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  • Can Africa’s Entrepreneurs and Innovators solve Africa’s Problems?

    Destination Innovation
    admin
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    What can save Africa from its many problems; grinding poverty, corrupt bureaucrats, incompetent governments and dire infrastructure?  The best hope might lie with the innovations of its home grown entrepreneurs.  Many solutions that work in the developed world do not translate well to Africa so indigenous innovations are often a better answer.  In some cases they leap-frog current Western offerings. Mobile phones are commonplace throughout Africa even in remote settlements.  Because investment in fixed line telephony was poor and ineffective mobiles have become ubiquitous.  It is…
  • How Well Does the Behaviour of Customers Conform to Customer Experience Dogma?

    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog
    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    CX Dogma: In Today’s World The Customer Experience Is Critical What do the CX gurus say? Do they not proclaim the critical importance of Customer Experience? Do they not assert that in the age of social media Customer Experience is everything? Do they not say that those organisations that do not pay attention to the Customer Experience will go out of business? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Maz Iqbalcustomer experiencesdogmacustomer research
  • 7 Important Business Lessons You Can Learn From a Bank Robbery

    innovation playground Idris Mootee
    Idris
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    During a bank robbery in China, the bank robbers dressed in fake Hugo Boss fashion, carrying AK47s shouted to everyone as they rushed into a bank: "Everyone don't move. This is a robbery. The money belongs to the People. Your life belongs to you. Your designer handbag we will not take. We don’t take your IDs and we are not...
  • How Innovation Vendors Are Changing, and The Implications For Clients

    Innovation Management
    Anthony Ferrier
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Over the past couple of years, the services and solutions offered by innovation vendors have quietly shifted in new and interesting ways, with direct implications for corporate innovation leaders. Given that it is the middle of a long hot summer, I thought that it might be timely to outline some of the changes that I see taking place, and their impact on innovation leaders going forward.
  • The Trouble with IT Disintermediation

    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC
    Administrator
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    I have a client who is concerned with some of their departments bypassing the organization’s traditional IT resource acquisition process, and going directly to cloud vendors for their IT resource needs.  Not really unique, as the cloud computing industry has really disrupted IT provisioning processes, not to mention near complete loss of control over configuration management databases and inventories. IT service disintermediation occurs when end users cut out the middleman when procuring ICT services, and go directly to the service provider with an independent account.
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    Matthew E. May | creative strategies

  • Nomination Wanted: 2015 Thinkers50

    Matt
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Not until this year’s Thinkers50 nominations would I have ever given the possibility of being nominated a glancing thought. I consider myself to be more of a solid practitioner of others’ ideas than a high-concept thinker. My three areas of focus — strategy, innovation, and lean — are all founded on the ground-level, everyday application of Roger Martin’s Play-to-Win framework (strategy), IDEO/Stanford d school-originated design thinking (innovation), and Toyota-born systems thinking (lean).That’s why I perked up when the guys at Thinkers50 announced…
  • What Apple Can Learn From Tires

    Matt
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    I am happy to see more and more companies providing product information in a form that is actually meaningful to people. I’m not sure why so many companies delight in listing the technical specs of their products, as if they relate to anything remotely useful to human beings trying to make a decision in the real world.Take, for example, Apple. Nearly all of the information they provide requires at least one step to translate into something meaningful. And by meaningful, I’m referring to a useful and actionable answer to the question of “so what?” In still other words, I want to know…
  • A Strategy Test: Does It Nest?

    Matt
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A few days ago, as I was waiting for an item I purchased in my local Apple store to be brought out to me from the back of the store, I had the opportunity to observe Apple’s frontline strategy be played out in front of me. It revolved around another floor associate assisting a gentleman considering the purchase of an Apple watch.Now, you might be thinking, what possible strategy would or could an Apple associate on the floor really need? Apple devices sell themselves, right? Wrong. Especially in the case of the Apple watch, which was a strategic product choice seemingly unrelated Apple’s…
  • The Gremlin Strategy, or How to Ward Off Disruption

    Matt
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:45 pm
    It takes a special kind of person to be inspired by a mandate riddled with risk and having little margin for error, such as the one issued in the early 1990s by NASA to its Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California: “Take risks but don’t fail.”Such a person is Brian Muirhead, who at age 41 in 1993 accepted the job as flight systems manager of the Mars Pathfinder project and with it the NASA challenge to land a cutting-edge, remote-controlled robotic all-terrain rover on Mars that would reliably beam back images, collect samples, and return scientific data on the red…
  • Toyota Needs A Strategist

    Matt
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    No, this is not an opinion piece or in any way a critique. It’s more like a public service announcement for business professionals in the job market, looking for a strategy position with market leader.Like most regular users of LinkedIn, I constantly get pushed notices about “Jobs I Might Be Interested In.” Even though I’m not looking for a job, I do find these notices interesting. Sometimes they’re even insightful, from the perspective of giving me a look at how companies are thinking about strategy. The words they use to describe roles and responsibilities tell…
 
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  • Articles: Bloomberg Businessweek on L.A. County Voting

    IDEO
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Karen Weise covers IDEO’s partnership with Los Angeles County to redesign the voting system from the ground up. The article quotes IDEO Partner Blaise Bertrand and Project Lead Matt Adams, highlighting how IDEO’s human-centered process will revolutionize how we cast a vote. Read the full article on Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Events: IDEO at the White House

    IDEO
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    IDEO’s Tim Brown, Barbara Beskind, and Gretchen Addi speak at the White House Conference on Aging 2015. This conference, held once every ten years, addresses issues faced by older Americans and how we might enhance the future of aging. Watch the conference live at whitehouse.gov/live.
  • Work: The Powerful Now for Kyu, SYPartners and IDEO

    IDEO
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
  • Work: A Food Movement Grows in China for Hunter Gatherer

    IDEO
    11 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Food is the heart of most cultures. In China, one of the oldest cultures in the world, food is central to family gatherings and celebrations. It’s what binds people together, a tangible way of showing love and respect. But in recent years, the Chinese food industry has suffered from concerns around safety. Two siblings, Harn and Anmao Sun, set out on an ambitious venture: to create a trusted source of food in China and, by setting an example, to instigate a movement around conscious farming practices. The American-born entrepreneurs launched Hunter Gatherer, a restaurant and retail food…
  • Awards: Society of Grownups Wins a Core77 Design Award

    IDEO
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:27 pm
    IDEO wins a Core77 Design Award in the Strategy & Research category for Society of Grownups, a financial advisory service created in partnership with MassMutual. Society of Grownups was also a runner-up in the Service Design category.
 
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    Innovation Management

  • How Innovation Vendors Are Changing, and The Implications For Clients

    Anthony Ferrier
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Over the past couple of years, the services and solutions offered by innovation vendors have quietly shifted in new and interesting ways, with direct implications for corporate innovation leaders. Given that it is the middle of a long hot summer, I thought that it might be timely to outline some of the changes that I see taking place, and their impact on innovation leaders going forward.
  • Sensing is Exploring Uncharted Territory

    THNK School of Creative Leadership
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Where do you start when you want something new? Whether the aim is just an improvement, a small incremental change or something more unique, disruptive and breakthrough, the start will probably determine where you end up. Do you start jotting down ideas? Do you grab a whiteboard and Post-Its, get a few people in the room, and start brainstorming?
  • Incubadoras e Aceleradoras de Inovação: O Que Acontece Quando Elas Vão Mal?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Escrevi recentemente um artigo que traçou uma nova abordagem para o desenvolvimento e apoio de incubadoras e aceleradoras de inovação dentro de organizações corporativas. O artigo parece ter tocado um nervo devido ao número de pessoas que chegou a mim para oferecer suas experiências com incubadoras / aceleradoras. Enquanto recebi uma gama de opiniões, fiquei realmente mais interessado nas histórias de fracasso.
  • Cut Costs in Health Care by Treating it Like Pollution

    Evan Shellshear
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:21 pm
    We seem to have a problem. Health care costs are doubling every thirteen years in the US, (Regalado 2013). By 2030 they will devour a third of the US federal budget (Regalado 2013). In spite of this, the US was ranked last in 2011 by the Commonwealth Fund in quality of health care among similar countries (Wikipedia 2013). We can sense the impending disaster and it seems the hope is that our usual panaceas for all problems, policy, technology or better education, will someday deliver us from our pains. But how?
  • Sound Judgment and Strategic Partnerships

    THNK School of Creative Leadership
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Business alliances remain a tricky thing. On the one hand, alliances allow companies to tap into new markets and growth platforms. At the same time, forming alliances is risky, as it demands trust building and deep knowledge sharing with external parties. This article provides a pathway for successfully managing business alliance formation.
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Connecting Consciously

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Written by Annabelle Parr Today our culture moves at a hundred miles a minute. iPhones and uninterrupted internet access bring us continuous entertainment and connection to our jobs—we are constantly “connected”. However, being connected oftentimes means we become disconnected from the present moment in lieu of a more stimulating option. We are increasingly connected to our worlds, as they exist on our phones and computers, but increasingly disconnected from the moment. When we find ourselves bored, we pull out our small rectangular security blankets to escape. Stefana Broadbent argues…
  • Get Naked

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Written by Mia West An advisor recently asked me, “What will be the biggest cultural change we experience in the next ten years?” His intention was obvious: stop operating in the now, and start preparing your business the future… or be left behind. A truth indeed. But how exactly will the cultural landscape shift? How will it shape the way we do business? And how will it specifically affect how PR agencies advise their clients? Transparency The consumer mindset has shifted considerably in recent years, as they call out loudly for transparency. They demand the intimate details of every…
  • Bulldog Designs: H&R Block

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    When April 15th rolls around each year, it means the same thing for everyone—taxes. And with this inevitable date comes inevitable stress, confusion and procrastination. H&R Block sought to explore the experience from a number of different perspectives to create a more positive and relevant tax process for key consumer groups. Working with their innovation team, we looked at each of H&R Block’s customer segments and identified key opportunities in which they could build a better tax experience. The first opportunity area we identified was their Latino customer. When we drilled…
  • Saint Swithun’s Day

    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    At Bulldog, we love to celebrate. Of course we honor all of the major holidays, but we also look for little reasons to pop open a bottle of good champagne throughout the year—even reasons as seemingly mundane as the weather. In the U.S., we still look for the groundhog’s shadow each February, but there are uncommon weather holidays spanning the globe that we’re equally as excited to celebrate. St. Swithun’s Day is a celebrated holiday inspired by weather folklore in the United Kingdom each July 15th. According to the legend, it’s believed that if it rains on St.
  • Leadership, Culture and the Art of Caring About the Little Things

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Written by Alf Rehn There are many ways to destroy a culture. It can be destroyed by arrogance, hypocrisy or hubris. It can be demolished through bad leadership, nepotism, unchecked misogyny or other unethical practices. But, a pervasive lack of care might be the most effective way to destroy a culture. Whereas the list of sins above is obvious pathologies of an organization in decay, they are visible, and often manageable, vices. We tend to pay a lot of attention to these vices as they, by way of their visibility, draw our eye. And we tend to overestimate their importance as we underestimate…
 
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • 50 Quotes on the Power of Ideas

    30 Jul 2015 | 3:20 pm
    1. "If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." - Albert Einstein 2. "If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself." - Rollo May 3. "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." - Oscar Wilde 4. "Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." - John Steinbeck 5. "The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away." - Linus Pauling
  • WANT TO LEAD A GOOD MEETING? Begin with Facilitative Presence!

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Since 1987, I have been facilitating a wide variety of high octave business meetings for just about every industry on planet earth. These meetings have been variably referred to as leadership development programs, creative thinking trainings, innovation workshops, team building off sites, brainstorming sessions, strategic planning pow wows, senior team retreats, annual conferences, and business simulations. Along the way, as you might imagine, I've developed quite a repertoire of approaches, methods, processes, tools, techniques, and skills to help me get the job done. All of them have worked…
  • How to Foster a Creative and Sustainable Culture of Innovation

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Looking for inspiration and guidance on how to make your company more conducive to innovation? Here's some food for thought and action -- Idea Champions' ten most popular postings on the subject.
  • The Top 10 Reasons Why the Top 10 Reasons Don't Matter

    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 pm
    1. Reason is highly over-rated. 2. If you need more data to prove your point, you'll never have enough data to prove your point. 3. Analysis paralysis. 4. You're going to follow your gut, anyway. 5. By the time you put your business case together, the market has passed you by. 6. "Not everything that counts can be counted; not everything that can be counted counts." - Albert Einstein 7. The scientific method came to Rene Descartes in a dream!
  • Why You Need to Ask Why

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Some years ago, there was a big problem at one of America's most treasured monuments -- the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. Simply put, birds -- in huge numbers -- were pooping all over it, which made visiting the place a very unpleasant experience. Attempts to remedy the situation caused even bigger problems, since the harsh cleaning detergents being used were damaging the memorial. Fortunately, some of the National Parks managers assigned to the case began asking WHY -- as in "Why was the Jefferson Memorial so much more of a target for birds than any of the other memorials?"
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  • Introducing a New Organization and Web Site: Women Who Innovate

    admin
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:28 am
    Recently, in addition to my work at Creative Sage™, I’ve been busy co-founding a new organization, with a new web site: Women Who Innovate, along with LeAnna Carey, Renee Hopkins, and Wanda McClure — you can read about all four of us here. You also can read more about our story, but some may still ask: Why Women Who Innovate? I have attempted to answer that question with the following post, which has been republished from the Women Who Innovate Blog: Why Women Who Innovate? By Cathryn Hrudicka, Co-Founder at Women Who Innovate, and Founder/CEO/Chief Imagination Officer at Creative…
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Innovation: We'll know it when we see it

    Jeffrey Phillips
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:14 am
    I'm back on my definitional soapbox again, so if you've had enough of my diatribes on the importance of defining innovation, I'm sure there's an interesting international market melting down or a distracting political movement somewhere.  There.  Now that all the folks who aren't interested in defining innovation have skipped away to other destinations, we can get down to serious business.  Because trying to "do" innovation without defining it isn't just painful, it's insanity.Those of you who can remember old U.S. Supreme Court rulings will recognize the title.  A Supreme…
  • Three principles to help you generate better ideas

    Jeffrey Phillips
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    It's interesting to me how little we appreciate the depth of knowledge and discipline that has been developed over the years where innovation is concerned.  Recently a client asked me where we (OVO) based our methodologies.  I told her that like most innovation consulting firms our foundations are based on work done in the 1930s and thereabouts by Alex Osborn.  A lot of innovation and creativity is based on Osborn's work, supplemented by Parnes and others.  When current firms talk about their methodologies, I think they should acknowledge where those come from.  Many…
  • What's really happening with innovation day to day?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    I've seen a number of surveys from many of the leading suspects, all of which tell us a lot about what executives think about innovation.  Mostly, they are for it, and think there is much more work to be done.  My experience with most large organizations is that executives are so busy with so many different priorities that they often think that more is happening, on all of their priorities, than is actually happening.  I suspect this is no different when it comes to innovation.So to you, dear readers, I ask for your help.  We are interested in what's actually happening in…
  • Innovation is a cultural phenomenon

