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  • Innovation needs Time, Talent and Temperment

    Innovate on Purpose
    Jeffrey Phillips
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    I'm about to leave for a well-deserved vacation, but I wanted to leave you, gentle readers, with a parting shot to contemplate before I go.  The idea I'd like you to contemplate until my return is that we are all making innovation far too complicated, and we need to stop dressing up the activity with lots of talking points and stop working ourselves and our management into a tizzy about commitments and investments.  Of course all of these are important.  But what we should be asking, in much the same way the "lean startup" folks are asking about bare essentials and "minimum…
  • The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

    Gregg Fraley
    GREGG FRALEY
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015 As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. I’ve written here previously about how effective their model is in getting broad-based involvement, participation, and attendance. This is arguably the most successful creativity conference in the world right now. Those interested in the creativity and innovation field should attend Creativity World Forum 2015 if at all possible. It’s affordable, the content is superb, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
  • New Report: Leaders Driving Innovation in the Enterprise

    Innovation Management
    InnovationManagement
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Imagine if you could listen to the daily conversations of world-class innovation program leaders. How would you use that information to deepen your thinking about innovation and what it takes to really implement it, organization-wide?
  • Swat Your SWOT…Forever

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    Matt
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    The more strategy development work I do with organizations, the more I’m becoming aware of a prevalent pattern, a pattern which I find counterproductive, even detrimental. It concerns the starting point for their strategy work: in nearly every case, they begin with convergent thinking, the polar opposite of divergent thinking, which I believe is the kind of thinking true strategy demands.To show just how embedded this pattern is in the corporate mind, take a moment to mentally fill in the blanks:Strategic ______________SWOT _________________Invariably, the answers I get when I do this…
  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
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  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
  • GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    More “stock photos.” This time from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, California. The post GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Best Hotel for SXSW

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW. The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day. The Wifi is fast—maybe…
  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
 
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  • Swat Your SWOT…Forever

    Matt
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    The more strategy development work I do with organizations, the more I’m becoming aware of a prevalent pattern, a pattern which I find counterproductive, even detrimental. It concerns the starting point for their strategy work: in nearly every case, they begin with convergent thinking, the polar opposite of divergent thinking, which I believe is the kind of thinking true strategy demands.To show just how embedded this pattern is in the corporate mind, take a moment to mentally fill in the blanks:Strategic ______________SWOT _________________Invariably, the answers I get when I do this…
  • Strategy vs. Execution: A Meaningless Distinction

    Matt
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    Over at HBR blogs, there is a wonderful debate on the subject of strategy between Roger Martin, who authored the post Stop Distinguishing Between Strategy and Execution, and Don Sull, an MIT scholar who believes there’s a meaningful distinction between strategy and execution.Normally, I don’t bother looking at comments to blogs because in today’s social media-driven world they generally add little if any valuable insight. At their best vanity metrics for the hosts (thumbs-up, likes, etc), and at worst they are simply a means for commenters to plug themselves (take a gander…
  • The Art of the Start 2.0: Interview With Guy Kawasaki

    Matt
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Coming from an author, you may find this strange: I have very few hardcover books adorning my office library any more. I’ve become an e-reader. The only books I keep are signed editions…they are meaningful gifts, and I’d never dream of donating them to my local library the way I have with all the others.I have more signed Guy Kawasaki editions than I have from any other author, a testament to how prolific he is. But of all the bestsellers he’s penned, his 2004 The Art of the Start is my all-time favorite. It’s dog-eared, highlighted, and Post-It Noted all…
  • State Your Strategy In A Sentence

    Matt
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Lately I’ve become fond of asking a deceptively simple question of senior leaders: “What’s your strategy?”I ask it in a rather informal and nonchalant way, then brace myself to hear something that rarely answers my question. On one end of the spectrum, I get a medley of purpose, vision, and mission-like responses. On the other end I get blank stares, shoulder shrugs, and head scratches. Somewhere in the middle I’ll get a response akin to either “we have a detailed strategic plan” or “we don’t really have a strategy.”Rarely do I get a…
  • Why Beauty, Elegance, and Design Matter

    Matt
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:33 am
    If you want to change the world, you have to ask audacious, world-changing questions, then set your sights on answering them. Questions like, “How do we dignify disease?” and “Can death be designed?” and “How can we connect young people to the Jewish faith?”These are the kinds of questions IDEO Chief Creative Officer Paul Bennett tees up in one of the more inspiring talks I’ve seen on the true power of design thinking, given at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management at month ago today. (Shout out to Avi Steinlauf, Edmunds.com CEO and…
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Innovation or Not – Mobile Data Plan for Pets

    Innovation or Not?
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The mobile phone family data plan you've been waiting for has been finally launched by T-Mobile. I'm not sure what took so long. Everyone I know has been complaining lately how their dog or cat has been getting into their iPad and watching funny cat videos, inexorably screwing up their... Continue reading →
  • Top 20 Innovation Articles of March 2015

    Innovation Excellence
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Drum roll please... At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? Continue reading →
  • When Should You Outsource Innovation?

    Matt Hunt
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    We often hear about the importance of failure when driving new ideas or new businesses. But do high failure rates and the negative impact to employees suggest it's better to just outsource innovation work to external teams? Learn more in this blog post. Continue reading →
  • The Top 5 Brand Strategy Trends of 2015

    Elizabeth Cagen
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Thanks to the influx of new competition, the growth of technology, the rise of social media and the constant use of multiple screens, brands are facing new challenges. In today's new world, brands must rethink their brand strategy to succeed. Continue reading →
  • Bad Value Proposition Design

    Innovation Excellence
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    I had the opportunity to interview Alex Osterwalder about his new book Value Proposition Design. This is the first part of the two part interview. For fun I thought I would break the interview into two parts so we could take a look at his thoughts on both bad value propositions and good value propositions in turn. Below you will find my questions in bold and Alex's answers immediately following the questions. Continue reading →
 
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  • Events: Introducing IDEO U: IDEO’s online learning school!

    IDEO
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    IDEO U, IDEO’s online school where leaders learn to unlock their creative potential, launched today. The first course, Insights for Innovation, taught by Jane Fulton Suri and Coe Leta Stafford is now open for enrollment and begins March 23rd. For more, read here.
  • Work: Holiday Inn Express Europe for IHG

    IDEO
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    Whether it’s the receptionist’s smile when you check-in, the tasty snack at the bar, the thoughtfully-designed lobby, or an easy-to-use mobile app, every detail of a hotel plays a part in how much you enjoy your stay. A hotel room is no longer just a place to sleep. This investment in guest insight and innovation is enabling us to stay ahead of the game.Mike Greenup, Vice President, Brand Management, Holiday Inn Brand Family, Europe To that end, multinational hotel company IHG asked IDEO to revamp its Holiday Inn Express brand in Europe—everything from public spaces, to food and…
  • Articles: Fast Company on Holiday Inn Express Europe

    IDEO
    11 Mar 2015 | 11:47 am
    Fast Company speaks to Chris Grantham about IDEO, London’s redesign of the Holiday Inn Express Europe, and prototyping to develop a more human-centered travel experience.
  • Articles: NBC’s TODAY Show features Barbara Beskind

    IDEO
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:54 pm
    NBC’s TODAY Show features IDEO’s Barbara Beskind, a 91-year-old designer who grew up with a passion for technology and engineering at a time when society often did not consider women for roles in these industries. Watch the full segment here.
  • Articles: Happy Meals—IDEO in The Atlantic

    IDEO
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:10 am
    The Atlantic features IDEO’s work with San Francisco Unified School District to transform the lunchroom experience for public school children. Sandy Speicher, Managing Director of IDEO’s Education Studio, explains how the project centered on re-designing the cafeteria atmosphere instead of solely focusing on food. For the full article click here.
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    Innovation Management

  • New Report: Leaders Driving Innovation in the Enterprise

    InnovationManagement
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Imagine if you could listen to the daily conversations of world-class innovation program leaders. How would you use that information to deepen your thinking about innovation and what it takes to really implement it, organization-wide?
  • Innovation: Force Fields for Change

    Gary Davis
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:40 am
    This article relates selected multidirectional patterns of change—“force fields”—in the business environment to innovation strategy within the context of Zen philosophical principles. Three force fields are selected for brief evaluation: 1) domestic vs. global markets, 2) economic growth vs. environmental quality, and 3) entrepreneurs vs. customer base. Given the omnipresence of force fields in the 21st century, businesses should maintain flexible structures for innovating both incrementally and radically. They also need to engage in collaboration at all institutional levels.
  • Emergence: The Next Efficient Evolution of Crowd-Sourced Innovation

    James Gardner
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:20 pm
    Surfing the crowd has hit the mainstream…Young, agile firms have always been known for their disruptive ideas. Increasingly, enterprises are keen to foster a similar innovation culture so that great concepts can surface even in a company with thousands of employees. The challenge comes when there are many layers of management and frontline workers are struggling to navigate the corporate hierarchy so their ideas are heard by the leadership team. In a bid to transform its business, Microsoft recently announced it would cut thousands of middle management jobs to ease the flow of information…
  • 7 Ways For You To Be the Best Leader In Your Entrepreneurship

    Sameer Bhatia
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Founders of new companies have a lot on their plate. With efforts and energies spread in so many different directions, it can be easy to lose sight of a very important role – being a good leader for your team. In this article, entrepreneur Sameer Bhatia lists a few ways you can set a good example and set your company up for success.
  • Forward Focus Podcast with Lars Percy Andersson

    InnovationManagement
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Senior Editor and Special Communication Projects Lead at IIR USA, Marc Dresner interviewed Lars Percy Andersson, Founder and CEO at InnovationManagement.se in order to discuss how companies approach the process of managing innovation. In this brief podcast they discuss strategies such as corporate acquisition and how to approach culture change in order to benefit innovation.
 
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    Gregg Fraley

  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Open for Business  It’s a real joy when a business opens its doors for the first time. “Open for Business” sounds and feels like hope and possibility to me. Starting a new business is where creativity blossoms and where innovation is made real. You’ve created something and you want to deliver that value for a fair payment in return. That’s what an entrepreneur does. Why would the government put anything in the way of a win-win business transaction? The law recently passed in Indiana (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is being fiercely debated. I really…
  • The Flaming Lips and Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    Consider Attending the Creativity World Forum 2015 As many of you know I’ve participated in the annual State of Creativity Forum in Oklahoma for several years. I’ve written here previously about how effective their model is in getting broad-based involvement, participation, and attendance. This is arguably the most successful creativity conference in the world right now. Those interested in the creativity and innovation field should attend Creativity World Forum 2015 if at all possible. It’s affordable, the content is superb, and it’s a great networking opportunity.
  • Baby Steps To Breakthrough In Regional Economic Development

    GREGG FRALEY
    5 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    Creativity, Innovation, and Economic Development — Embracing the Challenge Better Questions Means Better Answers for Regional Economic Development It’s about Attitudes, Projects, and Baby Steps Economic Development is important and challenging work. Having just interviewed players in this field and surveyed some regional initiatives — it’s clear that innovative work is being done in regional economic development — by some. I suspect that many in the field find the economic development challenge overwhelming. A bit like the Bob character in What about Bob,…
  • Seven Essentials of an Effective Innovation Project Manager

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Outsourcing innovation project management might be the most strategic money you spend this year. It’s not a new idea but it’s one more companies should consider. It sure beats doing nothing. See my Seven Essentials for hiring below. But first: If you’ve not got an innovation plan in the process of being executed, right now, you are treading water and will eventually drown. So what’s stopping you from kicking off an innovation initiative? I often hear resources. What I hear from top management: “we don’t have the time or resources for innovation projects,…
  • Mash-Ups for Innovation, a How To Guide

    GREGG FRALEY
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    How to Do Mash-Ups for Innovation This is an article length, comprehensive post on Mash-Ups for Innovation. To say the least Mash-Ups hold great promise in helping people and organizations find useful and sometimes breakthrough innovations. This article will likely be part of a book on the front end of innovation that’s in development, stay tuned. Meanwhile I hope you find this guide useful. To digest this in bits, simply use the index to go to the section that interests you. There is value to reading these sections in order, but for those with an urgent need, you’ll find…
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Run Your Own Race

    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Written by Dave Benton It is impossible to use a singular metric to define “successful people”. Common sense would have us believe that there is a formula for success, but #UncommonSense tells us that success looks different for everyone. It would be safe to say Richard Branson, Jenna Lyons and Lebron James are all successful people. Each one comes from a very different background, achieved success very differently and lives a unique life that suits them. But, the one thing that successful people have in common is that their path to success is uniquely theirs—and at a certain point in…
  • Get Your Hands Working On Happiness

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:30 am
    Working with your hands just might be the key to happiness. Creating brings us into a world of honesty and humility, pride and passion, with undeniable reality that demands individual attention and requires us to step outside our self-absorbed selves. Creation instills a sense of self, giving us a realization of what can and cannot be controlled. It’s very empowering. Hobby Club is pioneering the idea of using your hands to create something beautiful. Their yearlong adventure brings twelve new hobbies into people’s lives, one month at a time. It’s like hobby roulette; each one is a…
  • Sitting On Your Bottom To Improve The Bottom Line

    Bulldog Drummond
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Written by Martin Orton  Most of the world’s greatest success stories come about when someone notices that things aren’t great and have the cojones to try something completely different. Let’s take your business for example. Whatever you do, and wherever you work, chances are you and your employees are under stress, at times unfocused, and challenged in some form or another—though hopefully feeling better than this parrot. Your business is only as strong as your employees                                     The World Health Organization estimates that…
  • Orchestrating Your Business Strategy

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Written by Russell Ruggiero It seems that we are constantly being bombarded by industry expert prognostications regarding the latest innovations like mobile applications, wearable tech, and data storage. Billions of dollars, time, and R&D are being invested into the IT ecosystem and positive bottom line results are the rule and not the exception. An effective strategy should not only leverage widely accepted methodologies, but might also consider new ideas and concepts to achieve the greatest impact. Regarding the latter, ideas and concepts may be taken from areas not normally associated…
  • WHY WE’RE WEARING BLUE THIS ST. PATRICK’S DAY

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Saint Patrick’s Day is commonly associated with Irish myths and fantasies of magical leprechauns, libations in copious volume, corned beef and cabbage, and the common pinch associated with not recognizing the holiday by wearing green that day. And though these are great ways to recognize the day, this year we’re going to celebrate the uncommon found on Saint Patrick’s Day. Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, The Day of the Festival of Patrick), is a cultural and Christian religious celebration occurring annually on March 17th—the…
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • STORYTELLING AT WORK: The Mailing List

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    If you would like to receive an email alert when my forthcoming book is published in the Fall, just click this link and write your email address in the space provided. Takes 30 seconds. Below are a few excerpts from the book, previously published in the Huffington Post. Click the link below for more about the DNA of my book. I'm From Woodstock. Yes, I Am! Arm Wrestling the CIA The Afghani Cab Driver
  • SERVE A YEAR -- the PSA is AOK and LOL: Clinton & Kimmel

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:51 pm
  • The 10 Personas of a Really Effective Brainstorm Facilitator

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Allow me to make a wild guess. You have participated in more than a few brainstorm sessions in your life. Yes?
  • WANT TO RAISE THE BAR FOR FOLLOW UP? Tell This Story

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    One of the biggest complaints I hear from my clients, especially clients who have lead or participated in brainstorming sessions, is that follow-up is often underwhelming. People who attend these kinds of meetings may generate a lot of ideas, but things tend to go south after after people leave the room. Action plans and "next steps" may have been dutifully done, but even so, those kinds of efforts don't always bear fruit. If you want to raise the odds for real follow-up and completion actually happening, consider telling this story as a prelude to any action planning you do. It will cut…
  • 20 Awesome Quotes on Humor, Play, and Creativity

    13 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    1. "To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition." - Albert Einstein 2. "If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play." - John Cleese 3. "If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think." - Clarence Darrow 4. "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves." - Carl Jung
 
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Double Down, Explode, Bridge and Breakout: The innovation options

    Jeffrey Phillips
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    For quite a while now, the words and phrases we use when we talk about innovation have bothered me.  To some extent that's because the language is too inexact, and in other cases the words have been appropriated or misused.  In many companies any new product is labeled "innovation", regardless if it is actually innovative or not.  Further, innovation is a word that encompasses so many activities and purposes that it becomes almost meaningless.  It is an umbrella term for a lot of different techniques, deliverables and activities, and therefore has little meaning.We can do…
  • Innovation needs Time, Talent and Temperment

    Jeffrey Phillips
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    I'm about to leave for a well-deserved vacation, but I wanted to leave you, gentle readers, with a parting shot to contemplate before I go.  The idea I'd like you to contemplate until my return is that we are all making innovation far too complicated, and we need to stop dressing up the activity with lots of talking points and stop working ourselves and our management into a tizzy about commitments and investments.  Of course all of these are important.  But what we should be asking, in much the same way the "lean startup" folks are asking about bare essentials and "minimum…
  • Successful innovators are "true believers"

    Jeffrey Phillips
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    After my "don't rock the boat" post a few days ago, I was asked by a few folks a very interesting question.  Which was:  what does it take to be a good innovator in a corporation?  Note that I placed some scope or constraints on the question.  After all, it's fairly easy to be an innovator in a small company or as an entrepreneur.  In fact you need to rock the boat in small companies or startups or you will struggle to differentiate and grow.  But what about large companies?  What does it take to be a successful innovator in a large corporation?  Either…
  • Don't rock the boat innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    It's strange how music, songs and lyrics stick with you and take on important meanings.  In one of my presentations for my book Relentless Innovation I have a slide that speaks to the factors that shape our current business environment.  The slide simply reads "What's going on" and every time I present it at a client site or for a speaking engagement I think Marvin Gaye should be singing in the background.  Music and its lyrics have an interesting power, one we should learn to engage more.Recently, in an idea generation session with a client, I found myself humming another…
  • Making innovation a valuable habit

    Jeffrey Phillips
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:43 am
    You may be thinking to yourself that the title of this blog post is boring, or even redundant.  Of course we want to emphasize valuable habits.  And innovation can lead to valuable outcomes.  But what about the "habit" part?  Aristotle noted something about his fellow humans.  He said that "you are what you repeatedly do".  He recognized that the more we do certain things, the more we followed certain norms, the more they influenced who we are and how we look at the world.  This is interesting in itself, but troubling from an innovation standpoint. …
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    Scott Berkun

  • What Questions Never Leave You?

