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  • Innovation: Creating vs. Problem Solving

    Outside Innovation
    Patty Seybold
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    I was recently engaged to facilitate an “innovation discussion” between a client’s cross-functional innovation team and an insightful team of people from one of their customers. The session didn't meet my expectations.  Don’t get me wrong; it was a valuable interchange. My client learned an incredible amount about their customers’ (mostly implicit) business drivers, about the real-world constraints of their particular business, about the seemingly intractable problems they had. Their customers learned new ways to think about and to solve some of their operations’ problems.
  • The Art of Social Media: Interview with Guy Kawasaki

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    Matt
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Guy Kawasaki needs no introduction. He’s the original Apple evangelist, turned ultimate evangelist. From the art of startup to artisanal self-publishing, Guy takes his current endeavor to a level of artistry. Ten years ago, anything resembling what we now know as social media was a blip on the typical web surfer’s radar screen. Now everyone is a social media user. But not a “power user.” And that’s where Guy comes in. He is. A power user, that is. I’ve watched his follower base grow 10X in the course of less than two years. He has millions of fans and…
  • An Innovation Portal…I Can Do That Myself

    Innovation Management
    Campbell Lockhart
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Innovation portals have taken an important place in the open innovation landscape. Expectations are great in portal performance but often, for purely budgetary reasons, these portals are launched and managed internally by corporates themselves, to discover that they generate a number of community management issues that they are not used to coping with. Prior to launching a corporate portal it is a good idea to ask a few specific questions on whether to do this internally or through experienced third party innovation providers. Using external resources can often avoid pitfalls and align the…
  • 15 Startups to Watch in 2015-2016

    Innovation Excellence
    Innovation Excellence
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Digital analyst Brian Solis assembled a list of 15 startups he believes will stand out this year while also sparking new trends. From the sharing economy to AR/VR to 3D Printing to Messaging to Enterprise Collaboration and more, this list will help you see and appreciate top trends happening in Silicon Valley and around the world now. Continue reading →
  • Navigating a Leadership Transition Means Communicating Your Value

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    Robert Montenegro
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Mergers, promotions, retirements, acquisitions, firings: there are plenty of reasons why the names and faces above you on the organizational change might change. In each case, find where you fit in the new structure and make sure the new leadership notices.Read More
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
  • Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m looking for people to review The Art of the Start 2.0. If you’re interested, please complete this short form: https://alltop.wufoo.com/forms/sign-up-to-review-the-art-of-the-start-20/ Space is limited, so when the spots are gone, they’re gone! Once the application process is completed, readers will be selected and will receive an email with a digital copy via Net Galley of The Art of the Start 2.0 to review. Thank you in advance for your help. Solid book reviews help a book and the author very much. The post Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0 appeared first…
  • The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Interesting story of how Alicia Shaffer sells $1 million of fashion items via her Etsy shop. It’s fantastic that Etsy has created a market like this–democratizing commerce and crafts! http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042352/how-one-knitter-makes-almost-1-million-a-year-on-etsy There is some controversy about whether her products are handcrafted “enough,” but there are marketing lessons to learn from her success, nonetheless! The post The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • My Advice to 22 Year-Olds

    Guy Kawasaki
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    As I write this, I’m just past the big 6O. Here’s some advice based on thirty-eight more years of living than you have. I don’t expect you to believe everything I say–when I was twenty-two I wouldn’t listen to someone this old, but maybe some of this will resonate with you: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Accepting the known and resisting the unknown is a mistake. You should do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Now is the time to take this kind of risk because you have less to lose and everything to gain. Great things happen…
  • How to Find a Co-Founder

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    People love the notion of the sole innovator, but this notion is wrong. Successful companies are usually started, and become successful, with the contributions of at least two people. Yin and yang, maker and seller, dreamer and pragmatist — call it what you will. After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.” In some instances the first follower is the first customer, but most often the first…
 
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  • Why Beauty, Elegance, and Design Matter

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

    Matt
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Over at Harvard Business Review blogs, a couple of author acquaintances, David Burkus and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, have blogged on the topic of creativity. David Burkus, whose book The Myths of Creativity I enjoyed and interviewed him on, surprisingly ballyhooes Adobe’s “Kickbox” program. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, whose book Confidence I enjoyed and interviewed him on, surprisingly goes down a “do more” path. In “Inside Adobe’s Innovation Kit,” David Burkus describes the kit: The Kickbox is a small, red cardboard box containing everything an…
  • Practicing What I Preach

    Matt
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    After a good bit of simplification and streamlining, achieved through subtraction, I’m finally (mostly) happy with my site redesign. Given that I started the year with a post dubbing 2015 the year of the question, I began my effort with one: how can I deliver the essence of what, how, and for whom I do what I do in the simplest digital way possible? I came up with a quick, back-of-the-napkin design brief: Single page (down from 10) plus blog Swipe and hover action, little/no click through Personal branding Highly visual Black and white imagery (but color on hover) Red accents (my…
  • How Strategy Transforms

    Matt
    18 Feb 2015 | 4:59 pm
    My friend Roger Martin (#3 on Thinkers50 list) penned a terrific article in The European Business Review on how the Canadian professional tennis association rose from oblivion to now boasting two young players ranked well inside the top 10 on the professional tennis circuit…in less than ten years. As of this writing, Eugenie Bouchard is ranked #7, and Milos Raonic is ranked #6. Roger and I share a love of the game, and we trade more emails on tennis than anything else. I used the 2014 Australian Open final as an example of how elements of Roger’s “Play to Win”…
  • The Art of Social Media: Interview with Guy Kawasaki

    Matt
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Guy Kawasaki needs no introduction. He’s the original Apple evangelist, turned ultimate evangelist. From the art of startup to artisanal self-publishing, Guy takes his current endeavor to a level of artistry. Ten years ago, anything resembling what we now know as social media was a blip on the typical web surfer’s radar screen. Now everyone is a social media user. But not a “power user.” And that’s where Guy comes in. He is. A power user, that is. I’ve watched his follower base grow 10X in the course of less than two years. He has millions of fans and…
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Sheila Babnis on Co-Creating with Employees and Patients in Drug Trials

    Julie Anixter
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:50 am
    Sheila Babnis, head of strategic innovation for product development at Roche, shared, at a conference earlier this year, new ways that her company is working in innovation in drug development; and how empathy and patient-centricity are shaping both drug development and clinical trials. Co-creating with patients is a core pillar of the new way Roche is working and an area of deep focus for Sheila and her team. Continue reading →
  • Innovation Through Preparation

    Mike Shipulski
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Innovation is about new; innovation is about different; innovation is about “never been done before”; and innovation is about preparation. Continue reading →
  • How to Scale Innovation

    Kevin C. Cummins
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Increasingly, companies who have long focused on open innovation and idea management are incorporating design thinking as part of a “well balanced diet” for enterprise innovation. We at batterii are excited to be working with Pfizer, one of the world’s largest biopharmaceutical companies, to help them bring the power of human centered innovation to every one of their 77,000 employees. Continue reading →
  • It’s About Them: Leading for Innovation

    Robert F Brands
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Leaders must involve their entire organization in the vision, and promote an honest and open climate to achieve a meaningful shared vision of the future. While it may be easy to focus the lens inward, leadership is never about you… it is about them. The people you lead, and the teams who put their trust in your tenure. Continue reading →
  • 15 Startups to Watch in 2015-2016

    Innovation Excellence
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Digital analyst Brian Solis assembled a list of 15 startups he believes will stand out this year while also sparking new trends. From the sharing economy to AR/VR to 3D Printing to Messaging to Enterprise Collaboration and more, this list will help you see and appreciate top trends happening in Silicon Valley and around the world now. Continue reading →
 
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  • Water Conservation- Key to Reforestation

    M. Solano
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    For most of my life I thought reforestation was an effort led by tree planting. The concept seemed straightforward; cut trees need to be replaced. Certainly this is how the timber companies do it in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. But what happens if the landscape habitat is too degraded, beyond repair for native trees to survive when planted The forest surrounding this hut was reforested by first conserving all water on site. Unfortunately this is a real concern today. Years of development fueled by short-term prospecting is catching up in real ways. Once balanced and thriving…
  • A Ceramic Water Filter – Another Great Way Of Cleaning Your Cooking And Drinking Water

    Annabel Schoeman
    2 Feb 2013 | 6:04 pm
    Photo credit from Practica Foundation, leading research on using ceramic water filters in developing countries. The use for water filters have increased over the past couple of years as users have become more informed about what kind of chemicals and bacteria can be found in the water they so freely drink. There are many water filters available out there today, from UV water purifiers to gravity water filters. As we become more educated about the environment and the impact we have on it, we are more likely to opt for eco-friendly products. Although the UV water filter and Gravity water filter…
  • