to do. Some have made those big choices and survived, like IBM, or, made bad choices and bit the dust, like Kodak. Part of the psychology of leadership…
  • Have You Made the Creative Choice?

    GREGG FRALEY
    28 May 2014 | 9:17 am
    Have you made the Creative Choice? There is a ton of written material about creativity and innovation. I make an effort to keep up with the waves of literature — there’s a new methodology, a new process, fresh brain research, best practices, anti-best practices, etc. Some of this literature is quite good. There is also stuff about how creativity relates to mysticism and spirituality, also quite interesting. Finally there is also a good deal of useless, boring drivel that only reinforces unhelpful mythology about creativity. If you intend to be more creative and to use that…
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N’ Out, and you’ll get a taste of these brands’ vibrant cultures. Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. A strong culture flourishes with a clear set of values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Employees are actively and…
  • The Wonders Within Your Head Infographic

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What you consume consumes you.
  • Take Care of Yourself

    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
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  • Assume At Your Own Peril

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Written by Scott Schimmel Can you think of a time when you discovered that your assumptions didn’t match reality? A time when you found out that the real story was very different than the story you were telling (and actually believing)? This has happened to many of us, many times. I remember finding out that a couple young guys I was supervising weren’t doing their jobs. At all. For months. I remember the time I found out through a performance review that someone under me didn’t feel supported or cared for by me. I remember the meeting when I heard that one of my long-time coworkers was…
  • So, Who Wants to Be An Innovator?

    Bulldog Drummond
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Written by Hilton Barbour Back when I started my career (or when dinosaurs ruled the earth) there was a very different perspective of innovation and innovators. Innovators were an elite group of secret, almost mythical creatures toiling away in labs far from the prying eyes of competitors, or even colleagues, without a C-suite designation. As a lowly advertising guy, I never saw these folks until they unveiled the fruits of “Project Thunderstruck” to the client. Another sign o’ the times—innovation projects weren’t funded unless they had some kind of quasi-military-superhero name.
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • It's National TRUST YOURSELF Week!

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    This week, oh aspiring innovators, it's time to trust yourself. That's right. Trust. For the moment, forget about the business cases, spread sheets, best practices, data points, decision grids and the overly somber Six Sigmafication of your soul. You already know what to do. You do! You've known for a while. Now all you need to do is do it! More
  • Upgrade Your In-House Brainstorm Facilitation Skills the Simple Way

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Idea champions brainstorm facilitation testimonials from Mitch Ditkoff Want to upgrade your change agents' brainstorm facilitation skills? Looking for a simple way to open the creative floodgates in your organization? Here's one way. Read this if you think brainstorming is bogus. Covers for our new 142-page facilitator guidebook
  • 100 Awesome Quotes on What It Really Takes To Innovate

    17 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    1. "I want to put a ding in the universe." - Steve Jobs 2. "Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them." - Alfred North Whitehead 3. "Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next." - Jonas Salk 4. "If you have always done it that way, it is probably wrong." - Charles Kettering 5. "Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." - Helen Keller 6. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
  • 15 Awesome Quotes on Collaboration

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:27 pm
    1. "It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles Darwin 2. "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller 3. "If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless." - Darryl F. Zanuck 4. "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." - Henry Ford 5. "Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • 10 Things You Can Do in the Next 3 Minutes

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    1. Eat an apple 2. Brush your teeth 3. Sing a song 4. Make a to do list 5. Google yourself 6. Take your dog for a very short walk 7. Forgive your parents for being imperfect 8. Complain about the government 9. Write a mediocre haiku 10. Submit a 10-minute-or-less peace-themed video (or a link to a video) to PeaceCast, an organization of inspired volunteers who are producing a 48-hour livestream, on September 21st, to celebrate the UN-sanctioned International Day of Peace. Three minutes. That's all it takes. Three minutes to communicate a message of peace to a world that sorely needs it. Or…
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Innovation starts with a need

    Jeffrey Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:32 am
    I'm in Chicago this week, interviewing customers of our client to understand their needs for products and services.  Nothing can open eyes and ears more easily than sitting mid level managers and executives in front of customers who are willing to express their frustrations, difficulties, gaps and workarounds to executives who believe their products are fairly robust.  I've never taken a client into an ethnographic encounter or a "voice of the customer" experience that didn't result in my client remarking on how much they learned.  Well, sure.  Get out of your office, out…
  • Unrealistic Expectations and the failure of innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    For several years, when OVO first entered the innovation consulting space, I was constantly amazed by the insincerity and misinformation that is constantly spread about innovation.  While it is easy to point to innovation success stories from a wide range of firms, many of the innovation stories one reads are from people who seek to cast doubt on innovation or to disparage innovation activities.  Right now, one lonely journalist has stirred up a debate about "disruptive" innovation, ignoring for a second that disruptive innovation is happening in many industries.  Much of the…
  • Innovation: It's inconceivable

    Jeffrey Phillips
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    When I was in graduate school, a number of my friends became aficionados of the move The Princess Bride.  At first, for me, it seemed a lot like many other swashbuckling movies.  It has the requisite hero who has been cheated, a damsel in distress, some swordplay, and so on.  But what I missed initially are all the tongue in cheek gags, the funny lines.  One that has stayed with me for a long time is what Vizzini says quite often in the film.  Anytime a plan or a plot goes wrong, or something doesn't work out the way he planned, he exclaims:  It's…
  • Innovators overcome the can'ts

    Jeffrey Phillips
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    There's a vicious, pervasive mentality swirling in corporate America today, and it's limiting innovation, growth and corporate renewal.  Many of your fellow employees have been infected by a mental virus, and they aren't even aware that they have it.  It's not Ebola or the plague, although it can often be just as deadly for new ideas as these illnesses.  The virus has crept into the thinking and attitudes of many managers and employees, without a lot of fanfare.  In fact, when it was introduced it seemed natural and reasonable, but it has become a major limiting factor to…
  • Slogan, Carnival or Capacity: What's your innovation commitment?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    By way of explaining innovation - what it is and what it isn't - I often write about the innovation efforts we've seen and seek to illustrate successes and failures using (hopefully) humorous analogies.  Today I'd like to illustrate some of the different methods or types of innovation implementation and why they fail to deliver any value.  I'm building a list in precedence order, from the least beneficial to the most beneficial.  Bear with me, because I think you'll see the point and with patience gain insights into what to do, and what not to do, when deploying…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • Notes from World Domination Summit: part 1

    Scott
    12 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    I’m speaking this Sunday at World Domination Summit in glorious Portland, Oregon. The event started yesterday and it’s clear this is a most unusual event: there’s an energy that I’ve only seen a handful of times in the hundreds of events and conferences I’ve been to. I decided to take notes during the many sessions and I’ll be updating this post after most of the sessions, so come back later to this post for more (please forgive typos as liveblogging comes at a price) I noticed even during speaker rehearsal that the crew was having fun and working hard, a magical…
  • 5 Questions that decide if Facebook crossed the line

    Scott
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:24 am
    There are 4 points and 5 questions at the heart of the latest drama around Facebook and ethics, and the report of a recent experiment they did regarding emotions. 1. All media manipulates emotions by design Newspapers editors have always chosen which news stories we see, choices made with emotional impact in mind. Television and print news have a long history of over-reporting stories of violent crime, far out of proportion to the rate they happen. One argument is the belief it’s easier to draw attention for negative stories. Another is that making people feel bad eases the challenge…
  • Why You Are Not Drowning In Data

    Scott
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:23 am
    We love to blame the world because the world can’t blame us back. I recently read Sarah Gooding’s article titled Drowning in Data: When News is Noise. She feels information overloaded makes it hard to cultivate creativity. It’s a sweet article and you should read it, even if I disagree. She writes: It’s never been easier to be productive, but it’s also never been harder. With technology and a flood of information at my fingertips every time I turn on an Internet-connected device, my resolve crumbles. There is a difference between how something feels and how something is.
  • The doors of Paris: a photo essay

    Scott
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I spent a few days in Paris last week (to speak at USI 14). For fun I took photos of every interesting door I walked by. I didn’t seek out interesting ones with a plan. I didn’t want to be deliberate about it. Instead I chose to pay attention as  I walked through the city. Doors fascinate me for many reasons. They’re ignored by most people walking past them, but to anyone who lives or works there this is their daily portal into another slice of their life. For many of these doors I wondered: who lives there? what are they like? What does this particular door say or not say…
  • Back my next book on Kickstarter today

    Scott
    12 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    This morning I launched the kickstarter campaign for my next book, The Ghost of My Father. I’ve written several posts about the book over the last few weeks, and if you’re interested in the book now is your chance to be a part of it. There are plenty of great rewards – if you’re a fan of my other books I think you’ll dig them, but of course the coolest ones are in limited quantities. Take a look now and I hope you’ll help me with my next project. Thanks. The Ghost of My Father – now on kickstarter.
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • Spend time with your Unhappiest Customers

    Paul Sloane
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It is nice to meet and talk to happy customers. They like your products or services and often recommend them to others. As a business leader you get a warm glow from a happy customer – it seems to make all your efforts worthwhile. Unfortunately you do not learn a great deal from the happy client. They just confirm what you already knew – that you are doing a great job. They reinforce complacency. On the other hand, the unhappy customer is a mine of valuable information. They are dissatisfied with your current efforts. Consequently they are the best source of ideas for innovations and…
  • What KPIs can we use to measure success with Open Innovation?

    Paul Sloane
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:24 am
    Many organizations are adopting Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing as ways to generate new products or services. Opening up your innovation initiatives to outsiders is seen as more effective than relying solely on your internal R&D or marketing departments. However, because this approach is so new there is a dearth of guidance on how to measure the success of open innovation activities. This issue is addressed directly in a paper by Erkens, Wosch, Piller and Luttgens from Ernst Young in Germany and the University of Aachen. They point out that 90% of corporate innovation efforts do not…
  • Brainstorm Method – What’s on TV Tonight?

    Paul Sloane
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:51 pm
    In this creativity exercise the challenge or issue is defined and then a TV guide is found with tonight’s programs listed. The group is divided into teams of say 4 or 5. Each team is given tonight’s listing from a different popular TV channel. The teams discuss their program lists and identify the key themes and motivations from each show. The challenge is then seen through the eyes of the characters in the TV programs and their responses or solutions are imagined and discussed. Say the challenge is how to attract more visitors to an art gallery and the programs that evening include: A…
  • Hijack – Innovation and Gamification

    Paul Sloane
    22 May 2014 | 12:57 am
    Meat Pack is a shoe shop in Guatemala which has created a highly innovative mobile marketing campaign called Hijack which targets competitors stores.  Hijack uses location sensing and gamification to target and motivate customers to switch their purchase to Meat Pack.
  • Is the Internet an Enemy of Creativity?

    Paul Sloane
    14 May 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The internet is a massive distraction for just about anyone trying to work, but it can prove especially challenging for writers and anyone who needs concentration for a creative process. Author George Martin fights back with a secret weapon. He has two computers: one to browse the internet, get his email and do his taxes, and then his “writing computer”, which is a DOS machine not connected to the internet. He uses Wordstar 4.0 as his word-processing system. Read the report and see his video interview in the Guardian. Do you ever disconnect completely in order to do creative…
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • Build an Awesome Business with Limited Resources - Ash Kumra, August 7, Newport Beach

    Sanjay Dalal
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Join us on August 7 and Get Inspired by Ash Kumra! Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego Professionals, Entrepreneurs and Business OwnersoGoing is hosting a Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker who will share with us how we can Build an Awesome Business with Limited Resources. He is none other than our very own Ash Kumra, White House Award Winner, Entrepreneur, Public Speaker and Acclaimed Author.Ash Kumra has been recognized twice by the White House as an entrepreneur making an impact. Ash has been cited in 100's of interviews & articles including Forbes…
  • Unlock Your Full Potential with Ana Weber on July 24 - Newport Beach

    Sanjay Dalal
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:17 pm
    How's it going Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego Professionals? Are you enjoying this beautiful summer so far?Are you available on Thursday, July 24 evening in Newport Beach? We are hosting a Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker who will share with us how we can Unlock our Full Potential. Her name is Ana Weber - best-selling author, business coach and turnaround expert who has been featured on major national television networks, radio shows and print publications. Her latest book 360 Degrees of Success won the 2013 USA Best Book award."I’ve always taught…
  • Orange County Fireside Chat Dinner Series Begins July 24. Five Amazing Speakers. Five Networking Opportunities.

    Sanjay Dalal
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    oGoing Invites You to the Summer of Fireside Chat Dinner SeriesFive Amazing SpeakersFive Nights of LearningFive Growth OpportunitiesLearn => Promote => Enjoy => Network => GrowThe Best FoodDo you love delicious, mouth-watering, hot Indian food? Come hungry... You are going to love the multi-course dinner and the service at Saagar Fine Cuisine of India in Newport BeachEach Fireside Chat is limited to 50 professionals for maximum engagement. Register EarlyJuly 24 6 pm to 9:30 pmAna Weber - 360 Degrees of Success Coach, Award-winning Author Fast Path To Full Circle…
  • 3 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

    Sanjay Dalal
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    Risk-Takers who can Persist"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder / CEOEntrepreneurship without risk-taking is like Investing without money. An entrepreneur must have a fearless, never-say-die attitude in the face of all adversities. If you don't have the balls to take everything that is thrown at you and persist, you can't be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs don't take blind risks though; they're calculative, and stack up the odds in their…
  • oGoing 360 - Marketing Boost for Small Business

    Sanjay Dalal
    25 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Introducing oGoing 360oGoing 360 provides 360° Marketing Boost for your Small Business! oGoing 360 is your connector to trusted customers and partners. oGoing 360 promotes your business online, makes trusted connections, and finds new customers."oGoing team has greatly increased our exposure in the little time they have taken over our account. Not only has the oGoing team improved our chances of letting people know about our live events, they have taken care of situations in a very fast and timely fashion. Their very affordable fees make oGoing a very reasonable and sensible solution to the…
 
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  • Facebook Referral Traffic Skyrockets

    Kristin Burnham
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Facebook drove nearly one-quarter of all Web traffic in June while other social networks experienced significant drops, says new report.
  • Wearables In Healthcare: Privacy Rules Needed

    Alison Diana
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Johns Hopkins patient privacy violation didn't involve Google Glass or wearables but indicates why the healthcare industry must head off trouble with wearables in clinical settings.
  • Amazon Fire Phone Early Reviews Tepid

    Eric Zeman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Early reviews of Amazon's first smartphone won't send consumers rushing to buy. Did Amazon miscalculate on key features?
  • Federal IT Networks: Simpler Is Better

    Elena Malykhina
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    A survey of government IT executives found that network complexity slows IT performance and hinders deployment of new technologies and services.
  • Agile Dev: Don't Take The Easy Way Out

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    It is easy to lose track of Scrum principles and best practices. Inevitably, problems will then arise that will be perceived incorrectly as failures of Agile or Scrum itself. Do these Scrum anti-patterns affect your development process?
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  • From Big Data to Cloud Computing: How IT is Creating a New Era of Disruptive Innovation

    akey
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enable Registration Industry after industry is being transformed by IT-enabled disruptive innovation. These include not only information-based industries, such as banking, media, real estate, and education, but also "atom-based" industries like transportation, agriculture, and health care.     At this event, speakers will assess why these transformations are occurring, how they will impact consumers and businesses, and the public policies required to spur even more disruptive innovation. Malcolm Frank, Paul Roehrig, and Ben Pring will discuss their book Code Halos: How the…
  • The Social Impact of Open Data

    akey
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    off https://www.eventbrite.com/register?orderid=301736535099&client_token=682aabf8a3fb4ad7a7653933d15bc805&eid=11775253099 Government agencies collect a vast amount of data that has the potential to usher in large-scale social benefits, but these agencies must ensure that their data is not locked up. By making their data freely available without restrictions, government agencies can enable individuals and private organizations to leverage public data—including weather information, maps, legal filings, financial statements, health indicators, and education metrics—to make the world…
  • CCEI Commends Passage of National Lab Reform Legislation

    akey
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
  • How Data and Analytics Can Help the Developing World

    akey
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Data can be a key to enhancing global development.
  • Debunking the Myth of a STEM Surplus

    akey
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Despite new statistics from the Census Bureau, wage and unemployment data show that we still suffer from a STEM shortage.
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • No Man’s Sky: A Vast Game Crafted by Algorithms

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    A new computer game, No Man’s Sky, demonstrates a new way to build computer games filled with diverse flora and fauna.Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man’s Sky, can’t guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he’s certain that, if it isn’t, nobody will ever find out. “If you were to visit one virtual planet every second,” he says, “then our own sun will have died before you’d have seen them all.”
  • Can Technology Fix Medicine?

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Medical data is a hot spot for venture investing and product innovation. The payoff could be better care.After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us. The sum of this information could transform medicine, turning a field aimed at treating the average patient into one that’s customized to each person while shifting more control and responsibility from doctors to…
  • Chinese Researchers Stop Wheat Disease with Gene Editing

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Researchers have created wheat that is resistant to a common disease, using advanced gene editing methods.Advanced genome-editing techniques have been used to create a strain of wheat resistant to a destructive fungal pathogen—called powdery mildew—that is a major bane to the world’s top food source, according to scientists at one of China’s leading centers for agricultural research.
  • Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    Imprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery.A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.
  • Travel App Can Recommend Places by Looking at Them

    13 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Software that counts dogs, martini glasses, and mustaches in Instagram photos provides a novel way to rate businesses.A travel app called Jetpac hopes to tackle two of the most pressing questions of our time: how can machines reliably extract information from images, and what exactly is the definition of a hipster?
 