    Scott Berkun
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    [Each Tuesday I take the top voted question from readers and answer it (submit yours here).  With 119 votes, this week’s winner was submitted by Max] To answer the question about what questions never leave me I skimmed through my journal. My journal is a secret weapon in life. Few people keep them anymore and I don’t understand why. A diary is a time travel device. It lets you jump back in time and see what you truly thought in the past, which is very different than what you believe you thought. By reading a journal you discover hidden patterns in your thoughts and feelings you…
  • Starting Today: Berkun Book Club / Making Things Happen

    Scott Berkun
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    One of my most popular books, Making Things Happen, was published 10 years ago. Originally titled The Art of Project Management, this very popular book on leading and managing projects started my career as an author. I’m grateful to still be writing books with enough success to write about many subjects. To celebrate I’m rereading the book and I’m inviting you to read it with me. When: It starts TODAY March 9th, and you can sign up here. Where: On goodreads. But live Q&As will be hosted elsewhere. Each week we’ll cover a two chapters, you can ask questions…
  • How To Write A Memoir

    Scott Berkun
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Yesterday I did a live Q&A about How To Write A Memoir. It was a reward for the backers of my most recent book, The Ghost of My Father (the story of my relationship with my father, my family and myself). In writing the book I learned much I wanted to share that couldn’t be in the book. Thanks to everyone who tuned in and asked questions (and helped me keep the lights on). As promised here’s the list of answers. 1. The two truths of writing anything There are only two things you need to write any kind of book. Good habits. Books take time to write which means your success…
  • How Do You Know When You’re Done?

    Scott Berkun
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The more creative the project, the more subjective the answer is for when it’s done. If the project was to eat an apple for lunch, you’d know you were done when only the core remained (unless you were very hungry and ate the core too). But if the project was to create a powerful dramatic film about a troubled marriage or a believable science fiction novel about a civilization powered by core-less apples, success is not objective. In fact what makes a work loved by some people are exactly the reasons why other people will hate it. Accepting a project as finished means, in part,…
  • Can bad workplace communication be fixed? An interview with Phil Simon

    Scott Berkun
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    My friend and fellow author Phil Simon has a new book out today on on one my favorite subjects: the poor state of communication in the working world. In his new book Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It, Simon explains how we got into this mess and what we can do to make things better. I interviewed him about the book and the state of communication culture. Q: Films like Office Space lampooned the ridiculous jargon and business-speak used in American workplaces. It’s a problem we’ve had for a long time. Why is it so common? Many reasons. We can…
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  • Crowdfund your New Product Development

    Paul Sloane
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:27 am
    Threadless is well known as an example of crowdsourcing new product design.  This fast-growing T shirt company asks its user community to submit designs for new T shirts.  Designers from around the world submit designs which are often edgy, cool and topical.  The company then asks users to vote on the designs.  Threadless manufacturers the most popular items and (not suprisingly) they sell well.  The original designer gets some small monetary reward and his or her name on the label.  Threadless now makes sweaters, hoodies and phone cases on a similar basis. A similar but different model…
  • 20 Cognitive Biases that hinder innovation

    Paul Sloane
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    Here is a great list of 20 cognitive biases which are common faults in our ways of thinking. They hinder rational analysis and lead to bad decisions. 20 Cognitive Biases I am reminded of the quote; Since I learnt about confirmation bias I keep seeing examples of it everywhere. Paul Sloane Share
  • Use Shiritori instead of Data

    Paul Sloane
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Shimpei Takahashi is a Japanese innovator and inventor of new toys.  In this TedX talk he recommends disregarding data analysis when developing new products.  Instead he suggests using random words to generate novel ideas and combinations.  In particular he recommends using a method called Shiritori where you generate a list of words where the last letter of one word is used as the first letter in the next word. Paul Sloane Share
  • Dishonesty prompts Creativity – so how can we use it?

    Paul Sloane
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School and Scott Wiltermuth of Marshal Business School published a paper which proposes that dishonesty leads to creativity. Their report states that, ‘dishonesty and creativity have something in common; they both involve breaking rules. Because of this shared feature, creativity may lead to dishonesty and dishonesty may lead to creativity.’ They tested this hypothesis with a series of five experiments. Gino and Wiltermuth found that those people who cheated in one test were subsequently more creative than non-cheaters, even when they accounted for…
  • Can you admit that you were wrong?

    Paul Sloane
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    For large companies to innovate they often have to face the fact that their current products and business model need to change.  Think of Kodak, Nokia and Blockbuster Video.  What’s more when they try something new, very often the innovation does not work.  The organisation has to learn fast and adapt.  First however, the leader has to admit that they were wrong.  For proud, successful senior people this is very hard. Mark Lynas Mark Lynas is an environmental activist who was one of the leading opponents of genetically modified foods.  He argued that the selfish greed of big…
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy

    shapiro
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The post Stephen Shapiro’s Innovation Philosophy appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Uberization of Everything

    sshapiro
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:43 am
    The taxi industry is shaking in its boots, worried about the impact of Uber. The reality is, every industry should be concerned. For those of you luddites who have not yet heard of Uber, it is a technology platform that allows you to request a ride from an individual who will then pick you up in his... The post The Uberization of Everything appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

    sshapiro
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    I don’t have many vices. But I’ll admit that I do enjoy a Diet Coke from time-to-time. And my latest hedonistic pleasure is Diet Coke blended with orange soda. The cola/orange blend isn’t something I ever “make” on my own. I could buy a bottle of diet coke and a bottle ... The post The Soft Drink Printing Machine appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Blackjack and Innovation

    sshapiro
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:46 am
    As I write this, I am in Las Vegas, a place sometimes referred to as Lost Wages. For the past two nights, I hit the blackjack tables for some fun. Fortunately I am ahead…so far. I like blackjack because it is a game of probability – and only probability. It is fun to watch other players. Some ... The post Blackjack and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Innovation Philosophy Transcription

    sshapiro
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I recently posted my 6-minute animation video that explains my innovation philosophy. If you prefer it in written form, here it is…Enjoy! *** Innovation. You know it is essential for long-term growth. You are clear that it’s the key to beating the competition. And… you avoid it like the plague... The post Innovation Philosophy Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • Anaheim Solar Power Rebates Available in May 2015

    Sanjay Dalal
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Anaheim Public Utilities is providing rebates for solar power panels in May 2015Are you tired of paying too much for your electricity bills? Are you looking to go solar, but not sure how to get started? Now is the time to install Solar Panels and Solar Power Systems for your home or business in Anaheim, California. A well-designed solar system can cut your electricity bills in half or more. Best of all, solar systems pay for themselves within five years, and keep on powering your home or office for 25 plus years. Imagine all the savings you can have, and the feeling of pride that you are…
  • Los Angeles Roof Inspection - Finding the best provider

    Sanjay Dalal
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    How to find a qualified Los Angeles Roof Inspection company?When you do a Google, Yahoo or Bing search for "Los Angeles Roof Inspection", the results show sponsors who are willing to advertise for this keyword combination, and the roof inspectors who have done a good job of getting their website ranked on the first two pages of these search engines.How can a home buyer or home seller, real estate agent, real estate broker, or an insurance agent be reasonably confident that any of these companies are great, trustworthy and provide excellent service? The job of finding a reputable and reliable…
  • Solar Roof Solar Energy partner in Orange County, California

    Sanjay Dalal
    7 Feb 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Are you paying too much for electricity every month in Orange County? Do you need an affordable energy alternative which can cut your electricity bill in half or even more? The more electricity you use, the more solar energy powered by solar roof can help you. It's time you consider installing solar panels on your roof!Here are 9 reasons to go solar in 2015:1. Utility prices are increasing rapidly each year in Orange County. Who enjoys paying higher electricity bill every month? Say Hello to Freedom from electricity bills! 2. Solar equipment prices are falling each year. This means…
  • Mobile Pet Grooming Business in Los Angeles, California

    Sanjay Dalal
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:23 pm
    The world is going mobile in a huge way. There are mobile computers, mobile video and of course, the mobile phone. But what about mobile pet grooming business? This business could also end up exploding along the way.There are some useful platforms like oGoing to promote your mobile pet grooming start-up business in Los Angeles, California. Entrepreneurs, it's not easy to start and run your own business. It is good to know the requirements about license and zoning laws in your local county or city. If you are a mobile pet groomer, you will need to own a mobile grooming unit, and all…
  • My Trip to India - The Land of Gandhi

    Sanjay Dalal
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Dalal Family in Ahmedabad, Gujarat on December 30, 2014"India has the right, if she only knew, of becoming the predominant partner by reason of her numbers, geographical position and culture inherited for ages. She is the greatest storehouse of spiritual knowledge." Mahatma GandhiI thoroughly enjoyed visiting Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, a city where Mahatma Gandhi spent much of his time, and started the famous Sabarmati Ashram; a city that Shri Narendra Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, transformed into a thriving metropolis. I was fortunate to spend quality time with my Puppa and Mummi at…
 
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    ITIF Publication, Events and News Articles

  • The Big Growth of Independent Content

    akey
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Enable Registration The past few years have seen an increase in the number of independent creators earning recognition on the Internet. Individuals who use platforms like YouTube, Instagram, or Vine to share their points of view, showcase their artistic endeavors, and distribute digital content are creating successful online businesses and becoming digital-age celebrities. These artists have been able to share their creations with the world in large part because of public policies that have supported the vigorous growth of the Internet, the rapid rise of e-commerce, and fair protection of…
  • How Techno-Populism Is Undermining Innovation

    akey
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration Recent policy debates on technology issues, including the fights over net neutrality and SOPA, have been dominated by heated and overblown populist rhetoric, rather than fact-based policy analysis to advance the public interest. A new report from ITIF argues that an us vs. them populism has taken over technological debates in recent years and has had a deleterious effect on policymaking. The problem is not that debates have become more open and participatory, but rather that many who choose to engage do so from a position of fear, anger, or misunderstanding. Instead, the…
  • How Tech Populism is Undermining Innovation

    akey
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This report explores how populism has overtaken many tech policy debates and proposes a counter philosophy of tech progressivism to better guide discussions and debates around tech policy issues.
  • H-1B Open Season: The Sprint for STEM Talent

    akey
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
  • Stop China’s Plan to Weaken American Innovation

    akey
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The U.S. and its allies need to tell China enough is enough.
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Toolkits for the Mind

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Programming languages shape the way their users think—which helps explain how tech startups work and why they are able to reinvent themselves.When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern Web, he was chasing an idea from a 1966 science fiction novel called Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany. At the book’s heart is an invented language of the same name that upgrades the minds of all those who speak it. “Babel-17 is such an exact analytical language, it almost assures you…
  • Adding Greater Realism to Virtual Worlds

    1 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    A startup is borrowing techniques used in high-frequency trading to enable more realistic simulated worlds.What new possibilities might open up in video game design—and beyond—when an unlimited number of people can inhabit a truly realistic virtual world simultaneously? This is just one of several questions that Improbable, a company that’s developing a new environment for building virtual worlds of unprecedented scale and complexity, hopes to answer.
  • The Problem with Fake Meat

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It might be possible to create a burger that helps the environment and improves your health. But will it taste good enough to win over the masses?People want burgers. It seems hardwired. You can read Richard Wrangham’s Catching Fire to learn how man evolved into a thinking primate by learning to cook the animals he killed. You can talk to the stylish proprietor of a leading cooking school in Japan, who co-owns an artful Manhattan sushi restaurant. What does he find the most efficient fuel for his triathlon training? A couple of McDonald’s quarter-pounders a day.
  • Broadcast Every Little Drama

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Meerkat and Periscope show how simple, fun, and weird live-streaming can be.Like the frequent posture of its cute, furry namesake, a live-streaming video app called Meerkat recently got people to stand up and take notice.
  • Single-Dose Cures for Malaria, Other Diseases

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    A leading researcher issues a call for pills that deliver a full course of treatment in one swallow.One of the world’s preëminent biomedical researchers is calling for a concerted effort by scientists to develop pills that would stay in the stomach or gut for weeks or months once swallowed, delivering one or more drugs continuously or over set intervals.
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • Confronting Dangerous Climate Change

    Cristine Russell
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    From the endangered Arctic to the nation’s capital, the challenges posed by human-caused climate change have been front and center at the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP). ENRP sponsored a delegation of 12 HKS students and Belfer Center research fellows to attend the 2014 Arctic Circle Assembly, held in Reykjavik, Iceland from October 29 to November 2. The Assembly convened delegations from 40 nations as well as senior industry and NGO leaders to discuss national security and energy as well as environmental issues facing the region.
  • Cristine Russell: From Typewriter to Twitter

    Jacqueline Tempera
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    For Cristine Russell, a senior fellow in the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program (ENRP), life is turning full circle. She started her career in Washington D.C. writing about science, environment, and health issues. Now she’s on the academic side analyzing the work of her peers. She’s a female journalist, who now hosts discussions on the influence of women in science media.
  • Norberg-Bohm Fellowship Supports Research Curiosity

    Sharon Wilke
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) doctoral student Daniel Velez Lopez is researching air pollution in Mexico and whether the country is willing to pay the costs to reduce it. HKS student Jennifer Kao is interviewing academics, investors, and government officials working to generate and commercialize clean energy innovations in the United Kingdom.
  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program Seeks New Project Manager

    24 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program is seeking a new colleague to manage, coordinate, and conduct research for a major research project. The project examines a wide range of issues focusing on innovations, climate mitigation, and sustainable energy alternatives in China, the United States, and the European Union.
  • Why Opec is increasingly irrelevant

    Nawaf Obaid
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    When the Saudis, the leaders of Opec, decided at the cartel’s recent meeting in Vienna to maintain their oil production levels, it sent a strong message to the world: the market, not Opec, should decide oil prices. As a result, oil prices dropped, falling below $60 per barrel this week.
 
