Innovation

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  • You Can’t Craft A New Strategy Until…

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    Matthew May
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    …you've defined the problem with the old one, reframed it as choice between at least two mutually exclusive choices, and generated some initial possibilities through focused, facilitated brainstorming. (Side rant to all the creativity "experts" out there poo-pooing brainstorming: Go pound sand. Brainstorming works very well with proper focus and facilitation. Creativity thrives under intelligent constraints.) Let's assume you've got clarity and consensus on your current strategy, using Roger Martin's Playing to Win framework. That is, you're clear on 1. your current aspiration, 2. the…
  • Put Your Heart into Your Innovation Efforts

    Innovation Excellence
    Stefan Lindegaard
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Innovation is a constant struggle between yes and no. It requires pride, experience and reasons just as it requires lots of passion and heart. Sometimes people get confused on the right mix. Sometimes a simple picture with text (like the one above) sums it up nicely. Continue reading →
  • Five hottest innovation tools

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    Cheryl Perkins
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    My friend Robert Tucker has put together what I think is a great list of the top innovation tools trending now, from ideation tools, commercialization tools, idea management tools, selection tools, and so forth. I like these because he includes case studies and real examples of how these tools are working in our current climate. I’ll share the first one here, and let you browse the list over at his Innovation Resource blog: 1. Lean Startup Movement: Taking Silicon Valley by Storm General Electric’s recent adoption of this tool is reported to be the biggest new movement in the company…
  • How Einstein Looked at Problems

    The Heart of Innovation
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Other related quotes Why you need to ask why Ask the right question The art and science of framing the right question
  • Brainstorming Using Google Docs

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    Plish
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Google Docs is much more than cloud based document generation and storage. Read more to learn how it can be used for brainstorming.
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  • The Strategy Sprint: A DIY Guide

    Matthew May
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    The word sprint means different things to different people. A runner thinks of it as a race, a mad dash of a few seconds. A software developer practicing "agile" thinks of it as a short, iterative cycle of work, often weeks or months, rather than seconds. An entrepreneur practicing "lean startup" methods thinks of it as minimally viable product development effort of a week or less. They're all right. What's important are the common elements: speed, brevity, iteration, and, of course, winning. But can the notion of a sprint have application in the world of business strategy? It's a question…
  • Two Brains Are Better Than One

    Matthew May
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    There's a lot to like about Joshua Wolf Shenk's brand new book, Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, especially if you're a fan of books with a theme that breaks with conventional wisdom in a counterintuitive way. Rather than take the path most traveled by treatments on creativity and innovation, Shenk approaches the topic from a very specific, historical place: famous pairs. Given that my livelihood revolves around business creativity and innovation—and that I've witnessed firsthand the power of collaborative pairs in both software development and police…
  • If You Want To Disturb The Status Quo…

    Matthew May
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    …you might want to talk to Ken Tencer. A few years ago, I read and reviewed a book entitled The 90% Rule: What's Your Next Big Opportunity? by co-authors and business partners Ken Tencer and John Paulo Cardoso of the branding and innovation firm Spyder Works. I recently touched base with Ken to ask him about his latest book, Cause a Disturbance, a bestseller again co-written with Cardoso. Like their previous book, this one's chock full of practical advice for entrepreneurs and small-business owners on innovation. For people who may not have read your first book or who may have…
  • When You’re Taking New Directions…

    Matthew May
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    …it helps to have a map. Introducing the Play-to-Win Canvas, a large wall map meant to help teams explore strategic possibilities. (Click on the image below to download a free full-sized version, sharable under a Creative Commons license.) Let's pick up where we left off. To review, you've decided you need to shift strategy. You've drafted your current strategy using the Roger Martin five-question cascade. You've defined the most worrisome problem, and you've reframed it as a choice between at least two mutually exclusive options. You've expanded each choice and brainstormed initial…
  • You Can’t Craft A New Strategy Until…

    Matthew May
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    …you've defined the problem with the old one, reframed it as choice between at least two mutually exclusive choices, and generated some initial possibilities through focused, facilitated brainstorming. (Side rant to all the creativity "experts" out there poo-pooing brainstorming: Go pound sand. Brainstorming works very well with proper focus and facilitation. Creativity thrives under intelligent constraints.) Let's assume you've got clarity and consensus on your current strategy, using Roger Martin's Playing to Win framework. That is, you're clear on 1. your current aspiration, 2. the…
 
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Put Your Heart into Your Innovation Efforts

    Stefan Lindegaard
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    Innovation is a constant struggle between yes and no. It requires pride, experience and reasons just as it requires lots of passion and heart. Sometimes people get confused on the right mix. Sometimes a simple picture with text (like the one above) sums it up nicely. Continue reading →
  • Deadline Extended – Nominations for Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2014

    Innovation Excellence
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Okay, let's all be honest, a lot of us have either been on vacation, are going on vacation, or we're dreaming of a vacation. As a result we thought we would give people a few more days to submit their Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharer nominations. So, we've extended the deadline to September 7, 2014. Continue reading →
  • Four Signs You’re Working Innovatively

    Jeremy Suisted
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Just in from New Zealand: Jeremy Suisted on the big four positive signs that the work you and your team are doing is meaningful, innovative and a passionate part of your team’s work life. Continue reading →
  • Alan Webber on What’s Wrong with the Way We Aspire to Success

    Saul Kaplan
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This post is part of a series of conversations published on the Time website, authored by myself and Nicha Ratana, with transformational leaders who will be storytellers at the BIF10 Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, RI, on Sept. 17-18. Continue reading →
  • Our Future Economy – The Maker Movement

    Innovation Excellence
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:25 pm
    If you read Innovation Excellence regularly, you know that we've discussed the Maker Movement several times. So we're happy to bring you The Grommet's take on what they are certain is not just a passing trend. Here is their visual representation of the Maker Movement; its impact on consumer products, manufacturing, retail, and our economy as a whole; and their commentary to go with it: Continue reading →
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    IDEO

  • Articles: Jim Yurchenco reflects on 35 years at IDEO with WIRED

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

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

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

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

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

  • Por Que Se Preocupar? O Valor de Treinar Seus Funcionários para Inovação

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Muitos programas de inovação de sucesso estão estendendo suas ofertas para incluir esforços de treinamento para os funcionários em torno das habilidades de inovação. Este artigo (o primeiro de uma série de quatro) examina os benefícios de tal abordagem para as empresas, os líderes de programa de inovação e os funcionários que participam.
  • Fostering Collaboration for Innovative Excellence

    Alicia Lawrence
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Innovation can take on many forms. From ideas sourced from a single individual or event to massive projects that require the effort of an entire team, multiple departments and various thought leaders, excellence often stems from collaboration. As a business leader or manager, are you taking the steps today to foster this collaboration for best results?
  • Crowdsourcing Risco e Recompensa – Como Avaliar Opções para o Sucesso

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Para adiantar em que posição estamos, sim – nós somos grandes apoiadores de acessar a sabedoria da multidão para muitas atividades – para o engajamento cidadão, inovação aberta ou crowdfunding. Dito isto, percebemos que é importante estar ciente do fato de que há riscos a serem considerados. Este artigo é uma resposta às preocupações levantadas por pessoas que encontramos ao longo do caminho de uma organização considerando crowdsourcing para atender a uma necessidade específica para a sua organização.
  • Challenge Question Formation for Crowdsourcing

    Doug Collins
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Organizations that pursue the inquiry-led form of collaborative innovation often have an outcome in mind. They may seek the “low-hanging fruit” of immediately actionable ideas. They may seek ideas that help to re-envision the business.
  • Sitting on Untapped Potential – The Power of Your Organisation’s Collective Intelligence

    Pedro do Carmo Costa
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    In the autumn of 1906, 85-year-old Sir Francis Galton made a fascinating discovery on the judgment power of crowds: The accuracy of groups is far greater than of individuals. It’s a well-known story yet worth recapping. Surprisingly, the central character is a fat ox.
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Secret Swimming Pool

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Artist Alfredo Barsuglia has installed a secret swimming pool in the middle of the Mojave desert. It’s 100% free, and accessible by GPS tracking which also coordinates your access by virtually unlocking the pool.
  • The Rarity Of Uncommon Futurism

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Written by Alf Rehn All business is practical futurism, but not all futurism is practical for business. The former of these points should be self-evident. To do business successfully, it’s not enough to just execute perfectly in the present—you also need to have some idea regarding the future, the manner in which it will bring about changes in the market, in your consumers and in your competitors. Some things will change rapidly, others far less so, some might not change at all, but to stay in business you need some appreciation for change, and the ability to adapt to it. In this respect,…
  • Childlike Curiosity

    Bulldog Drummond
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
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  • Bus Shelters Get Redesigned

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    From the UFO-inspired bus stop in London to Totoro bus stops in Japan, you’d have thought the world couldn’t possibly accommodate so many cool bus stops and shelters. Of course, thanks to this rocking collection by Dark Roasted Blend, we know that’s not true.
  • Take a Lap: Five Reasons to Take your Meetings Outside

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Kevin Smoker “Take a lap!” I can still hear my coach screaming out the punishment as all the players groaned and took off in a circuit we knew all to well. I had no idea such a vivid memory from the early days of sports would resurface and have a profoundly different connotation in my professional career some twenty years later. I remember the frustration and wondering how this would help us perform, concentrate, or execute any better. Turns out, despite everything negative I  associated with those three words in my youth they are now the start of some my most effective and…
 
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • How Einstein Looked at Problems

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Other related quotes Why you need to ask why Ask the right question The art and science of framing the right question
  • 15 Great Quotes on the Importance of Asking the Right Question

    23 Aug 2014 | 9:42 pm
    As a facilitator of the creative process, I continue to be astounded by how few organizations have any kind of process is place to PAUSE, reflect, and make sure they are coming up with the right questions. Apparently, I'm not alone. 1. "It's not that they can't see the solution. They can't see the problem." - G.K. Chesterton 2. "There are no right answers to wrong questions." - Ursula K. Le Guin 3. "We thought that we had the answers, it was the questions we had wrong." - Bono 4. "Ask the right questions if you're going to find the right answers." - Vanessa Redgrave
  • How to Prepare for a Brainstorming Session

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Our latest Huffington Post article on how to prepare for a brainstorming session. Brainstorm facilitation training
  • How Many Dancers Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Here is the answer to a question you probably never asked before because the answer seemed too difficult to figure out (or you were at a meeting). How many dancers does it take to screw in a light bulb? If you want your brainstorm sessions to be more like dancing than having everyone's feet nailed to the floor, click here. Idea Champions
  • Leave Your Title at the Door and Remove the Door From It's Hinges

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    When I co-founded my company in 1986, I had two business cards made. One said "President." The other said "Archduke." Whenever I gave clients a choice, they always wanted the Archduke card. In time, I gave all the Archduke cards away and never re-ordered them -- in a pitiful attempt, I think, to seem more professional. Fortunately, everything comes full circle. Last night, while enjoying a wonderful concert in my hometown of Woodstock, my next title was suddenly revealed. Director of Public Elations (and, no, I did not forget the "R".) In a flash, not only did I get an insight into what my…
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Innovation: faster horses or deeper needs?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    In a bout of "physician heal thyself" we at OVO led an internal idea generation session yesterday for some of our internal compatriots who are developing new products and services.  It was a valuable and highly productive session, because our counterparts committed to doing the pre-work we asked.  Further, they invested their trust in us about the approach and methods to generate better ideas.  We all left thinking it was a valuable session, and they have some great new product ideas to pursue.Now that I've patted myself (and Dean, and Dom) on the back, we can turn to a brief…
  • Innovation in developing economies