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • Governance of Unconventional Gas in Bulgaria

    Andreas Goldthau
    2 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    The story of Bulgarian shale gas exemplifies the difficulty for the unconventional gas industry to take a hold in Europe. This paper investigates the reasons for Bulgaria banning shale gas by disentangling the various domestic causes at work.
  • Leapfrogging or Stalling Out? Electric Vehicles in China

    Henry Lee, Sabrina Howell and Adam Heal
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    China has ambitious goals for developing and deploying electric vehicles (EV). The stated intention is to “leapfrog” the auto industries of other countries and seize the emerging EV market. Since 2009, policies have included generous subsidies for consumers in certain locations, as well as strong pressure on local governments to purchase EVs. Yet four years into the program, progress has fallen far short of the intended targets. China has only about 40,000 EVs on the road, of which roughly 80% are public fleet vehicles such as buses and sanitation vehicles.
  • The French American Global Forum

    Andreas Goldthau
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    Andreas Goldthau, visiting scholar with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, took part in a panel discussion for The French American Global Forum, "Oil and Energy: What Does the Future Hold?” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, hosted by The School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.
  • Rethinking the Governance of Energy Infrastructure

    Andreas Goldthau
    29 May 2014 | 8:44 am
    Providing societies with reliable energy services, fighting energy poverty and mitigating climate change entail a crucial infrastructure component. Both the energy access and the low carbon challenge require more decentralized energy solutions and a change in the energy infrastructure paradigm. Yet, physical energy infrastructure co-evolves with socio-economic institutions, actors and social norms. This may produce inertia against change. The energy challenge also requires solutions at multiple scales and may entail elements of common pool resource problems. Therefore, the governance of…
  • Challenges to U.S. Global Leadership

    Graham Allison, Nicholas Burns, David Ignatius and Meghan L. O'Sullivan
    20 May 2014 | 10:03 am
    In a Harvard Kennedy School IDEASpHERE session titled "Challenges to US Global Leadership," Graham Allison, Nicholas Burns, David Gergen, David Ignatius, and Meghan O’Sullivan discussed challenges as well as opportunities facing the United States. Burns moderated the session. Challenges include the rise of China and the future of the U.S.-China relationship, the crises taking place around the world, and the reputation of the U.S. worldwide. An unexpected opportunity is the increase in available energy sources in the United States.
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • Be Like Bond, Use Persuasion Psychology, and More – Roger’s Picks

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    We’re playing catchup after a rare vacation, so here’s the best of the best for the last couple of weeks! Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Roger Dooleyneuromarketingweb resources
  • Transforming the Customer Experience with Big Data

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:44 am
    I originally wrote today's post for Intradiem. It appeared on their blog on March 17, 2014. What is big data? and how is it used to deliver a great customer experience? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer experiencesbig dataAnnette Franz Gleneickidata analysiscustomer feedback
  • The Logic of Code

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read. My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Greg Satelldigital livingdigital literacychangeprogress
  • McKinsey on Marketing

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    A McKinsey Quarterly blog post on The Changing Face of Marketing contains the following: “Change is the dominant fact of life in every business today. And the ability to master and exploit change has become one of the most sought-after management skills. This is particularly true in marketing, where the very tempo of change is constantly quickening.” Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Ron Shevlinmarketingchange
  • The Beauty of Apple

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I wonder if you have noticed something about the world of business? You may have not noticed it as this feature of business life is pervasive, so enduring, that lies in the background. I found myself reawakened to this feature recently. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: AppleMaz Iqbalbusinessbeautyhumanizing
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    Creativity Central

  • Forvo: The Holy Grail for Speakers Everywhere

    Creativity Central
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I may have found the holiest of grails for speakers everywhere.  Imagine you're giving a speech and you want to reference the author of the Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. If you’re not a native French speaker or haven’t mingled with literature majors, then you are tempting the fates by winging the pronunciation. To mispronounce a word in a public speech isn’t fatal but it does tend to tarnish any credibility you probably earned before the gaffe.  I have learned to compensate by pointing the screen and saying “that wonderful French aviator…
  • Hacking Innovation Part 4: Reframing or the Peter Sellers Problem.

    Creativity Central
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:58 pm
    If you’re on a mission and don’t need context, scroll right to bottom and look for subhead Innovation Hack #3.   But you will miss the story of Dr. Tina Seelig and her approach to creativity and innovation at Stanford. When I tell people how closely related humor is to innovation, I will usually get a slightly bemused but unbelieving reaction. The art of the joke is generally about disrupting expectations or the making an illegal U-turn at the familiar.  But let me bring in a heavy hitter.  Dr. Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in the Dept. of Management…
  • Hacking Innovation Part 3

    Creativity Central
    15 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Note:  If you’re on a mission and don’t need context, scroll right to bottom and look for subhead Innovation Hack #2.   But you will miss the story of Jigar Shah and how he helped unlock the climate economy through innovation. If the name Jigar Shah isn’t familiar to you, I hope it will be as you learn more about how his entrepreneurial spirit helped him drive a new way of looking at financing and alternative energy. I met him in September of 2010 at the annual Business Innovation Factory Summit. 4  years later, his story still resonates with me.  7…
  • Hacking Innovation. Part 2

    Creativity Central
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Note:   If you’re on a mission and don’t need context, scroll right to bottom and look for subhead Innovation Hack #1.   But you will miss the story of the translucent worm and how it might save your life one day. Lewis Carroll famously wrote, “If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” This is one of many paradoxes of innovation.  While many innovations are developed through rigorous methodology (Watson and Crick’s DNA model, Page and Brin’s Google, and Englebart’s computer mouse) others follow a more…
  • Hacking Innovation: A Starter Kit.

    Creativity Central
    25 May 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I’ve been fortunate to know and work with many successful innovators and innovation facilitators. I make this distinction not because they are mutually exclusive, but because each focus plays a critical role in understanding, codifying and teaching innovation. Over the years, I collaborated with one of many creators of the SIM card, helped bring to market the first free trial of web service in the U.S. for Citibank, and worked on projects evolving the semantic and synaptic web. I have also collaborated with leading innovation facilitators including Gerald Haman of Solution People, Larry…
 
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Be Your Own Genie

    Don The Idea Guy
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    If you had three wishes, what would you wish for…Fame? Fortune? A vacation in Hawaii? Many people spend hours and hours (amounting to years of their life) wishing for their ideal situation.  Think of the time spent wishing for more money, a better job, to be an artist, an actor, an author. Wishing they could find the perfect mate (or escape a bad relationship.)  Wishing they were more fit, weighed less, had gone to college and earned a degree, had a motorcycle, a boat, could go skydiving… Wishing they were “happier”. What if I told you that all of your wishes…
  • When The Student is Ready The Teacher Disappears

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    I followed a “recent articles” link from Steven Pressfield‘s wonderful blog and email newsletter (First Look Access) — I really enjoy his “Writing Wednesdays” category — and came across a short essay on his friend Liam who applied for one of Seth Godin‘s rare and coveted (and generous) week long seminars (I think it qualifies more as an apprenticeship).  Seth announces one of these every few years or so and lets anyone apply. When I see these posts I send links to a few of the brilliant people I have the privilege to know and encourage them to…
  • Blogging Down Barriers

    Don The Idea Guy
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    I’m a big fan of blogging. I’ve been doing it since people still knew the word was an amalgam of “web log”. Blogger.com launched in 1999 and I think I used that as my own launching point for blogging (up until then I was posting static articles on websites and sharing ideas in online groups and bulletin boards.) My own article archive on this site goes back to 2002. I did my best to import all my Blogger posts, but early on I had changed names or abandoned a blog to start over and those are lost to time (I was just starting to write and they probably sucked anyway.)…
  • Trying to be more creative? Give up!

    Don The Idea Guy
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Have you been trying to be more creative? Reading a lot of books on how to come up with “big ideas”? Checking out websites for tips on how to facilitate brainstorms? Scribbling down your thoughts in a hip Moleskine notebook? Are you constantly trying to corral co-workers into a conference room and bounce ideas off the wall? I’ve got one thing to say that will help you in your creative efforts. Give up! You’re going to need to give-up if you ever hope to achieve a greater level of creativity. Oh, not “give-up” in the sense of abandoning all hope —…
  • Empty Tank Full Mind

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:07 am
    Recently a professional speaker posed this question to a group of her peers: “How far are you willing to travel to a 3-hour workshop that meets your needs?” First, let’s ignore the whole “meets your needs” limitation. That’s entire article unto itself. “Meets your needs” smacks of “customer satisfaction” and we all know how worthless that is. As is frequently the case, the wrong question leads to the wrong answer.  Most of the feedback she received included answers that referred to miles they were willing to travel or time…
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    Idea Sandbox

  • Differentiate Your Brand with Storytelling: Sugar House Day Spa & Salon

    Shannon
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Branding, there are many ways to differentiate your brand. One very authentic way is “Tell a story that defines you and is unique to you.” We recently experienced an example of storytelling at Sugar House Day Spa & Salon. Sugar House is located in the historic center of Alexandria, Virginia in a beautifully restored early 19th century home. The building was once part of a sugar refinery and now Sugar House leverages that story in what they do. Here are just some of the ways… Treatments Sugar House Scrub: A sweet full body exfoliating…
  • 12 Tips For Successful In-Store Events

    Paul
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    No matter what you call them… your customers, clients, consumers or participants – they are all Guests when they visit your location. Being a great host to those visiting your location is no different from entertaining friends and neighbors at your house. While we do think about details when planning a big event at home, as restaurant and retail owners, we and our teams need to be a great host to Guests every day. Here is our guide to being a great host to Guests – from preparation and during to after your event. ♦ Planning ♦ Have A Plan You’ve got to prepare and…
  • They’re Your Words, Choose Them

    Paul
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    You’ve seen the signs: ABSOLUTELY NO CREDIT CARDS. NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. BATHROOMS FOR PATRONS ONLY. Guess what? There’s no legal requirement that signs have to make you sound like a harsh jerk in order to carry weight or to inform the public. To keep our prices as low as possible, we only accept cash. The good news is that there’s an ATM next door. Careful! We’d like to watch your stuff for you, but we’re busy making coffee. Our spotlessly clean restrooms are for our beloved customers only, so come on in and buy something! Also, there’s…
  • CapitalizeYourURLsAndHashTags

    Paul
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Check out these URLs: ExpertSexChange.com vs. ExpertsExchange.com How it is written: expertsexchange.com | How it is interpreted: ExpertSexChange.com What they meant: ExpertsExchange.com And these two… TeacherStalking.com vs. TeachersTalking.com How it is written: teacherstalking.com | How it is interpreted: TeacherStalking.com What they meant: TeachersTalking.com While the URLs are spelled the same, there is a big difference in the meaning depending on how they’re interpreted. We need to treat our messages as if they’re written for a billboard, posted on a highway, with a 65…
  • It’s Called A Presentation…

    Paul
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:41 am
    The post It’s Called A Presentation… appeared first on Idea Sandbox.
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    Big Think Expert Ideas

  • The More Materialistic the CEO, the More Accounting Errors

    Big Think Editors
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If a CEO enjoys last minute getaways to the island of Mustique and lavish shopping sprees, favorite pastimes should not concern shareholders. Or should they? It turns out that materialism in the CEO indicates a potential for accounting errors within the company. New research out of Georgetown ...Read More
  • Cave with Aurora Skylight

    Big Think Editors
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What looks like a still from Star Wars: Episode 7 , in production right night, is actually a successful experiment in patience. Icelandic photographer Ingólfur Bjargmundsson waited all night to capture the aurora light show from inside a cave. NASA explains: To capture this fascinating ...Read More
  • Hemingway on Listening

    Big Think Editors
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    "I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen." - Ernest Hemingway Read More
  • The Solution to Retaining Your Best Millennial Talent

    Samantha Klein
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    On my company’s intranet each employee has a profile that includes a photo as well as general information such as location, phone number, job title, and who a specific person reports to. The one space on the employee profile that isn’t automatically filled is a section where each person is given ...Read More
  • How to Bridge the Power Gaps in Your Organization

    Big Think Editors
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Hierarchy is essential to an organization. Clearly, it helps things run smoothly by ordaining decision-makers to sit in the proverbial corner offices. But this also creates power gaps, alienating workers who hold fresh new insights and ideas. If you want your organization to be  innovative, break ...Read More
 
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    Innovationedge

  • Graphene will transform your gadgets and your life

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Graphene is an amazing material that will soon transform our gadgets to be thinner, more durable, and help us surf online 100 times faster. Imagine something so thin – a million times thinner than paper, according to the American Physical Society. Read more: Graphene is really pushing the frontiers of what could be – make that what WILL be!
  • Juno Power your smartphone to jumpstart your car

    Cheryl Perkins
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:27 am
    Imagine jump-starting your dead car battery – with your smartphone! JUNOJUMPR is one smartphone accessory in the form of a portable charger, that can also be used to jumpstart a car in the case of a breakdown.  It costs about  $70. Here’s more via the Auto Blog: Image via Junopower Since we carry and deal with more and more items that need batteries, we have to figure out better and mobile ways of charging those batteries – at least until John Galt arrives and shows us how to harness electricity from the air. In the meantime, the Jumpr from Juno Power is one of those…
  • The U.S. ranks seventh in the world in high speed Internet connections

    Cheryl Perkins
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:29 am
    An Internet security services firm puts the U.S. at 7th  in terms of internet connections, according to the Wall Street Journal . It’s interesting to see that smaller nations such as Latvia and Belgium rank higher with connections that are 10 mbps or higher. Check it out here: Post by Digital Trends.
  • The social value of people

    Cheryl Perkins
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:38 am
    Most corporations and their stockholders who are struggling might believe that they are in business to make money. But those forward-thinking businesses that are thriving right now know that it’s about much more than that. It’s about the social value of people. I work with clients around the world to help them understand how to think differently about customers and consumers in order to deliver game-changing innovation to the world. Here is a great article from Harvard Business Review underscoring that fact, that society and people are not afterthoughts or inputs to be used and…
  • A thought-controlled artificial hand restores feeling

    Cheryl Perkins
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
    Image courtesy of Inhabitat.com Some of the most incredible innovation is coming in the realm of prosthetics.  Artificial limbs have advanced to the point now that we can make fingers work simply by using our minds. Recently, a team of Swiss and Italian researches developed the  LifeHand 2, which is a first-of-its-kind artificial hand that restores a sense of touch to patients with a missing limb.  Here’s how Inhabitant.com describes it: The limb is wired up to electrodes implanted into the nerves at the point of amputation to allow easy control with no more than a thought. While…
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • Does Social Media Makes All Of Us Phenomenologists?

    Idris
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It is every designer’s dream to design a chair. I have yet to meet an industrial designer that doesn’t want to design a chair or a car. It is designer’s dream for those who study transportation design is to design a car and I get it. Chairs and tables? The reality is how often designers get a chance to design...
  • It's a Bird! It's a Drone! It's Amazon's 3-D Smartphone? It Displays 3D Images, 3D Maps And 3D Gaming!

    Idris
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Amazon has been working on a number of cool devices for a while. The temptation of playing the hardware game has always been there beyond just the e-reader. This month they will finally be unveiling a new device and there are plenty of rumors out there on what it actually is. It is most likely going to be a Smartphone....
  • How Do Breakthroughs Happen? Here's My Little Secrets For Breakthroughs After Helping Executives For Decades..

    Idris
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:04 pm
    How do breakthroughs happen? Can they be engineered? Are they pure luck? Or are they the result of skills that we can develop and improve upon over time? Along with the fear of the unknown and the pressure to make it happen, breakthroughs come with an incredible sense of possibility and satisfaction. The experience of uncovering a breakthrough is exhilarating...
  • What Are The Unmet Needs Of The Future Of Workplace?

    Idris
    25 May 2014 | 7:46 pm
    We can see it’s coming. The future of work in the next five years will be so different from the last 50 years. There are more than a few driving forces behind this: demographic shift, lifestyles of millennial, technology, organization design, nature of competition, and human capital flow etc. Management of the workplace used to be quite simple. All one...
  • The Competitive Advantage Of Switzerland. Is It Sustainable? Is It Replicable? It Is Where Design Thinking Is In Action.

    Idris
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    We are trying to fix the world, the companies and many of our wicked problems that were mostly 100% man-made. Economists, policy makers, academics are spending too much studying our dysfunctional organizations and societies and trying to figure out why the high level of poverty, joblessness and hopelessness and how we are struggling with competing against low-cost producers and how...
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    innovation.net

  • The Maker Revolution is Alive and Well

    Mike
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Maker Revolution is alive and well. As part of Fab10 (www.fab10.org), the 10th annual Fab Lab Community Meeting, IAAC - the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia - is holding the Fab Festival on the 5th and 6th of...
  • Collective Disruption examples from The Chief Innovation Summit in San Francisco

    Mike
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    The Innovation Enterprise organized an inspiring and informative conference in San Francisco this past week, The Chief Innovation Officer Summit. I found three of the presentations really relevant to the concepts I discuss in my forthcoming book "Collective Disruption: How...
  • The Innovation Master Class 2014 - June 9-11

    Mike
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I'm honored to be speaking at next week's Innovation Master Class June 10-11 being held at the epicenter of innovation, 3M's headquarters in St. Paul/Minneapolis. It's a wonderful line-up of speakers and one of the highest quality of attendees (based...
  • WOBI on Innovation Event Focused on Disruptive Innovation

    Mike
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:13 pm
    WOBI, the leader in management and leadership conferences, gathered 600 of the world's top thought leaders from 27 countries at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City on June 4-5 for WOBI on Innovation to discuss the power of...
  • Coming Together in The Fight Against Polio

    Mike
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:56 am
    As some of you may know, I had the good fortune to work with Dr. Peter Salk MD in the launch of BeyondPolio. Our efforts were focused on driving collaborative innovation efforts toward better and lower cost delivery of IPV...
 
