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  • Sustainable New Product Development

    Working Knowledg
    Andrea Meyer
    19 Jul 2013 | 1:23 pm
    Point: Make sustainability decisions at the start of new product development. Story: “Seventy-five to 90 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the product development stage,” says Kevin Myette, director of product and supply chain sustainability at outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). Given that fact, it’s extremely important for product designers to have access to information about the sustainability of materials when making decisions about which materials to use for new products. For example, which do you think…
  • Einsteins from Anywhere

    Innovation Excellence
    Braden Kelley
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. While programs exist to build schools and train teachers, traditional models of education are not able to scale fast enough to meet demand. We simply cannot build enough schools or train enough teachers to meet the need. Continue reading →
  • 26 Inspired Quotes on the Innovation Most Needed on Planet Earth -- PEACE!

    The Heart of Innovation
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    You've heard of product innovation, process innovation, business model innovation, and disruptive innovation. Now it's time for PEACE INNOVATION -- and that's what's happening on September 21st all around the world as millions of people in cities, towns, and hamlets gather together to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Want to know more? See more? Feel more? Tune into PeaceCast, a 48-hour livestream broadcast to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Starts at 8:00 am (EDT) on 9/20 and ends at 6:00 am (EDT) on 9/22.
  • I Just Ate 31 Apples

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    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I subscribe to DarrenDaily from Success Magazine editor Darren Hardy. Every morning I get a text message and an email alert with a link to a quick video and commentary that feels like Darren recorded it just for me. Each episode usually takes just 3 or 4 minutes to consume and comprehend (though with the early — pre-coffee — morning delivery, I sometimes need to watch twice for it to sink in) with each session containing a single point of improvement I can work on for that day. It’s incredibly valuable information… and I know it. But for some reason last month…
  • Can You Have a Career In Solving Big World Problems?

    Scott Berkun
    Scott
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    I regularly take the the top voted question from readers and answer it in a post. With 41 votes, today’s winner was: How would you start a career tackling big world problems? (Submitted by Steve Chung) It’s certainly a wonderful ambition. What’s concerning is much like the saying “I want to change the world” it’s more about ego than the world itself. Why does the world need changing exactly? Why are you wise enough or worthy of the power required to change the world? Once you scratch the surface of the sentiment and think, just for a minute, about history of…
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  • THE DIY STRATEGY SPRINT: DAY 3

    Matthew May
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    This is the last in a series of five posts devoted to a DIY guide on running a strategy sprint. You now have developed the heart of strategy…your where-to-play (W2P) and how-to-win (H2W)choices. Now it's time to make the choices regarding the capabilities and systems that give rise to and support your strategy, and then reverse engineer your entire cascade of choices to tease out the leaps of faith you've made. Day 2 Objectives The four main objectives of the day are: Capabilities choices Management systems choices Reverse engineer your strategic logic Construct an initial experiment…
  • Elegance, Subtraction & Lean: The Shmula Interview

    Matthew May
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Over at Shmula.com, I had a great time being interviewed by my friend, former Toyota pro, and all-around brilliant guy, Pete Abilla. Pete's blog has been quoted in HBR, Financial Times, and Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's DNA. He had some great questions for me. Enjoy! YOU CAN READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.             
  • What Is Your Career Strategy?

    Matthew May
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Over at 99U, I've posted an article that is trending nicely, called "Can't Picture Where You'll Be In 5 Years? Find Your Strategy." It applies the Roger Martin framework to career. It begins: I’ve taken up a new habit of asking successful people I know: What is your career strategy? I ask it casually, and in person, because I want to see their body language and get a sense of just how front-of-mind their answer might be. My discovery: when it comes to careers, most folks don’t have a true strategy. I’ve gotten a knitted brow as the immediate response, accompanied by something along the…
  • THE DIY STRATEGY SPRINT : Day 2

    Matthew May
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This is the fourth in a series of five posts devoted to a DIY guide on running a strategy sprint. You now have a few strategic possibilities to explore. Each deserves it's own 5-question cascade. But you will only cover the first three of those questions today, for two reasons. First, these questions require thoughtful exploration. Second, each of the teams will be "pitching" their thoughts to the larger group throughout the day, to not only keep everyone else informed and up-to-date, but also to feed the strategic conversations and give them the breathing room they need. This is not a "lone…
  • The DIY Strategy Sprint: Grasp & Frame (Day 1)

    Matthew May
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    This is the third in a series of five posts devoted to a DIY guide on running a strategy sprint. You now know how to prepare for a strategy sprint, and you've gathered the right people. You're ready for the first full day of sprinting. Take a deep breath, you'll need it! Day 1 is all about grasping the current situation, understanding strategic choices, and framing go-forward possibilities. The goal of the first day is to arrive at a few different strategic possibilities to be developed over the next two days. The path to getting there has several steps, including: engage the Play-to-Win…
 
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Between the Gates: Market Launch Planning & Execution

    Noel Sobelman
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    A gate review process, when well implemented, allows leadership to evaluate projects from a business perspective at critical junctures, leaving day-to-day project execution to accountable project teams. Continue reading →
  • Einsteins from Anywhere

    Braden Kelley
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. While programs exist to build schools and train teachers, traditional models of education are not able to scale fast enough to meet demand. We simply cannot build enough schools or train enough teachers to meet the need. Continue reading →
  • Questions for Chief Innovation Officers at CINO LONDON 2014 (Oct. 16-17)

    Mari Anixter
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Innovation Excellence is looking ahead to the Chief Innovation Officer Summit in London October 16-17. As we've gone through the line-up of Chief Innovation Officers and industry players, we asked ourselves, and are asking YOU: What are our most pressing questions for CINOs and Industry Innovators? Continue reading →
  • The Imminent Failure of Business as We Know It

    Kurt Thies
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    Forgive the sensational title, but disruptive transformation is quickly wiping out the established models of business. Continue reading →
  • Lean Innovation at Amazon

    Geovanny Romero
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:11 am
    Jeff Bezos, always had the spirit of lean management, since the day that he created Amazon. Amazon is a natural place to see lean principles at work. Continue reading →
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    IDEO

  • Articles: Making Progress at IDEO

    IDEO
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    This Harvard Business Review case, “Making Progress at IDEO,” highlights several types of IDEO projects and client relationships, the value of those interactions, and the implications for IDEO designers everyday work experience.
  • Work: We Need to Talk for IDEO

    IDEO
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    For important messages—whispering a sweet nothing, say—good old speech, a tool perfectly refined by nature to express your intent, still does it best. But sometimes a phone call requires too much commitment, and yet sending an emoji to your mom feels wrong. Shouldn’t there be something in between? ChitChat is IDEO’s tool to build the middleground. The app, developed by our Toy Lab and Digital Shop, makes it all about your voice, your contacts, and nothing more. ChitChat is beautiful and easy to use, and unlike many messaging apps, the interactions are intimate enough that the…
  • Articles: Jim Yurchenco reflects on 35 years at IDEO with WIRED

    IDEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    WIRED spotlights the career of self taught engineer and early IDEO employee Jim Yurchenco. The featured video, narrated by Jim, focused on the art of engineering, design and culture at IDEO and gives budding designers advice for success. IDEO project highlights include Apple’s first mouse, the Palm V and the first desktop computer for Metaphor. Read the full story here.
  • Articles: Leif Talks to Design Report

    IDEO
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    German magazine Design Report visits the IDEO Munich studio and talks to Leif Huff.
  • Articles: Shaping a School System, From The Ground Up

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

  • Como Escolher a Ideia Certa?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Geralmente, chegar a novas ideias não é a parte mais difícil. Neste exemplo, uma equipe gerou 752 novas ideias de negócios em um único workshop. Mas como você pode escolher as ideias “certas”? Gijs van Wulfen compartilha cinco lições que aprendeu em sua prática de inovação.
  • The One Word Answer to Why Innovation Fails

    Hans Balmaekers
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Innovation sounds easy, but it is not. The majority of enterprises report dissatisfaction with innovation performance. Three quarters of the CEOs of multinationals view external collaborative innovation as vitally important, but only half do it, and those only rate themselves as doing it ‘moderately well’. And remember - two thirds of organizational ‘change’ efforts fail. In case you are now asking yourself, why are these odds that low – we have a straightforward answer. It’s just one word.
  • How Surrounding Yourself with the Best Will Drive Business and Innovation Value

    Anthony Ferrier
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    I spoke with Claudio Fernandez-Araoz, author of the new book “It's Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best” about the linkages between HR and innovation perspectives to drive business value. It is a great read and is in-line with some of my thinking about the role of HR in driving innovation success in large corporate organizations, so I wanted to have a chat and gather his thoughts.
  • Why You Should Embrace Creativity Within Your Culture

    Jeffrey Fermin
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 pm
    As a company grows, its creativity typically tends to decrease. What can be done to prevent a decrease in creativity within an organization?
  • Pronto para Jogar o Jogo da Inovação?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Mais do que nunca, as empresas precisam engajar seus funcionários para garantir a viabilidade a longo prazo. Porém, sobrecarregadas com informações, o espaço de atenção das pessoas torna-se cada vez mais curto. A sua vontade de contribuir para as atividades laterais diminuiu, principalmente se estas são chatas ou criam ansiedade. E a inovação nem sempre tem graça... ou pode ter?
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Quick & Dirty Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Many companies started 2014 with the good intention of “getting after innovation” this year. Was that your organization? How’s that going? Are you jumping for joy or singing the blues? Some companies have worked hard and consistently at innovation all this year. They started the year running and got things done. Look at the slew of announcements Apple just made (to be fair the watch took years). Other companies made a good start but got caught up in the red tape of too much process. So, it’s September now. For those of you who’ve been busy keeping up with…
  • Five Ways to Gain Story Fluency

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Story Fluency and Innovation Every time I blink these days I see another article on story. It’s something of a too popular buzzfad, but for good reason. Clearly, story is important in many aspects of marketing, communication, and innovation. The current literature tends to focus on understanding story, and, aligning a story with a brand, or an organization. There is also the related trend of story telling, ala The Moth. I’ve been involved this last year with a similar regional group, Indigan Storyteller here in Michiana, and its been a transformative experience. I’ve…
  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Three Essentials for Magical Innovation Facilitation An essential ingredient to successful innovation projects is good facilitation. Who could argue with that? Innovation combines individual and group activities. Good group collaboration is not a given. Even individual activities need coordination with the group effort. You really need an inspiring, confident, well-trained facilitator to enable innovation. I’m talking about running and managing strategy meetings, ideation sessions, virtual sessions (using IMS), concept writing sessions, and other group work. A good facilitator makes a…
  • Changing Innovation Culture by Doing — Three Reasons It Doesn’t Happen

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

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

  • Lessons From A Startup As They Happen: An Uncommon Series

    Bulldog Drummond
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Chapter 1: Choose your Co-Pilot Written by Erika McKellar and Elisa Hills When someone asks us what it feels like to start a company, we use words like: scary, exciting, exhausting, invigorating, overwhelming and motivating. Frankly, it’s all of those things and it’s difficult to express without sounding like a masochist or a complete lunatic. A couple of weeks ago we came across an article by Derrick Fung, CEO of Tunezy who nailed the feeling in one sentence. “It feels like you’re jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down.” So true. No matter how solid your…
  • Anthony Casalena shares a few concepts that embody the process of minimalism as well as Squarespace’s guiding principles.

    Bulldog Drummond
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
  • ELLE: DESIGNING THE ART OF GOOD COMMUNICATION

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you think about a typical PR firm, you envision one of two types of agencies—one full of socialites who eat, drink and breathe the celebrity lifestyle or one that is strict and traditional with formulaic ideas and solutions. Elle communications is neither of these, but rather a unique and passionate group who have carved a passionate path of their own. Elle is an innovative public communications boutique fueled by a genuine desire to do purposeful work with purposeful people. With clients ranging from Raven + Lily to Invisible Children, Elle helps their clients uniquely stand out in…
  • 6 Everyday, Entrepreneurial Heros You Should Know About

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Six incredibly inspiring stories who’ve overcome extreme circumstances and provided great learning lessons for us all.
  • How to Tell Your Brand Story Online

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Written by Dave Benton The world that brands live within has evolved, and today online platforms are one of the largest brand communication tools. What sets some brands apart, however, is the care they take to nurture their brand story. These stories should be developed in a way that they can create outcomes that are not only forward thinking and beautiful, but also place the brand front and center in the mind of the customer. Here are six Uncommon Sense Steps to telling your brand’s story: 1. For consumers to value your brand you must live your values. Great storytelling connects your…
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • 26 Inspired Quotes on the Innovation Most Needed on Planet Earth -- PEACE!

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:36 pm
    You've heard of product innovation, process innovation, business model innovation, and disruptive innovation. Now it's time for PEACE INNOVATION -- and that's what's happening on September 21st all around the world as millions of people in cities, towns, and hamlets gather together to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Want to know more? See more? Feel more? Tune into PeaceCast, a 48-hour livestream broadcast to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Starts at 8:00 am (EDT) on 9/20 and ends at 6:00 am (EDT) on 9/22.
  • Michelangelo on Genius

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Idea Champions Ingenious Leadership
  • Is Peace the Innovation We Need the Most?

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    "Innovation" continues to be a hot topic in corporate circles these days -- a "competitive edge" organizations are increasingly attempting to hone so they can not only differentiate themselves from the competition, but survive in today's topsy turvy economy. That being said, there are some forward thinking organizations out there who are going beyond the status quo and seriously asking themselves what they can do differently to not only be "socially responsible", but use their corporate clout to help various peace-themed global causes truly impact positive change. If that describes your…
  • JUST RELEASED -- Citizens of the Earth

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Here's a powerful, 2-minute video, that supports the message of the International Day of Peace. If you would like to encourage your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and customers to pause for a moment and reflect on the need for peace, this is a good link to send them. Idea Champions is proud to be one of Peace for People's partners.
  • The Big, Hairy Moment of Truth

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    There is a moment in everyone's life when all the cards are on the table, all the chips, too -- the moment of truth when the entire universe, it seems, is conspiring to call one's attention to the choice we have every single minute of the day to let go of our past and move towards what is truly calling us, even if we have no idea where it will lead. One such moment happened for me in 1969, during my first and only semester as a graduate student at Brown University's prestigious MFA Creative Writing Program.
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Why leadership development is critical for innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's been a summer of reconnecting with old friends and colleagues.  A few weeks ago I drove to Richmond, Virginia to reconnect with a good friend I hadn't seen in a few years.  Last weekend I drove to Greenville, SC to see my daughter in college, and to visit my college roommate, Brett, who I hadn't seen in a few years.Brett is in the leadership development and coaching business, working with senior executives and CEO to help them grow as people and leaders.  As we discussed his business and mine, I realized that we shared many commonalities.  When he works to help…
  • It's the time and the season for innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Time has been on my mind a lot lately.  That usually because we've been busy, and time seems to accelerate.  When I was a kid, a day seemed to take forever.  Now it seems that the day rushes past, and I can't get anything done.  I look back and wonder where the day went. Corporations are constructed of lots of individuals who have their own time opportunities and constraints.  The more people, the more constraints and interruptions, the less time to do something new and different.  Of the three most significant barriers for innovation, culture, time and…
  • RIGHT NOW or AS SOON AS?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    When is the best time to innovate?  We get this question all the time.  Some of our clients know they need to innovate, and what's more they want to innovate RIGHT NOW.  Typically the "right now" crowd has encountered one of two conditions.  Either they are getting crushed in the market by a new competitive product, or they are crushing the competition.  Most "RIGHT NOWers" are on the far ends of the bell curve, well ahead of the competition and planning to stay that way or well behind the competition and forced to make a definitive move.If you know your statistics,…
  • Mash-ups and collisions at the periphery

    Jeffrey Phillips
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    My good friend Paul Hobcraft encouraged a dialog from some of his friends on the idea of the innovation "mashup".  That is, good things may occur when two technologies or capabilities are connected or combined.  I want to concur and further explore his idea.The best marketing ad ever developed for a "mash up" is for the Reese's Peanut Butter cup - one of my favorite snacks.  As many of you who may be old enough to recall, the setting was that one individual woudl be eating peanut butter, another eating plain chocolate.  Through many different machinations, the two would…
  • Good innovators get the big picture and the minutiae

    Jeffrey Phillips
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Pity the poor innovator, especially those in large corporations.  They are constantly whip-sawed between competing narratives and perspectives.  In one moment, executives are complaining that no one stops to look at the big picture, to bring them new ideas that are "game changers".  In another, subsequent moment, the same innovators are slammed by people who want them to "get their heads out of the clouds" and create something immediately useful.  Good innovators are constantly buffeted by these two competing storylines.What's interesting is not that they are buffeted, but…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • An offline design magazine: Offscreen

    Scott
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The new issue of Offscreen magazine is here. As the name suggests, it’s print only, and it’s one of the best magazines I’ve seen about design and designers in some time. I’m biased as the closing essay in issue #9 is something I wrote about Embracing the Off Switch (aka Not Drowning in Data). If you’re into design and getting away from machines every now and then, pick up the current issue at OffscreenMag.
  • New design of scottberkun.com is live

    Scott
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    I’m happy to say the new design of this site is live. Thanks to Ryan Sommers for the design and development work. If you find any issues or bugs, please leave a comment. Just make sure to mention what browser / platform you’re using. Cheers.
  • New site design launches Monday

    Scott
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    Ryan Sommers at Sevenbold and I have  been working on a redesign of scottberkun.com for the last few weeks. We’ll be launching the new design Monday morning. Things should go smoothly, but this is a warning just in case. Here’s a preview of what’s coming.
  • Questions for a bad question

    Scott
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    I regularly take the the top voted question from readers and answer it in a post. With 85 votes, today’s winner was: How do you create a reliable character in your story?  how do you create a deep, reliable personality? So they would seem real?  (Submitted by Elchanan Paley) I am going to do something I haven’t done before and deliberately not answer this question, at least not directly. This question seems, at first, like a reasonable, if basic, thing a writer should ask. But there are several issues lurking inside this question that made it a great example for how to ask…
  • Can You Have a Career In Solving Big World Problems?