    Jeffrey Phillips
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Recently I was asked by a Twitter user to talk about innovation in developing countries, especially in Asia.  While I have some experience with innovation, and have been to some countries in Asia, and have even led programs on innovation in two (China and Malaysia), I'm not a economic development expert.  But I did offer to give my opinions on the evolution of innovation in developing countries, so here goes.  Just remember, this advice is priceless, and if you have any concerns, there's a money back guarantee.The first question I was asked was about the state of innovation in…
  • Innovation Magnetism

    Jeffrey Phillips
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Did you ever play with magnets when you were a kid?  Wasn't it interesting to discover how powerful small magnets were when you connected the negative pole of one magnet to the positive pole of another magnet?  Or perhaps you had one of those toys that allowed you to manipulate iron shavings over the outline of a face, to create "beards" or a mustache using a magnetic wand to drag the shavings into place.  These and other toys that rely on magnets work because of the force that magnets exert on other magnetic objects.  Without the magnetic force, the shavings stay in…
  • Innovation Choices

    Jeffrey Phillips
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    Most of us live in a consumer driven economy.  That is, we have a number of alternatives or choices for any need.  At the grocery store, for example, we can choose among a number of brands of ketchup, cheese, cereal and other staples.  We can choose across different brands of gasoline, airlines, automobiles and many other offerings.  We are familiar with, and comfortable with, alternatives and making choices.  Except, it seems, when we are called on to innovate.Innovation, in all of its facets and complexities, is really about making choices.  What we do so…
  • The cognitive dissonance of innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Thanks to psychology, we have a term that defines what most corporate innovators face on a daily basis:  cognitive dissonance.  As our good friends at Wikipedia define it, cognitive dissonance is " the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time"  Why are innovators subject the cognitive dissonance, and why do they appear so disjointed and harried all the time?  Well, let's turn to the definition.Mental StressInnovators are people who are constantly frustrated by the inadequate…
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    Scott Berkun

  • Why Bad Odds Can Be Good

    Scott
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Sometimes I have an idea for something I want to make. If I mention it to friends, eventually I’ll hear “that sounds interesting but odds of it working are slim to none” And I’ll think, yes, I agree. But then the idea stays on my mind, day after day. Slowly I realize I want to do it anyway. I don’t care what the odds are. I want to see how close I can get to matching something I’ve made in the world to the idea I had in my head. I don’t need the project to succeed, in total, for it to be interesting to me. And if it fails it will be far more…
  • Drawings inspired by The Myths of Innovation

    Scott
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Artist Amy Burvall took some of her favorite quotes from The Myths of Innovation and made them into drawings. Thanks Amy!
  • Why I Love Bukowski (and my favorite quotes)

    Scott
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    It was my friend Rich Grudman who first told me to read Bukowski. He gave me Post Office, about Bukowski’s drunken Kakfaesque experiences as as poet working with mail. It was good and I found an unusual kind of truth in it. There was something different about how he wrote. Unlike the majority of writers he wasn’t primarily interested in impressing anyone. There were no grand flourishes or overwrought metaphors. Much like Henry Miller’s non-fiction, Bukowski believed that, even as a drunk, if he were honest and treated his thoughts like a craftsman would, he’d be a rare…
  • Book Review: The True Believer – Thoughts on The Nature of Mass Movements

    Scott
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Somewhere back in college I became familiar with The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements. It was one of those books I’d heard of, but never read, despite owning several used copies of it. Recently on twitter I posted a quote of Hoffer’s that I’d found years ago, which led to a conversation and actually reading the book. “Faith in a holy cause is… a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves” -Eric Hoffer, The True Believer (#) One foundation of philosophy is the question “Why do you believe what you believe?” it’s a…
  • Copyeditor wanted: for The Ghost of My Father (memoir)

    Scott
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    My 6th book, The Ghost of My Father, is on the home stretch. With the support of 200+ kickstarter backers, I finished the 4th draft over the weekend and the book is ready to go to the next step: Copyediting. I’ve worked with copyeditors on all of my books, including Mindfire, the only previous book I’ve self-published, a process I highly recommend. Copyeditor wanted:  I’m looking for a sharp copyeditor who practices tough love, extreme sarcasm and enjoys long arguments over wine about the Oxford comma (or arguments about why arguments like this are silly). Previous book…
 
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • A Model for Innovation – The Edinburgh Fringe

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

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t Build Your Network, Nurture It

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

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

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

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

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Even Dilbert agrees that Best Practices Are Stupid…   Source: Dilbert.com... The post Even Dilbert Thinks Best Practices Are Stupid appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Working Knowledg

  • Why Amateurs Make Breakthroughs #BIF10

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

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

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

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

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

  • 7 Classic Jokes Made by USA Presidents

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

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

    Sanjay Dalal
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Join us on September 18 and Get Inspired by David KhorramOrange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego ProfessionalsOGoing is hosting an exclusive Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker, seasoned entrepreneur and coach who will share with us how to CrowdFund our startup or growing business now.Learn more and RSVP earlyCrowdFunding your Startup. How to Get Funded Now with OPMAbout DavidDavid Khorram's passion is CrowdFunding, helping you to raise capital for your ideas Now. This helps him to be significant.Here are David's nuggets on CrowdFunding:* With the proper planning, your…
  • Does Your Thinking Limit Your Success? How to Become Limitless with Leisa Reid. September 4

    Sanjay Dalal
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Join us on September 4 and Get Inspired by Leisa ReidOrange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego ProfessionalsOGoing is hosting an exclusive Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker and coach who will share with us how to challenge our thinking to achieve unlimited success.Leisa Reid's presentation is a blend of information with undeniable experiences. You will be invited to participate in engaging activities.Come prepared to challenge how you think about things. After all, “to get what we never got, we have to think like we never thought!”Learn more and RSVP hereDoes Your…
  • How Far Do You Want To Go in Work and Life? Blast Off with Faye Kitariev - August 20

    Sanjay Dalal
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Join us on August 20 and Get Inspired by Faye KitarievOrange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego ProfessionalsoGoing is hosting an exclusive Fireside Chat Dinner with an amazing speaker who will share with us "There are no limits in human potential, there are limits only in human beliefs!" Fly Away with Orange County's Faye Kitariev. Don't be Afraid to Go Further.We are privileged to have Faye share her insights with us in an intimate setting. You will be able to meet her one-on-one and ask her questions. We would love to see you there. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event.One…
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    InformationWeek:

  • NIST Drafts Mobile App Security Guidelines

    Richard W. Walker
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    National Institute for Standards and Technology issues first draft of guidelines intended to help federal agencies balance benefits and risks of third-party mobile apps.
  • HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers Crank Up Power

    Michael Endler
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    HP tries to grow its lead in server market with ProLiant Gen9 servers that offer more computing power and lower costs.
  • Twitter Analytics Now Available To Everyone

    Kristin Burnham
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    All Twitter users can access a detailed report on their followers and individual tweets, including impressions, clicks, and engagement. Here's what you need to know.
  • Workday Q&A: COO Talks Oracle, SAP

    Doug Henschen
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Workday COO Mike Stankey claims his firm has a three- to five-year tech lead on Oracle and SAP because the cloud is "more than a destination and a pricing model."
  • UPMC CIO Dan Drawbaugh Moves On

    David F Carr
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Drawbaugh, whose inventive approach to healthcare IT and revenue creation earned UPMC a No. 1 ranking in the 2013 InformationWeek 500, is leaving his role after 18 years.
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    ITIF Publication, Events and News Articles

  • Understanding and Maximizing America’s Evolutionary Economy

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

    akey
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Enable Registration The growth over the last two decades of a globally integrated, innovation-based economy has transformed international trade, R&D and industrial development, while impacting job growth and competitiveness. As numerous governments now implement comprehensive innovation strategies designed to meet the challenges of this new paradigm, the United States’ long standing position as a global innovation leader is being challenged like never before.To further assess global efforts to develop vibrant innovation ecosystems and promote the reforms the United States needs to make…
  • Data and Privacy: Identification, De-Identification, and Re-Identification

    akey
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Daniel Castro will present on the panel “Data and Privacy: Identification, De-Identification, and Re-Identification” at the 2014 Global Identity Summit.
  • The Public Data Revolution: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Heading

    akey
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Daniel Castro will speak at the Association of Public Data Users 2014 Annual Conference.
  • Big Data and Privacy Frameworks: Perspectives from Government, Industry and Policy Experts

    akey
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Daniel Castro will participate in the American Bar Association webinar “Big Data and Privacy Frameworks: Perspectives from Government, Industry and Policy Experts.”
 
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • Obama's Second-Term Energy Policy Is Working

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

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

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

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

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

  • Healthcare Does Not Lack for New Ideas, It Lacks for Dissemination of Ideas - Certainly in the UK and US

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:06 pm
    The provision of healthcare to the older person is a BIG issue. No, it is not an 'issue', it is a massive problem.Why? Three reasons. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Dick Stroudageing populationhealthcare
  • Cooties, Conversion, Brain Reboots, and Habits – Roger’s Picks

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Here are the most intriguing and useful articles I’ve found in the last week, plus a summary of my own new content. Enjoy! Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Roger Dooleyneuromarketingbrainhabitsbehaviour
  • Three Ways To Bring Sexy Back to Brick and Mortar

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Target and Walmart have lost their mojo. Same store sales and earnings have been flat or down for Target over the last year and Walmart recently posted six straight quarters of traffic declines and five in which same-store sales declined. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Denise Lee Yohnretailretail experiences
  • That's How We Do Things Around Here

    admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    How can a story about a few monkeys challenge the way we think about how and why policies, processes, and cultures are created?When a colleague asks you why you do things a certain way, do you find yourself responding, "I don't know. We've always done it that way?"Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Annette Franz Gleneickichangeorganisational behaviourorganisational culture
  • How To Transform Your Brand Into a Movement

    admin
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Digital technology has changed marketing to such an extent that most brands still struggle to adapt. What once was a massive land war in which the biggest army had a distinct advantage, has become more like a guerrilla insurgency. To win now, you have to own the villages. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: brandscultural movementsbrand cultureGreg Satell
 
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Seth Godin Partnering with The Idea Guy!

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    I was recently reading about HubPages acquiring marketing guru Seth Godin’s highly experimental and highly successful web business Squidoo, and I started wondering what would be next for one of my favorite authors and meatball sundae philosopher. The idea that popped into my head was wouldn’t it be cool if he decided to come work with ME?? I am a big fan of Seth Godin. I read his books, listen to his audio, watch his videos, and debate (and adapt and recommend and put into practice) his insights. Seth would be a perfect fit for what I try to do in the realm of creativity, ideas,…
  • The Hot Button vs. The Start Button

    Don The Idea Guy
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    The Hot Button is usually described as a key point that gets someone to whom you’re talking to react emotionally. Usually in a positive manner, but sometimes negatively. Salespeople and Marketers seek out the Hot Button in an effort to uncover buying motives, objections, and basically learn (and capitalize on) the things a prospect loves (or hates) about the thing the salesperson is selling. You hear a lot about the Hot Button.   What it is, how to find it, and how to use it to your best business advantage. BUT… you don’t hear enough about the Start Button. The Start…
  • Be Your Own Genie

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

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

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

  • It's Never Too Early To Get Them Started....

    Robert Montenegro
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Knitted penguins apparently make the best physics tutors.  While this photo was taken in jest, there is quite the market for introductory math and science texts geared toward 2-year-olds. Check out those linked books if you want your child's first words to be "mama," "dada," and "Archimedes ...Read More
  • Supercomputers Have Taken Research to a Whole New Level

    Robert Montenegro
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    At what point does research and science stall due to the limitations of human capability? Think about how many research papers exist on any one particular subject -- say, the human genome or astrophysics. It would be impossible for one single researcher to sift through all that information and ...Read More
  • Louisa May Alcott on the Belittlement of Women

    Big Think Editors
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    An early feminist, Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is best known as the author of the classic American children's novel, Little Women. The above quote is from her 1870 novel An Old-Fashioned Girl. "Women have been called queens for a long time, but the kingdom given them isn't worth ruling ...Read More
  • Middle-Aged and Behind on Retirement Savings? Don't Panic! You're Not Alone.

    Robert Montenegro
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Are you saving enough for retirement? For a large cross-section of workers in their 50s, the answer is "no, not quite." As Walter Updegrave of The Wall Street Journal notes, most financial advisers would stress that at that point in their careers, middle-aged workers should have stockpiled the ...Read More
  • One Of The Biggest Trends In Technology: Instant Gratification

    Jason Hreha
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    As I’ve said before, technology reduces uncertainty. It does this primarily by speeding up processes, making what used to take days, weeks, or months take hours or minutes. With new methods of agriculture, we can grow crops in off-seasons, allowing us to, in practice, travel ahead a few months ...Read More
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    Innovationedge

  • Largest man-made swarm ever – but it’s not bees!

    Cheryl Perkins
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    This tiny swarm is not thousands of bees, but thousands of robots called Kilobots.  I saw this via Harvard University in a study that is quite amazing. The swarm can self-assemble into any two-dimensional shape, and can have all sorts of interesting applications.  What we’re looking at is actually the first steps toward an entire new type of technology that can form bigger structures and even bigger robots. But for now this will be used to help scientists understand collective behavior that you will often find in nature – especially among animals.  (think flocks of migratory…
  • Does your brand use Snapchat?

    Cheryl Perkins
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    For those of you who have never heard of Snapchat, a social media platform that is here today and gone…today, there might be a gem or two you can glean for your business with this app. Did you know that more than 400 million messages are received on Snapchat every day? That gets my attention. According to Business Insider Snapchat has about 60 million total installs, making it larger than Instagram when it sold to Facebook for $1 billion. Of those 60 million installs, Snapchat has about 30 million monthly active users. Fifty-five percent of monthly active users use Snapchat daily.
  • Five hottest innovation tools

    Cheryl Perkins
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    My friend Robert Tucker has put together what I think is a great list of the top innovation tools trending now, from ideation tools, commercialization tools, idea management tools, selection tools, and so forth. I like these because he includes case studies and real examples of how these tools are working in our current climate. I’ll share the first one here, and let you browse the list over at his Innovation Resource blog: 1. Lean Startup Movement: Taking Silicon Valley by Storm General Electric’s recent adoption of this tool is reported to be the biggest new movement in the company…
  • How to feel the world!

    Cheryl Perkins
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    A fantastic innovation I shared on our Innovationedge Facebook Page. I thought I’d share it here as well. Are you connected to our social media? Post by InnovationEdge.
  • Synthetic brain-like tissue created with healing in mind

    Cheryl Perkins
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    Bioengineers have created a brain-like tissue that is three-dimensional, and is very close to the real thing! It functions in much the same way and can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months.  This is going to be an incredible advancement in the study and healing of brain trauma cases and disorders that until now were very difficult to study in real time. The brain-like tissue was developed at the Tissue Engineering Resource Center at Tufts University in Boston. Read more about it here: Post by InnovationEdge.
 
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    Phil McKinney

  • A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

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

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

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

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

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

  • Are You Measuring What Matters to Customers?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dairy Industry! Where Are Your Open Innovation Efforts?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    I am calling out the dairy industry and I am asking them a question. Where are your open innovation initiatives? Having done some quick research on the dairy industry in relation to a FMCG project, I am working on, I was a bit stunned to learn how little open innovation activity there seems to be within the dairy industry. Given the size and global importance of this industry, I wonder why this is so. Do they not yet understand the potential in open innovation? I find that a bit hard to believe as so many other FMCG companies have embraced this wholeheartedly. Am I just missing out on the…
  • Driving Innovation in Small Companies: A Collection of Perspectives and Resources

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Most companies around the world are small and medium sized (50-250 people) and yet the main attention of innovation is geared towards startups and big corporates. This paradox was raised as I recently opened up for the opportunity for you and others to ask me questions on innovation through my LinkedIn group. Simon Green, Head of Business Support at Newcastle Science City started off with this question: “There is so much focus on innovation in startups and corporates that the mid-sized businesses tend to be ignored. How can we best drive innovation in businesses with 50-250 employees, which…
  • Don’t Forget to Put Your Heart into Innovation!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Innovation is a constant struggle between yes and no. It requires pride, experience and reasons just as it requires lots of passion and heart. Sometimes people get confused on the right mix. Sometimes a simple text in a picture sums it up nicely.                      
  • 15 Examples of Open Innovation between Big Companies and Startups

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Open innovation is a strategic game for big companies and one of the most important moves to consider for their innovation leaders is the allocation of focus and resources in the context of open innovation. Here we need to consider that big companies like GE, Cisco or Microsoft tend to have 8-12 different value pools (think suppliers, startups, customers or universities) to consider for their open innovation efforts. The challenge is that even companies that are good at open innovation only seems to be able to handle 3-4 value pools properly at the same time. I have no doubt that the value…
  • Innovation Upgrade! – Get Yourself Ready for the Future of Innovation!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    Do you want to stay ahead of the curve and get the latest insights on innovation management? Do you want to expand your mindset, skills and toolbox on innovation? Do you want to get ready for the future of innovation? Then, you should join my Innovation Upgrade! This is a half-day session in which you get an overview of the current innovation trends and a crash course on what you can do to improve your innovation capacity to the benefit of yourself as well as your company. The concept is simple: An Innovation Upgrade! can take place in a city near your. Just let me know if you are interested…
 
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Innovation Sighting: Subtraction in Commercial Aircraft Cabins

    Drew Boyd
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can you imagine flying in a plane without windows? A design team from Technicon Design in Paris created an interior that displays 360-degree views that are simulated on internal screens from external cameras that capture the surrounding environment in real time. The images displayed in the interior cabin—including the walls and even the ceiling—give passengers the feeling of flying through the air in an invisible vessel. It's an excellent example of the Subtraction Technique, one of five techniques in Systematic Inventive Thinking. As reported on Fox News: For business minded clientele,…
  • Getting Schooled: 5 Ways to Tackle a Challenging Problem

    Drew Boyd
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Success in life depends not only on what you accomplish, but also how you overcome everyday challenges. This includes the challenges many college students face during back to school season. Don’t call mom and dad yet: Here are five easy problem-solving tips you can apply to just about any challenge, big or small. The Example Problem:One of the scariest back to school challenges many students face each year is physically moving away to college for the first time. You might find that you're moving somewhere without a lot of space or resources and you have too much stuff to take with you.
  • Decluttering Innovation

    Drew Boyd
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    People need time to innovate, but corporations tend to "tax" employees with time-wasting bureaucracy. As reported in The Economist, clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. "Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to…
  • How to Involve Customers in the SIT Innovation Process

    Drew Boyd
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When describing the SIT method, I sometimes say it’s like using the voice of the product. That’s because SIT is based on patterns that are embedded into the products and services you see around you. If products could talk to you, they would describe the five patterns of SIT.But there’s another important voice in business innovation: the voice of the customer. After all, that’s why you do innovation - to create new value, directly or indirectly, for your customers. A good innovator understands their needs and wants. Here are four ways to gain new insights from your customers.One of the…
  • Philips study reveals that most North Americans think they are sitting on the “next big thing”

    Drew Boyd
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Philips North America announced the launch of the second annual Philips Innovation Fellows competition, in conjunction with the release of its 2014 North America Innovation Report. According to the report, nearly two-thirds of North Americans consider themselves innovators, of which a majority (72 percent) believe they are sitting on an idea for “the next big thing,”  and just need money and ‘know how’ to develop it. The Philips Innovation Fellows Competition awards mentoring and $100,000 in cash prizes to inspire would-be entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life by entering the…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • What should replace Planning Commission- Major Projects Authority?

    A.S Rao
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Narendra Modi invites ideas from public on new institution to replace Planning Commission that many agree outlived its purpose. Considering our biggest weakness is on EXECUTION, one institution that is worth emulating is UK's Major Projects Authority.The MPA is supported by a clear and enforceable mandate and has the authority to:develop the government’s major projects portfolio, and in collaboration with departments provide verified, timely data, with regular reporting to ministersrequire, review and approve integrated assurance and approval plans for each major project or programme,…
  • Express IT Awards

    A.S Rao
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Express I.T. Awards promises to set the benchmark for the information technology industry, discovering and celebrating its finest talents and efforts. Award categories:I.T. INNOVATIONThis award felicitates IT companies that have developed highly innovative IT solutions or products towards solving business needs or challenges/issues and the solution or product has demonstrated market potential.MOBILITY SOLUTIONSThis award felicitates enterprises that have developed innovative mobility solution(s) that have helped achieving business objectives such as customer satisfaction, increased sales,…
  • BootUpINDIA boost to software product start-ups

    A.S Rao
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    BootUpINDIA is result of a an intense discussion that took place at iSPIRT.Bootstrapping is a different pathway to growth that needs to be nurtured. These entrepreneurs need to be celebrated, encouraged, treated as success stories, and not as second-class citizens because they haven't raised funding. Yet the reality is that media and incubators in India tend to overplay the Venture funding pathway. As a result bootstrapped companies end up being disadvantaged.BootUpINDIA has been designed to redress the ecosystem bias against bootstrapping.BootUpINDIA is an Awards++. Its a one-year booster to…
  • Nominations open for IESA Technovation Awards 2014‏

    A.S Rao
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    The primary objective of the awards is to “Celebrate Excellence in ESDM” by bringing visibility and public recognition for the Winners who are doing trailblazing work and making noteworthy contributions as part of the Electronics and Semiconductor industry. Award categories:Technovation Sarabhai Award : for outstanding contributions by an Individual leader to Indian semiconductor or electronics industry.Most Promising Startup: The winner will be a compelling Electronics or Semiconductor product or IP start-up.Most Innovative Product: The winner will be most…
  • CII Industrial Innovation Award

    A.S Rao
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Do industries innovate? New technology ventures are the stars on the horizon but more patents, & innovations continue to originate from large established firms. Romanticizing juggad innovations , preoccupation with social innovation, inclusive innovation, frugal innovation etc clouded the picture , left many wondering about non-citation of programmed innovations from India in the media. Time to celebrate innovations brought into the market by in-house R&D units.CII has taken the challenge of assessing industrial innovations both in manufacturing and…
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • We Are All Cyborgs Now

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

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

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

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

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

  • Google Is Working On Drone Deliveries Too

    Alice Truong
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Google X's Project Wing originated as an experiment to deliver defibrillators to people suffering from heart attacks.Amazon's not the only company that wants to deliver packages via drones. Google confirmed Thursday it has been running its own autonomous delivery tests in Australia as part of a secret program called Project Wing.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Updates Their Login Screen For The First Time In A Decade

    Mark Wilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It was time for a change.Like an old car company, Amazon introduces its design updates slowly and seldomly, updating one piece at a time, and never rocking the boat too fast or hard to upset its mainstream audience. In fact, according to Wayback archives, it's been about decade, maybe more, since they've changed their login screen--something that's become a regular part of our digital lives. But a new version seems to be showing up for users now.Read Full Story
  • Video Messaging App Says Audio Recording Of Michael Brown's Shooting Is Authentic

    Alice Truong
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The sounds of what appear to be 10 gunshots can be heard in the background of a video chat.Video messaging app Glide on Thursday said it has verified the authenticity and timestamp of a recording that a Ferguson, Missouri resident captured as a police officer shot 18-year-old Michael Brown to death on a residential street.Read Full Story
  • Want Results? Try Punishing Yourself

    Rebecca Greenfield
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When choosing between the carrot and the stick, consider the stick.Self-motivation comes in a numbers of forms but masochism, on its face, seems like a dubious strategy. But what if various boundaries aren't enough?Read Full Story
  • IFTTT Raises $30 Million As It Looks To Open Up Developer Platform

    Alice Truong
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The platform will allow third-party developers to build and maintain their channels.Automation startup IFTTT announced on Thursday that it has raised $30 million in a series B round led by Norwest Venture Partners. This brings IFTTT's total financing to $39 million, as it looks to open up its developer platform. As part of the deal, the firm's general partner Josh Goldman will join IFTTT's board.Read Full Story
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    Adaptive Path

  • Making it Real

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

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

    Amber Reed
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Who are the people inside Adaptive Path? Starting this month, we will give you an opportunity to get to know our staff by taking a peek at what’s in their toolkit and where they draw their inspiration. This month, we explore what makes Adaptive Path’s Visual Design Lead tick. Amber Reed shares with us the objects that fuel her design process. My tricks for staying creatively inspired: 1. When I’m out of ideas or feel like I’ve been pushing the same elements around the page all day, getting away gives me a fresh perspective and helps me focus on what’s really important.
  • Designing E.T.’s Experience: Interview with UX Week Speaker Doug Vakoch of SETI Institute

    Brandon Schauer
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Better experiences come about from building empathy for our users, but what happens when that user is an extraterrestrial? At UX Week this September we’ll talk to the person who can answer this question and help us consider how solving this far-out problem can help us design and communicate better with our users here on earth. Dr. Doug Vakoch is the Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute, and he researches ways that different civilizations might create messages that could be transmitted across interstellar space, allowing communication between humans and…
  • UX Week Keynote Speaker Denise Jacobs on Making Creativity Happen

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

  • Social Network Vingle launched

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

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

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

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

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

  • Our August 2014 Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    We could be wrong, but this is probably the first time DMX and Michael Cera ended up on a mixtape together. If neither is your jam, there’s still plenty of picks from the team. Kick back and click! p.s. Not seeing a tape above? Mobile users tap here. The post Our August 2014 Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • New line of hats for athletes and adventurers

    dave
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    It took all of three seconds to fall in love with Ciele, a new line of lightweight performance hats from Montreal. They come in a variety of color-ways and I just snagged the blue and yellow. Go run here before they’re gone.   The post New line of hats for athletes and adventurers appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Marine Layer doesn’t mind if you cop a feel

    kiran
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    If you’re looking to shake up your closet with some new threads, I recommend checking out San Francisco-based Marine Layer. Known for its fabric obsession (ultra-soft, sustainable and California-made), these guys are so confident in their product that they’ll actually send you a free swatch that you may end up using as a sunglass cloth or picnic blanket for your little people. Yelpers are so into the fabric that there are confessions of people that went into the stores just to cop a feel. That is borderline cray, but it is really soft and I’ll leave you with a few…
  • The Good Creative [review]

    kiran
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    I have to level with you. I’ve stopped reading as much about creativity as I used to. I had to unsubscribe from 99U and other sites where the advice (although probably well-meaning) was too focused on what I SHOULD be doing if I want to succeed. I’ve moved away from that, realizing the best thing I can do for myself is carving out some distraction-free time and see what becomes of it. Still, I did receive a book called The Good Creative from author and web designer Paul Jarvis recently and was pleasantly surprised by the tone in which it’s written. Paul’s rat –…
  • Our July 2014 Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This month’s mixtape is just like any other in that we pull tracks from all over the place. There are songs we’re tipped off to from labels, from our friends, shows we’ve recently been to, or the tunes we grew up with on the radio. You might recognize a bunch of older songs on here, but we won’t be apologizing for it. Kick back and click! p.s. Not seeing a tape above? Mobile users can get the jams here. The post Our July 2014 Mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Datsun mi-DO Hatch Debuts At 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show

    Motors.new
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Datsun, once a familiar nameplate to North American carbuyers but lately reborn as Nissan's emerging market brand, unveiled the smartly styled mi-DO hatchback at the 2014 Automechanika Moscow Show. In related news, it seems Russia is considered an emerging market by the world's major automakers... better not tell Putin
  • Fit Spotting App Is The Yelp For Hotel Gyms And Fitness Centers

    Samantha Pankey
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you've ever tried to keep up with your fitness routine while traveling, you know how difficult that can be. Not all hotel gyms have the equipment you may need, and sometimes it can be hard to find a nearby gym. Fit Spotting is a new mobile app that will give you the low-down on hotel gyms around the world.
  • MINI Businessman Concept Car Channels Tomorrow's MINI Today

    Motors.new
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    If today's MINI compact car is a triumph of retro automotive style, what will BMW's boxy British brand look like tomorrow? The MINI Businessman Concept revealed by students from the International School of Design in Valenciennes, France, offers us a tantalizing glimpse of MINI's future.
  • TechTagger Is The Low Tech Solution To Lost Items

    Josiah Motley
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    Raise your hand if you've ever lost your phone. Quite a few of you, huh? Have you tried GPS lock-on or 3rd party GPS tracking software to find your lost phone only to be sorely disappointed when it was unable to track it for you? Do you believe in the good of your fellow man? TechTagger is the low tech solution to one of our most frequently lost items, cell phones, and relies solely on other people telling you they found your phone.
  • BioBeats and The Pulse App: Can Music Rule Your Mind?

    M Dee Dubroff
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    Similar in concept to those mood rings of decades past, BioBeats has tapped into a new idea with a special app that can play music that reflects your current state of mind based on the rate of your heart. Read on for more on this fascinating topic.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • This is how a creative department should work

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

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

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

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

    edward boches
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Some of the tech, media, and marketing experts assembled by Greatest Good. They’re all donating their time to a worthy cause. This is what the web should really be about. Connecting us to each other. Helping us share our knowledge. Finding efficient ways to support causes and organizations in need. Greatest Good fosters all three. Created by the innovative Saneel Radia, with some help from a lot of friends, this early stage site aims to connect you with a slew of smart and accomplished folks from tech, media and marketing. For a small fee they’ll consult, advise or share their…
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Top 10 Reasons to Have a 2015 Strategic Kickoff Meeting Soon

    Mike Brown
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    We’ve designed and delivered many creating strategic impact workshop sessions for clients this year. No two sessions have been identical because we design each workshop to the client’s specific learning objectives. Today, we’re delivering a strategic kickoff meeting workshop for an organization working to dramatically improve its strategic planning process for 2015. Since 2015 planning is right around the corner for many companies, it’s the ideal time to look at the value of a 2015 strategic kickoff meeting and include one on your planning calendar. Top 10 Reasons to Have a 2015…
  • 11 Questions to Ask If You Think Your Job Is In Danger

    Mike Brown
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    I’ve had several coaching conversations about career challenges with multiple individuals who thought their jobs might be in danger. One theme through all of them was how to really figure out your career situation if you suspect your job is in danger. Sometimes it’s obvious you’re on the bubble. Some people seem to always miss the obvious, however, especially when the obvious is about them. 11 Questions to Ask If You Think Your Job Is In Danger Those coaching conversations led to this list of eleven questions about an individual’s organizational impact. If you suspect…
  • Social Media Strategy – 5 Questions for Evergreen Content Success

    Mike Brown
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    Prior to the Social Media Strategies Summit last week, I tweeted about finishing my social media strategy workshop presentations in time. Reviewing the agenda, I also mentioned a hook included in the session description several months earlier that needed to be tied into the workshop opening. Another Social Media Strategies Summit presenter tweeted back that social media presentations should not be prepared more than two weeks before a conference since things change so quickly. My reply was while some facets of the social media landscape (tools, terms of service, etc.) do change quickly and…
  • Competitive Strategy – 6 Ways to Enhance Competitive Intelligence from the Salesforce

    Mike Brown
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    We have been developing a new competitive intelligence process for a client. The B2B company wants to better collect, analyze, and disseminate valuable insights on competitive strategy. As with many competitive intelligence systems, especially in B2B settings, much of the most timely and otherwise unavailable intelligence will come from the salesforce. Similarly, the salesforce is in one of the best positions to take advantage of competitive intelligence to better position products, value propositions, and offers to customers to stymie competitive strategy. It is vital, however, to ensure the…
  • Social Media Strategy – 16 Ways to Add Value When Curating Content

    Mike Brown
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    The session I am presenting today at the Social Media Strategies Summit in Dallas is on “3 Keys to Curating Content without Losing Your Brand Voice.” Social Media Strategy and Curating Content Curating content essentially means searching out and sharing content through a brand’s social media outlets that originated from some other source, whether that is another brand, organization, or individual. At the extreme, if all (or nearly all) the content an entity shares online was originally created elsewhere, it is functioning as no more than an aggregator of others’ content. As we will…
 
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What does a Product Manager do? Part 3/5: Customer

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

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

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

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

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

  • Inspired: Don’t believe everything you tell yourself late at night

    Christa Avampato
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest 3am can be a tough hour for me. That’s when some of my greatest fears surface. “What are you doing?” “That’s a terrible idea!” “You’ll be all alone!” And on they go. To exercise those little gremlins, I write them down in the notebook I keep next to my bed and then put an “X” through them. Then I lay down, focus on my breath, and silently say “I am okay” until I fall asleep again. Don’t believe everything you tell yourself late at night. At night, the good and bad rise up in our minds. We…
  • Inspired: They only work we have to do

    Christa Avampato
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest Yesterday I was offered the largest consulting contract of my career. I turned it down because it’s not the work I want to do anymore. Was that the right choice? Definitely. Did it hurt to let it go? Absolutely. I was referred by a former client to organize the annual meeting of a private equity firm. I could have played that role and done the work with no problem, but I’m committed to writing full-time and that gig would take me away from my dream. This is the tough work of commitment, the work no one tells us about. Focus and commitment are not a one and done…
  • Inspired: The difference between business and art

    Christa Avampato
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest As someone who moves between the worlds of business and art, a business woman with an MBA and a full-time writer, I see them both as creative acts. Both require inspiration and perspiration to build something of value. The difference is where each begins. In business, we assess the market early on in the process. It is largely an act of educated calculation and we try to mitigate risk. In art, market assessment is messy, if not impossible. We have to create art before we know if there’s an audience for it. Art is an act of faith. And the more we risk in art, the better. To…
  • Inspired: When the reader is ready, the writer will appear

    Christa Avampato
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    From Pinterest I love bookstores though sometimes when wandering through them I catch myself thinking, “What else could I possibly have to say that’s interesting and worthwhile?” A split second later I’m reminded that with 6 billion people in the world, there’s a lot of people doing almost the same thing: doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects, painters, teachers, chefs, scientists, and yes, writers. But not one single person practices his or her craft in exactly the same way. No one exactly like you has ever existed before or will ever exist again. We are each…
  • Inspired: You can handle obstacles

    Christa Avampato
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When we think about pursuing a dream, we often worry about the obstacles, challenges, and difficulties that may lie ahead. I wonder how many dreams never got a shot because the anticipation of those obstacles stopped us from trying before we even started. This quote helps me. I hope it helps you, too: “When the root is deep there is no reason to fear the wind.” Of course there will be obstacles. Don’t let them make you discount your capabilities; those are your roots. You got this.Filed under: action, dreams, fear
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • What does a Product Manager do? Part 3/5: Customer

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

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

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

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

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

  • The best leaders are pattern thinkers

    Jorge Barba
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Look at any of the top innovative businesses in the world and you will see that it is driven by an innovative leader. So I was not surprised that yesterday’s post, 5 future-proof questions to ask people in the know, resonated with you. Jack Martin Leith commented: “Great post. Thank you Jorge. A prerequisite for someone asking those five questions is to be in a state of perpetual curiosity, and I don’t think that can be acquired. Any thoughts?”. My answer: I think curiosity can be acquired (we already have the skills to do so) but you gotta have some level of…
  • 5 future-proof questions to ask people in the know

    Jorge Barba
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Leaders should always be asking themselves What’s new?, What’s next? and What’s better?; that’s where the future is. And we can take deliberate steps to answers those questions… I’ve written previously about the different ways we can gain new insights, one is to exploit anomalies. And to detect anomalies, things that don’t fit, organizations need today and always pattern recognition skills. This means creating an early warning system that can enable you to take advantage of emerging opportunities; as well as maneuver around threats. How do you stay on…
  • How do you teach an old industry new tricks?

    Jorge Barba
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    A good mantra for teaching an old industry new tricks is: make the common uncommon. Basically, redefine the industry. Make it more cool, more interesting, more fun to delight customers who’ve grown bored of existing offerings. This means shifting perspective, creating a new vector of value through a process of elimination to remove existing crap and find another core that matters. Take Google Chrome, it redefined the browser from one focused on too much personalization (bloat made it slow) to one focused on speed (simplicity). The result is a browser worthy of our multitasking behavior,…
  • Enthusiasm drives employee engagement…and innovation

    Jorge Barba
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    As much talk and attention innovation gets, the topic of employee engagement isn’t far behind. And with good reason, the latest report from Gallup concluded that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Damn! But Gallup also points out that companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%, so there’s something we can learn from organizations with highly engaged employees. It’s important that we must make a distinction here, for an engaged employee is not a satisfied employee. The point being that just because companies post pictures and…
  • Just a little bit better doesn’t delight customers, it puts them to sleep

    Jorge Barba
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Let’s be competitive on price and offer just a little bit of better service… I heard an on the ground salesperson say that on a call last week. I later told the CEO about it and let him know what I thought about “just a little bit”. Below is an extended version of what I said to him. A quick thought is you will never hear innovators say “just a little bit”, only non-innovators say that! “Just a little bit” sounds like you are only doing something because you have to; not because you want to.  Just a little bit is the same as mediocrity. I…
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers

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

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

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

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

    Linda Naiman
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    How to Create a Haiku Poem Start with a haiku walkabout I participated in a haiku workshop recently at Vancouver’s Cherry Blossom Festival in Vandusen Gardens. Poet Michael Dylan Welch led [...] Creativity at Work
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    STEVENAHILL.COM

  • How Pay Per Click Marketing is Like Investing In Hershey Chocolate

    Steve
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Whenever I’m pitching the value of paid search marketing aka pay-per-click (PPC), inevitably one of the greatest concerns people have is with the cost. They think that it’s too expensive to use Google Adwords or they’re addicted to getting free stuff and only want to focus on organic traffic. Although you do have to pay […]
  • The Artisan Soul Book Review

    Steve
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    First of all, I have to start by saying that I am a huge Erwin McManus fan. My friend Robbie introduced me to McManus’s preaching back in 2008 and ever since that time, I’ve been hooked. When I heard that The Artisan Soul, Erwin’s 9th book was coming out, I was immediately intrigued. Unlike many of […]
  • Dress

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

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

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

  • Hire Expectations: Finding the Right Person for the Right Job

    MMChr
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Finding the right employee and retaining a successful team starts with a successful hiring process. How can you avoid common hiring problems and mistakes? First steps Effective hiring is the foundation for a thriving business. Turnover is expensive, so it’s essential to invest the proper amount of time needed to hire the right person. Many employee relations problems result from hiring the wrong person for the job, which can have a negative effect on both the morale and productivity of the entire team. Many times, employers are left wondering what went wrong when a new hire is not what they…
  • #TChat Recap: The HR Whine & Dine Networking Movement

    Meghan M. Biro
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    The HR Whine & Dine Networking Movement By now, most of us have had a small taste at what networking events have to offer. Networking usually involves a formal setting, with hardly enough time or real opportunities to speak with other professionals on a personal level. The chance to meet and connect with other professionals is exciting, but the opportunity to get to know them is hardly ever available. This week’s guests: Keith Bogen, HR pro and chief networking officer of Whine & Dine Networking; Ed Han, wordsmith with a passion for networking and helping people put their…
  • Ways to Be More Than Just Your Average Businesswoman

    Katherine Ogilvie
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    What do some of the most successful business women all have in common? They are more than just your average businesswoman, some of them just have that certain je ne sais quoi factor, others may just work incredibly hard and a few do things a little differently but most of them have impact. Whatever level of business you are at there is always a way to go that extra mile that could put you head and shoulders above your peers. Whether you admire the likes of Sheryl Sandberg, Christine Lagarde, Angela Merkel and Hilary Clinton or more unexpected savvy icons like Beyoncé or even more…
  • Office Time: How Much Does An Hour Difference Make?

    Mary Isabale
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.” – Mark Twain Although he didn’t use the terms, “efficient” or “effective”, that’s what Mark Twain was referring to in his quote. Sometimes the hurdles employee face during the workday are more biological than task-driven. Everyone is more alert and energetic at a particular time of day. When workplace efficiency and productivity suffer, it may not be the work…
  • Only You Can Prevent Poorest Hires!

    Ann Everett
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Much focus has been placed on getting the right people on the bus, and for good reason. Across every imaginable industry, today’s selection process poses some of the greatest challenges to organizations already in the thick of fierce talent competition. For decades, Honeywell’s Chairman and CEO (retired) Larry Bossidy has urged managers to focus on hiring only the best people, “No company can expect to beat the competition unless it has the best human capital…” And perhaps even more important than hiring the right person is NOT hiring the wrong person. To avoid risking a costly bad…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Webinar Alert! Never Be Closing - How to Use Your Innovative Brain to Create Long Term Wins

    New & Improved, LLC
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    Join us for our next webinar on Thursday, September 4th at 1:00 PM (NY time). You'll take away 11 key steps that will transform run-of-the-mill calls into productive conversations that build trust and strengthen relationships.
  • The Innovative Brain - July 2014 Edition

    New & Improved, LLC
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Just right for the beach, read New & Improved's newsletter, The Innovative Brain.
  • Influencers Make Trends Contagious

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

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

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

  • ICT Training Development Survey

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

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

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

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

    Administrator
    12 Aug 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Just finished another frustrating day of consulting with an organization that is convinced technology is going to solve their problems.  Have an opportunity?  Throw money and computers at the opportunity.  Have a technology answer to your process problems?  Really?. The business world is changing.  With cloud computing potentially eliminating the need for some current IT roles, such as physical server huggers…, information technology professionals, or more appropriately information and communications technology (ICT) professionals, need to rethink their roles within organizations. Is…
 
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • The Changing Role of the Chief Innovation Officer (CInO)

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    As the competency of corporate innovation continues to expand and improve, more Chief Innovation Officer roles are appearing in large, corporate organizations. This is a welcome development and recognition of the ongoing value that leadership sees innovation efforts delivering for organizations. This recognition is demonstrated by the focus on the CInO role by several conferences, including The Back End of Innovation in Las Vegas on October 6-8.I have been reading a lot about the CInO role lately and recently spoke with Luis Solis, the author of a book titled “Innovation…
  • Rank the Qualities Needed to be an Innovation Leader

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    A consistent theme in innovation research is that the people involved in the effort are the final differentiator between success and failure. However, there is little data to help guide the selection, development, and assessment of senior innovation leaders.To close this gap, Celent and Mick Simonelli, former senior innovation executive and thought leader, are partnering to survey innovation professionals to determine their priority ranking of the qualities of successful senior innovation leaders.The survey explores four areas: technical business skills, leadership qualities, personal…
  • Bryant’s Rules of Creativity

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    via CartoonadayRelated articlesHow to Bring Creativity to the WorkplaceCreative Mondays: 10 Inspirational Quotes on CreativityCreativity & IntelligenceCreative Thinking Exercises: 8 Steps to Workplace CreativityChalkboard Rules: "Human creativity is the ultimate economic resource" - Richard Florida on Creative Industries
  • Innovation Execution Best Practices Revealed by Mattel, Chobani, Campbell Soup, VF Corp & More

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you've heard it once, you've heard it 100 times before - successful innovation is all about the execution and taking your ideas through to market. That's where the challenge lies, where the obstacles need to be overcome. How are you addressing these challenges?Join us at BEI: Back End of Innovation this October for a program 100% Focused on Execution. BEI covers the entire innovation process - process & design, culture & structure, through to commercialization, paying close attention to the impact on execution. Download our new, updated conference agenda for full program details…
  • The Top 10 Living Futurists in 2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Ted Kupper and Jon Perry recently hosted a Review the Future podcast that examined their nominations for the top (living) futurists today. Their conversation is definitely worth a listen and offered a lot of ideas to explore about leadership in foresight, prediction, trends, innovation and the rapid face of change we are facing today.I would like to share the top 10 living Futurists they selected here and invite you to nominate others who you think deserve a place on the list, please share your thoughts in the comments…
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    15inno