    Jeffrey Phillips
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    There's really no easy way to say this, so I'll come right out with it.  It's your culture that's holding you back when you try to innovate, but no one wants to admit that.  Most consultants and executives want to focus on interesting innovation tools, or idea management software, or creative design concepts, because these are flashy and new, and distract attention from the real challenge at hand.  Which is your culture.  If culture "eats strategy for breakfast", what do you think it eats for lunch and dinner?  Crazy innovation activities mostly.When we talk and write…
  • What Douglas Adams knew about innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    I'm a huge fan of Douglas Adams and his four part trilogy including the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe.  I was such a huge fan that I convinced my son to read the books, and now he and I both know that 42 is the answer and we never go anywhere without a towel.  If the previous sentence doesn't mean much to you, go read the books.  They are worth it, believe me, for their humor, their typical British stiff upper lip response to the word and the paradoxes like the Improbability Drive.  But to me, Adams understood something about people and how they think that matters a…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • Live Notes from World Domination Summit 2015

    Scott Berkun
    11 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    I spoke last year at The World Domination Summit about Saving Your Creative Soul, and had such an excellent time I decided to return. Like last year I’m posting live summaries of every talk (2014 talk summaries here). What is WDS? The event was founded and led by legendary man of the world Chris Guillebeau and in his opening comments he explained the goal of the entire enterprise (which is now four years old) is to find answers to this question: How do we live a remarkable life in a conventional world? The event tries to answer the questions in different ways and through different…
  • The many mothers of invention

    Scott Berkun
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    (This is an excerpt from chapter 3 of the bestseller, The Myths of Innovation) All the clichés about beginnings are true, at least in part. The history of innovation is large enough that all the sayings, from Plato’s famous “Necessity is the mother of invention” to Emerson’s “Build a better mouse- trap and the world will beat a path to your door” hold some truth. The trap, and the myth, is that evidence supporting one claim doesn’t mean there isn’t equally good evidence supporting another. Invention, and innovation, have many parents: the Taj Mahal was built out of sorrow,…
  • The Four Lies of Storytelling

    Scott Berkun
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Recently on The Gist podcast novelist and storytelling coach Matthew Dicks offered his four useful lies of telling true stories. He believes that these careful manipulations of the truth work in the service of the audience. Dicks offered that “All the lies I tell on stage are never told for my benefit, or for the story’s benefit, but for the clarity of the audience”. But as I’ll explain this is a tricky line to hold for any storyteller. First, here are as his four lies: Lie of Omission. On the show Dicks tells a true story about running out of gas for his car and…
  • We Are All Politicians

    Scott Berkun
    27 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    Mike Pesca hosts The Gist podcast on Slate, one of my favorite news/opinion shows. He had an excellent piece on May 12th about politics and elections, which I transcribed. I don’t know enough about the U.K. election to agree it was a good or bad thing, I’m merely fond of the questions and observations he makes here: Imagine if you were a performer or a stand up comic, and you magically knew the jokes you could say that would get the audience to laugh. Reliable jokes. You’d probably say those jokes. Maybe you’d use those jokes as ballast, and from that reliable set of…
  • Giveaway: A Ticket to World Domination Summit 2015

    Scott Berkun
    6 May 2015 | 2:20 pm
    I spoke at WDS 2014 in Portland last year about Saving Your Creative Soul and had an amazing time, which is no surprise as it’s a fantastic event. Tickets for 2015, which sold for $497,  are completely sold out for 2015, but surprise! I have an extra one and want to give it away to a fan. You can read about this year’s WDS event here. [CONTEST CLOSED] The winner is: Aviva Mohliner, who left this comment. I chose the winner on a weighted lottery, with 1 to 3 points for how  entertaining or thoughtful their answers were, and then chosen by a random number (each point was…
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    BQF Innovation Blog « BQF Innovation Blog

  • What was the Greatest Innovation?

    Paul Sloane
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Johannes Gutenberg Johannes Gutenberg (1398 – 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith and printer who invented the printing press and movable type. Before Gutenberg all books had been hand written or stamped out with fixed wood blocks. Gutenberg combined two existing ideas – the power of a wine press and the detail of a coin punch to create the printing press. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started a revolution in communication throughout Europe. It facilitated the spread of knowledge in the form of printed books and pamphlets. This fueled the Renaissance and the…
  • How can you Innovate with your By-Product or Surplus Capacity?

    Paul Sloane
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Sometimes the by-product, the surplus or the unwanted extra can become the unexpected success. All it takes is a little imagination. Brandy was originally a by-product used to help transport wine. In the middle ages in France duties were levied on the volume of wine being transported. Merchants boiled off water to concentrate the wine so as to reduce the taxes they paid. Water was then added later. However, someone discovered that the concentrate, brandy, tasted pretty good on its own. In the 19th century diamonds were a rarity. They were primarily used as drill bits because they were so…
  • See Salvador Dali bamboozle the panel in this historic clip

    Paul Sloane
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:27 am
    In January 1952 the renowned artist Salvador Dali appeared on the US TV game show, ‘What’s My Line?’ The panel members were blindfolded and had to question the guest to determine his identity. Almost every question they asked he answered in the affirmative. ‘Are you a performer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you a writer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you an artist?’ ‘Yes.’ And so on until one of panellists said in frustration, ‘There is nothing this man does not do!’     Dali, born in 1904 in Spain, was most famous as an artist and as the outstanding exponent of the Surrealist…
  • Innovation can Spring from Adversity

    Paul Sloane
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    Louis Braille was born in 1809 in Coupvray, a village near Paris. His father was a saddler and little Louis liked to play in his father’s workshop. Unfortunately at the age of three he accidentally pushed a sharp tool called an awl into his eye. His eye became infected. The infection spread to his other eye leaving the small child completely blind. Despite this terrible setback, Louis went to the local school and proved an avid pupil. He was a quick learner and a diligent student despite his disability. At the age of 10 he won a scholarship to the only school for the blind in France, the…
  • Is it True that We Use only 10% of our Brains?

    Paul Sloane
    30 May 2015 | 4:15 am
    How much of the brain do we employ and how much remains unused? What would happen if we could release the full potential of our brains? Lucy is a film directed by Luc Besson in 2014. It stars Scarlett Johansson as a heroine who ingests drugs that dramatically improve her mental capacity. Morgan Freeman plays Professor Norman who states that, ‘It is estimated that humans use only 10% of the capacity of their brains. Imagine if we could access 100%’ Limitless is a 2011 movie starring Bradley Cooper which is based on exactly the same premise. Would it not be wonderful if we could…
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • Sales and Marketing eBooks | Download Now

    Sanjay Dalal
    13 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Download Sales and Marketing eBooks(image courtesy: Cerasis)oGoing Presents the Ultimate Resource for Marketing and Sales eBooks to help grow your small business - entrepreneurs, executives and business owners. Download any of the over 100 relevant and most popular Sales and Marketing eBook for free! Best of all, a new, curated eBook is uploaded daily!Some of the recent Sales and Marketing eBooks include:The Ultimate How-To Marketing Guide Marketers have a lot to juggle. Social media, SEO, and email are just a few of the channels you need to master. Plus, new opportunities in online…
  • Happy 239th Independence Day USA

    Sanjay Dalal
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    On behalf of the oGoing team, I wish Americans everywhere in USA and the world Happy 239th Independence Day! We have a lot to be thankful for the freedom and liberties that we enjoy in USA.We cannot take our freedoms and independence for granted. There are many terrorist organizations in the world who are bent on destroying the very fabric of humanity and peace.ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Boko Haram are some of the worst offenders and perpetrators. They are bent on spreading terrorism and destroying human lives. To them, killing innocent people including women and children is part of their…
  • Five Ways To Secure Your WordPress Site and Keep it Safe and Sound

    Sanjay Dalal
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    --> How to Secure Your WordPress Site? Five Ways to Keep it Safe and SoundWordPress is a CMS platform that is flawlessly crafted for both bloggers and e-commerce players. However, for any Internet technology, security is a major issue. Irrespective of its bespoke features, WordPress isn't without imperfections. The CMS has its own set of flaws which are hard to ignore. While WordPress is gaining immense popularity, it should come as no surprise that these websites are popular target for hackers and some pesky users. The advancement of hacking tools has also made it easy for hackers to gain…
  • Tell Great Story Small Business Entrepreneurs

    Sanjay Dalal
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What's your story? Every small business has a story. Can you answer these questions to create your amazing story? 1. Why you started this company? 2. What's your purpose? What drives you?3. What is your vision and mission?4. What are your short-term and long-term company goals?5. What problem are you trying to solve?6. Who is your customer? 7. How do you find your customers?8. What challenges your customers face? 9. How would you define success?10. Where do you see your business in five or ten years? Tell Great Story about your business, your products, your services, your brand, your…
  • Are you doing great marketing? Small Business Tips

    Sanjay Dalal
    31 May 2015 | 11:14 pm
    "The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself." Peter DruckerSmall Businesses live on, survive and thrive when they do great marketing. Unfortunately, they also die when they don't. Marketing then is a great divider between the successful small business entrepreneurs and the unsuccessful ones. The ones who get it, invest into it, and do it strategically do well in the long term.Marketing requires an investment of your time, resources and money. For many small business owners, they think of marketing as a cost function - a…
 
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Researchers are trying to program self-driving cars to make split-second decisions that raise real ethical questions.A philosopher is perhaps the last person you’d expect to have a hand in designing your next car, but that’s exactly what one expert on self-driving vehicles has in mind.
  • India Loves MOOCs

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In a country of rigid teaching styles and scarce university slots, students and professors are exploring what online learning can be.How does a talented Indian teenager like Gaurav Goyal make his mark on the world? Ordinarily, his destiny would have been set on the morning in 2008 when he took his country’s toughest college placement exam: the IIT Joint Entrance Exam. More than 300,000 students attempted the test that year; only 8,652 qualified for a spot at one of the ultra-elite Indian Institutes of Technology.
  • Lessons from the Digital Classroom

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Technologists and venture capitalists are betting that the data online learning generates will reshape education.
  • Personal Robots: Artificial Friends with Limited Benefits

    23 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Several companies are developing appealing robot companions, but they aren’t yet capable of helping out around the house.If you visit Softbank’s flagship store in downtown Tokyo, you may be greeted by a charming, slightly manic new member of the staff: a gleaming white humanoid robot that gestures dramatically, cracks odd jokes, and occasionally breaks out dancing to music emanating from its own body. If you laugh at these antics, and the robot can see your face, it will quite likely giggle along with you.
  • Inside Amazon

    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    At a new fulfillment center in New Jersey, humans and robots work together in a highly efficient system.Some of the secrets behind Amazon’s phenomenal success as an online retailer can be discovered inside a million-square-foot warehouse that sits amid bucolic scenery in the town of Robbinsville, New Jersey. The building is one of Amazon’s most advanced fulfillment centers, and it houses technologies that allow the company to deliver products to customers at amazing speed. Goods are identified, sorted, and packaged with computer-assisted precision, while employees work in tight…
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • The Energy Implications of a Nuclear Deal between the P5+1 and Iran

    Meghan L. O'Sullivan
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    On June 23 and 24, twenty five experts met at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government under the auspices of the Geopolitics of Energy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The group, which included experts from academia, the financial sector, government, and the energy industry, spent an evening and the following full day discussing and debating the possible energy implications of a nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran.
  • The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?

    Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on April 7 and 8, 2015. The workshop brought together twenty-eight of the world's leading experts from the fields of policy, science, and business for an intensive two-day session. This report is a summary of the main points and issues raised over the two days. It has been reviewed by all the participants. The summary is intended to reflect the breadth of the discussion, rather than to…
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place: International Market Dynamics, Domestic Politics and Gazprom's Strategy

    Andreas Goldthau
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Gazprom, Russian's prime state owned gas producer, is facing severe pressure stemming from international gas market dynamics, EU regulation and the Ukraine crisis. Slowing gas demand coupled with shifting pricing models and a persisting transit issue pose significant challenges for Gazprom's business going forward.
  • Saudi Arabia and the Shifting Geoeconomics of Oil

    Andreas Goldthau
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    The global oil market is in upheaval. Prices plunged more than 50 percent between mid-2014 and mid-2015, leaving them hovering around $60 per barrel. Consumers, producers, and governments, all having grown accustomed to $100 oil, were taken by surprise. After all, just prior to their collapse, oil prices had held remarkably steady for three years, their most stable period since the end of the Bretton Woods era in the early 1970s.
  • Divestment Debate: Should Harvard Divest from Fossil Fuels?

    Cristine Russell
    8 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    Should Harvard divest its financial holdings in fossil fuel companies to help address the climate change crisis? In the first Kennedy School public debate on this controversial issue, two prominent Harvard professors recently addressed that question, presenting arguments for and against joining the global divestment campaign.
 
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • How Well Does the Behaviour of Customers Conform to Customer Experience Dogma?

    admin
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    CX Dogma: In Today’s World The Customer Experience Is Critical What do the CX gurus say? Do they not proclaim the critical importance of Customer Experience? Do they not assert that in the age of social media Customer Experience is everything? Do they not say that those organisations that do not pay attention to the Customer Experience will go out of business? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Maz Iqbalcustomer experiencesdogmacustomer research
  • How To Use Positive Framing to Persuade and Sell

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    You may not sell to chimps and bonobos, but a fascinating new experiment shows that our human preference for the positive is an evolved trait and deeply rooted in our psyche. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: sellingpersuadingRoger Dooleyneuromarketingframing
  • Six Rules for Smart Simplicity and Employee Engagement

    admin
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    I originally wrote today's post for Intradiem. It appeared on their blog on February 19, 2015. Is this the secret to employee engagement? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: simplicityemployee engagementAnnette Franz Gleineickiorganisational behaviouremployee empowerement
  • 4 Things You Should Know About Networked Organizations

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    In 1904, the great sociologist Max Weber visited the United States. As Moises Naim describes in The End of Power, travelling around the vast country for three months, he believed that it represented “the last time in the long-lasting history of mankind that so favourable conditions for a free and grand development will exist.” Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Greg Satellnetworkorganisational behaviourleadershipchangepurpose
  • The Why (And Why Not) of Customer Journey Mapping

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    If you and I communicated recently (say, last 1-2 years) in any way – talked, emailed, came to a panel or keynote of mine, or are just lucky enough to be my client – you know how much I — er, “love” customer journey mapping (CJM). Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Esteban Kolskycustomer journeycustomer journey mappingcustomer experiencescustomer needs
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Flip The Dip

    Don The Idea Guy
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Which gives you more satisfaction… starting something new or finishing something old? A lot of folks (maybe you) are easily bored or distracted and jump from one project to the next without ever finishing what they started. There is a freshness and excitement to starting a new project that is difficult to overcome. I’ll admit to struggling with this problem myself on occasion. This isn’t to say that giving up on an old project is always a bad idea. If you’re not especially passionate about the project, if you’re not improving upon a concept, if time has made…
  • The “About Them” page

    Don The Idea Guy
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    Plenty of websites (even mine, probably yours) has an “About Me” or an “About Us” page wherein you talk about… yourself. The problem is, your website visitors don’t care about you. They care about them. So why don’t websites have an About Them page? An About Them page should talk about the kind of person or company that your business can most help. It can help visitors define their current situation, talk about their hopes and dreams, and then explain how you or your company may best help them to realize those desires. The About Them page is a great…
  • Periscope Marketing and Sales Ideas

    Don The Idea Guy
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Video content has been on my (and everybody else’s!) radar for a long time. Among the familiar tools that most people have used (or at least bookmarked for future use) are YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Vine, and (possibly) even SnapChat. One relatively new tool in the video content production utility belt is Periscope. Actually there are two new video tools — one of them is Periscope and the other Meerkat. They provide virtually the same function, and although the indie app Meerkat actually launched first, Periscope launched within a few days after and it has the power of the…
  • Twitter is…

    Don The Idea Guy
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    There was an interesting article published over on LinkedIn from Alan Wolk, a consultant to the television (traditional broadcast) industry. I added my own perspective to his article which asserted that Twitter isn’t a social network, but instead a broadcast network. In the post Alan likened Twitter to standing up in front of a crowd and giving a speech, but I disagree. I’ve posted an elongated version of the comment I left on Alan’s post below. I’d love to hear what you have to add after reading Alan’s original post and my two-cents worth. Leave your…
  • “Ordinary” means you’re doing it wrong

    Don The Idea Guy
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    I love having conversations over a meal, but I hate the time it takes to prepare (and clean-up!), so I tend to dine out a lot in order to maximize my enjoyment of interesting table talk while minimizing the labor required to achieve it. As a result I have experienced some of the best and some of worst and some of the most incredibly average and ordinary service to be had. It doesn’t take much effort at all to turn an ordinary experience into an extraordinary one. I linked three examples in the above paragraph to show you how the standard routine of taking a food order in a…
 
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    Innovationedge

  • Plantbeat measures the health of crops

    Cheryl Perkins
    25 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Courtesy: Phytech Have you heard of PlantBeat for farms? It’s being developed in Israel thanks to an Open Innovation partnership that is bringing the so-called “internet of things” to the U.S. and Central America. More on what it is in a moment. First, the partnership. Israeli agritech firm Phytech, is partnering with ADAMA Agricultural Solutions to sell its plant-alert system to farmers in North and South America. Says Phytech CEO Sarig Duek, “We believe that ADAMA’s grower-focused approach will ensure the successful implementation of the technology for the benefit of…
  • Could hologram technology change how wars are fought?

    Cheryl Perkins
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Hologram technology is going even more sci-fi, in this report from the Boston Business Journal: It may sound like something from “Star Wars,” but Waltham-based defense contractor Raytheon Co. is developing hologram technology that could change how wars are fought. In a patent application published last week for “digital infrared holograms,” Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) said its technology could be used to generate “dynamic scenes for purposes of simulations or tutorials, such as training exercises for military personnel.” But the technology could also be used in…
  • What if you were displaced on the job – by a robot?

    Cheryl Perkins
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:55 pm
    McKinsey Research predicts that in ten years, 140 million knowledge worker jobs could be replaced by office automation, and 75 million jobs by robots. Already we’re seeing it happen. What if it happens to you? Do you have a strategy? My friend Robert Tucker over at Innovation Resource shares four ways to ensure your future viability: Four Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable Honk if this sounds like you: You’re rushing from meeting to meeting putting out fires. You’re multi-tasking, texting, and counting the days till vacation. Lately you’re noticing a trend: job automation.
  • From thought to 3D in a moment!

    Cheryl Perkins
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Check out this amazing capability from HP, and it’s new project: Sprout.  It’s an all-in-one computer and 3D scanner that makes it easy to go from thought to expression in an instant. This is sure to bring about a dramatic shift in the retail industry! Take a picture of an object, manipulate it and re-print it in 3D.  What business application can you imagine with this?
  • Are you steering, or being steered? – An interview with Jean Spence

    Cheryl Perkins
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
      You’ll soon have a unique opportunity to learn from Jean E. Spence, an innovator and former executive vice president of Research Development & Quality at Mondelez International, Inc. (formerly Kraft Foods, Inc.) She will be the featured speaker at our upcoming exclusive one-day strategy session “Leading Transformation – Steering Versus Being Steered” on Thursday, August 27. Recently Management Roundtable sat down with Jean for this exclusive interview: Leading Transformative Innovation – An interview with Jean Spence Jean E. Spence Most firms today have had to change…
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    The Creativity Guru

  • Computer Games and Learning

    keithsawyer
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    There’s been lots of research lately on how computer games can be used to inspire new educational software–software that’s aligned with what we know about how people learn. Most scholars who study this are learning scientists, and there’s a chapter summarizing this research in my 2014 book, The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences. Here’s a review of a new report called Impact with Games: A fragmented field, taken from the ProfHacker blog. The report emphasizes a problem I’ve often noted: There’s a disconnect between learning sciences…
  • What Criminals Can Teach Us About Creativity

    keithsawyer
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    A few weeks ago, I posed the question “Is Creativity Research Elitist?”. I pointed out that creativity researchers have studied high-class Western European creativity, but they’ve neglected working class creativity–like custom motorcycle mechanics, or small-town preachers writing sermons. Right on cue, a new book’s just been published making basically the same point. The Misfit Economy argues that criminals can teach us a lot about creativity: pirates, hackers, gangsters, and prisoners. Here’s what their web site says: What do pirates, terrorists,…
  • How to Foster Creativity in the Primary Curriculum

    keithsawyer
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
    For the fifth and final talk of my European lecture tour, I gave the keynote at a meeting of primary school educators, the Association for the Study of Primary Education (ASPE): Creativity in the Primary Curriculum. Planned in collaboration with the Open University, the University of Exeter, and the BERA Creativity SIG, the seminar seeks to explore cutting-edge research which considers both teaching creatively and teaching for creativity in the primary phase both within and beyond the classroom. I talked about the need for creativity in today’s society, and the importance of innovation…
  • Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)

    keithsawyer
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:04 am
    On the fourth stop of my European tour 2015, I gave the annual CREET lecture at the Open University. The room was full of brilliant colleagues that I very much respect. So I used the opportunity to report on a very new analysis I’m now doing, using a new data set, on creativity and learning. I was hoping for suggestions and feedback–I believe in the power of collaboration! So I was delighted that we had a great discussion afterwards. In the afternoon, I did a smaller workshop on the methodology I use to study group creativity; it’s called “interaction…
  • Creativity Research at University of Plymouth, UK

    keithsawyer
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    On the third stop of my European tour, I was invited to give a talk to the CogNovo research group at the University of Plymouth. I was impressed to find one of the top research groups in the world, studying creativity with an interdisciplinary approach. CogNovo brings together over 40 participating scholars and artists to study creativity and innovation. The group includes cognitive neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, and practicing artists, dancers, and musicians. In addition, they have EU funding for 25 doctoral students, who have moved here from all over the world to study…
 
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    Phil McKinney

  • Be Unreasonable And Change The World S11 Ep19

    philmckinney
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.” George Bernard Shaw This weeks show was broadcast live from the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The mission of Unreasonable is: … gets entrepreneurs what they need to scale solutions to the world’s biggest problems at programs ranging from 5 days to 5 weeks. We do this by identifying entrepreneurs with the potential to address problems like poverty, lack of education,…
  • Overcome Habituation by Hearing the Background Noise

    philmckinney
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    You might miss the next game-changing innovation because you don’t see it. Maybe you don’t see the problem anymore. Maybe you’ve been desensitized – you’re so used to the world as it is that you can’t distinguish the figure from the ground. You go on with your activities and could be missing something truly extraordinary. Habituation Habituation has to do with the human tendency to let ideas or perceptions slip into the background when they become too ordinary.…
  • Doing The Impossible S11 Ep18

    philmckinney
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    “It’s kind of fun doing the impossible” ~ Walt Disney Doing The Impossible Have you ever felt like you did something that others said couldn’t be done? There is not better feeling than completing something that the antibodies said couldn’t be done. Even when they try to use government regulations as a roadblock. When you look at companies who have ignored the antibodies and delivered true ground breaking innovations, they tend to be small business and not the large corporations.…
  • Perseverance and Pivots S11 Ep17

    philmckinney
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~ Winston Churchill Perseverance and Pivots When we first come up with what we think is a great idea, we have a clear vision of how things are going to go. We see the idea being wildly successful. Then guess what? We get thrown a curve ball. Something totally unexpected that causes us to throw out our original plans. What separates the innovators from the wannabes?…
  • Killer Innovations Is Now A Syndicated Talk Radio Show

    philmckinney
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    When I started the podcast, I had no idea where that path would lead me. Over the 11 years, the show has gone through a number of transitions.  The latest being that it is now a weekly live talk radio show syndicated on the BizTalk Radio Network of AM and FM radio stations across the US. The show is a 1 hour live show on Sundays at 5:00PM Eastern – 2:00PM Pacific and can be listened live on BizTalk Radio site or you can download the BizTalk apps for iOS and Android.…
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    15inno

  • How Companies Must Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Not so long ago, I read this great quote by Alvin Toffler. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” What if we put this into the context of corporate functions and the rise of collaboration and the shared economy? Production / supply chain: Companies learned to make their products and services by themselves; then they unlearned part of this in order to become even better through outsourcing and supply chain systems. Most companies master this critical function so the relearning is more about…
  • The Execution of Innovation: A Free White Paper

    Stefan Lindegaard
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    For several decades corporations around the world have talked about innovation and tried many different efforts to get this to work at their organizations. The results have more often than not been mediocre or worse. The time has come to take stock of what’s working and what needs to change to improve the odds of success. There is a lot of change coming! This is what I believe in and what I will cover in my white paper on “The Execution of Innovation”. The future of innovation – and business – is driven by three global mega-trends: Everything moves faster, everything will be…
  • Are You Ready to Change the Future of Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The future of innovation needs to change. Will you help make it happen? This is what I believe in. The future of innovation – and business – is driven by three global mega-trends: Everything moves faster, everything will be connected and there will be a much higher degree of transparency. Thus, we need a different approach on innovation. Here you have my current thoughts (work in progress) on this. The focus is shifting away from ideas as they are in abundance. Now, the front end of innovation is the easier part and the execution is what really matters. We have begun the transition…
  • How to Wreck the Innovation Term

    Stefan Lindegaard
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    Here you get a good example on how to wreck and over-use the innovation term. I wonder if the company even considers whether they are doing themselves a disfavour (which I think they do). On LinkedIn, I got some good perspectives in the discussion following my update. Let me share them here as well: Michael Fruhling: You are probably right, Stefan. At a minimum, their marketing leaves much to be desired. Their offering may be differentiated…but I can’t tell how or why based upon their ad alone. A sobering thought: someone approved this ad before it was published. Stefan…
  • Deloitte Lacks Diversity: What’s the Impact on Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
      Diversity is better for innovation, right? So what’s wrong with this picture? (26 new partners in Deloitte Denmark) Deloitte makes a major push on innovation advice and services. It’s great to have such a player putting more focus on innovation, but I have to raise a question here. What’s the impact on innovation thinking and the advice you offer in such a situation? Unfortunately, this lack of diversity is not just an issue with Deloitte. It happens all over the corporate world. It has to change. Read how Google is showing us a way to do this: Google – Will Diversity Lead to…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Consumer Driven Innovation

    Drew Boyd
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Innovation is all about creating products and services that make your company more competitive in the marketplace. Those actions typically include generating ideas, creating prototypes, building the business case, and getting alignment to launch. Marketers must develop a strategy to know where to focus their resources. They must segment, target, and position the offering. Finally, they have to execute their plan by developing a coordinated set of marketing tactics including what products and services to offer, pricing, distribution approaches, and marketing communications.There’s a lot at…
  • Innovating Out of Crisis

    Drew Boyd
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    In Innovating Out of Crisis, How Fujifilm Survived (and Thrived) As Its Core Business Was Vanishing, published by Stone Bridge Press, Berkeley, California, Shigetaka Komori, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation Chairman and CEO, recounts how he was inspired to lead Fujifilm’s journey from the brink of extinction to its current path of prosperity and growth – and a new direction.In its recent fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation reported a record profit, in spite of the loss of its core business several years ago, brought on by a rapid increase in the digitalization of…
  • Innovate to Reduce Your Customer's Risk

    Drew Boyd
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    Do you remember a time when you were just about to buy something, but at the last minute, you stopped and said, “No, I don’t think I’ll buy this.” So what stopped you? It was most likely because you were worried about something. There was too much risk around the purchase, so you walked away. Guess what? You’re just like every other consumer out there. Being a consumer is risky business. As an innovator, you have to understand the risks and uncertainties faced by your customers, and figure out innovative ways to lower that risk. The lower the risk to consumers, the more likely they…
  • The 2015 Breakthrough Innovation Report

    Drew Boyd
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Nielson released its 2015 BREAKTHROUGH INNOVATION REPORT that features best practices from winning brands – with seven specific case studies from Pepsico, Kraft, MillerCoors, Kellogg’s, Nestle Purina, Atkins and L’Oreal Paris. The report is based on a two year study examining over 3000 products launched in the US. It debunks conventional wisdom that new product success is random. Instead, it shows that success in new product innovation is repeatable and scalable when the science of innovation is applied.   Key findings: American consumer sentiment toward new product innovation is…
  • Innovation Training and More From LinkedIn

    Drew Boyd
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    Learn innovation, group creativity, and much more at Lynda.com, a division of LinkedIn. Check out these courses with a 10 day free trial: 1. Business Innovation Fundamentals: Innovation propels companies forward. It's an unlimited source of new growth and can give businesses a distinct competitive advantage. Learn how to innovate at your own business using Systematic Inventive Thinking, a method based on five techniques that allow you to innovate on demand. Topics include:     What is innovation?     Understanding the myths about creativity and barriers to innovation    …
 
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • STANFORD BIODESIGN INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP 2016-17

    A.S Rao
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:03 am
    The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship teaches a proven, hands-on, project-based approach to identifying important unmet medical needs, developing innovative diagnostic, device, or other medical technology (medtech) interventions to address them, and preparing to bring those products into patient care through start-up, corporate, or other implementation channels.Applications for 2016-17 are due on August 31, 2015. From Week: With 100 innovators trained till now, the programme has resulted in eight startups; one device is already in the market and another one is with the US FDA for approval.
  • LOT ("License on Transfer") Network

    A.S Rao
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:38 am
    LOT ("License on Transfer") Network was established by leading technology companies ( (Google, Canon, SAP, Newegg, Dropbox and Asana)  to reduce the number of patent infringement claims received from non-practicing entities that purchase patents for the sole purpose of enforcing them (called Patent Assertion Entities, or PAEs). There are over 325,000 patent assets including more than 99,000 issued US patents in the LOT Network. Companies participating in LOT Network obtain licenses effective upon the transfer of patents by other participants to non-participants, e.g.,…
  • International conference on Intellectual Property 15th September – 17th September 2015 Bangkok

    A.S Rao
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:49 am
    World Intellectual Property Forum, is organizing next World IP Forum from 15th to 17th September 2015 at hotel 'The Landmark Bangkok'. The theme for the conference is 'IP as a commercial tool in Designing the Future'.More than 300 IP Experts from different organizations such as Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Qualcomm, Airbus, Sanofi, Novartis, Ericsson, Google, Nokia, Philips, Shell, Infosys, TCS, Wockhardt, Cognizant, GE, Nestle, Parc Xerox, Tech Insights and many more have already confirmed their participation. Contact person:Paras GiriaCoordinator – Event WIPFIntellectual Professionals…
  • MALAYSIA TECHNOLOGY EXPO 2016, 18 – 20 February 2016 | Putra World Trade Centre | Malaysia

    A.S Rao
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:38 am
    The annual Invention and Innovation Awards and the Malaysia Technology Expo (MTE) is organised by PROTEMP Exhibitions and Conferences Sdn Bhd (PROTEMP) and Malaysian Association of Research Scientists (MARS), MTE 2016 aims to provide its exhibitors with a powerful medium to promote their inventions and innovations to industries, investors and at the same time, earn recognition through our invention and innovation competitions. Themed “Moving Innovations to Market”, the event will connect new businesses to potential investors and their peers to aid commercialization. Contact person:…
  • Technology Commercialization- I Corps Teams

    A.S Rao
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:52 am
    Government funding agencies and research organisations have thousands of technologies, declared as ready for transfer to industry but the off-take is minuscule. Similar problem exists in other countries too and they addressed the problem in different ways. The experience of USA in promoting I-Corp Teams is interesting.The objective is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team…
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    InnovationLabs

  • Helping UNICEF Create a Polio Free World

    Langdon
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Innovation is critical not only for the success of a business, but also in addressing broader social needs. For the last few years, InnovationLabs has been working with UNICEF to support their compelling efforts to rid the world of the polio virus. Through a project called GPEI, or Global Polio Eradication Initiative, UNICEF has been […]
  • Two New Books: The Innovation Formula and Soulful Branding

    Langdon
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    InnovationLabs and our partner firm FutureLab have two new books available for you, and we hope that you find them useful and interesting. The first, The Innovation Formula, is available as a free download from our web site  (you may also see the link on the upper right side of this page); the second, Soulful […]
  • A Classic Dilemma: Go to the Moon, or Go to the Grocery Store?