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • Customer Experience Survival Guide

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Feeling like you need some guidance with your CX Journey? Not sure where to turn? I'm excited to share details about a new ebook for which I wrote a chapter. The book was compiled by Sprinklr, and it's aptly titled, The Survival Guide to Customer Experience. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer experiencesAnnette Franz Gleineickibooksbook review
  • Habit Summit 2015: My Deck, and a Surprise Takeaway

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    This year’s Habit Summit, organized by Nir Eyal (author of the best-selling Hooked), proved to be one of the more interesting conferences I’ve attended or spoken at. The focus was on building habit-forming products, and the speakers were carefully selected to provide a unique perspective on that process. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: habitsRoger Dooleyneuroscienceneuromarketing
  • 4 Innovation Lessons from the History of Warfare

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    What do the Hydrogen bomb, the Minuteman missile and precision guided weapons all have in common? They all provided crucial financing for technology that we now carry around in our pockets. It is a curious fact of modern society that civilian life, in large part, is powered by the technology of war. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Greg Satellinnovationtechnology
  • The 8 Behaviours of a Customer-Centric Leader

    admin
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    In a major customer centricity programme I ran a number of years ago, we interviewed over 100 people at all levels of the organisation. We wanted to understand how customer-centric they considered themselves to be and compare these findings to the behaviour of the whole business.Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer centricityAlain Thysleadershipbehaviour
  • The Employee Journey to a Better Customer Experience

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:14 pm
    How does ensuring your employees have a great experience translate into better service for your customers?  Last week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting on a webinar with Kyle Antcliff of Intradiem. We talked about... Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Annette Franz Gleineickicustomer journeycustomer experienceswebinars
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    Creativity Central

  • Cage-rattling Question #44: The ultimate ban on meetings

    Creativity Central
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:50 pm
      Like the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, each new year brings the usual article on the wastefulness of meetings in business.  This is typically followed by an article that proves with an agenda and leader, meetings can be productive. Over time these two ideas fade in the real work of work and true inertia sets in. But let's try anyway. In the Harvard Business Review, Michael Mankins wrote the astonishing results of research on one major company's time spent on executive meetings. "My colleagues and I gathered data about time use at one large company and found that…
  • MR. ROGERS, EGO AND THE NEURAL TRIPWIRE remix.

    Creativity Central
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:09 pm
      I first wrote about the Neural Tripwire and Mr. Rogers a few years ago.  I recently rewatched Mr. Rogers testimony in Congress on YouTube. It hasn't lost its power or its resonance.   Humility and business aren't frequent bedfellows but David Marcum and Steven Smith, authors of Egonomics,have made a compelling case that maybe they should be. Does your ego help or hurt you in business?   When your identity is continually fused with your ideas -- any perceived threat to your ego turns on your autonomic nervous system and you chemically you begin to hear…
  • Wishcraft: A foundational approach to ideation.

    Creativity Central
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Note: 35 years ago, Barbara Sher and Annie Gottlieb coined a wonderful title for their best-selling book, Wishcraft:  How to get what you really want.  While the book's focus is self development, it was instrumental in helping me develop more effective ideation techniques. At the end of this entry, I will show you how to get a free copy of this classic. “I imagine what would happen if everyone turned their regrets into wishes, went around shouting them.”…
  • How to turn cliches into innovative thinking

    Creativity Central
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I think of a cliché as a truth that’s reached its jump the shark moment.  It doesn’t mean that the cliché it isn’t true, but that it’s been so overused, we can’t discern the original truth from equally true incarnations of the idea. Identifying clichés is one of the foundational paths to disruptive innovation. In his new book Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable To Spark Transformation in Your Business, Luke Williams, shows how you can develop the habit of disruptive thinking by working through a five-stage process beginning with crafting a…
  • The Decline of Eloquence

    Creativity Central
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This post is dedicated to Mark Brady, who passed away recently.  Mark was a friend and a remarkable writer who commented often on this post -- which I originally I wrote for BakerMuse Wordpress. One of my favorite lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is understandably overlooked. Like a tiny ship, these five words are swamped by such iconic leviathans as: “To be, or not to be: that is the question” “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend. And, “Though this be…
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Eiffel’s Guide to Towering Success

    Don The Idea Guy
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    March 31, 2015 is the 126th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower opening to the public. You might think of it as a stellar achievement of engineering and tourism now, but back in 1889 when it opened it was just another project that a small group of people believed in — but had just as much chance of failure as it had for success. It wasn’t ready, but launched anyway When the tower officially opened on March 31, not everything was up and running — most notably, the elevators.  You’d think to successfully open a structure that was 984 feet tall (the tallest building in…
  • No Trophy

    Don The Idea Guy
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    There isn’t a trophy for sleeping in. There’s not a gold-gilded statuette awaiting those who wait. Those who avoid risk don’t get a plaque hanging in the hallway of a building commemorated in their name. The complainers don’t get certificates (that’s one more thing for them to complain about!) But isn’t that what they wanted? To hang-back and not be noticed? To find the path through life that didn’t require them to ever raise their hand or speak in front of the room? Those who maintain the status quo don’t get status and don’t get quoted.
  • One Hour Equals

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:03 am
    One of the things I hear so many (too many) times from clients is that they “don’t have the time” to blog, tweet, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, write articles, take photographs, paint, doodle, sketch, draw, shoot video… whatever it is that we’re discussing and (both) agree could make a positive difference in the public perception of their corporate and personal brands. By creating this content and putting it out into the world, they are setting themselves up to be set apart; to make a contribution; find new fans; serve their clients (and prospects) and basically…
  • The Most Important Person In The Meeting

    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Stephen Colbert was recently interviewed and asked a question about how he had honed his interview skills during his time as host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Surprisingly, his answer had little to do with watching more experienced members of the traditional press do interviews and more about his own experience when he was learning improvisational comedy: “One of the things I was taught early on is that you are not the most important person in the scene. Everybody else is.” Salespeople would do well to keep Colbert’s lesson learned in mind when when dealing with…
  • Easier For Who?

    Don The Idea Guy
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:32 am
    When a customer (external or internal) questions a policy or procedure that is foisted upon them by the representative of a company/brand/department with whom they are “trying” to do business, that policy was put in place to make life easier for the company/brand/department — not the customer. February is a short month, and March 1 fell on a Sunday, so I tried to pay my March rent via the property manager’s online payment tool (a form which has all sorts of problems, but let’s just stick to this one right now) on February 28, but the web form wouldn’t…
 
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    InnoBlog

  • Circumstances for the Success of the Apple Watch

    kblake
    13 Mar 2015 | 10:48 am
    First, a confession. I am not a member of the Cult of Apple. Yes, I own an iPhone and an iMac and use a MacBook Pro and, occasionally, an iPad. But I own them primarily for practical reasons – I needed a portable device (iPod then iPhone) to listen to my playlists, and my husband insisted we have a home computer (iMac) in addition to our work-issued laptops (MacBook Pro) and tablets (iPad). The fact that each device is beautifully designed simply made it easier to accept the price tag. So I wasn’t exactly foaming at the mouth to be one of the first Apple Watch owners. Especially…
  • Zombie Projects: How to Find Them and Kill Them

    kblake
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    “You will never find them,” said a senior leader in a multibillion-dollar IT company. The “them” the leader was referring to were zombie projects: the nefarious enemies of well-intentioned innovation efforts around the globe. Zombies are projects that, for any number of reasons, fail to fulfill their promise and yet keep shuffling along, sucking up resources without any real hope of having a meaningful impact on the company’s strategy or revenue prospects. We had suggested that at least one reason why the company was struggling to successfully commercialize innovative ideas was…
  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

    kblake
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:26 am
    “You are crazy.” That was the predominant sentiment I heard a little more than five years ago when I told U.S.-based venture capitalists about my plans to move my family out to Singapore to oversee Innosight’s nascent investment and incubation arm. Since I had never done venture investing before, I was trying to get advice from as many people as I could. The conversations all went pretty much the same. “Why Singapore? You’ll never find any interesting deals there.” Sure, I would respond. At the time Singapore didn’t have a sizzling start-up scene. But the conditions seemed to be…
  • Assessment: Should We Pursue This New Project?

    kblake
    17 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Like aviators, experienced innovators use checklists. It’s how they make sure they haven’t left out any critical steps when assessing new ideas. This approach, described in our recent HBR article, also helps company strategists and innovation leaders evaluate investments and advise new-growth teams in a disciplined way. We’ve created this brief interactive checklist to help you vet the possibilities in your innovation pipeline. Think of a project proposal you’re considering, and answer the questions below to determine whether it’s worth pursuing. Take the assessment on Harvard…
  • When It Comes to Digital Innovation, Less Action, More Thought

    kblake
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    A few years ago, we had an idea for a new business opportunity. One of our colleagues owned a restaurant and was complaining about the amount of money he lost because expensive bottles of liquor often went missing (the industry calls this “shrinkage”). This is a problem affecting tens of thousands of restaurants — an attractive target market. So, like good innovators, we began working on a solution to our colleague’s problem by building an automatic liquor inventory-management system. We partnered with a company in a Singapore that had expertise in RFID technology, and began to put…
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    Innovationedge

  • The Invention That Changed March Madness

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    For my basketball friends, a little something innovative to consider as we head to the Final Four. (Go Badgers!): via “The Takeaway” The NCAA’s March Madness tournament is in full swing, and in addition to the players and the coaches, our team here at WNYC Radio is watching out for the whistles on the court. We are blowing the whistle on the most intense aspect of the March Madness competition: The Fox 40 whistle. It’s the official referee whistle of the tournament and was initially invented by a jolly Canadian businessman, inventor, and basketball freak by the…
  • Volvo’s safe night spray gets glowing reviews

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Did you know that in the Netherlands, one out of three people consider a bicyle as their main form of transportation?  Now the Volvo company has come up with a unique way to make commuting by bike more safe, with a transparent spray that cyclists and pedestrians can apply on their clothes or bikes before heading out into the night. Volvo collaborated with advertising agency Grey London to bring their commitment to safety outside car doors, and when they joined forces with Swedish startup Albedoo100, LifePaint was born. LifePaint is a highly reflective spray that’s invisible during the…
  • Maximum Velocity!

    Pat Clusman
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Denise Couture and I recently had the opportunity to meet with students from the Velocity Academy, a project-based learning program at Shattuck Middle School. The curriculum is designed to provide hands-on learning opportunities for seventh- and eighth-graders. The program coordinator Kyle Popp invited us to speak to the students about Innovation. We shared information about discovery, invention and innovation, and conducted an exercise where students ideated around two products, a tablet computer and a student backpack, and one service, the school lunch service. Needless to say, there were…
  • Creating a culture that fuels repeatable success!

    Cheryl Perkins
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:37 am
    I’m excited to be among over 100 like-minded strategy leaders for this year’s Unleashing Innovation Summit in New York, March 25 and 26. I’m on the speaking roster for the first day, as we together tackle real problems faced by every innovator. This year we are talking about Creating a culture that fuels repeatable success! Our team is looking forward to both structured and informal networking with bold, forward-thinking companies and speakers who are as excited as I am about groundbreaking approaches to innovation. If you join us, this is what you can look forward to: Cross…
  • The next 18 months hold much promise for Open Innovation

    Cheryl Perkins
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Consumer Goods Technology recently asked me to share my outlook for the next year and a half for Open Innovation trends and best practices. That report has just been published in CGT’s Prioritizing For Growth: 2015 Review and Outlook Report. I join several other industry leaders and forward thinkers. You can read their reports here.  I’ll share my part: This year I see three areas that CG Companies need to focus on in order to outperform their competitors, increase revenue and operating margins and capitalize on adjacent opportunities. First, senior leaders must move beyond…
 
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    Phil McKinney

  • Preparing the Next Generation of Innovators: 3 Critical Skills S11 Ep2

    philmckinney
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few years back, I was invited to participate in a meeting with leaders from the US Department of Education. Others in attendance at the meeting included university presidents, representatives from the teacher unions and a handful of others. All told, there was about 20 people in the room. The objective of the meeting was to identify ways to “radically innovate” the K through 12 education system in the US. Talk about an ambitious goal. The metric that the organizers were using as “proof” (or incentive ..…
  • Innovation From Boredom

    philmckinney
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:01 pm
    It might happen while you’re taking your morning shower, or maybe you’re in the middle of your morning commute when a flash of creativity strikes: a great idea for a mobile app, a way to hack your Ikea bookshelf to solve a pressing storage problem or a brand new business idea. Why does it seem like our best ideas come when we are doing absolutely nothing? Studies show connection between boredom and creativity The idea that “bordem” is somehow a catalyst for creativity is not as crazy as it sounds.…
  • What’s next for the Killer Innovations Podcast?

    philmckinney
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    My guess is that you didn’t expect to hear from me today. I know its been way too long since the last podcast – 5 months to be exact. History of the Podcast In the early days of this podcast (as a reminder we launch on March 22, 2005  which was before iTunes even knew what a podcast was!) the show was a weekly that was posted on Sunday evenings. Life was easier back then. In the early days, it was me with a cheap microphone on a laptop recording shows while setting in hotel bathrooms from around the world.…
  • Creating Opportunity: On Malcolm Gladwell, Impressionism, and Being a Big Fish in a Small Pond

    philmckinney
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Who isn’t familiar with the Impressionists?  Most of us, no matter how little we may know about art, have heard of Monet and Renoir.  Impressionism makes an impact on the human psyche with its sublime, colorful landscapes and distinctive human subjects.  It’s not an exact representation of the world, but rather a rendition of the way we process the world. Impressionism is fascinating because of how it creates the sense of having been done in a hurry, of being a stroke of genius, dashed off as a casual aside straight from the painter’s mind.  But if you’ve tried to imitate…
  • What Can Children Teach Us About Creativity?

    philmckinney
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:08 am
    Some adults tend to think that creativity is something you are born with. But, the truth is we are all creative. If your creativity seems to be at a stand still, I invite you to think about what we can learn about creativity by observing children. I just came back from our vacation with our kids and grand-kids and I took the opportunity to observe my grand-kids and how they exhibit creativity.  And what did I observe?…
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    Outside Innovation

  • Marketing in the Digital World

    Patty Seybold
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:39 am
    By Susan Aldrich As customers, we experience digital transformation all the time—perhaps almost every day. In the past decade alone, the ways we consume music, movies, photography, news, retail, and travel have changed utterly. We are on the cusp of similar transformation of transportation and manufacturing, with the advent of onboard computers in cars, driverless cars, and 3D printing. And digital transformation won’t stop there, either. Companies who ignore disruption of their industries will not be successful, and ultimately won’t survive. Digital marketing is a microcosm of digital…
  • Peer-to-Peer Lending for Retirement Savings?

    Patty Seybold
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    I’ve been following a fascinating development in the U.K. Budget process this month. It appears that Britain may be on the cusp of legitimizing P2P Lending as an investment vehicle for tax-exempt retirement savings. If this happens, it’s likely that P2P lending both to consumers and to small businesses will increase dramatically. And, if the financially conservative Brits can do it, why not other countries? Peer-to-peer lending (the electronically-enabled kind) marks its 10-year anniversary this month. Zopa was the first business to create a really viable model that enabled consumers to…
  • Patty Seybold Honored on International Women’s Day in Uganda

    Patty Seybold
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    By Ronni Marshak On March 8, 2015, International Women’s Day, Patty Seybold was recognized as a “woman of distinction” for the work she has done since 2006 in support of the African Rural University for Women and of the Uganda Rural Development and Training programme. The award ceremony kicked off a week of festivities on the University campus in honor of International Women’s Day. Patty Seybold has served on the African Rural University Council (its Board) since its founding in 2006, and usually visits the 80-acre campus and organic demonstration farm in Kagadi, in the Kibaale…
  • Is U.S. Government Surveillance Wreaking Havoc with U.S. Tech Firms’ Cloud Solutions?

    Patty Seybold
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    On February 25, 2015, David Tanis, Manager of Information Systems and Frontline Analytics for Commonwealth Bank of Australia was quoted during a Gartner Information Management Summit in Sydney as saying: “The policy needs to be clear," said Tanis. "We like our data managed by the company, for the customers and kept here in Australia." ~ Commbank Rules Out Public Cloud Storage Also in late February, 2015, the Bank of Queensland (Australia) announced that it is abandoning its Salesforce-based CRM system, due to “a failure to meet operational and regulatory requirements”…
  • Anthem Hack: Will It Slow the Spread of Patient Portals?

    Patty Seybold
    12 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
    Why Medical Records Are Tempting Targets for Cyber Crooks The information that is collected and stored by healthcare providers and by health insurance companies includes incrdibly detailed information about our lives. In the U.S., insured patients are identified by social security numbers and birthdates, as well as full names. Our records include our current phone numbers, mailing addresses, physical addresses, email addresses, and all the same contact information for our next of kin and our closest friends and family members. This information also includes specifics about our current…
 
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  • It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid! – A Key for Profitable Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    As I am doing some research on the very interesting program of the Chief Innovation Officer Summit taking place in London on April 30 – May 1, the short description of a talk got my attention. The title is “It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid!” and in the talk, Carolina Costa from Orange will focus on an important topic that is relevant for more and more industries today. The front end of innovation is no longer the big issue. There are so many ways in which an organization can generate new ideas whether they use internal or external sources or the combination of the two. Costa…
  • A Presentation on Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here you get a look at my current thoughts on innovation through a presentation that I will give tomorrow at the Turkey Innovation Week, where I am one of the keynote speakers. It is a long talk – 1 hour – so I have compiled lots of content in this presentation. Yes, it might even have too many messages, but I hope the participants at the conference as well as those of you, who are just checking out the presentation, can find some inspiration in it without feeling overloaded with information. Some of the topics I get into are: • The current state of innovation and the global megatrends…
  • A Promising Future for Government-Driven Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    During the 20th century Governments and public agencies such as NASA played a major role in the innovation chain. The Internet itself was born through public programs, just as GPS and many other game-changing technologies. But in recent years, questions arose over the efficiency of public efforts, challenged by smart, dynamic, powerful corporations such as Google, on the one hand, or bottom-up and open source models, on the other hand. Are Governments out of the game? This is one of the questions I answer in this interview / article that I did together with Richard Robert of ParisTech Review.
  • Call for Innovation Visionaries! – A Partnership Opportunity on a Global Innovation Network

    Stefan Lindegaard
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Many companies are in need of an upgrade of their innovation capabilities and this is very much about their people. Thus, I would like to offer relevant companies, organizations and individuals in your region the opportunity to get an overview of the latest trends in innovation management. This is a free session for the participants. I don’t need to make money on this, but I would like to get my travel costs covered and I am thus looking for a sponsor/partner, who can see the benefits of being associated with my work and brand. Maybe this is something for you or maybe you know a company or…
  • Sprayable Sleep: A Great Case of Entrepreneurship, Crowdfunding and Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    Great stories travel fast so I just read about a Silicon Valley startup that wants to sell better sleep through spray cans. You might think this is a crazy idea, but as an indication that crazy ideas are sometimes the best ones just take a look at their IndieGoGo crowdfunding project site. They have already raised USD 325,000 and now the products are getting ready for launch this summer. I like how this team of entrepreneurs takes a twist on a well-known and large problem (sleep issues) and combine this with crowdfunding to make it happen fast. But where is the open innovation perspective on…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Contradictions: A Pathway to Creativity

    Drew Boyd
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:49 am
    Some people regard the Spanish Civil War as a romantic war, one in which many idealistic men and women were prepared to sacrifice their lives for what they perceived as the social good. But as Hector, Prince of Troy, said, “There is nothing poetic in death.” In less than three years (from July 17, 1936, to April 1, 1939), an estimated five hundred thou- sand people lost their lives. In addition to the actual combatants, tens of thousands of civilians were killed for their political or religious views. Even after the war, the victorious Fascists persecuted sympathizers of the vanquished…
  • Innovation Training: The Leadership Elixer

    Drew Boyd
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:02 am
    Training programs, by design, are meant to provoke and cause changes. Changes can be in the skills, attitudes, behaviors, or knowledge of the participants. For leadership training programs, the ability to "think differently" seems to be at the top of many companies' list of priorities. So how do you think differently and creatively? By using cognitive thinking tools that re-pattern how you see situations and potential opportunities. It is the Holy Grail, the magic elixir that can transform a talented leader into a great one. The good news is that humans follow patterns in many domains…
  • Marketing Innovation: The Unification Technique in Outdoor Advertising

    Drew Boyd
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Unification Tool is a tricky but effective tool for outdoor advertising. Unification recruits an existing resource and forces it to carry the advertising message. That resource can come from within the medium itself or within the environment of the medium. In other words, the tool uses an existing component of the medium or of its environment in a way that demonstrates the problem or the promise to be delivered.The tool is one of eight patterns embedded in most innovative commercials. Jacob Goldenberg and his colleagues describe these simple, well-defined design structures in their book,…
  • Daylight Savings Time: Innovation Past Its Prime

    Drew Boyd
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daylight savings time is a great example of the Division Technique, one of five in the innovation method called SIT, short for Systematic Inventive Thinking. Division works by taking a component of a product or the product itself, then dividing it physically or functionally and rearranging it back into the system.  Daylight savings time is the result of taking the standard day, dividing it and shifting it to "appear" an hour off from standard time. It's a great idea except for one problem - the benefit of this innovation is no longer realized. Daylight savings served a purpose early in its…
  • The 4 Lenses of Innovation

    Drew Boyd
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    I want to be among the first to congratulate Rowan Gibson for his newest book, The 4 Lenses of Innovation, launching today. Here is a brief description (from Amazon): Ever wondered where big, breakthrough ideas come from? How do innovators manage to spot the opportunities for industry revolution that everyone else seems to miss?Contrary to popular belief, innovation is not some mystical art that's forbidden to mere mortals. The Four Lenses of Innovation thoroughly debunks this pervasive myth by delivering what we've long been hoping for: the news that innovation is systematic, it's…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • IEEE amends it Patent (FRAND) Policy endorsing royalty payment on chip and not on the product.

    A.S Rao
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Readers are familiar with court cases concerning royalty payments on essential patents for standards. Licensors like Qualcomm, Ericsson demand royalty of final product (mobile phone) whereas Indian Licensee feel royalty should be on the chip and not on the mobile or other form of finished products incorporating the chip. On February 8th the standard setting organisation IEEE voted to change patent policy and these changes largely relate to the commitment of IEEE members to license patents to users of IEEE standards on terms that are “fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory”…
  • Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India at the 5th National Organic Farmers’ Convention, 2015, Chandigarh, India

    A.S Rao
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:57 pm
    the participants representing the organic farming community of India, declare:Organic farming practices CAN meet all the food and nutritional needs of our nation, and it is the only sustainable way to safeguard the food security of present and future generations. The growing number of organic farmers and rising demand for organic produce is evidence of its rapid spread.The IAASTD World Agriculture Report, authored by 400 international experts, including UN representatives, and endorsed by 58 nations, including India, recommends agro-ecological practices and small family farms, suitably…
  • XI International Salon of Inventions and New Technologies, October, 1-3 (2015) Sevastopol (Russian Federation).

    A.S Rao
    21 Mar 2015 | 11:27 pm
    X International Salon of Inventions and New Technologies and International Forum was held in Sevastopol on September 25-27, 2014. Leading innovative organizations, companies and firms from 18 countries took part in the Salon’s proceedings. India innovators interested in exploring Russian market are invited to participate in the XIth International Salon of Inventions. The business negotiations could include: sell patentsell licensesfind manufacturersfind investors or financiersfind sales agents.Contact: Mr. Yuriy Skomorovskyy, Dr.S. (Biol), Prof., Gen. manager of Salon,…
  • IIT Kanpur and KIIT in Global University Business Incubator ranking.

    A.S Rao
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    University Business Incubators (UBI) Index, is a Sweden-based global body that identifies top incubators by evaluating their performance over time. Rice University tops the list in 2014 and none from India find a place in top 25. However SIDBI incubator at IIT Kanpur is ranked in the Asia & Oceania list of top 10, also KIIT Technology Incubator gets award as Top Challenger in the same category. Both richly deserve the honour.
  • The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996- 2013,

    A.S Rao
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    The report, entitled, “The Economic Contribution of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996- 2013,” estimates that during this 18-year time period academic-industry patent licensing bolstered U.S. gross industry output by up to $1.18 trillion, U.S gross domestic product (GDP) by up to $518 billion, and supported up to 3,824,000 U.S. jobs.2013 survey:818 start-up companies formed around academic patents (up 16% from 2012)—which is more than two new companies created every working day of the year;4,200 start-ups in operation, mostly located in the same state…
 
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    Fast Company

  • Today in Tabs: Your Tab Is Problematic

    Avery Edison
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Troll kalla mik, perhaps, pace the Nortmann forbears of the present day's too well-known House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg.You're safe and there are no sapient spiders burrowed deep within your heart and brain, biding their time. April fool's ;)Read Full Story
  • The Companies That Are Actually Boycotting Indiana, Not Just Talking About It

    David Lumb
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    After Indiana passed a law that could legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals, many people spoke out. Here are the ones that actually acted.Barely a week old, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act has already stirred outrage, and retaliation, across the country. While the law shares the name of the 1993 federal act that Bill Clinton signed into law, the Indiana version added its own twist, taking a page out of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. by allowing businesses to assert their rights of "free exercise of religion," which, as Garrett Epps of The Atlantic explains, would…
  • How Patton Oswalt Won The Trevor Noah Twitter Debate

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Grab some popcorn and kick back—there's an epic string of tweets you have to read.Trevor Noah is suffering from a severe case of media whiplash.Read Full Story
  • What Is "Design Fixation," And How Can You Stop It?

    Shaunacy Ferro
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    How to avoid getting stuck on the first solution that springs to mind.Sometimes, your first idea is not your best one. But you might fixate on it, especially if the idea has worked for you before. In academic terms, this phenomenon is called design fixation. In layman's terms, we might call it getting set in your ways, experiencing tunnel vision, regurgitating old ideas, or being blinded to alternatives.Read Full Story
  • Behind The Scenes At Dropbox Black Ops

    J.J. McCorvey
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    "Black Ops" lead Jon Ying works hard to keep the same spirit Dropbox had with 10 employees as it does with more than 1,000.Jon Ying, 28, has been with Dropbox from its earliest days. Originally brought in by his friend (and Dropbox cofounder) Arash Ferdowsi to do tech support, his role evolved into developing the brand's approachable, human vibe, including, most notably, creating the "Psychobox" drawing that a user sees if he or she encounters an error page. Eventually he moved into product design, before settling into his current role using all those skills internally to help foster…
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    Sharp Innovation

  • Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Warns Against the Loss of IP Rights with Misguided Patent Reform

    Jeff Lindsay
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:07 am
    Many IP experts are growing concerned about the weakening of the IP system in the United States. Some are so concerned that they are wondering what steps can be taken to save it from the steady erosion of IP rights that has been occurring, often in the name of solving the "fake" problem of so-called "patent trolls." One man who wants to prevent further harm to our IP system is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R) from California’s 48th District, who is a member of the House Science and Technology Committee. He recently wrote an op-ed article for the Washington Times called "Patent ‘reform’ is…
  • Open Innovation and Intellectual Property Trends in China

    Jeff Lindsay
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    --> China is undergoing a revolution in the realm of IP and innovation. In just 3 decades, China has gone from no IP law to leading the world in patents filed and litigation to enforce patents. The level of innovation in China may well be the next big surprise for many in the West.“Open innovation” is often used to describe collaboration with outside partners to accelerate innovation. Dialog about open innovation frequently assumes that it is recent and Western, but successful open innovation is not unique to the West. Innovation via cooperation between unlikely partners has been a…
  • The Tralin/Tranlin Paper Story from Shandong, China: An Example of Chinese Intellectual Property Creating Jobs--in the US!

    Jeff Lindsay
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    In a previous post, I reported that a huge loan had been given to a Chinese paper company backed by its 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 history, not only shows that Chinese intellectual property is coming of age, but is now being used to bring Chinese technology to the US where it will help create over 2,000 US jobs. Tralin Paper, renaming themselves as Tranlin Paper, has just signed a deal with the State of Virginia, obtaining state…
  • Chinese Paper Company Relies on IP to Gain 7.9 Billion RMB Loan

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:06 am
    March 6, 2014: I recently learned of important news from the Province of Shandong in northern China. A Chinese paper company, Quanlin Paper (also known as "Tralin Paper") has used its portfolio of patents and trademarks to secure a loan of 7.9 billion RMB (about $1.3 billion). The story was reported on March 3, 2014 on the website for the Chinese magazine, China Paper. This deal may be a record for China in terms of how much value IP brought in seeking financing. To emphasize the significance of this development, the normally dry China Paper publication begins with a…
  • Imitation Without Knowledge: A Problem for Innovation and Potato Peelers

    Jeff Lindsay
    13 Jan 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Pictured to the right is my potato peeler/fruit peeler which I purchased in Shanghai. It is dutifully based on the design of typical peelers long sold by Western companies. But I suspect this imitation object was copied and manufactured by people unacquainted with the finer points of peeling potatoes. In peeling potatoes, one frequently encounters eyes or other bad spots that need to be gouged out. Good potato peelers have a curved metal end that can be used for gouging potatoes and fruit. My Shanghai peeler has dutifully copied the general shape of other peelers, with a somewhat pointed tip…
 
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    VizThink

  • Prepare Well to be a Good Journalist

    VizThink
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Being a journalist is a good job to have as you can get many new experiences meeting with new people and discuss many new things. Even so, not all journalists have good basic on journalism. That is why sometimes journalists are unable to do their job well. If you want to be a good journalist, here are some information that may be useful for you to start your journalism career. Plan Your Career Well Before starting your journalism career, be sure on what will you do. That is why it is important to plan your career. Here are some things you should plan before starting your journalism career.
  • Be a Good Journalist

    VizThink
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Journalism is one of the most interesting fields of job. Many people want to be journalists as this job offers an interesting experience in interacting with other people and make a good writing whether for a magazine or newspaper article. If you are interested to be a journalist, here will be some tips for you on how to be a good journalist. ibcbet Happy reading! What Skills Should You Have? To be a good journalist, you have to do these things. First, be willing to meet some new people. Journalist’s main job is doing interview with someone that may be new in your life. That is why becoming…
  • Steps to be a Fashion Journalist

    VizThink
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Fashion is surely the most interesting thing for you. You have to admit that there are many aspects in fashion which is interesting to be learned. If you are interested in fashion but you do not have much skill in designing, there is no need for you to worry since there are a lot of job opportunities that you can try in fashion field. If you are not in the group of the designer, then you can give your comment to their design. In other words, you are expected to be a fashion journalist and tell your opinion about today’s fashion. Take Journalistic Class In order to be a fashion journalist,…
  • Taking Journalism to be a War Correspondent

    VizThink
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:26 pm
    It is a sure thing that everyone wants to have a job that they like. Types of job are various. You have to make sure that you choose a kind of job that you will really like. When it comes to a job, you should not choose a kind of job that you have even if the salary is big. The most important thing is to be happy with what you do. Therefore, you would never feel like you are working. It will be simply a kind of doing your hobby and get paid for it. Here, you can also try to have a kind of job which is challenging. When it comes to a challenging job, it is sure that you want to try to be a war…
  • More about Citizen Journalism

    VizThink
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Journalism surely becomes very interesting thing to do for many people especially since nowadays people can find the developed journalism industry in the world. With the support of technology, it seems like people are craving for more and more information and this is what journalism will do. Journalism is made for providing people with the information that they want to hear and they need to hear of. They can access the journalism information from various methods whether from the online news or the television news. Nevertheless, people nowadays can also get involved in the journalism industry…
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    Adaptive Path

  • Update: New Adaptive Path Events Now Open For Registration

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

    Chris Risdon
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    The transaction funnel. The moment you hope a customer is sure enough of what they’re buying that they’ll go through all the necessary steps to complete the purchase. We work to reduce friction, hoping to improve the rate at which people starting down the funnel complete it. We’ve come a long way in understanding the science of the funnel and the factors that affect someone’s likelihood for completing the transaction. At least for simple, commoditized purchases. What about complex purchases? So-called high-consideration purchases? We don’t typically change our…
  • A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

    Maria Cordell
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Anna Pohlmeyer is assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Design at TU Delft where she also co-chairs the Delft Institute of Positive Design, a research institute devoted to the study of design for human flourishing. We met when I toured TU Delft on a visit to the Netherlands early this year, and since then I’ve been intrigued by the work Anna, her collaborators, and students are doing in this area. I talked with Anna and asked her to tell us about positive design and how designers might incorporate it into their work. Anna spoke about positive design at the Adaptive Path UX…
  • Designing For Emerging Technologies

    Will Sharick
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Adaptive Path’s Scott Sullivan is a contributing author of Designing for Emerging Technologies published by O’Reilly Media and released today. Scott’s chapter is Prototyping Interactive Objects and outlines his experiences in prototyping objects to the same fidelity that he expects from his screen-based wireframes and how designers with limited technical backgrounds can do the same. Get the book on Amazon Bonus video of Scott playing around with interactive prototypes: Hardware Controlled Augmented Reality! from Scott Sullivan on Vimeo.
  • Adaptive Path 2015 Conferences & Workshops: End of Year Registration Sale

    Jessica Blake
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    It’s that time of year again… We’re running our annual end-of-year events sale and now is the time to save big on next year’s conferences and our Copenhagen UX Intensive workshop. They won’t get any cheaper. You won’t get a better deal than this. You should probably go get your wallet. The scoop: register for any of our events by January 5th, 2015 and we’ll take 15% off the currently (already steeply discounted) early bird prices. Use the promotional code ‘RNSB‘ (that stands for register now, save big) when registering. Snagging a seat now for next year is a smart way to…
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    FOLDEN.INFO eMedia

  • New Social Network pays for Sharing

    FOLDEN.INFO
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:10 am
    Other social networks have grown rapidly and become greater than those offering revenues to its users. There have been some attempts to engage users to create content for money like participatory media. These early approaches let to crowd sourcing or user generated advertising services usually offering creative people opportunities in the form of tenders or ...read more
  • Online Editor for Interactive Storytelling

    FOLDEN.INFO
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Let’s start with a brief introduction to the topic. The idea of interactive storytelling is older than the internet and probably the idea may have existed even before the invention of computers. Regarding telling interactive stories on the computer the Project Xanadu claims to be the first one having. Later a couple of services followed ...read more
  • Search Engine searches within Mobile Apps

    FOLDEN.INFO
    13 Mar 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Searching within apps seems to become a new trend. We got already the social search engines, which enable to search within social networks and which are apps to these social networks. A new one of such social search engines is FILTA connecting to Twitter and enabling to search within the information provided by people you ...read more
  • Digg launches Internet TV Surface

    FOLDEN.INFO
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:37 am
    Digg, one of the first and formerly most successful news sharing sites, has already made some changes of its homepage. The changes include a new design and the enrichment with Internet video. Now Digg is expanding the subject of video once again by introducing a new tv like surface. The new surface is named Digg ...read more
  • New Browser for Poweruser

    FOLDEN.INFO
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    A new webbrowser called Vivaldi is on the market in a very early stage. The company behind it is called Vivaldi Technologies and one of the founders is Jon S. von Tetzchner, who formerly has been deeply involved in the development of the Opera Browser. Already Opera is known for its light architecture and speed ...read more
 
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    ZenStorming

  • Brand Strategy and Design – One Collective Voice at FUSE 2015

    Plish
    22 Mar 2015 | 11:59 pm
    Yes, one of my favorite conferences is coming up and I hope to see you there! FUSE 2015 From April 13-15  in Chicago, Illinois, the Loews Hotel will be home to a provocative and inspiring mix of leaders in Design, Brand Strategy, Marketing, Innovation, Trends, and Strategy.  For 3 days you will have an opportunity to learn, […]
  • Printing with Paper – the 21st Century Way

    Plish
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    People are finding new uses for 3d printing daily. One of the downsides with 3d printing is that materials and methods are often expensive, and/or not eco-friendly. Another downside is that printing in true color is difficult. Mcor Technologies is changing all that. They’ve developed a way to true color print 3d objects using eco-friendly inks and adhesives […]
  • Dear RadioShack, It didn’t have to end this way…

    Plish
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    It’s official. RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Call me naïve, but I really don’t think this had to happen.  I realize I’m ‘Monday Morning quarterbacking’ (Why DID Seattle throw that pass on the one yard line?!?!  I digress….) but RadioShack had made some bad choices. RadioShack’s bankruptcy, which has been expected for months, follows 11 consecutive […]
  • Cannoli – Designing a Great Experience

    Plish
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Today I was savoring one of the two cannoli I bought (it looked just like the picture above.) It suddenly dawned on me that this food perfectly represents the ideal product experience. Bite one: Chocolate chips (or pistachios) creamy filling and crunchy roll. Bite two and three: More creamy goodness and crunch.  An occasional chocolate […]
  • Are Crowd Powered Apps a New Invasive Species? – Innovation Creating Collateral Damage

    Plish
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    What do the Cane Toad, Mosquito Fish  and the traffic app Waze have in common?   Give up? The are all innovations that created collateral damage. Cane Toads were introduced to Australia in an effort to control the Cane Beetle which was destroying sugar cane.  The problem is that the can toad loved the environment and preferred eating anything other […]
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Just a dream and the wind to carry me

    kiran
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    After boating out to Angel Island last weekend on a camping trip, sailing is on my mind. Our buds at Orange & Park must totally be on the same wavelength because they just came out with this new sailing tee and print. This minimal design really hits the spot and it doesn’t hurt that they dropped a Christopher Cross lyric into the product description. After you throw down for this (discount code SAILING gets you 15% off), make sure you watch this video. Can we talk about that Earl Campbell Houston Oilers jersey and double guitar? The post Just a dream and the wind to carry me…
  • That new Sufjan is making me weep

    kiran
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Sufjan Stevens’ Carrie & Lowell is out today. His seventh studio album, it’s a rather personal one with the title referencing his mother and stepfather. Even so, I’m powerfully drawn to it and have already cried twice (once in public) while listening to track six, Fourth of July. I don’t cry very often, so I figured it’s worth noting. I’m also enjoying digging into the lyrics and noting how some of the verses can be interpreted as either Sufjan or Carrie singing them. Click here to view the embedded video. The post That new Sufjan is making me weep…
  • Our March Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    Sometimes they’ve got rap, sometimes they’ve got soul. Sometimes they’re new tracks, sometimes they’re mad old. We’re just talking about our mixtapes, but that’s also a good lead into the first track. Kick back and click for some new Wombats, Tame Impala, Sufjan and more. HEY! Not seeing the tape above? Head here. The post Our March Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Let’s talk about sweaters some more

    kiran
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:23 am
    The 90s throwback section over at Shelfies is incredible. A double-dose of MJ and Macaulay Culkin? Vintage internet? This is the best thing I’ve seen since Sexy Sweaters and Beloved. The post Let’s talk about sweaters some more appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Brilliant Bicycles Just Wants to Ride Bikes With You

    kiran
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    If you’re in the market for a new bicycle this spring, be sure to check out Brilliant Bicycle Co. The team there is making bicycles for casual riders that value design and is all about simplicity. In fact, they’ve found a way to cut out many of the bicycle industry’s inefficiencies to pass on cost savings and work with suppliers that treat their employees fairly. Brilliant starts taking orders on March 23rd, but if you register now, you’ll have an opportunity to get in on their first shipment in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Click here to view the embedded video.
 
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Customer Experience Strategy – 11 Ways to Demo an Intangible Service

    Mike Brown
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:50 am
    Before We Start This isn’t an April Fool’s Day post; it’s an actual article. If you’d like to understand why we ignore April Fool’s Day prank posts, you can review our article on why we think they are generally a very bad practice. Seriously Considering Customer Experience Strategy What seems like eons ago, Stephen Lahey, the self-professed #1 Brainzooming fan, and I were discussing customer experience strategy and doing some strategic thinking on how to create a pre-purchase experience for an intangible service. The point was with a product, a potential buyer…
  • Social Media Strategy – 28 Social Super Models

    Mike Brown
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    I’m delivering the closing keynote at the October 2015 Social Media Strategy Summit in Boston. It’s an exciting next step in the relationship that’s developed with the Global Strategic Management Institute (GSMI) over the past year delivering social media strategy workshops and presentations at a number of their events. Bring on the 28 Social Media Strategy Super Models This new keynote presentation will cover “Super Models – Strategic Ways to Plan, Sell-in, and Get More from Your Content.” No, it’s not about Kate Upton, Gisele Bündchen, or even Cindy Crawford who caused a…
  • Creative Thinking – Don’t Let on “Every Old Idea Is New Again”

    Mike Brown
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    “Back in the day, we did creative thinking about ideas.” I was talking with a colleague the other day. He has been working closely with a particular client for fifteen years. So long, in fact, if people walk through the department where he is stationed, you would never know he ISN’T an employee unless someone said something about it. The client has undergone tremendous changes in leadership and staff during his tenure working with the company. It has also endured a variety of boom and bust periods in these years. He mentioned saying “back in the day” almost daily…
  • Content Marketing – 14 Ideas to Repurpose an Executive Presentation

    Mike Brown
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    Some organizations do an incredible job of managing intellectual capital and brand messages. These organizations routinely manage messaging, delivery, and cataloging for a sales and executive presentation so there’s a thorough trail of the consistent market messages the brand displays across audiences. Then there’s every other organization, which likely represents most organizations. In these, some PowerPoints might be reused convenience’s sake. Too often, however, an executive presentation is a one-off. An assistant may have helped, or maybe the executive threw the…
  • Creative Thinking Exercises – 6 Ways to Handle Reluctant Participants

    Mike Brown
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:50 am
    We published an article on how to engage a team in strategic thinking and creative thinking exercises without having an offsite meeting. It prompted a question from our buddy, “Jim in Massachusetts.” Jim asked about handling people not interested in participating. Specifically, Jim asked, “What do you do about the ‘overly serious’ people who don’t get the exercises, never read, ‘Whack on the Side of the Head’ or its sister book, and try to turn these meetings into useless frustration exercises by bitching about the work they are not getting done??” I address…
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    Christa Rose Avampato

  • This just in: The words you speak determine the direction of your life

    Christa
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The words you speak become the house you live in. ~Hafiz “The words you speak become the house you live in.” ~Hafiz Have you ever thought about how you speak to yourself vs. how you speak to others? So often we say things to ourselves that we would never dream of saying to someone else. Kindness to self is just as important as kindness to others. We need to be our biggest internal cheerleaders and champions. The second you hear yourself using negative self-talk, stop. If someone spoke that way to someone you love, what would you do? What would you say to your friend who was being…
  • This just in: With quantum physics, the reality you want already exists

    Christa
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:51 pm
    We are in the reality we want Yesterday I had a chat my dear friend, Mary, and she explained that in quantum physics there is a principle that states the reality you want already exists. To realize it on this plane, we have to change our perception from wishing to envisioning. I took her advice to heart during lunchtime and saw myself in the reality I’ve been working toward. I was finding my way to it as an explorer and adventurer. Once I arrived I tried it on like a new coat and it fit perfectly. What if we could approach every situation in life like this? We could let go of…
  • This just in: Finding home

    Christa
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Home sweet home “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~Maya Angelou Home is a powerful word. It brings to mind images of our dream home or a childhood home, a city, or the people and occasions that symbolize the idea of home for us. For me, home is a feeling. I’ve felt at home in many cities around the world, at museums and theaters, in parks, on rivers, at the ocean, and up in the air. Many times, home has been a yoga mat or a good book that lets me lose myself for a good long while in an effort to find…
  • This just in: The truth about the truth

    Christa
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes. “The truth is always dangerous because once you know it you have to do something about it.” ~Azar Nafisi Yesterday I went to hear Azar Nafisi, one of my favorite authors, speak about the cultural landscape of Iran and how understanding that landscape can open the way to cross-cultural dialogue. The quote above is my favorite from her talk, and it resonates so deeply with me because of the past year I’ve had when so many truths within my own life and in the world itself have come to light in stark, and often frightening, reality.
  • This just in: Eventually Spring will win

    Christa
    29 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Even though it was freezing in D.C. yesterday, the buds on this tree couldn’t and wouldn’t be stopped. Winter can hang as long as it wants, and eventually spring will win. Spring plays the long game, and I respect that.Filed under: nature, Spring
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • What To Look For In An Innovation Partner

    Jorge
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you’re a successful company, you’re probably not used to innovation. You’re used to being good at what you do, and that’s the opposite of innovation. Smart innovation that evolves a new and marketable product often requires an innovation partner. There are a lot of reasons for that. But they boil down to a deceptively simple concept: Two heads think better than one. The Lone Company A person or a company left alone with an idea will have a very difficult time bringing the idea to life. That’s because of all the competing thoughts, emotions and responsibilities. These impinge on…
  • Disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets

    Jorge
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    What is disruption? Many believe that disruption is innovation. Truth is, what many believe to be disruptive really isn’t. First of all, nobody deliberately sets out to be disruptive; it happens after the fact. To bring some clarity to the subject, Marc Andreessen wrote up a tweetstorm where he explains Clayton Christensen’s disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets: H/T to Vala Afshar. You are reading Disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets by Jorge Barba, originally posted on: Game-Changer. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Jorge on Twitter and Facebook!
  • What does the future of our youth look like?

    Jorge
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    America’s 10 Million Unemployed Youth Spell Danger for Future Economic Growth. That’s the headline of a June 2013 report by the Center for American Progress, 22.5 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 are unemployed, and 1.4 million teens are neither enrolled in school nor working. Young people in general can have a hard time positioning themselves with employers due to age, shortage of experience and maturity, and lack of education and skills. Certain subpopulations face even greater barriers due to factors including race, sex, and socioeconomic status. These challenges are heightened…
  • There’s no such thing as a perfect strategy

    Jorge
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Lëtzebuergesch: De Garri Kasparow géint de Computerprogramm Deep Junior am Januar 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Doing what everyone else is doing is the wrong strategy, and thinking that what made you succeed in the first place will result in success again is a flawed thinking. This is strategy 101, but many don’t heed this principle. This is a lesson famed Chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov knows all to well. From an HBR interview on what business leaders can learn from him: What can people in business learn from the best chess players? In chess, soccer, baseball, business,…
  • 10 Ways to Discover What You Don’t Know that You Don’t Know

    Jorge
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    The mindset of innovation is characterized by a deliberate attempt to question what you know and explore what you don’t. In large organizations this manifests itself in a very simple equation; Innovation = reducing errors + increasing insights. It is this dilemma that plagues most organizations, one that very few of them execute consistently; but it must be done. A great way to visualize how this works is by understanding the edge of your knowledge: What you know is what sits in your traditional industry, what you don’t know is where you have an opportunity to optimize, and what…
 
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creativity Coaching

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:12 pm
    Creativity Coaching Companies that embrace creativity outperform peers and competitors on key business performance indicators, including revenue growth, market share and talent acquisition, according to a recent study [...] Creativity at Work
  • Creative Anarchy: Book Review

    Linda Naiman
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Creative Anarchy: Book Review Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of Graphic Design for Creative Success When I was a designer of marketing communications in a former life, [...] Creativity at Work
  • 10 Disciplines of a Learner

    Linda Naiman
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    10 Disciplines of a Learner Teachers at a middle school in the USA created this list of observable behaviours to help assess the growth of learners and improve the way they [...] Creativity at Work
  • Creativity Drives Business Results

    Linda Naiman
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Creativity Drives Business Results What better way to boost business performance in the New Year, than to kickstart your creativity. If you are reading my blog, then chances are you [...] Creativity at Work
  • 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
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    TalentCulture

  • Online Job Boards: Top Source For Quality Hires

    Ron Stewart
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The method for sourcing the best talent has shifted over the past four years. Internet job boards currently account for 42% of quality hires, followed by social networks and employee referrals. Both active and passive candidates are turning to job boards to search for opportunities, although active candidates are leading the way on this with 67% choosing to log on. Job boards are also the top search choice for passive candidates with 59% taking advantage of them. While social networks and search engines are still popular choices for job seekers, job boards are leading the way when it comes to…
  • People Analytics To Boost Engagement And Leadership

    Joe Abusamra
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By many indications employee engagement is at a critical point. Across the board, surveys show that engagement is a problem in many organizations, leading to loss of employees, underperforming employees and more. Indeed, Josh Bersin’s research shows that 87% of companies rate engagement and retention as a high priority problem and 50 rate it urgent. Gallop tells us that just 13% of workers worldwide are engaged – stunning numbers. There are many seemingly logical steps that can be taken to boost engagement and improve performance. All are valid, probably should be done, and make sense.
  • Be An HR Technology Software Myth-Buster

    Kevin W. Grossman
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It’s amazing sometimes that we actually ever progress beyond wishful thinking and myths perpetuated by us. I’ve been in the HR technology space for almost 16 years now, and we never fail to fail. Meaning, we never fail to hypothesize and perpetuate that most HR and talent acquisition practitioners hate their tools and technologies are always looking for something better. And that us, the HR technology vendors, are unethical and difficult to trust – i.e., it was the worst mistake every that we signed on with that vendor. And yet, according to enlightening new research shared on the…
  • #TChat Preview: The Predictive Power Of HR Analytics

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 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. In a global market where the “recruiter spends on average 6.25 seconds reviewing a resume” (according to Susan Adams from Forbes), and focuses “80% of their time on Name, Current Title/Company, Start Dates and End dates and Education,” it’s no wonder the “gut feel in hiring” is less accurate than a coin flip. To recruit and develop…
  • Why You Should Start A Talent Community Now

    Ben Slater
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Everyone seems to have a different opinion on what exactly makes up a talent community. Is it the contents of your CRM? Your job board resume database? The collection of people that ‘follow’ your company on LinkedIn. For me, there isn’t necessarily a single hard and fast definition. What there is though, is an overriding theme. The clue is in the word. Community. A talent community is a group of candidates that a company is focused on building a relationship with. The emphasis is very much on communication. Companies stay in touch with these candidates and focus on creating…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Innovation Strategy: Blind Spots are Dangerous!