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    Creativity & Innovation

  • Is the “Lone Genius” Finally Dead?

    keithsawyer
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    In 2007, I published Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, where I argued that collaboration is the most important driver of creativity. I called the book “group genius” because all of the research showed that the “lone genius” was a misleading myth. But what about those stories you’ve heard about solitary geniuses coming up with great ideas? Archimedes in the bathtub shouting Eureka, or Coleridge coming up with a poem in an opium-induced daze? These two stories, and others like them, are completely untrue. (As historians have known for many…
  • The Most Entertaining Obituary Ever…and, the Aspen Ideas Festival 2014

    keithsawyer
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:20 am
    I’m here in beautiful Aspen, Colorado, at the tenth annual Aspen Ideas Festival. Yesterday afternoon, I gave a tutorial session about how to be more creative, drawing on my new book Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity. This morning, I woke up very early, and was reading the New York Times during morning coffee. With lots of spare time, I did something I rarely do: I read the obituaries, and I learned about a fascinating creative life, with lessons about creativity for all of us. The musician and composer Michael Brown died on June 11th at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
  • Will We Ever Invent Anything Important Again?

    keithsawyer
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Two professors at Northwestern University have been arguing: Is the age of innovation coming to an end? Professor Robert Gordon, a 73-year-old economist, argues that we’re nearing the end of a historically unusual period of rapid innovation. Professor Gordon knows that we’ve invented many amazing things in the past 250 years; he just thinks today’s innovations are puny by comparison. Reading the historical list, one might be tempted to agree with him: indoor plumbing, running water, urban sanitation, steam power, electricity (and everything enabled by it: telephone,…
  • Great Quotations About Writing

    keithsawyer
    14 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    As I writer, I often buy and read books about writing. Here are some of my favorite famous quotations, from the book The Writer’s Quotation Book: A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. — Thomas Mann Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. — T. S. Eliot Another illusion, seldom entertained by competent authors, is that the publisher’s readers and others are waiting to plagiarize their work. I think it may be said that the more worthless the manuscript, the greater the fear of plagiarism. — Stanley…
  • Create Collaboration With The Right Incentives

    keithsawyer
    9 Jun 2014 | 2:59 am
    I just read some fascinating research by Marshall W. Van Alstyne in Harvard Business Review. The figure below shows a network of high collaboration on the left, and a network of much lower collaboration on the right. The explanation turns out to be simple: it’s caused by two very different incentive systems. Alstyne found that “the people rewarded for individual performance shared information least; the people rewarded for team performance shared more; and the people rewarded for company performance shared most.” In the figure, each connecting line indicates email…
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    Phil McKinney

  • Is anything truly original?

    philmckinney
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    In a recent discussion among patent attorneys and engineers, the question was asked about the requirement of originality before something can be issued a patent. Younger engineers tend to have the belief that only truly original ideas can be patented. That is not the case. In fact, when you file a patent application, you have to present the “prior art” — work that came before your patent on which your idea is based. Is anything truly original If we are honest with ourselves, we can trace back any idea we come up with  to something that inspired us.…
  • Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

    philmckinney
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    One of the secrets to being an innovator is the ability to ferret out the unspoken needs and unspoken wants of a customer and then develop a product or service that fills it. But the other secret is the ability to adapt to changing circumstances and constantly improve that product or service to stay ahead of the competition. A case in point was Henry Ford, the automobile tycoon who saw a need for the common people to be able to own and drive the then new-fangled automobile.…
  • How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

    philmckinney
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Over the last few months, I started to post selected excerpts from my book, Beyond The Obvious.  This weeks post takes a look at how to identify ideas that could lead to billion dollar innovations.  I’m a big believer in the need for observation skills.  Get out of your chair and go out and observe your target customer in their real-world environment. Why? The gulf between your experience of how things are done and their (your customer) experience can be impossible to intuitively understand.…
  • Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

    philmckinney
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    If you look at any of your favorite creative projects, you will see a polished gem staring you in the face.  And this is where most people stop.  The final product is so amazing that it intimidates them.  Fear and doubt paralyze their minds, their thoughts become jumbled.  And they forget the most important factor in any creative endeavor—failure. Failure is the driving force behind creativity.  That gem you’re amazed by?  It was once stuck within a rock waiting to be weathered by the waves of failure.…
  • Is STEM enough to make innovators?

    philmckinney
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Is STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) the answer to preparing our kids to be the innovators of the future? That’s the question I was recently asked during the Q&A session at the end of a speech. Based on what other attendees said, I got myself wound up about the question and my belief on what is really needed. In a nutshell, while STEM is a great start, its not sufficient to win in the emerging creative / innovation economy.…
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    Outside Innovation

  • How Customer-Centric Are You, Really?

    Patty Seybold
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:08 am
    Customer-centric executives often have an uphill battle to instill customer-centricity into their corporate cultures and to nurture and maintain that culture. In working with customer-centric execs and wannabes over 30 years, we’ve found that the ones who succeed in maintaining a customer-centric culture exhibit 10 distinctive behaviors. Can you guess what these are? How many of these behaviors do you exhibit day in and day out? 10 Characteristics of Customer-Centric Execs How Many Do You Embody? By Ronni T. Marshak, EVP and Senior Consultant, Patricia Seybold Group, July 17, 2014 If you…
  • Enterprise Customers Forged the IBM & Apple Customer Ecosystem

    Patty Seybold
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    What I like about the new alliance between IBM and Apple for secure mobile apps is that it’s customer-driven. This is a great example of a customer ecosystem. IBM has historically been pretty good at recognizing and acknowledging their customers’ behaviors and either acquiring, or making strong alliances with, the suppliers that IBM customers favor. I often refer to this behavior as “running around in front of the customer parade.” A true customer ecosystem is not a marketing alliance that is ginned up by CEOs and marketing execs; it is a business network that is organically generated…
  • Must Read: E-Patient Dave’s Book on Patient Engagement

    Patty Seybold
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    My favorite business model—and the one I believe is gradually becoming more pervasive—is a customer ecosystem. It’s a business network of suppliers, partners, regulators, who are all aligned to help customers meet their outcomes in the easiest, most cost effective manner. It’s not top down. It’s not bottom up. It’s inside out or outside in. It starts with the customers, with what they care about, with what they want to get done, at the core. All of the players in the ecosystem align to help those customers reach their desired outcomes with the most grace and ease. Our healthcare…
  • Don’t Take Customers’ Most Valuable Asset: Their Time!

    Patty Seybold
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    We predict that within 24 months there will be no more waiting on hold. No more phone queues. No more music or annoying ads. No more lectures about why we should have tried self-help via the Web (If I could have done it myself, I would have! That’s why I’m calling you!) What a relief that will be! We predict that by 2016 customers will only do business with organizations (even government bureaucracies) that provide convenient options for dealing with them. The most convenient one for me is for you to call me back right away, armed with all my information. I hate waiting on hold. We all…
  • Why I Love Apple’s Customer Service

    Patty Seybold
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    I live an hour and a half away from the nearest Apple Store, so I really value the ability to solve most problems that arise with my Apple products using Apple’s great phone support. Apple was the first company in my experience to offer immediate “call back” for product support. Many companies make you fill in long diagnostic forms online and then wait on hold for a tech support agent for over 10 minutes. Apple has a relatively painless pre-call process. As long as you are within the one-year warranty period, or if you have purchased the AppleCare support contract (three years for a…
 
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    15inno

  • 8 Insights on Open Innovation: Great Interview with Philips

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    “Open Innovation and technology scouting are vital for us to stay ahead of competition and identify cutting edge technologies that will allow us to propose the best products to our consumers”. This is the start of an interview on InnovationManagement.se where Steve Vaassen, Open Innovation Leader at Philips Consumer Lifestyle shares his views and insights on open innovation. It is a great interview and Vaassen makes several points that I buy into. I have inserted 8 of them below, but you should read the entire interview. It’s a good read. Innovation needs to happen at the business units…
  • The Greatest Startup Project in the World? Meet #StartUpChile

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    Let’s start off with some wise words: “Instead of changing the world through revolution, we can change the world through #innovation” This was said by a former Minister of Economy in Chile and they are to be read on the website of Start-Up Chile. I first learned about this initiative while reading about a promising Danish entrepreneur, who had sold all of his belongings in Denmark because he is moving to Chile for the next 7 months – and maybe longer. The entrepreneur is not moving there because he wants to explore South America as a tourist. He is going there to further develop his…
  • 5 Reflections on Innovation Talent

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I have been reading some interesting articles recently on talents; how to spot them and how to develop them in a fast-changing world. Here you get 5 reflections on this in the context of innovation. • Future versus past: What are the traditional competencies that innovators were hired for in your organization? Must hires today are based on competencies, but the future of hiring will move towards potential. If you don’t really know the competencies – in the context of innovation – that your company has hired for so far then it will become more difficult to make the shift towards hiring…
  • Where Is the Progress on Open Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    I had an interesting session with a group of corporate innovators last week. The topic was open innovation and as we went through the key takeaways and reflections one of the participants stopped up and asked out loud: “The internal issues are the most important. Just as they were two years ago. Not much has changed. Do we not have any progress on open innovation?” There is of course lots of progress on open innovation as we now see more and more companies – and entire industries – embracing open innovation, but the question does raise a couple of interesting observations. • The…
  • Innovation: The First Mile is the Hardest – Get it Right!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I really enjoyed listening to Scott D. Anthony at the recent World of Innovation conference in New York, where he talked about the concepts and ideas behind his latest book, The First Mile. You can get an idea of his thoughts and views in this interview on the WOBI blog. I like to tweet while listening to talks as I think tweets are a good way of capturing the essence of the messages. Here you get my favourite tweets from his talk. True innovation comes at intersections, where different minds collide @ScottDAnthony #WOINY Businesses are most fragile in the first mile, when they move from plan…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Fusion: Linking Your Product to the Message to Create Great Packaging

    Drew Boyd
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Creative marketers use a clever little tool called fusion. Fusion links a product to a message in a creative way that communicates the value inherent in the product. Fusion creates a visual connection between the product and a symbol representing the value. When a customer sees that connection, they instantly understand the message and appreciate the value delivered by the product in a more powerful and subtle way. The packaging of the product is a great, but often overlooked way to do this. Here are examples from a website called Pulpplastic.com. The one above is for a cereal called Beehive…
  • Be Fruitful and Multiply: The Multiplication Technique

    Drew Boyd
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    A common problem in photography is the occurrence of red-eye, like you see here. Redeye happens when the flash of a camera goes into the eyeball. It hits the back of your eye which has a lot of tiny blood vessels. The light picks up the red color from the blood in these vessels, and then it bounces straight back into your camera lens. Your friends get that eerie, red-eye look. But today’s cameras have a clever and simple way to defeat redeye. They have a dual flash. The first flash causes the person’s pupil to constrict enough so that very little light will get in. At that exact moment,…
  • How to Organize an S.I.T. Innovation Workshop

    Drew Boyd
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    You can use an innovation method like S.I.T. on your own. But there are times when you want to use it in a group with your colleagues. After all, innovation is a team sport. Innovating in groups lets you harness the brainpower of others. Here are some tips and techniques to get the most out of your S.I.T. ideation session.Perhaps the most important step is to select the right participants. The ideal number of participants is between 12 and 16. These people should be from diverse, cross functional areas of the company. About one third of the participants should be marketers from different…
  • Innovation Through Task Unification

    Drew Boyd
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    The famous inventor, Thomas Edison, lived in a beautiful home. But something was unusual about the gate that led into his house. His visitors had to push the gate very hard to open it, and then again very hard to close it. It seemed odd that such a successful inventor like Thomas Edison wouldn’t fix his gate. Rumor has it that Thomas had attached a pump to his gate so that every time someone opened or closed it, they were pumping fresh water into the plumbing system of the house. This is a great example of the innovation technique called Task Unification. Task Unification is defined as the…
  • How to Adjust Your Creativity Lens

    Drew Boyd
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    One of the most important principles in the SIT Method is the Closed World principle. It states that there is an inverse relationship between the distance from the problem and the creativity of the solution. The farther away you have to go to find a solution, the less creative it will be. So it’s important where you set the boundaries of the Closed World as you apply the SIT Method. Think of the closed world as an imaginary space and time around your problem. It’s like drawing a circle around where the product or service is being used. The circle forms a boundary. Anything that is outside…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • IEIK 2014 International Exhibition of Inventions in Kunshan China, 19-22 November 2014

    A.S Rao
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Since 1988, China Association of Inventions started to hold “The International Exhibition of Inventions ” in China once every 4 years with accumulated more than 10,000 Chinese and foreign inventions exhibited. It is the largest platform for the international exchange activities of the invention circle in China, a channel to make friends extensively and to broaden the cooperation, a site to exchange invention information and a gateway for the innovative products to the huge Chinese market.  It was also highly appreciated and supported by WIPO and IFIA as well as Chinese central and…
  • compendium of selected technologies: DST, Lockheed Martin ,Innovation Growth program 2007-12

    A.S Rao
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The program started in 2007 with 102 innovations ,raised to 819 by 2012 and apart from awards, many Indian Innovators were rewarded with technology commercialization support by FICCI.The compendium is compiled by Ernst & Young.Download report: https://www.indiainnovates.in/pdf/DST-Innovation-Growth-Report-2012.pdf
  • No CROWD in Crowd funding proposal of SEBI

    A.S Rao
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:46 pm
    The 60 page document is well written , they are aware of the criticism that there is no crowd in crowd funding and  raise the question -  is it premature to come with a regulation now. My answer is yes. Koreans and Chinese are not rushing with any rule book, they probably want the system to evolve and capture the learning.First , why crowd funding? We need crowd of retail investors to support startups because we need crowd of early adopters for our innovations.How to increase the base of investors? Two suggestions:1. Give a push to investment in startups by large profit making…
  • SEBI invites comments on proposed regulations for crowd funding

    A.S Rao
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Pl see the paper.Do U feel the definition of eligible investors too narrow and process of approval too formal?http://www.sebi.gov.in/cms/sebi_data/attachdocs/1403005615257.pdfCrowd
  • The Product Mindset 2013- India report

    A.S Rao
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    This reports compares responses from Indian manufactures and consumers on various issues relating to product purchase decisions and compares same with global set. Interesting aspects of the report:Neither Indian consumers nor Indian manufactures concede cost/price is a deciding factor in purchse.Product reliability, safety, environment, are important.But unlike global peers who consider innovation as the primary driver of success Indian manufacturers & consumers attach least importance to innovation.Low level of importance to innovation can be due to sourcing strategy- sourcing is the…
 
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    Lateral Action

  • How Your Creativity Can Save You in a Crisis

    Mark McGuinness
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Image by nikkytok via BigStock As Gregory Sampson awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found his bed transformed into a gigantic slab of stone. He couldn’t see the change – the room was pitch-black, so opening his eyes or closing them made no difference at all. But he could feel it. The bed was rock-hard. And cold. There were no sheets. His pillow had vanished. Lying there on the cold stone in darkness, he could hear nothing but the sound of his own breathing and his heart thumping in his chest. Reaching out on one side and then the other, he felt nothing but stone. Rolling…
  • Travel the World as a Suitcase Entrepreneur: a Conversation with Natalie Sisson

    Mark McGuinness
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In recent years the term ‘digital nomad’ has become a buzzword for a new way of living and working – travelling the globe with a laptop and living in a succession of exotic countries, all the while running a business from the road. Plenty of hype and myths have grown up around the subject. One suspects there may even be a few armchair nomads. But there are people out there walking (and flying) the walk – and Natalie Sisson is one of them. I ‘met’ Natalie online several years ago via our blogs. Whenever I hear from her it’s rarely from the same place…
  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

    Mark McGuinness
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you want to succeed as a creative professional, sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up in front of an audience and persuade them of the value of your work. If you’re a writer you’ll be invited to give readings and talks. If you’re an artist you’ll be asked to talk about your work at salons and exhibitions. If you’re an agency creative, you’ll have to pitch ideas to your colleagues and clients. If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll need to tell investors and potential buyers about your company and products. If you’re a…
  • Unlock Your Creativity (and Win Pitches) by Starting at the Finish Line

    Gigi Rosenberg
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Image by digitalista via BigStock When I teach my workshop on ‘Fundraising for Artists,’ we play this game: I give the class an imaginary check for $10,000 and I ask an artist to come to the front of the room and describe her project. Participants have to decide if and when they’re willing to give the artist the check and if not, what questions they want answered. Suddenly, the attendees who walked into the room as unsure artists transform into savvy philanthropists with smart questions about the artist’s project and vision. This game helps both the artist see where…
  • How Interrupting Your Sleep Can Silence Your Doubts and Boost Your Creativity

    Brian Cormack Carr
    24 Oct 2013 | 7:23 am
    Are you the type of creative person who only generates ideas and solutions when you’ve had your full eight hours of shut-eye? Or perhaps you find your mind firing off with so many bright ideas that you sometimes find it hard to get to sleep? Here’s how to consciously use sleeplessness to your advantage – by tapping its power to silence your inner critic and open you up to new streams of innovative thinking. I was a student when I first came across Dorothea Brande’s book Becoming A Writer. At the time, writing loomed large in my life: I was writing essay after essay for my…
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    InnovationLabs

  • Arrogance, Risk, and Resources (Or, How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises)

    Langdon
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    There was recently a small article in The Economist highlighting the growth of Airbnb, the residential room-sharing service, that like Lyft and Uber, is disrupting a traditional industry.  The short piece explores how Airbnb is growing, and discusses how much of a threat this may become to hotel chains.  The signals to date are mixed, […]
  • The Secret that Victoria Didn’t Know

    Langdon
    24 May 2014 | 5:30 pm
    What the best way to move into an adjacent market? A recent Bloomberg Businessweek* article highlighted how not to do it, reporting briefly on the difficulties that Victoria’s Secret has had in moving from lingerie into the markets for sports bras, sweaters, jeans, and dresses. None of these new ventures has fared as well as […]
  • Innovation Around the World: Palau, China, Brazil & Kenya

    Langdon
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Innovation is happening everywhere, and there’s a lot to admire about some of the insights behind these excellent ideas: Palau:  Sharks, Better Alive than Dead The southwestern Pacific nation of Palau consists of 250 islands, and is home to about 21,000 people.  Many sharks live there also, and in the past the sharks were killed […]
  • Sustaining Success and Coping with Fundamental Change

    Langdon
    28 Dec 2013 | 2:44 pm
    The acceleration of change and its impact on business and society is a theme that we touch on constantly here in this blog.  This post covers four recent events that individually and together reflect how various organizations are coping (or not) with the changing world, and how they apply innovation and creativity to sustain themselves […]
  • Warren Buffet’s Money Problems, and the Future of Energy

    Langdon
    20 Nov 2013 | 5:58 pm
    Warren Buffet has a money problem.  It’s not the sort of problem that an average person like you or I might have, but it is a problem nonetheless:  He has too much cash. Specifically, Mr. Buffet’s company, Berkshire Hathaway, is throwing off cash by the billions, and so he is obliged to find homes for […]
 
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • One Sunday, Two Kast-Keats, Three Sermons

    jimkastkeat
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    In case you didn’t know (which most of you who follow me online likely already do), I am one of two Kast-Keats in the whole world. And both of us are pastors in New York City (at two connected but different churches). This past Sunday was a rare alignment of the stars when every Kast-Keat in the world was preaching on the same Sunday: Jes preached at West End in the morning and I preached at Middle in the morning and evening. Being married to Jes is amazing, not only because she makes life a perpetual dance party and poetry slam, but because we are able to collaborate together on the…
  • Love Can Change the World

    jimkastkeat
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    After an amazing Pride Sunday worship celebration in the morning and marching a few miles through the Village, I returned to Middle Church this past Sunday to lead Art & Soul, our evening worship celebration. It’s an honor to be a part of the NYC Pride March each year and an even greater honor to end my day by preaching a sermon about the radical love of God. As I say repeatedly throughout the sermon: God is love, the rest is commentary. Oh, and I also try out some singing-as-preaching in this sermon (about eleven and a half minutes in). Enjoy.
  • Look Both Ways

    jimkastkeat
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Every few weeks I give the Message for All Ages at Middle Church. I’ve built blanket forts, put us all in a box, and more. But this past Sunday we experienced intersections (it was Intersections Sunday) and reminded us to look both ways: love God and love your neighbor. Enjoy!
  • Our Daily Bridge

    jimkastkeat
    21 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I moved to New York City in 2012 I worked from home. My living room was my office and the George Washington Bridge out the window kept me company. (We spent a lot of time together and are on a first name basis.) I began taking a photo (almost) every day as a part of an ongoing #OurDailyBridge project. This project continued semi-regularly for over a year, but when I took a new job downtown with an office I would share with actual people (rather than an inanimate bridge), my #OurdailyBridge project began to fizzle out. (And six months of scaffolding outside my living room window…
  • A Good Sermon

    jimkastkeat
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:37 am
    Two preachers, an art project, and Mariah Carey as the voice of God: sounds like a pretty typical sermon at Middle Church. And if you want a road map to follow, here’s my sermon outline.
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    Innovation goes bananas!!

  • Tribute to a Guru – The First Princi.pal

    Sunil Malhotra
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:18 am
    Special Golden Jubilee edition Foreword by Dr. Srinivasan Sundarrajan Director, National Institute of Technology, Trichy Pre-Order Write to us directly to order in bulk for your families / friends / colleagues. The First Princi.pal is a story waiting to be told. Meandering through the life of Dr. PS Mani Sundaram, it captures anecdotes of mixed flavour to highlight the genius of one of independent India’s foremost institution builders. Princi gave Regional Engineering College, Trichy (now National Institute of Technology) the distinction of consistently featuring among the top 10…
  • Now go be awesome! “Do Good” Design

    Sunil Malhotra
    8 Feb 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Now is the opportunity for designers to use the power of design, not just to improve lifestyles but also to practice design in a way that balances social and environmental interests. Advertising Design – the phoniest of them all From an excellent post by Brian Ling suggesting design freedom + designer responsibility. He makes a strong point with the following from Victor Papanek’s Design For The Real World – There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a very few of them. And possibly only one profession is phonier. Advertising design, in persuading…
  • Becoming Rich by Designing for the Poor

    Sunil Malhotra
    3 Feb 2014 | 12:34 am
    (This essay was first published on Egology – The Ideafarms Blog on December 12, 2013) Last year, Amit Gulati, who runs Incubis Consultants, invited me to participate in an interactive session to think through design ideas for a low-cost washing machine. The workshop brought out some very interesting and fascinating ‘ways of seeing’ that completely overturned the engineering / tech / product way of approaching design problems. Did we need to redesign the washing machine (Product) under stricter constraints [this is the way most people think – start with an existing product,…
  • Job Description for Accidental Entrepreneurs

    Sunil Malhotra
    28 Nov 2013 | 1:46 am
    Ami Kassar is a typical accidental entrepreneur. Kassar had spent a decade in senior management with a large, national credit card company based in Philadelphia. When the recession hit in 2008, he suddenly found himself unemployed. His employer did not survive the recession-induced shakeout in the financial industry. via Job Description for Accidental Entrepreneurs – Business Insider. Entrepreneurs are folks that have no Plan ‘A’. But they have Plans “B-Z”.  Entrepreneurship is no accident. It is a choice. Contrary to popular opinion, choosing to be an…
  • Reimagining India: MIT Sloan’s Prof. Yasheng Huang

    Sunil Malhotra
    27 Nov 2013 | 1:59 am
    India is known globally for the rise of its information-technology and software industry. Yet in this video interview, Yasheng Huang, a professor of global economics and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and essayist from Reimagining India: Unlocking the Potential of Asia’s Next Superpower Simon & Schuster, November 2013, warns the country against becoming too dependent on those sectors. He argues India’s potential will only be realized if the country develops its manufacturing and services sectors, which requires labor-market reforms and significant investments in both…
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    Fast Company

  • Why Does This Cooler Have Almost $7 Million In Kickstarter Funding?

    Rebecca Greenfield
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Apparently, America has lots of pent-up demand for a battery-powered Inspector Gadget cooler.The Coolest cooler has $6.8 million in Kickstarter funding with 37 days left to go, as of this writing, putting it on track to surpass the Pebble smartwatch as the most-funded project on the site of all time, ever. According to Kicktraq, Coolest could rake in more than $22 million by the end of its run. Pebble, the smartwatch of crowdfunding lore, snagged over $10 million in funds. It wouldn't seem like such an unreasonable achievement for Coolest, except for the fact that it's essentially a cooler…
  • More Than 1,000 StubHub Users Affected by Security Breach

    KC Ifeanyi
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Cyberthieves may be purchasing StubHub tickets on your dime.The accounts of more than 1,000 StubHub users have been hacked by cyberthieves who have fraudulently made purchases on the online ticket reseller's site, which is owned by eBay. News of the security breach was reported last night by the Associated Press.Read Full Story
  • Foursquare's New Logo Is A Superhero Symbol

    John Brownlee
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    And it gets right what Airbnb got wrong.Hot on the heels of Airbnb's wildly contentious new logo, social check-in and search service Foursquare has unveiled their own new branding identity. And good news! Far from being the sexual Rorschach test that Airbnb's branding proved to be, Foursquare's updated logo is a marked improvement over the social network's old identity.Read Full Story
  • When Wearable Tech Saves Your Life, You Won't Take It Off

    Sindya N. Bhanoo
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Wearable health tech promises to save lives, so startups like MC10 are working to create something you'll never forget to put on.The problem with wearables is that usually people stop wearing them. According to one recent report, one-third of users of activity-tracking wearables, like the Fitbit and the Jawbone, toss their devices aside after just six months.Read Full Story
  • Internal Comcast Memo: Agent On That Painful Call Did What We Trained Him To Do

    Chris Gayomali
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    "That said, it was painful to listen to this call, and I am not surprised that we have been criticized for it."An internal memo obtained by the Consumerist reveals what Comcast really thought about that excruciating customer service call earlier this month.Read Full Story
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

    Jesse James Garrett
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Denise Jacobs calls herself a “creativity evangelist”, helping people cultivate the tools and skills necessary for leading a creative life. These skills are important for everyone, but especially for creative professionals such as designers and developers, for whom the creative challenges never really stop. In this interview, I talk with Denise about how her own life inspired her take on creativity, and what it takes to keep creativity flowing. Jesse James Garrett: Denise, you’ve taken an interesting path to get to where you are. Denise Jacobs: Yes. And it’s actually funny…
  • UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest!

    Will Sharick
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Hello UX Week attendees, friends, and community! We are thrilled to announce the first ever UX Week 2014 Twitter Contest! Four UX Week attendees will be selected to have dinner on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7pm with Jesse James Garrett and UX Week keynote Josh Clark of Global Moxie! You can enter by following these 3 easy steps: 1. Register for UX Week (attendees who have already registered skip this step) 2. Follow @uxweek (unless you already do!) 3. Write a Tweet mentioning which UX Week 2014 talk and/or workshop you’re excited for and use hashtag #UXweek. Be sure to post your…
  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Amanda Dameron on Making Design More Human

    Jesse James Garrett
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    If you’re a fan of Dwell magazine, you’re familiar with its unique take on modern architecture and design in the home. Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron is a passionate advocate for the philosophy of design exemplified by the homes, decor, and furnishings showcased in Dwell. In this interview, I talk with Amanda about that philosophy, the changing role of design in our culture, and her keynote at UX Week 2014 in San Francisco this September. Jesse James Garrett: One thing about Dwell that I think makes it distinctive among media entities that cover architecture and design is…
  • ICYMI: Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings Talk Maps and Design

    Will Sharick
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:44 pm
    .@jjg and @KenJennings talk #maps and #design. Read the full @uxmag interview here: http://t.co/gvq2ozM8H3 #UXWeek pic.twitter.com/T9zttndWL0 — UX Week (@uxweek) July 8, 2014 Our friends at UX Magazine published the interview between Jesse James Garrett and Ken Jennings, Maphead author and Jeopardy! winner (of 74 games). The article is a preview for what Jennings, who is a UX Week keynote, will talk about in September. Read the full article here. UX Week 2014 is September 9-12 in San Francisco.
  • UX I/O: Prototyping Interactive Objects Workshop

    Scott Sullivan
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Adaptive Path Experience Designers Scott Sullivan and Evi K. Hui are teaching this workshop August 16-17, 2014 at our Design Studio on Pier 1 next to the Ferry Building. Click here to register for this workshop. Workshop Details: As we are integrating digital capabilities in to our physical environment, the tools of designers are beginning to shift. In order to understand and prototype these new experiences, a new technological skill set is needed. This two day workshop will give you foundational knowledge of Processing, a programming language for Designers and Artists, as well as Arduino, an…
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    FOLDEN eMedia Blog

  • Listen and Stream Live Music with Video

    FOLDEN.INFO
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:50 am
    Yep, really live music brings Mixify. And more, the music even comes with a video broadcast. It is an up to date service with a lot of features to listen to music and to start an own video show. Listening is simple and feasible without registration. You may even invite your friends to listen together […]
  • Cloud Music Media Center

    FOLDEN.INFO
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    myMusicCloud is a new kind of media center to store music. The service enables to store music files centrally and to listen to the music everywhere on enabled devices. Starting with myMusicCloud is most easy by the need of just one click to import music from all the supported services. The service got some advantages […]
  • Live Video Streaming by Mobile App

    FOLDEN.INFO
    30 May 2014 | 8:21 am
    The latest live video streaming service is called Vazz. It is a pure mobile player opposed to most other live streaming and personal broadcasting services, which are web based but providing a mobile app as well. There are some further specialities. The service assorts the streamed and uploaded videos by locations and makes the videos […]
  • Semantic Search Engine

    FOLDEN.INFO
    7 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    The search engine mediander has been discovered while surfing the web or more specifically through a link at Viral Nova itself reporting about popular stories and curiosities on the web. The story that led to mediander by the way was a video about a tarantulas hunting wasp. mediander is a semantic search engine that describes […]
  • Robot simulates real Faces

    FOLDEN.INFO
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Do you know The Terminator movie series from the 80′s with a robot coming out of the future, which is able to take the shape of other persons? This now becomes reality by a robot called SociBot. The robot designed by Engineered Arts is mirroring the face of its owner. Furthermore the robot is equipped […]
 
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Ambiancé: A 720 Hour Long Film

    gregory
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    720 hours: that’s the entirety of 30 days, a whole month of time. Swedish artist Anders Weberg is currently producing Ambiancé, the longest film ever made. A recently released trailer only 72 minutes long hints of an ongoing montage of ambient sounds intertwined with surreal visuals. From this preview one can infer the eventual film will be devoid of any narrative, offering the cinematic equivalent of waking up from a dream/nightmare with gauzed details dissipating with each passing second. Eventually the finished movie is planned to be screened as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, all…
  • Risqué little people

    kiran
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    Porous Walker is killing it with a Little People series of his own over on Instagram. Nudity makes (almost) everything more funny. The post Risqué little people appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Missing these funny guys

    kiran
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    Just thought these Shayna Cochefski illustrations of funny guys Chris Farley and Patrice O’Neal deserved a mention. They may be gone, but I still find myself searching them out for a laugh. The post Missing these funny guys appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Our June 2014 Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    And you may find yourself sitting at your desk at work And you may find yourself walking in the street with headphones on And you may find yourself behind the wheel of an automobile And you may find yourself in a beautiful city, with a beautiful girl or handsome guy And you may ask yourself Well…How did I get here listening to this mixtape? p.s. Not seeing a tape above? Mobile users head here. The post Our June 2014 Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • A much better version of send to a friend

    kiran
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lightweight prints are in and our friends Rachel and Andrew at Yield Design are spreading good vibes with their Headline News prints. Each month they are releasing free prints of the messages they believe are worth spreading. I’m digging this because it’s the perfect little item to send to a friend in the mail and reconnect offline. The post A much better version of send to a friend appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • VIGATAR: Exercise Machine And Video Game Controller

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    More and more kids are forfeiting active play for sedentary play, like playing video games. More and more we're seeing overweight and obese kids, and that's partly due to the increase in inactivity. VIGATAR is a machine that will allow kids (and adults) to play video games while still being active. It is an exercise machine that doubles as a video game controller.
  • Want This New Innovation? Toasted Selfies

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    It is totally the age of the selfie. We used to take them with film cameras, but they never seemed very satisfying since you couldn't see it until you had the film developed. And people thought we were into instant gratification back then! Well, what else can you do with a selfie these days besides sharing them on Facebook and Twitter? How about having your favorite emblazoned on your morning toast? It is called the Toasted Selfie.
  • Terrified Of Typhoons? This California-Made Seafaring Robot Certainly Isn't

    Tech Light
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 pm
    There are some tasks that robots are just better than humans at accomplishing. Apparently, surviving deadly storms is one of them. The research robot known as Wave Glider on Tuesday survived a direct encounter with a typhoon - and a nasty one, at that.
  • Pickup Hiccups: The Top Ten Trucks Of The People Of Walmart

    Motors.new
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Vehicular manslaughter? At my Walmart? It's more likely than you think... assuming its written “vehicular man's laughter”. These truckin' weird entries in the Walmart Wagon Wall of Shame will have you wishing for a price rollback right into the car crusher.
  • Smartshopping And Virtual Fitting Rooms: The Revolutionary Fitle

    Alicia Zuberbier
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    There's never been a paradox like online shopping before. How can something be so convenient and annoying at the same time? Shopping online for clothes is difficult because you can't try anything on. You gamble each time you click the "purchase" button. The inventors of Fitle had enough of that. Fitle is an online shopping platform that lets you create a 3-D avatar and allows you to virtually try on clothes. The guessing game of online retail is over thanks to Fitle.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • Greatest Good: expertise for a cause

    edward boches
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Some of the tech, media, and marketing experts assembled by Greatest Good. They’re all donating their time to a worthy cause. This is what the web should really be about. Connecting us to each other. Helping us share our knowledge. Finding efficient ways to support causes and organizations in need. Greatest Good fosters all three. Created by the innovative Saneel Radia, with some help from a lot of friends, this early stage site aims to connect you with a slew of smart and accomplished folks from tech, media and marketing. For a small fee they’ll consult, advise or share their…
  • Apple’s advertising problems may not be with its ad agency

    edward boches
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Apple’s new spots, done in house, are beautiful, garner good reviews, but lack the point of view Apple has always been known for. Unthinkable. Apple fire TBWA/Media Arts Lab, the agency that Steve Jobs asked Lee Clow to form in order to concentrate on Apple? Well if you read the recent press reports, it appears possible. The momentum to move efforts in-house grows. Apple is bringing on new digital agencies. And internal emails, recently made public, reveal increasing tensions. According to Bloomberg, which interviewed me for this story, the rift widens. After the Wall Street Journal…
  • College degree, check. Resume, check. Internships, check. Interview techniques?

    edward boches
    29 May 2014 | 11:44 am
    Prior to an interview, do not practice positions of weakness. Learn the power stance. It will elevate your confidence and reduce stress. Advertising is an intense business. You have to solve unsolvable problems. Think on your feet. Generate volumes of ideas. Express yourself clearly. Present with authority. Demonstrate creativity. Produce on demand. Work under pressure. Live outside your comfort zone. Collaborate with multiple partners who have differing opinions. Well guess what, These days the same applies to job interviews. Even for entry level positions. I had lunch today with a few…
  • Three ways to tell stories with data

    edward boches
    25 May 2014 | 8:38 am
    In the advertising business data is typically something we measure to determine the success or effectiveness of our efforts. How many people did we reach? How many page views did we generate? How many likes does our Facebook page have? Or in the case of programmatic media buying, how much should we pay to reach a particular person with a particular message? But data offers those of us on the creative and storytelling side of the business just as much opportunity. We can discover, mine and even produce data to help us tell more emotional and convincing narratives. More on that in a moment.
  • Leaked NY Times Innovation Report reveals what’s wrong with ad agencies

    edward boches
    19 May 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The New York Times overvalues journalistic skills for digital hires and undervalues digital skills for journalism hires. Most ad agencies overvalue traditional creative skills for digital hires and undervalue digital skills for creative hires. The NY Times places too much emphasis on the front page and the home page. Most ad agencies place too much emphasis on television and traditional messages. At the NY Times, social media is an afterthought. At most ad agencies social media is an afterthought. By now you’ve probably read about the NYT Innovation Report, which leaked to the public last…
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    The Complete Innovator

  • CEO Challenges Part 2: Incentives, Scalability, and Overcoming Barriers

    Boris Pluskowski
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    In my previous blog post, I discussed the effects of emerging social technologies, and what it means for leaders to execute CEO challenges — top-down initiatives that solve a high-level business problem — through managed innovation, collaboration, and employee engagement. These types of collaborative challenges come in many forms; a necessary approach considering the multitude of variables that exist from company to company. And, as expected, each brand of challenge comes with its own unique hurdles, benefits, needs, and potential outcomes. The Grand CEO Challenge When working within the…
  • CEO Challenges Part I: Rallying the Troops to Solve a Common Goal

    Boris Pluskowski
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:55 pm
    The recent convergence of social technologies in the CEO bag of tricks is great to see, bearing in mind the advancement of these technologies over the years. Nowhere more can we see the growing acceptance for social technologies and business practices than in the emerging trend and desire for CEOs to finally see their world expanding beyond their direct reports, and straight down to the grassroots level. The emergence of social tech platforms like Facebook, Yammer, and Mindjet SpigitEngage have flattened the modern-day organization like nothing has ever been able to do before. This flatness…
  • The Myth of the Millennial Social Movement

    Boris Pluskowski
    7 May 2013 | 11:36 am
    Hardly a day goes by without me hearing a senior executive at some major company cite the growing influence of the upcoming “Millennial Generation” as the reason for their foray into the enterprise social world.  But I wonder if they’re missing a trick here – look at almost any study of who actually uses Social Media in the modern world – and you’ll see that the major users are not those born in 2000+ (who are yet to get into the workforce) – but rather you see an almost even split between those in the 25-34 age and those in the 35-44 range.  Compare that then with the average…
  • Are you listening? The return of Employee Engagement

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 Jan 2013 | 9:17 am
    “Employee Engagement” used to be a term reserved for the hollow halls of HR departments across the land. You’d hear a client say that was their main goal, and you knew a program was doomed to fail – usually because it was code word for “I haven’t got a clue what to do with this type of social application”.  My eyes would roll, my sleeves would get rolled up, and I’d get down to work teaching them the need to rethink the requirement for innovation goals that would drive focused value and strategic change through their organization. But that was 10 years ago – and today, as I…
  • Gamification in Innovation

    Boris Pluskowski
    23 May 2012 | 3:02 pm
    A few months ago I wrote a post on the promise of Gamification in the Enterprise. You can read the whole piece but as a recap, here are some of the more salient points: 1) Gamification in the enterprise is not about trivializing business processes or activities, but rather about embracing a design methodology that taps into an inherent “addiction” inside all of us to the engagement mechanics and format of  “good games” 2) Games surround us everywhere, if we choose to see them as such. Just because we don’t envision the business (and other) systems around us as games; just because…
 
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    SERVICE INNOVATION

  • Are your products and services globally available?

    Arnold Beekes
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    Last week I wanted to buy an album from Ana Tijoux, as a MP3 file. So, I did go to the Apple iTunes store in The Netherlands. However that album was not available there. Then I did go to the iTunes store in the US. They did have the album, but I couldn’t buy it because I have no bank account in the US. That was also the limitation while trying to use my credit card.Then I did go to Amazon in the US and there was the same story. The album was available but I could only buy it with a US based bank account.A year ago, I did read about the fact that you could use your American Express…
  • Is it technically working or does it work for me?

    Arnold Beekes
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:49 am
    Recently I did switch from a glass fiber provider (for tv, telephone, internet) to another cable provider. I must admit that the reason was a slight dissatisfaction with the original provider as well as a cheaper offer for similar services. The first nuisance is the time that they are planning to visit you. They said that they would arrive between 8.00 am and 1.00 pm. Even when asked a day early they could not give me an exact timing. This is really annoying and inconvenient, as I could not even go to the bathroom in the waiting time. Then the (subcontracted) engineer did install everything.
  • Frontline employees are your main comms channel

    Arnold Beekes
    27 May 2014 | 2:50 am
    Many studies indicate that people working in retail as well as in restaurants are the lowest paid employees. They also have the highest turnover rate.At the same time, they are crucial for the interaction and the relationship with your customers. Customers highly appreciate it if these employees know your name and your preferences. The better this relationship, the more likely it is that customers will return, over and over again. It is also more fun and rewarding for employees to work in an environment in which they are valued themselves.From a customer’s point of view, I have a…
  • Who are your buyers?

    Arnold Beekes
    20 May 2014 | 4:59 am
    I know, it seems like an obvious question. But still, many retail stores are still considering everyone who walks to be their potential customer.Let me give you an example. I had a visit from a US friend. She wanted to buy an orange shirt from the Dutch national football team for her husband. So, I pointed her to the official Nike shirt, which costs more than € 100,-, but is completely recycled and is Dri-Fit. Both features are not marketed at all. So, to an outsider the only difference between this shirt and other, much cheaper, shirts is the price. In that case, the official shirt is…
  • Let some real customers do the testing, upfront

    Arnold Beekes
    8 May 2014 | 1:03 am
    A few days ago I did buy a combination ticket (entrance, train and bus) for visiting the Keukenhof. The Keukenhof is one of the main attractions here in The Netherlands. As a flower show, it is open for only 2 months and has already received 900.000 visitors this year.So, you would expect a seamless approach for selling me the combination ticket. That was, unfortunately, not the case. The number of clicks and visits to different sites is way too much. It starts at the Keukenhof, then to the Spoordeelwinkel (the shop from the railway), then to the bank, then back to the Spoordeelwinkel. And…
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    Recent Articles

  • Poem: To Know You

    Scott Gould
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    I want to know you, It’s not enough to just follow you Lord. I want to know you, To walk with...
  • Who Is Your Phyllis Wills?

    Scott Gould
    16 Oct 2010 | 12:50 am
    Recently, a woman by the name of Phyllis Wills passed away. Type her name into Google, and...
  • Article: Restaurants as a Model for Digital Experiences

    Scott Gould
    24 Jan 2010 | 1:30 am
    "People don't remember what was said, they remember how they felt" This mantra has been one of...
  • 5 Steps to Making Quality Decisions

    Scott Gould
    16 Aug 2009 | 6:44 am
    I have long lived by making what I call 'quality decisions based on personal convictions'. In...
  • Poem: For Dot

    Scott Gould
    8 Jan 2008 | 4:46 pm
    How do you sum up a life? Mark it and give it a measure? Do you take only the highs, And judge...
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Creating Strategic Impact – 9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Breaking a Business

    Mike Brown
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Yesterday’s article talked about creating strategic impact through breaking a business and recreating it as something new and better. I’ve been reworking various Brainzooming strategic thinking questions to make them better suited for identifying and exploring concepts for breaking a business. 9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Breaking a Business Here’s a working list of the first nine refashioned strategic thinking questions. How would an incredibly successful company with a very different business model rework our business into something new? How can we go shopping with our customers…
  • Creating Strategic Impact – Breaking the Business

    Mike Brown
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    At a creating strategic impact workshop, one attendee talked about breaking the business he runs and putting it back together in a new, different, and improved way. Shortly afterward, I was on a conference call with an entrepreneurial business owner who mentioned reserving one day weekly exclusively for working on his business since he expects to be his own best client. These two statements, one about breaking the business and the other about taking the time to do it, have been top of mind for me ever since. Breaking the Business As with a lot of entrepreneurial companies, I suspect, we…
  • Strategic Planning – 7 Questions for Creating High Performing Customers

    Mike Brown
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Between working with smart consultants at A.T. Kearney and spending time at the Arizona State University Center for Services Leadership on multiple occasions, I became immersed in the concept of “high performing customers.” As shared in a previous post, I obviously had some notion of making others “high performing” early in life. These later influences, however, provided a way to envision and define the concept more formally. You can think about creating high performing customers as anticipating what people taking part in a process might need to learn, know, or do, as…
  • Social Media Strategy– 14 Networking Tips that Work on Twitter, Too

    Mike Brown
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    I’ve been in Boston most of the week where I led off the Frost and Sullivan Marketing World event for the second year in a row with a half-day social media and content marketing workshop. This year’s workshop was an interactive session centered on adopting a TV network’s perspective to help a brand better develop a social media strategy to deliver engaging, audience-oriented content. The participating brands included IBM, Wells Fargo, McKesson, USAA, and The Hartford. One content marketing tool we addressed was our approach to using offline models to help people not immersed…
  • A Creative Thinking Lesson Years in the Making

    Mike Brown
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    This really is a creative thinking lesson years in the making, and it couldn’t have happened any faster. A Creative Thinking Lesson Years in the Making Fifteen years ago I saw someone fifteen years older than me do something I thought was highly unusual. In fact, I thought it was the most bizarre thing I’d ever seen. Looking back on it . . . Twelve years ago, it seemed silly. Nine years ago, it seemed pathetic. Six years ago, it seemed sad. Three years ago, it seemed clueless. One year ago, it seemed understandable. Six months ago, it seemed reasonable. Three months ago, it seemed…
 
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

    Rishi Dean
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day. These competencies fall into three major categories, which I refer to the “3Ds”, consisting of Direction, Design, and Details. I believe that the Product Manager is ultimately responsible […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 1/5: Intro

    Rishi Dean
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management, by providing a framework, which we’ll explore in this 5-part series. My parents (and likely my colleagues too) have no idea what […]
  • An equation for evaluating the adoption potential of a new product

    Rishi Dean
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There are some great frameworks to evaluate the diffusion of new innovations, but these tend to be qualitative and can therefore be difficult to evaluate multiple nuanced implementations against one another. Here is a “back of the envelope” quantitative approach to assessing whether a new solution might displace an incumbent one, when competing on “convenience”. Competing on […]
  • 10 best mobile market research & analytics tools

    Rishi Dean
    10 Sep 2013 | 5:15 pm
    While the web measurement & analytics space is quite mature, the mobile landscape is still emerging and open. Here are ten of the research & analytical tools that I’ve found most helpful for understanding mobile app usage. Would love to hear your thoughts.  Category & Competitive Benchmarking Similar to Quantcast, Alexa, Compete, and Google Trends […]
  • Driving Activation using the THEME Matrix

    Rishi Dean
    5 Sep 2013 | 2:42 am
    One critical element on the journey to finding product / market fit, is to get people to use your app — not just to simply sign-up, but to actually perform the key behaviors that drive value in the product. Here I’ll describe a framework to help you brainstorm, organize, and prioritize such initiatives. Understanding activation […]
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    Christa in New York

  • Inspired: It’s time to protect your attention

    Christa Avampato
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    From Pinterest “Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t let anyone or anything steal it from you. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.” -Jonathan Harris Your attention is your greatest asset because it harnesses your energy and time. Here are 5 ways I safeguard mine: 1.) Keep a book of ideas My friend, Crystal, bought me a journal for my birthday with the words “brilliant ideas” on the cover. I use it to house my ideas about anything and everything, brilliant or not. This journal reminds me to tap in. 2.) 6 impossible things Influenced by the…
  • It has been zero days since the last sexist incident in tech

    Christa Avampato
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Christa:Hats off to Tim and Geekfeminism for raising this issue. Originally posted on Geek Feminism Blog: [Content warning: sexual objectification.] Obie Fernandez is the author of The Rails Way, the editor of Addison-Wesley’s Professional Ruby Series, and a co-founder and CTO of Javelin, a startup that builds “tools and services to help you change your world”. Fernandez also, apparently, can’t talk about technology without reminding everybody that he has, on some occasion or another, had sex. Despite being a CTO, he also apparently doesn’t know that the Internet doesn’t have an…
  • Inspired: Trust the Timing of Your Life

    Christa Avampato
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:50 pm
    From Pinterest Time hasn’t passed you by. Your time is right now, today. Grab hold of it and mold it exactly the way you want it to be. Life unfolds exactly the way that it’s supposed to unfold and the timing of it isn’t your responsibility. Give your best, do your best, and live your best in this and every moment. Do that, and the timing will take care of itself.Filed under: dreams, time
  • Inspired: Your Next Step

    Christa Avampato
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    From Pinterest “What should I do now?” It’s a daunting question. There are so many options; so many different paths I want to explore. I’m struggling to balance my curiosity and focus. This idea has helped: just add good things one at a time. And while you’re at it remove bad things one at a time. Suddenly, life just got a lot more fun and a lot less scary. What good thing will you add to your life today?Filed under: choices, decision-making
  • Inspired: I’m Proud of My Contradictions

    Christa Avampato
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest I encourage authenticity in all people, and their right to make every choice that is right for them. It took me a long time to be proud of who I am at my core. I: Love children and love love though I know the traditional family set up isn’t for me; Grew up without enough and learned that I am enough; Believe equally in the ancient wisdom of yoga and modern technology; Am a New Yorker who lives in peace; Am petite in stature and bold in personality; Believe I have to be prepared to be lucky; Have a plan and can let it go; Am tough and fair, kind with a fierce sense of…
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

    Rishi Dean
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    While I’ve previously posted about the requisite “soft-skills” of great Product Managers, in this Part of the series, we’ll explore the functional skill-set required on any given day. These competencies fall into three major categories, which I refer to the “3Ds”, consisting of Direction, Design, and Details. I believe that the Product Manager is ultimately responsible […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 1/5: Intro

    Rishi Dean
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    When asked questions like “what does a product manager do” or ” is person X a good product manager”, too many times I answer with the unsatisfying “it depends” response. So here I try to better define the role of product management, by providing a framework, which we’ll explore in this 5-part series. My parents (and likely my colleagues too) have no idea what […]
  • An equation for evaluating the adoption potential of a new product

    Rishi Dean
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    There are some great frameworks to evaluate the diffusion of new innovations, but these tend to be qualitative and can therefore be difficult to evaluate multiple nuanced implementations against one another. Here is a “back of the envelope” quantitative approach to assessing whether a new solution might displace an incumbent one, when competing on “convenience”. Competing on […]
  • 10 best mobile market research & analytics tools

    Rishi Dean
    10 Sep 2013 | 5:15 pm
    While the web measurement & analytics space is quite mature, the mobile landscape is still emerging and open. Here are ten of the research & analytical tools that I’ve found most helpful for understanding mobile app usage. Would love to hear your thoughts.  Category & Competitive Benchmarking Similar to Quantcast, Alexa, Compete, and Google Trends […]
  • Driving Activation using the THEME Matrix

    Rishi Dean
    5 Sep 2013 | 2:42 am
    One critical element on the journey to finding product / market fit, is to get people to use your app — not just to simply sign-up, but to actually perform the key behaviors that drive value in the product. Here I’ll describe a framework to help you brainstorm, organize, and prioritize such initiatives. Understanding activation […]
 
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    Game-Changer

  • 6 simple questions that yield better decisions

    Jorge Barba
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    How can we become better at making decisions? There is wide literature, blogs and books on the topic of decision making , and you wouldn’t go wrong reading most of them. How and why we make the decision we make is one topic I believe we would all do well know about more because it influences everything we do. The most recent books about decision making I’ve read is Decisive by the Heath Brothers, authors of Made To Stick and Switch. I’m a huge fan of them because they take on interesting topics, and they make the content interesting and useful to any type of reader. With…
  • 8 strategies for overcoming resistance to change

    Jorge Barba
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    As innovators that want to make things happen and are constantly seeking ways to counter resistance to change. It comes with the territory and is the most predictable challenge we will encounter. At this point, the literature around innovation is vast, so we can all agree that there are many common sources of resistance to change inside organizations and from potential customers: inertia, indecision, fear of making mistakes, lack of best practices and lack of care for your product/service. How do you overcome them? First, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: People love change…
  • What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

    Jorge Barba
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a two takeaways: To play to win, not to lose, requires a different mindset Two weeks ago I watched as Mexico gave up a 1 goal lead to the Netherlands and eventually lose the game on a questionable penalty kick. As all of this was unraveling I wasn’t surprised. I had started…
  • Is innovation really everybody’s job?

    Jorge Barba
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    A culture of innovation. That’s the Holy Grail, how do you get there? Everyone has their ideas and theories, and there is no shortage of examples that we can analyze over and over again. Yesterday, I wrote about the things that any organization can stop doing to open the door to innovation. Being innovation-ready starts with people. And a common question that comes up is this: is innovation really everybody’s job? That was a key question discussed in yesterday’s Innochat. Below are some of my thoughts, as well as from others, that I’d like to share with you: Everyone…
  • CRAP is the real killer of innovation

    Jorge Barba
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Executives want innovation. They constantly ask themselves “how can we be more innovative?’. But, that’s the wrong way to look at it. Rather, they should ask themselves “what kills innovation?”.  Businesses looking for the innovation Holy Grail, innovative culture, will never get it if they continue to do the things that impede it. You see, what not to do is as important as what to do. Usually, businesses have it all wrong when it comes to innovation because they believe it is additive, so simply adding more innovation programs, more hackathons, more this, more…
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  • Dress

    Steve
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Fashion is something you can see talked about all over the Internet, but do we ever ask if there's an underlying meaning to it?
  • The Most Beautiful Video of New Zealand Ever Made

    Steve
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:34 am
    I came across this video on Adventure Journal and it was just too good not to share. If there's any kind of photography I love, it's landscape photography. Throw time-lapses and aerial shots in HD into the mix and you've got something golden. Check out this time lapse/aerial video of New Zealand and I guarantee you'll have a new found appreciation for creation. It's safe to say the Lord of the Rings doesn't do Mount Potts justice quite like this does.
  • I’ll Retire When I Get To Heaven

    Steve
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:56 pm
    There are some people who just seem to leave a special impact on you that stays with you forever. My friend Dean Yoder was one of those people.
  • Looking Back On Jackson Hole, 2008

    Steve
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming is an awesome place to visit. If you ever have a chance to go, you won't regret it. Go and take a lot of pictures.
  • There’s Something About May In Indy

    Steve
    13 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Until today, I hadn't been to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 8 years. My visit back was absolutely unforgettable.
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    TalentCulture

  • Find Your Meaning, Find Your Motive

    Mark Lukens
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    It can be hard sometimes to find meaning in our work. Filling in forms, typing code, stacking shelves, sitting through the thirteenth meeting of the same committee, these activities throw so many trees into view that we really do lose sight of the woods. The problem is that without meaning it’s hard to stay motivated. Detached from its purpose, work is just one more task to trudge through, not something you can feel passionate about or bring your best to. If you want to stay motivated, and to keep others motivated, you need to find meaning. Finding your meaning It used to be that motivation…
  • Under What Circumstances Would You Let Your LeBron Come Back?

    Sean Pomeroy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    “We could not be happier to welcome LeBron James home. Yesterday LeBron, though his essay, told us he wasn’t going anywhere except Cleveland and that ‘Cleveland is where he always believed he would finish his career.’ These words and commitment put all of us, including LeBron, in the best position to build our franchise the right way and achieve the kind of goals we all know are possible. Expectations will be at the highest levels but no one should expect immediate and automatic success.” – David Griffin, Cavaliers General Manager LeBron James recently announced his return to his…
  • The Craft VS. The Art Of Leadership

    Justin Locke
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    I think it’s fair to say that I am an expert, or at least, very exper-ienced, in the realm of arts education. Since leadership is an art form of sorts, I thought I would weigh in with an artistic perspective on leadership and management training. When people talk about “arts education,” most of the time they are really referring to “craft education,” e.g., learning how to find the notes on a keyboard or a clarinet. That is an essential element of arts education, but it is not the same as the “art” part of it, which has much more to do with perception,…
  • Redefine Culture By Leaving The Jerk Zone

    Mark Lukens
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Would you tell your other half, your housemate or your child not to tell you what they think? Or to rearrange their day for you without telling them why? Or order them out to buy you a sandwich? Those might sound like stupid examples, but they’re real cases of ways people behave in the workplace, and they raise questions about the power of corporate culture. A colleague of mine was once sent out to buy a sandwich by an executive in her organization. This colleague wasn’t his PA or an administrative assistant. It wasn’t her job to smooth out his day. She was a trained project leader, a…
  • Kudos To You: 10 Top To-Do’s To Keep Those Customers Coming

    Lisa Ryan
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    Every day we spend our precious time and hard-earned money out in the market searching for new customers.  We advertise, we network, we use social media strategies – all for the purpose of finding ever-elusive hot new prospects and turning them into profitable new customers. With all this emphasis on attaining new customers, what we are doing to retain our current customers?  According to a study conducted by marketing guru, Dan Kennedy, here are the reasons that a customer leaves: 1% die 3% move away 5% follow a friend or relative’s advice and switch to their recommended supplier…
 
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Influencers Make Trends Contagious

    New & Improved, LLC
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Social networks and emerging technologies are making anyone a potential influencer. This is causing the world of business a bit of a headache as they try to keep up with, or leverage, new trends. Watch a new video about what it takes to be an influencer.
  • Turning Wood into Water

    New & Improved, LLC
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    As design thinkers and creative problem solvers, we’re always on the lookout for interesting creations that inspire us. Be inspired by artist and furniture maker, Greg Klassen, and his gorgeous transformations of discarded wood.
  • Senior Leaders Learn to Overcome Innovation Vertigo

    New & Improved, LLC
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    In its most recent global innovation study, GE has found that executives are beginning to understand the keys to creating a culture of innovation. It's tough work, but, it's critical for remaining competitive. In our newest ebook, we have identified the 12 key areas to creating a culture of innovation which are entirely supported by GE's findings.
  • Dove's special call out to dads everywhere

    New & Improved, LLC
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:27 am
    Dove put together this creative tribute to dads to combat the typically unflattering portrayal of dads in the media. It's a beautiful reminder that dads are there for us.
  • You Are Not Special (but we love you anyway)

    New & Improved, LLC
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    Among the sea of predictively positive commencement speeches, David McCullough Jr.'s stands out. His message is an inspiration not only for graduates, but for us all. So, you think you're special? Have a read and listen.
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • IKEA and Four Seasons Shine in Social Media Innovation

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo: Poland. Gmina Raszyn. Janki, IKEA by Albert Jankowski"IKEA Creates a Website Inside the Instagram App" by Rachel OlinerPhoto: Four Seasons Hotel Miami by Marc Averette"Four Seasons Debuts Pinterest Concierge Service" by Daniela WalkerLooking for a resource to help take your organization to the next level of innovation? Immerse yourself in innovation at this year's Back End of Innovation (BEI) event in Las Vegas, Oct. 6-8. John Kao, bestselling author of Innovation Nation, will present "Bringing Innovation to Innovation." During this session, John will present a revolutionary…
  • Exceptional Execution: Iliya Rybchin

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    With BEI Back End of Innovation 2014 approaching, we wanted to get an expert’s point of view on innovation execution in today’s increasingly competitive business landscape. We were in luck. Iliya Rybchin, Director of Media & Entertainment, Highnote Foundry sat down with us to discuss innovation strategy and execution.  Here is what he had to say:IIR: What is a fundamental characteristic or skill to lead innovation?Rybchin: Without a doubt it’s entrepreneurial operating experience.  Many innovation initiatives fail because the people who are driving it do not have…
  • Go On a Field Trip to Zappos, The Cosmopolitan, and Switch SUPERNAP at BEI

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever wondered "how do they do that"? Now's the time to stop wondering and uncover the answers you're looking for. BEI: Back End of Innovation has created an environment where innovation thrives. Hundreds of innovation professionals will gather for best practices and lessons learned from cross-industry leaders. But that's not all, BEI 2014 encourages you to get outside the conference walls to truly immerse yourself in innovation at some of Las Vegas' most innovative organizations. Back End of InnovationOctober 6-8, 2014The CosmopolitanLas Vegas, NVDownload the brochure for full field…
  • 3 Practices to Forge an Authoritative and Global Brand

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    All startups have the desire to impact the world in obvious or even subtle ways. However, that doesn’t happen just overnight. Building an influential and authoritative brand takes hard work, perseverance, and a tireless and deft personal touch that will eventually propel your brand to global ubiquity. Sometimes, the practices that you have to employ will even be somewhat counter-intuitive. Here are some things - small and big - that you can do to ensure your brand becomes the authority in whatever industry you work in.1) It Takes a Village - Collaborate.Your first instinct as a small…
  • Innovation in Canada: Our Visit to the MaRS Discovery District & the Trendhunter.com HQs

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”― Marcel ProustOn September 29 - October 1, 2014, we will be in Canada for our latest Front End of Innovation Series event, FEI Toronto. We have two distinct opportunities to explore innovation within the Canadian trenches, which  promote adventure learning, designed to literally get you beyond your office, and outside the conference walls, and reset your perspectives and mind-frame as you visit the HQ's of some of Toronto's most innovation organizations with us.Venture Inside the…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The returns to innovation are wildly skewed.  In practice, this means that the value of the vast majority of new ideas is small, even if they are executed correctly. But some will hit massively big, with huge payoffs. The outliers matter – a lot. You can make a living with both kinds of innovation.  For many years, Toyota executed thousands of small improvements to their manufacturing processes.  Cumulatively, all of these changes added up to an entirely new way to build cars – even though there was not one single huge breakthrough included. Home runs can pay off too, and when…
  • If the Internet is a Psychology Experiment, Are You a Psychologist?

    Tim Kastelle
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting post on startups and pivoting this week.  You should read the whole thing.  Here is his main point: The Internet is a psychology experiment. Building a product for the Internet is now the easy part. Getting people to understand the product and use it is the hard part. And the only way to make the hard part work is by testing one psychological hypothesis after another. … Experience and history give start-ups their ideas on what to test first. But the thing that worked for the last business often doesn’t work for the next…
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Video]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    Here is the video from my talk at the 2014 TEDxUQ.          
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Slide]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:21 am
    If you can’t see this slideshow in your RSS reader or email, then click here. These are the slides from my talk at TEDxUQ from March, 2014. You can see the full video of the talk here.          
  • Adapt or Perish? How About Neither?

    Tim Kastelle
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Our Job is to Invent the Future The business environment is changing – that’s something we should have our heads around by now. How should we respond? I was on a panel at an event sponsored by the Queensland Branch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia discussing exactly this issue at the end of last month. The title of the session was: The Business World is Changing: Adapt or Perish. It was only after it finished that I realised that I forgot to make an important point – those aren’t the only two choices. Here is how Jim Collins put it in How the Mighty…
 
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    15inno

  • 8 Insights on Open Innovation: Great Interview with Philips

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    “Open Innovation and technology scouting are vital for us to stay ahead of competition and identify cutting edge technologies that will allow us to propose the best products to our consumers”. This is the start of an interview on InnovationManagement.se where Steve Vaassen, Open Innovation Leader at Philips Consumer Lifestyle shares his views and insights on open innovation. It is a great interview and Vaassen makes several points that I buy into. I have inserted 8 of them below, but you should read the entire interview. It’s a good read. Innovation needs to happen at the business units…
  • The Greatest Startup Project in the World? Meet #StartUpChile

    Stefan Lindegaard
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:04 am
    Let’s start off with some wise words: “Instead of changing the world through revolution, we can change the world through #innovation” This was said by a former Minister of Economy in Chile and they are to be read on the website of Start-Up Chile. I first learned about this initiative while reading about a promising Danish entrepreneur, who had sold all of his belongings in Denmark because he is moving to Chile for the next 7 months – and maybe longer. The entrepreneur is not moving there because he wants to explore South America as a tourist. He is going there to further develop his…
  • 5 Reflections on Innovation Talent

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    I have been reading some interesting articles recently on talents; how to spot them and how to develop them in a fast-changing world. Here you get 5 reflections on this in the context of innovation. • Future versus past: What are the traditional competencies that innovators were hired for in your organization? Must hires today are based on competencies, but the future of hiring will move towards potential. If you don’t really know the competencies – in the context of innovation – that your company has hired for so far then it will become more difficult to make the shift towards hiring…
  • Where Is the Progress on Open Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    I had an interesting session with a group of corporate innovators last week. The topic was open innovation and as we went through the key takeaways and reflections one of the participants stopped up and asked out loud: “The internal issues are the most important. Just as they were two years ago. Not much has changed. Do we not have any progress on open innovation?” There is of course lots of progress on open innovation as we now see more and more companies – and entire industries – embracing open innovation, but the question does raise a couple of interesting observations. • The…
  • Innovation: The First Mile is the Hardest – Get it Right!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I really enjoyed listening to Scott D. Anthony at the recent World of Innovation conference in New York, where he talked about the concepts and ideas behind his latest book, The First Mile. You can get an idea of his thoughts and views in this interview on the WOBI blog. I like to tweet while listening to talks as I think tweets are a good way of capturing the essence of the messages. Here you get my favourite tweets from his talk. True innovation comes at intersections, where different minds collide @ScottDAnthony #WOINY Businesses are most fragile in the first mile, when they move from plan…
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  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • How Does Your Company Match Up to the GE Innovation Barometer?

    Robert Brands
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
      Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Chief Customer Officers – Bob Thompson

    Robert Brands
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chief Customer Officers: It’s Time to Build a Voice of Customer Command Center Like Innovation and being the “Chief Innovation Officer”, the CEO has to be focused on many elements... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Manage Innovation to Drive Value Creation

    Robert Brands
    27 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    The fundamental purpose of Innovation is to create value that translates into enhanced stakeholder/shareholder value. Sustainable process-driven innovation transforms ideas into vital intellectual... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • Building upon four key wealth creating pillars

    paul4innovating
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:54 am
    Most rooms we enter have four sides; they provide the structure to build upon. Presently in many of our economies, particularly in the West, we are struggling to find real growth; we are limited on our wealth-creating possibilities. Why is that? Our structures seem to be weak not strong. We are certainly relying far too much on ‘selected’ pockets of economic activity to keep us going. Technology is clearly one of these. Yet our longer term forces for sustaining growth remain ‘fragile’, our structures remain wickedly  ‘out of kilter’ and we need to find stronger…
  • Exploring Diffusion and Adoption for Innovation – Part 3

    paul4innovating
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:28 am
    One of my favorite books is “Dealing with Darwin- how great companies innovate at every phase of their evolution” written by Geoffrey Moore. It is well worth a read. When you work through his other books and connected thinking of “Crossing the Chasm” and “Inside the Tornado” you really appreciate the learning stories coming out of Roger Moore’s studies of the Technology Adoption Life-Cycle. We all need to rethink a lot as the new challenges come rushing towards us. In his work Geoffrey Moore talks about ‘traction’ and I think this is a great word for thinking about…
  • Exploring Diffusion and Adoption of Innovation – Part 2

    paul4innovating
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    The future within our engagements will determine diffusion and adoption It is all about letting go but also grabbing more at the same time, and then finding ‘it’. Technology has opened up the door to both scale and fragmentation and social business is the one pushing through this open door. We are increasingly facing the Collaborative Economy everywhere we turn. Social business is becoming the denominator of success or failure. We are needing to confront the new questions that are emerging New rules are emerging – you could say new theories – and where are these…
  • Exploring Diffusion and Adoption for Innovation – Part 1

    paul4innovating
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:13 am
    According to Professor Clayton Christensen and drawn from his book “Seeing What’s Next: Using the Theories of Innovation to Predict Industry Change”by Clayton M. Christensen, Scott D. Anthony, and Erik A. Roth published by Harvard Business School Press, the only way to look into the future is to use theories. “The best way to make accurate sense of the present, and the best way to look into the future, is through the lens of theory.” The theory of innovation helps to understand the forces that shape the context and influence natural decisions. This might not be fashionable…
  • Opening up the Stage Gates to let the new innovating world in?

    paul4innovating
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    There is no question the Stage-Gate process has had a significant impact on the conception, development and launch of new products. Yet there have been consistent criticisms of it, as the world of innovation has moved on. Today it is faster-paced, far more competitive and global and become less predictable. The cries of the Stage-Gate process as being too linear, too rigid and far too planned, bordering on prescriptive have often been heard. The gates are too structured and the constant ‘creep’ of the controlling bureaucracy surrounding it in paperwork, checklists and justification has…
 
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • Alice in Blunderland: The Supreme Court’s Alice Decision Fails to Grasp the Physical Reality of Information

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    The recent Alice decision from the Supreme Court threatens patents for many innovators working with computers, software, information, and knowledge–in short, the heart of the modern Knowledge Economy. By waving around the undefined word “abstract”–a word that the Court expressly refused to define–they have ruled that a major part of the economy is simply not eligible for patent protection. An article at the popular IP blog, PatentlyO, seeks to explain if not justify the Court’s ruling. In “Alice, Artifice, and Action,” Jason Rantanen elucidates…
  • Another Surprise from China: The Tralin/Tranlin IP-Backed Financing Results in Jobs and Green Technology for the US

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    In a previous post here, I reported a huge loan to a Chinese paper company backed by its mostly Chinese IP as collateral. The 8 billion RMB obtained by China’s Tralin Paper (Quanlin Paper in Chinese, though they use www.tralin.com for their website), one of the biggest IP-backed loans in the world, not only shows that Chinese IP is coming of age, but is now being used to bring some of their technology to the US and to create over 2,000 US jobs. Tralin Paper, renaming themselves as Tranlin Paper for some reason, has just signed a deal with the State of Virginia, obtaining state support…
  • Another Innovation Knifing: Cutting “Natural Products” Out of the Scope of Patentable Subject Matter

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    7 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the important new antibiotics discovered and developed by pharmaceutical companies in the past few years is Rifampicin and its relative Rifamycin. These potent antibiotics remain key tools in fighting off serious infection. Their story begins with a soil sample taken from a pine forest on the French Riviera in 1957 that was then studied in an Italian laboratory, where unusual antimicrobial properties were observed in a newly discovered bacterium.  eventually an unusual molecule produced by the bacterium was identified, isolated, mass produced–and, yes, patented. Rifamycin was…
  • America’s Anti-Patent Revolution: Stoking the Engines of Innovation Fatigue

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    My latest post here at Innovation Fatigue lamented the actions of the USPTO in their apparent war on patents involving natural products. New information makes the story even more troubling than before, indicating that more than just judicial error and bureaucratic blindness was involved. The steps taken appear much more deliberate and political than that, and reflect an increasingly revolutionary attitude toward patent rights holders, where IP is viewed as the problem, not as a vital tool to benefit society. First, new insight into the actions of the USPTO comes from a leaked USPTO PowerPoint…
  • Excluding Natural Products from Patent Protection?

    Jeff Lindsay
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    In response to recent court cases, the USPTO has dramatically revised its approach to dealing with a wide variety of patents. Its new guidelines to patent examiners on subject matter eligibility for inventions involving natural products seem to go way beyond the legal decisions on which they are allegedly based, adding extremely high barriers to patentability. If your invention uses natural products, as almost every tangible invention does to some degree, you now must show that what you claim is “significantly different” that what might be found in nature or from natural…
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    Game-Changer

  • 6 simple questions that yield better decisions

    Jorge Barba
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    How can we become better at making decisions? There is wide literature, blogs and books on the topic of decision making , and you wouldn’t go wrong reading most of them. How and why we make the decision we make is one topic I believe we would all do well know about more because it influences everything we do. The most recent books about decision making I’ve read is Decisive by the Heath Brothers, authors of Made To Stick and Switch. I’m a huge fan of them because they take on interesting topics, and they make the content interesting and useful to any type of reader. With…
  • 8 strategies for overcoming resistance to change

    Jorge Barba
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    As innovators that want to make things happen and are constantly seeking ways to counter resistance to change. It comes with the territory and is the most predictable challenge we will encounter. At this point, the literature around innovation is vast, so we can all agree that there are many common sources of resistance to change inside organizations and from potential customers: inertia, indecision, fear of making mistakes, lack of best practices and lack of care for your product/service. How do you overcome them? First, let’s get a couple of things out of the way: People love change…
  • What World Cup winner Germany can teach us about developing a culture of excellence

    Jorge Barba
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    Picture: EPA The 2014 World Cup has ended! For me it was one of the most memorable, the first round alone is worth watching again. Anyway, the Germans won. And they have lots to teach us about developing a culture of excellence, no matter what people say about their “efficient” driven culture. Here are a two takeaways: To play to win, not to lose, requires a different mindset Two weeks ago I watched as Mexico gave up a 1 goal lead to the Netherlands and eventually lose the game on a questionable penalty kick. As all of this was unraveling I wasn’t surprised. I had started…
  • Is innovation really everybody’s job?

