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  • The most common innovation project failures

    Innovate on Purpose
    Jeffrey Phillips
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    I had the opportunity to speak to a leadership team that is considering building an innovation capability in their business.  I was asked a question I get infrequently, but one I enjoy answering.  The question is:  what keeps businesses from innovating effectively?  The answer that I think most leadership teams want is:  good ideas.  After all, it's easier to explain away the lack of innovation if you can say that most teams lack good ideas. But a lack of good ideas is almost never the appropriate response to the question. Most companies teem with reasonably good…
  • Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

    Innovation in Practice
    Drew Boyd
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Imagine you’re testing a new innovation to see if it can work for your business. You’ve been told by experts that there’s only a 20% chance that it’ll work in your situation. But, something inside tells you it might work. You say, hey, it’s worth a try. Let’s go ahead. Sure enough, it works! You’re thrilled, and you so say “I knew it all along!” This is good news, and you know that your boss is going to love it, too. So you rush in and sell the idea to the boss and the rest of the team. Everyone’s excited about the roll out of the new concept. You’ve spent a lot of time…
  • The Global Creative Leadership ProgramTHNK School of Creative Leadership

    Innovation Management
    InnovationManagement
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:33 am
    About the course The Creative Leadership Program is a fully integrated, built up by four modules, that include personal coaching, interactive discussions with inspirational leaders from around the world and innovation mentoring. The Challenge, a core part of the program consists of a project in which you engage with your fellow THNK participants and THNK […]
  • Awards: Four International Design Excellence Awards

    IDEO
    IDEO
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    ​ IDEO and IDEO.org were awarded at total of 4 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (three and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from designing a scalable network of K-11 schools in Peru to an exploration into the future of automobi​lity. Read more about the winners here. ​2015 Winners​ Innova — Gold | Design Strategy Design Kit ​(IDEO.org)  —  Gold | Social Impact Tempur-Pedic — ​ Silver | Design Strategy​ Future of Automobility — ​ Bronze | Automotive + Transportation
  • The McWhopper: A Lesson on Disruption

    Innovation Upgrade
    Stefan Lindegaard
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    I chuckled when Burger King proposed the McWhopper. This was a great PR stunt and I shared this on LinkedIn. Ken Foster had a different opinion and I can definitely follow him on his views (but I still think it was a great PR stunt). Ken´s comment: “My apologies to you who are fans or employees of these two companies but this seems to be a completely ridiculous stunt. Both of these companies have some incredible challenges going forward so why would they waste efforts on a PR stunt. Two sandwiches which by themselves are so unhealthy they are each losing share to Subway and others . . .
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Matthew E. May | creative strategies

  • Introducing the Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas 2.0

    Matt
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:09 pm
    I started developing a visual tool for team facilitation of strategy development over two years ago, after I learned the Playing to Win framework from Roger Martin. I’ve always liked using good old paper and Post-Its, ever since I learned what was affectionately referred to as “the big paper process” when I was working with Toyota many years ago.After dozens of iterations I’ve finally settled on a format that people find simple, fun, and effective. And for a limited time, I’m going to make it available free under a Creative Commons License, which essentially…
  • The Whole Foods Strategy…Isn’t (Whole)

    Matt
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    There’s an interesting strategic play being made by Whole Foods Markets, in the midst of the company’s nearly $2 billion one-day drop in market value a few weeks ago, on the announcement of a shareholder lawsuit. Whole Foods had already come under legal pressure concerning claims of overcharging, but this new lawsuit claims securities fraud.Now, when shareholders file a lawsuit like that, it’s not a good thing. Especially not when Millennial buyers, a segment Whole Foods has failed miserably in attracting, snicker at the chain’s exorbitant prices and call the chain “Whole…
  • Nomination Wanted: 2015 Thinkers50

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

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

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

  • Top 20 Innovation Articles of August 2015

    Innovation Excellence
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Drum roll please... At the beginning of each month we will profile the twenty posts from the previous month that generated the most traffic to Innovation Excellence. We also publish a weekly Top 10 as part of our free Innovation Excellence Weekly magazine and email newsletter. Did your favorite make the cut? Continue reading →
  • The Creativity Nuclear Reactor: Must Everyone in the Company Be Creative?

    Yoram Solomon
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Maybe as companies grow, and especially when they become public, they simply cannot be creative anymore? The regulatory requirements associated with being a public company, and the liability considerations of having “deep pockets” alone might prevent the company from creating an environment supporting creativity. Continue reading →
  • State of Ohio and NineSigma Collaborate to Drive Job Creation

    Innovation Excellence
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:14 am
    Overall, it is forecasted that 350 jobs will be created over 3-5 years as a result of the program, along with an average per project revenue growth of $10 Million. Continue reading →
  • Culture Knocks Out Strategy

    Patrick Willer
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Many companies have a huge gap between their culture and strategy — a problem that only gets bigger in larger companies, especially when they are in transition. Management at all of these companies have a common reflex: Scream louder about goals and policies as the gap between culture and strategy widens. Continue reading →
  • Two Days Left to Vote for Top Innovation Thinkers

    Mari Anixter
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    Every two years, Thinkers50 produces the world's most prestigious ranking of management thinkers. And 8 thinkers are honored with Distinguished Achievement Awards. Congratulations to co-founders Rowan Gibson and Braden Kelley for being nominated for the 2015 Thinker50 awards. Here's how to cast your vote! Continue reading →
 
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    IDEO

  • Awards: Four International Design Excellence Awards

    IDEO
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    ​ IDEO and IDEO.org were awarded at total of 4 International Design Excellence Awards by the IDSA (three and one respectively). Winning designs ranged from designing a scalable network of K-11 schools in Peru to an exploration into the future of automobi​lity. Read more about the winners here. ​2015 Winners​ Innova — Gold | Design Strategy Design Kit ​(IDEO.org)  —  Gold | Social Impact Tempur-Pedic — ​ Silver | Design Strategy​ Future of Automobility — ​ Bronze | Automotive + Transportation
  • Work: Making Paint Shopping More Fun and Intuitive for Sherwin Williams

    IDEO
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    Walking into a paint store should feel like flipping through your favorite home décor magazine: breezy and enjoyable. But more often than not, navigating the sea of color swatches can feel simply overwhelming. That’s why Sherwin-Williams asked IDEO to help design an intuitive color-selection experience for their North American paint stores. The challenge: appealing to three types of buyers—DIY consumers, professional painters, and professional architects and designers—each of whom have different needs and shopping behaviors.They encouraged participation from every level of our…
  • Work: One Device For All for Los Angeles County

    IDEO
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    With nearly 5 million registered voters, Los Angeles County represents the largest voting jurisdiction in the United States. Guaranteeing every citizen the right to an accessible and intuitive voting experience has been the highest priority for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office, which oversees the election process. To revamp its antiquated voting system that dates back to the 1960s, L.A. County hired IDEO to build its next-generation replacement, a modular system that could adapt over time. And just as importantly, one that would be designed, developed and owned by the…
  • Work: Designing a Tech- and Patient-Friendly CT Scanner for GE

    IDEO
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
  • Work: Designing a New Kind of Car for a Legacy Brand for The Lincoln Motor Company

    IDEO
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:43 am
    Designing a new car takes years and requires collaboration between thousands of people, and the process isn’t always a smooth ride. Collaborative roadblocks can compromise the final in-car experience — a brand liability when it comes to creating luxury automobiles. So when the Lincoln Motor Company was starting to develop the Lincoln MKC, their entry into the fast-growing crossover market, they invited IDEO to build a pop-up studio inside an old manufacturing bay at the company’s Dearborn, MI, headquarters. The idea: have IDEO designers-in-residence help employees and departments…
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    Innovation Management

  • The Global Creative Leadership ProgramTHNK School of Creative Leadership

    InnovationManagement
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:33 am
    About the course The Creative Leadership Program is a fully integrated, built up by four modules, that include personal coaching, interactive discussions with inspirational leaders from around the world and innovation mentoring. The Challenge, a core part of the program consists of a project in which you engage with your fellow THNK participants and THNK […]
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    InnovationTools.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:28 am
    You are a corporate manager or innovation leader looking to increase the probability of success for a new innovation strategy or business development effort. THNK provides you with the insights, tools and access to lead your innovation efforts to scale.
  • The 2015 Global Innovation Economy Survey

    InnovationManagement
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    The state of the global innovation economy is alive and well, according to a recent survey report featuring organisations actively developing and implementing new technologies and solutions across a range of industries.
  • Follow the Crowd or Create the Marketplace

    Cris Beswick
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It’s follow my leader time for the world’s stock markets. Concerns over the state of the Chinese economy have seen markets plunge into freefall, only for some to bounce upwards again a few hours later. At the time of writing, markets are still in flux with analysts divided on the eventual outcome.
  • Top 5 Tips for Outsourcing Your Learning and Development

    Danny Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:18 am
    Although a lot of companies would undoubtedly prefer to keep all of their operations in-house, this sometimes isn’t realistic. Whether you are suffering from budget or other resource restrictions, lack of personnel or a general lack of time to do a high-quality job, many other organisations are available to handle things on your behalf.
 
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Domain Knowledge Matters Donald Trump

    GREGG FRALEY
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Call me king of the obvious but I’d like to remind folks about something related to leadership, innovation, and the upcoming election. Domain Knowledge Matters I’m not taking political sides here but I’m going to make a point about Donald Trump’s candidacy. Let’s face it he has captured the attention of a large group of people. This is factual — the polls have him leading the GOP field. My opinion on why he’s doing so well is this: Trump says things that are bold, straightforward, non-PC and they echo the sentiments of many Americans. People love this…
  • GOP Debate: No Mention of Manufacturing

    GREGG FRALEY
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    A short post to make an observation. Say what you will about the GOP debate last night — and there is much to say — there was no attention paid to manufacturing. Search the transcript, you’ll not find the word mentioned a single time. Wow, it’s a very big point to miss. In related topics innovation was mentioned once, and infrastructure, a huge problem, was not mentioned at all. Why is it important and a big missing that manufacturing wasn’t mentioned? Manufacturing, and the middle class jobs that accompany renewed manufacturing, are absolutely essential to…
  • Consumer Brutal, Chase Bank

    GREGG FRALEY
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Yesterday’s Innovation is Today’s Expectation I do my banking online, as much as is possible. As an innovation it’s remarkable — not having to mail checks to pay bills is wonderful. Online banking saves me time. Checking balances, transferring money, having online records to reference, it’s all very convenient. It’s magic. Until it isn’t. I bank with Chase, more formally known as JP Morgan Chase. To be fair, according to my colleagues in the innovation space, this true story could probably apply to any USA bank (“stuck in the 90′s”…
  • Three Sad Innovation Lessons From Radio Shack

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Keep Punching, Stay True to Yourself and Trends, Make Things The demise of Radio Shack., it’s depressing. Much like Kodak you read the history of events and can point to several ideas not done that could have saved them. You can also point to many ideas they tried that were clearly the wrong bets. Hindsight is better than foresight, but still, if they’d stuck to their original values they might have survived. Radio Shack substituted short sighted management tactics for real innovation and invention and that’s ultimately what killed them. They lost the sense of who they were…
  • “Open For Business” is a Promise Made

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

  • 34 Awesome Quotes on Leadership

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    1. "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter F. Drucker 2. "If you don't understand that you work for your mislabeled 'subordinates,' then you know nothing of leadership. You know only tyranny." - Dee Hock 3. "A leader is best when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say 'we did it ourselves.'" - Lao Tzu 4. "The led must not be compelled; they must be able to choose their own leader." - Albert Einstein 5. "The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why." - Warren Bennis 6. "The first…
  • If You Plan on Asking an Outside Innovation Consultant for Help

    26 Aug 2015 | 8:43 pm
    If someone from your company's leadership team asks you to locate an outside consultant to help your organization raise the bar for innovation, stop for a moment and ask the person asking you to locate an outside consultant to answer the following questions. If they answer "NO" to any of them or look at you as if you are ungrateful, uppity, or "not a team player", do not accept the assignment. Really. I mean it. DO NOT ACCEPT THE ASSIGNMENT. If you're afraid to decline the assignment, not only is the project doomed, but you will soon end up experiencing the kind of low grade corporate virus…
  • The Art of Self-Acknowledgment

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    If you're a creative person regularly involved with starting new projects -- the kind unlikely to get results overnight -- here is a simple practice that will keep you in a positive frame of mind and save you from the all-too-familiar phenomenon of depressing yourself by focusing on the cup (or your life) being half empty. At the end of each work day, acknowledge yourself for all of your accomplishments, small, medium, and large. But not just silently, in your head, verbally -- aloud. Most cultural creatives, no matter how inspired they are at the beginning of a project, eventually end up…
  • The Power of Pause

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:21 am
    Who can wait quietly while the mud settles? - Lao Tzu Illustration Idea Champions My forthcoming book My HuffPost articles
  • The Martial Arts of the Mind

    21 Aug 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Ten years ago I was invited to teach a course on "Innovation and Business Growth" at GE's Crotonville Management Development Center for 75 high potential, business superstars of the future. The GE executive who hired me was a very savvy guy with the unenviable task of orienting new adjunct faculty members to GE's high standards and often harsher reality. My client's intelligence was exceeded only by his candor as he proceeded to tell me, in no uncertain terms, that GE gave "new instructors" two shots at making the grade -- explaining, with a wry smile, that most outside consultants were…
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • The most common innovation project failures

    Jeffrey Phillips
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    I had the opportunity to speak to a leadership team that is considering building an innovation capability in their business.  I was asked a question I get infrequently, but one I enjoy answering.  The question is:  what keeps businesses from innovating effectively?  The answer that I think most leadership teams want is:  good ideas.  After all, it's easier to explain away the lack of innovation if you can say that most teams lack good ideas. But a lack of good ideas is almost never the appropriate response to the question. Most companies teem with reasonably good…
  • Should you welcome or fear disruption

    Jeffrey Phillips
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    I was scanning through my Twitter feed when I came upon a tweet where someone was excitedly welcoming disruption in the financial sector.  Strangely, it was from an individual employed in the traditional banking sector.  This made me think of the old Simpson's show where Kent Brockman, the news broadcaster, is announcing that there are new alien beings taking over the earth, and that he, for one, welcomed the new overlords. Much like the traditional banker who welcomes financial disruption in his industry, this welcoming of your own destruction seems a bit unlikely. My response is…
  • Barely scratching the surface