    New & Improved, LLC
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Do you have all of your innovation strategies in one or two categories? If so, this could be risky in the long-term. Uncover innovation blind spots and preferences before it's too late. Read on for some specific examples, watch-outs and success tips.
  • The Innovative Brain - March 2015 - Overcome Innovation Fatigue

    New & Improved, LLC
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Unrealistic expectations that surround innovation can get you down. If you are feeling a little bit of the innovation blues read our March Innovative Brain for 3 simple tips you can apply today.
  • Building a Culture of Innovation: It takes more than wishful thinking

    New & Improved, LLC
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Often when senior leaders unveil an innovation initiative, there's great enthusiasm - perhaps the office is redesigned, an idea management systems is implemented or an ad-hoc innovation task force is created. Over time, these efforts can become disjointed and innovation fatigue sets-in diminishing the ROI. Find out how focus can...
  • The Innovative Brain - February 2015 - Innovation is Weird

    New & Improved, LLC
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Join us in thinking the world to a better place - begin with learning how to fight the external influences that threaten innovation, creating work spaces that foster creativity, and dancing like this guy...
  • Innovation + Experimentation: Don't let short-term objectives eat Innovation for lunch

    New & Improved, LLC
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence - #6 in our series is - Experimentation. Occasionally we get lucky and stumble upon a creative idea that we act upon. That's always nice, but no question about it, to be successful for the long-term a more robust strategy is needed. Read on for some good examples from Ericsson, Adobe and Rite-Solutions.
 
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • The Changing Role of IT Professionals

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

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

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

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

    Administrator
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Risk management has been around for a long time.  Financial managers run risk assessments for nearly all business models, and the idea of risk carries nearly as many definitions as the Internet.  However, for IT managers and IT professionals, risk management still frequently takes a far lower priority that other operations  and support activities. For IT managers a good, simple definition for RISK may be from the Open FAIR model which states: “Risk is defined as the probable frequency and magnitude of future loss”   Risk management should follow a structured process acknowledging…
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • Why Innovators Should Really Be Called “Chief Troublemakers”

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    According to a shocking study, "over 99.7% of employees and consumers are human." So why are our approaches to innovation often so impersonal?Dustin Garis (former Chief Troublemaker, Procter & Gamble, Founder, LifeProfit and FEI 2015 keynote) has ventured to over 40 countries to not only preach innovation, but to seek it out, and to live it. Throughout his disruptive career he has been known to begin his meetings with the help of opera singers, use an elevator as an office, and fetch well-water with low-income women in rural India. By helping organizations expand innovation capabilities…
  • This Week In Innovation: 3/23/15 - 3/27/15

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    3 Ways To Find Forgotten InnovationAmazon's Customer Centric Focus: Looking at the customer and innovationIs Innovation More Than a Buzzword? Consumers are willing to pay 21% more for innovative brandsBuilding a Culture of Innovation: Innovate or die Making Design Thinking Work: Dealing with the pressures of growth and innovation8 Ways To Establish An Innovation Culture In Your Business Consumer and Finance Industries Are Ripe For Disruption: Industries that are long overdue for disruptionOpen Innovation: The fast track to leveraging new technology to provide customers with better…
  • Why Big Companies Fail at Acting Like Start-Ups

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    How to Save Top Corporations from ThemselvesBy Marc Dresner, IIRIt’s well known that the average lifespan of major corporations has been declining at an alarming rate.In fact, in 2012, Innosight—the innovation consultancy co-founded by Clay Christensen—published a report estimating that at the current rate of churn, 75% of the S&P 500 just over a decade from now will be companies we’ve probably never heard of.Little wonder, then, that many of the world’s biggest and oldest companies have been scrambling to emulate the start-ups potentially poised to supplant them.Steve…
  • This Week In Innovation: 3/16/15 -3/20/15

    24 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    4 Innovation Lessons From The History of Warfare Trends In Online Advertising: Mobile will be key in the future Disruption Does Not Define Success: 5 Principles that doFuture or Fad? Tech Trends That Shouldn't Be Ignored: Transforming the retail landscapeInnovating Through Design Thinking: It's less abstract than it sounds Best Brand Ideas of The Week: Top 5 for creatvity via AdAge5 Future Focused Tech Trends of SXSW InteractiveBitcoin Technology May Power Your Next Financial Transaction: If IBM's plan comes to fruition The Link Between Leadership and Process Improvement: It's not an…
  • Keynote Michele R. Weslander Quaid (Google): Creating a culture of innovation

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:12 am
    Keynote given by Michele R. Weslander Quaid, the Chief Innovation Evangelist at Google.Executive Summary: Google cares for people, the startup mentality and technology.Constant Innovation is key to Google's success but Michele describes three barriers to Innovation: 1. Culture2. Policy3. TechnologyIn order to create and maintain an innovative culture within Google, the organization has formulated a clear goal: Organizing information and making it universally accessible. To get there, Google fosters an atmosphere of creativity and challenge.
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    15inno

  • It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid! – A Key for Profitable Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:58 pm
    As I am doing some research on the very interesting program of the Chief Innovation Officer Summit taking place in London on April 30 – May 1, the short description of a talk got my attention. The title is “It’s The Distribution Channel, Stupid!” and in the talk, Carolina Costa from Orange will focus on an important topic that is relevant for more and more industries today. The front end of innovation is no longer the big issue. There are so many ways in which an organization can generate new ideas whether they use internal or external sources or the combination of the two. Costa…
  • A Presentation on Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here you get a look at my current thoughts on innovation through a presentation that I will give tomorrow at the Turkey Innovation Week, where I am one of the keynote speakers. It is a long talk – 1 hour – so I have compiled lots of content in this presentation. Yes, it might even have too many messages, but I hope the participants at the conference as well as those of you, who are just checking out the presentation, can find some inspiration in it without feeling overloaded with information. Some of the topics I get into are: • The current state of innovation and the global megatrends…
  • A Promising Future for Government-Driven Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    During the 20th century Governments and public agencies such as NASA played a major role in the innovation chain. The Internet itself was born through public programs, just as GPS and many other game-changing technologies. But in recent years, questions arose over the efficiency of public efforts, challenged by smart, dynamic, powerful corporations such as Google, on the one hand, or bottom-up and open source models, on the other hand. Are Governments out of the game? This is one of the questions I answer in this interview / article that I did together with Richard Robert of ParisTech Review.
  • Call for Innovation Visionaries! – A Partnership Opportunity on a Global Innovation Network

    Stefan Lindegaard
    9 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    Many companies are in need of an upgrade of their innovation capabilities and this is very much about their people. Thus, I would like to offer relevant companies, organizations and individuals in your region the opportunity to get an overview of the latest trends in innovation management. This is a free session for the participants. I don’t need to make money on this, but I would like to get my travel costs covered and I am thus looking for a sponsor/partner, who can see the benefits of being associated with my work and brand. Maybe this is something for you or maybe you know a company or…
  • Sprayable Sleep: A Great Case of Entrepreneurship, Crowdfunding and Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    Great stories travel fast so I just read about a Silicon Valley startup that wants to sell better sleep through spray cans. You might think this is a crazy idea, but as an indication that crazy ideas are sometimes the best ones just take a look at their IndieGoGo crowdfunding project site. They have already raised USD 325,000 and now the products are getting ready for launch this summer. I like how this team of entrepreneurs takes a twist on a well-known and large problem (sleep issues) and combine this with crowdfunding to make it happen fast. But where is the open innovation perspective on…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Exponential Leadership and Innovation

    Robert Brands
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

    Robert Brands
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Innovation experts love making lists – and we love reading them. I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

    Robert Brands
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Here’s to a New Year of Innovation! Goodbye two-thousand and fourteen – Hello to the New Year! Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation and Disruptive Necessity

    Robert Brands
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further?   Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation Coach Workshop Philadelphia

    Robert Brands
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       Are you a small to mid-sized manufacturing company and concerned that how you currently manage innovation and new product development is not optimized to provide continued growth in revenue and... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

  • Moving innovation into our core – Part three

    paul4innovating
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    This is the third and final part of this series on the rethinking within the management of the innovation system. Part three- Technology will drive innovation change. We are in need of a different sustaining capacity, one build around innovation as its continuous core; constantly evolving, adapting, learning and adjusting, in perpetual motion. We are heading for transformational change Digital technology and the cloud are offering us a radically different conduit to achieve a new engagement process within our organizations. Innovation is going to be very much caught up in this…
  • Moving Innovation into our Core – Part Two

    paul4innovating
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    A three-part series on rethinking the management of the innovation system. Part two, recognizing the broken process we currently have. The innovation process and the structures build into our organization certainly need to be changed. I outline here different barriers that require change to bring innovation more into the core of a business. Today, we are needing to build greater agility and responsiveness into our innovation design to counter for a more rapidly  changing market, sensing changing conditions and to ‘seize’ breaking opportunities. . A new combination of speed,…
  • Moving innovation into our Core- Part One

    paul4innovating
    22 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    Innovation has sat outside the core of organizations central systems for long enough. Arguably this lack of being a core central focus holds the deeper understanding of innovation back. A core that could offer up the sustaining value and contribution innovation can make, into the growth and future well-being of organizations and having available the level of resources and commitments it needs. Today innovation seems to be falling short in delivering on its promise. Why? A three part series on rethinking the management of the innovation system. Part one, building the business case of needed…
  • Exploring the Drivers of Innovation Change

    paul4innovating
    18 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I always show a particular interest in statements claiming to have identified a relevant driver of innovation change, then to think through these. Can these be valuable and be associated to the portfolio situation within an organization’s need, in seeking different viewpoints of product or service change? Opening up our thinking to change can drive our business offerings very differently. Often within these drivers we do need to explore what is the underlying force behind them, it allows us to pause and think. As you think through what these different change drivers on what it might…
  • Tuning out, a need for simplification and better value

    paul4innovating
    11 Mar 2015 | 3:54 am
    I have been totally struck by the overwhelming number of webinars being offered to me on a daily basis, all related to innovation and all free. Am I the only one getting overwhelmed in choice, underwhelmed in content value? This is a bit of a long rant, so turn away now those who love all the free choices you currently have, don’t waste your time reading on. Those a little more curious, as my friend Michael Fruhling always says in his useful blog “then read on, dear friends….” What do you get of real value when it is offered free? You are getting experts offering free webinars or…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • A Need To Save the US Patent System: A Warning from Dana Rohrabacher

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    At the IP Business Congress Asia 2014 (IPBC Asia 2014), a collection of IP experts from around the world are here in Shanghai, China sharing best practices and advice to help fellow IP workers. Yesterday during a panel discussing ways to build a world-class in-house IP team, a comment from the audience provided a valuable example of how management can stimulate innovation in a company inexpensively. At Aruba Laboratories, a social event was held in which a number of people cam wearing a T-shirt that said “Thought Leader.” Before the event, such T-shirts had been ordered for every…
  • Unpatentable “Abstract” Claims in US Patent Law: How To Know It When You See It, Thanks to Abstract Art

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The US Supreme Court recently ruled that “abstract” concepts are not eligible for patents. The 2014 case, Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Intl. or more simply Alice, is said by some to mean the death of thousands of patents if not entire industries. Critics such as Gene Quinn say it is unworkable, vague and indefinite, giving judges and enemies of patents a capricious tool to assault patents for software and other fields. One of the alleged problems with the Supreme Court’s ruling is that they expressly refused to define the word “abstract” because, of…
 
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • What To Look For In An Innovation Partner

    Jorge
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:23 am
    If you’re a successful company, you’re probably not used to innovation. You’re used to being good at what you do, and that’s the opposite of innovation. Smart innovation that evolves a new and marketable product often requires an innovation partner. There are a lot of reasons for that. But they boil down to a deceptively simple concept: Two heads think better than one. The Lone Company A person or a company left alone with an idea will have a very difficult time bringing the idea to life. That’s because of all the competing thoughts, emotions and responsibilities. These impinge on…
  • Disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets

    Jorge
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    What is disruption? Many believe that disruption is innovation. Truth is, what many believe to be disruptive really isn’t. First of all, nobody deliberately sets out to be disruptive; it happens after the fact. To bring some clarity to the subject, Marc Andreessen wrote up a tweetstorm where he explains Clayton Christensen’s disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets: H/T to Vala Afshar. You are reading Disruptive innovation theory in 15 tweets by Jorge Barba, originally posted on: Game-Changer. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Jorge on Twitter and Facebook!
  • What does the future of our youth look like?