    Jorge Barba
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    A culture of innovation. That’s the Holy Grail, how do you get there? Everyone has their ideas and theories, and there is no shortage of examples that we can analyze over and over again. Yesterday, I wrote about the things that any organization can stop doing to open the door to innovation. Being innovation-ready starts with people. And a common question that comes up is this: is innovation really everybody’s job? That was a key question discussed in yesterday’s Innochat. Below are some of my thoughts, as well as from others, that I’d like to share with you: Everyone…
  • CRAP is the real killer of innovation

    Jorge Barba
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Executives want innovation. They constantly ask themselves “how can we be more innovative?’. But, that’s the wrong way to look at it. Rather, they should ask themselves “what kills innovation?”.  Businesses looking for the innovation Holy Grail, innovative culture, will never get it if they continue to do the things that impede it. You see, what not to do is as important as what to do. Usually, businesses have it all wrong when it comes to innovation because they believe it is additive, so simply adding more innovation programs, more hackathons, more this, more…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    The returns to innovation are wildly skewed.  In practice, this means that the value of the vast majority of new ideas is small, even if they are executed correctly. But some will hit massively big, with huge payoffs. The outliers matter – a lot. You can make a living with both kinds of innovation.  For many years, Toyota executed thousands of small improvements to their manufacturing processes.  Cumulatively, all of these changes added up to an entirely new way to build cars – even though there was not one single huge breakthrough included. Home runs can pay off too, and when…
  • If the Internet is a Psychology Experiment, Are You a Psychologist?

    Tim Kastelle
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, wrote an interesting post on startups and pivoting this week.  You should read the whole thing.  Here is his main point: The Internet is a psychology experiment. Building a product for the Internet is now the easy part. Getting people to understand the product and use it is the hard part. And the only way to make the hard part work is by testing one psychological hypothesis after another. … Experience and history give start-ups their ideas on what to test first. But the thing that worked for the last business often doesn’t work for the next…
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Video]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    Here is the video from my talk at the 2014 TEDxUQ.          
  • TEDxUQ Talk – March 2014 [Slide]

    Tim Kastelle
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:21 am
    If you can’t see this slideshow in your RSS reader or email, then click here. These are the slides from my talk at TEDxUQ from March, 2014. You can see the full video of the talk here.          
  • Adapt or Perish? How About Neither?

    Tim Kastelle
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Our Job is to Invent the Future The business environment is changing – that’s something we should have our heads around by now. How should we respond? I was on a panel at an event sponsored by the Queensland Branch of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia discussing exactly this issue at the end of last month. The title of the session was: The Business World is Changing: Adapt or Perish. It was only after it finished that I realised that I forgot to make an important point – those aren’t the only two choices. Here is how Jim Collins put it in How the Mighty…
 
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    URENIO Watch

  • IFTF 20 Combinatorial Forecasts

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Institute’s for the Future (IFTF) Technology Horizons program presented its new 2014 map, 20 Combinatorial Forecasts, which explores the future of technology at the intersections of different fields. This map is designed to help you anticipate the future of combinatorial innovations emerging... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • i-teams Report

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Drawing on an in-depth literature review, over 80 interviews, and surveys, i-teams report tells the stories of 20 teams, units and funds, all are established by government, and all are charged with making innovation happen. The i-teams case studied are based in city, regional and national... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • EU Public Consultation on Science 2.0

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The European Commission launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. ‘Science 2.0′ is understood as a systemic change in the modus operandi of doing research and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Video: Beyond the Smart City – Towards a New Paradigm

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation, moderated a panel discussion on New Cities Summit 2014, about whether we need a new paradigm to describe the inevitable and growing relationship between technology and our cities, other than “Smart City”.    ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • City as Living Laboratory

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    City as Living Laboratory: Sustainability Made Tangible Through the Arts’ (CaLL) provides a framework for how the arts and sustainability can be linked in innovative ways to create cities that help us redefine how we live our lives, use our resources, how we communicate, educate, work, and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EYES IN

  • Handmade Aruna Seth Designs Adorn Celebrities, Royalty

    Vivian van Dijk
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Aruna Seth designs consist of over forty pairs of ballerinas, boots, Swarovski inspired evening shoes and office shoes.The post Handmade Aruna Seth Designs Adorn Celebrities, Royalty appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Share Buttons Can Track You Online Against Your Will

    Vivian van Dijk
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Websites, including sensitive sites such as health and government websites, track you by using one of AddThis' free plug-ins or share buttons.The post Share Buttons Can Track You Online Against Your Will appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Cosmoprof New York Symposium to Focus on American Market

    Vivian van Dijk
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Cosmoprof New York Symposium will focus on the American market and analyze winning tools and ways of breaking into this specific market.The post Cosmoprof New York Symposium to Focus on American Market appeared first on EYES IN.
  • ‘The Imitation Game’ to Open at BFI London Film Festival

    Vivian van Dijk
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    'The Imitation Game' is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, an unsung hero and one of the world’s greatest innovators.The post ‘The Imitation Game’ to Open at BFI London Film Festival appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Second City: Chicagoans on Living With Passion, Purpose

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Bright Lights of the Second City is a collection of portraits that, through its anecdotes, paints a picture of Chicago, a city that is second-to-none.The post Second City: Chicagoans on Living With Passion, Purpose appeared first on EYES IN.
 
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Marketing New Products: 6 Important Aspects of Packaging Design

    Nicole Lininger
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    The quality and integrity of a product should be able to stand on its own, but in the business of retail merchandising, the harsh reality is that unless your product packaging fits into certain parameters, it may be doomed to fail before consumers have a chance to purchase and use it. What is the role […] The post Marketing New Products: 6 Important Aspects of Packaging Design appeared first on InventHelp Blog.
  • Cool Inventions: 6 Accidental Scientific Discoveries that Improved Medicine

    Nicole Lininger
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Most inventors work hard to create and perfect their new products or ideas, going through one formulation after another to create something of lasting impact. For some, the invention of a lifetime is stumbled upon like a happy surprise. In the world of science and medicine, there have been a number of incredible and, in […] The post Cool Inventions: 6 Accidental Scientific Discoveries that Improved Medicine appeared first on InventHelp Blog.
  • 6 Inventions by Nikola Tesla, History’s Outcast Inventor

    Nicole Lininger
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    More than seventy years after his death, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla is finally getting his due. He grew up in the area now known as Croatia with a mother who invented small household appliances. This may have spurred his interest in electrical systems and given rise to his own passion for innovation. Tesla immigrated to […] The post 6 Inventions by Nikola Tesla, History’s Outcast Inventor appeared first on InventHelp Blog.
  • 5 Cool New Gadgets You Need for Your Next Summer Barbecue

    Nicole Lininger
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
      Happy 4th of July, America! It’s another great year celebrating with fireworks, outdoor activities and tasty cookout food. Here are a few cool new gadgets we think could be more than helpful to you during your weekend celebration or really any summer barbecue.   1. Ear Visor $4.99 Your bags are packed for your weekend trip. You have […] The post 5 Cool New Gadgets You Need for Your Next Summer Barbecue appeared first on InventHelp Blog.
  • Who Invented Fireworks? A Short History of the July 4th Phenomena

    Nicole Lininger
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    As America celebrates another year of independence with fireworks displays across the nation, it is interesting to note that their original use was in New Year’s celebrations. Who invented fireworks and how did this colorful and explosive entertainment come into being? Cooking with Fire Chinese legend tells of a cook who accidentally spilled the flavoring […] The post Who Invented Fireworks? A Short History of the July 4th Phenomena appeared first on InventHelp Blog.
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • Should the Government Encourage Innovation?

    Braden Kelley
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    “We need to out-innovate, outeducate, and outbuild the rest of the world” – United States President Barack Obama In the quote above the American President implies that it is somehow the role of the government to drive innovation? But can … Continue reading →
  • Things Every Manager Should Know About Innovation

    Braden Kelley
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    “In the 1980s, the [watchword] was quality; today, it’s innovation . . . But the two are not mutually exclusive . . . Now we want superior quality and faster cost reduction, plus innovation—all at once.” – Harry Burritt , … Continue reading →
  • How would you create an oil lamp out of an orange?

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Often innovation comes as a result of someone looking at things differently. And as I’ve laid out in the Eight I’s of Infinite Innovation framework, innovation starts with inspiration. If you missed haven’t seen the framework, click the link in … Continue reading →
  • Why the Maker Movement Matters

    Braden Kelley
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Maker movement is steadily gaining steam and some cities are looking to help it grow and thrive, seeing it as an opportunity to inspire artists and entrepreneurs. One such city is Edmonton, which lies in the Alberta province of … Continue reading →
  • Free Innovation Culture Keynote

    Braden Kelley
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    If your innovation culture leaves something to be desired and its your job to make it better, and you missed my virtual keynote at the June 6, 2014 Pipeline 2014 conference, then you can register now and watch my FREE … Continue reading →
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    Ideatrotter

  • World’s Largest Private Tank Fleet Up For Auction Want to...

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:33 pm
    World’s Largest Private Tank Fleet Up For Auction Want to buy a tank? On July 11, a portion of the world’s largest private collection of tanks and historic military vehicles will be up for auction. Former Silicon Valley engineer, Jacques Littlefield, bought his first tanks in the 1980’s and by the time of his death in 2009, he had acquired more than 200 vehicles. Sam Grobart shows off several that are on the block. 
  • Snake Robot Ready for Search and Rescue Missions Israel has...

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Snake Robot Ready for Search and Rescue Missions Israel has earned itself an enviable reputation in the field of high-tech startups. But when it comes to robots, it’s got some catching up to do. Bloomberg Middle East Editor Elliott Gotkine has been to the south of Israel to meet the man putting Israeli bots on the map.
  • Self Optimizing Network Technology Learn about Self Optimizing...

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:29 pm
    Self Optimizing Network Technology Learn about Self Optimizing Network technology, from AT&T and Intucell, used to create a better customer experience. This product helps to ease the overcrowding of users on one tower, expanding the network coverage area. 
  • Design Innovation in Mature Industries Sometimes innovative...

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Design Innovation in Mature Industries Sometimes innovative designs in mature industries comes from a repetitive series of incremental enhancements, but design tools can make the entire process more effective.
  • MOOCs Don’t Cannabalize Traditional Education The question...

    7 Jun 2014 | 5:50 pm
    MOOCs Don’t Cannabalize Traditional Education The question keeps educators up at night: Do free, massive open online courses cannibalize enrollment at traditional schools? The results are finally in, part of a new study co-authored by Wharton professor Ezekiel J. Emanuel. Rather than poaching traditional students, MOOCs reach new audiences that business schools, at least, want to target.
 
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    IdeaFaktory

  • Microsoft’s Nuclear Option for Mobile

    Steve Faktor
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    The new market share numbers are in for Windows Phone and they’re brutal. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Microsoft’s share dropped from 4.7% to 3.6% in the US by May 2014 vs last year. It’s also declining in Germany, flat-lining in Brazil, and completely vanishing in China. To a heated, two-horse race, Microsoft brought a donkey. That doesn’t mean there’s no hope. After all, how would Juan Valdez get all those coffee beans without his trusty burro? I’ve written extensively about the mobile wars and work with companies fighting them. I sincerely…
  • The Prosperity Paradox

    Steve Faktor
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Something stubborn and senseless stands between us and a golden ‘Age of Abundance’. Surprisingly, it’s not gun lovers, Koch brothers, or Honey Boo Boo’s mother. While working on my next book, I stumbled across some powerful ways to solve America’s Prosperity Paradox, which keeps every citizen from basking in Botoxed bliss, like a Bravo housewife.  It’s within our grasp to eliminate debt, end income inequality, and fuel free enterprise.  But like Rocky or Karate Kid, abundance requires a training montage and at least one sequel. So today, we start…
  • Entrepreneurship Lessons From 40 Criminals

    Steve Faktor
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
    At 6:40pm last night, I entered a room full of criminals. Ex-cons, to be exact. Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more conflicted about where to leave my laptop bag. I got over it by the time the hugging started. You might be wondering, how long after taking mushrooms is it safe to write LinkedIn articles? I assure you, last night was drug-free, purposeful, and life-altering. The event was organized by Defy Ventures, a non-profit that trains ex-cons to be entrepreneurs and productive citizens. For me and about 35 other executive volunteers, the four hours flew by – as did…
  • What Killed Google+ And What Can Save It

    Steve Faktor
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The demise of Google+ is a cautionary tale of rivalry, missed opportunity, and of course, drunk geeks waltzing. (…I’ll explain.) As an active user of Google+ and casual clairvoyant of Google’s strategy, it’s no surprise that you’re almost as likely to be bodyboarding with Gisele Bündchen as reading this sentence on Google+. While Google+ loyalists hunt for hope in Google’s lukewarm assurances, the company’s actions have been swift and deadly. Last week, the company parted ways with Vic Gundotra, a talented executive who led Google+ through a thick fog of…
  • How Innovation is Like Sex

    Steve Faktor
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    I woke up early this morning to finish a very profound article on the future of jobs. This clearly is not it. Instead, I thought we could have a little fun with an idea that’s been rattling around in my head since I’ve been doing innovation: Innovation is like sex. A lot like it. A bunch of unrelated (hopefully) individuals having intercourse, hoping to birth something extraordinary. Well, at least that’s what the textbooks say. Here are 11 ways innovation is like sex: Both will be messy…even if you’re doing it right. Especially if you’re doing it right.
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    Innovation Speaker

  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
     Idea management is the second of critical processes of Robert’s Rules of Innovation and is essential in Innovation and New Product Development (NPD). It is really important to fill the innovation... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • How Does Your Company Match Up to the GE Innovation Barometer?

    Robert Brands
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk is an Imperative for Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
      Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Chief Customer Officers – Bob Thompson

    Robert Brands
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chief Customer Officers: It’s Time to Build a Voice of Customer Command Center Like Innovation and being the “Chief Innovation Officer”, the CEO has to be focused on many elements... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Manage Innovation to Drive Value Creation

    Robert Brands
    27 May 2014 | 5:55 am
    The fundamental purpose of Innovation is to create value that translates into enhanced stakeholder/shareholder value. Sustainable process-driven innovation transforms ideas into vital intellectual... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • The Start Up of You

    RIC Chester
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    ‘The Start Up of You’ Wednesday 23rd July 10-4pm, Riverside Innovation Centre This free, one-day Conference will look at ‘The Start-Up of You’ as you embark upon your career. Employers are looking to attract entrepreneurial talent, and those who can apply entrepreneurial skills within the workplace to drive innovation and creativity. During the Conference, a variety of speakers will cover topics such as:   How to create an entrepreneurial CV Your ‘Online You’: How to brand and market yourself The ‘Millennial’ Marketplace Employer expectations, led by KPMG And many more……
  • The Start Up of You

    RIC Chester
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
      Wednesday 23rd July 10-4pm, Riverside Innovation Centre This free, one-day Conference will look at ‘The Start-Up of You’ as you embark upon your career. Employers are looking to attract entrepreneurial talent, and those who can apply entrepreneurial skills within the workplace to drive innovation and creativity.   During the Conference, a variety of speakers will cover topics such as:   -         How to create an entrepreneurial CV -         Your ‘Online You’: How to brand and market yourself -         The ‘Millennial’ Marketplace…
  • Faster Data Transmission using Nanolasers

    RIC Chester
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    The increasing need for speed in data transmission has seen a huge number of research and development projects. Researchers working at the University of California, Berkeley have made advances by growing lasers, called ‘Nanoneedles’, on silicon wafers.  By taking an optical, rather than electrical approach, power consumption and noise interference is reduced.  Previously, lattice mismatch and incompatible growth temperatures in the materials used have limited the integration of lasers onto silicon substrates. The new development uses a new approach to ‘grow’…
  • Raw Food Party

    RIC Chester
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Raw food party – The Green Pages’ 1st Birthday celebration at the Riverside Innovation Centre, 16th July 2014. Are you passionate about health and well-being?  Do you want to meet like-minded people? Be Inspired? Learn and be empowered to feel amazing? Are you fan of Raw Food or just curious to find out more about it? Then join us and connect with our Green Healthy Living Community! This a growing community of conscious people wanting to expand and improve their health and wellness naturally. http://www.mygreenpages.co.uk
  • Facebook conducts secret psychology experiment

    RIC Chester
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:54 am
    Facebook has carried out a massive psychological experiment to monitor emotional responses of over 600,000 users – without telling them. The social media site manipulated the news feeds of users to highlight either positive or negative postings and then monitored reactions of the users and their friends. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists of the United States, the team of scientists carrying out the study stated “When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when negative…
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    Adam Collier

  • 002-Three Creativity Principles Learned from High Tech Innovation [podcast]

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    In this episode Adam discusses lessons learned from writing and publishing his first e-book, support and encouragement for creative people and three valuable principles from technology innovation that can be applied to personal creativity.   Announcements: New e-book Increasing Collaboration is available on amazon, get your copy here: Creating this e-book was a learning process […]
  • Collaborate… even if you have a hard time with trust !

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:26 am
      Collaboration is one of those must-do skills for a successful career especially within corporate life. No matter how intelligent or experienced we are, groups of professionals working together are smarter and more productive than the same individuals working separate.  If we can build relationships and learn to help one another our careers will accelerate, […]
  • 001-The Human Creativity Podcast, [PodcastRelaunch], The Alignment, Purpose of Creativity

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    001 – The Human Creativity Podcast – The Re-launch…The Great Alignment, The Purpose of Creativity Announcements: Welcome to the first episode of the Human Creativity Podcast I am Adam Collier creativity and innovation entrepreneur, with each episode we bring a message that helps you the listener to discover to understand and to unleash your unique […]
  • Quote: When People Trust

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When people trust an organization, they are more likely to exhibit supportive behavior. - Linda Locke, Reputare Consulting
  • Five Compelling Reasons To Sign Up For Our Email Updates

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:47 am
    This site exists to help people to discover and to unleash their unique God given creative abilities.    Working in technology R&D for the past (almost) 18 years where creativity, innovation and ingenuity is a daily effort I have accumulated a mindset of individual and team creativity particularly centered around the use of science.  Many […]
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Not Your Average Hallmark Card

    Laura Bedrossian
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    What’s the furthest thing from a Hallmark Card? Probably these new cards. A Minneapolis woman has been confronting catcallers  for more than a year now and came up with a creative way for other women to do the same. With Cards Against Harassment, she has created a number of downloadable cards to hand to offenders if you don’t want to confront them verbally. Having been called many things by strangers, including “Clam Chowder” (which I still do not know what that means), I definitely find this innovative. For those who want to say something in response to any comments as they walk…
  • You WISH You Won

    Laura Bedrossian
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Yo, what’s up, Newcastle? You don’t know me and I don’t regularly drink your beer, but sometimes do. Let me start off by writing that I am an American and I wasn’t offended by your #IfWeWon campaign, in fact, I thought it was kind of funny? There is a question mark there because I love British humor (or humour) and I didn’t think it was the best you could do. But, back to the offensive point. I wasn’t offended at all by your campaign, and even wrote a paper in high school about how the colonies were listing the wrong reasons for breaking away from  you. America had a sweet deal…
  • Our Stance on Wikipedia, PR & Ethics

    Sam Ford
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Earlier this month, Peppercomm joined several other PR/communications firms in issuing a statement regarding ethical engagement with the Wikipedia Project. In short, our agency made clear that it is our policy not to act against the Wikimedia Foundation’s Terms of Use and the Wikipedia editor community’s policies and guidelines regarding how those with a paid conflict-of-interest should engage on the site. The statement is available in full here. That page also includes significant coverage on the announcement from the PR/communications trades, the business press, digital/tech…
  • 10 Great Examples of the Latest Thinking from Peppercommers

    Sam Ford
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:09 am
    The Peppercomm team has been involved with a range of activities of late that we thought would be of interest to the Innovation Mill audience: - “6 Reasons to Let Employees Bring Personal Passions to Work.” Peppercomm Director of Audience Engagement Sam Ford lists them—including this very publication as an example—at Inc. - Why should you care about your online presence? Peppercomm has been on a public education tour on the subject. Find out “7 Reasons You Need to Manage Your Online Presence” via Inc. Answer whether you’ve “Outgrown Your Digital Footprint” via CMO.com.
  • Google: The Skynet of Our Times

    Laura Bedrossian
    28 May 2014 | 11:39 am
    If you’re like me, then you probably love 80s movies and culture and regularly think of references that wouldn’t pop into most people’s minds. Upon reading that Google is now manufacturing self-driving cars, I automatically thought of the ‘Terminator’ films and the notoriously self-aware Skynet. At its base, Google’s new invention is incredibly innovative. The scientists, engineers and researchers at Google X are clearly brilliant. However, a car with no steering wheel and no accelerator or brake pedals? A car that can completely drive itself? What if the controls get into the…
 
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    MIT Sloan Executive Education Blog

  • Are the courts stifling innovation?

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:57 pm
    For seven straight years, Fortune has named Apple as the World’s Most Admired Company. The magazine wrote the following about why Apple is held in such high esteem: “The iconic tech company known for the iPhone and other stylish and user-friendly products is back in the top spot on this year’s list, for the seventh year [...]
  • Can the cab industry innovate?

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Those of us who work and/or live in Cambridge are quite familiar with the controversies stirred up by the wildly successful business, Uber Technologies, Inc. Uber considers itself a technology company, offering a mobile app that connects riders with drivers. The company has taken an innovative approach to making it easier to get from one point [...]
  • It’s time to rethink wages

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    For the last year or so, there’s been a significant amount of news coverage around the wages paid to low-income earners, such as those working at fast food outlets and in retail stores. There have been public protests, calls for boycotts, and legislation to raise the minimum wage in some states. Most recently, the International [...]
  • Corporate boards miss out when they don’t include women

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    Shirley Leung, Business Columnist for The Boston Globe has written extensively—and frequently—about the dearth of women on corporate boards. In her piece, “Across Health Care Board Rooms, That’s Madam Chairman to You,” she discusses the growing role of women on health care boards (nearly a third of Massachusetts-based hospitals have a woman running the board [...]
  • The big data skill set

    MIT Sloan Executive Education
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:09 pm
    A while ago, Professor Tom Davenport, Fellow with the MIT Center for Digital Business, proclaimed that “data scientist” would be the “sexiest” job in the 21st century. This topic was discussed at The 2014 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, both during the session moderated by Davenport, “Big Data, Analytics and Insights,” and at one of the [...]
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Ford Drives into the Future with Open Innovation

    IdeaConnection
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Every week there are new stories about companies launching open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives. They hope they can successfully convert the awesome brainpower of the crowd into concrete innovations that propel them ahead in the marketplace. One of the latest corporate giants to initiate an exciting new open innovation venture is the Ford Motor Company. The multinational automobile maker has revealed plans of its Innovate Mobility Challenge Series to come up with novel mobility solutions in eight locations around the world. Those locations are Lisbon in Portugal, Los Angeles,…
  • Two Awesome Prize-Based Innovation Contests

    IdeaConnection
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    There’s nothing like the lure of big money prizes to entice inventive brains to create novel and/or disruptive innovations. The premise is as old as the hills and today, it’s still a popular way to innovate. Two of the most prominent prize competitions of the day are the £10 million Longitude Prize  and GE’s $1 million ecomagination open innovation challenge to help accelerate technology development in Canada’s oil sands. The Longitude Prize was launched by the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron, and commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Longitude Act. In 1714, the…
  • Saving Hawaii’s Rainforests with the Crowd

    IdeaConnection
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Hawaii’s native forests are under threat from invasive plants. Weeds such as Australian Tree Fern and African Tulip Tree are soaking up vital water resources that native flora needs. The situation is so serious that invasive species have been responsible for the destruction of more than half of Hawaii’s native forests. To help combat the threat, Digital Globe and The Nature Conservancy are enlisting the crowd to help with a huge global initiative. The Problem According to the US Forest Service, invasive species are threatening the unique biota of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands, the…
  • Awesome Summer Reads for the Scientific Mind

    IdeaConnection
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:07 am
    Summer is well and truly underway, and attention now turns to vacation time, long lazy days on a palm-tree fringed beach lapped by pristine waters.  When you’re not sipping cocktails or splashing around in the surf, you may well want to have your nose in a good read.  So, to keep the old grey matter ticking over during your time off, here are some awesome summer science reading recommendations: A Beginner’s Guide to Mathematical Logic by Raymond M. Smullyan Get up to speed on hitherto tricky mathematical concepts with a text that combines stories of renowned philosophers,…
  • Crowdsourcing for a Better World

    IdeaConnection
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:18 am
    If one or two minds can solve complex, seemingly intractable problems, just think what hundreds or thousands of brilliant brains can achieve. The potential and power of the crowd may well be helping companies to drive up their profits through innovations, but the paradigm is also one of the proven methodologies being used to tackle complex social issues and humanitarian problems. IdeaConnection’s solvers recently supplied Chemists Without Borders with a number of novel solutions to help mitigate problems caused by arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh. But a little look at the crowdsourcing…
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    Brand Genetics

  • Brainstorms that Work: 3 approaches for better creative sessions

    Tom
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:58 am
    Brainstorming has (rightly in our opinion) come in for a lot of criticism – particularly where it maintains the fallacy of the Eureka moment: that great ideas appear out of thin air thanks to huge creative leaps from super creative individuals. This is a poor basis for innovation, instead, as Scott Berkun suggests in his book The Myths of Innovation, “every amazing creative thing you’ve ever seen, or idea you’ve ever heard can be broken down into smaller ideas that existed before.” As unfashionable as it is in a world that is forever getting faster, good ideas need…
  • Debrief Like TED – A 10 Point Researcher Guide to Presenting Research Findings

    Paul Marsden
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    What can market researchers learn from the TED - 15 minute high impact idea-briefings built on incisive and inspiring insights – “ideas worth spreading”? TED idea briefings can help researchers do better debriefs, helping us focus on how we present our findings for maximum impact. So here’s a researcher’s oriented adaptation of top recommendations from the 5-star rated How to Design TED-worthy Presentations from Akash Karia. 1. Have a Hero Insight: Forget reportage, build your debrief around a single hero insight, and structure your debrief around this,…
  • Dan Ariely: 7 Problems with Research Groups and Surveys

    Paul Marsden
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s an oldie but it’s a goodie – an interview by Nex Gen Research with psychologist and behavioural economist Dan Ariey, author of Predictably Irrational (speed summary) and expert on non-rational (non value-maximising) consumer behaviour. In the interview Dan suggests that market researchers are irrational – and predictably so - in their over reliance on traditional research groups and surveys that generate biased findings. Specifically he identifies 7 problems with research group and survey methodology. Traditional survey or research groups that pay people for…
  • ‘Innovate or Die’: the challenge of disruptive innovation

    Tom
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Playing it safe is not safe anymore… that’s the key lesson from Lean Startup author Eric Ries’ interview with McKinsey, the global management consultancy. In a world where, any kid with $1,000 in their pocket is able to, as Ries puts it, ‘rent the means of production’, established businesses and brands are no longer safe. Whereas in the past these ‘Blue-Chip’ companies were able to spot challengers coming and decide whether to buy them or battle them, now they are simply being outnumbered by the scale of change. We’re seeing death by a thousand…
  • Use your Past as a Springboard to the Future

    Liza Makarov
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    Everyone talks about the accelerated rate of change and the overwhelming complexity of the world today: how to make sense of it, effectively adapt and avoid being left behind. But the focus should really lie on how to create change by constantly innovating rather than always feeling the need to catch up; the new landscape is just too brutal for stop-start innovation. Making change is about creating an effective link between past, present and future – it is a mindset shift – and a sure way to powerful, sustained innovation. Looking at businesses that have been around for a while versus…
 
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  • Hollywood writers have this insider’s secret for Leaders

    AmyK
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    What do high performing company cultures and successful television shows have in common? Just about everything – minus an Emmy and the drama… hopefully. Both a show and a business create a product (or service), both must capture and hold the interest of their customers, both deal with frequently changing variables and both must optimize multi-functional teams. Writers and leaders know this scenario very well – they’re right in the middle of the melee, or so it must seem at times. Both writers and leaders must be creative and often under pressure. If they don’t capture the…
  • Do Your Ideas Pass the 2 Question Test?

    AmyK
    28 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    What if you created a product or service so cool, so innovative that it actually changed an entire industry? Two companies set out to do just that. One succeeded. One failed. What can we learn from each that could set you and your company on a whole new path to profitable success? Avigilon Corporation, “sees the future” and the future looks profitable. Avigilon is a leader in high-definition (HD) surveillance solutions. They recently acquired VideoIQ, Inc. because of their ability to use technology for real time responses to surveillance. For example, suppose you drove to work one morning…
  • 5 “Next” Practices for a Culture of Innovation

    AmyK
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Have you heard? Innovation is the key to future success! Right…as it’s stated in approximately 275,000,000 sources – safe to say it’s obvious. What is far less obvious? How. While creativity is most certainly an intimate part of any innovative outcome, it does not always require a gifted artist’s skill. What it does ultimately require is leadership. And, more often than not, the result of innovation will define the leader. Feeling a little pressure? You need to get comfortable with the pressure, for in the words of Brene Brown, “There is no innovation and creativity without…
  • Questions that Must Be Answered Before Starting a New Year

    AmyK
    12 Dec 2013 | 10:51 am
    The holiday season is often overwhelmingly about hustle and bustle, parties, too many cookies and presents…lots of presents. Need more meaning from the holidays? Give the gift of peace to yourself so that you might be a better gift to the world going forward. A few life questions to create a spark that will ignite a rebirth in you… 1. Who and how did you best serve this year? How can you be a better servant to the world next year? The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform to their highest potential. Utilizing your gifts and…
  • Great Leaders Drive Great Results – Take the High-line from Jimmie Johnson

    AmyK
    21 Nov 2013 | 9:20 am
    AmyK – the next Godaddy girl?! LOL. Last Friday night former Philadelphia Eagle QB, Donovan McNabb, in his guest role as a panelist on “Fox Sports Live,” enraged NASCAR fans everywhere when he said Jimmie Johnson was absolutely not an athlete. “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not. He sits in a car and he drives. That’s not athletic…. What athletically is he doing?” McNabb asked, as the panelists discussed the most dominant athletes in sports. In addition to surprising his host and fellow panelists, McNabb managed to burn more than a few tires in the NASCAR…
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  • Brilliant, the hammock for your feet

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    How did we get to the 21st Century and not thought of this before!   The post Brilliant, the hammock for your feet appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • A glorious fight against food waste

    Michael
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    This is brilliant from French supermarket chain Intermarche. 300m tonnes of perfectly good food is thrown away every year in France because it doesn’t meet the visual standards, so they launched the “inglorious fruits and vegetables” range. Brilliant. The post A glorious fight against food waste appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #187. Up-cycled car seat

    Michael
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    I saw this in my local garage. They had up-cycled a seat from a car that went for scrap into an office chair. Ok, this is ugly as sin, but imagine this with more desirable car seats – from a sports car or vintage classic and even better one with the makers badge or marque embriodered into the head-rest. They would make a fantastic home office chair – a real talking point and because they are designed to be sat in for hours on end they are actually really good, highly ajustable seats. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea #187. Up-cycled car seat appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #186. Pizza Sandwich

    Michael
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Brilliant Idea #186 is a range of sandwiches made of pizza base and the nation’s favourite pizza toppings. Meatfeast pizza sandwich. Mouth-watering!   The post Brilliant Idea #186. Pizza Sandwich appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration #45

    Michael
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
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  • Putting some dynamic tension into the system

    Paul Hobcraft
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
              There is a growing need for having some dynamic tensions within the organization’s system; these helps generate the better conditions for innovation to thrive. We are learning more on the better tools, techniques and approaches available for putting the learning tensions into our work, making them more dynamic, linked and increasingly relevant to the work to be done. 1). A common language is essential Any dynamics in the system needs that ability to talk the same language, something that becomes common and embedded to support the routines and move…
  • All the capitals ‘fire’ innovation so as to make it combustible.

    Paul Hobcraft
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    More often than not when we talk within business of capital we tend to default to the financial kind. Of course providing the financial capital into innovation is vital; it provides the potential ‘burn’ but what is often understated and certainly under-appreciated is the other capitals. These capitals when combined ‘fire’ innovation, they make it combustible and change our thinking from the known into the preferred from this ‘set of reactions’ that form new and better innovation solutions What we need is to recognize is the real “nesting effect” of all our capitals. They make…
  • Understanding the dynamics within your innovation system

    Paul Hobcraft
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:50 am
    Recognizing Dynamics and Building Innovation Fitness The work of David Teece is hugely influential on exploring dynamic capabilities.  It was my reading of one of his early papers, published in 1997 (with Gary Pisano and Amy Shuen) that got me started down the dynamics path and my quest to identify the innovation landscape required by each organization to become innovation fit. Teece’s concept of dynamic capabilities is a theory about the source of corporate agility: the capacity (1) to sense and shape opportunities and threats, (2) to seize opportunities by mobilizing your resources…
  • Organizational legacy often chokes innovation

    Paul Hobcraft
    27 Jan 2014 | 2:58 am
    Legacy often chokes new innovation Often organizations are weighed down by legacy; it chokes off innovation and much of the potential creativity. This comes in many forms; in its culture, in its history, its core markets or products, in its systems, structures and processes built around innovation practice. Today, we are confronted with a very different global market place than in the last century. National borders and regulations built to protect those that are ‘within’ in the past have rapidly become a major part of the ‘containing- restraining’ factors that are rendering many…
  • Establishing Distinct Capabilities for Innovation Success

    Paul Hobcraft
    26 Jan 2014 | 10:27 am
    The emphasis needs to be placed upon building distinct capabilities for innovation success. Announcing the building of dynamic innovation capabilities for your fitness “the dynamics within the existing capabilities need to be fully understood and then you need to design the new capabilities on clear understanding of the direction, vision and mission required from innovation to be more successful in meeting the strategic needs”. Irrespective, there are big, consistent growing questions still nag away in the CEO’s mind on innovation Q: “What and where do I place my limited (and scarce)…
 
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  • Seek Unhappy Customers

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    It is nice to meet and talk to happy customers. They like your products or services and often recommend them to others. As a business leader you get a warm glow from a happy customer – it seems to make all your efforts worthwhile. Unfortunately you do not learn a great deal from the happy client. They just confirm what you already knew – that you are doing a great job. They reinforce complacency. On the other hand, the unhappy customer is a mine of valuable information. They are dissatisfied with your current efforts. Consequently they are the best source of ideas for innovations and…
  • Give Everyone Two Jobs – their current job and finding a completely different way to do it

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    As the leader, how can you continually improve the performance of your business and at the same time innovate? Should you just focus on making the current model work better or should you seek to find different ways to do things? The answer is that you and your team need to do both. Give all your people two key objectives. Ask them to run their current jobs in the most effective way possible and at the same time to find completely new ways to do the job. Encourage your employees to ask themselves – what is the essential purpose of my role? What is the outcome that I deliver that is of…
  • How to Think what Nobody Else Thinks

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    How can you think of things that no-one else thinks of? The answer is by deliberately taking a different approach to the issue from everyone else. There are dominant ideas in every field. The innovative thinker purposefully challenges those dominant ideas in order to conceive new possibilities. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who discovered Vitamin C, said, ‘Genius is seeing what everyone else sees and thinking what no-one else has thought.’ If you can identify the standard viewpoint then survey the situation from a different viewpoint you have an excellent chance of…
  • Make Email your Servant not your Master

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    Let’s be clear. Your email is not your work; it is simply a tool to help you do your work. But like any tool it can be ineffective or even dangerous when used wrongly. Here is how to make email your servant not your master. 1. Check your email inbox at set intervals. Do not have your email on and active in front of you all the time. For most people it is better to check email no more than three or four times a day. For example you could check email at 9 am, 12 noon and 4 pm. Then you can spend the rest of the day doing useful work. 2. Your to-do list is more important than your email.
  • Should you separate Extroverts from Introverts at Work?

    admin
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    I facilitate workshops on lateral thinking, creativity and innovation. At a recent session I was asked whether I had ever tried separating extroverts from introverts in a brainstorm. I had to admit that I had never done this and the idea at first seemed strange.  After all, diversity is one of the key elements for success in brainstorming – so why split people into their personality type? The argument for doing it is that the extroverts, who like to speak first and think second, will drown out the introverts, who like to think carefully before contributing. A little later I ran a…
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