    Scott
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    I regularly take the the top voted question from readers and answer it in a post. With 41 votes, today’s winner was: How would you start a career tackling big world problems? (Submitted by Steve Chung) It’s certainly a wonderful ambition. What’s concerning is much like the saying “I want to change the world” it’s more about ego than the world itself. Why does the world need changing exactly? Why are you wise enough or worthy of the power required to change the world? Once you scratch the surface of the sentiment and think, just for a minute, about history of…
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • Think High

    Paul Sloane
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Researchers discovered that the height of the ceiling in a meeting room can affect the outcome of the meeting. Apparently a high ceiling encourages people to think more creatively while a low ceiling discourages imagination and influences people to think in a constrained way. So if you want an effective brainstorm choose somewhere with plenty of headroom. The concept extends beyond the physical. In addition to material headroom we need lofty ideals too. Many people will approach a meeting as a low value exercise unless we inspire them to become engaged and try harder. The meeting leader…
  • You Train for Other Skills so why not Train for Innovation?

    Paul Sloane
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    How did your organization acquire its skills in quality, sales, marketing, people management, finance and all the other myriad competences that you use? You hired people with the skills, and you trained people so that they acquired the skills, and people learned skills on the job. So if you want to develop expertise in innovation then the same approaches apply. You hire creative people. You train people in the cultural and procedural aspects of innovation. And people learn about innovation by practising it. The main areas for training include: Problem Analysis Questioning Listening Idea…
  • A Model for Innovation – The Edinburgh Fringe

    Paul Sloane
    17 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Have you been to the Edinburgh Fringe?  It is a remarkable experience.  The Fringe is the world’s largest annual Arts Festival.  There are some 3000 different shows featuring comedy, theatre, music, dance, magic and improv.  There is no selection committee (in their terms it is unjuried).  Any type of performer with any type of act can participate.  This means that it has become an experimental playground and launching pad for emerging talent.  At the same time many well-established artists perform at the Fringe because they love being part of it.  Something like 2 million…
  • How to Fight a Blame Culture

    Paul Sloane
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    A culture in which people are blamed for their failures and mistakes is highly damaging for innovation and for learning. If staff are worried that the finger will be pointed at them for trying things that don’t work then they will not try them. And if people are scared of recriminations they will not own up to errors and mistakes which means that an opportunity for improvement and learning is missed. This problem is particularly acute in the health care sector where a blame culture can discourage whistle-blowers and individuals who want to report errors – their own or those made by…
  • Spend time with your Unhappiest Customers

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

  • Innovative Online Delivery Process

    sshapiro
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Ordering a product online is often like a black box. You order. If you are lucky, you get an order confirmation with a tracking number. However you typically get very little visibility into the process. A more advanced order method is the one Dominos Pizza uses. You get to see where your pizza is in... The post Innovative Online Delivery Process appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

    sshapiro
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Over the years I have tried many methods for growing my business. I’ve hired internet marketing firms to implement direct marketing programs or improve my Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I’ve worked with PR firms who secured me key spots in national newspapers, magazines, and television. And I’ve ... The post Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business

    sshapiro
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Being different for the sake of being different is a losing proposition. So how do you stand out from the crowd? Find your true differentiator. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, a tourist destination known for its boardwalk and beach, you’ll find dozens of t-shirt shops, restaurants, massage parlo... The post Why Being Different Can Kill Your Business appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Welcome to Our New Website

    sshapiro
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday July 11, 2014, we launched this new website. It has been 4 years since the last website refresh. We hope you like it and welcome any comments you may have! Stephen Shapiro... The post Welcome to Our New Website appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Certified Speaking Professional

    sshapiro
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    It is with great pleasure that I can formally announce that I was recently awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation by the National Speakers Association (NSA). What is does the CSP designation mean? Established in 1980 by the National Speakers Association, CSP is the speaking pr... The post Certified Speaking Professional appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Working Knowledg

  • Why Amateurs Make Breakthroughs #BIF10

    Andrea Meyer
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Point: “Amateurs” have a willingness to try outlandish things, things that experts “know better” than to do. Story: The word “amateur” has gotten a bad rap. People apply the term dismissively to imply that someone is an unskilled dabbler, but the word originates from the Latin “amator” meaning a lover, a devotee, or person who adores a particular endeavor.  I learned this from Sarah Lewis, whose new book on creativity, The Rise, devotes an entire chapter to “The Disciplined Amateur.” Lewis chronicles the discoveries by Nobel…
  • Sustainable New Product Development

    Andrea Meyer
    19 Jul 2013 | 1:23 pm
    Point: Make sustainability decisions at the start of new product development. Story: “Seventy-five to 90 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the product development stage,” says Kevin Myette, director of product and supply chain sustainability at outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). Given that fact, it’s extremely important for product designers to have access to information about the sustainability of materials when making decisions about which materials to use for new products. For example, which do you think…
  • Innovation in the Collaborative Economy

    Andrea Meyer
    22 Jun 2013 | 3:34 pm
    Point: The collaborative economy enables new business models (and disrupts old ones). Story: The collaborative economy is growing as individuals find new ways to connect directly with their peers to share or rent their assets and skills. The collaborative economy includes sharing assets like spare rooms (Airbnb) and cars (RelayCars) or consumable goods (CampusBookRentals, Toyswap) or services (TaskRabbit, oDesk). The peer-to-peer rental market alone is worth $26 billion, according to Rachel Botsman, and that doesn’t include peer-to-peer-lending or crowdfunding, which is predicted to…
  • Hidden Costs Provide Hidden Opportunities

    Andrea Meyer
    26 May 2013 | 4:04 pm
    Point: When choosing areas to target for process innovations, consider the complementary – not just direct – costs and benefits Story: Companies naturally look for a satisfactory return on their investment when they make process improvements. But, sometimes the way they analyze costs and returns can blind them to significant gains.  For example, in most regions, water is cheap. Making investments to reduce water usage may be laudable from an environmental standpoint, but it’s often hard to justify on strictly financial terms if one only takes the nominal cost of the water…
  • World’s Biggest Challenges are its Biggest Market Opportunities

    Andrea Meyer
    29 Apr 2013 | 12:07 am
    Point: While many people wring their hands over seemingly insurmountable problems, entrepreneurs roll up their sleeves and work on solutions. Story: Peter Diamandis, founder of the X PRIZE Foundation and Zero Gravity Corp, is particularly optimistic. Seeing what small teams can accomplish with today’s technologies, he sees limitless opportunities. “A Maasai tribesman in Kenya today has better mobile communications than President Reagan had 25 years ago. If they’re on a smartphone, they have access to more information than President Clinton did 15 years ago,” he says. These…
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • Win Your Customers With Promotional Products

    Sanjay Dalal
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Do you want to build a strong brand recognition and get ahead of your competition? Or are you looking for a creative and unique marketing channel to promote your products and services? If so, then you must take a look at Promoking Promotional Agency that offers a wide range of promotional products to help your business get better return on investment (ROI).In this competitive world, every business, whether it is small, medium or large wants to achieve huge success. No matter how, they want to move from the starting point to the success point as soon as possible. And in this journey,…
  • Connect with 500 Engineering Professionals at 29th ASEI National Convention

    Sanjay Dalal
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    You are invited to the 29th ASEI National Convention which will be held at the beautiful campus of University of California, Irvine on September 27, 2014.You will have an opportunity to meet and connect with over 500 engineers, entrepreneurs, scientists and technologists from Southern California. The theme of the convention is STEM: Ideas for the 21st Century with presenters in multiple tracks. Come listen to the experts in their field where science, engineering, technology and math blend where you cannot see a separation of one field from another in this highly integrated tech…
  • 7 Classic Jokes Made by USA Presidents

    Sanjay Dalal
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Everyone needs a good laugh every so often. It's great to see that some U.S. presidents have demonstrated a great sense of humor, even self-deprecating at times. One president stands out though from all the jokesters: Ronald Reagan. He was the president when I moved to USA from India in 1987, and I have to say, the Great Communicator was really funny and inspiring.Here are 7 Classic Jokes made by U.S. Presidents in no particular order of their humor quotient:"In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress." -…
  • India will Celebrate 68th Independence Day on August 15

    Sanjay Dalal
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:47 pm
    My mother country India will be celebrating 67 years of Independence on August 15. I will be simultaneously celebrating 21 years of marriage on August 15 (my wife and I got married in Buena Park, Orange County on August 15, 1993 according to Hindu custom).I live in the greatest democracy of the world United States of America with my family and love the free-spirit, opportunity, education, security and equality that USA offers to our citizens. I moved to USA in 1987 along with my sister in pursuit of the dream, went to school here, found my life partner, got married, was blessed with two…
  • CrowdFunding your Startup. How to Get Funded Now with OPM with David Khorram. September 18

    Sanjay Dalal
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Join us on September 18 and Get Inspired by David KhorramOrange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego ProfessionalsOGoing is hosting an exclusive Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker, seasoned entrepreneur and coach who will share with us how to CrowdFund our startup or growing business now.Learn more and RSVP earlyCrowdFunding your Startup. How to Get Funded Now with OPMAbout DavidDavid Khorram's passion is CrowdFunding, helping you to raise capital for your ideas Now. This helps him to be significant.Here are David's nuggets on CrowdFunding:* With the proper planning, your…
 
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    ITIF Publication, Events and News Articles

  • The Global Mercantilist Index: Who’s The Worst?

    akey
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration Countries’ use of mercantilist economic policies has expanded dramatically, particularly in emerging economies such as Brazil, China, and India. These practices, such as forced technology transfer, local production as a condition of market access, intellectual property theft, restrictions on cross-border data flows, “indigenous innovation” and others, distort trade and investment and damage both the U.S. and global economies. To date there has been no systematic way to identify which nations are engaged in the most egregious mercantilist practices and which most…
  • Understanding and Maximizing America’s Evolutionary Economy

    akey
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enable Registration In the conventional view, the U.S. economy is a static entity, changing principally only in size (growing in normal times and contracting during recessions). But in reality, our economy is a constantly evolving, complex ecosystem. The U.S. economy of 2014 is different, not just larger, than the economy of 2013. Understanding that we are dealing with an evolutionary rather than a static economy has significant implications for the conceptualization of both economics and economic policy. ITIF President Robert Atkinson will present the findings from a new report that…
  • ITIF Comments to White House Strategy for American Innovation RFP

    akey
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ITIF responds to the Administration's request for comments on the Strategy for American Innovation.
  • ITIF Files Comments on Universal Service for the House Communications Act Update

    akey
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ITIF files comments on effective universal service under a new Communications Act.
  • Creating Value from Government Data: The Next Wave of Data-Driven Innovation

    akey
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    off http://www.datainnovation.org/2014/09/creating-value-from-government-data-the-next-wave-of-data-driven-innovation/ Data-driven innovation represents an enormous opportunity for government agencies to become more efficient and effective. Using data and analytics, agencies can make smarter decisions, deliver higher-value services, and increase their productivity. In addition, the data revolution is unlocking new possibilities for government agencies to create economic opportunities through collaborations with the private sector. For example, as a recent report issued by the U.S. Commerce…
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Robots That Learn Through Repetition, Not Programming

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A startup says getting a robot to do things should be less about writing code and more like animal training.Eugene Izhikevich thinks you shouldn’t have to write code in order to teach robots new tricks. “It should be more like training a dog,” he says.  “Instead of programming, you show it consistent examples of desired behavior.”
  • Technology Stalled in 1970

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Peter Thiel says he’s trying to get entrepreneurs to go after bigger problems than the ones Silicon Valley is chasing.Peter Thiel has been behind some prominent technologies: he cofounded PayPal and was an early investor in such companies as Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tesla Motors. But he’s convinced that technological progress has been stagnant for decades. According to Thiel, developments in computers and the Internet haven’t significantly improved our quality of life. In a new book, he warns entrepreneurs that conventional business wisdom is preventing them and society as a whole from…
  • Radical New DNA Sequencer Finally Gets into Researchers’ Hands

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A DNA sequencer the size of a cell phone could change where, and how, gene research occurs.One day in 1989, biophysicist David Deamer pulled his car off California’s Interstate 5 to hurriedly scribble down an idea. In a mental flash, he had pictured a strand of DNA threading its way through a microscopic pore. Grabbing a pen and a yellow pad, he sketched out a radical new way to study the molecule of life.
  • Making Innovation

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise.Visitors to the Crosspointe Rolls-Royce facility in Prince George County, Virginia, have to don safety glasses and steel-tipped shoes, just as they would at any traditional factory. But then things start to look different. Past the cubicles filled with programmers and support staff sits a 140,000-square-foot factory with spotless white concrete floors, bright lighting, surprisingly quiet equipment, and very few human beings.
  • The New Chinese Factory

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Leading manufacturers in China combine the country’s historical labor advantages with expertise in automation, design, and manufacturing.With its medieval canals and carefully preserved downtown, the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou might have been a quiet burgh compared with neighboring Shanghai. But in 1994, the governments of Singapore and China invested in an industrial development zone there, and Suzhou grew quickly into a manufacturing boomtown.
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • A liberal actor in a realist world? The Commission and the external dimension of the single market for energy

    Andreas Goldthau
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This article investigates the European Commission's external energy policy through the lens of the regulatory state. It argues that because of the nature of its institutions, policy tools and resources, the Commission remains a liberal actor even as the world leaves the benign pro-market environment of the 1990s and becomes more mercantilist – or ‘realist’.
  • The Ukraine Challenge and Europe's Energy Needs Collide

    Andreas Goldthau
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The crisis in Ukraine is the most severe security challenge in Europe after the Cold War. Energy has featured prominently in public debates surrounding the conflict. Yet, energy-market realities hinder some of the political preferences that currently feature prominently in the hallways of European capital cities. European policy makers should therefore push for separating energy from hard security issues in this conflict.
  • Russia's Gas Pact With China Not About Ukraine

    Morena Skalamera
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    After a decade of delays, on May 21 Russia and China clinched a $400 billion 30-year deal on the delivery of 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year starting in 2018. In Shanghai, President Vladimir Putin called the deal an "epic event."
  • Obama's Second-Term Energy Policy Is Working

    John M. Deutch
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    "President Obama has put energy and the environment at the top of his second-term agenda. The focus has been on climate change, and on exploiting the unexpected plenty of North American oil, gas and energy technology. The administration's progress has been notable...," writes John Deutch. "The president's highest priority is to reduce the carbon-dioxide emissions of existing electricity generating power plants....The projected CO2 reductions—about 30% below 2005 levels by 2030—are reasonable and shouldn't significantly increase industry or consumer costs."
  • Transforming U.S. Energy Innovation

    Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn and Venkatesh "Venky" Narayanamurti
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    How much should the U.S. government invest on energy R&D, and where should those investments be focused? How can the government work with the private sector to accelerate energy innovation? This book addresses these and other important questions to meet the energy challenge with new analytical methods and data.
 
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • Death of the Sales Funnel, Bad Body Language, and More – Roger’s Picks

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Essential reading for the weekend… They say money can’t buy happiness, but can science get you to a happier state? Lots of researchers are working on that, so the answer may be “yes.” Dr. Jeremy Dean@PsyBlog) shares some of the latest work in Happiness: 10 Fascinating New Psychology Studies Everyone Should Know Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Roger Dooleyneuromarketingweb resourcesbrainsellingpsychologyproductivity
  • Young People Are Driving Less and Buying Fewer Cars a Trend That Will Continue

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    A while back I spent an afternoon talking with a team of future watchers from Toyota. They were touring the globe talking to people about the changing nature of the world and its impact on the types and volumes of cars that will be purchased. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: youngageDick Stroudautomobileconsumer trends
  • Design Is Eating The World

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    Henry Ford famously said that his customers could a car painted in any color so long as it was black. Many people misunderstand that quote. It wasn’t that he didn’t care about his customers needs, but that manufacturing efficiency trumped style. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: designGreg Satellchangefunctionalitydesign thinking
  • Serious Games for Medical Assisting Instructors and Students

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Practice, the line of 3D, multiplayer Serious Games developed by Muzzy Lane Software for McGraw-Hill Education, which already includes Practice OperationsPractice Marketing, Government in Action, and Practice Spanish: Study Abroad, is about to get a new addition: Practice Medical Assisting. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: serious gamesEliane Alhadeffhealthcaretrainingeducation
  • Manipulation vs. Customer Focus, Dilbert-style

    admin
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:29 pm
    One of the post-speech questions I’m often asked is whether employing my neuromarketing strategies is “manipulative” and/or unethical. This weekend’s Dilbert strip by Scott Adams highlights the divide between manipulation and customer focus: Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: neuromarketingmanipulationethicsRoger Dooleypersuasionintegrity
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    Applied Imagination

  • Storytelling Guru Robert McKee to Present STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar in New York City

    Steven Dahlberg
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    One-day event shares actionable story knowledge and ready-to-use tools to enhance your business communication and persuasion skills Storytelling guru Robert McKee will present his STORY-IN-BUSINESS Seminar in New York City on September 26, 2014. This exclusive, one-day event will show business leaders how to create and use stories that persuade, inspire and engage their customers and employees. Find more information and registration at www.mckeestory.com/business-story -- and receive a free audio book of STORY by Robert McKee when you register now using promo code DG14!At the…
  • TEDx Viewing Party on "Changing the Way We Eat" - New Milford, Conn., March 1

    Steven Dahlberg
    20 Feb 2014 | 12:25 pm
    MAKERY™ TO BRING LIVE TEDxMANHATTAN “CHANGING THE WAY WE EAT” TO BANK STREET, NEW MILFORD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 1 Join Makery’s Free Viewing Party of this TEDx Event Led by Food & Farming Experts from 9:30am - 6:00pm. NEW MILFORD, CT (February 13, 2014) – On Saturday, March 1st from 9:30am - 6:00pm, the much-anticipated TEDxManhattan “Changing the Way We Eat” will once again take place in New York City. Join New Milford, Conn.'s newest community organization, MAKERY, for a live viewing party, free of charge, featuring a brilliant lineup of experts…
  • An Initial Look at America’s Creative Economy ... from the National Creativity Network

    Steven Dahlberg
    7 Nov 2013 | 10:42 am
    Press Release: September 18, 2013Contacts: George Tzougros, Board Chair, National Creativity Network, 608-267-2006, George.tzougros@wisconsin.gov; Christine Harris, Principal Researcher and Lead Author, 414-379-1011, Christine@charrisconnect.comThe National Creativity Network announces the release of AMERICA’S CREATIVE ECONOMY: A STUDY OF RECENT CONCEPTIONS, DEFINITIONS, AND APPROACHES TO MEASUREMENT ACROSS THE USA. The 141-page free report is the most comprehensive study to date on creative economies across America – especially focused on how regions and organizations conceptualize and…
  • "Creating a Poetic Life on Purpose" Workshop Coming Up at the University of Connecticut-Waterbury

    Steven Dahlberg
    20 Sep 2013 | 6:33 am
    The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Connecticut Waterbury Campus is presenting the "Creating a Poetic Life on Purpose" Workshop on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. It will take place in the UConn Waterbury Multipurpose Room. The workshop facilitators are Anne F. O'Reilly, poet, mystic and teacher from Dublin, Ireland, and Steven Dahlberg, director of the Connecticut-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination.To reserve your free seat, please call 203-36-9924 or 203-236-9925 TODAY or email osher@uconn.edu.ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:Imagine,…
  • Hopkins Vineyard to Host ‘The Nature of Wine’ Mini-Workshop and Tasting as Part of Creativity Workshop in Connecticut

    Steven Dahlberg
    19 Sep 2013 | 11:07 am
    Hopkins Vineyard is hosting a special event on “The Nature of Wine,” exploring the intersection of creativity, wine and the brain. The event is Saturday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 25 Hopkins Rd. in New Preston, Conn., and presented by the New Milford, Conn.-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination.Participants will explore how master sommeliers learn to understand wine, what's happening in the brain when they taste wine -- and how they transfer this knowledge and experience to others. Participants will practice looking at, smelling and tasting wines as the experts…
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    Creativity Central

  • BIF10: Why the heart of innovation is personal.

    Creativity Central
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Innovation is personal.  It is, by nature and nurture, an inevitable human enterprise that begins with a terrible itch to scratch.  That itch may begin as simply as a mere annoyance or as profound as confronting cancer. All of this was the heart of the BIF10 (Business Innovation Factory) annual summit. After 10 years and three hundred and twenty innovator/storytellers, BIF continues to amaze, enthrall, and inspire the audience of 300 who make the pilgrimage to Providence, Rhode Island each year. Let’s begin with the amaze and enthrall.  One of the innovators is Camille…
  • BIF10. Have you heard the one about the Rabbi and disruptive innovation?

    Creativity Central
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    It is rare to find the terms “rabbi” and “disruptive innovation” used in the same sentence. Rarer still, is to find those words inexplicably embedded into the vision of one individual. When Rabbi Irwin Kula spoke from the BIF10 stage (Business Innovation Factory Summit) in Providence, he asked a provocative question: How do we innovate more developed and evolved human beings? Kula, the President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the author of Yearnings: The Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, believes that like any system, religion has…
  • Bullets, Innovation, and the dreaded "M" Word

    Creativity Central
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    In the intellectual equivalent of placing my hand over a candle flame, I am taking a course on complex models.  And an answer your obvious question, less Cindy Crawford or Angela Lindvall and more probabilities and algebra.  I have a deep affinity and some aptitude for the English language, but I have never been an aficionado of the “M” word – mathematics.   So why dive into the deep end of the pool of models and mathematics? Frankly, I thought the class promise of “no calculus or advanced math needed” meant I could bumble my way through the course…
  • Forvo: The Holy Grail for Speakers Everywhere

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

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

  • You’re incredibly smart and handsome

    Don The Idea Guy
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Most (if not all) major brands add you to an email marketing list after you buy and register a product with them.  Such is the case with Toshiba.  I was forced to buy a new laptop when the one I owned was damaged in a car accident (I looked like I got hit by a truck, because I literally got-hit-by-a-truck!) and needed repaired. It didn’t need to be a great laptop (since mine could be repaired) but it needed to be a great-priced laptop that wouldn’t be totally useless as a back-up or travel laptop for continued use after I had my baby back from the repair shop. My very first…
  • Relationships are inefficient

    Don The Idea Guy
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Relationships are incredibly inefficient. You have to identify a likely potential candidate, present yourself in a way that you hope they will find compelling and attractive, if they agree to the possibility of a relationship you have the whole let’s-hang-out-together-trial-runs, and if the other party finally decides that YES, you are the one for them — you have to maintain the intimacy and personal connection by being sensitive and responding to their needs 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. At any given time relationships are romantic, loving, messy,…
  • I Just Ate 31 Apples

    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I subscribe to DarrenDaily from Success Magazine editor Darren Hardy. Every morning I get a text message and an email alert with a link to a quick video and commentary that feels like Darren recorded it just for me. Each episode usually takes just 3 or 4 minutes to consume and comprehend (though with the early — pre-coffee — morning delivery, I sometimes need to watch twice for it to sink in) with each session containing a single point of improvement I can work on for that day. It’s incredibly valuable information… and I know it. But for some reason last month…
  • Find Another Room

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Thanks to my bright friend Darcy Blessing, I had the opportunity this past weekend to sit around the table with some other really bright people that I’d never met before. No agenda. No task list. No ulterior motives. Nobody was trying to “get business” from anyone else at the table. Just a collection of people one current friend (and one new friend) pulled together because they thought everyone around the table would be better off meeting the others who gathered round the table. There was great food and great conversation. There were great stories. And laughter. And a lot…
  • Your most important client should fire you

    Don The Idea Guy
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Your most important client is also your most neglected client… YOU. You would absolutely stop doing business with a company immediately if they treated you the way you treat yourself. Think about it. Compared to all the other clients you serve, YOUR projects are always the last to get done, your needs are the last to get met, your meetings with yourself always get cancelled, the work on your projects always looks and feels rushed, and your projects are always delivered late.  You’re always out helping other people grow their business, but yours may be suffering in silence.
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    InnoBlog

  • Putting the Cat on the Table: How Candor Can Drive Innovation

    kblake
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In 1997, Korean Air Flight 801 crashed into a mountainside in Guam. While several factors played a part in the accident, the inability of the co-pilot to openly raise his concerns to the captain contributed to the tragic outcome. In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell recounts how accidents like Flight 801 led to the radical redesign of cockpit protocol, the company’s training program and culture—all of which later made Korean Air one of the safest carriers in the world. Candor, the quality of being open and honest, is critical not only for pilots, but also for business innovators. In…
  • The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

    kblake
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that innovation is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, what can you do in your first 100 days to set things off on the right track? Over the past decade we’ve helped dozens of leaders through their first 100 days. Based on our experience, augmented by in-depth interviews with a few of the most seasoned practitioners with which we have worked, we…
  • How to Market Test a New Idea

    kblake
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    “So,” the executive sponsor of the new growth effort said. “What do we do now?” It was the end of a meeting reviewing progress on a promising initiative to bring a new health service to apartment dwellers in crowded, emerging-market cities. A significant portion of customers who had been shown a brochure describing the service had expressed interest in it. But would they actually buy it?  To find out, the company decided to test market the service in three roughly comparable apartment complexes over a 90-day period. Before the test began, team members working on the idea had built a…
  • Five Ways to Evaluate the Performance of Innovation Teams (When Operating under Lots Assumptions but Little Knowledge)

    kblake
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:16 am
    Companies are increasingly asking us how they should evaluate individuals and teams charged with creating future growth platforms. The question is fraught with complexity, because this kind of work calls upon a skill that doesn’t come naturally to most of us: dealing with an environment with lots of assumptions but little real knowledge. That’s what makes managing innovation teams different from other leadership challenges. “This is really tough,” one senior leader recently told me. “We may be coming from a budgeting meeting, where we enforce certain governance standards, but then…
  • Why Would Amazon Want to Sell a Mobile Phone?

    kblake
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:53 am
    If you believe the rumors, Amazon.com is going to enter the mobile phone business this week, with most pundits guessing that a mysterious video suggest that it will release a phone with novel 3-D viewing capabilities. There are obvious reasons for Amazon to be eying the category. The mobile phone industry is massive, with close to 2 billion devices shipped annually and total spending on wireless-related services of more than $1.6 trillion across the world. As mobile devices increasingly serve as the center of the consumer’s world, their importance to a range of companies is increasing. What…
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    Innovationedge

  • Making everyday items better: Regional manufacturing innovations hit mainstream

    Cheryl Perkins
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Here is an interview I did with business editor Larry Avila: Making everyday items better Regional manufacturing innovations hit mainstream Story by Larry Avila, New North B2B Editor They’re all around us and we likely don’t even give it a second thought. From vehicles to move people and goods to the gizmos that keep us connected to daily happenings as well as friends and family, there’s one thing that bonds them together – someone came up with an idea to make a once-thought-impossible or difficult task possible. But in a world that constantly demands better and faster, a culture of…
  • The Theory of Crowd Capital

    Cheryl Perkins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
      I’m curating a fantastic collection of Open Innovation white papers from innovation experts, universities and corporate thought leaders on the latest theories, recent case studies, preliminary results and pioneering research. I first came across The Theory of Crowd Capital, which is the result of proceedings of the hawaii International Conference on System Sciences last year. John Prpic from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, and Prashant Shukla of the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management put this together and I share it with you here:…
  • Eight Ways to Rethink Your Business Model

    Cheryl Perkins
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In my book, Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Overcoming the Barriers to Personal and Corporate Success, we discuss some of the ways our corporate efforts have gone stale. One of those ways is embedded in our corporate cultures that tell our people, “Not Invented Here.” Those three little words ought not be!  There is a whole lot of re-thinking many corporations need to do in order to reshape their cultures and bring those services and products to market in a way that is sustainable. That’s why I enjoyed this article, “Eight Ways to Rethink Your Business Model,”…
  • Running on rubbish: Supermarket comes off grid, powered by food waste

    Cheryl Perkins
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Imagine a grocery store sending zero waste to the landfill. That’s what is happening in the UK with Sainsbury’s stories. “Last summer Sainsbury’s achieved its 20×20 sustainability target of putting all its store waste to positive use – and diverting it from landfill.  All general waste from stores is recycled or turned into fuel. Surplus food that can’t be used by our charity partners to feed vulnerable people is now processed into animal feed to support British farmers or used to generate energy through anaerobic digestion,” says the company. Sainsbury’s…
  • Big data solution allows business leaders and data scientists to collaborate

    Cheryl Perkins
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    A new tool is helping to enable better collaborations between data science personnel and corporate workers. Adatao is offering a more comprehensive solution that lets business leaders and data scientists work together more easily by enabling businesses to use one single tool across the organization with real-time collaboration across departments: The service is split into two layers — pAnalytics, which is designed for analysts, and pInsights, which lets anyone create interactive visuals based on data. The first uses Apache Hadoop datasets and an API to enable data scientists to put…
 
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • The Best Kept Secrets Of Breakthrough. Everyone Should Start Practicing Them.

    Idris
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Everyone is looking for a breakthrough. The massive shift in generation differences in consumer behavior and rapid technological shift are casuing many companies to fail.... and it will happen fast. Companies that are stuck in their old mental model cannot breakout for many reasons. It is usually a combination of all that causes them to be irrelevant. It includes leadership’s...
  • Let's Not Confuse Drawing Circles And Arrows With Real Sensemaking.

    Idris
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:52 am
    As everything is moving faster and less predictable as it seems while organizations struggling to understand what it means and what options to take and how to land on the right decisions at the right time.The results often are inactions or delayed repsonses that cost companies. Both senior and middle managers’ job include understanding, interpreting and communicating options for executive...
  • Does Social Media Makes All Of Us Phenomenologists?

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

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

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

  • Seeing Green (or, Maybe Blue) Makes You More Creative

    keithsawyer
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    I’ve just read a scientific article that provides evidence that green makes you more creative. The researchers conducted four different experimental studies, and in each study, people performed simple creativity tasks that could be easily scored (such as “think of unusual uses for a tin can”). Before the creativity task started, half of the subjects were “primed” with a two-second glimpse of green, and the other half saw instead white, gray, red, or blue, depending on the study. The people who saw green were quite a bit more creative, in all four studies. In one…
  • How to Write a Book

    keithsawyer
    6 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Here’s some great advice from the new book Beyond the First Draft: The Art of Fiction by John Casey: I can’t teach someone how to write…but if someone is talented to begin with, I can save her a lot of time. I can sometimes teach someone to rewrite. You don’t have to only write about what you know. (Haven’t you read novels that contain murder scenes?) “Show, don’t tell” is great advice–the same advice you’ll get in an improv theater class–but many great novelists do a lot of “telling” and it can be done very well.
  • How “Frozen” Was Created: New ABC Special Shows How Creativity Happens

    keithsawyer
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Frozen is the most popular, highest grossing animated film of all time. How did the writers and producers create such a big success? Who had the brilliant idea to make a film about female empowerment, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale The Snow Queen? As it turns out, no one person had this idea. Frozen did not result from a big moment of insight by a genius creator. In fact, the original script was completely different from the movie that we all know and love. The final movie’s themes of feminine strengths and bonds emerged, over time, from a wandering,…
  • Get Your Ideas Out Into the World, Early and Often

    keithsawyer
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    One of the most solid findings from creativity research is that you should externalize your thoughts early and often. By “externalize” psychologists mean to take your nascent ideas out of your own head, and create a visual or spatial representation. This helps drive creativity in several ways. First, in most cases you have to transform your idea, usually a little but sometimes a lot, to make it visible. That transformation is always a productive creative process. Working hard to get your idea on paper makes you more creative than if you simply think harder and longer inside your…
  • Is the “Lone Genius” Finally Dead?

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

  • Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

    philmckinney
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    We all have pet-peeves, those small things that annoy us or seem unnecessarily complicated.  What if instead of letting your aggravation build up, you used obnoxious things in life to inspire you to create, innovate and strategize? That’s exactly what Aran Aleamoni did, when he created a simple solution to a very common annoyance in a game of golf.  If you’ve played much golf you’ve probably experienced having to work around someone’s ball marker in order to make your putt.…
  • 5 Great Reasons to Ask Questions

    philmckinney
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    In a world where customers have access to an almost unlimited number of products, most of which they may not even use, it becomes even more important to differentiate yourself in order to draw attention to what you might have to offer.  How can you make a customer’s life easier, better or more interesting?  Why should they choose you?  These are questions that companies tend to ask in order to sell their products. However, these are not the only reasons why you may need to ask questions.  If you look at children, you’ll see that they ask questions because they are curious.  Often,…
  • A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

    philmckinney
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    The innovation of inflatable space station modules, now being developed by Bigelow Aerospace as the basis of a commercial space station, has a strange history. The concept was actually developed by NASA as part of a project called Transhab, which contemplated attaching inflatable modules to what would later become the International Space Station. But Congress nixed the idea and NASA sold the licenses to Robert Bigelow, a Nevada hotel magnate who is interested in commercial space projects. The idea behind inflatable modules is that they can be folded up inside a rocket and launched to low…
  • Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

    philmckinney
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Creativity is that which separates human beings from beasts. It is more than just building a tool or expressing one’s “self” or drawing a picture. The ability to be creative involves an understanding of nature that we then change and adapt based on our needs or to solve a problem. An educational process should involve encouraging the human mind to conceptualize ideas, and then use our minds, our tools, and our free will to actually transform the physical characteristics of our environment to adapt to our ideas.…
  • A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

    philmckinney
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    When Manu Prakash took his idea to Bill and Melinda Gates, he probably encountered no small amount of skepticism.  His innovation?  A paper microscope that weighs less than a few coins, fits in your pocket and costs about one dollar to manufacture. But Prakash had done his homework, and so was able to convince both the Gates Foundation and Gordon and Betty Moore to jump in with funding of $100,000 and $700,000, respectively.  That was enough to push 10,000 of his Foldscopes off the assembly line and into beta testing.…
 
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    Outside Innovation

  • Are You Measuring What Matters to Customers?

    Patty Seybold
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In the northern hemisphere, early September is a natural time to take stock and to set priorities. As our kids go back to school, we adults find ourselves in the same mindset: excited about learning new things, accomplishing something important, and having fun “playing” with our colleagues and customers. So, it’s a natural time to set some goals and priorities. Why not start by taking stock of how to improve your customers’ end-to-end experience of using your products and services, in doing business with you, and in doing their jobs. I was reminded of how important this is as I…
  • Does Your Community Have a Right to Healthcare?

    Patty Seybold
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    By Patty Seybold Guess what? The Governor of Maine will soon be my neighbor! Paul LePage and I don’t see eye to eye on politics. He’s a Tea Party Republican. I’m a Liberal Democrat. But, when I met with him last summer to ask for his help to save our local hospital, he told me that he and his wife were shopping for a second home on the Boothbay peninsula. Their year-round home is inland, in Lewiston (when he’s not in the Governor’s residence in Augusta). I told him we’d be pleased to welcome him as a neighbor. I recommended that he take advantage of our crashed real estate prices…
  • CaringBridge: An Almost Perfect Customer Ecosystem

    Patty Seybold
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    If you haven’t heard of CaringBridge.org, you should know about it. Eventually you, or someone in your family, will be dealing with a major health issue. CaringBridge provides the support infrastructure to deal with one of the most important, highly emotional, and time-consuming activities that a care-giving family has to deal with: keeping everyone in the loop. Email and/or Facebook work, but they’re not ideal for keeping everyone informed about the latest updates on someone’s battle with cancer, or the prognosis of someone who has just been in a horrific accident. There are probably…
  • Avoiding B2B One-Night Stands

    Patty Seybold
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    We’ve all probably done this: a business that sells to business customers offers a special deal or promotion to attract new business or to liquidate inventory, and then is unable to convert those bargain hunters into loyal, repeat customers. For example, a restaurant supplies store offers a great bargain on coveted cookware, hoping to lure new customers and/or to sell additional products, but only the bargain hunters show up. Or an event organizer provides free or highly discounted booth space at an undersold trade show in order to make the trade show more appealing to business customers,…
  • Can IBM Be a Major Player in the Apple Enterprise Ecosystem?

    Patty Seybold
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    As I mentioned last week, in my post, “Enterprise Customers Forged the Apple/IBM Ecosystem,” what tickled me about the exclusive worldwide partnership announced by IBM and Apple on 7/15/14 was that it was a great example of IBM’s running around in front of the customer parade. Enterprise customers—led by their CEOs, sales execs, and top-earning rainmakers—had already voted with their proverbial feet and adopted Apple iPads and iPhones as their devices of choice for getting work done on the go. That meant that their IT organizations had to adapt by accommodating Apple devices and…
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    15inno

  • Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing in Emerging Countries

    Stefan Lindegaard
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Many companies around the world know the benefits of open innovation and crowdsourcing with speed and diversity being the most important ones. The combination of the two can enable companies that are successful with open innovation to bring better products and services to market faster than their competitors. This is a position that every CEO craves for as this can help develop strong and sustainable competitive advantages. Executives in emerging countries are looking for such advantages and in this blog post, I will focus on Brazilian executives even though I think you can translate many of…
  • Open Innovation in the Sports Industry

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    I just went through a SlideShare presentation titled Innovation in the Sports Industry. It was interesting enough for me to share it in this blog post where I am also asking for your answers to a specific question: What are the best examples of open innovation in the sports industry? I know that Under Armour are doing some good things Jason Berns. The NFL is working with NineSigma, GE and Under Armour on the Head Health Challenge II. Nike sought external advice for their FuelBand initiative. A note: I am not sure this really qualifies for open innovation if they “just” bought the services…
  • Cisco: Entrepreneurs in Residence, Open Innovation and Communication

    Stefan Lindegaard
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Let me start out by making it clear that I think Cisco is doing quite well with their Entrepreneurs in Residence Program (EIR). The initiative is relevant and timely as startups today are viewed as some of the most sought after innovation partners for big companies like Cisco. For me, this was confirmed with the strong attention for my recent blog post on 15 examples of open innovation between big companies and startups. There is no surprise here as everyone can see the benefits and outcomes that can arise from a good and dynamic partnership between a big company with all its assets and small…
  • How Crowdsourcing Becomes an Innovation Engine: 6 Rules to Follow

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    This is a guest post by Frank Hatzack, Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes At Novozymes, an industrial bio-tech company, internal crowdsourcing is an important means to engage the employees in the creative process. The crowdsourcing campaigns have proved to be very successful with high engagement levels and many qualified proposals, some of which even led to patent applications. This is what we have experienced of do’s and don’ts when it comes to achieving successful crowdsourcing. DOWNLOAD AS PDF (WITH IMAGES): How Crowdsourcing Becomes an Innovation Engine – 6 Rules to…
  • The Open Innovation Manifesto by GE

    Stefan Lindegaard
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Companies need to know why they are pursuing open innovation and they need to be strong communicators on their efforts. Those are two key steps in my new framework – 7 Steps for Open Innovation. Well, check out the open innovation website at GE, which starts out with this manifesto: We believe openness leads to inventiveness and usefulness. We also believe that it’s impossible for any organization to have all the best ideas, and we strive to collaborate with experts and entrepreneurs everywhere who share our passion to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. We’re initiating a…
 
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    Innovation in Practice

  • It's Back! Innovation and Design Thinking MOOC

    Drew Boyd
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The University of Cincinnati's Massive Open Online Course begins October 16th. The course is free and open to all. You should take this course because 1. you can do it even while you are traveling, and 2. ALL the content is optional. Just surf the content that is most important for your needs. The course will help you master the tools necessary to generate new ideas and quickly transform those concepts into a viable pipeline of new products and services. Participants will learn the highly effective method of idea generation called Systematic Inventive Thinking used by many global firms across…
  • Innovation Sighting: The Division Technique in Vision Correcting Displays

    Drew Boyd
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Innovation is anything that is new, useful, and surprising. "Surprising" means that the idea makes you slap your forehead and say, "Gee, why didn't I think of that?" Here's a great example. "Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required." It is a classic and clever example of the Divison Technique, one of the five techniques in Systematic Inventive Thinking. From MIT News: “The first spectacles were invented in the 13th…
  • Systematic Persuasion: An Innovator's Second Most Important Tool

    Drew Boyd
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just as there are five techniques of systematic innovation, there are six universal principles of persuasion. These principles help people know when it's appropriate to say 'yes' to a request. For innovators, creating great ideas is the first imperative. But then the hard part starts - how to align and convice others of the value of your idea. Take a look at this Infographic and YouTube video that explain the Six Universal Principles of Persuasion.
  • New Course: Marketing Fundamentals on Lynda.com

    Drew Boyd
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I'm pleased to announce the release of my latest course, Marketing Fundamentals, at Lynda.com. "Whether you're rebuilding your marketing program from the ground up or leading the first campaign of your career, this course will help you lay the foundation for a successful marketing endeavor. Drew Boyd is a professor and consultant with 30+ years of marketing experience for major brands. In this course, he explains marketing's role in an organization; provides frameworks for analyzing a business, its customers, and its competitors; and shows how to develop a successful marketing strategy and…
  • Innovation Sighting: Subtraction in Commercial Aircraft Cabins

    Drew Boyd
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can you imagine flying in a plane without windows? A design team from Technicon Design in Paris created an interior that displays 360-degree views that are simulated on internal screens from external cameras that capture the surrounding environment in real time. The images displayed in the interior cabin—including the walls and even the ceiling—give passengers the feeling of flying through the air in an invisible vessel. It's an excellent example of the Subtraction Technique, one of five techniques in Systematic Inventive Thinking. As reported on Fox News: For business minded clientele,…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • 10 technologies of tomorrow that will be in use in 2025

    A.S Rao
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Based on research trends Thompson Reuters came out with 10 predictions of innovation.Dementia declines,Solar becomes the primary source of energy,Type 1 diabetes become preventable,Food shortages disappear with successful indoor crop growth,Electric air transportation takes off,Everything, everywhere will be digitally connected,Cellulose derived packaging takes the market from petroleum based packaging,Drug development will be more precise and cancer treatment will have few toxic side effects,DNA mapping at birth becomes the norm,Teleportation is tested,
  • AP INNOVATION & START-UP POLICY

    A.S Rao
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:25 pm
    AP govt has placed on web its draft policy promoting innovation and startups in the new state. TePP Outreach centers established in ANU, Guntur and SPMV, Tirupath several years back are probably the only active incubators in the state.Innovation policy is a part of blueprint on IT Policy and action plan inviting proposals to manage incubators at Visakhapatnam,  Kakinada and Tiruathi. Highlights:the objective is - an entrepreneur in every family,the incubator at Visakhapatnam is a 3 story building with 50,000 sq.ft.the fiscal incentives for IT promotion  include patent cost…
  • Massive Open Online Courses for Agricultural Professionals

    A.S Rao
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:59 am
    The ‘National Virtual Academy for Indian Agriculture to promote Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Agricultural Professionals’ was launched on 4 September at the ICRISAT global headquarters.The MOOCs will be offered through the National Virtual Academy for Indian Agriculture, an online platform built on an open source software “Open edX,”.
  • Indian Renaissance & Design Thinking‏

    A.S Rao
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Indian Renaissance is an initiative by Onio to reinstate India's leadership in innovation through holistic thinking in the fields of arts, science and business. Indian Renaissance is an attempt to bring back the 'holistic' 'intuitive' and 'humane' decisioning back into favour. The first workshop under this vision - DESIGN THINKING FOR INDIA  in planned (Sept 19-20, 2014) in Mumbai.Believe in Indian story?Believe made in India with design & IP from India can compete with Chinese?Believe Renaissance preceded educational revolution and industrial revolution in Europe?Join…
  • CII Design Excellence Awards

    A.S Rao
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has been espousing the cause of design in India and Indian design for more than a decade. Through its National Committee on Design, CII has been relentlessly promoting design within the Indian industry. Besides the annual CII-NID Design Summit, it has various initiatives going on around the year to promote design. As its ongoing pursuit to establish design as a tool for national competitiveness, CII initiated the “CII Design Excellence Awards” in the year of 2011, endorsed by The India Design Council.The award showcases the celebration of the…
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    InnovationLabs

  • Driven to Death by the Rate of Innovation

    Langdon
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    We recently had a fascinating meeting with a prominent venture capitalist based in Palo Alto, and during the course of our conversation about the pressures that his portfolio companies are under he used a fascinating phrase to describe the tech industry as a whole.  He said that the lagging companies, many of which are not […]
  • Arrogance, Risk, and Resources (Or, How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises)

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

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

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

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

  • Preaching With Beyoncé and Stories About Swearing

    jimkastkeat
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The past two Sunday evenings at Middle Church have included my most recent (short) sermons. The first sermon includes one of the greatest lines I think I may have ever crafted in a sermon (it’s about Beyoncé; you can hear it about 2 minutes in to the first video). The second sermon includes the story of the first time I got in trouble for swearing and then a whole lot of almost swearing to follow in a sermon appropriately titled “The F Word.” (My portion of the sermon begins at about 9:15.) Enjoy!
  • Lord in Your Mercy

    jimkastkeat
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    This morning at Middle Church I offered the Prayers of the People, perhaps the greatest and most frightening honor a minister could have. Here’s the words we prayed, with “hear our prayer” as a congregational response. God, we gather this morning, here in this physical and digital sanctuary, in need of hope and healing, grace and peace, for ourselves and for our world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. With turmoil and anxiety on our shoulders, both from our immediate life and in the world around us, we need you now and everyday. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  We…
  • Praying with Your Hands

    jimkastkeat
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    A prayer: God, sometimes we pray with clenched fists, holding on for our own dear life or to the life of those we love. Sometimes we pray with clenched fists, raising them in protest of the injustice we encounter. Sometimes we pray with clenched fists, not knowing what else to do, desperate to hold on to anything. God, may we find you within our clenched fists, hearing your invitation to turn anger to love and violence to peace, knowing that yours is the hand that is always there to hold onto ours. God, sometimes we pray with our hands open, offering ourselves to you and the lives of love and…
  • We Are All Cyborgs Now

    jimkastkeat
    10 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Can machines help us to be more human? I’m curious how much has changed or accelerated in the four years since this was recorded. (Also, the device you’re reading this on is creating a technosocial wormhole!)
  • One Sunday, Two Kast-Keats, Three Sermons

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

  • Quirky Spin-Out Launches Touchscreen Controller For Smarthome Gadgets

    J.J. McCorvey
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The device can be installed in place of a wall light-switch and connects with more than 100 different products from 15 partner brands.In Quirky's latest move to wedge its way into the burgeoning smarthome market via Wink, its smarthome subsidiary launched in partnership with GE, the startup is releasing a touchscreen panel that will serve as a central command hub for wifi-connected devices coming from both its invention community and various partner companies.Read Full Story
  • The Creepiest New Corner Of Instagram: Role-Playing With Stolen Baby Photos

    Blake Miller
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Parents say it's a form of digital kidnapping. Instagram isn't sure what to say.The followers were the first sign of trouble. There were 20 new ones following Jenny on Instagram--an unusually large burst of attention for the married mother of three from Charlotte, North Carolina. Then two private messages arrived, with warnings that barely made sense. "The women told me they saw a photo of my baby daughter, and a user named 'Nikki' was saying it was her son, Wyatt," says Jenny, who, concerned for her privacy, asked that her last name not be used. "Nikki said he was a preemie, she gave his…
  • The Real Reason You're Procrastinating

    Laura Vanderkam
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    If you're putting something off over and over, there's probably a good reason for that.Over the years, I have become quite a student of anti-procrastination techniques. There's the work-on-something else method (I'm writing this article because I don't feel like editing a different project). There's bribery (I can read a magazine afterwards!) Then there's my favorite method: starting in the middle. I write an easy paragraph, then write a little bit above, and a little bit below, and so on, until, miraculously, I have a draft.Read Full Story
  • 8 Practical Steps To Getting Over Your Impostor Syndrome

    Mike San Román
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:21 am
    If you feel like a fraud, you're not alone. Follow these eight steps to reverse the cycle of self-doubt.Impostor syndrome is much more common than you'd think--over 70% of people have experienced it at one time or other in their lives.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: Monkey Business

    Rusty Foster
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Tabs sees bad journalists.My bologna has a first name, it's-oh shoot. Um. This is embarrassing. We've met, like, 3 times. Linda introduced us at the Xmas party. Paul?Read Full Story
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • Your Services Affect Your Service

    Chris Risdon
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    I recently moved into a new house and was contemplating going with satellite television, instead of traditional cable. I had never had this service, so I sought recommendations from my coworkers and my social networks about two satellite TV service providers. A few recommendations for company #1 rolled in saying they loved the service. (and yes, even using the word “loved”—which is a strong endorsement in my book) Unexpectedly, about double the amount came in warning me to stay away from company #2. The complaints about company #2 were all targeted at installation or service…
  • Olympics, Healthcare, Delivery…OH MY!

    Jamin Hegeman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    What do the Olympics, healthcare, delivery food, public policy, and financial services have in common? The challenge of designing and delivering great service experiences that people love and really bring value to the business. We’re very excited to bring together such a diverse and amazing lineup of companies and speakers for two days of talks and workshops focused on the practice and value of service experience and design at this year’s Service Experience Conference, November 13-14, in San Francisco. Our speakers will deliver real world insights and stories, both successes and failures…
  • Making it Real

    Evi Hui
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    As a result of software eating the world, physical products and environments are smart and connected. There is a shift from focusing on product to multi-channel user experience, and successful companies are employing multidisciplinary teams involving the disciplines of interaction design, industrial design, architecture, branding and service design. Prototyping has become a way to ensure teams are designing and building the right system of interdependent touchpoints. At Adaptive Path, we employ rapid prototyping in nearly every design iteration. Our clients enjoy the benefits of risk…
  • UX Week 2014 Keynote Josh Clark on the Future of Digital Product Design

    Jesse James Garrett
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Josh Clark’s particular mix of practical realism and thoughtful reflection is an ideal match for UX Week. Josh is the author of the book Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps, and frequently gives workshops and talks at conferences around the world. In this interview, Josh and I talk about the current trends in digital product design, and where those trends might be heading. Jesse James Garrett: Josh, tell me a little bit about how you got to where you are and how your work has evolved in recent years. Josh Clark: My career path naturally didn’t begin with internet technology or…
  • Desk Drawer Chronicles

    Amber Reed
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Who are the people inside Adaptive Path? Starting this month, we will give you an opportunity to get to know our staff by taking a peek at what’s in their toolkit and where they draw their inspiration. This month, we explore what makes Adaptive Path’s Visual Design Lead tick. Amber Reed shares with us the objects that fuel her design process. My tricks for staying creatively inspired: 1. When I’m out of ideas or feel like I’ve been pushing the same elements around the page all day, getting away gives me a fresh perspective and helps me focus on what’s really important.
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    FOLDEN eMedia Blog

  • Instant Chat with Photo and Video Sharing

    FOLDEN.INFO
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Instant chat services work without the installation of software and even without registration. These kind of chat rooms have become a popular trend lately. The principle of these chat services is most similar. One just need to click on a button and the chat is ready to be used. After opening a chat a link […]
  • Social Network Vingle launched

    FOLDEN.INFO
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    Vingle is a new social network, which has the Pinterest look and which connects its users by interests. The members are able to form groups to just exchange the information in which they are interested. This avoids the confrontation with unwanted content. The just launched community has already 2,3 million members and generates 100 million […]
  • Listen and Stream Live Music with Video

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

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

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

  • Pen geeks take note.

    dave
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    I’m not sure when it began, but I fucking love a good pen. My latest victim is this matte black zero gravity space pen. Some people spend their hard earned loot on comics, sports or cars. For me, a good pen is right up there with a good meal. The post Pen geeks take note. appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Custom-sized placeholder images of Bill Murray.

    dave
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    “The internet was missing the ability to provide custom-sized placeholder images of Bill Murray. Now it can.” And just in case Fill Murray wasn’t genius enough, there’s also PlaceCage (Nick Cage placeholders) and Steven SeGallery (yup, you guessed it). It’s shit like this that makes what we do so fun. The post Custom-sized placeholder images of Bill Murray. appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Gatorade’s tribute to Derek Jeter gives me chills.

    dave
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I don’t give a fuck if you hate baseball, the Yankees or mankind itself, this tribute to #2 is champion all the way. It’s rare to find a player in any sport spend his or her entire career with one team but that’s what makes Jeter so special. That and he dated the hot girl from Friday Night Lights. Click here to view the embedded video. The love-fest continues with these limited edition Air Jordan x Jeter Collection. #RE2PECT The post Gatorade’s tribute to Derek Jeter gives me chills. appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Homemade pies in a jar. Holy hell, thank you Jam Jar Bakery

    dave
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    NYC’s Jam Jar Bakery has me salivating for their homemade pies in a jar. Stop reading, pull out your credit card and let the lust fest begin. The post Homemade pies in a jar. Holy hell, thank you Jam Jar Bakery appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Jeff Staple is taking over the world.

    dave
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    I’ve been a Staple fan for years and still get giddy when I walk into his Lower East Side creative mecca, Reed Space. But something bigger has been happening lately. Jeff Staple is everywhere and his latest collaborations are making street culture kids like me go ape shit. Last week it was a collab with Shake Shack and today it’s a full collection of kicks with Clarks. Dude is on fire lately and I can’t wait to see what’s next. Click here to view the embedded video.   The post Jeff Staple is taking over the world. appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Skip Over The Water With Aquaskipper

    Samantha Pankey
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yet another product from Inventist, the Aquaskipper is a water "toy" that will also give you a great workout. Resembling an over sized water spider, the Aquaskipper moves similarly to those bugs, skipping across the surface of the water or gliding in on a wave.
  • Want To Scrub Your Nails With An Actual "Nail" Brush?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Being very literal can lead to some great puns and if there is one thing I love it is pun a goo pun. That is why I was immediately drawn to this Nail Brush made from an actual nail. It is just the sort of cool design that is just right for the macho tool guy who feels out of place using one of the dainty little plastic brushes that women buy for the family.
  • Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

    Ellen Dudley
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Naveed and Samiya Parvez started Andiamo to develop 3D printed orthotics for disabled kids, based on personal experience with their son, Diamo, who suffered from cerebral palsy. Every 6-9 months, he needed a new back brace, and each time he would have to wait 3-4 months for it to be ready. With 3D scanning and printing, the wait time could be reduced to a few days.
  • World's First 3D Printed Car Is Electric, Plastic & Fantastic

    Motors.new
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is there a 3D printed car in your future? Local Motors thinks so and their showcase auto, the carbon-reinforced ABS plastic Strati roadster, underlines the fact the future begins right now.
  • Innovative Skirts Made of Mobile Phones–Who's Calling, Please?

    M Dee Dubroff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:19 am
    Have you ever heard of a skirt made from 35 smart phones? Talk about always being prepared to take or make a call! The Finnish firm, fashion designer, Fyodor Golan, and creative Design House Kin spent three months on this unusual project. Learn more about this fascinating fusion of geek chic, wearable tech and every day fashion.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • Is Apple getting closer to a post-Jobsian voice?

    edward boches
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    This morning I got an email from Peter Burrows, a senior writer for Bloomberg/Businessweek. Peter writes regularly about science, research, tech, Silicon Valley and Apple. We talk about the latter every now and then. Peter’s latest query asked whether I thought Apple’s most recent commercials were any indication that the company was getting closer to a post-Jobsian voice. I sent Peter a note, and thought I’d share my answer here. After all, everyone likes to talk about Apple and its advertising. Short answer: perhaps getting closer, yes. Apple has always been about…
  • This is how a creative department should work

    edward boches
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    I work in a creative “department” that is among the most talented, prolific and efficient that I have ever come across. And it’s not in an agency. We have 25 members who have collectively won countless lions, pencils, cubes and statues. Yet I’ve never encountered anyone with an ego. We have no ping pong tables. No coffee bar or barista. No glass walls showing our expensive hand crafted furniture. Yet we love where we work. Despite the fact that 16 members of this creative “department” have been highly-paid CDs at agencies that include Goodby, Wieden, Arnold,…
  • Good luck trying to replicate the ice bucket challenge

    edward boches
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Seven lessons from the ice bucket challenge. Five lessons from the ice bucket challenge. Social lessons from the ice bucket challenge. Forbes (they have two posts with totally different sets of lessons), HuffPo, Social Media Today (disclaimer: I often write for them), and a host of others have all published pieces giving us useful tips that marketers can pick up from this latest Internet phenomenon. Time it right, keep it simple, mix in celebrities –not sure that part was planned — start local, etc. I am willing to bet that we will never see a brand or even a charity replicate…
  • Creating a portfolio on Instagram

    edward boches
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Creating a portfolio on instagram from edward boches Social media is great for our day in and day out posting and sharing. But it’s far more fun to play with the platforms and actually create stuff. Pro bono ad campaigns on Tinder. Social purpose made out of food porn. Turning Twitter into a direct marketing piece. Making Pinterest or Instagram work as a website. It’s not hard. It just takes a little imagination and a little trick for making your gmail account appear to be many different gmail accounts. This deck shares some thoughts on hacking social platforms, learning to invent…
  • Orange is the New Black, a perfect brand for user generated images

    edward boches
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    It seems a long time ago that TV viewers simply watched their favorite shows. If they did talk about them it was around the water cooler the next day. Remember this? It was a mere seven years ago that HBO still marketed the talk value of its shows by suggesting it was a boon for the water cooler industry. Now, of course, any conversation or debate about a hot show takes place online. In real time. And the networks know it. They wisely invite, encourage and inspire not only the conversation, but deeper viewer involvement when it comes to creating content about the shows they watch.
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    SERVICE INNOVATION

  • The right mindset to be a service provider

    Arnold Beekes
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    Especially in the Hospitality industry it is crucial that you love to help and serve other people. Of course you can learn how to do this. But if you really want to be good at ‘being of service’, then it needs to be a mindset, an attitude. The enthusiasm should be derived from your heart and not only from your head. That is the difference between cognitive enthusiasm and emotional enthusiasm!With emotional enthusiasm you ARE the message. With cognitive enthusiasm you (just) have a message.Let me share an example. At the golf club I do have my bag in a locker room. On Saturday’s I do…
  • Leaders should connect with customers

    Arnold Beekes
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:08 am
    It seems like a no-brainer, but I still encounter many leaders who are ‘jailed’ in conference rooms and hardly ever see a real customer.Yesterday I was playing golf and the director of the course passed us by in a buggy. You could tell that it was even hard for him to say hello. He made sure that there was enough distance so we could not talk.However, this was an excellent opportunity for him to ask us how we (the customers!) were doing and maybe even ask whether we had some suggestions for improvement. It was not busy, so he could have easily done this. The response from my golf-buddy…
  • Are your products and services globally available?

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

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

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

  • Content Strategy – Imagining Where Great Content Will Be at an Event

    Mike Brown
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    There’s huge potential for video to capture and create powerful moments at an event as part of an overall content strategy. Yet talking with an event organizer who had dispatched a staff member with a video camera to cover the organization’s annual event, the results were disappointing. While the organization’s event was emotional and transformative for attendees, none of that translated to the event video. The problem was the staff member with a video camera was dispatched with no clear plan or a content strategy with direction on where to look for strong content creation…
  • Branding Strategy – Is “Just Do It” the Best Brand Language Ever?

    Mike Brown
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    “How to Brand a Company – 7 Types of Brand Language You Should Use” is one of the most popular Brainzooming articles of the past couple years. This branding strategy article looks at seven different types of language (Simple, Emotional, Aspirational, Unusual, Connectable, Open, and Twistable) a brand should be using to fully communicate its brand promise, benefits, and overall messaging. I received a tweet the other day asking for successful examples to back up the seven types of brand language identified in the post. Since I was working on a presentation I needed to complete ASAP, I…
  • Strategic Thinking Questions – Crafting Startup Strategy in Any Business

    Mike Brown
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    This week’s “Inside the Executive Suite” from the Armada Executive Intelligence Brief newsletter focused on an intriguing article from Inc. online. The article identified reasons why major companies invest significant, seemingly unjustified amounts on startup businesses with scant revenues and no discernible business models. The original article from Inc. by Dev Aujla claims major companies use these acquisitions as a new variation on research and development. A major corporation may be able to pick up a whole startup for many millions of dollars. Despite seeming like an…
  • Social Media Strategy – Highlights from the #SMSSummit

    Mike Brown
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    I presented both a workshop and a breakout session at last month’s Social Media Strategy Summit in Dallas. This was my second time attending a Social Media Strategy Summit this year, and conference producer Breanna Jacobs and the team from GSMI do a fantastic job of bringing together both wonderful presenters and experienced attendees together in a very interactive learning environment. Here are a few highlights of the tweets, insights, and audience reactions to the social media strategy ideas shared at the Dallas event. Social Media Strategy and Customer Service Via Vanessa Sain-Dieguez…
  • Strategic Thinking Exercises – A New Type of Big Focus Group

    Mike Brown
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    “That was a big focus group.” This comment was from Nancy Rosenow, executive director of Nature Explore, about a large-scale Brainzooming creative thinking session we designed and facilitated for its annual Leadership Institute. A new type of focus group was what the large-scale creative thinking session was, even though it took place in the midst of a professional development conference. The Case for a New Type of Focus Group If you think about a traditional focus group, it’s an odd environment. You bring individual groups of recruited strangers together who share some…
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 5/5: Putting it all together

    Rishi Dean
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Throughout this series we’ve deconstructed the dimensions that comprise product management. Here we’ll put those back together, to see how you can employ the 3^3 framework to help you in your day-to-day endeavors. 9 modes vs. 27 types Unlike other frameworks I’ve developed, the 3^3 model is not a “matrix” in the sense that you […]
  • What does a Product Manager Do? Part 4/5: Context

    Rishi Dean
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    In Part 2 of this series, we explored the range of responsibilities a Product Manager can take on. Now, we’ll examine how those activities will change, based on where the product (or company), is in its lifecycle, based on the three main stages: pre-product-market-fit (pre-PMF), post-product-market-fit (PMF), or the “mature” phase. The major driver of your context […]
  • What does a Product Manager do? Part 3/5: Customer

    Rishi Dean
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the last part of this series we looked at the range of responsibilities Product Managers can cover. Next, in the 3^3 model, we’ll examine how those responsibilities are adjusted, based on the type of customer you are serving. Customers fall into three major types In 2012, I attended the Lean Startup Conference, and loved […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

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

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

  • Inspired: The Hum of New York

    Christa Avampato
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    New York morning I was angry on Lexington Avenue. Phineas likes to take his morning trot down it from our home on 90th Street because he likes to be in the middle of the action. Against my better judgement, I let him. Yesterday was particularly busy with trucks, horns, angry commuters pre-coffee, and pallets of God-knows-what headed for God-knows-where. Plus it was Monday. My heart started beating faster just trying to get Phin through the crowds, and then I just stopped (in my mind, not with my feet because on Lexington Avenue if you stop, you’re dead. You’ll get run over, by…
  • Inspired: I met an angel on the New York City subway

    Christa Avampato
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    I was on the subway when an older woman sat down next to me in slow motion. I had to compliment her. “You did that so gracefully,” I said. “Well at my age, you have to do everything gracefully,” she said. “How old are you?” “100. Today.” “Today’s your 100th birthday?” “It is.” “How does it feel?” “Good, just like my other days. I have a great life.” “Have you lived in New York your whole life?” “I have. What about you?” “I’ve lived here for a number of…
  • Inspired: Nothing to Lose But Time

    Christa Avampato
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest “Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” ~Paulo Coelho Last week I wrapped up my final pieces of consulting work to make the leap to write full-time. Leading up to that moment, I felt a bit of trepidation. I’ve done well as a consultant for 2+ years and I worried about letting go of a good thing. The letting go was difficult but being in this new space isn’t. I don’t have anything left to lose and that is a very good feeling. It’s freeing and empowering. All I see ahead is open space where I can create. Now, everything is a canvas and…
  • Inspired: Why I’m Really Writing a Novel

    Christa Avampato
    20 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest People say they care about issues, but what people really care about are people who have issues they care about. To motivate someone to reflect and then act, we need to give them a flawed character, someone who’s far from perfect but incredibly likable. Give us a hero or heroine to root for in an against-all-odds quest that forces him or her to grow, evolve, and rise up to a seemingly impossible challenge. We care about that, and that is the seed of all fiction. It’s about character. My novel, Where the Light Enters, is about Emerson Page, a 15-year old girl…
  • Inspired: The Bittersweet of Goodbye – My Last Yoga Class with My NYC Seniors

    Christa Avampato
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    “I always think it’s a good thing to move toward the light.” ~ one of my senior yoga students about my move to Florida I promised myself I wouldn’t cry in front of my seniors at our last chair yoga class yesterday. For the past two years, I’ve smiled, laughed, practiced, and meditated with them. They’re amazing inside and out, and they gave me so much more than I ever gave them. So I cried, in front of them, on my way through the park toward home, when I opened up the thank you cards and gifts that they bought me, even now while I write this simple post. My…
 
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 5/5: Putting it all together

    Rishi Dean
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Throughout this series we’ve deconstructed the dimensions that comprise product management. Here we’ll put those back together, to see how you can employ the 3^3 framework to help you in your day-to-day endeavors. 9 modes vs. 27 types Unlike other frameworks I’ve developed, the 3^3 model is not a “matrix” in the sense that you […]
  • What does a Product Manager Do? Part 4/5: Context

    Rishi Dean
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:40 pm
    In Part 2 of this series, we explored the range of responsibilities a Product Manager can take on. Now, we’ll examine how those activities will change, based on where the product (or company), is in its lifecycle, based on the three main stages: pre-product-market-fit (pre-PMF), post-product-market-fit (PMF), or the “mature” phase. The major driver of your context […]
  • What does a Product Manager do? Part 3/5: Customer

    Rishi Dean
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the last part of this series we looked at the range of responsibilities Product Managers can cover. Next, in the 3^3 model, we’ll examine how those responsibilities are adjusted, based on the type of customer you are serving. Customers fall into three major types In 2012, I attended the Lean Startup Conference, and loved […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

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

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

  • What large companies still don’t get about marketing innovation

    Jorge Barba
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Though we are fairly well into the internet economy where brands can communicate directly with customers in a variety of ways through social networks, one belief from the old order still holds true: incumbent brands believe that in order to win the hearts and minds of customers, that they can out-market upstarts that gain loyalty through the great products and services they deliver. There are only a handful of companies that can both make great products and advertising. We continually marvel at products and services from visionary companies like Apple, Google, Uber and others who gain our…
  • What needs to happen for there to be more innovation and startups in LatAm?

    Jorge Barba
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Yesterday I watched a panel of LatAm entrepreneurs, advocates and venture capitalists discuss “what needs to happen for there to be more innovation and startups in LATAM?” through Google Hangout. The panelists were: Luis Alberto Moreno, President BID Marta Cruz, Director of NXTPLabs Gustavo Álvarez Moreno, UP Global LatAm Andrés Barreto, Founder Socialatom Ventures Wences Casares, Founder Xapo Daniel Gómez, Founder Solben If you speak or understand spanish, I’ve embedded the 1 hr discussion below. My response: Though the question focuses on “what needs to…
  • How to think what no one else thinks

    Jorge Barba
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Image source: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/07/fish-dont-know-theyre-in-water/ Want to think what nobody has ever thought? Easy, question assumptions. There comes a moment in time where everyone agrees with everybody about pretty much everything. For any sized organization that are focused on creating a culture of relentless innovation, hardened dogma is an innovation obstacle they must overcome. Yesterday I gave a talk about Creating an Innovation Democracy to the Tijuana Innovation and Development Cluster. In the talk I told a story about how I’ve managed to be effective at…
  • Don’t be the best, be the only one

    Jorge Barba
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    A couple of weeks ago I asked if corporates really want to innovate like startups. One of the obstacles corporates have towards innovating like startups is overcoming their myopic view of competition: me-too-ism. When setting out to innovate, the vast majority of the time corporates decide they will make the Nth version of an existing product (see Microsoft) with their own branding on it; if they do bring something new to the table it is simply a gimmick. Startups on the other hand, not all, aim for uniqueness. But there are some corporates, W.L. Gore, Google, Apple, Nike, among others, that…
  • Hiring and managing for brilliance

    Jorge Barba
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Want game-changing ideas and execution? Hire misfits, weirdos, black sheep, difficult people who don’t fit into traditional roles because they are just brilliant. This isn’t a new idea, but when CEO’s say they want innovation, they don’t walk the talk by themselves; nor does human resources. Corporations aren’t recruiting enough weirdos: There is potency and innovativeness in certain kinds of weirdness that can help businesses thrive. The key for leaders is to figure out how to support weird people so that they create—not destroy—value for the company. Some…
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • How do you find the next big thing?

    Linda Naiman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    How do you find the next big thing? Every entrepreneur with startup dreams, seems to ask, “How do you find the next big thing?” but is it the right question? Biz Stone, co-founder [...] Creativity at Work
  • Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers

    Linda Naiman
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers Gallup has created a really useful profile on the creative thinker in business. Use the tips below as a coaching tool to help you and your team develop [...] Creativity at Work
  • Creativity and Education: Why it Matters

    Linda Naiman
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Creativity and Education: Why it Matters In case you need convincing… Creative thinking deserves a much higher priority in education curricula, according to college-educated professionals surveyed in new research by Adobe. [...] Creativity at Work
  • Decision-making in the yellow-light zone

    Linda Naiman
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    Decision-making in the yellow-light zone Decision-making is easy at a red or green light, but what about the yellow light? An aha moment coaching a client. One of my roles [...] Creativity at Work
  • Are you too Busy to Innovate?

    Linda Naiman
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Are you too Busy to Innovate? When I ask corporate clients what their biggest barrier to innovation is, they mostly say they are too busy to innovate —must be why this widely-circulated cartoon struck [...] Creativity at Work
 
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    TalentCulture

  • 7 Tips To Earn A Promotion

    Mary Isabale
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Promotions can be hard to achieve. While we would all like to be promoted, it can seem hard when you have worked at a firm for a long time and the prospect of promotion has never quite materialized. Or when people around you are getting promotions and you are alone in not getting one. If this is the situation you find yourself in, you have to channel your frustration into getting a promotion. It is possible, provided you think carefully about it. Here are 7 tips to help you get a promotion: 1. Be friendly with the boss It may sound cynical, but at times there is nothing more you can do than…
  • Exempt Or Non-Exempt Employees: Does It Really Matter?

    MMChr
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Proper employee classification can have a significant impact on an organization. The penalties for non-compliance can put a large dent into the growth and long-term stability of your business. On the federal level, penalties can include back wages, fines, interest and liquidated damages. In addition, employers with incorrectly classified workers may also be subject to penalties imposed by the state(s) in which their business operates. The Department of Labor is responsible for the administration of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes minimum wage, overtime pay,…
  • The Executive’s New Clothes

    Jonathan Segal
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    We have all read Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”  Wikipedia explains the story in a succinct and cogent matter: A vain Emperor who cares about nothing except wearing and displaying clothes hires two swindlers who promise him the finest, best suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “hopelessly stupid.” The Emperor’s ministers cannot see the clothing themselves, but pretend that they can for fear of appearing unfit for their positions and the Emperor does the same. Finally the swindlers report that the…
  • This Slaphappy World of Work

    Kevin W. Grossman
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    “A tired mind become a shape-shifter Everybody need a mood lifter Everybody need reverse polarity Everybody got mixed feelings About the function and the form Everybody got to deviate from the norm…” — Rush, “Vital Signs” On my flight to the third annual Candidate Experience Awards and the first-ever Candidate Experience Symposium, I fell asleep. And I sort of daydreamed… It was the year 2030. A new world of work startup called SlapHappy had developed a dramatic new biometric nanotechnology, taking sentiment analysis, work/life integration and employee engagement to an…
  • #TChat Preview: Empowering HR And The Hiring Process

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about the ROI of workplace transparency and the race for talent, and this week we’re going to talk about empowering HR and the hiring process. HR carries the talent torch everyday. It’s responsible for recruiting, hiring, training and engaging their organization’s most important asset – the people. Unfortunately due to increasing corporate…
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • It is Time to Get Serious about Architecting ICT

    Administrator
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Just finished another ICT-related technical assistance visit with a developing country government. Even in mid-2014, I spend a large amount of time teaching basic principles of enterprise architecture, and the need for adding form and structure to ICT strategies. Service-oriented architectures (SOA) have been around for quite a long time, with some references going back to the 1980s. ITIL, COBIT, TOGAF, and other ICT standards or recommendations have been around for quite a long time as well, with training and certifications part of nearly every professional development program. So why is the…
  • ICT Training Development Survey

    Administrator
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC is preparing our ICT courseware development plan for 2015.  We would be very grateful if you took a minute and filled out the following linked survey. We are not collecting any personal or location information – just interested in what your organization would find useful for professional ICT training and courseware. Thanks for your support! If you have any questions, please send us a note at info@pacific-tier.com
  • Asian Carrier’s Conference 2013 Kicks Off in Cebu

    Administrator
    3 Sep 2013 | 9:35 pm
    The 2013 ACC kicked off on Tuesday morning with an acknowledgement by Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications (PLDT) CEO Napolean L. Nazareno that “we’re going through a profound and painful transformation to digital technologies.”  He continued to explain that in addition to making the move to a digital corporate culture and architecture that for traditional telcos to succeed they will need to “master new skills, including new partnership skills.” That direction drives a line straight down the middle of attendees at the conference.  Surprisingly, many companies attending and…
  • What Value Can I Expect from Cloud Computing Training?

    Administrator
    30 Aug 2013 | 6:31 pm
    Normally, when we think of technical-related training, images of rooms loaded with switches, routers, and servers might come to mind.    Cloud computing is different.  In reality, cloud computing is not a technology, but rather a framework employing a variety of technologies – most notably virtualization, to solve business problems or enable opportunities. From our own practice, the majority of cloud training students represent non-technical careers and positions. Our training does follow the CompTIA Cloud Essentials course criterion, and is not a technical course, so the non-technical…
  • Connecting at the Westin Building Exchange in Seattle

    Administrator
    29 Aug 2013 | 1:45 am
    International telecommunication carriers all share one thing in common – the need to connect with other carriers and networks.  We want to make calls to China, a video conference in Moldova, send an email message for delivery within 5 seconds to Australia – all possible with our current state of global communications.  Magic?  Of course not.  While an abstract to most, the reality is telecommunications physical infrastructure extends to nearly every corner of the world, and communications carriers bring this global infrastructure together at  a small number of facilities…
 
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • Why Corporate Innovation Activities Fail

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo by paul bica"Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower." - Steve JobsAccording to Column Five Media's infographic What Really Fosters Innovation in "How to Foster Innovation" by Zach Bulygo, "innovation is increasingly viewed as critical to sustaining a competitive advantage in the changing global marketplace. Yet many people also indicate that their innovation efforts are lacking." Why can't large companies execute on innovation? What are the structural challenges that most companies fail to overcome? Find out at this year's Back End of Innovation (BEI) event in…
  • Bloomberg, Boeing & Intuit Reveal In-the-Moment Insights for Commercialization

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Why can't large companies execute innovation? Is it because there isn't enough investment in innovation? Nearly 100 percent of corporate executives say that innovation is a top priority, however only about 50 percent are planning to increase their investment over the next three years. BEI: Back End of Innovation is all about making innovation happen. It will change the way you think about innovation, making sure you're among the 50% investing in successful innovation. It's the one conference focused 100% on the EXECUTION of innovation. In just three days, you'll learn about the three critical…
  • The Mega Guide: 150 Innovation, Foresight & Strategy Resources to Bookmark

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a writer and researcher, I read constantly, not only to stay up to date on trends and news but to get different perspectives, insights and inspiration from as many sources as possible. It's keep me sharp and ahead of the curve.Innovation has become such a buzzword that it seems like everyone drops the word pretty casually but true innovation stalwarts do abound. I've compiled this list as an index of our network of innovation heroes, innovation managers and experts in the trenches, futurists, dreamers, academics, scholars, solution providers and consultants, our partners, alumni, and…
  • This Week In Innovation: 9/15/14 - 9/19/14

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Why creativity should become one more value of the business culture of any innovative company so that innovative processes are encouraged along all parts of the value chain.Shell and Pele team up to create first player-powered soccer field in Rio favela: Using kinetic energy to power lightsHow big egos destroy creativityFive Roles to consider for Your Innovation TeamTransit Innovation: San Fransisco's BART cars getting a facelift and being reimagined5 Steps for Success In Consumer ImmersionDisruption vs. Optimization - Driving Agility With Big DataAugmented Reality in the NFL: Chris…
  • Unlocking Innovation Insights: A Special Message from Trend Hunter, Jeremy Gutsche

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jeremy Gutsche is a Canadian innovation expert, author, co-host of Trend Hunter TV and founder of TrendHunter.com. He has asked us to share this very special secret video message on his behalf, where he talks about his excitement about his Front End of Innovation Toronto Keynote and the Trendhunter Offices Tour, as well as a sweet offer he has for you.If you'd like to learn how top-tier innovators at Adidas, Nestle, Pepsi, Samsung and Target rely on Trend Hunter's science to find better ideas, faster, here's your chance to connect with him.Hint: You will receive over $1,000 of free stuff. Go…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Innovation Thoughts on Zero to One by Peter Thiel

    Tim Kastelle
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    How do we build things that move society forward? That is the core question addressed in Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.  I finished the book today, and here are some key quotes (in bold) and my thoughts on them. Of course, it’s easier to copy a model than to make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange.  Thiel’s argument is that…
  • Business Model Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage

    Tim Kastelle
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    If you’re a startup attacking a large, established competitor, you don’t have too many advantages. The incumbent already has a lot of existing customers – that’s why they’re large. They have clear channels to market, established supply chains, revenue, money in the bank. They have everything. How can they lose? If you attack them head-on, you don’t just need to be better, you need to be 10X better.  That’s a big jump. What should you do? Your one big advantage is that your business model is not locked-in, but your opponent’s probably is. Here…
  • Five Roles for Your Innovation Team

    Tim Kastelle
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The Problem with Solved Problems that Aren’t Solved Phil was certain that his company had their innovation problems solved. After all, they had a dedicated innovation team, they had idea management software, and they had started a big internal PR effort to highlight successful innovations. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, actually. Over the past few years, I’ve met plenty of people in Phil’s position.  They think that they have made the investments that are required to make their organisations more innovative. So they end up feeling perplexed when they find, after a few…
  • Innovation: Action That Could Be Considered a Ridiculous Error in Judgement

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Innovation drives economic evolution and growth. That’s one of the core ideas from Joseph Schumpeter, and it’s one of the reasons that the group for people studying evolutionary economics is called the International Schumpeter Society.  I’m at the 15th ISS Conference right now in Jena, Germany, where I got to hear Stan Metcalfe, one of my favourite evolutionary economists, speak today. Stan is just a wonderful speaker, and his talk today was filled with gems.  Even though he was presenting a paper that was very theoretical, there were a lot of lessons in the talk for all…
  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

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

    Stefan Lindegaard
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Many companies around the world know the benefits of open innovation and crowdsourcing with speed and diversity being the most important ones. The combination of the two can enable companies that are successful with open innovation to bring better products and services to market faster than their competitors. This is a position that every CEO craves for as this can help develop strong and sustainable competitive advantages. Executives in emerging countries are looking for such advantages and in this blog post, I will focus on Brazilian executives even though I think you can translate many of…
  • Open Innovation in the Sports Industry

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:01 am
    I just went through a SlideShare presentation titled Innovation in the Sports Industry. It was interesting enough for me to share it in this blog post where I am also asking for your answers to a specific question: What are the best examples of open innovation in the sports industry? I know that Under Armour are doing some good things Jason Berns. The NFL is working with NineSigma, GE and Under Armour on the Head Health Challenge II. Nike sought external advice for their FuelBand initiative. A note: I am not sure this really qualifies for open innovation if they “just” bought the services…
  • Cisco: Entrepreneurs in Residence, Open Innovation and Communication

    Stefan Lindegaard
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:17 am
    Let me start out by making it clear that I think Cisco is doing quite well with their Entrepreneurs in Residence Program (EIR). The initiative is relevant and timely as startups today are viewed as some of the most sought after innovation partners for big companies like Cisco. For me, this was confirmed with the strong attention for my recent blog post on 15 examples of open innovation between big companies and startups. There is no surprise here as everyone can see the benefits and outcomes that can arise from a good and dynamic partnership between a big company with all its assets and small…
  • How Crowdsourcing Becomes an Innovation Engine: 6 Rules to Follow

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    This is a guest post by Frank Hatzack, Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes At Novozymes, an industrial bio-tech company, internal crowdsourcing is an important means to engage the employees in the creative process. The crowdsourcing campaigns have proved to be very successful with high engagement levels and many qualified proposals, some of which even led to patent applications. This is what we have experienced of do’s and don’ts when it comes to achieving successful crowdsourcing. DOWNLOAD AS PDF (WITH IMAGES): How Crowdsourcing Becomes an Innovation Engine – 6 Rules to…
  • The Open Innovation Manifesto by GE

    Stefan Lindegaard
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Companies need to know why they are pursuing open innovation and they need to be strong communicators on their efforts. Those are two key steps in my new framework – 7 Steps for Open Innovation. Well, check out the open innovation website at GE, which starts out with this manifesto: We believe openness leads to inventiveness and usefulness. We also believe that it’s impossible for any organization to have all the best ideas, and we strive to collaborate with experts and entrepreneurs everywhere who share our passion to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. We’re initiating a…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • The Language of Innovation Leaders – Selling Innovation The Right Way

    Robert Brands
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
      During the process of innovation, selling your idea can be one of the biggest challenges. Once you go up several layers they begin to speak a different language. The office of CEO is only two... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Setting the stage for Innovation: Inspiration is rule number one.

    Robert Brands
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”     – Winston Churchill   You don’t need me to tell you why innovation is important. The... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Successful Innovation Harnesses Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most organizations believe that Innovation is required to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, they often do not put enough emphasis on building the organizational capability for... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

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

    Robert Brands
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The GE Global Innovation Barometer conducts annual surveys to put a finger on the pulse of innovation around the world. The survey was conducted earlier this year with over 3,200 high level business... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • The growing need is to move innovation into the cloud.

    paul4innovating
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    As business organizations continue to struggle with the decision of ‘if and when’ and then ‘what’ within their systems and processes goes into the cloud, there is this gathering, if not overwhelming view, that the cloud will bring IT closer to the business needs of today. Innovation is certainly one of those in need of concerted effort to bring up to date within organizations and that can come through delivering it across the organization within the cloud. Highly visible, agile and core to the organizations future, seen by all and truly valued. Let me outline my initial thoughts here,…
  • Opening Ourselves Up to the Innovation Mashup

    paul4innovating
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:32 am
    Sometimes some things come slower than others, and then they suddenly rear up and hit you. We don’t make all the connections we should; we are too caught up in our little world, beating our existing drum, drowned out by its own noise, to step back and appreciate something new is really happening. Recently I was investigating one strand of thought and then bingo! Something else, leads to something else and the rest, so to speak, becomes history. I’ve been reflecting on the new era of innovation and opening myself up to exploring alternatives, different thoughts, discussions and viewpoints.
  • Seeing Your Innovating Future Across Different Horizons

    paul4innovating
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:57 am
    The three horizons offer us much to frame our innovating future Following a couple of recent posts on reflecting on the three horizons methodology, firstly here and then here, I wanted to come back to where I see real value, in managing innovation into the future. The 3H methodology enables us to look out into the future, across three different horizons that can manage the transition between short, medium and long term in our innovation activities, something often badly lacking in most organizations thinking. It allows us to gauge  the challenges, adding aspects we are beginning to gain a…
  • Three Horizons – fields of future, full of foresight.

    paul4innovating
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    I’d like to relate to parts of a book that came out in late 2013 from Bill Sharpe. His book, or actually more a booklet, called “Three Horizons: The Patterning of Hope”, published by Triarchy Press, has some really helpful insights. In this book, Bill outlines his distinct ways of creatively working through many of the unknowns, by framing and connecting though the Three Horizons, (3H) as his contribution to the patterning of hope for all our futures. I draw out a lot within his thinking, experiences and approaches within the book. Some of these initial thoughts outlined here, re-affirm…
  • We seem to pass over distinctive innovation, why?

    paul4innovating
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    paul4innovating:* I decided to re-post a group of my previous thoughts that I believe offer some value. * Please see these as a collection to ‘dip in and out of’. Just scroll down the home page. * Normal service will return as of tomorrow 1st September, just enjoy these older posts, I did! Would you want to be associated with something distinctive, I would? Originally posted on Paul4innovating's Blog: I see so many suggestions on the types of innovation, actually I’ve offered a few myself, just go and take a look athttp://cirf.pbworks.com for a different slant on this . For…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • David and Googleliath (or VSL vs. Google): A Small Company Fighting a Giant Reminds Us Why Software Patents Matter

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    A small start-up company fighting one of the great giants of all time: it’s a classic story of David vs. Goliath, or in this case, David vs. Googleliath (a.k.a. VSL vs. Google). Googleliath’s Googleplex (source: Wikipedia). Many small companies have claimed that Google misappropriated trade secrets or other IP, but rarely has Google graciously (and accidentally) cooperated in providing smoking-gun evidence the way they apparently did for Vedanti Systems, Ltd. (VSL). In this case, they allegedly left sticky notes on VSL’s trade secret materials showing their questionable…
  • Crazy Over Innovation at Uber

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    At the Marcus Evans Innovate 2014 Conference in Shanghai today, I met Rosalie Wu, the head of marketing in China for the rapidly growing startup, Uber. Rosalie was Uber’s first hire in China and exemplifies the energetic, entrepreneurial spirit that is driving Uber to global success. She spoke about the development of Uber’s innovative business model and the many innovations they continue to add in their unique approach to “glocalization,” wherein a company going global adapts its products and business model to the unique constraints and opportunities of each local…
  • Alice in Blunderland: The Supreme Court’s Alice Decision Fails to Grasp the Physical Reality of Information

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

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

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

  • What large companies still don’t get about marketing innovation

    Jorge Barba
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Though we are fairly well into the internet economy where brands can communicate directly with customers in a variety of ways through social networks, one belief from the old order still holds true: incumbent brands believe that in order to win the hearts and minds of customers, that they can out-market upstarts that gain loyalty through the great products and services they deliver. There are only a handful of companies that can both make great products and advertising. We continually marvel at products and services from visionary companies like Apple, Google, Uber and others who gain our…
  • What needs to happen for there to be more innovation and startups in LatAm?

    Jorge Barba
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Yesterday I watched a panel of LatAm entrepreneurs, advocates and venture capitalists discuss “what needs to happen for there to be more innovation and startups in LATAM?” through Google Hangout. The panelists were: Luis Alberto Moreno, President BID Marta Cruz, Director of NXTPLabs Gustavo Álvarez Moreno, UP Global LatAm Andrés Barreto, Founder Socialatom Ventures Wences Casares, Founder Xapo Daniel Gómez, Founder Solben If you speak or understand spanish, I’ve embedded the 1 hr discussion below. My response: Though the question focuses on “what needs to…
  • How to think what no one else thinks

    Jorge Barba
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    Image source: http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2011/07/fish-dont-know-theyre-in-water/ Want to think what nobody has ever thought? Easy, question assumptions. There comes a moment in time where everyone agrees with everybody about pretty much everything. For any sized organization that are focused on creating a culture of relentless innovation, hardened dogma is an innovation obstacle they must overcome. Yesterday I gave a talk about Creating an Innovation Democracy to the Tijuana Innovation and Development Cluster. In the talk I told a story about how I’ve managed to be effective at…
  • Don’t be the best, be the only one

    Jorge Barba
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:14 am
    A couple of weeks ago I asked if corporates really want to innovate like startups. One of the obstacles corporates have towards innovating like startups is overcoming their myopic view of competition: me-too-ism. When setting out to innovate, the vast majority of the time corporates decide they will make the Nth version of an existing product (see Microsoft) with their own branding on it; if they do bring something new to the table it is simply a gimmick. Startups on the other hand, not all, aim for uniqueness. But there are some corporates, W.L. Gore, Google, Apple, Nike, among others, that…
  • Hiring and managing for brilliance

    Jorge Barba
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Want game-changing ideas and execution? Hire misfits, weirdos, black sheep, difficult people who don’t fit into traditional roles because they are just brilliant. This isn’t a new idea, but when CEO’s say they want innovation, they don’t walk the talk by themselves; nor does human resources. Corporations aren’t recruiting enough weirdos: There is potency and innovativeness in certain kinds of weirdness that can help businesses thrive. The key for leaders is to figure out how to support weird people so that they create—not destroy—value for the company. Some…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Business Model Innovation: The Attacker’s Advantage

    Tim Kastelle
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    If you’re a startup attacking a large, established competitor, you don’t have too many advantages. The incumbent already has a lot of existing customers – that’s why they’re large. They have clear channels to market, established supply chains, revenue, money in the bank. They have everything. How can they lose? If you attack them head-on, you don’t just need to be better, you need to be 10X better.  That’s a big jump. What should you do? Your one big advantage is that your business model is not locked-in, but your opponent’s probably is. Here…
  • Five Roles for Your Innovation Team

    Tim Kastelle
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    The Problem with Solved Problems that Aren’t Solved Phil was certain that his company had their innovation problems solved. After all, they had a dedicated innovation team, they had idea management software, and they had started a big internal PR effort to highlight successful innovations. What could possibly go wrong? Lots, actually. Over the past few years, I’ve met plenty of people in Phil’s position.  They think that they have made the investments that are required to make their organisations more innovative. So they end up feeling perplexed when they find, after a few…
  • Innovation: Action That Could Be Considered a Ridiculous Error in Judgement

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    Innovation drives economic evolution and growth. That’s one of the core ideas from Joseph Schumpeter, and it’s one of the reasons that the group for people studying evolutionary economics is called the International Schumpeter Society.  I’m at the 15th ISS Conference right now in Jena, Germany, where I got to hear Stan Metcalfe, one of my favourite evolutionary economists, speak today. Stan is just a wonderful speaker, and his talk today was filled with gems.  Even though he was presenting a paper that was very theoretical, there were a lot of lessons in the talk for all…
  • Breakthrough Innovations Are Not Predictable

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

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

  • What will our world look like in 2022?