    Jorge
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    America’s 10 Million Unemployed Youth Spell Danger for Future Economic Growth. That’s the headline of a June 2013 report by the Center for American Progress, 22.5 percent of teens ages 16 to 19 are unemployed, and 1.4 million teens are neither enrolled in school nor working. Young people in general can have a hard time positioning themselves with employers due to age, shortage of experience and maturity, and lack of education and skills. Certain subpopulations face even greater barriers due to factors including race, sex, and socioeconomic status. These challenges are heightened…
  • There’s no such thing as a perfect strategy

    Jorge
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    Lëtzebuergesch: De Garri Kasparow géint de Computerprogramm Deep Junior am Januar 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Doing what everyone else is doing is the wrong strategy, and thinking that what made you succeed in the first place will result in success again is a flawed thinking. This is strategy 101, but many don’t heed this principle. This is a lesson famed Chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov knows all to well. From an HBR interview on what business leaders can learn from him: What can people in business learn from the best chess players? In chess, soccer, baseball, business,…
  • 10 Ways to Discover What You Don’t Know that You Don’t Know

    Jorge
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    The mindset of innovation is characterized by a deliberate attempt to question what you know and explore what you don’t. In large organizations this manifests itself in a very simple equation; Innovation = reducing errors + increasing insights. It is this dilemma that plagues most organizations, one that very few of them execute consistently; but it must be done. A great way to visualize how this works is by understanding the edge of your knowledge: What you know is what sits in your traditional industry, what you don’t know is where you have an opportunity to optimize, and what…
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    URENIO Watch

  • Smart City Strategy: Konza Technology City (Kenya)

    Margarita Angelidou
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Konza (2010-2030) is a planned city with a target population of 250,000 inhabitants, to be constructed 60km away from Nairobi. It is a flagship project of the Kenyan government’s “Vision 2030″, a long-term economic development plan for transforming Kenya into a newly industrializing,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Smart City Rankings by IESE

    Margarita Angelidou
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:08 am
    London remains the undisputed leader in the rankings of the smartest cities in the world. It is followed by New York, which grabbed second place, and Seoul, in third. Rounding out the top 10, we see five other European cities — Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Geneva and Munich — and two Asian... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Open source technology for citizens’ political participation in smarter cities

    Isidoros Passas
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    Smart Citizen is a platform to generate participatory processes of people in the cities. Connecting data, people and knowledge, the objective of the platform is to serve as a node for building productive and open indicators, and distributed tools, and thereafter the collective construction of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    Margarita Angelidou
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    One of the most characteristic infrastructure-oriented smart city models is IBM’ solution for the ‘Smarter City’. According to IBM, traditionally city infrastructures and services are created and managed by independent departments or organizations. City domains are focused on their own operations... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: New York (USA)

    Margarita Angelidou
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The city of New York followed a well-articulated digital strategy, which was shaped taking into account local recourses, priorities and needs. The strategy was designed by ‘NYC Digital’, a NY City office with the mission to create a healthier civil society and stronger democracy through the use of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • York Chocolate Festival Preparing Delicious Event

    Vivian van Dijk
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Calling all chocolate lovers! With only days to go before this year’s York Chocolate Festival takes to the streets of York, this article will tell you what you’ll find some of the city’s most indulgent chocolate hot spots. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. York Chocolate Festival Full of Delicious Surprises York Cocoa House has a superb menu of chocolate-themed goodies, from scones to fondue, freshly prepared by top chocolatiers. Blake Street, York. York’s Chocolate Story has a café on the ground floor with a host of delicious treats, served…
  • Moscow Hosts Dazzling Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

    Vivian van Dijk
    1 Apr 2015 | 1:53 pm
    <> Moscow hosted Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia with Season Fall-Winter 2015/2016. The largest Fashion Week of Eastern Europe traditionally occupied the central venue Manezh and featured designers from Russia, the Ukraine, Belarus, the USA and other countries. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Moscow Hosts Extravagant Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Among Russian designers who presented their collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Russia’s major fashion week were: Alena Akhmadullina, Igor Gulyaev, Dasha Gauser, Julia Dalakian, Pirsomani…
  • Stem Cells Relieve Dangerous Crohn’s Side Effects

    Vivian van Dijk
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Stem cells may provide Crohn’s disease sufferers relief from the potentially dangerous side effect fistulas, according to the results of a phase 2 clinical trial published in the latest issue of Stem Cells Translational Medicine (SCTM). Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Study Shows Stem Cells Protect Patients from Crohn’s Side Effects After receiving an injection of their own adipose-derived stem cells (ASC), which are collected from fat tissue, the fistulas in 75 percent of the trial participants were completely healed within eight weeks of…
  • Incredible Innovation in Award-winning EYES IN Magazine Edition 42

    Vivian van Dijk
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    <>Vivian Van Dijk by Alex van Gelder EYES IN™ Magazine Editor-in-Chief Vivian Van Dijk is pleased to share innovations from a variety of fields, including the merging of Health and Technology, Design, Culture and Fashion. Interactive, ad-free EYES IN™ Magazine Digital Edition 42 shares insightful interviews, images and inspiration from the world’s innovative creators. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Award-winning EYES IN Magazine Edition 42 Vivian Van Dijk, Editor-in-Chief and President of EYES IN™ Magazine (Periodic Publication) has…
  • Eye-Opening Gallery Exposes India’s Exotic Culture

    Vivian van Dijk
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    <> India: Another way of Seeing, is an eye opening photo gallery by Formento+Formento showcasing the real life drama and cultural differences that Indians go through every day. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. New Gallery Showcases India’s Vibrant Culture “We were fortunate to meet such amazing people on this first trip to India. Richeille and I based out of Mumbai for 21 days, we tried to lift individual moments out of the mad rush, the unfiltered motion, the day to day in a country that is constantly attempting to balance tradition…
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    InventHelp Blog

  • HELP! How Do I Get a Product Licensed?

    Emily Moorhead
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Many great ideas are born each day in minds all over the globe and many people have the drive and desire to turn their invention ideas into products. There can be some limiting factors to bringing your idea to fruition, such as lack of knowledge, deficiency of funds, and a shortage of time to dedicate to your idea. For these reasons and many others, some people choose to attempt to license their products to companies. But, how exactly does this process work? There’s no cut-and-dry instruction manual or direct path to take, but there are resources and tips available on how to license a…
  • 4 Game Changing Innovations in Basketball

    Emily Moorhead
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Is your bracket ready? March Madness is here, but do you know who invented basketball and how some of basketball’s greatest innovations came to be? Basketball was invented out of a need for a fun activity on a rainy day. Basketball inventor Dr. James Naismith, physical education professor and instructor at International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School, (now Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts) created the sport when he wanted a fun activity to keep his gym class busy on a rainy day. The first game was played in December of 1891 with a soccer ball and a…
  • 4 Skills You Gain Working in the Innovation Industry

    Emily Moorhead
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    Staying true to the nature of the industry, having a career in innovation means your line of work is always varied. Not a day goes by without a surprise being thrown into your workload. To many of those working in the industry, however, this is a blessing because there is never a dull moment. The innovation industry offers many opportunities to learn many different skills at once. 1. Creativity In the simplest terms, innovation is creative problem solving. The various aspects of working with inventions include many creative tasks, such as product development, marketing, and design. A typical…
  • 5 Women Inventors Who Were Able to #MakeItHappen

    Emily Moorhead
    6 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    International Women’s Day has been celebrated on March 8th every year since 1909. This special holiday celebrates women from all walks of life and the impact which women have on their families, society, and the world. Women inventors have made a massive impact on science and innovation and their efforts deserve endless recognition. Sometimes, it’s easy to remember the woman’s contributions to society without memorializing her persona and her other accomplishments. Thank you, ladies, for your big minds and even bigger hearts.   Kevlar – Stephanie Kwolek Stephanie Kwolek grew up in…
  • Science Fair Projects Turn Kids into Inventors

    Emily Moorhead
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    Gone are the days of science fairs packed to the brim with baking soda volcanoes and wilting bean sprouts. With technology at their fingertips, kids are creating more innovative science fair projects. Some of these children are even dedicated enough to pursue their project outside of the classroom and put in the research and resources to bring their idea to life. Lego Braille Printer Shubham Banerjee wanted to create an affordable printer for the blind. He found with a price tag difference of more than $2000, Braille-compatible printers are not as accessible as standard printers. Banerjee…
 
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    Innovation Change Management

  • Whither Innovation in Indiana?

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 pm
    Now that I’ve got your attention, let’s talk about homosexuality and whether it has any impact on innovation. There probably are two no more polarizing topics in the United States than homosexuality and abortion. But the truth is that if … Continue reading →
  • Listen to the Top 10 Reasons Not to Innovate

    Braden Kelley
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    The Innovation Excellence version of my recent article No Innovation Beyond This Point has done so well that Umano has decided to turn it into an audio-article that you can listen to while you work, drive, etc. if you were … Continue reading →
  • Rise of Seamless Computing

    Braden Kelley
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    Some people have made fun of the fact that I said that the iPad might fail when it was announced, but I just looked back at what I said back in 2010 (before Apple fixed their Value Translation problem) and … Continue reading →
  • No Innovation Beyond This Point

    Braden Kelley
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Don’t have time to read this right now? Why not listen instead? This isn’t the Top 10 Excuses for Not Investing in Innovation I’ve been meaning to write this article for more than a year, after a dialog with the … Continue reading →
  • Thinkers50 – Nominations and Votes Needed

    Braden Kelley
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    Every two years Suntop Media ranks the top 50 management thought leaders and bestows the Thinkers50 Global Ranking of Management Thinkers. The ranking relies on voting from the community, meaning that the public decides who is selected. Click here to … Continue reading →
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    IdeaFaktory

  • Welcome to McFuture

    Steve Faktor
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:12 am
    This is a placeholder for the forthcoming McFuture Podcast. GET NEW ARTICLES BY EMAIL
  • Will Apple Pay Reign Supreme?

    Steve Faktor
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    There has never been a more exciting time in payments. Let me re-phrase that. There has never been an exciting time in payments. But if you read tech blogs lately, you’d think we were moments away from revolution. Unless the oppressed proletariat can pay with iPhones, they’ll start pummeling Nobu waiters with pearl-encrusted Prada bags. Screw equality and education reform, give the people what they really want – that satisfying beep at CVS! Since launching Apple Pay, mall hell has broken loose. Bank of America customers are getting double-billed. Some merchants are blocking Apple Pay…
  • Part II – Deep Dive: Apple Pay and The Strange Bedfellows Analysis [free login]

    Steve Faktor
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    This is a deep-dive follow-up to my Will Apple Pay Reign Supreme? article in Forbes. Apple Pay launched last week with a million cards registered. How did you celebrate? CVS and several other retailers celebrated by disabling all NFC chip payments in anticipation of their own solution, CurrentC…based on my favorite punching bag, QR codes. Finally, the payments space is getting exciting – but not for the reasons everyone thinks.  Sure, NFC and Bitcoin are practically Fifty Shades of Grey compared to credit cards. But it in my years in payments and loyalty innovation, this is the…
  • Should Startups Be Charitable? Four Strategies to Decide

    Steve Faktor
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Even the biggest grouch has to feel a little optimistic about today’s social entrepreneurs. They’re like 60’s hippies high on quinoa and VC cash, instead of weed and Dylan records. Surely, one is bound to save the world. So when Entrepreneur Magazine asked me if charitable startups can be good businesses, I felt like the guy handing kids grapefruit on Halloween. Those precious, disappointed faces… There have been some successes like Warby Parker, which donates a pair of glasses for each one sold. But often, “charitable startup” is like a liver smoothie – packed with nutrients,…
  • Microsoft’s Nuclear Option for Mobile

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

  • Ten Types of Innovation App - Now Available!

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

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    We are a community of committed and experienced professionals from across multiple disciplines working together to help our clients drive transformation through the discipline of innovation.  We are always looking for top talent to join the Doblin team. Current openings Innovation Trends Advisor - Chicago Innovation Insights Advisor - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - Chicago Design Strategy Lead - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - New York Design Strategy Lead - New York In addition to our current openings, we are always looking for talented professionals interested in pursuing a…
  • Beacons for Business Model Innovation

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

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

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

  • Exponential Leadership and Innovation

    Robert Brands
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  While there is no hard evidence to attribute the above quote to Henry Ford, there is no argument that he was a visionary... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

    Robert Brands
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    Innovation experts love making lists – and we love reading them. I’ll be the first to admit that Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” is one of my favorite annual reports. I’m also a... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Aligning Generation X, Y, and Flux for Innovation Implementation in 2015

    Robert Brands
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Here’s to a New Year of Innovation! Goodbye two-thousand and fourteen – Hello to the New Year! Typically with the passing of a year, I spend the first few hours feeling nostalgic. Facebook has their... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation and Disruptive Necessity

    Robert Brands
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Is the world getting smaller, or are we seeing further?   Today we stand on the shoulders of giants in a rapidly changing world. In order to gain the competitive edge needed to stay relevant, it... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Innovation Coach Workshop Philadelphia

    Robert Brands
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
       Are you a small to mid-sized manufacturing company and concerned that how you currently manage innovation and new product development is not optimized to provide continued growth in revenue and... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • Groundbreaking 4K video compression

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:08 am
    V-Nova Ltd., a leading provider of video compression solutions, announced the public release of a number of ground breaking video compression products based on its industry advancing PERSEUS® technology. PERSEUS rewrites the rules of compression, demonstrating in testing and live operations 2x – 3x average compression gains, at all quality levels, under practical real-time operating scenarios versus currently existing technologies. PERSEUS has been developed and tested over the past five years within an Open Innovation consortium of over 20 global industry leaders including Broadcom,…
  • Eclipse at Riverside

    admin
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:09 am
    The solar eclipse of 20th March 2015 seen from the Riverside Innovation Centre. Eclipse at Chester  
  • BBC gives away a million mini-computers

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    The BBC has announced that 1 million ‘Micro Bits’, a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi, will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term. Last October, Director-General Tony Hall said he wanted the BBC to embrace one big education project a year. For 2015, the BBC’s new Make it Digital initiative will encourage digital creativity and coding as part of a wider push to increase digital skills among young people and help to fill the digital skills gap. The BBC is also launching a season of coding-based programmes and activities…
  • Apple Watch is nearly here

    admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    Apple has announced that its Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US. Apple Watch operates as an accurate timepiece, a communication device and a health and fitness companion. Highly customizable for personal expression, Apple Watch also brings an entirely new way to receive information at a glance and interact with the world through third-party app experiences designed specifically for the wrist. “Apple Watch begins a new chapter in the way we relate to technology and we think our…
  • SpaceX Raises $1 Billion in Funding

    admin
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    SpaceX, the American space transport services company headed by Elon Musk, has raised a further $1 Billion of funding from deals with Google and Fidelity investments. The two investors now own just under 10% of the company. SpaceX is now valued at over $10 billion and says that the latest funding “will be used to support continued innovation in the areas of space transport, reusability, and satellite manufacturing.”. Earlier this month, SpaceX made a successful launch  of its Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), delivering supplies and scientific…
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  • Nothing Will Be Impossible

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used 2tar for mortar. Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top 3will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves 4a name, otherwise we 5will be […]
  • The Fruitful Body of Jesus Christ

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:33 pm
    I love the words used in the command to be fruitful which seen repeatedly in Genesis. Not only in Genesis, fruitfulness is a theme seen throughout scripture, culminating in the two analogies of a vine and a body in the gospels. Genesis 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the […]
  • Christian Fruit …on Demand

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:48 am
    The science of fruit trees (pomology) is fascinating to me.  I have apple trees and enjoy studying and managing them for fruit production.  This involves late winter pruning, ground nutrition, sun exposure, blossom protection from frost, maximum pollination, fruit thinning, pest control, and deer/ rabbit protection. Bottom line, with a little knowledge we can cause and expect a […]
  • Suffering with Christ in Niger

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:35 pm
      With this post I want to do three things; draw attention to a happening in the country of Niger, honor a Christian community and honor a missionary family in the country of Niger.  I follow the blog of missionary family Jonathan and Dani Bowden, I don’t know this family personally but I know a close relative. I believe that all Christians […]
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Talking Wikipedia and Understanding Online Community at SXSW

    Sam Ford
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    I have been recovering and reflecting from my time in Austin, Texas, last month, for the annual SXSW Interactive gathering, which gets ever-more immersive, expansive, elaborate, and carnivalesque. There were certain themes—a deep concern and significant reflection on privacy issues, a desire to think through today’s obsession with “content,” a look at the future of storytelling and engagement in a connected media environment—that stood out for me while dodging swinging selfie sticks and sounded clear through the chatter about the latest platforms and devices. If you’re interested…
  • It’s a Snap

    Catharine Cody
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    I don’t text my friends anymore.  I SnapChat them.  If I’m curious to see what my friend is doing, I send her a picture of my face with the caption, “What’s up?” If I know she is in New Orleans for a bachelorette party, I don’t text her to ask how it’s going. I look at her story on SnapChat. And, I’m not alone.  To date, SnapChat has around 100 million monthly active users, with over 70% under the age of 25. As brands try to figure out how to market to this audience, they should tap into the treasure trove that is SnapChat and reach Millennials on their terms.  Audi is one…
  • Looking Back: Communication Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing

    Marian Daniells
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    Next month marks two years since the Boston Marathon bombing, a tragedy I – as a former Boston resident – take personally. This story is one I can only tell first-hand, because my own experiences are entrenched in the facts. In the week following the bombing, my school shut down, and friends crowded into our apartment to watch the news together. It was an equally scary and uplifting time to be a Bostonian. A public relations – and literal – crisis, the Boston Marathon bombing brought to light not only the best in people, but the best in communication – particularly from the Boston…
  • Football Takes the States

    Nicole Moreo
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    America and soccer.  It has taken a long time for these two ideas to mix.  Soccer is arguably the most popular sport in the world.  However, in the US, it has taken forever to catch on.  Last year’s World Cup was the first time that soccer broke US broadcast records.  The US team’s 2-1 defeat of Chana was the highest-rate and most views men’s soccer match ever on ESPN.  But, the MLS, America’s soccer league, was actually setting records for the least watched sporting final ever. For a soccer fan, this is upsetting.  But, even I acknowledged that the MLS games were just not as…
  • For Brilliant Campaigns…Coke Is It

    Deb Brown
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    Personally, I’m not a fan of any cola as a product, but when it comes to marketing, Coca-Cola is one of my favorites.  The company was founded in 1892 and, for the most part, has had the same product for the past 123 years. Well, they did try to change it once, but we know how that turned out. What is brilliant is that they’ve taken basically the same product and two words – “open happiness” – and really pushed the envelope to create real experiences that target new markets and connect with different demographics. For example, by thinking outside the box, Coca-Cola has helped…
 
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • How does your business kill innovation?