    Jeffrey Phillips
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    It's funny to me to read about the impending death of innovation, or how innovation doesn't add any value, or how often you can read about new innovation methods or techniques when most people haven't ingested the basic tenets yet.  For all the talk about innovation, for all the "I'm so over" innovation eye-rolling, it would be nice to admit a really simple fact that is as plain as the nose on your face:  80% of the people in most organizations simply don't know that much about innovation.I have to remind myself of this constantly, because I'm not going to be surprised anymore by…
  • Innovation decreases with knowledge

    Jeffrey Phillips
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
    Did the headline of the post grab your attention?  Did you think I was going to assert that dumb people are better innovators?  Nothing of the sort.  However, I think I can positively assert that bringing all of your knowledge to bear on a problem that needs innovation is often exactly the opposite of what you should do.  Here's why.If you can solve a problem with all of the knowledge you possess, drawing on everything you know and expect to be true, you are narrowing your range of solutions and calling on past experience.  Most likely you are solving a problem the…
  • Day to Day Innovation Survey Results to date

    Jeffrey Phillips
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Many of you know that we are conducting a survey of innovation practitioners.  If you haven't responded, please take ten minutes to provide us your insights.  To encourage you and to provide a mid-survey report, I thought I'd reflect on a few findings to date.Remember that we are interested in what the people who are actually "doing" innovation think.  There are plenty of surveys that report what CEOs or senior executives think, but not enough is heard from the people who are responsible for day to day innovation projects and activities.  Thus we want to hear from you, and…
 
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    Scott Berkun

  • The Mistakes Of Writing About Company Culture

    Scott Berkun
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Recently the New York Times published an article called Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. It describes Amazon as a tough place to work. Many Amazon employees have rejected the article and written responses critiquing it’s claims (including an open letter by CEO Jeff Bezos). Having never worked there I can’t comment on where the truth lies in this story (Amazon has a reputation in Seattle for being hard on employees, but many tech companies do). But as a writer of several books (See The Year Without Pants) and many essays about culture (See A Critique of…
  • Designers, Morality and the AK-47

    Scott Berkun
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Recently Mike Monteiro wrote about whether the AK-47 is worthy of study for a design student. I agree and disagree with him at the same time, which led me to write this response. He wrote: If a thing is designed to kill you, it is, by definition, bad design. This sounds powerful but it makes little sense because it pretends design and ethics are the same and they’re not. I know he wants them to be the same (and in a way I wish they were too), but he’s mixing design, which is a practice, with ethics, which is a system of beliefs. They overlap but they are different lenses. For…
  • Live Notes from World Domination Summit 2015

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

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

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

  • Companies are increasingly turning to Innovation Centres

    Paul Sloane
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:48 pm
    A recent study by Capgemini Consulting, entitled The Innovation Game, charts the rise of corporate innovation centers (or centres as we say in Europe). Researchers interviewed leaders of such innovation units and conducted surveys of the 200 largest companies in the world. An innovation center is a team of people and a physical location. Its goal is to exploit the ecosystem of startups and accelerators to pioneer and test disruptive solutions and new business models. For example BMW’s innovation center in Mountain View aims to develop cutting-edge digital products such as virtual reality…
  • Why did no-one think of this before?

    Paul Sloane
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    Here is a super invention generated by a concerned student, Rebecca Pick.  She has designed a tiny rape alarm which can be attached to your clothing.  Through your mobile phone, when triggered it can inform police, give your location and record what is happening.  It is a clever use of mobile technology and it makes you wonder – why did no-one think of this before? Paul Sloane   Share
  • What was the Greatest Innovation?

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

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

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

  • Speaker Hall of Fame

    sshapiro
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    I am thrilled to announce that on July 21, 2015, I was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. That evening, I received the National Speakers Association’s Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE) award in front of 1,500 people at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC. This award... The post Speaker Hall of Fame appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Transcription

    sshapiro
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The other day I posted an article about purposeful tangents that included a video interview with magician Armando Lucero.  If you did not read that article, please sure to do so before reading this video transcription.  Armando: You know I enjoyed figuring out the facts on my own, so I had this habi... The post Magic and Creativity Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Personality Poker Limited Time Offer

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Personality Poker®: The Playing Card Tool for Driving High-Performance Teamwork and Innovation is unlike any other book. And now you can get a case of them for less than the cost of one copy on Amazon.com! Yes, it the book is jam packed with examples and scientific studies on teamwork, collaboration... The post Personality Poker Limited Time Offer appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Magic and Creativity Video

    sshapiro
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    Although I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to understanding innovation, I no longer attend innovation conferences, unless I am speaking. Also, I read very few innovation books. Why? Two reasons. The first reason is that there seems to be very little innovation in the world of innovation;... The post Magic and Creativity Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation

    sshapiro
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you watch the news, you might assume you know what is really going on in the world. But what if 5% of the population accounts for 100% of the conversation? From my experience, the vocal few speak loudly and their voices are the only ones we tend to hear. We see this manifest in many different way... The post 5% of the population; 100% of the conversation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
 
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • What is your Small Business Challenge and How are you Overcoming it?

    Sanjay Dalal
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    What is your current small business challenge and how are you overcoming it? We would love to spotlight you on oGoing in front of over 10,000 small business members! All you have to do is: 1. Add your comment here about your present business challenge2. Tell us which new business / professional you met on oGoing3. Invite one other business to join oGoing! We will be choosing five businesses to spotlight on our next email blast!oGoing Member SpotlightWe have selected seven members who responded to our previous question, and are featuring them now.Ergo21 Designer and Creator of Ergo21 Extreme…
  • Excellent Seat Cushion for Lower Back Pain | Ergo21

    Sanjay Dalal
    22 Aug 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Lower Back Pain Stifling Your ProductivityDo you have a long commute to work and are stuck in your car for hours? Are you a long haul driver that sits in your truck for more than 4 hours a day? Are you a local deliveryman who is always sitting and driving long hours in those delivery trucks? If so, you probably have suffered from travel related back pain. In fact, you probably have to take painkillers everyday in order to get some relief. But thankfully there is hope for those who suffer from travel related lower back pain.Most Comfortable Seat Cushion for Lower Back PainOne of the best seat…
  • Sales and Marketing eBooks | Download Now

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

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

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

  • Transplant Surgeons Revive Hearts After Death

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A technology to keep organs alive outside the body is saving lives. And provoking ethical debates.Transplant surgeons have started using a device that allows them to “reanimate” hearts from people who have recently died, and use the organs to save others. 
  • How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    IBM researchers are developing a system that can predict how bad pollution will be across the city of Beijing 72 hours in advance.IBM is testing a new way to alleviate Beijing’s choking air pollution with the help of artificial intelligence. The Chinese capital, like many other cities across the country, is surrounded by factories, many fueled by coal, that emit harmful particulates. But pollution levels can vary depending on factors such as industrial activity, traffic congestion, and weather conditions.
  • The Looming Problem That Could Kill Bitcoin

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    The man who took over stewardship of Bitcoin from its mysterious inventor says the currency is in serious trouble.The way things are going, the digital currency Bitcoin will start to malfunction early next year. Transactions will become increasingly delayed, and the system of money now worth $3.3 billion will begin to die as its flakiness drives people away. So says Gavin Andresen, who in 2010 was designated chief caretaker of the code that powers Bitcoin by its shadowy creator. Andresen held the role of “core maintainer” during most of Bitcoin’s improbable rise; he stepped down last…
  • Two Companies Close In on a Concussion Blood Test

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A pair of companies say they’ve identified proteins that could lead to a blood test to quickly diagnose concussions.A blood test that could quickly detect a brain injury and measure the damage it has done could help doctors provide better care for the millions of people suffering from such injuries, potentially improving their chances of avoiding long-term disabilities.
  • New Boss on Construction Sites Is a Drone

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Drones are being used to capture video footage that shows construction progress at the Sacramento Kings’ new stadium in California.For some construction workers, any thoughts of slacking off could soon seem rather quaint. The drones will almost certainly notice.
 
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • CX Journey™ Musings: Guiding Principles

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:56 pm
    Does your company have a clearly defined set of guiding principles? On the heels of the Amazon "exposé," I thought I'd tackle a slightly different angle of the story. I'm not going to weigh in on what's happening there - I don't work there, so I have no idea. Besides, there are always three sides to every story: yours, mine, and the truth, right?  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Annette Franz Gleneickiemployee experienceemployee engagementoganisational behaviour
  • What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Each of us has our own favourite stores; we all have those restaurants that we keep going back to. Some restaurateurs and retailers have managed to cultivate our loyalty and we love going to them. We tell our friends about them, we “like” them on Facebook, we gather groups to go to their stores with us. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: retailbrand experiencesDenise Lee Yohnrestaurantsbrand buildingbooks
  • Despite the Headlines, the Future Has Never Been Brighter

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    It’s easy to get depressed about the world these days. Watch the news for five minutes or more and you’re bound to see signs of the apocalypse. War, poverty, climate change, a new pandemic, there always seems to be new trouble arising somewhere that threatens our health and security.Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: futureGreg Satelltechnologychangenostalgiaperspective
  • I Thought the 'Shopping Basket for Life' Argument Was Dead and Buried - but No

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:43 pm
    A long time ago, at the birth of the ageing business, there was a set of arguments that were always rolled out to justify why brands focus on the young. In those days young was 18-34, for many it still is but it has gone up a decade or two. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Dick Stroudshopping behaviourconsumer insightsloyaltyagedemographics
  • Evangelizing Omni-Channel (Why It Is Not the Answer)

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:20 pm
    One of the topics that we set out to discover during out surveys past two years (note: take our survey this year, please? was whether organizations and practitioners were already on board with the concept of omni-channel. What we found out was pretty much in line with what we expected: it is too early for them to focus on it. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Esteban Kolskychannelschannel strategycustomer service
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • Five times it’s okay to be selfish

    Don The Idea Guy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    There are plenty of folks out there writing about the benefits and special place in heaven set aside for the most generous souls among us, but I firmly believe that (within certain qualifying criteria) it’s okay to be a little selfish. Sometimes a lot selfish. Here are five times that I identified where being selfish is perfectly acceptable. 1. When you’re at capacity levels Every one of us has their own level of ability to deal with projects, work demands, family demands, volunteering, side-gigs, etc. Everyone’s cup has a different fill-level — but when it’s…
  • Are You Doing Stuff or Doing Shit?

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Just this week I discovered the Do Sh!t Podcast hosted by Amanda Mock* and Natalie Jean Miller and I’ve been consuming episodes at a rate of two per day. I first became aware of Natalie Jean during a month long experiment last August to create a video every singe day during the month of August in an initiative called VEDA (Video Every Day in August) through Amy Schmittauer’s site SavvySexySocial.com. We traded a few comments about each other’s videos and she made a really positive impression on me in regard to creativity and friendly attitude. Several months ago I recall…
  • A Wonderful Idea For Amazon

    Don The Idea Guy
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Today is my wife’s birthday, and being a fan of super heroes like myself (have I mentioned she’s my perfect match?) I went with an all Wonder Woman gift theme this year. One of the gifts was this very cool Wonder Woman Knapsack whose picture you’ll see accompanying this post. One problem: the rivet on the snap closure for the primary flap was broken. I tried to use Amazon’s online system to have a replacement shipped out, but because the item was originally purchased through Amazon but actually fulfilled through a third-party Amazon Seller, the most they could do…
  • The Proactive Prepared Pessimist

    Don The Idea Guy
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:03 am
    There is nothing wrong with making a new project “live” and then finding things that went wrong/broke/didn’t work. You then correct the broken elements and re-launch, repeating as many times as necessary. Nothing would ever launch if people waited for every single element to be “perfect”, because there’s no such thing as perfect. However, you can dramatically reduce both the number of elements you’ll need to fix and the number of times you’ll have to go back in and make correction if you’ll practice a little of what I’ve termed…
  • Lagniappe, Learning, and Louis Armstrong

    Don The Idea Guy
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Many students of many ages are all going “back to school” today. I wasn’t aware of it because I have any school age children, I knew it was happening because of all the back-to-school sales being promoted by stores and by all the Facebook posts of relief by my friends who do have school age children. It’s a shame that we look returning to a classroom as “going back to school” when the most interesting lessons are the ones we assign ourselves. Don’t you think you learn more when you’re truly interested in a topic, rather than when homework is…
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    InnoBlog

  • Five Trends of the Future Consumer

    kblake
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Last week I had the pleasure of attending Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies’ Summer University, “The Future Consumer and Marketplace[1].”  CIFS is an international, apolitical, and not-for-profit organization that is one of Scandinavia’s largest Future Studies think tanks.  Founded in 1970 by Thorkil Kristensen, a former OECD Secretary-General and Danish Finance Minister, the Institute is now an international and interdisciplinary organization that seeks to create change, progress, and innovation informed by research. The opportunity presented a pleasant change from standard…
  • How to Break Up with an Innovation Project

    kblake
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Breaking up isn’t easy — especially if you are a leader “breaking up with” an innovation project that one of your teams still believes in passionately. It is a critical part of the innovation journey however, and done well can produce a positive outcome across the board. Consider a conversation that might start like this: “We need to talk,” she says. There’s only one way this conversation ends, you think, but you paste a smile on your face and reply, “Sure. What’s up?” “We seem to be stuck,” she says. “When we started it all seemed so perfect. But now every time we…
  • How Industrial Systems Are Turning into Digital Services

    kblake
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    To some, ball bearings are boring, even though these small steel spheres are what keep everything from factory machines and wind turbines as well as cars, trucks, planes, and trains moving smoothly and safely. But to Sweden-based SKF Group — the leading company in the $76 billion global market for ball bearing systems — these objects are heroic, destined to become the “brains of rotating machinery” by transmitting data to boost performance, reduce downtime, and prevent accidents. Yet even though SKF has a century-long track record of keeping the wheels of industry turning, this new…
  • What the Media Industry Can Teach Us About Digital Business Models

    kblake
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    It has been a great 20 years for U.S. media innovators, with hundreds of billions of dollars created by companies that are helping democratize content production and distribution while developing new ways to connect advertisers and customers. Google and its disruptive advertising model leads the pack with a $370 billion market capitalization, but consider also companies like Facebook ($225 billion), LinkedIn ($25 billion), Twitter ($24 billion), TripAdvisor ($11 billion), and Yelp ($3 billion). Of course, for most traditional publishing incumbents, “great” is not the word that springs…
  • Innovation Isn’t the Answer to All Your Problems

    kblake
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    What should leaders do to boost their organization’s ability to innovate? There’s a seemingly endless list of options to consider. Set up a new-growth group. Launch an idea contest. Change the reward systems. Run an action-learning program to develop the top leadership team’s ability to confront ambiguity. Form a venture investment fund. Take a road trip to Israel or Silicon Valley. Build an open innovation platform. Bring in outside speakers. Hire seasoned innovators. Paint the walls blue. Buy a lot of books. And what’s the point of all these approaches?  To infuse innovation into…
 