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    7 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Nine technical leaders of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society joined forces to write a technical report, entitled IEEE CS 2022, symbolically surveying 23 potential technologies that could change the landscape of computer science and industry by the year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart city policies: A spatial approach

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    This paper, written by Margarita Angelidou, reviews the factors which differentiate policies for the development of smart cities, in an effort to provide a clear view of the strategic choices that come forth when mapping out such a strategy. The paper commences with a review and categorization of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Gartner’s 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    The journey to digital business is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.’s “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2014.” As the Gartner Hype Cycle celebrates its 20th year, Gartner said that as enterprises set out on the journey to becoming digital businesses, identifying and employing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Open Data and Visualisation Apps

    Nicos Komninos
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority announced the competition Data in the City: Visualisation Challenge, which is based on open government datasets with the objective to create visualisations about the life in the city. Participants in the competition are invited to create applications by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2014 Inventors | Innovators Under 35

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    The MIT Technology Review released its list of 35 Innovators Under 35, an annual lineup that highlights up-and-coming young professionals who are inventing the devices and technologies that will redefine how we live and work. The MIT Technology Review’s editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • Richard Lormand Will Cover San Sebastian Festival

    Vivian van Dijk
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I'm happy to announce that after a few-year absence Richard Lormand return to San Sebastian, that jewel of Northern Spain. He will be ... The post Richard Lormand Will Cover San Sebastian Festival appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Extraordinary Journeys Offers Adventures in Africa

    Vivian van Dijk
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Extraordinary Journeys is offering travelers the ultimate authentic Serengeti bush experience with its brand new 9-night A Step Back in Time: Serengeti & ... The post Extraordinary Journeys Offers Adventures in Africa appeared first on EYES IN.
  • ‘Ice Land’ Features SpongeBob Ice Sculptures

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon have come together to create the Gulf Coast's only holiday ice sculpture attraction featuring the world-renowned underwater characters from ... The post ‘Ice Land’ Features SpongeBob Ice Sculptures appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Gia Ventola Narrates Nonchalant Beauty of Empowerment

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Superfine silks in nuances of smoke black and creamy white with original prints are the elements of Gia Ventola's Whispered Beauty, made in the USA. The post Gia Ventola Narrates Nonchalant Beauty of Empowerment appeared first on EYES IN.
  • FilmBuff Chronicles Legends of Punk Rock

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    'Filmage: The Story of Descendants/All' directed by Matt Riggle & Deedle LaCour presented by FilmBuff, chronicles the legends of punk and treats audiences ... The post FilmBuff Chronicles Legends of Punk Rock appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Competition is Healthy

    Nicole Lininger
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Competition pushes you to do your best. Runners go faster when there is someone racing them. Job seekers bring their all to an interview, especially when they know many people are qualified for a position. Cooks and bakers add special flair and secret ingredients to their recipes for a contest. Competition motivates and inspires us to give a little extra effort that sets us apart from others we’re contending against. The same goes for inventions. Although there may be a product similar to an idea that you have, it’s always possible to improve on something if you think creatively.
  • The Industrial Revolution: Important Inventions and Lessons

    Nicole Lininger
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    The Industrial Revolution was an incubator for innovation and change. From the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, the transition to new manufacturing processes changed the daily lives of those in the United States, Great Britain, and the rest of Western Europe. The United States shifted from a mainly agriculturally based economy to one that focused more on industry and textile production. In the spirit of Labor Day and the Industrial Revolution, we would like to highlight some of the most essential inventions of this period to remind us of the great strides that innovation and…
  • Back-to-School: New School Year, New Innovations

    Nicole Lininger
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Back-to-school means back to shopping. Each year, hundreds of new products come out just in time for the beginning of school, and that means children and older students will want to have the best new gear. We have compiled a list of some innovative and trendy products to make your trips to the mall a little easier. College: Write This Down The Livescribe smartpen has been around since 2007 with varying degrees of success, but critics say that Livescribe 3 might be the best version of the smartpen yet. By writing on special paper, Livescribe can store your notes in its internal flash memory to…
  • Contract Manufacturing

    Nicole Lininger
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    You are an entrepreneur with a new product idea you would like to bring to the marketplace but don’t have the production equipment needed to produce the item yourself. Perhaps you are hoping to sell or license your innovative idea to a company but need stock of the product to show its value, usefulness, and sales potential. These are the types of scenarios that might send you looking for a contract manufacturer. Just what is a contract manufacturer and what can you expect one to do in return for your investment? Bringing Ideas to Life A contract manufacturer is a for-hire firm that will…
  • Marketing New Products: 6 Important Aspects of Packaging Design

    Nicole Lininger
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    The quality and integrity of a product should be able to stand on its own, but in the business of retail merchandising, the harsh reality is that unless your product packaging fits into certain parameters, it may be doomed to fail before consumers have a chance to purchase and use it. What is the role of product packaging and how does its proper use assist in marketing new products? Product Protection The majority of products have some form of packaging. The most important role of product packaging is to protect a product from damage during shipment from the manufacturer to the retailer as…
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • Innovation Culture Battle Royale

    Braden Kelley
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Earlier this month I wrote an innovation culture white paper for Planview titled “Five Ways to Make Your Innovation Culture Smell Better” that is getting a great response after my appearance as a keynote speaker at the Pipeline 2014 conference … Continue reading →
  • Making People Dance Instead of Jaywalk

    Braden Kelley
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    I love anything that is fun and investigates human psychology, especially crowd psychology, and the investigation of how you can use fun to potentially influence human behavior for social good (i.e. the piano stairs example I’ve shared before). Nobody likes … Continue reading →
  • A Simple Idea to Save Oil

    Braden Kelley
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Here is a great marketing campaign from S-Oil in South Korea which took the challenge of finding ways to decrease oil consumption in South Korea and turned it into a marketing campaign: In … Continue reading →
  • What Do You Do When People Say Your Logo Looks Like *#&@?

    Braden Kelley
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    Recently The Hershey Company decided to update their logo and since it’s launch they’ve been getting a lot of negative buzz surrounding the new logo because some people think that part of the logo looks like a steaming pile of … Continue reading →
  • Speeding Innovation to Africa

    Braden Kelley
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    I came across an interesting crowdfunding site called The 1% Club. What makes it interesting it that is designed to help launch improvement projects in Africa that will make it cleaner, safer, and/or friendlier through a partnership between charity (Dutch … Continue reading →
 
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    Ideatrotter

  • Is it a phone? Is it a drone? No, it’s a flone! The artist...

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Is it a phone? Is it a drone? No, it’s a flone! The artist Lot Amorós, and engineers Cristina Navarro  and Alexandre Oliver won the Next Things award in 2013 for the Flone invention, an H-shaped airframe which transforms smartphones into airborne apparatus. It is able to fly up to 20 metres, and take photographs and video from above. Flone has been designed to be cheap and simple to make. The airframe is wooden, and is powered by a standalone battery and four propellers.  "We tried to simplify all the technology of our drones , and also the way of controlling," Amorós told the BBC  at…
  • Environmental Stewardship via Bioelectricity Fueled initially by...

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Environmental Stewardship via Bioelectricity Fueled initially by a NASA grant to explore how recent advances in bioelectricity can enhance water management in space, Cambrian Innovation is dedicated to global leadership in the development of environmental solutions based on newly discovered electrically active microbes, starting at the intersection of energy and water. Since 2006, they have developed, scaled, and validated a pipeline of solutions that can recover resources from wastewater, eliminate energy input for wastewater treatment, radically reduce the cost of nitrate nitrogen…
  • Rethinking the 2014 Biking Technology Muc-Off has always looked...

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Rethinking the 2014 Biking Technology Muc-Off has always looked to push the boundaries of innovation. This is the story of the long road to innovation - in the quest for chain efficiency perfection. Muc-Off’s whole development process involves rigorous testing of each product with the professional teams it supports. The development with these teams ensures each product is tested in the fastest and toughest conditions for road cycling. This testing process was an integral part of the development of the C4 Chain Wax that Team Sky used in this year’s Tour de France TT. The Muc-Off C4 Chain…
  • How Can Digital Innovation Help Us Care For Our...

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    How Can Digital Innovation Help Us Care For Our Families? Digital technologies provide new and powerful ways to deliver meaningful innovation that matters to people. So how can we use them to help us care for our families and live healthily? Responding to people’s needs and expectation for greater connectivity, personalization, control and convenience, we’re embracing a digital philosophy at Philips, offering digital innovations that empower people to be in control of their own personal health and well-being. 
  • World’s Largest Private Tank Fleet Up For Auction Want to...

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

  • 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…
  • Join the Doblin Team

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    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.   Current openings Innovation Project Manager - Chicago Design Strategy Lead - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - New York Design Strategy Lead - New York In addition, we are always looking for talented professionals to join our team or network of contractors. In particular, we’d love to hear from designers and researchers who can relate to our passion for bringing user-centered design to…
  • 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 >
  • A Designer's Guide to Crafting Prize Competitions

    24 Jun 2014 | 2:50 pm
    A new report by Doblin helps designers tailor prizes to specific outcomes and increase the effectiveness of challenges. Prizes are powerful tools for innovation because they incentivize a diversity of individuals or organizations to cooperate and compete against each other to solve hard problems. If effectively designed, prizes can generate bold, transformative results. Now, designers have a practical guide in the form of a report co-authored by Doblin’s Jesse Goldhammer and six leading U.S. foundations. DU Press published the report last week. In “The Craft of Incentive Prize…
  • Where should banks look to drive growth?

    19 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    According to a report from the Deloitte Center for Financial Services, a differentiated customer experience made the short list of ways banks can drive growth and competitive advantage. "To excel, banks have to spend more time understanding the unmet needs and motivations of customers.  This requires the use of more nontraditional approaches to generating insights including ethnographic research, mining social media, and advanced data analytics." - Jeff Wordham In an article on the report, Doblin principal, Jeff Wordham, and others from Deloitte explore key areas of focus for banks seeking…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • The Language of Innovation Leaders – Selling Innovation The Right Way

    Robert Brands
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
      During the process of innovation, selling your idea can be one of the biggest challenges. Once you go up several layers they begin to speak a different language. The office of CEO is only two... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Setting the stage for Innovation: Inspiration is rule number one.

    Robert Brands
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”     – Winston Churchill   You don’t need me to tell you why innovation is important. The... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Successful Innovation Harnesses Idea Management

    Robert Brands
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most organizations believe that Innovation is required to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, they often do not put enough emphasis on building the organizational capability for... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Eureka Moment of Ideas & Idea Management

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

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

  • Beyond the Brainstorm

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are 15 ways to generate better ideas every day.
  • Pushing CEOs to Be Bold after the IPO

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By structuring CEOs' contracts to focus on the long-term health of their company, newly public firms can encourage an emphasis on innovation.
  • Best of Multimedia: Marketing Myopia in 120 Seconds

    4 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    An animated look at Theodore Levitt's theory of why concentrating on customers matters more than a focus on driving sales.
  • Seeking Social Failures

    3 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    IMD professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski describes three concepts that can help companies craft more effective social strategies.
  • Warfare, Software, and Industrial Design

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Sprint and scrum, a design approach favored by the software industry, was behind many of the incredible innovations made by industrial and defense companies in the mid-20th century. It can help today's industrial manufacturers cast off their sluggish image and make rapid changes in product cost or design.
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • Health and Wellbeing Conference

    RIC Chester
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    30th September 2014   This event is all about exploring pathways to healthier lifestyle, with notable and experienced speakers, healthy lifestyle exhibitor stands, holistic treatments and workshops, networking with like-minded people, healthy lunch, all aimed at promoting a natural, well-balanced life.   Tuesday, 30th September 2014 10:00 – 16:00 Riverside Innovation Centre Castle Drive, Chester, CH1 1SL   Join us for a Fantastic Health and Well-being day not to be missed!   To book a ticket and find out more details please visit…
  • How to think like Sir Alex Ferguson

    RIC Chester
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    The business of winning and managing success read more
  • The Italian Job

    RIC Chester
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    Fancy turning a tenner into a trip to Milan? Go to The Italian Job Website for details! The humble £10 note… these days it’ll buy you a CD, give your car a splash of fuel or pay for a round of drinks. But what if you only had £10 to build a business? Could you take a chance and make a profit? Launched in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 17th to 23rd), The Italian Job will test you to do exactly that! Either going it alone, or in a team, you’ll have a couple of weeks to develop a plan Lord Sugar himself would be proud of and use your £10 to develop a formidable…
  • The Start Up of You

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

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

  • Quick Decisions About Who To Spend Time With

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:20 am
    Not too long ago I realized the importance of supporting other people.  At the same time I realized how I had been (and had not been) supported in my own life. Supporting other  people can mean different things to different people, to many support means encouraging people in fulfilling dreams and goals, to others it means simply not tearing them down.  [...]
  • Secrets to Accelerating Learning Curves

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:25 am
    This is part 2 of the Lagging Learning Curve Content, read part 1 here Corporate learning curves are a complicated and sometimes confusing mechanism of corporate innovation. Multitudes of smart employees do not necessarily translate into effective innovations or prosperous companies. Every innovation based organization can accelerate their corporate learning curve  by implementing the following [...]
  • The Lagging Learning Curves

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:15 am
      It takes time to teach people, it takes time for knowledge to spread around a culture. Knowledge sometimes can not penetrate business cultures readily. Some people learn slower than do others, decision makers are not as brilliant as all team members in every area of life. Working in R&D I am constantly reminded and [...]
  • 004 – The Four Creativity Languages [podcast]

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    We were created to be creators! and we are gifted in different ways to create. There are at least four creativity “languages” seen in people, Adam explains these languages in this episode.   We are looking for more beta testers for our Creativity Languages Course, please leave a comment below or email Adam at collierak@me.com, beta testers [...]
  • One assignment every child should have…

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    It is quickly approaching back to school time in our home.  Buying school clothes, stationery supplies and nervous comments about the upcoming hard work of assignments.  Three of our five kids are preparing for the school changes that are coming, but they would prefer to continue the summer free as a bird playing and watching [...]
 
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Keeping Track of Who’s Keeping Track

    Sam Ford
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Recently, I wrote a piece about AdDetector, a new browser plug-in that helps readers identify when they are looking at a piece of sponsored content—meant to be a counterbalance to publishers who all too often these days aren’t putting enough thought into making sure the origin and nature of the article you’re reading is transparent to its visitors. That thought about tools which help make audiences more aware of, and in control of, how they are marketed to makes me think back to Ghostery, another browser plugin which operates by the mantra of “Transparency+Control=Privacy.” In a…
  • AdDetector: Pushing Our Industry to Think about Ethics of Native Advertising

    Sam Ford
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    “Native advertising” has gotten quite a bit of attention throughout 2014—and, in particular, the question of transparency and the degree to which sponsored content is easily understood as such by the reader, listener, or viewer. Back in January, I wrote in Advertising Age that “taking every care to protect our audiences is, in the long run, the best way to ensure that we are also protecting our own organizations’ reputation.” Long story short—with native advertising, it too often seems that publisher and advertiser alike are putting potential short-term gain (getting as many…
  • Gwen isn’t the only one who can holla back, girl

    Laura Bedrossian
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    Not too long ago, I wrote about an interesting card women could use to combat catcalling. I had my reservations about this, because while interesting, it’s also not efficient to dig through your bag to pull out a card to hand to someone who is acting inappropriately in the first place. Not to mention that you might not want to get close enough to someone being so disrespectful in the first place. Cue: iHollaBack’s—an organization dedicated to ending street harassment—Hollaback app.  If you’re familiar with the driving app, Waze, then this is basically the same community-based …
  • Buying the Nike 5.0, Will You Just Do It?