    Synectics
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    Chipp Norcross, Synecticsworld By Chipp Norcross If there is one common thread that weaves together my experience in the field of innovation, it is hearing on a weekly basis, how frustrated people are about how their organizations kill innovative solutions. Innovation murder doesn’t happen on purpose. Typically the perpetrators believe they are helping innovation, not hindering it. They are innocent in spirit, if not in action.  The proverbial bulls in the china shop. The two most common accidental axe wielding I see are: Starvation, which happens when good ideas are put on hold until the…
  • A New Kind of Health Plan

    Synectics
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams There’s a great new benefit area to consider adding to your health care plan. It’s reasonably priced and pays a lifetime of benefits. It contributes to better wellbeing overall. People sleep better. They feel like they have better control over their lives. They have hope and self-reliance. What is this magical elixir for which you’ve never seen an infomercial? It’s called creativity. Experts say that there is a strong link between creative expression and wellbeing. Creativity builds resiliency with the belief…
  • Incubation: Bridging The Gap Between Idea and Implementation

    Synectics
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Chipp Norcross, Synecticsworld By Chipp Norcross I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the old adage, “I wish I’d thought of that!” is increasingly being replaced by, “I thought of that! I wish I had done something with that idea!” This shift has largely been missed in the corporate boardroom, however. Most companies seem to still focus only on the pursuit of new ideas, when they should really be learning to implement the big, game-changing, absolutely amazing (and terrifying) ideas that they let sit on the sidelines, gathering dust. In my opinion, this is the emerging…
  • Crafting a More Productive R&D & Marketing Innovation Partnership

    Synectics
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams This article first appeared on PreScouter in September, 2014 Does your organization’s innovation feel like “In this corner, Marketing, in this corner, R&D”? If it does, that’s because R&D and Marketing work in very different ways, often seeing the world and opportunities very differently. The old, traditional way of working, with R&D and Marketing in their separate corners working on innovation opportunities, has to be retired. While marketers tend to rule innovation in CPG and R&D leads in…
  • How To Assemble Your Team For Innovation

    Synectics
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Leo Boudreau By Leo Boudreau One of the most crucial tasks related to a successful innovation effort is assembling the appropriate team.  A team focused on innovation has very different requirements from a team with an operational focus and a number of different factors need to be taken into consideration and different qualities and characteristics are sought after.  The first question you need to answer is what is the purpose of your team?  Are you bringing together a group for 1-2 days to do some idea generation or problem solving or are you bringing together a group that you want to…
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  • A Brief and Fascinating History of Electricity

    IdeaConnection
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:23 am
    Sir Isaac Newton wasn’t the only brilliant person to have seen further by standing on the shoulders of giants.  The history of electrical research is littered with many giants who built on the work of previous generations of outstanding minds.  Their sparks of genius have filled our world with so many conveniences that it’s difficult to imagine a life without electricity.  But who were these outstanding individuals? The Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University has compiled a fascinating infographic charting some of the key names in the history of…
  • Can the Crowd Help Improve Prostate Cancer Outcomes?

    IdeaConnection
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men in several countries according to the World Cancer Research Fund International.  And in recent years, incidence rates have increased dramatically. To better predict survival, disease progression and treatment toxicity a new crowd-based project has been launched – The Prostate Cancer DREAM Challenge. The open innovation project marries crowdsourcing with data sharing and is inviting researchers, scientists, data whizzes and number crunchers to find solutions to two key clinical research areas of an advanced form of the disease…
  • Crowdsourcing Help for Human Rights

    IdeaConnection
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:09 am
    One of the many advantages of crowdsourcing is how it can bring together diverse individuals to solve problems and challenges for the common good. Non-profit organization Advancing Human Rights has developed a project called Movements.org to help protect basic freedoms, particularly for those living in closed societies. The platform is designed to match activists and dissidents living under dictatorships with volunteers who can help them, for example with legal assistance, to get information to policy makers or to spread the word about what is going on in their countries.  Since the…
  • New Open Innovation Challenges to Enter

    IdeaConnection
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    Eyes down for a raft of new open innovation challenges that are offering big money opportunities. Solutions are required to improve the outcome for patients with rare diseases, to trap illegal robocallers, to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and to come up with a hit television series. The Rare Genomics Institute (RGI) is rolling out the BeHEARD Challenge (Helping Empower and Accelerate Research Discoveries), a global crowdsourcing contest to accelerate personalized rare disease studies. Research proposals are welcome from scientists, patient groups, researchers or anyone else whose…
  • Coffee Bean Innovation that can Power London’s Buildings

    IdeaConnection
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Many of us need a morning cup of coffee to kick start our day, but coffee can do more than fuel our minds, it can power buildings and transport as well. A UK based start-up, called Bio-Bean is turning used coffee beans from London coffee shops into green energy. It has been estimated that London’s coffee shops produce more than 200,000 tons of coffee waste every year.  Currently, most of the leftovers from coffee stores and roasting plants are incinerated or deposited in landfill which releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The Bio-Bean Way Bio-Bean collects waste from…
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  • AmyKism #1 Video

    AmyK
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:53 pm
    How do you know you’re “buying” the right stuff?
  • 7 Most Thought-Provoking Questions I Was Asked In 2014

    AmyK
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I like to have my thinking agitated – preferably with a good glass of wine, some sumptuous appetizers, and a few brilliant minds to shake up the discourse. Sometimes these intriguing conversations are accompanied with markers, flip charts and coffee, but hey, at least they’re happening..
  • Are you a “sorry” leader?

    AmyK
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Years ago the question, “What separates the men from the boys?” irritated me. It typically preceded an inane comparative on which of two male adults was more macho than the next guy, but today I find myself saying, “Here’s a great example of what it means.
  • How do you add structure to creativity? It’s not a trick question.

    AmyK
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Want more creativity and innovation inside your organization? Get less haphazard. Sounds counter intuitive – but hold that thought. Too often people confuse unbridled and accidental with creative and innovative. There’s a reason why Einstein always said he worked better with a deadline. Creativity and innovation.
  • Hollywood writers have this insider’s secret for Leaders

    AmyK
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    What do high performing company cultures and successful television shows have in common? Just about everything – minus an Emmy and the drama… hopefully. Both a show and a business create a product (or service), both must capture and hold the interest of their customers, both.
 
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    Brilliant Ideas » Brilliant Ideas

  • Brilliant Idea #289. Trading Places app

    Michael
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Brilliant Idea #289 is an app that allows people to earn money by trading their place in queue, their seat in a taxi or train or their ticket to an event with someone that wants it more. As an example, I’m on the train but I don’t have a seat. Using the app I can find users nearby and broadcast to them that I would pay…£x for their seat. Those users get an alert and can reject it, barter or accept it. If they accept it, they send a message back saying where they are. When the transaction is agreed by both parties the amount agreed is debited from my account and paid, minus…
  • Innovation Inspiration #65

    Michael
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #65 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Innovation Inspiration #82

    Michael
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #82 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • The idea that solves a recognised problem that no-one really has

    Michael
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:09 am
    The classic case of an innovation that absolutely works and solves a problem, but honestly, does anyone really have that problem? Would anyone really buy a new gadget to solve a problem that can, but virtually never happens? Remember, it’s not enough to have a good idea that solves a problem. For your idea to take a foothold, you need to understand WHY people that have the problem care enough about it that they would invest in your idea. In this case, do we care enough about fishing-out the odd piece of egg shell to go any buy a gadget? The post The idea that solves a recognised problem…
  • Look for things you don’t know

    Michael
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    A common mistake a lot of organisations make is they start their innovation efforts with what they know when they should start with what they don’t know. Nokia when from total market domination to a bargain-basement sell-off in less than 10 years. That didn’t happen because they stopped innovating, they carried on innovating, but they were innovating based on what they knew and believed – indeed they had overwhelming evidence they were on the right track, the whole World was buying their phones, so they continued to design phones that the whole World wanted. Apple…
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  • Holding the innovations of the future back

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

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

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

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

    paul4innovating
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:44 am
    My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for market place advantage” “These are made up of the resources, processes, knowledge and capabilities, that are constantly evolving and highly dynamic to build greater innovating capacity.” “These build upon the capabilities of ‘sensing, seizing and transforming’ to build new capital that focus more upon the dynamics within…
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    Destination Innovation

  • Eliminate the Risk in Product Innovation – Get your Customers to Choose

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:43 am
    Threadless is well known as an example of crowdsourcing new product design.  This fast-growing T shirt company asks its user community to submit designs for new T shirts.  Designers from around the world submit designs which are often edgy, cool and topical.  The company claims to encourage ‘weird, geeky and beautiful art.’  It asks users to vote on the designs.  Threadless manufacturers the most popular items and (not suprisingly) they sell well.  The original designer gets a small monetary reward and his or her name on the label.  Threadless now makes sweaters, hoodies…
  • Ten Top Tips for a Successful Brainstorm – Video

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    Expert facilitator Paul Sloane shares some of his best tips for a successful brainstorm.     Here is the written check list of tips. Top tips for  Great Brainstorm. The post Ten Top Tips for a Successful Brainstorm – Video appeared first on Destination Innovation.
  • Don’t use Data Analysis; Use Shiritori.

    admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:56 am
    Shimpei Takahashi is a Japanese innovator and inventor of new toys. In this TedX talk he recommends disregarding data analysis when developing new products. Instead he suggests using random words to generate novel ideas and combinations. In particular he recommends using a method called Shiritori where you generate a list of words where the last letter of one word is used as the first letter in the next word. This is a variant on the lateral thinking brainstorm method Random Word. The post Don’t use Data Analysis; Use Shiritori. appeared first on Destination Innovation.
  • The Innovative Leader encourages Creative Abrasion

    admin
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Linda Hill is Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. In this TedX talk she argues that when it comes to leading innovation we must unlearn the conventional view of leadership. She has used an ethnographic approach to the study of leadership in innovative organizations. Her studies show that highly successful leaders, such as Ed Catmull, President at Pixar, do not focus on vision and clear direction. Instead they work to create a space in which talented people can co-create. They ‘unleash the power of the many by loosening the stranglehold of the few.’ She…
  • How can we Teach Entrepreneurship?

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    How can we enthuse and empower a whole new generation of entrepreneurs?  How can we double or treble the rate at which startup businesses are formed?  One way is to start very young with junior entrepreneurs and provide them with the training and experience to inspire them to start their own businesses. Citrus Saturday is a programme which encourages school children to run home-made lemonade stalls at weekends.  Developed and organized by University College London, Citrus Saturday seeks to teach entrepreneurship and enterprise skills to young people around the world.  Events now run in…
 
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  • Interview: How can companies innovate FASTER?

    Nick Skillicorn
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
    In the past month, I was interviewed by CMSWire, a leading online magazine, around my views on helping companies improve their innovation capabilities. Their particular question: How can companies innovate faster than their competitors? Click here to read the article on CMSWire. My primary insight in the article is that if you empower your people to […] Originally published at Interview: How can companies innovate FASTER?
  • Why is this company giving $1,000 to anyone with an idea?

    Nick Skillicorn
    6 Mar 2015 | 4:09 am
    With it's new Kickbox programme, Adobe is giving every employee with an idea the opportunity to go out and experiment on it. The smartest part: they're completely happy for that idea to fail. Adobe as a company has an innate link with creativity. After all, it produces some of the most widely-used software products used […] Originally published at Why is this company giving $1,000 to anyone with an idea?
  • This genius new beehive design is the epitome of innovation

    Nick Skillicorn
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    I fell in love with the simplicity and effectiveness of this new innovation, which redesigns a beehive so making honey is effortless Every now and again, so see something so logical that you ask yourself "Why hasn't anyone thought of that before?" Today I just saw an amazing innovation which I just had to share […] Originally published at This genius new beehive design is the epitome of innovation
  • Year of the Goat: The perfect time to get creative by slowing down

    Nick Skillicorn
    20 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    It's the year of the Goat in Chinese Culture. And this means it's good news for anyone trying to be creative Gong Xi Fa Cai! It's Chinese New Year, and this year is the year of the goat (or sheep, depending on who you're talking to). Having grown up in Singapore, I appreciate the cultural […] Originally published at Year of the Goat: The perfect time to get creative by slowing down
  • Innovation alert: a full computer for $35

    Nick Skillicorn
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:54 am
    This year you will be able to buy a fully functioning computer, capable of streaming HD video and running Microsoft Office, for $35 The Raspberry Pi foundation made waves a couple of years ago by announcing they had succeeded in developing a bare-bones but fully-functioning computer for approximately £23. Initially they imagined it would be […] Originally published at Innovation alert: a full computer for $35
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    Innovation Architecture by Doug Collins

  • On Sustaining Innovation

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Nature’s Alarm Clock My sense of smell returns in the spring. It’s how I know spring is close at hand. Last week, while walking along the river near the house, I noticed that the plow had cut away a portion of the snow beyond the border of the trail, revealing wet, brown ground. The afternoon sun hit the ground, warming it and releasing an earthy, pungent odor. Nature’s alarm clock. The First Muda In my last article, I wrote of my appreciation of the quality professionals—the people who pursue operational excellence as a way to help their organizations deliver value to…
  • Innovation Management Goes to the Gemba of Quality Management

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Introduction Quality management and innovation management are two peas in a pod. They share the same intent and many, many of the same practices. Identify the customer. Deliver value. Remove waste. Observe. Experiment. Innovate. Assess. Repeat. In this article I explore ways in which practitioners from both camps can combine forces as they work to transform their organizations for the Digital Age. Kaizen, Meet Crowdsourcing Of late a number of my clients have engaged me in exploring the connections between innovation management and quality management. Lean. Six Sigma. Total Quality…
  • Incubator Nation: The Rise of Immersive Collaborative Innovation

    9 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    As a consultant I have the pleasure of working with a wide swath of people across a wide swath of industries as they pursue the practice of collaborative innovation. The front row seat to emerging, dominating, and fading trends in innovation management is mine. I enjoy the view. Of late, I have observed amongst the enterprise clients an emerging trend that appears to be moving to dominance: externally focused incubation. By externally focused incubation, I mean the practice by which the enterprise partners with a third party in order to co-locate their employees in a space where they can…
  • The Employee Suggestion System Turns 135

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Your Creative Power A friend of mine runs the innovation and creativity practice at a large, global firm. He turned me onto the book, Your Creative Power: How to Use Imagination to Brighten Life and to Get Ahead, by Alex Osborn. Osborn was one of the original "Mad Men" of advertising. Your Creative Power, published in 1948 by Scribners, explores exhaustively all the ways in which one can discipline themselves to become more creative. It's a great read. The post-war optimism that found its expression in Osborn’s positive turns of phrase cheered me.   Towards the end of the book,…
  • Three Wishes for the Innovation Practitioner for 2015

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Introduction 2014 leaves us with a number of mega-innovations that feel tantalizingly close to becoming part of—and improving—our daily lives. The driverless car. Commercial applications of graphene. Reliable, accessible renewable energy. Personalized medicine based on our genome. The reinvention of commercial air travel as a relaxing, invigorating experience. Okay—that last one may be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the best expressions of innovation, as with charity, begin at home. With that thought, I leave you, the innovation practitioner, with a couple wishes for the new…
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