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    Innovationedge

  • Older consumers are generally more brand loyal while millennials seek innovation

    Cheryl Perkins
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Targeting innovation-hungry millennials?  We ought not forget our more established customers, who tend to purchase their tried and true products. Here is an interesting article I found by Andrew McDougal on Cosmetics Design- Europe. He writes that while there is a big focus on attracting millennials who seek innovation right now, older consumers’ preferences become more established as they age suggesting that as they age, they become more brand loyal. Check out the article here:
  • The Five Hottest Innovation Trends

    Cheryl Perkins
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    The start up craze. 3-D printing. Uber, AirBNB and the unstoppable On Demand Economy. My friend Robert Tucker has been reporting on these and other driving forces of change: Only a year ago, we were just hearing about the “sharing economy” (since renamed the On Demand Economy), today the mainstream media reports on these trends constantly. Check out these top five I-Trends: 1. The Start Up Trend Goes Global. On recent swings thru the Middle East and Africa, I heard less about turmoil in the region, and often about the increasing number of startups sprouting. Today’s breed of…
  • Steel plant to convert harmful byproducts into renewable energy

    Cheryl Perkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Here’s innovation news we regularly post on our Facebook Page. Like us for more! ArcelorMittal — the world’s largest steel company — produced 93.1 million tons of steel in 2014, generating a problematic amount of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. But now, the company is launching a pilot scheme at their Ghent plant in partnership with bioengineering organization LanzaTech, which will convert this waste product into useful ethanol, using a microbe originally found in rabbits’ guts. LanzaTech’s system captures carbon monoxide using a customized clostridium microbe and converts…
  • A can’t-miss event for consumer goods innovators

    Cheryl Perkins
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    If you are a senior level consumer goods executive or actively involved with your organization’s global expansion projects, I highly encourage you to attend Achieving Profitable Growth and Innovation, a conference from our friends at Consumer Goods Technology. You’ll need to sign up soon, because it takes place September 16 – 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. The CG industry in North America has seen a significant transition to global expansion, including the Emerging Markets playing field. However, an international transition is not a simple task; companies cannot assume they will be…
  • Drinkable book can be used as high-tech water filters

    Cheryl Perkins
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Here’s news of an eco-book that shares info about clean drinking water, so the reader can use the actual pages as high-tech filters that will remove 99% of bacteria from the filtered water. It’s part of a new bactericidal silver nanoparticle paper. Perhaps someday it can bring clean water to the 663 million people who don’t have access to it. Here’s more from the official website: The Drinkable Book™ is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water. This filter is patent pending technology (US Serial No 62/153,395), and works…
 
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    The Creativity Guru

  • To Be a Better Writer: Write More Books

    keithsawyer
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:35 pm
    In today’s New York Times, author Stephen King challenges a common belief: The more one writes, the less remarkable one’s work is apt to be. He agrees that there are a few super-prolific writers who aren’t great writers; mystery novelist John Creasey, who’s written 564 novels under 21 different pseudonyms; and Barbara Cartland, with over 700 novels. But King argues that these are exceptions: the general pattern is that, the more you write, the better a writer you are. Examples include Joyce Carol Oates (over 60 novels) and Agatha Christie (91 novels) and Isaac Asimov…
  • The Economist Shouts: “Set Innovation Free!”

    keithsawyer
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    The cover story of this influential British magazine is “Set Innovation Free!”* The subtitle says what they really mean: Time to fix the patent system. In this blog, I’ve argued that the current patent regime retards overall innovation. It’s not aligned with empirical studies of creativity research. Patents are awarded to a single entity, as if that entity is completely responsible for the advance in knowledge. But research shows that all innovations are collaborative and distributed. Defenders of patents will say: First, the potential reward of a patent provides an…
  • Leonardo da Vinci Artist Statement

    keithsawyer
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    This is hilarious, even if it’s a bit over the top. It’s from “The Artist Statements of the Old Masters” by John Seed: If the great European artists of the past were alive today, what kinds of statements would they need to write to explain and justify their work? I originally proposed “La Giaconda” as a non-specific vehicle to map coded and opposed systems of selfhood and gender that could be substantiated via an intertextual nexus. Through a personal discursive process, it then evolved towards a self-referential “otherness” that overlays…
  • The Costumed Character “Buford Beaver”

    keithsawyer
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:55 am
    For my summer job while in high school, in 1977 I passed a stage audition at the Busch Gardens theme park, in Williamsburg Virginia, to perform as the costumed character “Buford Beaver.” Just today, I found a long-lost photo that shows me, in costume, with my mother and grandmother, check it out! I stumbled onto this job by accident. I originally auditioned to be a pianist in one of the theme park’s many stage shows. I didn’t get the gig, but somehow they thought I might make a good costumed character, so they invited me back for that audition. I was on stage with…
  • Computer Games and Learning

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

  • Why is Slack Time So Important to Innovation?

    philmckinney
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    In the modern workplace, it seems time is one of the most precious commodities – and getting scarcer by the day. Employees are encouraged to work from the moment they sit down at their desks until the moment they clock out, with minimal breaks in between. Sometimes, even bathroom breaks and opportunities to get up and walk around are limited, and policies controlling leisure behavior while on the job are rigorously enforced. These same companies are simultaneously wondering why innovation no longer seems to occur within their organizations – why their practices are stagnant, their…
  • Does being relentlessly rough on employees elicit better performance?

    philmckinney
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The late Steve Jobs was the visionary who took Apple from the office desktop to the user’s back pocket. His reputation on stage was as a hard-charging, success-driven leader, and his audience responded with cheers and fist pumps as customers flocked to buy his latest brainchild. Harsh Boss Unfortunately, Jobs also had a reputation for rudeness and harsh treatment of his employees according to a New York Times piece. Apparently, he could be downright nasty to people when it simply wasn’t necessary.…
  • Pinocchio with a PhD: An Appeal for Ethical Innovation

    philmckinney
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    In recent years, a growing number of innovators has falsified or fabricated their ideas and their work in order to gain prestige and undeserved credibility. Furthermore, instead of this scandal being the work of a few innovators led astray, it seems that the issue of unethical behavior in research is a frustratingly common occurrence. Why has it become such a challenge to maintain ethical innovation, and what can we do to restore this integrity? While I’m frustrated by this trend, I’m not completely surprised by it.…
  • Be Unreasonable And Change The World S11 Ep19

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

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

  • Will Xiaomi Stop the iPhone in China?

    Patty Seybold
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    There's a "new" smartphone that's gaining rapid marketshare and challenging Apple's global brand primacy: Xiaomi's ((pronounced Show-em) Mi. The privately-held Chinese manufacturer of Android-based smartphones and other electronics reported sales of 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015, 33% more than for the same period last year. The company's goal is 100 million for the year. As you can see from the photo, the Mi Note 4 is larger than the iPhone 6. It is an Android phone with a high resolution camera. Apple's Prospects in China Dim In a…
  • How to Improve the Customer Experience for your B2B Customers

    Patty Seybold
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    What are the Top 12 Things that Annoy Your Business Customers? I thought you might like to know about the current Moments of Truth that keep emerging as we work with business customers to co-design their ideal customer experiences in a wide variety of industries, with quite different products and services—from software to information, from analysis to capital equipment, from professional services to office or manufacturing supplies. In a business account, you’re dealing with customers in different roles throughout your relationship with the people in the account. When you’re in the…
  • Amazon's Prime Day Experiment

    Patty Seybold
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Amazon Prime Day, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Prime members’ program on July 15, 2015, has taken a lot of flack as a bad customer experience, based on negative tweets and members’ frustration about the quality, availability, and accessibility of the items featured in the sale. Prime Day Spoof posted on Reddit by Blue Mosquito However, we suspect that the first annual “Prime Day” yielded the two major results that Amazon intended. It attracted many new Prime members. It gave Amazon and its retail partners an opportunity to stress test its infrastructure before the 2015…
  • 8 DOs & DONT's for Customer Advisory Boards

    Patty Seybold
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:02 pm
    6 Things Customer Advisory Board Members Love to do: Network with their peers. What makes a Customer Advisory Group great is the value of the relationships that customers build with one another. You know you're on the right track if members call one another for advice in between meetings. Share their mental models and their plans with their peers. Don't use your CAB meetings as a venue to share your product road map with customers. Instead, ask customers to share their strategies and plans with one another for peer review. If your CAB members know they can count on your semi-annual…
  • US Citizens' (Small) Victory in Fight Against Govt. Search & Seizure

    Patty Seybold
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    The Customer Revolution Continues....U.S. Patriot Act Expires Thanks to courageous stands taken by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden, and to an outpouring of calls and emails from American voters (thank you!), the three portions of the US Patriot Act that authorized the mass collection and data mining of the phone records of US citizens expired on June 1st, 2015. "Historic Victory for the Rights of Every Citizen" In a video interview with The Guardian and then in an Op Ed column in the Sunday New York Times, Edward Snowden commented on the victory:…
 
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    Innovation Upgrade

  • The McWhopper: A Lesson on Disruption

    Stefan Lindegaard
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    I chuckled when Burger King proposed the McWhopper. This was a great PR stunt and I shared this on LinkedIn. Ken Foster had a different opinion and I can definitely follow him on his views (but I still think it was a great PR stunt). Ken´s comment: “My apologies to you who are fans or employees of these two companies but this seems to be a completely ridiculous stunt. Both of these companies have some incredible challenges going forward so why would they waste efforts on a PR stunt. Two sandwiches which by themselves are so unhealthy they are each losing share to Subway and others . . .
  • Innovation Upgrade: A Training Program and Network by Stefan Lindegaard

    Stefan Lindegaard
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Boost Your Career and Help Make Your Company Stronger! Do you and your colleagues 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 Innovation Upgrade, a training program and network that gives you insights and inspiration on topics such as: • open innovation and how this works for large companies, SME´s and startups • the future of corporate innovation (lots of change on the way) • the talent for…
  • The Perfect Storm: Why Big Companies Get Better at Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    I had an interesting discussion recently in which I heard arguments why big companies are not good at innovation and why this will not change in the future, which belongs to the more nimble and adaptive startups. I fully understand why many people do not believe in the innovation capabilities of big companies today and in the future, but I have faith in them. Things will change and we will see that big companies will improve significantly on their innovation efforts in the next 3-7 years. There is a perfect storm brewing for this and here you get some of the elements that I see in this storm:…
  • 4 Lenses of Innovation: A Great Tool for Creativity and Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    I am a big fan of Rowan Gibson and his work on the 4 lenses of innovation. Not so long ago, Rowan published a book on his work and this is something you should definitely check out. Rowan states that if we unpack hundreds of cases of successful innovation, it turns out that there is a common signature to all of these big ideas. Time and again, visionary inventors and entrepreneurs came to their insights and discoveries not by sitting there waiting for a Eureka moment but by looking at the world from particular perspectives. In fact, Rowan believes it’s possible to identify four specific…
  • Stop Doing Stupid Things: The Innovation Challenge for All Companies

    Stefan Lindegaard
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    There are lots of innovation challenges out there as there are lots of problems to be solved and lots of new ideas and input to be taken in. One of the key issues with innovation challenges is to develop the right questions and challenges to ask to the right audience. Today, I heard of a great theme for a challenge. It was so simple and yet so relevant that many other companies should do it. The theme was: What are the stupid things that we should stop doing? Imagine if you asked this question to your employees, partners or customers.
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Innovators: Beware the Hindsight Bias

    Drew Boyd
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Imagine you’re testing a new innovation to see if it can work for your business. You’ve been told by experts that there’s only a 20% chance that it’ll work in your situation. But, something inside tells you it might work. You say, hey, it’s worth a try. Let’s go ahead. Sure enough, it works! You’re thrilled, and you so say “I knew it all along!” This is good news, and you know that your boss is going to love it, too. So you rush in and sell the idea to the boss and the rest of the team. Everyone’s excited about the roll out of the new concept. You’ve spent a lot of time…
  • What Consumers Must Learn to Adopt New Innovations

    Drew Boyd
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Think about the last time you bought a car or perhaps a computer. Now, think about the next time you’ll buy one of those items. Are you going to do it exactly the same way as before? If you’re like most consumers, the answer is probably not. That’s because you learned some things from the first experience that will improve your purchasing behavior on the next experience. That's especially true with new, innovative products. As a marketer, you need to understand how people learn about being a consumer and what they do with that knowledge once they learn it. Marketers can play a key role…
  • Innovation Sighting: Adjustable Airline Seats

    Drew Boyd
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Here's a nice example of the Attribute Dependency Technique, one of five in the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). It's a great tool to make products and services that are "smart." They adjust and learn, then adapt their performance to suit the needs of the user. Attribute Dependency accounts for the majority of innovative products and services, according to research conducted by my co-author, Dr. Jacob Goldenberg. From Fox News: The airline legroom wars may finally be coming to an end. Engineering firm B/E Aerospace has filed a patent for a “legroom adjustable”…
  • Master the Method: Innovation Suite #18

    Drew Boyd
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:13 am
    I invite you to join the upcoming Innovation Suite  in San Francisco, November 16-18, 2015. Innovation Suite brings together executives from around the world to share their business innovation experiences and to learn how to embed a culture of innovation within their teams and organizations. This time around, the event will have two specialized tracks: one for Innovation Users, and another for Innovation Architects. In the Innovation User track, participants will learn how to develop an innovative mindset and learn practical tools for approaching routine work differently. In the Innovation…
  • Beware the Overconfident Innovator

    Drew Boyd
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    I want you to imagine that you’ve been working on a string of projects, and they’ve all gone very well. You’re talented, hardworking, and ambitious, and you’re on a roll. Then, your next assignment comes along. It’s a big challenge like the ones before. You’ve got a tight deadline, a limited budget, and lots of pressure to make it a big success. Then, something bad happens. You were faced with a critical decision. You knew ahead of time that you didn’t have all the information, but you made a decision anyway...and it was dead wrong. So what happened? Well, you may have been…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • 5th International Invention Festival on October 3 to 5 in Tehran

    A.S Rao
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:53 am
    Azad University of Central Tehran Branch  under the sponsorship of IFIA is organising the 5th International Invention Festival, from 3rd to 5th Octobet in Tehran. It is an outstanding opportunity for exchanging experience and ideas between inventors, innovators and commercializing bodies while introducing high-tech invention in various fields of science and technology. Indian Innovators interested in participation may contact Indian Innovators Association.
  • Microsoft refused to pay royalty of 2.25% on final product price for standard essential patents to Motorola

    A.S Rao
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
    Both Motorola and Microsoft are members of the standard setting organisations Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ("IEEE") and the International Telecommunication Union ("ITU"). Motorola owns numerous patents that are essential to the IEEE 802.11 wireless local area network ("WLAN") Standard ("802.11 Standard") and the ITU H.264 advanced video coding technology standard ("H.264 Standard").On October 21 and 29, 2010 Motorola sent letters to Microsoft offering to license its standards-essential patents (SEP) for the 802.11 Standard and H.264 Standard. The offer asked for a 2.25%…
  • CSIR-TKDL misleading with its claim that they stopped an European patent -on a medicinal composition containing turmeric, pine bark and green tea for treating hair loss.