    Langdon
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:43 pm
    Here’s an innovation story that follows a very familiar plot line, but the plot is so important that it provides an important reminder. In an interview with a company’s new CEO, a reporter tells us, the company has … “combined breathtaking engineering to create a whole bunch of amazing prototypes.  But they rarely make it […]
  • Innova-Con Innovation Conference

    Langdon
    25 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    You’ve undoubtedly noticed that the world is changing, and quickly.  We took this photo in an airport a few years ago, and now here it is 2015 and lo and behold, they were pretty close to right on.  Perhaps this may stimulate you to ask yourself if you’re now prepared for 2020?  Of course this […]
  • Innovation Training Around the World … and in Thailand

    Langdon
    11 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Suppose that you are a leader in your organization, and that you would like to unleash the creative potential of all the people throughout the organization.  Is that not one of your goals?  Almost certainly it is.  One of the most impactful actions that organizational leaders can take to do so is to examine the […]
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    Fast Company

  • Facebook Rakes In $4 Billion, Thanks To Our Smartphone Addiction

    John Paul Titlow
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The social network's 39% increase in revenue last quarter was largely driven by mobile.Facebook held its second-quarter earnings call Wednesday afternoon, and mobile continues to be a huge focus for the social networking giant. For the first time, Facebook broke $4 billion in quarterly revenue. Of that, $3.8 billion came from advertising revenue specifically, with an ever-growing number of those ad impressions and clicks happening on our smartphones.Read Full Story
  • Yelp Chairman Resigns, Stock Plummets 28%

    Neal Ungerleider
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The review site's earnings call revealed growing user numbers—along with its struggle to attract advertisers.PayPal cofounder Max Levchin has resigned his post as chairman of Yelp's board after a disappointing second-quarter earnings call on Tuesday.Read Full Story
  • Amazon's Dash Buttons Are Here, And You Can Buy Them For $5

    Neal Ungerleider
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Order a Tide Dash Button, and you'll never run out of detergent again.It's official: Amazon's new Dash Buttons, which attach to household appliances so Prime members can buy refills with a single click, are now available for purchase.Read Full Story
  • Google Translate Can Now Decipher Signs In 27 Languages

    Neal Ungerleider
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    If you're traveling this summer, Google Translate may come in handy when you inevitably get lost.Google Translate's real-time translation tool, first introduced in January, instantly transcribes a sign from a foreign language to your own when you point your phone camera at it—and now, the feature has expanded to cover 27 languages. Through the standalone Translate app, users can translate signs in tongues ranging from Catalan and Indonesian, to Slovak and Ukrainian.Read Full Story
  • Yahoo Wants to Make Video Chats More Like Texting

    Sarah Kessler
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    It's up to us to decide if Livetext is thrilling or terrible.It's easy to imagine how all of those video calls ended up in classic works of science fiction: In a future where communicating via live video is an option, their authors must have wondered, who would choose to write or use the phone?Read Full Story
 
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    Ellen Di Resta

  • Disruption as the Norm? – Part 4 Contextual Evaluation

    ellendiresta
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Quick recap This post is Part 4 of the series on incorporating disruptive innovation approaches while optimizing the current business. Part 1 introduced the tension of balancing a present and future focus, caused by the shorter technology and product life cycles. Part 2 introduced a new paradigm for thinking about this balance while progressing toward a future vision. Part 3 introduced Experiential Prototyping as a tool to frame the benefits and use context of a product platform along the way toward the future vision. It is used in the Discover and Frame stages of the product life cycle as…
  • Disruption as the Norm? – Part 3 Experiential Prototyping

    ellendiresta
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Quick recap This post is Part 3 of the series on incorporating disruptive innovation approaches while optimizing the current business. Part 1 introduced the tension of balancing a present and future focus, caused by the shorter technology and product life cycles. Part 2 introduced a new paradigm for thinking about this balance while progressing toward a future vision. It was illustrated by the following model: This model illustrated a discussion that the future of the business can be deliberately guided toward a vision, rather than leaving the future to chance. A good example cited was…
  • Disruption as the Norm? – Part 2

    ellendiresta
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Part 1 Recap Part 1 of this series introduced the struggle companies face as they try to ensure today’s success while keeping an eye on tomorrow’s survival, as referenced in the FT’s Corporate Longevity Series (#ftlongevity) by Michael Skapinker. It built upon ideas by Arie De Geus’ book The Living Company, and the Darwin/Megginson point that “[species] who survive are the ones who most accurately perceive their environment and adapt to it.” It was exemplified by the untimely death of Polaroid, a company with a great vision that couldn’t adapt to its changing environment.
  • Disruption as the Norm? – Part 1

    ellendiresta
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:32 pm
    “Why can’t I see the picture now Daddy?” According to the famous legend, this was Edwin Land’s inspiration to create a product and company that became one of the world’s most recognizable brands – Polaroid. It’s an old example, but it’s one of the best examples of a future vision that by which to guide a company. There are many confounding reasons that contributed to the demise of the company, but the short answer is – they were disrupted. They were disrupted by a technology that could have enabled the original vision even better than the most advanced instant film ever…
  • What is an Insight? Example

    ellendiresta
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In my last post I discussed the difference between an insight and an observation, how each required different work, and led to different results. Now I’ll use my journey as a mobile phone consumer over the last several years as an example. Way back in the early 2000’s, I had a job that involved a lot of global travel. As a consultant, I needed to be able to make phone calls from anywhere, but at the time I had an old Sprint PCS phone plan, and an old flip phone. I don’t even remember the brand, what it could do, or why I owned it. (That fact is important.) I quickly needed to learn…
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  • UX Week Is On A Mission

    Jesse James Garrett
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:22 pm
    As we head into our 13th UX Week, it’s interesting to reflect on how the event has changed and evolved over the years. From our early beginnings focused on small workshops taught by the Adaptive Path founders to today’s full slate of workshops and talks by invited speakers from around the world, we’ve always worked to keep the event relevant to the needs and interests of the UX community. UX Week’s mission is to inform, educate, and inspire designers and managers with practical insights for creating great human experiences. Each of those verbs is an important…
  • Meet The UX Week 2015 Keynotes

    Jesse James Garrett
    28 May 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Every year, we try to come up with keynote talks for UX Week that hit the sweet spot between unique points of view and practical insights that we can all learn from. We’re excited about these three keynotes we’ll be seeing at UX Week 2015, and we think you’ll be too! As Forrester’s principal customer experience analyst, Leah Buley has a perspective that no one else has, leading research projects to discover what makes experience design organizations successful and how they’re evolving. But with her strong roots in design practice — including her experience as a…
  • Maker Faire 2015

    Scott Sullivan
    18 May 2015 | 11:41 am
    This past weekend was the 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area – The Greatest Show & Tell On Earth. Over the past ten years Maker Faire has expanded from a small hobbyist event to a massive hobbyist event where said hobbyists turn pro and debut their projects that they’re taking from the garage to the manufacturing line. Here are some of those projects that I’m most excited about: Shaper http://shapertools.com Shaper is the breakout product of the show, calling this thing a ‘smart router’ does not do it justice. Shaper is a hand router outfitted with optical sensors that track…
  • Hugs to Our MX Community

    Kristin Skinner
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We just wrapped our eighth MX. It felt different. Different in a good way. Different because it was authentic. Different because it made you want to do something BIG (armed with both intuition and data). This year, we started with a mission — to guide someone on their journey as a manager, helping them build out new ways to succeed as champions for great human experiences. MX15 challenged us to become guides in uncharted territory. As managers and leaders, we’re designing things that we’ve never had to before: careers, teams, organizations, and cultures. Stepping back from our everyday…
  • Update: New Adaptive Path Events Now Open For Registration

    Will Sharick
    23 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    Happy Monday from the Adaptive Path Events Team! Here’s an updated roster of Adaptive Path’s 2015 events. These conferences and workshops are all open for registration––including early bird prices! 2015 Upcoming Events MX: Managing Experience – San Francisco // April 20-21, 2015 // Full Conference Sold Out––Only General Session Tickets Available UX Week – San Francisco // August 25-28, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 4 UX Intensive – Denver // October 5-8, 2015 // EARLY BIRD ROUND 1 The Service Experience Conference – San Francisco // November 16-17, 2015…
 
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  • Social Network claims Free Speech

    FOLDEN.INFO
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    There were rumours around the social network Reddit, you may became aware about. There were some activities cleaning up posts, which may infringe others. Being one of the oldest social networks with a userbase one may describe by internet activists at least in part, the userbase of Reddit protests against these activities. Now there is ...read more
  • Social Network with real Viral Approach

    FOLDEN.INFO
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    The social network Plag is different to common well known social networks in various ways. Plag as well provides features to share articles and information, but sharing does not work via friends but by a proverbial viral principle. The general approach of the network is a local one. Participants may publish articles and news, which ...read more
  • Innovative Search Engine ensures Privacy

    FOLDEN.INFO
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    The new search engine Hulbee comes up with an innovative concept and with the guarantee to not gather any data from users. If you observe the search engine market, you may be aware that new search engines often start in beta modus and may not satisfy your needs. This is not the case with Hulbee. ...read more
  • Animation Video App

    FOLDEN.INFO
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    To easily create video animations Plotagon is providing an app being available both for computers and smartphones. The way videos are created is most similar to the way virtual reality worlds do work. The app is providing characters, which are customizable. Furthermore scenes are provided or may be created. Plotagon itself mentions various ways to ...read more
  • Social Network for Art enables to create Collections by Images from Museums

    FOLDEN.INFO
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    About art there are a lot of sites available, with information, auction sites and shops, social networks and museums. Really innovative in this reach is a service provided by Artsy. Artsy manages comprehensive information about various forms of art. This information is in part coming directly from museums, well known galleries or art auctions. The ...read more
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  • Looking for Disruptive Technologies? VentureRadar is the place for you

    Plish
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Every once in a while I come across a phenomenal resource that I want to share, and VentureRadar is just such a site. If you want to find out which companies are leading the way in disruptive and innovative technologies, VentureRadar will crawl through publicly available data and show you who’s hot.  The Company was […]
  • Design Better Products Using These Seven Tips From SongWriting

    Plish
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    You know how much I like music. You also know how I like using parallels from other industries to supplement what I do.  I came across a great article from BMI (that happen to be the Performing Rights Organization that I belong to) that discusses 7 things to look for in improving one’s lyrics.  After all, a song has […]
  • Simply Taking a Moment to Look at This Will Benefit Your Brain

    Plish
    28 May 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Researchers have found that simply taking a moment to look at computer generated image of an urban green roof can restore focus and improve performance of tasks.   This adds to the growing body of evidence that shows that exposure to nature has multiple cognitive, emotional and health benefits. It doesn’t take much. In the […]
  • Use This Simple Innovation Technique to Create Better Pizza….er, Products!

    Plish
    19 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    We’ve all had this experience: You order a pizza for pickup.  You get home and open the box and find the cardboard under the pizza is wet and soggy.  You dig into the pizza but find out that, unfortunately, the flavor of  the wet cardboard  transferred to the pizza’s crust. I’ve had the same experience […]
  • Are You Doing This Simple Thing to Improve Your Creative Abilities?

    Plish
    6 May 2015 | 8:17 pm
    To become a better writer – READ To become a better cook – EAT To become a better musician – LISTEN In short, to become a better designer/maker/artist/engineer – OBSERVE I recently started an Instagram page for ZenStorming.  It’s filled with tips for idea generation and creative inspiration, and it’s especially geared towards people that […]
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  • Carry Around a Piece of Super Bowl History

    kiran
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    I think most of us would agree that less landfills are good thing, so that’s why I’m inspired by what People for Urban Progress (P.U.P) is doing. When it heard that remnants of the old RCA Dome stadium were going to be chucked into landfills, it went on a mission to salvage the raw materials and upcycle them into new products, while putting the proceeds back into social good projects and programs that benefit the Indianapolis community. Many organizations try to pull this off, but the team at P.U.P has created some seriously high-quality items like wallets, clutches, dopp kits…
  • This is how you do PR

    kiran
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    One thing I dig about creative agency 72andSunny is its 72U program, a 12-week creative residency that focuses on collaboration and experimentation. Past projects have included documentaries, music videos and public murals. The latest is the Yes& IPA, a limited batch brew named after the improv concept that helps guide the company’s operating principles. The 60 individual bottles were designed so that, when placed together, they form a mural. Click here to view the embedded video. 72U also used the project as an opportunity to thank those that have helped them in the past and I…
  • Our July Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    18 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    We’re back after a hiatus that ended six consecutive years of monthly mixtapes. This month’s mix is the stuff of tunes from your favorite barista, summer nights on Brooklyn rooftops and sweaty rock ‘n’ roll shows in San Francisco basements. Kick back and give it a listen. Not seeing the cassette tape above? Listen here. The post Our July Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • So what if you can’t surf in Oakland?

    kiran
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    To borrow a lyric from the Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper theme song, Oakland Surf Club has got it goin’ on. Posted up a couple blocks from the 12th St. BART station, this lifestyle concept shop has some great threads for anyone into the surfer aesthetic and fresh design. While you may not be able to surf in Oakland, word is the shop makes a break for the ocean to run a real surf club where they help kids get out in the water. Oakland Surf Club is open Fridays from 10am – 5pm, making it the perfect stop before First Fridays. The post So what if you can’t surf in…
  • 70s SoCal Sock Vibes

    kiran
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    I’m really digging the sock stylings going on at SOCCO. Their designs pay homage to the mid to late seventies Southern California lifestyle and it really just makes we want to travel back in time to experience it for myself. Guess I’ll just have to slip on a pair and go for a skate. The post 70s SoCal Sock Vibes appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Creative Inspirations – Don’t Settle for “No”

    Mike Brown
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    These creative inspirations are all about the importance of not settling for “no” when you are seeking, pursuing, or developing creative ideas. As with previous creative inspirations, this is much more about the pictures, with very few words! Who Notices the Lines, Anyway? Don’t Wait around for Someone to Stop Your Creative Detour People Will Tell You “No” for No Good Reason Maybe the Sign Should Say “Pause” Instead of Stop?  – Mike Brown Need help guiding your team’s creative thinking for innovative product ideas? Do you need to take…
  • Creative Thinking Exercises – Ten Valuable Lessons in Group Facilitation

    Mike Brown
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Ten years ago today, I led our internal communications team in a variety of creative thinking exercises to develop ideas for our upcoming two-thousand person employee and customer Transformation conference that January in Las Vegas. The session had both high and lows, as I recall. Creative Thinking Exercises – Ten Valuable Lessons I recently found ten lessons I wrote down at the Transformation Conference creative session’s conclusion that pertain to group facilitation. Beyond the Transformation conference ideas the group identified, the session was important since it: Prompted a go-to…
  • Creative Thinking – Creative Clicks by Women from the Gal Friday

    Mike Brown
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Last week I was challenged by some of my friends after reading my last two creative thinking posts. The challenge was – Where are the Women?  GOOD POINT! Women are inspiring leaders in so many ways for innovation, creative thinking, and marketing.  Here are Creative Clicks by Women, and in some cases, about Women. Hope you are Inspired! – Marianne Carr A Note on these Creative Clicks by Gal Friday, Marianne Carr: Click on the Creative Thinking Headlines to Get to the Creative Thinking Original Post.  Who in the Universe is Vera Rubin? “Instead of advice, I offer my hopes for you. I…
  • Strategic Thinking Skills – Don’t Rube Goldberg Your Way to Simple

    Mike Brown
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Suppose you need to reduce, simplify, or streamline a project. That seems to be an easily enough understood strategic thinking objective requiring basic strategic thinking skills. Yet, how many times do you see an attempt to simplify a project lead to more complication? Don’t Rube Goldberg Your Way to Simple It’s sort of a Rube Goldberg phenomenon. Rube Goldberg was the cartoonist that would concoct elaborate sequences of complex steps all intended to perform some task or achieve a result that could have been simply done in one step…if someone had just done it. Having seen…
  • Creative Thinking Exercises – How do 120+ People Create a Book in 45 Minutes?