    Lauren Parker
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    I’ve been a runner for the past four years or so. In that time, I’ve ran three marathons and torn through about 10 pairs of shoes. All this is to say that I understand the importance of good footwear. A lot of runners are very particular about their running shoe. I’m partial to the Brooks Launch, but after the latest campaign for the 5.0 shoe I might consider Nike again. Nike calls the 5.0 the most flexible shoe on the market. According to the website, “Designers crafted the new 2014 Nike Free Trainer 5.0 with versatility across strength and cardio training…
  • Not Your Average Hallmark Card

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

  • Beyond the Survey: Small (Data) is Beautiful

    Synectics
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams Big Data is the rage. Consulting companies are advising left and right on how to get amazing results; new start-ups are leveraging the power of Big Data to bring new products and services to market, especially in technology. If not leveraging truly Big Data, led by advancements in massive computing power, then data analytics or data science is key to today’s business environment. No matter what, most companies rely strongly on quantitative analysis for decision-making and customer knowledge. For instance, in the…
  • Vincent Nolan, Innovation Pioneer Passed Away

    Synectics
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Vincent Nolan, the founder and first Chairman of Synectics in the UK, passed way at age 85 on August 17th 2014.  He was one of the pioneers of innovation.  Sandy Dunlop, his colleague for many years, has provided us with some of his thoughts at the time of Vincent’s passing. Vincent totally re-invented himself half way through his life.  And Synectics was a major element of that re-invention. His total commitment to the body of knowledge was in no small part because it had been of huge value to him and at a tough time in his life.  He always operated with a total authenticity and…
  • Innovation Pioneer Vincent Nolan Passed Away

    Synectics
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Vincent Nolan, the founder and first Chairman of Synectics in the UK, passed way at age 85 on August 17th 2014.  He was one of the pioneers of innovation.  John Alexander, his colleague for many years, has provided us with some of his thoughts at the time of Vincent’s passing. He was a great man, an inspiration to many and in his own way he changed the world, in particular the corporate world, into a more positive and humane place.  In the early days it took a great deal of courage and determination in the face of skepticism to get corporations to understand the value of the Synectics…
  • What does Collaboration REALLY Mean?

    Synectics
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO and General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams Collaboration is a hot topic these days.  CEO’s are talking about it.  Schools are emphasizing collaboration skills.  Social media and intranet technologies are described as a foundation for collaboration.  “The Collaborative Economy” is a term Jeremiah Owyang and others are using to describe innovations involving sharing of goods and services from Zip Car to Uber to Airbnb.  Time magazine entitled it “Today’s Smart Choice: Don’t Own, Share” in their collection of 10 Ideas That Will Change the World.
  • 5 Creative Ways to Leverage Big Data

    Synectics
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO and General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams Big Data is one of the top business terms of the last couple of years. Of course, it refers to data that is too big to fit on single servers or spread sheets that is beyond the reach of conventional analytics. It has become the province of a new breed of “data scientists” and big consulting firms have jumped on the bandwagon. The value of Big Data, though, is not found through conventional analytics. It is not only big but also unstructured and flowing vs. static and with multiple streams, so it needs to be…
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Open Innovation to Accelerate Development of Home Appliances

    IdeaConnection
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Crowdsourcing and 3D printing appear to be all the rage at the moment.  Earlier this month, Local Motors created the world’s first 3D printed car, based on a design submitted to a crowdsourcing contest. Now there’s news that a General Electric (GE) affiliate called FirstBuild is going to use crowdsourcing and 3D printers to build the next generation of household appliances, revolutionary products to make our lives easier.  They could be anything from food blenders and garbage disposal units to grilling machines and feature-packed water systems. The aim is to get novel products to market…
  • Crowdsourcing News Stories with the BBC

    IdeaConnection
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    A team of journalists from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is currently travelling across the United States, crowdsourcing news stories from members of the public.  The aim is to broadcast local stories to a global audience, the kind of news that really matters to people, but is not usually covered by major networks. Typically, news organisations set the daily news agenda with editors and reporters deciding how to fill their programs and bulletins. The BBC’s crowdsourcing project democratises the news by allowing the public to have a say in what is covered. It is called BBC Pop…
  • 3 Articles to Boost Your Innovation Endeavors

    IdeaConnection
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Is there an innovation drought in your company?  Are you desperately in search of the next big thing, but don’t know where to turn?   Are your innovation endeavors too conservative?  Do they lack the risks inherent in trying to do something new and break new ground? Three articles caught our attention this week that convey powerful messages to those who seek to innovate.  The boldest among them being a warning to innovate or die. Innovate or die: The stark message for big business - this BBC article warns that in the era of “digital disruption” organizations that…
  • 3 Open Innovation Initiatives to Get Stuck Into

    IdeaConnection
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    If you’re looking for a fresh workout for your brain, three recently launched open innovation contests and product searches may be just what you’re looking for.  They offer some pretty sweet financial incentives for the winners and are in the healthcare and motor industries. The Mobility Experience Challenge – a global open innovation call for car app ideas.  The contest is being hosted by BMW and Startnext, Germany’s largest crowdfunding community.  App developers, BMW fans, innovators and mobility experts are invited to submit app innovations in three categories:…
  • Crowdsourcing Our Way to Better Health

    IdeaConnection
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Frankly, there are far too many complex problems going around that can’t be tackled by institutions and organizations on their own.  When it comes to improving our health, fighting diseases and prolonging lifespans, those challenges take on an extra measure of urgency as most of us want to stick around on the planet for as long as possible. There are hundreds of situations where drug companies, hospitals and healthcare institutes have reached out to expert crowds to help them in their quests.  Here is a small collection of some of the open innovation health-related projects that have…
 
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    Brand Genetics

  • Does your business have the appetite for disruption

    Tom
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Ivy league academic debates rarely set our hearts racing at Brand Genetics (‘Life is so unlike theory’ as Anthony Trollope wrote), but when one challenges a cornerstone of innovation thinking we start to get interested. So Harvard professor Jill Lepore’s out attack on the concept of disruptive innovation and on Clayton Christensen, the Harvard professor who coined it, was worth taking notice of and has given us lots of food for thought. In a nutshell, Lepore’s article in The New Yorker is a challenge to ‘the gospel of innovation’. Not only does…
  • Apple iWatch’s Lesson for FMCG Innovation

    Paul Marsden
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Consumer tech and consumer staples (FMCG). Light years apart right?  What could Apple’s latest venture into wearable tech – (unofficially) codenamed iWatch – possibly teach us about innovation in FMCG? One HUGE lesson. Don’t be first, be better. Like the iPhone, the iPod, the Mac, the Apple TV, and iTunes, Apple’s new smart wristband is not the first to market.  Instead, Apple has learned from early entrants to the emerging category – what works, what doesn’t, what could be better – using Fitbit, Fuelband and other competitors as prototypes…
  • The Lean Startup [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses Author: Eric Ries Publisher: Crown Publication date: 2011 As well as earning cult status as the innovator’s bible in Silicon Valley, The Lean Startup is being adopted by big brands as a fast, efficient and cost-effective framework for doing breakthrough innovation in new and unproven markets. Learning by Doing In essence, the message of The Lean Startup is simple – it’s a learning by doing approach to innovation.   Author, serial entrepreneur and Silicon Valley rockstar Eric Ries…
  • 3 innovation lessons we can learn from Kickstarter’s record breaker

    Cliff Fawcett
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:02 am
    The Coolest Cooler not only sounds cool, it is cool… Or at least that’s what over 62,000 people who backed it on Kickstarter think! On Friday, The Coolest broke the previous Kickstarter record with an incredible $13.3 million (after only asking for $50,000) pledged. At Brand Genetics we believe the innovation lessons we can learn are as cool as the product itself. For Ryan Grepper, inventor of the Coolest, success didn’t happen overnight (sound familiar innovators?). In November 2013 his first prototype failed to garner the investment required (a goal of $125,000) and had to be…
  • Looking Good: The Psychology of Good Design

    Paul Marsden
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    Does your product concept look good?  Well, it should.  Looks matter. Vision is our dominant sense, and how a product looks will drive trial, adoption, sales and profitability.  Products that look good sell more, to more people, more often and for more margin. This means that concept development should be designed with design in mind. But what, exactly, does ‘looking good’ mean? Here’s a quick primer on the psychology of looking good from a concept development perspective (building on the seminal University of Cambridge research paper “Seeing things: consumer…
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  • Innovation Inspiration #33

    Michael
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
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    Michael
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
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  • Brilliant Idea #216. Buskers Festival

    Michael
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:36 am
    I’m a huge music fan and try and go to as many music festivals as possible. Many of the larger ones actively encourage buskers – both organised to provide atmosphere and variety in the thoroughfairs between stages, but also improtu jams in the food and merchandising areas. Brilliant Idea #126 is a Buskers Festival (buskersfest). It’s a music festivval but without a mainstage – just lots of stages, some of which will be constructed of chalk on a pavement, others in disused shops of the high street. It will tour towns like an old-fashioned circus and there will be…
  • Innovation Inspiration #44

    Michael
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
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  • How to have more ideas infographic

    Michael
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
      The simplest way that I have ever thought of to both describe what an idea is and how to have more of them. The post How to have more ideas infographic appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
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  • Sometimes it pays to be an Antisocial Know-it-all

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Ben Horowitz Ben Horowitz is an entrepreneur who developed a data centre software company, Opsware and sold it to HP for $1.6B in 2007. In 2009 he and Marc Andreesen (who created Netscape and Mosaic) founded the venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz. It has had some spectacularly successful investments including Airbnb, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Pinterest. Horowitz talked about today’s leading entrepreneurs in a recent interview in Wired magazine. He said, ‘The biggest thing in common that they have is that they think for themselves in an astonishingly antisocial degree. Elon Musk,…
  • Think Highly!

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    Researchers have discovered that the height of the ceiling in a meeting room can affect the outcome of the meeting.  Apparently a high ceiling encourages people to think more creatively while a low ceiling discourages imagination and influences people to think in a constrained way. So if you want an effective brainstorm choose somewhere with plenty of headroom. The concept extends beyond the physical. In addition to material headroom we need lofty ideals too. Many people will approach a meeting as a low value exercise unless we inspire them to become engaged and try harder. The meeting…
  • Bad Attitudes can lead to Good Innovation

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    I give workshops on creative leadership for major organisations around the world. I always ask delegates, ‘What is impeding innovation in your business?’ The answers often involve cultural issues such as aversion to risk, complacency or lack of motivation to experiment. When I gave a workshop in Taiwan one of the cultural issues raised was, ‘We have too much respect’.  Middle level managers felt too much reverence for the executives in the company to challenge their views and to question the way that things were done. They were used to accepting and implementing…
  • Leaders should Choose Their Words with Care

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Let’s say the challenge is to win an important bid. You say to your team, ‘We must win this bid. We’ve got to do everything possible to win it.’ You are in command mode, effectively issuing orders and an implied threat. On the other hand you could say, ‘We really want to win this bid. Let’s think of every possible way we can succeed.’ Now you are being inclusive and encouraging a positive, creative approach. Words matter. The words that leaders choose in communicating shape attitudes and behaviours. It is easy to fall into a macho style of talking…
  • How to be Lucky

    admin
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    Sometimes you have good luck and sometimes you have bad luck. But do you have a choice? Can you make your own luck? Dr. Richard Wiseman has studied why some people are lucky and others are not. He advises that there are four main traits that lucky people have that help them to be ‘lucky’. 1. They create, notice, and act upon chance opportunities that come up. 2. They make good decisions using their intuition as well as their logic. 3. They have positive expectations about the future. 4. They don’t let bad luck get them down; they find a way to turn it into good fortune.
 
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  • A Folder Full of Ideas, A New Product Innovation

    rnadworny
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Prototyping, testing and a folder full of ideas. Sometimes that can lead to a successful new business. Doug Hartwell, founder of Bitybean developed an UltraCompact Baby Carrier, a business that he has launched from Charlotte. I collided with Doug to talk about his design process for this new product. RN: How did you make the shift from working as an engineer at General Dynamics to an entrepreneur selling a baby carrier? DH: I’m an engineer by background and I have a ton of different ideas. Over time, I had developed a folder full of 30 new product ideas. I love 8 1/2×11 white…
  • Why Your Innovation Initiatives Aren’t Working

    rnadworny
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It seems that every business these days has some innovation initiative for its employees. Those initiatives have lots of different names. Sometimes we use words like “agile” or “creativity.” The intent is usually a good one: how does one tap into the collective talents and creativity of employees to move a company forward? Those of us who’ve been through these realize pretty quickly that most of these initiatives fall short. In the worst cases, they leave a bad taste that allows employee cynicism to fester, the exact opposite of what business leaders and managers hope for. Here are…
  • On Collaboration and Teamwork

    rnadworny
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    An interview by Sarah Gray at Salon caught my attention. In it, Walter Isaacson talked about his new book The Innovators and he said this about innovation “Innovation comes from collaboration, it comes from teamwork…the people who invented the computer and the Internet were not lone inventors like an Edison or a Bell, in their labs saying, “Eureka!” They were teams of people who worked collaboratively, and so I think sometimes we underestimate … or sometimes we don’t fully appreciate the importance of collaborative creativity.” Businesses talk about collaboration and teamwork…
  • Questions, questions, questions – How Smart Businesses Innovate

    rnadworny
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How much of your work centers on coming up with answers? My guess is a lot. Our bosses and managers task us with delivering results. Your professional advancement often depends how much you know and how many right answers you provide, quickly. Many business leaders are finding, however, that the challenge isn’t coming up with the right answer; it’s not asking the right questions. A hallmark of innovation, and successful entrepreneurship has always been asking questions: Why do things work the way they do? How might we make them better? What if we did it this way instead? Those three types…
  • Interview with Paul Budnitz, founder of Budnitz Bicycles

    rnadworny
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This week’s Creative Collision is with Paul Budnitz founder of Budnitz Bicycles. He previously launched Kidrobot, a producer and retailer of designer toys and is about to launch a new venture, Ello.co, a new social network without ads. I talked with Paul about his serial entrepreneurship, innovation inspiration, and Vermont. Are you inspired to innovate to make things better that disturb or bug you for some reason, like bikes, or social networks? I’m not sure I’d phrase it as there are things that are bugging me as much as that I see things that I wish were better. I fall in love with…
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  • Dear Apple: Your designers are killing your business

    Nick Skillicorn
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s official! Apple has taken its focus off the only thing that matters: its customers In many ways, Apple is having an incredible year. Last week it announced not only it’s long awaited new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (which have broken sales records by selling more than 10 million units in 3 days), as […] Originally published at Dear Apple: Your designers are killing your business
  • Getting idea management to work: Interview with Wazoku CEO Simon Hill

    Nick Skillicorn
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    In my latest exclusive interview, I speak to Simon Hill, voted Guardian Small Business Leader of the Year and CEO of Wazoku on what it takes to get idea management systems to actually deliver results. Over the past 5 years, there has been a lot of buzz about software tools which can help companies become more […] Originally published at Getting idea management to work: Interview with Wazoku CEO Simon Hill
  • Scientists just sent a brain-to-brain message over 5,000 miles

    Nick Skillicorn
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    File this one under: Impending telepathic Cyborg takeover According to a new study released by PLoS, a group of scientists have successfully sent a message between two brains, without actually implanting anything in either person. Yes, this was all achieved across a normal skull without any wires being inserted. Simply put, one person was shown an […] Originally published at Scientists just sent a brain-to-brain message over 5,000 miles
  • TEDx Talk: The science of improving your brain’s creativity

    Nick Skillicorn
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    TED has just uploaded the video of my recent speech at TEDx Durham University In it, I go through evidence from recent academic studies which shows how everyone has the ability to improve their creativity over time, and what sort of things can help achieve that aim. For those of you who want to know […] Originally published at TEDx Talk: The science of improving your brain’s creativity
  • Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist

    Nick Skillicorn
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    If you’re looking for opportunities to launch new and innovative businesses, the best place to start looking appears to be Craigslist Craigslist is one of the granddaddies of the internet. It’s been around since 1995 (older than some entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley!), and frankly is as basic-looking as a website can get. It also has customised […] Originally published at Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist
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  • LockPosht Podcast – Return Episode 01 – Mike Freer

    Lock Posht
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Alright people!, Today I have an amazing podcast for you!, We have MP of Finchley and Golders green here for you, discussing some important issues and telling us his opinion on them. But before we get started I would like to thank him for this opportunity, his an amazing MP and I really enjoyed this discussion! If you go to bishop douglass or live in London specially finchley or golders green, You have to listen to this podcast, If your interested in knowing what a politicians view on Israel and palestine situation is, then You have to listen to this podcast!! If your a muslim and you feel…
  • Underated Beauty of Modern Comedy – In Honor of Mr Robin Williams

    Lock Posht
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    Comedy is beautiful, organic and natural, But most importantly its Humane. Those who enjoy comedy feel happy and satisfied by being able to have laughter and feel happy. Some form of comedies allows comedians to expand the listeners minds by making joke of things that the listeners thought were too strict to make jokes about, Though there is a time and place for humor, a well thought joke could come across both as hilarious and yet also very powerful. Most racists jokes, aren’t just jokes, But they are also powerful messages that demand sympathy. Most comedians today are also…
  • Response to Richard Dawkins – Abortion – Down syndrome

    Lock Posht
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    I am in no place to talk for pregnant mothers, This is a touchy and sensitive subject as we are talking about a potential human life. But I speak for freedom of choice not for limiting one’s choice. And I will try to be as clear as possible. As a male, and I have no clue what it will ever be like to have a baby inside of me, But I have spoken to people who have had abortion and they tell me it is very traumatic and emotionally damaging, and I agree, there is a special bond between the mother and fetus, and this is common in all of animal kingdom. However I want to point out that down…
  • David Cameron wants interference in Iraq

    Lock Posht
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Cameron on ISIS why is this man always so eager to dive headfirst into any problems in Iraq and Syria? Iraq and Syria are not OUR BORDERS! Every time a western country gets involved in conflicts in middle east, it denies those countries the right of figuring out their problems by themselves! These countries have to learn from their own mistakes and they need time to unite in solidarity against their own civil conflicts. Their people will only learn from experiencing these conflicts and raising above it, Western involvement will create the illusion to the middle eastern people that we are…
 
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