    A.S Rao
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:51 am
    Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India issued a press statement with title`India Foils UK Company’s Bid to Patent Use of Turmeric, Pine Bark & Tea for Treating Hair Loss'. The Indian press dutifully carried this news item as yet another instance of crooked white man stealing Indian traditional knowledge. And few in India analysed the European patent claims to check this claim of CSIR-TKDL.Darren Smyth in his blog IPKat traced the patent in dispute and anaysed the claim(s) in detail. The conclusion:Caim 1 is achieving an electrostatic effect in the interaction of…
  • The 28 day innovation program- Scott D Anthony

    A.S Rao
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:08 pm
    In his book ` The little black book of innovation' consultant  Scott Anthony brings insights from Innosight and prescribes a 28 day journey . Week end summery of program:First week - discover opportunities for innovation.Second week -blueprint an innovative idea. third week-Assess and test your innovative idea.Fourth week- Move forward in the journey.Some interesting concepts:Selective scarcity- where you place limits on three factors ( time, boundary limits, team number)  whose abundance can crush innovation,Sucking sound of core- the more a company focuses on what it…
  • Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP 2015-30)

    A.S Rao
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Mr Manohar Parrikar, hon'ble Raksha Mantri released 15 year Indian Naval Indigenisation Plan (INIP 2015-30) on 16 July 2015 during a CII-Indian Navy Seminar in New Delhi. This document supersedes the Indigenisation Plan published in 2008 for the period 2008-2022.This document is aimed to enable indigenous development of equipment and systems over the next 15 years. It attempts to formulate the requirements of Indian Navy and lists out the equipment which can be taken up for indigenisation in the coming years. It is expected that release of this plan would further synergise Indian…
 
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    InnovationLabs

  • Creating Tomorrow, Geopolitics and Innovation

    Langdon
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:56 pm
    A couple of quite interesting books to consider for your next visit to the beach … The Accidental Superpower, by Peter Zeihan Zeihan is a geopolitical consultant and strategist who brings a considerable depth of research and insight to key questions about the uncertainties of the future we face in the coming ten to twenty […]
  • Helping UNICEF Create a Polio Free World

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

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

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

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

  • Somewhere Out There?

    jimkastkeat
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    This sermon has it all: dismantling dualistic ontotheology embracing radical immanence a glimpse towards process theology and a ukulele Enjoy.
  • #30SOL top 30 [2014-2015 edition]

    jimkastkeat
    4 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    We made it through a second year on Thirty Seconds or Less. I started this project on May 1, 2013. Now two years later it continues to evolve, most notably with the addition of specific themes (creativity, mindfulness, and justice), curated campaigns (Faith Feminisms, Marrissa418, Stay Woke Advent, LamENT, etc.), and an ever-growing list of contributors providing their voice, sound, or image for each episode. What began as my own personal short form podcast has become a platform to share ideas and amplify voices (not to mention still holding the record for the world’s shortest…
  • DJ Earworm vs. Us The Duo

    jimkastkeat
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:27 pm
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  • #StayWokeAdvent + #30SOL

    jimkastkeat
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Some of my friends are organizing an online Advent flash mob in light of the recent events in Ferguson, MO and the ongoing acts of racism and privilege in America called #StayWokeAdvent. As a part of the Theology of Ferguson project, they will be curating a variety of reflections on the themes of Advent and the current state of affairs in our country. And as a part of their project, Thirty Seconds or Less will be hosting two weeks of podcasts for #StayWokeAdvent. Will you write a reflection on lectionary passage (listed below) or the themes of Advent and the intersection of justice in our…
  • #ScribbleProject2015

    jimkastkeat
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    For the past six years I have concocted an annual experiment. These year-long projects have led to the ties I wear every day, my Everything Notebook, my vegetarian lifestyle, and more. (Many of these experiments have also fizzled out or transformed into something else, but that’s another post for another day.) And with 2015 just a month and a half away, I have decided on my next annual project: The Scribble Project. The Scribble Project will be a daily experiment in creativity, design, and iteration. I will be collecting a different scribble for each month, copying them all into…
 
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    Fast Company

  • Uber Is Now Facing A Much Bigger Lawsuit

    Sarah Kessler
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    A U.S. judge has granted Uber drivers class-action status in a suit that claims they were misclassified as independent contractors.Uber makes software—it's a technology company. Any threat to this model threatens to turn Uber into a transportation company, which is a much less lucrative venture.Read Full Story
  • Wikipedia Banned Hundreds Of Users Who Edited Content For Undisclosed Pay

    Neal Ungerleider
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Nearly 400 editors in the site's volunteer community worked with companies to promote their clients through Wikipedia entries.Bad news for publicists seeking to tweak Wikipedia entries to make their clients look better: The user-generated encyclopedia has blocked nearly 400 accounts for "black hat" editing. In other words, those Wikipedia editors agreed to undisclosed paid advocacy, altering the content of Wikipedia articles to paint businesses and individuals in a positive light in exchange for money.Read Full Story
  • Amazon Now Lets You Download Shows To Watch On The Road

    Neal Ungerleider
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    The e-commerce giant wants to lure away Netflix and Hulu customers by allowing you to watch Game of Thrones on an airplane.One major downside to subscription streaming platforms like Netflix is that you can't continue your binge-watching streak while flying certain airlines or riding the subway underground. Amazon just solved that problem by introducing offline viewing—and in doing so, took a giant step forward in its ongoing war with Netflix and Hulu.Read Full Story
  • Today in Tabs: Lol Nothing Mathers

    Rusty Foster
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:54 am
    More Mather with less art.More Mather with less art. .....========= .....\ o....O .O ./ .......\o O... o / .........\....o.../ ...........\.O./ .............\./ vroom vroom it's pizza timeRead Full Story
  • Instagram Gets Serious About Messaging

    Harry McCracken
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The photo-sharing service's under-the-radar Instagram Direct feature is about to get a big boost in visibility and features.Instagram is best known, of course, as a service that lets more than 300 million people a month share photos and videos with the world. Rather quietly, it's also racked up 85 million users a month who use it to exchange private messages with friends.Read Full Story
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    Indexed

  • Now to change the sheets.

    Jessica Hagy
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    The post Now to change the sheets. appeared first on Indexed.
  • Back to the future.

    Jessica Hagy
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The post Back to the future. appeared first on Indexed.
  • And the cap is nowhere to be found. :(

    Jessica Hagy
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    The post And the cap is nowhere to be found. :( appeared first on Indexed.
  • Hangry.

    Jessica Hagy
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The post Hangry. appeared first on Indexed.
  • Where is your dog now?

    Jessica Hagy
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    The post Where is your dog now? appeared first on Indexed.
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    Adaptive Path

  • It’s not a company. It’s an idea.

    Brandon Schauer
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    A couple years ago, we took a step back to indulge ourselves in a navel-gazing exercise to consider what Adaptive Path was and what it should do. What emerged was an intoxicating notion: Adaptive Path wasn’t just a company; it was an idea. The idea is that designing for human experiences is transformative. It brings the needs of people to the forefront and allows businesses, organizations, and communities to solve problems and see possibilities in new, effective, and meaningful ways. Whether we’re talking about business, systems, government, or society; people matter most. We should treat…
  • UX Week Is On A Mission

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

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

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

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

  • How Would You Heighten The Experience of a Blooming Corpse Flower? (Live Feed!)

    Plish
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    I share this little tidbit because it’s a rare event that will be unfolding before your eyes in the next couple of days at the Chicago Botanic Garden.  And when it unfolds, it’ll be a sight to behold and a stench to remember! The Titan Arum, or Corpse Flower, a rare Sumatran plant, will be […]
  • Making Lightning – The Creative Spark in All of Us

    Plish
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    The sky went from sunset blue to thick blackness that the windshield wipers swiped at with futility.  The rain pounded the the car and an uneasy, queasy feeling filled the air as a tornado warning was issued. I drove the rest of the way home and parked.  To the west the worst was already breaking […]
  • Looking for Disruptive Technologies? VentureRadar is the place for you

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

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

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

  • She Down, YOU Down?

    kiran
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    We’ve been hip to Bahwee’s track She Down for a while, but I just discovered the video someone put together for it using archival footage. It’s weird, features tons of dudes in white Vespa outfits, and a total babe that seems to be teaching them the Macarena. The only way I could see this improving is someone subbing in Mr. Bean for the awkward guy in glasses. Click here to view the embedded video. The post She Down, YOU Down? appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Our August mixtape

    holiday matinee
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our August mixtape ditches the baker’s dozen tradition with 14 tracks of dope rhymes, summer jams and classics (also Classixx) that have had heads bobbing back and forth for decades. Settle in, kick back and listen in. Not seeing the tape above? You must be mobile. Listen here. The post Our August mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Make some Elbo Room for us

    kiran
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    It’s been a minute since we last did an event, but we’ll be having a pop-up shop for Commune San Francisco’s event at Elbo Room on Wednesday. It’s completely FREE and we’ll be setting up shop on the 2nd floor along with other designers, bands and DJs. Come through! The post Make some Elbo Room for us appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Call a sexy hotline, get a new single

    kiran
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:42 pm
    It’s late and I probably should be sleeping, but I love the way Neon Indian cleverly announced his new album via Instagram. I don’t want to spoil the mystery any more, so just try it yourself. Call 512-643-VEGA for a good time. The post Call a sexy hotline, get a new single appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • The Beach Boys saved my life.

    dave
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    I was 22, had recently graduated from college and moved cross-country to California. Being broke in a new city isn’t fun but thankfully a guy I just met vouched for me at the local Mailboxes Etc. Remember that place? It was basically a poor-man’s Kinkos. I was issued my name tag and told to wear a blue button down shirt with khaki pants. Yes, this was the uniform of late 90’s college graduates being told to fix printer-jams, sort mail and clean bathrooms. Six months had passed and there wasn’t a day that went by where I didn’t ask myself, “What the fuck…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • 18 Fun And Thoughtful Gifts To Give Your Introvert

    Serena Dorman
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Introverts unite with this list of 18 fun products that understand our awkward souls.  Need help finding the introvert in your life a gift or wanting a little something for yourself?  Look no further because here is a list of products for introverts written by an introvert.
  • A New Wireless Communication Device: The Human Body

    Julia Bobak
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:35 am
    Already many of us have multiple electronic devices on our person and this will only increase in the coming years as the internet-of-things comes to fruition. Cell phones, smart watches, computerized eyewear, and health monitors will all need to communicate with one another to realize their full potential. Currently, Bluetooth is the standard means by which this is achieved, but it is highly energy-inefficient. Now scientists have demonstrated a new way for these devices to share information – by sending magnetic signals through the human body itself.
  • Spire Isn't Just An Activity Tracker; It's A Mood Changer

    Samantha Pankey
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    With activity trackers flooding the market like heavy summer rains, odds are you may have one or are looking into getting one. If so, you may want to consider getting one that will not only help you get fitter, but happier. Spire is the activity tracker that can help you change your mood.
  • The Fusion Guitar Brings Smart Tech Into The World Of Music

    Josiah Motley
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    With the Fusion Guitar you don't have to be that guy that brings an acoustic guitar to the party. Instead, bring the full force of Trogdor and guitar riffs and start the party yourself. The Fusion Guitar, currently being funded on Indiegogo, brings smart tech into the world of music.
  • NASA's New Material: Heals a Bullet Wound In Seconds

    M Dee Dubroff
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:19 am
    It's not a bird or a plane or even Superman (or Superwoman), but rather a material NASA discovered by accident that can heal a bullet would in two seconds! Read on for more on this impressive innovation.
 
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    Creativity Unbound

  • In defense of working in an ad agency

    edward boches
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:40 am
    No industry in the world enjoys self-flagellation quite as much as the advertising industry. We criticize the work we create. We condemn the environments in which we create it. We denounce the same award shows whose recognition we covet. We disparage the clients who pay us. And then we relish in this self-hatred. This morning I read two pieces that illuminated just how absurd this is. The first was a 2012 article in Business Insider recapping (only semi-accurately) a blog post by BBDO art director Linds Redding. With over three million likes, the piece obviously struck a chord. Referring to…
  • A simple hack to find Facebook friends by city

    edward boches
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:31 pm
    A few years ago you could search your Facebook friends by city. When you clicked search friends, Facebook gave you options that included name, school, workplace, or city etc. That feature, in its original form, has been gone for a while. Today, in the course of trying to filter people by city I realized there was no obvious way to do it. A few searches on Google and Facebook forums turned up nothing useful in terms of a workaround. But then I noticed that you can, of course, still search friends by hometown and by your current city — where you live now. So duh. If you want to find your…
  • Every creative person needs a rival

    edward boches
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    Do you have a rival? Someone whose work makes you jealous? Or who you secretly want to beat at the next award show? When they do something that makes you wish you did it, do you throw out whatever you’re working on and start again? If not, find one. Your work might get better. Brian Wilson had The Beatles. Since both the Beach Boys and The Beatles recorded for Capital, they got to hear each other’s albums before they hit record stores. Rubber Soul inspired Pet Sounds. Pet Sounds led to Sgt. Pepper’s. Pablo Picasso had Henri Matisse. In fact a MoMA exhibit earlier this year…
  • The difference between advertising that “gets” digital and advertising that “is” digital.

    edward boches
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    There’s work that GETS digital and work that IS digital. In a lot of agencies there’s still a mindset that digital is something different. It’s assigned to the “digital teams.” It’s conceived and produced by people who might actually be labeled digital or have the word in their title. But digital isn’t a thing. Digital is everything. And in an age when anything can be converted to a shareable file, everything is digital. I find that when talking to advertising students or creatives the easiest way to think about digital is to break into two kinds of work. Work that…
  • Advice to a first time creative director

    edward boches
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    My friend and former colleague Mark Radcliffe just became the creative director of D’Addario, the world’s largest maker of guitar strings with a who’s who of famous clients. Mark, an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right, and a long time advertising copywriter, has probably found his dream job. But he is going from a maker of the work to the guy who inspires and oversees the creative output of others. For anyone who has made that transition it’s not always easy. Doing and directing are two different things. How many creatives do you know who were great writers and art…
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Leadership Skills – 8 Ways to Fake It Until You Make It

    Mike Brown
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:50 am
    Suppose you’re going into a meeting and taking over leadership of a team or initiative where those you will be leading have been involved and active previously. Or maybe you have been thrust into a job assignment that’s new territory for you. Or perhaps you are filling in for someone else with extensive expertise, and you, unfortunately, don’t have the same background on the topic or the time you would like to have to prepare. The question in each of these cases is how you use your leadership skills so you can “fake it until you make it?” 8 Ways to Fake It Until You Make It If…
  • Professional Growth Plan – 11 Ideas for a Week Dedicated to Getting Smarter

    Mike Brown
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    If you had the opportunity to spend an entire week dedicated to getting smarter, what would your professional growth plan be? Thinking about that question relative to improving and growing my talents, capabilities, and knowledge prompted this list of eleven professional growth plan possibilities for a week dedicated to getting smarter. The idea would be to do JUST ONE of these activities for an entire week to boost your professional growth. 11 Ideas for a Dedicated Professional Growth Plan How might I spend a dedicated week getting smarter? The whole week’s professional growth plan…
  • Creative Clicks by the Gal Friday – Listening to How, What, Why, and Who?