    Mike Brown
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    SPOILER ALERT! I’m going to reveal what we’re doing this afternoon at the Nature Explore / Outdoor Learning Project Leadership Institute at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, NE. During our closing Brainzooming workshop, more than 120 attendees will use several Brainzooming exercises to create a book in just 45 minutes. Yup, 45 minutes, and I cannot wait! How do 120+ People Create a Book in 45 Minutes? With Creative Thinking Exercises! Working with Nancy Rosenow, executive director of our long-term client Nature Explore, we’ll teach the attendees at the Leadership Institute the…
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    Christa Avampato

  • This just in: The answer is in the music

    Christa Avampato
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Image by Tomáš Mikula “Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., writer and physician On Sunday I sorted through several years of blog posts looking for a story to use for my storytelling class. I found it. Below is an expanded version of an experience I had with one of the students who was non-responsive during the class. It’s a testament to the power of music in every phase of our lives. I started a busy week of yoga…
  • This just in: Stories of substance

    Christa Avampato
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:16 pm
    I’m now in the process of sorting through different ideas for my storytelling class. I keep looking for an idea that has the possibility to encompass everything I love in a story. Something both funny and poignant, particular to me that many people can relate to. What makes a good story, at least in this case, is not the telling of some big milestone but a tiny moment that reveals something meaningful. I don’t know what that will be but I trust that I’ll know when I find it.Filed under: creativity
  • This just in: Going vegetarian for a month

    Christa Avampato
    25 Jul 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Yesterday I went out to dinner and had beef for the first time in a while. For the first time in my life, my system didn’t take it well. Right then and there I decided that for the next month I’d give myself a break from meat. Technically, I’m going to try life as a pescatarian (meaning I’ll eat fish but give up other types of meat) to see how I feel and then I’ll re-evaluate. And so it goes for 2015…one more change I never saw coming until it arrived.Filed under: creativity
  • This just in: Writing as retreat

    Christa Avampato
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I write as a way to retreat and to create a retreat. In my writing, I recast reality into a form that saves and serves the future I want to create. It’s a place that doesn’t judge me nor limit me. It’s safe there. The possibilities are endless and by plunging into that vast pool I become limitless.Filed under: creativity
  • This just in: Urban Oasis in Navy Yard

    Christa Avampato
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    Yesterday a friend of mine had some people over to her apartment in Navy Yard. I’ve never been to that area of town and found it to be a new gem of the city I am growing to love. This is a view of her rooftop pool where we relaxed long into the evening. A welcome respite to laugh and recharge.Filed under: creativity
 
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Design your organization so that it always develops new capabilities

    Jorge
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    What is the main obstacle that stands in the way of sustainable long-term success for any business? I’d argue that it’s culture. A strong culture will recover from mistakes and figure out a way forward; while a weak one will never aim to evolve beyond what it already knows. With that said, let’s get this out of the way: you must build culture from the beginning. Unfortunately, many businesses start off with the intent of selling a solution with complete disregard to culture. It’s all about selling, right? Wrong. It’s both, but even all the sales in the world…
  • Your ability to recover from failure fast is just a important as your ability to fail fast

    Jorge
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    What do all creative cultures have in common? The common answer is that in order to figure out which ideas will work, people move fast to implement those ideas. I’d argue that more important than that is the ability to recover from failure just as fast: “Fail fast” and “embrace failure” miss the fact that failing isn't the goal. “Recover fast” and “learn from failure” matter way more. — John Maeda (@johnmaeda) July 22, 2015 It starts with culture What does a culture of innovation look like? To me, it looks like Pixar. With regards to managing a creative…
  • What your startup makes should give your customer superpowers

    Jorge
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    One of the hardest things to do when defining what your business does is explaining it in the simplest of terms; the key challenge is distinguishing between features and benefits. The reason that this is so vitally important is that, in the words of User Onboarding: “People don’t buy products; they buy better versions of themselves.” They use this ingenious sketch to illustrate the idea: Spot on! Who do you want your customers to become? A few years ago Michael Schrage proposed an idea about innovation that really resonated with me, that innovation isn’t about transactions;…
  • Breaking the Mold, Rethinking How You Work with Customer

    Jorge
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Sometimes, all a business needs to make more sales is to reach out to customers in innovative, creative, ways. A business that can fill a niche in new ways and do it with the utmost precision can set themselves apart from their competition. Here are four different ways that you can use to catapult your business into new service modalities that will wow your existing customers and bring new ones to your doors. Create an Efficient Assembly and Delivery Line in Unexpected Places Technology can help you leverage your business in ways that weren’t possible in the past. Restaurants, in…
  • Bottom-up innovation is the new normal

    Jorge
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    Any business model that hasn’t been disrupted by the internet yet will be. Why? Where before corporations “told” us what we need to use without our opinion, the internet has empowered us to create and become platforms. In essence, the internet has unleashed the democratization of ideas; bottom-up innovation. Of course, none of this is a surprise if you’re a millennial, the leader of the future, those who embrace the “internet mindset”, one that is agile, open and collaborative. It’s a mindset many legacy companies have yet to fully comprehend; let…
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • Awaken your senses to spark creativity

    Linda Naiman
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Awaken your senses to spark creativity A fun way to ignite your creative spark is to awaken your senses by listening to music and painting what you hear. I’ve created workshops based […] Creativity at Work
  • The Age of Insight

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:41 pm
    The Age of Insight The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present If you are fascinated […] Creativity at Work
  • Let the Elephants Run: Book review

    Linda Naiman
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Let the Elephants Run: Book review Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything If you are interested in unlocking your creativity, you will love David Usher’s new book Let the Elephants Run. You […] Creativity at Work
  • Arts & Health Infographic

    Linda Naiman
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Arts & Health Infographic Want to learn more about the connection between the Arts and Health? This infographic by Arts Health Network Canada, provides some of the highlights of a […] Creativity at Work
  • What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark?

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What happens after you’ve ignited your creative spark? I received an interesting newsletter from Marshall Goldsmith today, about being the optimist in the room. He says, “When people initiate a personal campaign to […] Creativity at Work
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  • Quick Tip: Harness the Buyer’s Journey for Better Search Marketing

    Steve
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    Don’t think search marketing is an essential influencing factor of consumer behavior? Think again. Once a consumer begins experiencing a pain point, they begin researching possible solutions. This particular step in the buying journey is known as the consideration or research stage. While consumers have been turning to outside sources for product information for a […] The post Quick Tip: Harness the Buyer’s Journey for Better Search Marketing appeared first on STEVENAHILL.COM.
  • Welcome to the Dawn of Micro Moment Marketing

    Steve
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending Search Marketing Expo (SMX) Advanced in Seattle. There were a ton of great speakers sharing the latest industry trends, best practices, and more. One of the most memorable discussions at SMX centered around micro-moments, fragmented snippets of consumer behavior lived out when people turn to their […] The post Welcome to the Dawn of Micro Moment Marketing appeared first on STEVENAHILL.COM.
  • Going International: Translate Your Content For Better Website Performance

    Steve
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Technology has made international commerce more agile than ever before. An event planner in Atlanta can easily order wine from a vineyard in Italy and have it shipped to a conference in London. An auto mechanic in Switzerland can order parts from a manufacturer in Mexico and have them sent to Toronto. These transactions and […] The post Going International: Translate Your Content For Better Website Performance appeared first on STEVENAHILL.COM.
  • 5 Tips: Unlocking New Meaning for Keywords

    Steve
    7 May 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The constant evolution of digital marketing necessitates regular revision of what we define as a keyword. In the past, keywords referred to basic phrases that captured a theme someone might find interesting. If you recall the early days of AOL, well-known companies promote their “keyword” to help you find your content on that platform (Ironically […] The post 5 Tips: Unlocking New Meaning for Keywords appeared first on STEVENAHILL.COM.
  • How Can You Reach Impossible-To-Reach Customers With Paid Search?

    Steve
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Let say you’re trying to use paid search ads promote physical therapy services solely to people who are claiming workman’s comp. Essentially you must reach a group of people who meet a specific requirement. You know the value paid search has in reaching and converting people like those in your target audience, but you have […] The post How Can You Reach Impossible-To-Reach Customers With Paid Search? appeared first on STEVENAHILL.COM.
 
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    The Fertile Unknown

  • The Creative Life - Poster

    Michelle
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
     
  • The Creative Yes

    Michelle
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    The creative yes comes with some hard no's to say to anything that is not aligned with the yes. The creative yes breaks old boundaries and creates new ones.The creative yes means more life…and more responsibility.The creative yes calls you to be bigger, bolder, and stronger.The creative yes bumps you up against all that is not yet the yes…and that can suckfor a while.The creative yes means committing to not knowing.The creative yes means the stories around the no are no longer relevant.The creative yes means owning it.The creative yes means emerging more of who you are out into the…
  • Creativity is Living Paradox

    Michelle
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Living creativity is living paradox. It is ubiquitous and universal and also uniquely personal. It contains a balance of left and right brain, cultivating and emergence, thinking and being, reflection and action, receptivity and generativity, planning and improvisation, heart and head, left brain and right brain, mind and body, analysis and intuition, movement and stillness, order and chaos, expansion and contraction, inward focus and outward focus, capturing and letting go, individuality and connection, taking in and releasing, and structure and flow.
  • Whole Brain Thinking and Applied Improvisation for Innovation, Ideation and Creative Problem Solving

    Michelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I was recently interviewd by Michael Smith, President of  TeraTech, on the Conscious Software Development Telesummit on Whole Brain Thinking and  Applied  Improvisation for Innovation, Ideation, and Creative Problem Solving. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview. For the complete interview, along with some techniques to apply, sign up for the Conscious Software Development Telesummit for FREE at http://conscioussoftwaredevelopment.com `````````````````````````````````Michael:  What  do you mean by "whole-brain thinking" and why is that important?  …
  • Creative Emergence Word Cloud

    Michelle
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
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    TalentCulture

  • Overcoming The Fear Of Employee Engagement

    Alexander Maasik
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Engaging your workforce may be a scary thing. Especially if you haven’t done it much. As with any relationship, it’s scary to find out that your employees don’t think exactly like you, even if you know that all people have different ideas, plans and ambitions. But these different ideas and plans are what will give your company strength and make employee engagement such a powerful tool for every entrepreneur. The Benefits Of Engagement I probably don’t have to emphasize the positive sides of employee engagement. According to ACCOR, 90% of leaders know it’s impact.
  • Talent Acquisition Technology: Reinvention And Innovation

    Chris Brablc
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last time, in Why We Don’t Need To Reinvent The ATS, I disscussed the common frustrations companies experience with Applicant Tracking Systems. In this installment, we’ll consider if we should now look to reinvent the ATS? Should We Reinvent the ATS? There have been a number of new ATS companies sprouting up over the past year or two, and many have received positive reviews from early adopters. But I’d suggest that much of the praise is from small- and medium-sized businesses that require less functionality and in many cases have different needs. The majority of the large…
  • Are You a One-Pitch Leader?

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In baseball, the term “one pitch pitcher” refers to a pitcher who is overly reliant on one type of pitch (fastball, curveball, etc.) to be effective. History tells us this approach has limitations and ultimately limited success. They lack the versatility in their repertoire of pitches to solve the many different kinds of situations they face in the course of a game. Experts will tell you that the best pitchers have 3-4 different pitches they can throw at any given time and at any velocity they choose to solve the predicament in front of them. Now, imagine that you are the leader of an…
  • Simply Knock Three Times For Positive Workforce Impact

    Kevin W. Grossman
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    “Oh, my darling, knock three times On the ceiling if you want me Twice on the pipe If the answer is no…” —Tony Orlando & Dawn It started with an e-mail. The latest OnStar diagnostic report from our Saturn VUE chock full of data analysis on nearly every single facet of the car: engine and transmission system, air bag system, antilock braking system and more. We had green checkmarks across the board except for one: emissions system. Argh. Yes, the engine light was on. “How long has the engine light been on?” I asked my wife who usually drives the VUE. “I don’t know. I think…
  • Tips For Increasing Productivity In The Workplace

    Ben Wilson
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’ve all been there. It’s Monday, your weekend was much too short, and you’re getting paid to just sit at a desk, doing little to no real work. With the birth of the Next Great Distraction seeming to crop up on the Internet every other day, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be the productive employee you and your boss expect you to be. Being more productive at work is not only good for your career, it will make you feel accomplished and fulfilled on your commute home. Use these 7 productivity tips when you’re feeling slow at work to make you happier, healthier, and, in the…
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • The Trouble with IT Disintermediation

    Administrator
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    I have a client who is concerned with some of their departments bypassing the organization’s traditional IT resource acquisition process, and going directly to cloud vendors for their IT resource needs.  Not really unique, as the cloud computing industry has really disrupted IT provisioning processes, not to mention near complete loss of control over configuration management databases and inventories. IT service disintermediation occurs when end users cut out the middleman when procuring ICT services, and go directly to the service provider with an independent account.
  • The Changing Role of IT Professionals

    Administrator
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:53 am
    Information Technology is a great field. With technology advancing at the speed of sound, there is never a period when IT becomes boring, or hits an intellectual wall. New devices, new software, more network bandwidth, and new opportunities to make all this technology do great things for our professional and private lives.   Or, it becomes a frightening professional and intellectual cyclone which threatens to make our jobs obsolete, or diluted due to business units accessing IT resources via a web page and credit card, bypassing the IT department entirely. One of the biggest challenges IT…
  • The Changing Face of Technology and Innovation

    Administrator
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:19 pm
    A friend of mine’s son recently returned from an extended absence which basically removed him from nearly all aspects of technology, including the Internet, for a bit longer than 5 years. Upon return, observing him restore his awareness of technologies and absorb all things new developed over the past 5 years was both exciting and moving. To be fair, the guy grew up in an Internet world, with access to online resources including Facebook, Twitter, and other social applications. The interesting part of his re-introduction to the “wired” world was watching the comprehension flashes he…
  • Can IT Standards Facilitate Innovation?