  • Dairy Industry! Where Are Your Open Innovation Efforts?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    I am calling out the dairy industry and I am asking them a question. Where are your open innovation initiatives? Having done some quick research on the dairy industry in relation to a FMCG project, I am working on, I was a bit stunned to learn how little open innovation activity there seems to be within the dairy industry. Given the size and global importance of this industry, I wonder why this is so. Do they not yet understand the potential in open innovation? I find that a bit hard to believe as so many other FMCG companies have embraced this wholeheartedly. Am I just missing out on the…
  • Driving Innovation in Small Companies: A Collection of Perspectives and Resources

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Most companies around the world are small and medium sized (50-250 people) and yet the main attention of innovation is geared towards startups and big corporates. This paradox was raised as I recently opened up for the opportunity for you and others to ask me questions on innovation through my LinkedIn group. Simon Green, Head of Business Support at Newcastle Science City started off with this question: “There is so much focus on innovation in startups and corporates that the mid-sized businesses tend to be ignored. How can we best drive innovation in businesses with 50-250 employees, which…
  • Don’t Forget to Put Your Heart into Innovation!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    Innovation is a constant struggle between yes and no. It requires pride, experience and reasons just as it requires lots of passion and heart. Sometimes people get confused on the right mix. Sometimes a simple text in a picture sums it up nicely.                      
  • 15 Examples of Open Innovation between Big Companies and Startups

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Open innovation is a strategic game for big companies and one of the most important moves to consider for their innovation leaders is the allocation of focus and resources in the context of open innovation. Here we need to consider that big companies like GE, Cisco or Microsoft tend to have 8-12 different value pools (think suppliers, startups, customers or universities) to consider for their open innovation efforts. The challenge is that even companies that are good at open innovation only seems to be able to handle 3-4 value pools properly at the same time. I have no doubt that the value…
  • Innovation Upgrade! – Get Yourself Ready for the Future of Innovation!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    2 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    Do you want to stay ahead of the curve and get the latest insights on innovation management? Do you want to expand your mindset, skills and toolbox on innovation? Do you want to get ready for the future of innovation? Then, you should join my Innovation Upgrade! This is a half-day session in which you get an overview of the current innovation trends and a crash course on what you can do to improve your innovation capacity to the benefit of yourself as well as your company. The concept is simple: An Innovation Upgrade! can take place in a city near your. Just let me know if you are interested…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Setting the stage for Innovation: Inspiration is rule number one.

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

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

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

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

    Robert Brands
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:31 pm
      Over five thousand failures for just one success:  When Thomas Edison discovered the light bulb it took him 5999 tries to get it right.  Edison is quoted as saying, “Every wrong attempt... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • Reflecting on the Value of the Three Horizon Model for our Innovating Future

    paul4innovating
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    There is that prevailing sense that we are just managing for ‘business as usual’, leaving many increasingly uncomfortable and feeling exposed. Why? Our businesses are not adapting fast enough to changing conditions in the market, often lagging in the competitive race to update and keep relevant. Businesses are struggling with conflicting knowledge flows and incoming intelligence, just simply managing their talent to keep them relevant, engaged and outwardly orientated. They need to constantly adjust and adapt to the demands and challenges within the societal conditions, environments…
  • Asset Orchestration is Required for more Dynamic Innovation

    paul4innovating
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    We all should recognize the incredible power of “orchestration” that is needed in innovation to bring the initial idea into a final successful commercial concept. We have an ongoing need to create, extend and modify resources constantly and to achieve this we need to orchestrate and enable those resources to exploit and execute on our innovations. We need to ‘asset orchestrate’. One of our blind spots is perhaps the focus on pursuing and organizing around innovation just within an organization and not to be as aware of all that is externally going on around us. There are…
  • Are you dependent on other’s best practices?

    paul4innovating
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    I often wonder if “best practice” is actually a hidden drug within our organizations that everyone simply craves to be taking. Why do so many advisory organizations promote best practice? Simply because those in the organization constantly feel under pressure to demonstrate why they are falling behind or keeping ahead of their competitors. They crave knowing best practices, but tell me what really is the best practice of others really achieving? If you are behind, best practice informs you and you go into a frantic mode to try and catch up. By the time you have achieved the best practice,…
  • Redesigning the organizations middle for a new innovation shape.

    paul4innovating
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Let’s admit it; our middle management needs a radical makeover, a new fitness regime to make us far more ‘innovation fit’. Most organizations do need to change their middle management structures as they are far from that necessary ‘fitness for 21st century purpose’ in a constantly changing, challenging, more open innovating world. The general argument goes and I relate to this, that the middle manager is so pressured to focus on the delivery of short-term results that all their efforts are centered far more on delivering ‘just’ an effective organization. An organization…
  • Risk: Understanding Your Scope of Reach from Your Grasp.

    paul4innovating
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    We were not born as risk-takers but we can develop it through our own growing self-actualization, creativity, a pursuit for growth and enjoying that feeling of being stretched. Well some of us do, but sadly most tend to become risk-avoiding because of the environment they are in or been associated with for long periods, where avoidance rubs off, it seeps into the soul. Many enjoy being simply ‘passive’, avoiding anything that smacks of being ‘proactive’; it is safer to be ‘reactive’. Innovation and heaven can equally wait. Putting it simply most people and organizations are just…
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    Game-Changer

  • The best leaders are pattern thinkers

    Jorge Barba
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Look at any of the top innovative businesses in the world and you will see that it is driven by an innovative leader. So I was not surprised that yesterday’s post, 5 future-proof questions to ask people in the know, resonated with you. Jack Martin Leith commented: “Great post. Thank you Jorge. A prerequisite for someone asking those five questions is to be in a state of perpetual curiosity, and I don’t think that can be acquired. Any thoughts?”. My answer: I think curiosity can be acquired (we already have the skills to do so) but you gotta have some level of…
  • 5 future-proof questions to ask people in the know

    Jorge Barba
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    Leaders should always be asking themselves What’s new?, What’s next? and What’s better?; that’s where the future is. And we can take deliberate steps to answers those questions… I’ve written previously about the different ways we can gain new insights, one is to exploit anomalies. And to detect anomalies, things that don’t fit, organizations need today and always pattern recognition skills. This means creating an early warning system that can enable you to take advantage of emerging opportunities; as well as maneuver around threats. How do you stay on…
  • How do you teach an old industry new tricks?

    Jorge Barba
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    A good mantra for teaching an old industry new tricks is: make the common uncommon. Basically, redefine the industry. Make it more cool, more interesting, more fun to delight customers who’ve grown bored of existing offerings. This means shifting perspective, creating a new vector of value through a process of elimination to remove existing crap and find another core that matters. Take Google Chrome, it redefined the browser from one focused on too much personalization (bloat made it slow) to one focused on speed (simplicity). The result is a browser worthy of our multitasking behavior,…
  • Enthusiasm drives employee engagement…and innovation

    Jorge Barba
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    As much talk and attention innovation gets, the topic of employee engagement isn’t far behind. And with good reason, the latest report from Gallup concluded that only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. Damn! But Gallup also points out that companies with engaged employees outperform those without by up to 202%, so there’s something we can learn from organizations with highly engaged employees. It’s important that we must make a distinction here, for an engaged employee is not a satisfied employee. The point being that just because companies post pictures and…
  • Just a little bit better doesn’t delight customers, it puts them to sleep

    Jorge Barba
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Let’s be competitive on price and offer just a little bit of better service… I heard an on the ground salesperson say that on a call last week. I later told the CEO about it and let him know what I thought about “just a little bit”. Below is an extended version of what I said to him. A quick thought is you will never hear innovators say “just a little bit”, only non-innovators say that! “Just a little bit” sounds like you are only doing something because you have to; not because you want to.  Just a little bit is the same as mediocrity. I…
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    URENIO Watch

  • 2014 Inventors | Innovators Under 35

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    The MIT Technology Review released its list of 35 Innovators Under 35, an annual lineup that highlights up-and-coming young professionals who are inventing the devices and technologies that will redefine how we live and work. The MIT Technology Review’s editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SUSTAINIA100: A Guide to 100 Innovative Solutions

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    SUSTAINIA100 is an annual guide to 100 innovative sustainability solutions from around the world. The guide identifies readily available projects, initiatives and technologies at the forefront of sustainable innovation. SUSTAINIA100 gives investors, business leaders, policy makers and consumers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart systems, automation and employment: two opposing views

    Nicos Komninos
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    “Human Needs not Apply” is a video by CGP Grey that predicts automation and smart systems will make human work obsolete. It was presented on Youtube on 13 August 2014 and within 10 days received almost 2 million views. This view is in line with the Economist estimation that almost half of jobs  are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Six megatrends that will shape the future of cities

    Isidoros Passas
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    The coming decades will see the next wave of mass migration to cities, especially in Asia and Africa, according to Prof. Razeen Sally, visiting associate professor at National University of Singapore. The World Economic Forum City Competitiveness Report identifies six megatrends that are likely to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Age of Intelligent Cities

    Christina Kakderi
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Published on August 12th 2014, “The Age of Intelligent Cities: Smart Environments and Innovation-for-All Strategies” by Nicos Komninos concludes a trilogy that began with Intelligent Cities: Innovation, Knowledge Systems and digital spaces (Routledge 2002) and Intelligent Cities and Globalisation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Innovation Management » Collaborative Innovation

  • What Is An Employee Innovation Network, And Why Should You Care?

    Anthony Ferrier
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    As Innovation Program leaders look to expand their scope and influence across complex, global organizations, they are turning to the development of Employee Innovation Networks. This article examines what these networks can look like, and provides some high level overview of the value that they can generate.
  • Introducing the IDC Captivate Program for Collaborative Innovation

    Doug Collins
    19 Aug 2013 | 10:10 pm
    People who pursue collaborative innovation wrestle with how best to describe the practice to their colleagues and to the larger community. How best to paint a compelling picture of the practice which encourages others to engage in ideation? In this article innovation architect Doug Collins paints a picture by way of drafting a communication from a senior practice leader to fictional organization Intriguing Design Corporation (IDC).
  • Thinking of Creating an Innovation Centre of Excellence? Think again.

    Doug Collins
    13 Aug 2013 | 10:05 pm
    Organizations create centers of excellence to distill and disseminate best practices on any number of topics. Using this approach to support collaborative innovation has certain drawbacks, however. In this article Doug Collins identifies the drawbacks and explores an alternative way to support collaborative innovation which respects the tenets of the practice by adopting principles from the Montessori Method.
  • Internal Communications, Meet Collaborative Innovation

    Doug Collins
    5 Aug 2013 | 10:35 pm
    Groups handling internal communications within their organizations experiment with engaging employees through virtual forums. These forums create space for collaboration. In time, meaningful collaboration foments a culture of innovation. How might internal communications advance this culture? How might they secure deeper engagement?
  • Three Ways to Achieve Breakthrough Innovation

    Doug Collins
    22 Jul 2013 | 10:04 pm
    How might you foment authentic breakthroughs through collaborative innovation? The fuzzy front end, by name and nature, fails to lend itself to foregone conclusions. Yet, as the innovation practitioner, you can take certain steps that increase the likelihood of achieving breakthroughs. In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores the most critical steps for people who see the practice as a means of transforming the organization.
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    Linda Bernardi - DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

  • Navigating the Cloudy Skies! Blueprints and a GPS are a MUST!DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Kimberly
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today’s cloud computing landscape is extremely messy and complex. With the variety of clouds (private, hybrid and public), global/distributed organizations, multiple IaaS, PaaS and other scenarios, deploying the right cloud environment is extremely complex. The question is how do we navigate these complex environments to not only get cloud computing to work, but frankly to […]
  • Consequential DisruptionDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Kimberly
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Why Global Disruption is not enough. We Need to Disrupt MEANINGFULLY! Why? As you know, I have been a strong advocate of disruption leading to innovation from the 1st day of my career post graduate school (Mathematics) at BBN (Bolt Beranek & Newman) in Cambridge. We invented things that did not exist and in as […]
  • Fantastic: Parallel or Sequential VC and Crowdfunding for Start-ups and Older Start-ups!DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Linda Bernardi
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The article, Crowdfunding Isn’t Just for the Little Guys, by Katherine Rosman in the Wall Street Journal recently really sparked great thoughts in my mind. So, in this shorter than usual blog I wanted to share some thoughts with you. Initially, crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo were primarily designed for super-early-stage startups. You […]
  • Have the Tech Giants Stopped (Seriously Slowed Down) Meaningful Innovation? And Why?DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Linda Bernardi
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    For the last 16 months in my blog posts, we have been touching upon the many reasons that disruption and innovation is so complicated in large enterprises, which also include the tech giants.  Michael Malone’s June 2nd article in WSJ titled: An Innovation Slowdown at the Tech Giants, prompted me to share the following thoughts […]
  • Soccer or Football, Anyone???DISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

    Linda Bernardi
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:16 am
    Dear readers and friends, I promise many new blogs being planned as we speak and I will be publishing these in the weeks to come. But for now, it is time to talk about something else. Why? Well, because it is FIFA-season! This is the first year that my family and I have missed the […]
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    EYES IN

  • Create, Host an Elegant Provence-themed Dinner

    Vivian van Dijk
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Provence Dinner by Svitlana Flom chronicles tips for channeling the décor, atmosphere and cuisine of the romantic French city within one’s own home. The post Create, Host an Elegant Provence-themed Dinner appeared first on EYES IN.
  • LOOP Speakers Pioneer of Drop Ceiling Sound Systems.

    Vivian van Dijk
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The LOOP Speakers, a Murat Armagan design, are a pioneer in the world of drop ceiling sound systems. LOOP Speaker, with its retro looks, makes you feel the power of a jet engine. An approach to design which through its sleek form puts the function of sound at its core in order to lead music […] The post LOOP Speakers Pioneer of Drop Ceiling Sound Systems. appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Farmers Generate Energy From Coffee Wastewater

    Vivian van Dijk
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Energy from Coffee Wastewater project by UTZ Certified has proven that is possible to generate energy, tackle climate change, and protect water resources by treating discharges from coffee mills. The project started in 2010 with the goal of addressing environmental and health problems caused by the wastewater produced in the coffee industry. Share your […] The post Farmers Generate Energy From Coffee Wastewater appeared first on EYES IN.
  • David MacMillan Earns Career Achievement Award

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    EYES IN™ Featured Creator David MacMillan is invited to receive a Career Achievement Award from Hollywood's Cinema Audio Society (CAS). The post David MacMillan Earns Career Achievement Award appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Blood Samples Can Detect Your Diet

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    New results from the Nordic SYSDIET study show that it's possible to assess dietary compliance from a blood sample. This is especially useful in controlled dietary intervention studies investigating the health benefits of specific diets. So far, such studies have mainly relied on the participants' self-reported dietary intake, which is often biased, making it more […] The post Blood Samples Can Detect Your Diet appeared first on EYES IN.
 
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Back-to-School: New School Year, New Innovations

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

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

    Nicole Lininger
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    The quality and integrity of a product should be able to stand on its own, but in the business of retail merchandising, the harsh reality is that unless your product packaging fits into certain parameters, it may be doomed to fail before consumers have a chance to purchase and use it. What is the role of product packaging and how does its proper use assist in marketing new products? Product Protection The majority of products have some form of packaging. The most important role of product packaging is to protect a product from damage during shipment from the manufacturer to the retailer as…
  • Cool Inventions: 6 Accidental Scientific Discoveries that Improved Medicine

    Nicole Lininger
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Most inventors work hard to create and perfect their new products or ideas, going through one formulation after another to create something of lasting impact. For some, the invention of a lifetime is stumbled upon like a happy surprise. In the world of science and medicine, there have been a number of incredible and, in some cases, society-changing new products and cool inventions that were developed by happenstance. Below we take a look through the microscope at some of the most ingenious and life-saving medically inspired inventions. X-Rays Physicist William Roentgen was working with…
  • 6 Inventions by Nikola Tesla, History’s Outcast Inventor

    Nicole Lininger
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    More than seventy years after his death, Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla is finally getting his due. He grew up in the area now known as Croatia with a mother who invented small household appliances. This may have spurred his interest in electrical systems and given rise to his own passion for innovation. Tesla immigrated to the United States in 1884 and soon began working with another inventor, Thomas Edison, before parting ways in less than amicable circumstances. While Edison was known as a powerful figure who focused on career advancement, Tesla was the awkward foreigner who simply…
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • Your Chance to Help Middle-Age Guys (and Gals) Get Fit

    Braden Kelley
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Here is your chance to help every middle-aged guy (or gal) who’s struggling with the inevitable progression of age. What used to be easy isn’t anymore! Maybe you (or a friend) used to be a big runner and counted on … Continue reading →
  • Five Ways to Make Your Innovation Culture Smell Better

    Braden Kelley
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Is Your Organization Committed to Innovation? If so, download my new innovation culture white paper. Unfortunately, when it comes to fostering continuous innovation, most organizational cultures stink at it, and they are not innovating fast enough to repel the unrelenting … Continue reading →
  • Your Chance to Help Working Moms (and Dads)

    Braden Kelley
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Working Moms (and Dads) struggle to get a healthy meal on the table for their family every night during the week without resorting to fast food (or any other fast, but unhealthy alternatives). If you have an idea to help … Continue reading →
  • Tesla Doesn’t Have One of These

    Braden Kelley
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Okay, it is not an innovation, but you have to admit it is one smoking hot looking automobile. I wouldn’t mind making my commute in one of these. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, it’s called the Renovo Coupe (rhymes with … Continue reading →
  • Launching an iPhone before Apple

    Braden Kelley
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    We live in an amazing age. An era when barriers to entry and barriers to scale sometimes seem to decreasing faster than the size of semiconductors. If Moore’s law states that the number of transistors per square inch doubles approximately … Continue reading →
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    Doblin

  • Join the Doblin Team

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We are a community of committed and experienced professionals from across multiple disciplines working together to help our clients drive transformation through the discipline of innovation.   Current openings Innovation Project Manager - Chicago Design Strategy Lead - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - New York Design Strategy Lead - New York In addition, we are always looking for talented professionals to join our team or network of contractors. In particular, we’d love to hear from designers and researchers who can relate to our passion for bringing user-centered design to…
  • Watch: Larry Keeley Reveals Innovation Secrets on Bloomberg TV's "Taking Stock"

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

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

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

    29 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Join Doblin’s leader, Geoff Tuff, and Mike Armstrong, director at Monitor Deloitte, for a webinar on how fostering collaboration between your innovation and M&A functions can help you win in the marketplace.   Optimizing Innovation and M&A through IntegrationA discussion of research, insights and examples of companies who have experienced the beneficial ratcheting effect of coordinating innovation and M&A. Wednesday, May 14, 201412:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET Register for the webinar today! In many companies, strategies for innovation, M&A, and strategic investing are not…
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Setting the stage for Innovation: Inspiration is rule number one.

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

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

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

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

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

  • One assignment every child should have…

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

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Emotional Wounds Alter our Creative Abilities and Usually Hinder Productivity… Creativity Tips: Just try something new.  To do this better we must look at failure differently, most people are so utterly afraid of failing that they won’t try anything new. We have much inside to access, try something new that you’ve been afraid to do. Creativity Foundations: “Blessed […]
  • Three Secrets for Freeing Up Time for Creativity

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    When we explore our creative gifts we begin to engage that part of us that touches the unique reason we exist.  Some of us have the luxury to use our creative giftings day-in day-out in our profession.  Many others of us however do not consistently have that luxury.  Instead we must build something on the side, we engage […]
  • Why a simple thing like optimism may be the key to breakthrough!

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    School is out and summer free-time has begun, we have 5 kids under 11 years of age. I came home from work the other night and my kids were almost all angry, they were arguing about petty things and were visibly frustrated. My wife was making dinner and seemed unhappy and distant. I walked up […]
  • Why you can’t access your creativity and what to do about it!

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:07 am
    Good morning, Have you ever felt like you are creative deep within but you just don’t know how to access that creativity?  If so I might be able to help. I am writing an online creativity course and plan to start video taping soon.  I am 90% complete with the content of this course which I’ve been […]
 
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Gwen isn’t the only one who can holla back, girl

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vincent Nolan, Innovation Pioneer Passed Away

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

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

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

    Synectics
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Paul D. Roberts, Synecticsworld By Paul D. Roberts One of the consistently destructive forces we witness at all levels of the organization is the concept of buy-in masquerading as alignment.   What is the difference?  Buy-in is trying to convince someone that your idea is what they should do i.e. they should green-light what you see as the needed change; cast in stone and not open to change.  It is the presentation of all the details and the thinking behind your concept, taken into the gladiators’ arena to win a  thumbs up.  It is like the worst slaughter of a good idea on the…
  • Optimal Decision-Making and Doing More with Less Time

    Synectics
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Chipp Norcross By Chipp Norcross I read an eye-opening article about the mathematical challenge known as “The Marriage Problem.” In this challenge, a person, let’s call it a man, is faced with a conundrum of deciding which person, let’s call it a woman, to marry.  The man has a list of a finite number of women, and after he has met each one he must to decide whether to propose marriage to her or not. If he gets to the end of the list, he must marry the last woman no matter whether she was the best option or not. If faced with this challenge, what do you do?
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Crowdsourcing Our Way to Better Health

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

    IdeaConnection
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    The space agency NASA needs your help to search through more than 1.8 million photos of the Earth taken during dozens of missions, from the Mercury missions of the 1960s to images captured by the International Space Station. According to NASA, the pictures “could help save energy, contribute to better human health and safety and improve our understanding of atmospheric chemistry.” The images form part of the Gateway to Astronaut Photography which holds “the best and most complete online collection of astronaut photographs of the Earth.” Some of the shots are blurry, as before…
  • Crowdsourcing the Fight Against Crime

    IdeaConnection
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Sherlock Holmes had his phenomenal powers of deduction.  Lieutenant Columbo had a fine nose for the guilty party and the kids from Scooby Doo had intuition and each other.  In addition to their brain power, today’s detectives and policeman and women can call on the crowd to help them fight crime.  Here’s how: LEEDIR, the Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository – LA cops are using this online and mobile app that acts as a repository for electronic tips that come in from the public.  “When the public really wants to catch these bad guys as badly as we do, this is the…
  • $1 Million Open Innovation Challenge for Shrinking a Box