    Mike Brown
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    Listening. It is one of the best ways to get creative. But listening seems to elude most of us during the day. We are busy talking, formulating thoughts, reading emails, and other activities such as looking at stuff, and tasting, smelling and touching. So why increase listening? And how? Here are some Creative Clicks that may help. Remember to click on the headlines for these creative clicks to link to the articles. Enjoy! – Marianne Carr What if Medium were a Podcast? “There is one big problem on Medium for me: So many great articles posted every day, but so little time to read them…
  • Strategy, Creativity, Innovation – That’s What Brainzooming Do

    Mike Brown
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    When I’m asked what Brainzooming does, it’s always challenging to answer. The Long Answer – Strategy, Creativity, and Innovation The reason is that working from the incredible resource of strategic thinking exercises, creative thinking tools, and collaborative models The Brainzooming Group has created, what Brainzooming does can vary dramatically for each client engagement. Given the client’s needs, we might look like strategists, community engagement specialists, innovation facilitators, creative thinking trainers, content creators, professional coaches, inspiring speakers,…
  • Social Media Strategy – 11 Things Social Media Won’t Do for Your Brand

    Mike Brown
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:50 am
    A solid social media strategy can do many things for your brand’s results. At the same time, there are many things social media won’t do for a brand. Social media WON’T: Deliver business results if you can’t articulate a business objective you expect it to support Fix a brand problem – in fact it will call attention to a brand problem Make your brand suddenly intriguing to its audiences Stop talking negatively about your brand if you decide to retreat and not participate in the conversations Let you get away with the same poor customer treatment your brand could get away…
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • Rationale behind the “app constellation” mobile strategy

    Rishi Dean
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    It’s been over a year since Fred Willson coined the term “App Constellation” and Foursquare broke into two separate apps. However, while this strategy has gained adoption and momentum, it’s still an open question as to whether this approach is a successful one.   Mo Apps, Mo Problems? The basic idea behind “App Constellations” is […]
  • The Incumbent’s Dilemma: Why disrupting yourself is hard

    Rishi Dean
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:20 am
    While the classic disruptive innovation theory, as presented in The Innovator's Dilemma, does an incredible job to describe the overall effects of disruption, it does not delve into the reasons why incumbents fail to respond. Here we'll look at what really causes this "Incumbent's Dilemma", using this 5C framework that describes the barriers incumbents face -- even after recognizing the external threat.
  • Why the Sacramento Kings owner is wrong about playing 4 on 5

    Rishi Dean
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    While the Sacramento Kings owner, Vivek Ranadivé is undoubtedly a brilliant business man, his recent proposal to play 4 on 5 defense is flawed, and here’s why. Data can lead you astray Vivek Ranadivé (Founder / CEO of TIBCO) has an impressive resume, and has recently spent his time analyzing 30 gigs of basketball data […]
  • How to choose between native, hybrid, and HTML5 mobile app platforms

    Rishi Dean
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    For those undertaking new mobile initiatives, and weighing what platform to choose (natives, hybrid, or HTML5), here’s a little framework you can use to help you decide where to invest. Deciding on an app platform So if you’re reading this, I likely don’t need to convince you that we’re squarely within a tectonic shift in […]
  • 5 takeaways from a week with Russian entrepreneurs

    Rishi Dean
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I was fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, as one of a handful of MassChallenge mentors, to deliver a week-long startup “bootcamp” to Russian entrepreneurs. We were hosted by the the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian non-profit attempting to help create & commercialize advanced technologies, where its Skolkovo Innovation Center is comprised of startups across five […]
 
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  • This just in: Happily drowning in art

    Christa Avampato
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    A forest of color and light Whenever I feel the need to get away from it all, I lose myself in art. Photographs, paintings, books, theater, music, writing. Any or all of that transports me to somewhere new. It provides an escape that helps me find my way. Art lets me leave my troubles behind, at least for a while. It clears my head and my heart by opening my eyes and ears to a new world of possibilities.Filed under: creativity
  • This just in: Comfortable in our own skin

    Christa Avampato
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Image by Ilya “I am obsessed with becoming a woman comfortable in her own skin.” ~Sandra Cisnero There is something to be said for rising up, confident in who we are and what we believe in despite the opinions of others. Washington is a town of conviction. It’s also a place where people are tightly wound and a bit too conscious of The Rules. A lot of people here aren’t comfortable in their own skin. They barely know what that concept means. They are busy striving to be someone other than who they are. But that’s changing. There are growing pockets of people…
  • This just in: Rest in peace, Oliver Sacks

    Christa Avampato
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Oliver Sacks It’s not an exaggeration to say that Oliver Sacks changed my life. His work and books showed me that curiosity is a gift that we must use, cherish, and never limit. He is and always will be my example of a life well-lived. He passed away early this morning in his home in New York City, and his obituary as well as his many decades of writing are worth reading over and over again. Rest in peace to a doctor and writer who embodied the very essence of passion and grace.Filed under: creativity
  • This just in: Let yourself replenish

    Christa Avampato
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Replenish you “You are not responsible for fixing everything that is broken…It’s time to replenish.” My yoga teacher, Cheri, posted this quote this week and it really resonated with me. I was in the midst of a wild week and a replenishing weekend seemed light years away. Now that it’s here, I plan to take full advantage of it through art, writing, music, resting, exploring, and laughing. We are all adults, and adults are equipped to create and be responsible for their own happiness. Here’s our only charge: to make sure we are well-cared for so that we can…
  • This just in: Say, “Yes”

    Christa Avampato
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Image by Brian Powell “Saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things grow.” ~Stephen Colbert Yes, I’ll have the conversation. Yes, I’ll try this and see how it goes. Yes, I’ll work on this. These are powerful statements that foster our learning. Every great adventure starts with yes. It’s the recognition that we are willing to be present, to have an experience that will somehow change us. Everything I’ve ever done in my life that I’m truly proud of started with those three little letters. What’s your…
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • Rationale behind the “app constellation” mobile strategy

    Rishi Dean
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:08 am
    It’s been over a year since Fred Willson coined the term “App Constellation” and Foursquare broke into two separate apps. However, while this strategy has gained adoption and momentum, it’s still an open question as to whether this approach is a successful one.   Mo Apps, Mo Problems? The basic idea behind “App Constellations” is […]
  • The Incumbent’s Dilemma: Why disrupting yourself is hard

    Rishi Dean
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:20 am
    While the classic disruptive innovation theory, as presented in The Innovator's Dilemma, does an incredible job to describe the overall effects of disruption, it does not delve into the reasons why incumbents fail to respond. Here we'll look at what really causes this "Incumbent's Dilemma", using this 5C framework that describes the barriers incumbents face -- even after recognizing the external threat.
  • Why the Sacramento Kings owner is wrong about playing 4 on 5

    Rishi Dean
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    While the Sacramento Kings owner, Vivek Ranadivé is undoubtedly a brilliant business man, his recent proposal to play 4 on 5 defense is flawed, and here’s why. Data can lead you astray Vivek Ranadivé (Founder / CEO of TIBCO) has an impressive resume, and has recently spent his time analyzing 30 gigs of basketball data […]
  • How to choose between native, hybrid, and HTML5 mobile app platforms

    Rishi Dean
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    For those undertaking new mobile initiatives, and weighing what platform to choose (natives, hybrid, or HTML5), here’s a little framework you can use to help you decide where to invest. Deciding on an app platform So if you’re reading this, I likely don’t need to convince you that we’re squarely within a tectonic shift in […]
  • 5 takeaways from a week with Russian entrepreneurs

    Rishi Dean
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I was fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, as one of a handful of MassChallenge mentors, to deliver a week-long startup “bootcamp” to Russian entrepreneurs. We were hosted by the the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian non-profit attempting to help create & commercialize advanced technologies, where its Skolkovo Innovation Center is comprised of startups across five […]
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Customer discovery never stops

    Jorge
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Whether you are optimizing exiting products or services, creating something new, or rethinking your entire business, as a business leader, what’s one thing you can count on to deliver new and unexpected insights? Before we answer this question, consider that if asked most businesses leaders will say and agree that constant communication with customers is one of the most important things they do and encourage in their business. But, constant communication doesn’t mean anything if you’re not discovering anything out of the ordinary from conversations with customers. Cindy…
  • Strategy that sticks

    Jorge
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    How do you talk about your business’s strategy so that your employees get it? Any strategic planning session eventually needs to deliver a robust strategy, one that anyone can understand and execute. The truth is this rarely happens, as most strategic plans end up in a binder somewhere, and confuse more than enlighten people. What business leaders want to avoid at all costs is confusion, which leads to inaction. So, how do we solve this challenge? Make strategy simple What leads to inaction? I’ve heard consultants and business leaders talk about strategy in a way that is too…
  • Serendipitous exchanges fuel innovation

    Jorge
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    Well, well, well…someone finally mapped out on Twitter what we intuitively know about how innovations happens: The more diverse a person’s social network, the more likely that person is to be innovative. A diverse network provides exposure to people from different fields who behave and think differently. Good ideas emerge when the new information received is combined with what a person already knows. It’s really simple, interactions, not individuals, drive breakthroughs. A lot of these random interactions happen on online networks, like Twitter. So, MIT conducted a study to find…
  • Storytelling: Where to find the best stories

    Jorge
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    We all have stories to tell. But it isn’t always obvious. So, how do you find stories to tell? Good question, but they’re very much like coming up with ideas: you have to work hard to develop them. I listen to quite a lot of podcasts, including The Gist from Slate. In their latest edition they interviewed professional storyteller Matthew Dicks on where he finds the best stories; he talked about ad a daily technique he used everyday to find those stories. The technique is very simple, yet requires developing a daily habit for reflecting on what one does. Interestingly, it’s a…
  • Learning from mistakes: Using Bad Reviews to Improve Your eCommerce Site

    Jorge
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    One of the most important aspects of your business is the ability to analyze past data. As a business person in a lightning fast business landscape, learning from your past mistakes quickly is your future! When you start to put your products out to market, you will inevitably get some bad reviews. No matter how precise your process may be, there is simply no way to get rid of human error or the random lemon product. However, these bad reviews should be looked upon as an opportunity for negotiation training rather than a detriment to your business, especially with the data aggregation services…
 
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    Creativity at Work » The Creativity at Work Blog

  • Creative Renewal at Culterra Magica Under the Tuscan Sun

    Linda Naiman
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Creative Renewal at Culterra Magica Under the Tuscan Sun An unforgettable art holiday When I first saw the movie Under the Tuscan Sun, I was enchanted by the beauty of Tuscany and day-dreamed about how […] Creativity at Work
  • Awaken your senses to spark creativity

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

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

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

    Linda Naiman
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Arts & Health Infographic Want to learn more about the connection between the Arts and Health? This infographic by Arts Health Network Canada, provides some of the highlights of a […] Creativity at Work
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    The Fertile Unknown

  • Creative Destruction within the Creative Process

    Michelle
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Image by Gem J Shimada A friend recently asked on Facebook, "How do you motivate yourself and stay enthusiastic when surrounded by a collapsing civilization?" I thought I'd post my response here since it was, not surprisingly, all about applied creativity. Specifically, the creative destruction within a creative emergence process - being with both the destruction of the old and the emergence of the new. Here's my 2 cents:In any detox process, it gets worse before it gets better as all the sickness, toxins, chaotic nasty stuff rises up to the surface before it is ready to…
  • How People Change Their Minds: Creative Engagement

    Michelle
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Image from stepupleader.com The excepts in blue are from the article, What’s the evidence on using rational argument to change people’s minds? by Tom Stafford: "...people didn’t change their minds in the direction of the arguments presented to them, far from it. Rather, people who had pro-death penalty views found flaws and biases in the anti-death penalty studies, and vice versa. The participants in the experiment ended up with more extreme views than they started with - the pro- people becoming more pro and the anti- becoming more anti. The participants in the experiment ended up…
  • When Someone's Uses Your Idea without Attribution: The Creative Response

    Michelle
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Image from 123rf.com My friend and colleague, Corey Michael Blake, posted a short video on his Facebook wall, questioning how to handle it when someone takes an idea that is your intellectual property and uses it without attribution. To give context, he developed a concept for a conference that worked really well to build community and bond the attendees, and is part of his brand now. He shared this concept with a friend of his who then hired a graphic recorder to create the same concept at his own event. While the friend called to thank Corey, he did not give him credit for the idea. In…
  • The Creative Life - Poster

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

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

  • 4 Myths That Can Make Or Ruin A Career Choice

    Tallat Satti
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Many of you would have recently graduated from your studies and have started looking for a job. You have been told from some sources that there is an increase demand of MBAs in the market as compared to your degree in hand. You get upset, but then decide to go for MBA. While you were half way through the MBA degree, one of the prestigious organizations calls you for an interview and selects you on the basis of your acquired degree. What will you do? Will you leave MBA incomplete? What about the rumor of increased demand of MBAs? May be you could had seen the market with your own eyes rather…
  • Imagine Employer Branded Emotional Workplace Raincoats