    Administrator
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    IT professionals continue to debate the benefits of standardization versus the benefits of innovation, and the potential of standards inhibiting engineer and software developer ability to develop creative solutions to business opportunities and challenges.  At the Open Group Conference in San Diego last week (3~5 February) the topic of  standards and innovation popped up not only in presentations, but also in sidebar conversations surrounding the conference venue. In his presentation “SOA4BT (Service-Oriented Architecture for Business Technology) – From Business Services to…
  • SDNs in the Carrier Hotel

    Administrator
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Carrier hotels are an integral part of global communications infrastructure.  The carrier hotel serves a vital function, specifically the role of a common point of interconnection between facility-based (physical cable in either terrestrial, submarine, or satellite networks) carriers, networks, content delivery networks (CDNs), Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and even private or government networks and hosting companies. In some locations, such as the One Wilshire Building in Los Angeles, or 60 Hudson in New York, several hundred carriers and service providers may interconnect physically…
 
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    The Spruance Group

  • WordPress Resources at SiteGround

    patrickl
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    WordPress is an award-winning web software, used by millions of webmasters worldwide for building their website or blog. SiteGround is proud to host this particular WordPress installation and provide users with multiple resources to facilitate the management of their WP websites: Expert WordPress Hosting SiteGround provides superior WordPress hosting focused on speed, security and customer service. We take care of WordPress sites security with unique server-level customizations, WP auto-updates, and daily backups. We make them faster by regularly upgrading our hardware, offering free CDN with…
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • Official Call for Presenters: Front End of Innovation 2016

    29 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    The Institute for International Research (IIR) is currently seeking presenters for:The 14th Annual Front End of Innovation USMay 10-12, 2016Boston World Trade Center & Seaport HotelOn the heels of our largest and most successful FEI to date, we have just opened the first round call for presenters period for our 14th annual event taking place next May 10-12, 2016 at the Boston World Trade Center. We will be reviewing early submissions now through Friday, August 28th . Due to the high volume of submissions, we suggest you submit your proposal early to Kelly Schram, Program Director at…
  • Ask the Innovation Expert: Ted Frank

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The back end of innovation is the make or break point for ideas in the innovation process. It’s where great ideas will either flourish or die. This is your reality check. What you take to market and how you execute on innovation determines your ROI and growth.This year, The Back End of Innovation Conference unites cross-industry leaders sharing challenges, lessons learned and best practices on commercializing new ideas and profitably executing your go to market innovation strategy. Move beyond incremental product and…
  • This Week In Innovation: 7/20/15 - 7/24/15

    24 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Gone are the days when innovation was frowned upon or something to be muttered softly. Unlike the 17th century where you could get imprisoned for life for even speaking of the word “innovation,” today that’s how business runs. In an article released this week by The Telegraph, Oliver Pickup discusses how vital and important innovation can be to keep a business afloat. “Today is it the most important buzz word [innovation] for tech businesses, whose leaders are keeping their ears attached to the ground in order to seek out new ideas…” Tata Communications’ CEO Vinod Kumar is cited…
  • Be a Trend Activator: Accelerate Business Strategy and Growth

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    We see it everywhere.It could be the flash of an exotic gray pattern belonging to a dress, or the solar panels glistening atop every office building. Maybe it's the child in your neighborhood who refuses to separate from social media.So what do we see everywhere? Trends. Sure we see them, but what are they really if all we ever do is simply observe them. Had Martin Cooper only observed the trend of humans being more mobile, would we be living in a world without cell phones?Trends are nothing more than mere behaviors without activation. At Foresight and Trends 2015 you won't just discover…
  • This Week In Innovation: 7/13/15 - 7/17/15

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    How best to advance women in Silicon Valley you ask? Former Google Exec, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy would answer you by inserting that women should be present on every startup board. The thinking behind this answer is that rather than focusing on expanding the diversity for boards of large companies, why not start seating women at “young startups”? To assist in the board member search which, let’s be honest, can take a lot of time, Singh Cassidy is launching “The Board List.” In essence this will be a database of more than 600 women who could potentially serve on private company…
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    15inno

  • How Companies Must Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Not so long ago, I read this great quote by Alvin Toffler. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” What if we put this into the context of corporate functions and the rise of collaboration and the shared economy? Production / supply chain: Companies learned to make their products and services by themselves; then they unlearned part of this in order to become even better through outsourcing and supply chain systems. Most companies master this critical function so the relearning is more about…
  • The Execution of Innovation: A Free White Paper

    Stefan Lindegaard
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    For several decades corporations around the world have talked about innovation and tried many different efforts to get this to work at their organizations. The results have more often than not been mediocre or worse. The time has come to take stock of what’s working and what needs to change to improve the odds of success. There is a lot of change coming! This is what I believe in and what I will cover in my white paper on “The Execution of Innovation”. The future of innovation – and business – is driven by three global mega-trends: Everything moves faster, everything will be…
  • Are You Ready to Change the Future of Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    The future of innovation needs to change. Will you help make it happen? This is what I believe in. The future of innovation – and business – is driven by three global mega-trends: Everything moves faster, everything will be connected and there will be a much higher degree of transparency. Thus, we need a different approach on innovation. Here you have my current thoughts (work in progress) on this. The focus is shifting away from ideas as they are in abundance. Now, the front end of innovation is the easier part and the execution is what really matters. We have begun the transition…
  • How to Wreck the Innovation Term

    Stefan Lindegaard
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    Here you get a good example on how to wreck and over-use the innovation term. I wonder if the company even considers whether they are doing themselves a disfavour (which I think they do). On LinkedIn, I got some good perspectives in the discussion following my update. Let me share them here as well: Michael Fruhling: You are probably right, Stefan. At a minimum, their marketing leaves much to be desired. Their offering may be differentiated…but I can’t tell how or why based upon their ad alone. A sobering thought: someone approved this ad before it was published. Stefan…
  • Deloitte Lacks Diversity: What’s the Impact on Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
      Diversity is better for innovation, right? So what’s wrong with this picture? (26 new partners in Deloitte Denmark) Deloitte makes a major push on innovation advice and services. It’s great to have such a player putting more focus on innovation, but I have to raise a question here. What’s the impact on innovation thinking and the advice you offer in such a situation? Unfortunately, this lack of diversity is not just an issue with Deloitte. It happens all over the corporate world. It has to change. Read how Google is showing us a way to do this: Google – Will Diversity Lead to…
 
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    Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

  • Innovating: So What Is Possible?

    paul4innovating
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:34 am
    Often we forget to frame what we want to really achieve in our innovation activity, instead we simply dive in and start innovating. I believe until we know what solutions we feel we need or the market wants, we will more often than not, end up disappointed in our innovation solutions. In recent years our innovation understanding and its management have significantly changed, due to numerous factors that have been happening. These have been advances in technology, methodology or design- thinking and we do need to stop and think about how we could do ‘things’ differently by asking…
  • Making an impact on an organization’s innovation environment

    paul4innovating
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:20 am
    Where do you set about to intervene and begin to change the organizations ability to innovate? There are seemingly so many intervention points it can get bewildering. The innovation environment can be made-up of how well you collaborate and network, the level of group and individual interactions, the presence and commitment of leadership towards innovation, as well as the organizational set-up and structures. You can explore the make-up of the innovation environment in so many ways. So what makes up the environment to innovation? It is the culture, management and its people who have a mutual…
  • Changing the workplace environment for innovation?

    paul4innovating
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    You can’t escape the reality that having the right environment for innovation means different things to different people. What we should be all able to agree upon is that the environment for innovation houses many of the conditions that connect innovation in people’s minds. The environment needs to be connected into the vision around innovation, it needs to be translated for each of us to relate too and want to contribute into.. The environment provides the right growing conditions for your organization to foster its unique environment to prosper and grow. Deny those growing conditions…
  • The Compelling Value of the 3H for Innovation Management

    paul4innovating
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:31 am
    The Value of the Three Horizons of Seeing Beyond Following on from my suggested Common Language approach to the Three Horizons, I would like to outline here its significant value, within any innovation management thinking. Clarifying our options requires multiple thinking horizons – seeing beyond for all possibilities by listening to the different voices For me, the three horizons have great value to bring together and  map all the different thinking and possible innovation options over changing horizons. You can frame innovation in alternative ways by using this approach. Innovation has…
  • The Three Horizons – Providing a Common Language in its Innovation Use

    paul4innovating
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:42 pm
    Forming a common view of the Three Horizon for Innovation As you may know I have been writing significantly around the Three Horizons in relationship to innovation. Initially drawing on the foundation within the McKinsey initial papers, updated here under their enduring ideas, and in particular based on by its original authors of the book “The Alchemy of Growth” by Mehrdad Baghai, Steve Coley, David White and Stephen Coley Then I discovered the work of the International Futures Forum, based in Scotland, where a group of members have extended the 3H significantly, well beyond…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • Take a Broad Approach to Intellectual Property Strategy

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    I’ve noticed that many companies tend to emphasize patents in their IP strategy. Sometimes that’s almost all they consider. Sound IP strategy, however, requires applying a variety of tools. A broad approach to intellectual assets is more important than ever. Patents of various kinds, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright protection, and low-cost publications can all play a useful role. Utility patents can protect your products, their components, the machines for making them, the methods of making them, and methods of using them, among other things. Design patents can protect…
  • More Cold Water on the Fire of Innovation: Unnecessary Patent Reform

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    21 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Abraham Lincoln said that the patent system “added the fuel of interest to the fires of genius.” Today the fires of genius and the fire of innovation itself is getting doused with something less helpful than fuel. These fires are being cooled and, in some cases, extinguished with harsh attacks on the IP rights that once enabled and motivated lone inventors and small businesses to take the fruits of their genius to the market. The owners of small businesses, the people who generate most of the innovation and business growth in the United States have good reason to be worried. Their ability…
  • A Need To Save the US Patent System: A Warning from Dana Rohrabacher

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Many leading IP professionals working with the US patent system are growing increasingly concerned about the weakening of the IP system there. Some are so concerned that they are wondering what steps can be taken to save it. Save it from what, you might ask? Save it from erosion of the basic property rights that the Constitution sought to protect. Solve it from the capricious destruction of the incentives that inventors need to create and share their work. Save it from judges and politicians who see patents and property rights as problems. One man who wants to save our IP system is Rep. Dana…
  • The Dangerfield Theory of Innovation and IP in China

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    Rodney Dangerfield’s 1980 comedy album No Respect, an image that describes Chinese IP and innovation in the eyes of the West. From Wikipedia, licensed under Fair Use. In a few days, I’ll be speaking about IP and innovation in China at the RISE 2015 conference in Miami, Florida, sponsored by INDA (a professional organization for the nonwoven fabrics industry). In my presentation, I’ll be sharing my “Dangerfield Theory” of IP and innovation in China. The Dangerfield Theory is based on comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who famously and repeatedly complained that he got…
  • The Anti-Patent Revolution in the United States

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    4 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Decapitalizing IP value with our current revolution Many intellectual property practitioners worldwide are scratching their heads over what is happening to IP in the United States. There’s a revolution underway that over the past few years seems to have steadily eroded the value of patents and any semblance of predictability and order in the law. Patents can still be valuable, if you are lucky and have the right connections. For ordinary people and companies, patents, once the great equalizers against big companies, are now an unreliable tool. The erosion of IP rights is becoming a…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Design your organization so that it always develops new capabilities

    Jorge
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    What is the main obstacle that stands in the way of sustainable long-term success for any business? I’d argue that it’s culture. A strong culture will recover from mistakes and figure out a way forward; while a weak one will never aim to evolve beyond what it already knows. With that said, let’s get this out of the way: you must build culture from the beginning. Unfortunately, many businesses start off with the intent of selling a solution with complete disregard to culture. It’s all about selling, right? Wrong. It’s both, but even all the sales in the world…
  • Your ability to recover from failure fast is just a important as your ability to fail fast

    Jorge
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    What do all creative cultures have in common? The common answer is that in order to figure out which ideas will work, people move fast to implement those ideas. I’d argue that more important than that is the ability to recover from failure just as fast: “Fail fast” and “embrace failure” miss the fact that failing isn't the goal. “Recover fast” and “learn from failure” matter way more. — John Maeda (@johnmaeda) July 22, 2015 It starts with culture What does a culture of innovation look like? To me, it looks like Pixar. With regards to managing a creative…
  • What your startup makes should give your customer superpowers

    Jorge
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    One of the hardest things to do when defining what your business does is explaining it in the simplest of terms; the key challenge is distinguishing between features and benefits. The reason that this is so vitally important is that, in the words of User Onboarding: “People don’t buy products; they buy better versions of themselves.” They use this ingenious sketch to illustrate the idea: Spot on! Who do you want your customers to become? A few years ago Michael Schrage proposed an idea about innovation that really resonated with me, that innovation isn’t about transactions;…
  • Breaking the Mold, Rethinking How You Work with Customer

    Jorge
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Sometimes, all a business needs to make more sales is to reach out to customers in innovative, creative, ways. A business that can fill a niche in new ways and do it with the utmost precision can set themselves apart from their competition. Here are four different ways that you can use to catapult your business into new service modalities that will wow your existing customers and bring new ones to your doors. Create an Efficient Assembly and Delivery Line in Unexpected Places Technology can help you leverage your business in ways that weren’t possible in the past. Restaurants, in…
  • Bottom-up innovation is the new normal

    Jorge
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    Any business model that hasn’t been disrupted by the internet yet will be. Why? Where before corporations “told” us what we need to use without our opinion, the internet has empowered us to create and become platforms. In essence, the internet has unleashed the democratization of ideas; bottom-up innovation. Of course, none of this is a surprise if you’re a millennial, the leader of the future, those who embrace the “internet mindset”, one that is agile, open and collaborative. It’s a mindset many legacy companies have yet to fully comprehend; let…
 
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    URENIO Watch

  • Turning Northern Greece into an Industrial Champion

    Nicos Komninos
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    The  debt crisis in Greece and the adjustment of goverment spending have led to unexpected deep recession with GDP and employment fall by 15-20% with respect to 2010 levels. Against this background (and the 3rd MOU of 80 billion Euro loan), the report “Turning Northern Greece into an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Studies: Research, Innovation and the Emerging State-of-the-Art

    Isidoros Passas
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    URENIO Research is organising a presentation on Monday 20th of July 2015 at 14:00 by Prof. Mark Deakin titled “Smart City Studies: Research, Innovation and the Emerging State-of-the-Art”. The presentation will take place in the 1st basement of the Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Guide to Successful Corporate-Startup Collaboration