    IdeaConnection
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Do you have what it takes to change the future of energy and electricity? If so, The Little Box Challenge maybe just up your street. A cool $1 million is up for grabs, courtesy of Google for the team that can create a smaller and cheaper power inverter.  An inverter is an electronic device that takes direct current from items such as solar panels and batteries and converts it into alternating current for use in cars, homes and offices for example. According to Google, shrinking inverters will change the future of energy, enabling “more solar-powered homes, more efficient distributed…
  • Five Innovation Contests that Made Our Lives Easier

    IdeaConnection
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    For hundreds of years, innovation has been accelerated through prized-based competitions, inspiring inventors, artists, entrepreneurs and others to push their brains to the limits to create new ideas, concepts and opportunities. From the breakfast table to sea travel and international flight, innovation competitions have revolutionized our daily lives. Here are five innovation contests that have made our lives easier: Canned Foods Concerned about keeping his armies fed and conscious of how malnutrition could decimate the ranks, Napoleon Bonaparte launched a competition for a new method to…
 
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    Brand Genetics

  • Is This The Future of Washing? P&G Unveils The Swash

    Camila Marcondes
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Procter and Gamble recently unveiled the Swash machine, a clothes refresher that allows people to re-wear their garments without washing. In conjunction with Whirlpool, they have developed a system that deodorises, de-wrinkles, preserves and refreshes clothes in only 10 minutes. As one P&G Director commented it aims to be to the washing machine what the ‘Microwave is to the conventional oven’. The target audience seems to be those who just don’t have the time for a full wash, don’t have the need for a full wash (how dirty do most ‘professionals’ clothes really get) or who try…
  • 4 ways thinking like a child can unearth fresh insight

    Tom
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:42 am
    Adora Svitak’s TED talk (see video above) has been watched nearly 3.5million times – particularly  surprising given she was only 12 years old at the time! It suggest her subject,’What adults can learn from kids’, really struck a chord. Svitak suggests the world needs “childish” thinking – bold ideas, wild creativity and optimism – and adults should show a willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. At Brand Genetics we believe that, as well as unleashing new creativity, thinking like a child can help unearth fresh insights…
  • Gen Y Ad “Misunderstood” Wins 2014 Creative Emmy

    Paul Marsden
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    Want a powerful insight into Gen Y?  Then look at this ‘Misunderstood’ ad that has just won the Emmy Award for 2014′s Outstanding Commercial. The ad, for Apple’s iPhone (Park Pictures - TBWA\Media Arts Lab) explores the generational fault line between Gen Y and their elders.  Are we a generation of self-absorbed slaves to digital screens, or part of a new creative generation with a digitally empowered imagination? You can guess which side One Infinite Loop comes down on.  But the hopeful ad is moving, insightful and a nice counterpoint to all the Gen…
  • Seeing What Others Don’t [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Seeing What Others Don’t – The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights Author: Gary Klein Publisher: PublicAffairs Publication date: 2013 What is insight anyway? Ever wanted to nail the definition of insight simply and clearly? Eminent cognitive psychologist Dr Gary Klein, renowned for his work on how people make decisions in practice – rather than theory, has a simple and clear definition for you.  In his latest book ‘Seeing What Others Don’t – The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights’, Klein defines insight as Insight: “an unexpected shift in the way…
  • 8 new words in the Oxford dictionary & what they say about our lives

    Tom
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Any semiotician will tell you that language reflects ways of living and thinking, and more specifically, words can provide valuable clues to understanding culture. So it’s always interesting to see how our language is evolving with the latest new words added to the Oxford online dictionary. New words, senses, and phrases are added once enough independent evidence from a range of sources has been gathered to prove their widespread use in English, providing an interesting snapshot of the current zeitgeist. So here are 8 that we thought particularly interesting and – partly for…
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    Brilliant IdeasBrilliant Ideas

  • Brilliant Idea #195. Windsurf board bag that doubles as a coat

    Michael
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Windsurf boards (and presumably surfboards) generally come in a padded bag to help to carry and protect them. Whilst sitting and watching my Son windsurf yesterday it started raining so I wrapped myself in his board bag. Not only did it protect me from the rain, it was remarkably warm. Brilliant Idea #195 is to combine the boardbag and a long jacket to protect you from the cold wind. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea #195. Windsurf board bag that doubles as a coat appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Collaborative Economy Seminar in London

    Michael
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Join Nesta for the launch of a new report that considers the progress and potential of the UK’s collaborative economy. Essential reading for anyone that is interested in the Collaborative Economy in the UK. Hope to see you there. http://www.nesta.org.uk/event/making-sense-uk-collaborative-economy The post Collaborative Economy Seminar in London appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #194. Charging for food waste

    Michael
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 am
    An extra levy should be charged on restaurants that waste food. Their rubbish / garbage bins should be weighed and if they are over a certain weight there should be a fee. Restaurants that routinely serve large portions that are left will quickly adjust their portions. All you can eat restaurants will quickly go out of business. It could also trigger another business model of collecting food waste to do something with it other than throw it in landfill. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea #194. Charging for food waste appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea. Citizinvestor

    Michael
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Another brilliant idea that I wish that I had thought of first. Citizinvestor.com allows individuals and groups to propose an idea to improve their environment and then campaign to raise funds to deliver the idea. It’s partly idea management – the thing this blog is about, and partly crowdfunding in that it recognises that ideas are worse than useless if there is neither the support and money to implement the ideas. Here’s a brilliant example of a project that is raising funds right now, More information from citizinvestor.com   The post Brilliant Idea. Citizinvestor…
  • Brilliant Idea #192 Talking benches

    Michael
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Communities like to put benches in parks and local places. Often the benches are donated by families in honour of family members. Brilliant Idea #192 is to create and sell a simple device with a loud speaker than enables people from the community to record something about the location – so if it is the local park or near a memorial to the war the person sitting on the bench could listen to a recorded commentary about the location. Clearly the item needs to be virtually indistructable and vandalproof. The post Brilliant Idea #192 Talking benches appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
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  • Recognizing the different capabilities to develop and grow

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    A firm’s ordinary capabilities are the ones that enable us to perform efficiently and effectively, those essential routines and practices that often require having a high level of technical need supporting these activities. In contrast, dynamic capabilities are those higher level competences that determine a firm’s ability to integrate, build, and reconfigure both the resources and competences to possibly shape, have the power to transform and  then be deployed to meet rapidly changing business environments to take advantage of these changing conditions. Recognizing the importance of…
  • Combining four foundation pillars.

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    We need to think about recognizing the ‘combining effects’ of four foundation pillars; of value creation (vc), business models (bm), intellectual capital assets (ica) and innovation capital (ic). It is the dynamics within the multiple combinations that will generate the future wealth creation we need. We are in need of having a better understanding of the integrated value focal points of these four pillars combining, they need connecting so we can build the supporting structures and place the roof of need, our wealth creating one, to give us a new potential of harnessing our innate…
  • Struggling with counting ALL the sums of our capital

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    Organizations have been focused for far too long around the importance of financial capital. It determines and drives organizations destinies. We are caught in a constant focus upon our achieving a return on our (financial) capital as our measuring criteria. Organizations strive for improving their ROCE, RONA, IRR,  EVA and a host of other financial measures. As Clayton Christensen has been arguing the agenda of organizations begins and ends with the “search for numbers”. I think there is a time for changing this, we need to search for the knowledge that makes-up eventually the numbers.
  • Are we really measuring what matters?

    Paul Hobcraft
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Today, it is the non-financial performance, made up of mostly the intangibles within organizations, that is accounting for upwards of 80% of present investors’ valuation of our organizations. Yet do shareholders really have the knowledge to judge the real source of value creation inside our organizations? I think not but they should. Does Management actually? We lack a real line of sight into the true value of our organizations that make it dynamic There is a pressing need to connect the real sources of value creation and these come from all our capitals and bring this clearly into the…
  • Putting some dynamic tension into the system

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

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Many CEOs see collaboration as key to their success with innovation. They know they cannot achieve their innovation targets using internal resources alone. So they look outside for other organizations to partner with. A good example is Mercedes and Swatch, who collaborated to produce the Smart car. When Mercedes wanted to produce an innovative town car they did not choose another automobile manufacturer – they partnered with a fashion watch maker. Each brought dissimilar skills and experiences to the team.  The whole idea of collaboration is to replace traditional customer/supplier…
  • How to Write your Ideal Elevator Pitch

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    28 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    How would you describe to a stranger what your organisation does? When you meet someone at a social or networking event and they ask about your company what do you say? Take a moment to write down how you would portray your organisation in one sentence. Many people give very bland statements or quote from their company mission or advertising tag lines. The elevator pitch is a phrase coined to describe the situation where you meet someone important in an elevator and have just the duration of the elevator ride to tell him or her what your business is and why it is special. It was originally…
  • Silos Impede Innovation – So Break Them

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    28 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Within larger organisations one of the biggest obstacles to innovation is poor internal communication.  A ‘silo’ mentality develops so that departments guard information and ideas rather than share them.  People work hard – but in isolated groups.  Internal politics can compound the problem with rivalry and turf wars obstructing collaboration.  It can reach the ridiculous stage where the enemy is seen as another department inside rather than the competitors outside. The leader has to tear down the internal fences, punish internal politics and reward co-operation.  This sometimes…
  • Put Your Very Best People on Innovation Projects

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    28 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Many businesses make the mistake of giving innovation projects to junior executives. It seems natural to hand innovation opportunities to enthusiastic and promising upstarts. But generally it is the experienced heavyweights who can overcome all the process and political obstacles that will occur. In September 1999 Lou Gerstner, CEO of IBM, read a line buried deep in a report which said that current quarter pressures had forced a business unit to cut costs by stopping efforts in a promising new area. Gerstner was incensed and wanted to find out how often this happened. He asked J. Bruce…
  • Lead and Create by Asking Questions

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    28 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Children learn by asking questions. Students learn by asking questions. New recruits learn by asking questions. It is the simplest and most effective way of learning. People who think that they know it all no longer ask questions – why should they? Brilliant thinkers never stop asking questions because they know that this is the best way to gain deeper insights. Eric Schmidt, when CEO of Google, said, ‘We run this company on questions, not answers.’ He knows that if you keep asking questions you can keep finding better answers. When Greg Dyke became Director-General of the BBC in 2000…
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  • On Collaboration and Teamwork

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

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

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

    rnadworny
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Being There I’ve been doing user research for the past few weeks and I find myself continually reminded of that great Peter Sellers film, Being There. His character Chance has spent most of his life watching TV. Even when he’s being seduced by Shirley McClain’s Eve Rand, his response is dispassionately “I like to watch, Eve.” That’s what user research and ethnography is, essentially: watching. Most human beings have a hard time NOT telling people what they’re doing wrong, or suggesting alternate solutions. We’re so used to solving someone’s problem it feels almost unnatural…
  • Leading By Design

    rnadworny
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:23 am
    One of the more interesting things I’ve done over the past few years was to attend the California College of Arts Leading By Design Fellows program. This was a six-month residency program in San Francisco. Essentially, it was a streamlined version of the Design MBA program at the CCA. I place it on a continuum as something more than the 3-day Stanford d.school Boot Camp and a two-year design MBA. For me, running and redesigning my own company, it was just right. That last part was the most important: I was looking at ways of redesigning my company Digalicious to have a more human-centered…
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