    Kevin W. Grossman
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    “C’mon you little fighter No need to get uptighter C’mon you little fighter And get back up again…” —Supertramp, It’s Raining Again Facebook messenger popped up: Did you hear the news? The person messaging me was a new co-worker. I just stared at the words, a sick feeling of knowing something I didn’t want to know roiled in my stomach. The blinking cursor taunted me. I wrote back: What news? The cursor blinked a steady robotic wink. That your boss was fired today. Two weeks on the new job, alone at a conference 3,000 miles away from home, and no where near the office I…
  • Tell Your Employees They Suck

    Amanda Shore
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Improving Employee Performance Through Feedback My mother used to say, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”   She was talking about being a polite person in society. She was not talking about being a manager whose company depended on her to manage employees for the success of their business. A manager needs to give their employees feedback. It’s the only way they’re going to improve. You can give them a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down but ultimately you have to tell it to them straight: This is what’s wrong with your…
  • Perfectionism At Work: Avoiding Burnout

    Stuart Hearn
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s not unusual for employees to be driven to succeed, especially in a company which is striving for success and prides itself on hiring highly motivated staff. But, according to new research, reaching for perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While you might think that perfectionism is a personality trait that would be productive, you would be mistaken. Studies conducted by York St John University and the University of Bath have shown that perfectionism can be a destructive force. Perfectionism Is A One-Way Ticket To Burnout Extremely high personal standards and goals? Your own…
  • #TChat Preview: The Hot HR Technology Trends of 2015

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghanbiro/2015/08/28/revamping-the-status-quo-in-2015-4-trends-in-hr-technology/The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, September 2, 2015, from 1-2 pm ET (10-11 am PT). Last week we talked about the how to recognize and stop workplace bullying and harassment, and this week we’re going to talk about the hot HR technology trends of 2015 and the upcoming HR Technology Conference and Exposition. It’s that time again to cover the trends and current innovation in HR Technology, why they’re important, how HR and technology intersect inside modern…
 
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • Trend Spotlight: The Power of Nature

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Trends are everywhere. They are in your neighborhood, at your workplace, on TV. They are in the cloths you wear, the car you drive, and your exercise routine. Trends are always evolving and new trends are always manifesting.We recently sat down with Alexis Wintrob, former Global Fragrance & Flavor Trends Leader, to talk about what she thinks will be the most disruptive trend.“I think the ongoing power of Nature is one we cannot ignore. It may seem obvious and trend forecasters have been talking about nature and sustainability for numerous years, but the fact is, our natural…
  • This Week In Innovation: 8/24/15 - 8/28/15

    28 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    When we talk about innovation, the most common imagery that comes to mind is usually tech companies right? Well this week Blair Palmer, UNICEF Innovation Lab Lead, sat down with Sibi Lawson-Marriot, the UNICEF Humanitarian Policy Specialist to talk about the ethics for innovation in the field of humanitarian assistance. Below is a small clipping from the interview. To read the full interview (which I highly recommend) visit Huffingtonpost.com “Blair Palmer (BP): Are "ethics of innovation" for UNICEF any different than a more general "ethics of design"? If so, why? If not, explain.Sibi…
  • Continue Learning This Fall with IIR’s Portfolio of Innovation Conferences

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    It’s hard to believe that Labor Day is almost here, and with that, the unofficial end to summer.As the kids start heading back to the classroom, now’s the time to think about continuing your learning as well. The producers of FEI: Front End of Innovation have a full line-up of innovation events dedicated to your professional and personal development. Take a look at what the Fall has to offer:Foresight & Trends @future_trends, #FT15Activate Trends. Find, Sell & Create the FutureSeptember 29 – October 12015Los Angeles, CADownload the brochure: http://bit.ly/1KmXyMrRegister today…
  • Earn a FREE Pass to Foresight & Trends 2015: Become a Guest Blogger

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Earn a complimentary all-access pass to Foresight & Trends 2015 by serving as a Guest Blogger at the event. As a Guest Blogger, you’ll have access to FT’s comprehensive agenda attracting attendees from all functions and disciplines who are responsible for identifying and translating future opportunities. Whether you are in strategy, marketing, trends, research and insights, innovation and/or brand strategy and design, FT has something to meet your needs. Learn more about the conference here.By participating as a Guest Blogger leading up to and at the event, you’ll receive an…
  • Use Driving Insights To Bolster Growth

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    The lifecycle of an innovation project uncovers far more insights than can be filtered, harnessed or used. Those new to an innovation discipline can get intoxicated from this endless wellspring of insights. The insights range from deep consumer empathy that augments, validates and deliciously contradicts everything a company thinks it knows about a market segment, customer ritual or product category to a staggering range of myth-busting insights about competitors, novel and new distribution channels, technological possibilities, different revenue opportunities and business models. As stated,…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Never Delegate Understanding

    Tim Kastelle
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    What’s the best way to change something? There’s no easy answer to this question – but if we’re trying to design changes in the way our organisations work, we need to have a deep understanding of what’s going on in them. Design thinking in business is a hot topic right now (see the excellent cover story of the current issue of Harvard Business Review by Tim Brown and Roger Martin for an example). And while there is some great work being done on this topic, we can learn a lot from some older examples too. In 1940, the Museum of Modern Art wanted to encourage the…
  • Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

    Tim Kastelle
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have. In the 12 days since that happened, have you heard that: US Steel announced more layoffs, bringing them to 9000 people cut for the year. Siemens cut another 4500 people, bringing their cuts to more than 12000 for the year. Lenovo laid off 235 people. Labinal Power Systems let 480 people go. Manitoba Telecom and Mountain Iron both laid off 400…
  • Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    This quote, from the book Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner: To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practised, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not making any effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know. – Mathematician G Spencer Brown … reminded me of this quote from Duchamp by Calvin Tompkins: His finest work is his use of time. That was Marcel Duchamp’s friend Henri-Pierre Roché’s comment on Duchamp. While Duchamp is probably…
  • Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

    Tim Kastelle
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Trap of Authenticity Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently. He runs a program for the London Stock Exchange designed to accelerate growth in mid-sized companies so that they will become big enough to list on the LSE faster.  One of the firms in the program right now refuses to let their name be known – they’re afraid that their customers will think that trying to grow is inauthentic. It’s an interesting problem – the firm makes food and their brand is built on edginess, and…
  • Do Work Worth Doing

    Tim Kastelle
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    My Grandfather’s Watch I only got to meet one of my two grandfathers – my Mom’s father George.  My Dad’s parents both died when Dad was very young.  They each had watches that have been passed down through our family. I recently put a new band on the watch from Grandpa George so that I can wear it a bit more often.  This is how it looks now: It’s about 50 years old.  Grandpa was a bus driver, and wanted a good watch to keep time on his route.  This Waltham was not an expensive watch at the time.  In fact, it was about the cheapest automatic watch you could…
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    Innovation Upgrade

  • The McWhopper: A Lesson on Disruption

    Stefan Lindegaard
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    I chuckled when Burger King proposed the McWhopper. This was a great PR stunt and I shared this on LinkedIn. Ken Foster had a different opinion and I can definitely follow him on his views (but I still think it was a great PR stunt). Ken´s comment: “My apologies to you who are fans or employees of these two companies but this seems to be a completely ridiculous stunt. Both of these companies have some incredible challenges going forward so why would they waste efforts on a PR stunt. Two sandwiches which by themselves are so unhealthy they are each losing share to Subway and others . . .
  • Innovation Upgrade: A Training Program and Network by Stefan Lindegaard

    Stefan Lindegaard
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Boost Your Career and Help Make Your Company Stronger! Do you and your colleagues 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 Innovation Upgrade, a training program and network that gives you insights and inspiration on topics such as: • open innovation and how this works for large companies, SME´s and startups • the future of corporate innovation (lots of change on the way) • the talent for…
  • The Perfect Storm: Why Big Companies Get Better at Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    I had an interesting discussion recently in which I heard arguments why big companies are not good at innovation and why this will not change in the future, which belongs to the more nimble and adaptive startups. I fully understand why many people do not believe in the innovation capabilities of big companies today and in the future, but I have faith in them. Things will change and we will see that big companies will improve significantly on their innovation efforts in the next 3-7 years. There is a perfect storm brewing for this and here you get some of the elements that I see in this storm:…
  • 4 Lenses of Innovation: A Great Tool for Creativity and Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    I am a big fan of Rowan Gibson and his work on the 4 lenses of innovation. Not so long ago, Rowan published a book on his work and this is something you should definitely check out. Rowan states that if we unpack hundreds of cases of successful innovation, it turns out that there is a common signature to all of these big ideas. Time and again, visionary inventors and entrepreneurs came to their insights and discoveries not by sitting there waiting for a Eureka moment but by looking at the world from particular perspectives. In fact, Rowan believes it’s possible to identify four specific…
  • Stop Doing Stupid Things: The Innovation Challenge for All Companies

    Stefan Lindegaard
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:29 am
    There are lots of innovation challenges out there as there are lots of problems to be solved and lots of new ideas and input to be taken in. One of the key issues with innovation challenges is to develop the right questions and challenges to ask to the right audience. Today, I heard of a great theme for a challenge. It was so simple and yet so relevant that many other companies should do it. The theme was: What are the stupid things that we should stop doing? Imagine if you asked this question to your employees, partners or customers.
 
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Corporate Survival Book – The Importance of Innovation

    Robert Brands
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    In today’s “innovate or die” environment, existing businesses should innovate more than ever to stay on top. Even in this age of technological advancements and startup culture, real innovation is a... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk: The Unavoidable Rite of Passage in Value Creation – Innovation

    Robert Brands
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:38 pm
    There are a lot of moving gears involved with value creation. Talent, originality, intelligence, and circumstance all play a part in the sustainable process of innovation. However, these qualities... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process For Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves.  History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups – but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Ownership: To Risk or Not to Risk

    Robert Brands
    2 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s easy to view leadership with rose-colored glasses, to envision the accolades and respect that comes with authority. However, from the beginning of modern business, the pressures associated with... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    The degree in which a company prioritizes sustainable innovation can often become the difference between a successful business and a struggling business. True innovation does more than just meet the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

  • Technology leads, innovation exploitation is lagging

    paul4innovating
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    There is a growing, perhaps even an overwhelming business case, for transforming the innovation management structure. The new combination is the new connections through people and things (IoT) that we can achieve a new innovation potential. We will obtain increasing more powerful insights that have the real potential of being turned into new innovation outcomes, through the connected businesses we are presently needing to  build. This can generate new value and business propositions. Today the virtual world of digital is moving much faster than the physical ‘enacted world,’ of turning…
  • Our inabilities to adapt needs changing.

    paul4innovating
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Erosion is everywhere, it just seems inevitable, we somehow get caught up in the process of time and our organizations seem to ‘freeze’ before our eyes, then simply age. They become fixed, rigid and locked into their established ways, not adapting to the changes occurring around them. We often give up and leave, moving on to better places and challenges. We seemingly are reluctant to undergo any transformation, experimentation or adjustment in our organizations until it becomes a matter of survival, then its often far too late. Then it becomes a mad scramble to transform…
  • The innovating power of ecosystems and platforms

    paul4innovating
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    Our whole understanding of innovation is changing; there are numerous shifts occurring. We are moving towards a new management of innovation where ‘greater’ collaboration is fueling new business models built on platforms, formed around ecosystems of communities with vested interest, contributing and extracting value. Today and in the future, the value is created outside the individual company and not within. It is a far more working as a constellation, drawing from an evolving network effect seeking out combined solutions from this design. In this third post of an extended series…
  • Moving towards a new innovation service model

    paul4innovating
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The realization that innovation goes way beyond product innovation is a massive hurdle for many of our existing organizations to overcome, certainly in what they are offering today as solutions. We are also witnessing such significant erosion of long-standing practices, established boundaries between suppliers and customers, you get this feeling that everything is blurring. This is part two of an extended series on my thoughts on “moving towards a new way of managing innovation” that explores the potential for changing the management of innovation. How can the innovation process…
  • Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model

    paul4innovating
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:13 am
    Shifting Radically the Innovation Business Model I have been spending some significant time on questioning the current innovation business model, from both the customers (clients) perspective and the innovation consultants’ one. Now we all know not all things are equal, many companies have invested significantly in improving their innovation capabilities. Many of these have been heavily reliant on outside help in achieving this position yet all the effort has led to limited returns for many and still a work-in-progress. Yet far more of our business organizations are continuing to really…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Customer discovery never stops

    Jorge
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Whether you are optimizing exiting products or services, creating something new, or rethinking your entire business, as a business leader, what’s one thing you can count on to deliver new and unexpected insights? Before we answer this question, consider that if asked most businesses leaders will say and agree that constant communication with customers is one of the most important things they do and encourage in their business. But, constant communication doesn’t mean anything if you’re not discovering anything out of the ordinary from conversations with customers. Cindy…
  • Strategy that sticks

    Jorge
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    How do you talk about your business’s strategy so that your employees get it? Any strategic planning session eventually needs to deliver a robust strategy, one that anyone can understand and execute. The truth is this rarely happens, as most strategic plans end up in a binder somewhere, and confuse more than enlighten people. What business leaders want to avoid at all costs is confusion, which leads to inaction. So, how do we solve this challenge? Make strategy simple What leads to inaction? I’ve heard consultants and business leaders talk about strategy in a way that is too…
  • Serendipitous exchanges fuel innovation

    Jorge
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    Well, well, well…someone finally mapped out on Twitter what we intuitively know about how innovations happens: The more diverse a person’s social network, the more likely that person is to be innovative. A diverse network provides exposure to people from different fields who behave and think differently. Good ideas emerge when the new information received is combined with what a person already knows. It’s really simple, interactions, not individuals, drive breakthroughs. A lot of these random interactions happen on online networks, like Twitter. So, MIT conducted a study to find…
  • Storytelling: Where to find the best stories

    Jorge
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:52 am
    We all have stories to tell. But it isn’t always obvious. So, how do you find stories to tell? Good question, but they’re very much like coming up with ideas: you have to work hard to develop them. I listen to quite a lot of podcasts, including The Gist from Slate. In their latest edition they interviewed professional storyteller Matthew Dicks on where he finds the best stories; he talked about ad a daily technique he used everyday to find those stories. The technique is very simple, yet requires developing a daily habit for reflecting on what one does. Interestingly, it’s a…
  • Learning from mistakes: Using Bad Reviews to Improve Your eCommerce Site