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    To help corporates reap the benefits of collaboration with startups, NESTA, UK in collaboration with Founders Intelligence and the Startup Europe Partnership have produced the guide ‘Winning together – A guide to successful corporate-startup collaboration’. The guide aims to: Help... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CITIE: Benchmarking Innovation Policy in Cities

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:42 am
    City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE) provides city policymakers with a resource to help them develop the policy initiatives that catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship in cities. CITIE guide is the product of a partnership between Nesta, Accenture and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • EIP Market Place on Smart Cities and Communities

    Isidoros Passas
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    The Market Place is an initiative of the European Commission, which has been designed for those who are active in the challenging area of Smart Cities and willing to know more about ongoing and foreseen activities throughout Europe. The market place and information hub, may help finding the latest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Strange and Crazy Habits of 5 Famous Inventors and CEOs

    Kali Kubatka
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    Some of us have quirky routines we like to follow. Some are superstitious and others like to conduct personal rituals before we start the day. Whether it is having a meditation session before going to the office or wearing the same outfit every day, famous inventors and CEOs live by the habits they subconsciously have worked into their daily lives. Do these characteristics of entrepreneurs, inventors and CEOs result in their genius genes or do their behaviors stem from their eccentric minds? Here are strange and not-so-strange habits these successful people make a part of their daily…
  • 6 Myths about Starting a Business

    Kali Kubatka
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Many people dream of starting a business on their own to bring their product or service to market. As an entrepreneur, you get to run the show, make your own hours, and have pride in your work, but there are a few misconceptions that come along with the role of being the “boss.” To help you sort out the myths from the reality of a starting a business, here are the common myths to watch out for and the truths behind them. “I have to wait till the perfect time to launch my business.” There is no “perfect” time to start a business. Preparing inventory, implementing business plans,…
  • 4 Smartphone Inventions to Make Your Life Easier

    Kali Kubatka
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    Can you think of life before you had a device in your hands that could tell you anything you want to know? We are living in the 21st century, where cellphones have evolved into smartphones. We used to have home telephones and carried around cameras, video recorders, music players, and personal phones, and now we have one device which produces all of those functions in one. Smartphone inventions such as cases, touchscreen gloves, and the famous selfie stick were invented to accessorize and entertain. There are some interesting inventions and apps created for smartphones that can make your…
  • Contract Manufacturing Tips to Help You Create Your Invention Idea

    Emily Moorhead
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Are you an entrepreneur with a new product idea you would like to bring to market? Perhaps you don’t have the production equipment needed to produce your product yourself, or maybe you are hoping to sell or license your idea to a company, but need some initial stock to show sales potential, value, and usefulness. In these situations, a contract manufacturer may suit your needs. But what is a contract manufacturer and what can you expect from contract manufacturing? A contract manufacturer is a for-hire firm that will produce a specific quantity of your product for a set fee based on…
  • Innovation Resources Provide Help for Inventors

    Emily Moorhead
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    Inventors thirst for knowledge. They are always looking for more information that provides help for inventors and their endeavors. Luckily, there is a wealth of information available on the internet to teach inventors about brainstorming, intellectual property, marketing, packaging, manufacturing, and other facets of entrepreneurship and inventing. With so much accessible content, however, it may be difficult to determine what is worth reading. We’ve compiled a list of the best resources that provide help for inventors and assist them with self-education on the invention and innovation…
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    Innovation Change Management

  • 13th Annual Change Management Conference Wrapup

    Braden Kelley
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Recently I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Annual Change Management Conference in New York, NY, hosted by The Conference Board. The event represented a convening of 200+ change management professionals from around the United States. 200+ attendees is … Continue reading →
  • Death of the Chief Innovation Officer

    Braden Kelley
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Among my innovation peers, we have talked about how crucial executive commitment is, and some organizations have responded by hiring Innovation Managers, Innovation Directors, VP’s of Innovation, and Chief Innovation Officers (CINO’s not CIO’s so there is no confusion with … Continue reading →
  • 5 Keys to Developing an Innovation Culture

    Braden Kelley
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    The Interview Listen to the interview on The Everyday Innovator Podcast I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Chad McAllister recently for the Everyday Innovator Podcast on the topic of how an organization can become more innovative. Below you … Continue reading →
  • Drowning in a Sea of Content

    Braden Kelley
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    In #MyIndustry, content creation (I’m an author, keynote speaker and publisher), there is already a flood of content and the flood waters will not recede anytime soon. In fact, the rate of content creation is increasing as more companies launch … Continue reading →
  • Measuring Organizational Agility – The Triple T Metric v1.0

    Braden Kelley
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    There is an increasing amount of chatter and confusion out there around what organizational agility is and feeling that it must be important to organizational success. But, before we discuss organizational agility, it is important to define what we mean … Continue reading →
 
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    Doblin

  • Join the Doblin Team

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    We are a community of committed and experienced professionals from across multiple disciplines working together to help our clients drive transformation through the discipline of innovation.  We are always looking for top talent to join the Doblin team.Current openingsPerspectives Advisor - Chicago or New YorkPerspectives Designer - Chicago or New YorkInnovation Program Lead - Chicago or New YorkDesign Strategy Lead - LondonDesign Consultant - LondonSend us your resume to apply!In addition to our current openings, we are always looking for talented professionals interested in pursuing a…
  • Ten Types of Innovation App - Now Available!

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Take the guesswork out of the innovation process - get the Ten Types of Innovation app for iPad.At Doblin, we’ve discovered that innovation almost never fails due to a lack of creativity—it almost always fails due to a lack of discipline. The Ten Types of Innovation® App bundles more than 100 building blocks of innovation with a sketchpad and curated newsfeed to provide a systematic framework to discover, build, and test your ideas, helping you innovate with confidence.  The free Ten Types of Innovation App features include:Interactive format of the Ten Types of Innovation…
  • Beacons for Business Model Innovation

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    by Geoff Tuff and Steve Wunker Business model innovation is a hot topic in management thinking these days, even though there seems to be little agreement about what it looks like and even less about how to discover it. But there is no reason for business model innovation to feel mysterious or hard to achieve. In this article by Doblin’s leader, Geoff Tuff, and co-author Steve Wunker, you’ll learn how using analytic tools that provide better decision-making insights can help you vastly improve your innovation success rate which will help your business model investments generate…
  • Roll up your sleeves for our Chicago Ideas Week Labs

    11 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    
Join Doblin and The Chicago Community Trust for an interactive workshop to explore and activate ideas for improving our communities. On Thursday, October 16, Doblin will host two interactive labs that will jumpstart The Chicago Community Trust’s “collaboratories” initiative to activate ideas for improving Chicago’s communities. Not only will you be introduced to Doblin’s systematic, design-led approach to innovation, you’ll be able to contribute to a real project that will continue on long after Chicago Ideas Week comes to a close. At these Chicago Ideas Week Labs, you will…
  • Watch: Larry Keeley Reveals Innovation Secrets on Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock"

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    What is the secret to innovation effectiveness?  Larry Keeley recently revealed the answer to this question and many others on Bloomberg TV’s “Taking Stock.” “Most innovations are increasingly about the elegant integration of many things, not the invention of one thing.” - Larry Keeley During the interview, Larry dispels common myths of innovation, underscores the importance of discipline, and outlines how businesses can avoid innovation’s many pitfalls. Watch the full interview >
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    strategy+business: INNOVATION

  • The Next Innovation Opportunity in China

    26 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Once solely dedicated to low-cost support for local factories, these centers, a new survey reveals, are now pursuing "knowledge-driven" R&D -- conducting fundamental research.
  • A Case of Successful Failure

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This technology company almost died of financial hubris, but its behind-the-scenes resurrection proves there's sometimes a fine line between winning and losing.
  • Eye on Multimedia: Mapping Our World

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Balancing the immediate desire for personalization with a need to understand more than our immediate environment might ultimately offer the deeper reward.
  • Marshall Goldsmith's Required Reading

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The top-ranked executive coach recommends four books that will make you a better leader.
  • The Wright Stuff

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    In a new biography of the brothers who invented the airplane, David McCullough describes the frustrations and triumphs involved in getting aviation off the ground.
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    adamcollier.com

  • Our Victories…His Victories?

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    Sometimes, at the peak of our victory, we feel grief, we feel sorrow, we feel something is very wrong. Sometimes, not always, in our striving for what we want, in our achieving, in our doing all that accomplishing requires, we push God aside, we ignore him, we neglect his dream for our own. We have to right? God […]
  • Knowing Jesus Christ

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    It is hard for me to talk about this topic without offending people who I love and do not want to offend in the slightest, wonderful people who love and serve God with humility and sincerity. This post is not aimed at anyone in particular, it is aimed at myself as much as it is others. […]
  • N.T. Wright Quote

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:08 am
    The very people who seem most eager to tell others what to do are the people who should take a long look in the mirror before they begin. The temptation to look down on each other for moral failures is itself a temptation to play God. – N.T. Wright    
  • Unspoken Good News of Jesus Christ – Part II

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Read part I of this post here: If you will allow it, here is the gospel of Jesus Christ as preached by Paul, compiled, repackaged summarized and paraphrased (from Eph 1-3): There is something of great importance that I feel I must share about why we exist, about the very meaning of life. I feel compelled to reveal this […]
 
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Snickers Stickers: Success or Mistake?

    Deb Brown
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    Snickers had an interesting campaign recently.  It found mistakes all  over New York City, and put a sticker next to each mistake saying, “You make mistakes when you’re hungry.” The ad agency which developed the campaign then took photos of each and posted them on social media, encouraging consumers to post mistakes they find. On one hand, this was a clever campaign to reinforce the candy bar’s message about solving hunger. On the other hand, the postings were considered vandalism…so, not so smart.  But, the agency said they removed the stickers immediately and they were easy…
  • IBM Offers Cutting-Edge Benefit for Working Moms

    Catharine Cody
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    If you’re a working mom, you’ll love this new perk from IBM. Big Blue will soon enable traveling working moms to ship breast milk back home to their babies. Talk about a new twist on overnight delivery! IBM will not only pay for shipping, but it will also handle all of the logistics for getting mommy’s milk to baby. I’d welcome this initiative from any organization. But, to think that a 104-year-old institution like IBM is providing such a cutting-edge service almost defies logic. It’s a great example of an established company thinking in an entrepreneurial, out-of-the-box way.
  • Building Brand Equity: The rise of the triple bottom line

    Marian Daniells
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    My mom – a former marketing exec – cautioned me when I joined the industry that PR and marketing professionals are the last to be hired and the first to be fired. We’re expensive, and must regularly validate our value add. At its worst, PR should pay for itself; at its best, we should permanently boost the brand equity of our clients and measurably increase their revenue. Traditionally, our value has come through marketing plans – securing media placements, creating content, supporting clients on social media, training executives. But more and more, we’re becoming strategic…
  • Like Another Campaign

    Deb Brown
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    With more than 58 million views on YouTube and being the most talked about commercial after airing on the Super Bowl earlier this year, the Always “Like a Girl” campaign was heralded as innovative and break through. Not only did it raise the conversation about what it means to be “like a girl,” but – more importantly – it changed the conversation. So, what happens when you do something so different from other agencies and companies? Others try to copy it. The “sequel” of sorts was attempted by Angel Soft toilet tissue with its “Happy Father’s Day, Mom” campaign honoring…
  • LOOKING BACK, THINKING FORWARD

    Bonnie Pedlow
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
    In PR, we often talk about the changing media landscape. New channels appear every day, while publications, outlets and platforms must strive to stay relevant by continuing to evolve. The question we often have to answer for our clients and for ourselves is “How do we stay ahead?” So it may come as a surprise that there are a fair number of history buffs working in the PR world. We at Peppercomm are regularly quizzed by our co-CEO on obscure historical minutia. (Side note: I have yet to win said quiz and I am not pleased). Why would PR pros, who follow the newest trends and explore ways…
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Wearable Technologies for the Developing World

    IdeaConnection
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    There is still time to enter the UNICEF Wearables for Good challenge, a global open innovation contest for innovative wearable technology ideas to improve lives for millions of families in less developed countries. The competition was launched back in May and invites anyone anywhere to submit ideas that are cost-effective, efficient and sustainable, even if the technology doesn’t exist.  Big dreamers and their visions are wanted. The statistics about children and families who suffer from inequality in health and education in emerging economies are always shocking.  UNICEF and its…
  • Global Search for Messages to Send to Alien Life

    IdeaConnection
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    So, apart from saying “you look a lot different than in the movies”, what would you say to an alien? If you’ve got an idea of how you would introduce humanity to an alien civilization you could win yourself some big money prizes. A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life was launched yesterday by physicist Stephen Hawking and it consists of two initiatives.  The first is the actual search (Breakthrough Listen), the most powerful quest for alien life ever undertaken.  And the second, called the Breakthrough Message is a global competition to determine the…
  • Open Innovation Water Challenge Seeks Novel Solutions

    IdeaConnection
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Do you have smart ideas about water reduction and reuse?  If so, GE and Statoil’s Sustainability Collaboration want to hear from you. The American multinational and the Norwegian oil and gas company have combined forces to launch their second open innovation competition, “Reduced Use and Reuse of Water in Onshore Operations”. The challenge is looking for innovative solutions for reducing fresh water usage and treating and reusing water in the development of onshore unconventional oil and gas reservoirs.  It follows the collaboration’s first challenge which was about reducing the use…
  • Crowdsourcing Antibiotic Resistance Drugs

    IdeaConnection
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest problems facing modern medicine today.  Some bacteria are naturally immune to the drugs that are thrown at them, while others lose sensitivity to their effects. To help combat this problem, a crowdsourcing project is inviting chemists from all over the world to donate samples of compounds they have synthesized. The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) was set up by scientists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia to screen such compounds for antimicrobial activity. Thousands of new compounds are generated by…
  • Unilever’s Crowdsourcing Campaign to Solve Sustainability Issues

    IdeaConnection
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    Unilever is on the hunt for new ways to tackle global sustainability problems.  The multinational company’s innovation platform, Unilever Foundry wants closer collaboration between consumers and innovators to solve key issues. The initiative was announced recently at Lions Innovation in Cannes by Unilever senior vice president of global media Luis di Comolast. The crowdsourcing platform has been designed to support the delivery of Unilever’s Sustainability Living Plan, a push to double the size of the company’s business while reducing its environmental footprint and…
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    Brand Genetics

  • 6 Alcoholic Drinks Trends from Imbibe Live 2015

    Tom
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:06 am
    We’ve sifted through the wealth of products presented at this year’s  Imbibe Live – the must-see trade show for anyone in the world of alcoholic drinks – to identify 6 key trends for innovation. Once again this year’s event brought together a vast array of different companies – big and small – all eager to show off their newest drinks and product ideas: here are the trends we at Brand Genetics think show the way the world is moving. 1. RE-INVENTION OF READY TO DRINKS The 90’s may be back in fashion but the days of the garish alcopops are long gone.
  • Value Proposition Design [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want Author: Alexander Osterwalder Publisher:  Wiley Publication date: 2015 What’s your value proposition? How do you add value to consumers’ lives? Value Proposition Design is the new hit framework for innovating products and services that people actually want because they are useful in helping them achieve what they want to achieve. Penned by Alexander Osterwalder, co-creator of the popular Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Design is not so much a book, but a multimedia set of practical…
  • The Science of Why [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:44 am
    The Science of Why: Decoding Human Motivation and Transforming Marketing Strategy Author: David Forbes Publisher:  Palgrave Macmillan Publication date: 2015 For marketers, what motivates consumers matters.  Why? Because motivation is what drives consumers to buy; motives are psychological tension states that push us to act – the ‘why’ behind what we buy.  But there’s a problem.  Motivational research is a mess; a disjointed bundle of findings and theories still peppered with 1950’s pyramids (Maslow) and phalli (Freud). In the The Science of Why,…
  • The Future is Personalised