    Jorge
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    One of the most important aspects of your business is the ability to analyze past data. As a business person in a lightning fast business landscape, learning from your past mistakes quickly is your future! When you start to put your products out to market, you will inevitably get some bad reviews. No matter how precise your process may be, there is simply no way to get rid of human error or the random lemon product. However, these bad reviews should be looked upon as an opportunity for negotiation training rather than a detriment to your business, especially with the data aggregation services…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Never Delegate Understanding

    Tim Kastelle
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:55 pm
    What’s the best way to change something? There’s no easy answer to this question – but if we’re trying to design changes in the way our organisations work, we need to have a deep understanding of what’s going on in them. Design thinking in business is a hot topic right now (see the excellent cover story of the current issue of Harvard Business Review by Tim Brown and Roger Martin for an example). And while there is some great work being done on this topic, we can learn a lot from some older examples too. In 1940, the Museum of Modern Art wanted to encourage the…
  • Zappos Just Pulled Off the Boldest Change Management Move Ever

    Tim Kastelle
    12 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Why aren’t we mad at the bad managers? Have you heard that 210 people left Zappos at the end of April because they apparently don’t like the new flat management system called Holacracy® that the firm is moving to? I’ll bet you have. In the 12 days since that happened, have you heard that: US Steel announced more layoffs, bringing them to 9000 people cut for the year. Siemens cut another 4500 people, bringing their cuts to more than 12000 for the year. Lenovo laid off 235 people. Labinal Power Systems let 480 people go. Manitoba Telecom and Mountain Iron both laid off 400…
  • Efficiency is the Enemy of Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    This quote, from the book Not Knowing by Steven D’Souza and Diana Renner: To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practised, requires years of contemplation. Not activity. Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behavior of any kind. Not making any effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know. – Mathematician G Spencer Brown … reminded me of this quote from Duchamp by Calvin Tompkins: His finest work is his use of time. That was Marcel Duchamp’s friend Henri-Pierre Roché’s comment on Duchamp. While Duchamp is probably…
  • Authenticity is an Evolving Process of Search and Discovery

    Tim Kastelle
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:59 am
    The Trap of Authenticity Do organisations need to be authentic? It’s a question that came up as I was talking to a colleague recently. He runs a program for the London Stock Exchange designed to accelerate growth in mid-sized companies so that they will become big enough to list on the LSE faster.  One of the firms in the program right now refuses to let their name be known – they’re afraid that their customers will think that trying to grow is inauthentic. It’s an interesting problem – the firm makes food and their brand is built on edginess, and…
  • Do Work Worth Doing

    Tim Kastelle
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:52 am
    My Grandfather’s Watch I only got to meet one of my two grandfathers – my Mom’s father George.  My Dad’s parents both died when Dad was very young.  They each had watches that have been passed down through our family. I recently put a new band on the watch from Grandpa George so that I can wear it a bit more often.  This is how it looks now: It’s about 50 years old.  Grandpa was a bus driver, and wanted a good watch to keep time on his route.  This Waltham was not an expensive watch at the time.  In fact, it was about the cheapest automatic watch you could…
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    URENIO Watch

  • The 3 Generations Of Smart Cities

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:03 am
    Boyd Cohen, who has been studying smart cities since 2011, identifies three distinct phases of how cities have embraced technology and development, moving from tech company driven, to city government driver, to, finally, citizen driven. SMART CITIES 1.0: TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN. Smart Cities 1.0 is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Innovation Ecosystem For The Future Of Work

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    Jacob Morgan, author of the book “The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization”, explores five innovation models, which should be part of the innovation ecosystem that organizations must create if they want to be able to stay... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Safe Cities Index, 2015

    Nicos Komninos
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    The Safe Cities Index 2015 is an Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by NEC. The report is based on an index composed of more than 40 quantitative and qualitative indicators. These indicators are split across four thematic categories: digital security; health security; infrastructure... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sensor Networks and Smart Cities

    Nicos Komninos
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Sensor networks, big data, analytics, and urban operation centres are becoming a mainstream solution for smart cities. Sensors can measure, track and locate a wide variety of factors in the urban environment. Data from sensors can be analysed and used to run systems more efficiently and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Turning Northern Greece into an Industrial Champion

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

  • Innovative Products that Knocked Our Socks Off

    Kali Kubatka
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:05 am
    Innovation can be ideas, products, processes and inventions which introduce something new. Innovative products are developed every day to create value to consumers. Retail and technology industries are where we usually see the latest inventions and products come to the market. Bill Walker on Wired.com quotes, “Invention is easy- innovation is genius.” Whether you are tech-savvy, fashion forward, or love new gadgets, innovative products are continuously being invented to help the needs of consumers. Here are a few innovative products and services that have changed the way we do daily…
  • Strange Patents Claimed by Everyday Inventions

    Kali Kubatka
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:51 am
    There are a variety of items you use on a daily basis which are made by many different companies: toothbrushes from Oral B, Colgate, and Crest, pens from Bic, uni-ball, and Pilot, and toilet paper from Charmin, Scott, and Cottonelle are just a few examples. Many companies make these products because one specific company does not have exclusive rights to these items. They could not obtain a patent for any of these products without making serious, ground-breaking improvements on them. However, you may be surprised; some companies have decided to stake claim on common sense, everyday products or…
  • Get Healthy Outside with Fitness Apps

    Kali Kubatka
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    During the warm summer and fall months, forget the treadmill at the gym and exercise in the great outdoors. With technology and the development of new fitness apps and inventions, it makes it possible to track your daily activity and help you stay fit through outside exercises and sports. These fitness apps and health gadgets can help you get fit without setting foot inside the gym until the winter months, and when those frigid months come, these fitness inventions work inside too! Take a long bike ride When you think of riding a bike outside, usually you think of trails, mountains, and your…
  • Tips for a Winning Business Pitch

    Kali Kubatka
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Whether you enter a business pitch competition or you find yourself finally pitching your business ideas to potential investors or licensing companies, you need to win them with not only your idea but your personality. A business pitch is a short presentation about your idea, product or service which enhances an audience’s knowledge about your product and business, and helps them get to know you, the inventor. Business pitch competitions can be a great start for a new business to hear feedback on their pitch before they talk to potential investors. If you are ready for larger companies…
  • 4 Ways to Increase Your Brain Power

    Kali Kubatka
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    As inventors, entrepreneurs and creative thinkers you are always trying to figure out how to get your gears turning. Whether you are thinking about how to get one piece of your prototype to fit inside another, what to do next on your business plan, or how to market your product to your target audience, you are using brain power. This type of thinking involves a massive amount of brain power and creativity. Challenging your brain with daily exercises can increase your brain power, which could help improve your brain’s health and performance over time. Here are a few things you could do…
 
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    Innovation Change Leadership

  • Confessions of a Business Artist

    Braden Kelley
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:57 am
    I am an artist. There, I’ve said it. This statement may confuse some people who know me, and come as a shock to others. Braden, what do you mean you’re an artist? You’ve got an MBA from London Business School, … Continue reading →
  • Living Life by Text Message

    Braden Kelley
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    I did my MBA at London Business School in the United Kingdom and one of the benefits of studying at a top school and being an alumni is seeing all the really cool things that the entrepreneurial alumni coming behind … Continue reading →
  • Voting Open for Thinkers50 Top Management Thinkers for 2015

    Braden Kelley
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Thank you everyone for your nominations for the Innovation category of the Thinkers50 Distinguished 2015 Distinguished Achievement Awards. The short lists for the eight categories will be announced in early September. September 1st is the last day to cast your … Continue reading →
  • Is Innovation a Priority for CEOs?

    Braden Kelley
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    We’d all like to be the best at everything and to make everything a priority, but that’s just not the real world. So what did CEOs say was their priority when they were surveyed by KPMG for their Global CEO … Continue reading →
  • Get More Done

    Braden Kelley
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    What Matters Most Management (WMMM) is the Key to Success Most times you’ll see this posed as a question “What matters most?” as people grapple with finding the meaning of life. That is not the case here… Instead I would … Continue reading →
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Corporate Survival Book – The Importance of Innovation

    Robert Brands
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    In today’s “innovate or die” environment, existing businesses should innovate more than ever to stay on top. Even in this age of technological advancements and startup culture, real innovation is a... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Risk: The Unavoidable Rite of Passage in Value Creation – Innovation

    Robert Brands
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:38 pm
    There are a lot of moving gears involved with value creation. Talent, originality, intelligence, and circumstance all play a part in the sustainable process of innovation. However, these qualities... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Creating a Structured, Repeatable Process For Innovation

    Robert Brands
    25 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Established companies do not easily reinvent themselves.  History shows us that Innovation is often the strategy of startups – but not only is it important in getting to the top, innovation is... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Ownership: To Risk or Not to Risk

    Robert Brands
    2 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It’s easy to view leadership with rose-colored glasses, to envision the accolades and respect that comes with authority. However, from the beginning of modern business, the pressures associated with... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • Observation, Measurement, and How They Lead to Sustainable Innovation

    Robert Brands
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    The degree in which a company prioritizes sustainable innovation can often become the difference between a successful business and a struggling business. True innovation does more than just meet the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    strategy+business: INNOVATION

  • The History Behind Adidas's Success - In Pictures

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    In looking to its past, the company recognized the unique capabilities that are now shaping its future. See also "How Adidas Found Its Second Wind."
  • How Adidas Found Its Second Wind

    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When leaders rediscover their company's heritage and learn what works and what doesn't, the core assumptions and values of the past are reabsorbed into the organizational culture, and start to define the company's strategic choices. As Adidas found, the key is not only reconnecting with the past -- but knowing how to use it effectively to meet the future needs of consumers.
  • The True Lesson of an Airbag Disaster

    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Honda's practice of learning from errors had to change when failure became deadly.
  • The Next Innovation Opportunity in China

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

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

  • The Gospel to the Mongols – Part II

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    In Part 1 of this post I give the background of the Ghengis Khan and the amazing takeover of the Mongols in the 1200’s.  They were Steppe people and were unmatched in their military might especially after they learned to use gunpowder from the Chinese. The purpose of this 2-part blog post is to highlight the […]
  • The Gospel to the Mongols – Part I

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:31 am
    As I grow older I grow increasingly fascinated with history.  One fantastic story is the rise of the Mongols led by Genghis Khan in the 13th century.  The military might of this people was astonishing.  They were unmatched on the battlefield for their time.  They took over most of Asia, the Middle East and large […]
  • Protected: Just for Leah

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
  • Breaking from Tradition

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    I had an idea today.  What if all Christians, all believers in Jesus Christ took a time from tradition, a time of reflection and reset specifically from our traditions. We could call it a year of Jubilee from tradition. In the Hebrew history the year of Jubilee was when all debts were cancelled and everyone started from scratch anew. I think […]
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Breakthrough Initiative Leads to Possible Breakthrough Treatment

    Deb Brown
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Last August, when the ice bucket challenge came on the scene to raise awareness and money for the disease ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, it was incredible how quickly the challenge spread. Even more incredible was the amount of money that was raised in a short period of time – $220 million. And, the ice bucket challenge is back – stating that it will be back every August until there’s a cure. Well, that may be sooner than the organization thinks.  It was announced that two researchers at Johns Hopkins may have discovered a breakthrough – thanks to the millions of…
  • High Paw to NBC: 7 CSR lessons from this month’s #CleartheShelters campaign

    Marian Daniells
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:05 am
    Earlier this month, NBC paired with local communities to launch #CleartheShelters. Across the country, NBC and Telemundo affiliate stations highlighted the holiday and encouraged locals to visit their community shelters and adopt a pet. I’m a little behind the curve on this. But the cause-driven event struck a chord for a couple of reasons: (1) I recently signed up as a volunteer dog walker at my community shelter (I figured if I can’t have a dog of my own at least I can spend time with others and get some exercise) and noticed first-hand the stark decrease in animals between visits; and…
  • Growth Hacking: Part II

    Nicole Moreo
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    Last time on The Innovation Mill, I introduced the term ‘growth hacking.’ One of the best ways to understand how it works is to see how brands have successfully leveraged it in the past. Ryan’s book has a lot of examples, but I am just going to mention two that I think show the value of data: Dropbox and Twitter. Think of Dropbox. According to Dropbox, they are a “service that keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.” When they started they didn’t have the money for traditional marketing- so they baked it in. They growth hacked. They built a product- a really great…
  • Growth Hacking: Part I

    Nicole Moreo
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:25 pm
    In the first segment of a two-part series, Nicole Moreo, Senior Manager, Research Analytics, will introduce us to “growth hacking.” Stay tuned for the next installment: case studies to illustrate how it works! Growth Hacking. Have you heard of it? It is a term marketers everywhere should be aware of. It’s a term that little startups like Facebook, Twitter, Mint.com, Uber, Airbnb, Instagram and Dropbox know well and used to their advantage. All of the brands I just listed are now household names – and I want you to think about what traditional marketing they used at the very…
  • Snickers Stickers: Success or Mistake?

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

  • The Immediacy of Climate

    Synectics
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    How well do you understand how your team is working as a group? Do you have a person on your team that others don’t want to run into when making a cup of coffee? Is there someone on your team that when they start speaking in a meeting, people skype a snarky remark to a colleague? Do people have nicknames for others on your team that they wouldn’t be happy to share? If you are aware of these types of issues and you are doing nothing about it, you are delaying inevitable conflict, while allowing the Climate to suffer. You are allowing the team to perform ineffectively. Most importantly, you…
  • Climate: the Unarticulated Need in Your Organization

    Synectics
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    Joe Giordano, Synecticsworld   By Joseph Giordano As a team, organization, or even individual, to achieve innovative outcomes you must have three distinct components that come together: Climate—the way we treat each others and ourselves. Thinking—thinking differently, not harder, about our problems and solutions. Action—a process to follow that is iterative and replicable. We express this as a formula: Innovation (is a function of) = Climate X Thinking X Action We also show this as a Venn diagram throughout our body of knowledge:   When Climate, Thinking and Action come together…
  • On Curiosity

    Synectics
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Paul D. Roberts, Synecticsworld By Paul D. Roberts I am curious about curiosity. Can it be taught? It is such a crucial element of innovation. A team without curiosity is going to lack the proactive tendency to explore uncharted areas, and there is so much serendipity that comes from pure wondering in the act of exploring (it is why Steve Jobs put the bathrooms in a central place). For innovation, be it new products, new services, or ground-breaking business models, the idea is to “create” the future. That creativity comes from swimming in a sea of stimuli, reaching, grabbing, and…
  • To Change the Culture, Change the Climate

    Synectics
    18 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams   If your company looks similar to a competitor on paper, yet your business results are markedly different, the mostly likely source of that difference is the organization’s climate. Climate’s intangible nature leads many executives to believe it is unquantifiable or worse, fanciful. The truth is, climate is highly measurable in terms of impact on productivity, creativity, innovation and ultimately employee engagement, satisfaction and both individual and organizational success. Ultimately, climate is the…
  • The Power of Strategy Innovation

    Synectics
    18 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    Bob Johnston, a former Synector, collaborates with Synecticsworld on projects on the intersection of Innovation and Strategy. Bob is the author of a book, The Power of Strategy Innovation, which outlines his process. We recommend reading Bob’s book to anyone who is looking to build powerful strategies (and if you are a fan of Synectics).  You will appreciate the synergies between Bob’s Strategy Innovation approach and Synectics while learning about Strategy Innovation, which is definitely not strategic planning. Briefly, it is an approach for companies to identify opportunities for…
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    MIT Sloan Executive Education | innovation@work Blog

  • A 4D experience: Q&A with participant Susan Chesley Fant

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:48 pm
    MIT Sloan Executive Education recently offered a unique program that took place in a live, virtual classroom.
  • All the world is China's stage

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:44 pm
    China's stock market has been on a wild rollercoaster ride in recent weeks. More than $3 trillion in market value has been lost, and roughly half of China's 2,800 listed companies have suspended trading. Unfortunately, this extreme market volatility is also paired with sluggish economic ...
  • Simple Rules: A new book by strategy expert Donald Sull

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:03 pm
    The world is highly complex, and we struggle to manage the complexity of it every day. Most of us accept this complexity as unavoidable, attempting to manage the complex systems we face with complicated solutions. But meeting complexity with complexity can create more confusion than it resolv...
  • Market Basket: One year later

    23 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Last summer, New England's consumers and much of the business world were mesmerized by the
  • Are you a digital or analog leader?

    16 Aug 2015 | 6:51 pm
    As digital technology reaches into every corner of the business world, the rules are changing. Digital has reshaped the expectations of customers and changed the way teams collaborate. Digital platforms have given rise to companies like Uber and Airbnb, and other new business models are just ...
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    The IdeaConnection Blog

  • Crowdsourcing Hamburger Recipes

    IdeaConnection
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:32 am
    You can bet your bottom dollar that by the time you’ve read this post thousands of people will have uploaded pictures of food to their social media profiles. There is a huge appetite for this food photography trend and among the snaps of restaurant meals and chocolate covered desserts will be pictures of customised burgers. Such fan photos have given Canada’s South Street Burger Company an idea, crowdsource burger recipes. The gourmet burger chain has created its “Not-So-Secret” menu, featuring four new sandwiches that originated with the crowd, such as the South St. Chicken Club (a…
  • Crowdsourcing Contest to Repurpose Old Bridge

    IdeaConnection
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    So, what do you do when you have a defunct railway bridge that is reaching the end of its technical life?  Tear it down, leave it to rot or something else? If you’re Linz AG, the owner of the old bridge in Linz, Austria you launch a crowdsourcing contest for ideas of what to do with the crossing. The 393-meter-long steel bridge, which spans the Danube River is 120 years old and no longer in use.  But such is its beauty and history that there are calls to preserve some, if not all of its parts.   Engineers, designers, artists and architects are invited to send in their ideas to the…
  • Can You Find Novel Applications for a New Membrane Technology?

    IdeaConnection
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Calling all innovators and creative smarts. IdeaConnection has a fascinating innovation contest for you to get stuck into, from Strategic Allies. The UK-based company is looking for novel applications for a new membrane material in a few specific industrial sectors of interest: automotive, packaging and dosing. If your solution is selected, €1,000 (approx. $US 1,000) is yours. This is a unique PTFE-based microporous membrane technology that is gas permeable and liquid tight with adjustable elasticity and/or 3D mouldable. For more information about the innovation, click here. Potential…
  • Nokia’s Latest Open Innovation Challenge

    IdeaConnection
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Nokia’s third consecutive open innovation challenge is up and running and is inviting participants to submit their brilliant ideas, technologies and business models for the internet of things (IoT). At the moment, the internet of things is an exciting vision, a possible development where billions of everyday objects will have network connectivity, allowing them to transfer and receive data. Game-Changing Connectivity Advocates believe this could be a game-changer that transforms our lives in more ways than the last 20 years of internet and mobile phone connectivity. They envision such…
  • Crowd Accelerated Innovation from IdeaConnection

    IdeaConnection
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    You’re a company with a challenging problem and you want it solved. You get in touch what IdeaConnection and it pools together members of its global network of solvers to help. A few weeks later you have your brilliant solution.  Job done. IdeaConnection has earned a stellar reputation for solving complex problems for its clients, including Fortune 500 companies.  Therefore, it may not surprise you to learn that in addition to its existing portfolio of open innovation approaches, it is taking the paradigm to the next level.  With its new industry challenges service,…
 
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    AmyK

  • Heads up – AmyK’s Secrets are out!

    AmyK
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    I have exciting news! I just turned a long time dream into a reality and in doing so… I’m exposing quite a few secrets! For several years I wanted to write a book, even sat down and actually wrote a few chapters, but always ended up.
  • AmyKism #8 Video

    AmyK
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The dog days of summer are just about over…but I’m not done talking about dogs! Or cats. (Though I’d much rather talk about dogs.) Check out AmyKism #8 to ignite some self-reflection: How worthy are you of your followers?
  • Can you relate?! …at least have a smile on us

    AmyK
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Tired of fakin’ it until you’re makin’ it?! Tired of wishing for a longer straw so you could drink straight from the bottle?! Just tired?! You’re not alone! (Really- you’re not!) We’re poking fun of leaders who “appear” to have it all together, but… for a.
  • AmyKism #7 Video

    AmyK
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    It’s summer! Which means beach umbrellas, SPF 150 (hey, you know who this is) and treats! But instead of doing the same ole thing you always do on vacay…I want you to hit refresh! Take a moment to cleanse your “mental palate.” Check out AmyKism #7.
  • AmyKism #6 Video

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

  • This is an innovative resume ;-)

    Michael
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Now this is an innovative Resume! It would certainly get my attention, and if you read it, it actually, very subtly presents a lot of positive information. I guess you could call this ‘reverse innovation’                                           More, here The post This is an innovative resume ;-) appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Crowdsourcing ideas in India

    Michael
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is no stranger to crowdsourcing, regularly encouraging Indians to submit their thoughts for his weekly radio show. But for his second Independence Day speech from Delhi’s Red Fort, Mr. Modi has surpassed himself — eliciting more than 12,000 ideas for content. Inspiring. More here The post Crowdsourcing ideas in India appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Idea Hacking Infographic

    Michael
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    Here’s a simple infographic guide to idea hacking – in this case, the humble bottle of top-up engine oil. You can download an A3 version to print out by clicking here The post Idea Hacking Infographic appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • How to facilitate idea workshops

    Michael
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:34 am
    I put together these Ground rules for how to facilitate idea workshops. We are probably all aware of some ground rules for participating in ideation workshops, but not necessarily for the workshop facilitators. Here are the ground rules for idea facilitators. Energy. Facilitating ideation workshops is the best job in the World. The energy you get from the participants can be palpable…but you can kick-start that with your energy and enthusiasm. Hold your nerve. It can be a nerve-wracking time. At the start of the workshops you won’t know what you’ll get and a little part of you will…
  • Restaurant bill idea

    Michael
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    I shouldn’t be surprised when I’m surprised by a novel, but stupidly simple idea, but it’s nice to be surprised! So, the restaurant bill often comes into this padded folder / book, just like this,                           What about this for an idea I saw at a restaurant called the Fable (just down from Spittalfeilds market) in London. The bill came in a book, but a real book.                   Brilliant. The post Restaurant bill idea appeared first on Brilliant…
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  • Adversity can be a Spur to Innovation – as shown by the Greatest of Composers

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Possibly the greatest composer of all time and certainly the most revolutionary was Ludwig van Beethoven.   Before Beethoven classical music was genteel, calm, structured according to strict rules and designed to please wealthy patrons. Beethoven introduced the Romantic Movement with music that was powerful, disturbing and passionate. He composed nine symphonies, five piano concertos, one violin concerto, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed chamber music, an opera, choral works including the celebrated Missa solemnis, and songs. He pushed the boundaries of music and…
  • Why Companies are Turning to Innovation Centres

    admin
    23 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    Nine out of ten companies believe that they are too slow to market with new products. In the consumer goods category around 80% of new products fail.  Since 2000 52% of the Fortune 500 have merged, been acquired or gone bankrupt.  These are some of the reasons why senior corporate executives are increasingly turning to separate innovation labs to spearhead their new product development. Innovation has never been more important nor so difficult. A recent study by Capgemini Consulting, entitled The Innovation Game, charts the rise of corporate innovation centers (or centres as we would say in…
  • Iterate, Iterate, Iterate, Innovate

    admin
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
      The game Angry Birds was a huge hit for the Finnish game developers, Rovio Entertainment. It sold over 20 million copies on various mobile platforms. The spin-off products include books and a Sony film. Angry Birds was released in 2009. It was the 52nd game that Rovio had launched since the company was founded in 2003. There were 51 earlier attempts before the big hit arrived. WD-40 is a widely used lubricant and penetrating oil. It was developed in 1953 by chemist, Norm Larsen, in San Diego. The term WD-40 is derived from “Water Displacement, 40th formula”. It was the 40th…
  • How to Write a Winning Business Proposal

    admin
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:54 am
    The Business Proposal is an essential document not only for Sales people but also for anyone who wants to submit a serious proposition for internal or external approval. The process starts with a thorough understanding of the client’s needs, problems and priorities.  If a Request for Proposal (RFP) document has been issued by the client then it must be read carefully.  The key elements in the RFP must be addressed in the proposal and some of the client’s phrases and terminology should be reflected in your response.  This seems elementary yet many weighty business proposals have…
  • Bland Products Upset No-one but Delight No-one.

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    13 Aug 2015 | 12:37 am
    A Negative Reaction is Better than No Reaction South Park is a highly successful cartoon sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone for the Comedy Central TV network. The show was launched in 1997 and quickly became notorious for its rude language, minimalist characters and black, surreal satire. It was aimed at an adult audience and poked fun at a wide range of topical or taboo subjects. South Park has received many accolades, including five Primetime Emmy Awards. It is the third longest-running cartoon series in the U.S. behind The Simpsons and Arthur. Yet it was very nearly cancelled…
 
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  • Obama Hails Dartmouth Fellow at Young African Leaders Event 

    rnadworny
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
    [Reprinted from http://now.dartmouth.edu/2015/08/obama-hails-dartmouth-fellow-young-african-leaders-event] August 04, 2015  by Bill Platt President Barack Obama called out Dartmouth fellow Jamila Mayanja from a crowd of hundreds of young African leaders at a summit for the president’s Washington Mandela Fellowship program Monday, sharing a laugh with the Ugandan entrepreneur. Mayanja was at Dartmouth for the month of July as one of 25 fellows from the Young African Leaders Initiative, an Obama administration program that brings some 500 innovators from across Africa to develop business,…
  • Young Entrepreneurs Ready to Lead African Innovation Through Design

    rnadworny
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    An amazing group of African entrepreneurs at Dartmouth College this summer. In July, President Obama visited Nairobi, Kenya. At the Global Entrepreneurship summit, the President declared that “Africa is on the move” and urged African entrepreneurs to pursue innovative projects to stimulate economic development on the continent. Obama also noted that “Women are powerhouse entreprenteurs. A few weeks later President Obama met with a group of 500 young African leaders in Washington, people who had arrived through a scholarship program started by the President to encourage development in…
  • Design Constraints Fuel Innovation

    rnadworny
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Hacks. Sprints. Ideation sessions. People and organization use these structures to bring people together in order to come up with new ideas. I’ve organized hackathons and I’ve judged them. I run innovation and design workshops for the public and for private companies. Over the years I’ve come to a startling conclusion, one that has inspired me to start establishing a challenging design constraint for participants: Come up with as many creative solutions as you can but the solution may not be a Web site or an App. Design constraints are powerful tools. Studies show that obstacles prompt…
  • Design & Innovation Workshop for Your Business

    rnadworny
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    With the support of the Free Press Media I’ve organized innovation breakfasts during 2014. National innovation gurus have talked with and inspired us. At the end of each, we’ve included short hands on workshops that make people “do” and not just “think.” Along the way, the professionals attending have given some interesting feedback. The top things they asked for were more practical tools, more in-depth training, and techniques they could apply with minimal effort. Heeding that feedback, I’ve created a Design and Innovation Workshop on Feb. 6. It’s full day, hand on experience…
  • Yakkity Yak

    rnadworny
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk. – George Clooney We all looked forward to the meeting. We were presenting the culmination of a design project and were eager to hear how the various stakeholders responded. Eager doesn’t do it justice; since we had engaged all of the stakeholders in various design workshops, we wondered if they would recognize their part in the work. There were a few new people in the room. One worked with our client but hadn’t participated in our design process. Another was a consultant who had nothing to do with the client or project, but was…
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  • An Idea Is Not an Action Item

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Clients of mine who pursue the practice of collaborative innovation express the concern that they may become the victim of their own success. What if they develop their practice? What if they expand their program? What if, as a result of achieving practice and program maturity, people in their organization begin to share their ideas with one another? What if the number of ideas grows and grows and grows beyond the organization’s ability to execute on even a small number of them? Would not the blockage of ideas—of the ideation flow from the front to the back end of…
  • Innovation Architecture to Offer Fail-Safe Service for Decommissioning SharePoint Sites

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

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

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

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

    Peter
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:47 am
    PERSBERICHT Op 17 september 2015 organiseert CogniStreamer een netwerk event rond ‘open innovatie en co-creatie’. Dit event vindt plaats in Antwerpen en laat experts aan het woord zoals Frank Van Massenhove (change-guru bij FOD Sociale Zekerheid) en Antonio Hidalgo (ex-innovatiemanager bij Philips). ... Read More The post Open innovatie & co-creatie zorgen voor snelle groei en nieuwe bedrijfscultuur appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Reluctant collaboration:  Finding contributors without hidden agendas

    Peter
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:01 am
    You want everyone on your team to embrace innovation.  You make a portal available to them to interact.  Then you find out some people are upset by what they read.  Others bring their innate, tacit biases to the dialogs, artificially ... Read More The post Reluctant collaboration:  Finding contributors without hidden agendas appeared first on CogniStreamer.
  • Innovatie management software: 6 grote valkuilen en hoe je die kan tackelen

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

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

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