    Tom
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:36 am
    Today Jaffa Cakes launch their new personalised boxes – the perfect little gift and a nice innovation from McVitie’s. We got our personalised boxes – see photo – hot off the press thanks to our friends at Intervino (the company behind this and the ‘Share a Coke’ campaign). What this will do for Jaffa Cake sales in coming months remains to be seen; but Coke’s sales in the UK increased by almost 5% during  ‘Share a Coke’ campaign. Perhaps the bigger question is what next for personalisation? Although few of us would complain about having one’s name on a…
  • The best things come to those that wait

    Andrew Christophers
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:37 am
    Both Guinness and Heinz have long advocated the above mantra – but it was a breath of fresh air to hear a UK CEO preach the same doctrine at an Ideation workshop last week. Most of our clients want big ideas instantly – and who can blame them in today’s markets?  But step-change ideas tend to start small, and grow slowly, especially if they’re going to be change consumer behaviour.  So it was as refreshing as it is rare to hear this particular CEO set a 10-year timeframe to achieve breakthrough innovations for his business.  And he’s much more likely to achieve his objective by…
 
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    AmyK

  • AmyKism #6 Video

    AmyK
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Have you checked your zipper today?! Someone just share their negative, not-so-constructive feedback with you? Someone just dump all over your ideas and enthusiasm? Some couch potato just “thumbs down” your post? In a world where it’s easy to feel drained by the destructive diatribes of.
  • AmyKism #5 Video

    AmyK
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:10 am
    Are You a Dream Investor?! Have you talked to your direct reports lately about their personal aspirations and goals? Do you have a clue as to what motivates them? i.e. Why they get out of bed and show up at your organization? Brilliant leaders support and.
  • Can you relate?! …at least have a smile on us

    AmyK
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Tired of fakin’ it until you’re makin’ it?! Tired of wishing for a longer straw so you could drink straight from the bottle?! Just tired?! You’re not alone! (Really- you’re not!) We’re poking fun of leaders who “appear” to have it all together, but… for a.
  • AmyKism #4 Video

    AmyK
    27 May 2015 | 4:41 pm
    What are you doing this weekend?! Playing golf this weekend? Binge watching some brain candy drama? Chillaxing with friends and family? You should be! People who take mini-breaks have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve.
  • Are You Creating A Culture Of Self-Expression?

    AmyK
    14 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    In March I had the privilege of spending a week in Buenos Aires, and to say it’s a fascinating city is like saying, having Jim Carrey and Hugo Chavez to dinner might be entertaining. While most people go on and on and on about their travels,.
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    Brilliant Ideas » Brilliant Ideas

  • Restaurant bill idea

    Michael
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    I shouldn’t be surprised when I’m surprised by a novel, but stupidly crazy idea, but it’s nice to be surprised! So, the restaurant bill often comes into this padded folder / book, just like this,                           What about this for an idea I saw at a restaurant called the Fable (just down from Spittalfeilds market) in London. The bill came in a book, but a real book.                   Brilliant. The post Restaurant bill idea appeared first on Brilliant…
  • Brilliant Idea #323. Dent detector app

    Michael
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:53 am
    One of the most stressful parts of hiring a car is when you return it and the attendant checks for new dents or scratches and you wonder. ‘was that there before, I am sure it was, did I do that’? Brilliant Idea #323 is an app that you use when you collect the rental car to scan the car to look for dents or scratches. The app can see these things better that you can and it clearly identifies anything that you need to alert the attendant to before you sign for the car. If there is a dispute when you drop the vehicle back you can show them the date stamped video. Brilliant. The post…
  • Brilliant Idea 325. “they’re not concentrating”

    Michael
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    I spend much of my working week on conference calls. One of the problems is that when we are not looking at someone (or we know that someone isn’t looking at us) it’s very easy to loose our concentration and start doing other things. Brilliant Idea 325 is a plug-in app that listens to the audio from the other attendees and displays a dashboard of whether the other people are making noises that might indicate that they are typing, walking around, browsing the web. By seeing, for instance, that John seems to be typing you can specifically direct a question at John to get his…
  • Brilliant Idea #322. Taxi trains

    Michael
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    The train service that runs from my home to the city of London is probably not dissimilar to most other major towns and cities in the UK, if not most of the industrial World. We get 3-4 trains an hour and of course, the morning and evening commuter trains are full as is the first off-peak train, otherwise they are mostly empty. It’s the principle problem that all train companies face. As demand rises, they increase capacity by increasing the number of carriages. Trains get longer and heavier. The heavier they are, the more they need to spend on fuel and the more maintenance they and…
  • Brilliant Idea #321. Home from home restaurants

    Michael
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:41 am
    Tens of thousands of pubs have shut over the years here in the UK. Many of these are really well located with great facilities. They closed their doors either because they are no longer close enough to a population that wants to drink and socialise in pubs, or they are too close to one of the multiple chains like Weatherspoons who, because of the purchasing power they have can be so much cheaper than an independent pub and restaurant. Brilliant Idea #321 re-purposes these businesses. The idea came from using the Subtraction method for ideation. This method has two stages; 1. Map out the…
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    innovationfitnessdynamics

  • Understanding Your Innovation Capital- Well Do You?

    paul4innovating
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    If someone came to you and asked the question: “tell me what makes up your financial capital?” I expect you could answer this fairly comfortably. It might need a little added help from your finance department but you could produce and show significant details that we are all ‘schooled’ to understand and generally have accepted, as under common definitions and standard practice. Our businesses are measured constantly on their financials, we produce a constant flow of reporting documents that provide useful insight and allow for a more informed judgement by present and future investors…
  • Holding the innovations of the future back

    paul4innovating
    7 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    I clearly believe we do need to understand the strategic importance of the make-up of our innovation capital, yet presently nearly all our corporate boards lack any clear line of sight into this. Why? Not understanding what makes up the capital is holding innovation back. We are actually constraining growth through this lack of understanding as it makes us all cautious of the future. If we don’t fully understand the make-up of all our capital should we invest or divert resources to delivering on it? I think it is high time we did. So what makes up our innovation capital and why is it…
  • Building bridges between stocks and flows

    paul4innovating
    4 Feb 2015 | 12:47 am
    I really enjoyed this thinking about stocks and flows that are necessary. Let me share the part that works really well for me. This relates to approaching social media but it equally applies to building innovation capital, it is recognizing and then building the stock and the flows around innovation. “One of the biggest takeaways was the concept of stock and flow. Do you know about this? Couldn’t be simpler, and really, it’s not even that much of an a-ha. There are two kinds of quantities in the world. Stock is a static value: money in the bank, or trees in the forest. Flow is a rate of…
  • 9 Stages for building innovation fitness

    paul4innovating
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    Achieving innovation fitness is a journey- to get there we often have to manage the switchbacks as we build our capabilities and capacities to innovate. Getting Started – Understanding the Needs & Imperatives of Innovation Fitness Why we must travel this critical path for Innovation. The meaning of dynamic capabilities and innovation fitness landscapes Merging  the theory with practical reality to produce new outcomes and positive results. Focusing on resources and performance – why is this important The problem is knowing what we have and what we really need The Fuel of Innovation…
  • Do you know where your distinct innovation capabilities come from?

    paul4innovating
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
      The dynamics that make up innovation capabilities Just begin to work through these ‘thoughts’ to begin to evaluate the value of knowing your innovation fitness so as to find out what makes up your distinct dynamic capabilities: By firstly mapping out your innovation capabilities to the task at hand enables you to understand and relate to what is needed – we call that the context for innovation. Innovation Fitness Landscapes helps in this task by identifying the opportunity spaces on where you need to focus your efforts‐ and apply the appropriate resources to…
 
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    Destination Innovation

  • Can Africa’s Entrepreneurs and Innovators solve Africa’s Problems?

    admin
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    What can save Africa from its many problems; grinding poverty, corrupt bureaucrats, incompetent governments and dire infrastructure?  The best hope might lie with the innovations of its home grown entrepreneurs.  Many solutions that work in the developed world do not translate well to Africa so indigenous innovations are often a better answer.  In some cases they leap-frog current Western offerings. Mobile phones are commonplace throughout Africa even in remote settlements.  Because investment in fixed line telephony was poor and ineffective mobiles have become ubiquitous.  It is…
  • Which is the Greatest Invention of All Time?

    admin
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Johannes Gutenberg Which invention or innovation has had the most positive impact on the development of civilisation and the greatest benefit for mankind?  A strong contender is the printing press. Johannes Gutenberg (1398 – 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith and printer who invented the printing press and movable type. Before Gutenberg all books had been hand written or stamped out with fixed wood blocks. Gutenberg combined two existing ideas – the power of a wine press and the detail of a coin punch to create the printing press. His invention of mechanical movable type printing…
  • Can you innovate with the under-utilized assets in your business?

    admin
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    Sometimes the by-product, the surplus or the unwanted extra can become the unexpected success. All it takes is a little imagination. Brandy was originally a by-product used to help transport wine. In the middle ages in France duties were levied on the volume of wine being transported. Merchants boiled off water to concentrate the wine so as to reduce the taxes they paid. Water was then added later. However, someone discovered that the concentrate, brandy, tasted pretty good on its own. In the 19th century diamonds were a rarity. They were primarily used as drill bits because they were so…
  • Apply your Creativity Everywhere – Like Dali

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    In January 1952 the renowned artist Salvador Dali appeared on the US TV game show, ‘What’s My Line?’ The panel members were blindfolded and had to question the guest to determine his identity. Almost every question they asked he answered in the affirmative. ‘Are you a performer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you a writer?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Are you an artist?’ ‘Yes.’ And so on until one of panellists said in frustration, ‘There is nothing this man does not do!’     Dali, born in 1904 in Spain, was most famous as an artist and as the outstanding exponent of the Surrealist…
  • The Benefits of Reverse Mentoring

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:46 am
    A Dutch nursing home lets university students live rent-free alongside the elderly residents, as part of a project aimed at warding off the negative effects of aging.  In exchange for small, rent-free apartments, the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, Netherlands, requires students to spend at least 30 hours per month acting as “good neighbors.”  It is an excellent example  inter-generational co-operation.  The old folks need companionship and help getting onto Skype.  The young people need accommodation and can hear some old tales.  Each can learn from the other.  This is…
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    Innovation Architecture by Doug Collins

  • Innovation Architecture to Offer Fail-Safe Service for Decommissioning SharePoint Sites

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    From: the chairman of the board, Innovation Architecture Industries of America To: our esteemed friends and erstwhile creditors Let it never be said that we here at Innovation Architecture Industries of America do not enjoy what some describe in the most prosaic of terms as “a nose for business.” Our proboscis remains gainfully employed. After numerous client engagements good, bad, and indifferent, the principals of the firm, through careful observation and thorough study, have discovered that what the titans and chiefs of corporate America seek the most and yet, inexplicably to…
  • We don’t ask very good questions, do we?

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    A spirit of inquiry animates the practice of collaborative innovation. What questions, were we to pursue them together, might lead to authentic breakthroughs? Creative thinkers such as Art Van Gundy, Peter Block, the creators of the World Café, and others guide us in articulating the intent behind and in phrasing the grammar for questions, themselves. How might maximize the outcomes from our engagement by the questions we ask? In other words we do not lack for guidance or direction when it comes to challenge question formation. And yet, why is it that people in organizations struggle…
  • Innovation Management Maturity: A Simple, Visual Approach

    11 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Simple Does It Clients and I talk about innovation management maturity all the time. How mature is their practice of collaborative innovation? What signs point to maturity? What outcomes speak to maturity? How might they perfect their practice? I craft a simple visual to help us have the maturity conversation. Figure 1 shows the basic approach. Figure 1: talking about innovation maturity Program and Practice Maturity We resolve maturity across two vectors: program maturity and process maturity. Program maturity is a function of advocacy and buy-in borne out of confidence in results achieved.
  • Does the Digital Age Play Favorites?

    27 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hand Me a Wrench Every profession has its tools of the trade. Carpentry has its hammer. Plumbing has its wrench. What of strategy? What tools does the business strategist wield? Does the Digital Age make some tools more relevant? Tell Me a Story I use four (4) tools in the strategy trade: the Balanced Scorecard, the Delta Model, the Three Horizons Model, and the Four Forces Model. By useful, I mean the tools help a group of people reach a shared understanding around (a) what they plan to do and (b) why they plan to do it. By useful, I mean, too, that each offers a simple, visual simplicity to…
  • Thank you, Delta Airlines.

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A thunderstorm came through Atlanta last Friday afternoon, delaying all the flights.  Delta 1417 was supposed to depart at 7:30 pm ET. We ultimately departed at 1:20 am ET the next morning.  The ground crew, gate crew, and flight crew all made best efforts to get us in the air by 1:20 am ET. After that, the pilots would have needed to stop flying on account of FAA regulations. The pilots from the previous flight, which had just landed, could be seen loading our luggage with the ground crew. It was a long, long day. We were just happy to be able to get home.  As the plane…
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  • Innovatie management software: 6 grote valkuilen en hoe je die kan tackelen

    Peter
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:02 am
    Idea management software oplossingen bestaan in alle maten en gewichten. Er zijn gratis tools tot geavanceerde oplossingen zoals CogniStreamer. In dit artikel beschrijven we zes valkuilen die klanten kunnen maken bij de keuze en uitrol van een idea management oplossing. ... Read More The post Innovatie management software: 6 grote valkuilen en hoe je die kan tackelen appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Who’s in charge of this idea anyway?

    Peter
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The thing about good ideas is that usually more than one person has something to contribute. That’s why  groups have brainstorming sessions. And also why most agree “two heads are better than one”. All of that thinking contributes to the ... Read More The post Who’s in charge of this idea anyway? appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • The top 8 reasons I can’t seem to get anyone else at my company to embrace innovation

    Peter
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:12 am
    I talk all day to people who are interested in innovation. They know in their hearts that embracing innovation is the only way their organizations will flourish. They know the only way their company can compete in the difficult economic ... Read More The post The top 8 reasons I can’t seem to get anyone else at my company to embrace innovation appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • …so what about Change?

    Peter
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:52 am
    There are as many definitions of innovation as there are books, blogs & experts! The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines innovation as ‘bringing in novelties, making changes in…’, while Webster’s Dictionary defines it as ‘making changes by bringing in something new’. ... Read More The post …so what about Change? appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Why your innovation ecosystem MUST make use of semantics

    Peter
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    Here’s a scenario worth thinking about.  Let’s say you deploy your internal social network.  And it’s a huge success.  Everyone is posting information.  You ask for ideas and you get them.  But now you’re faced with a dilemma….How do you pull all that information together?  How ... Read More The post Why your innovation ecosystem MUST make use of semantics appeared first on CogniStreamer.
 
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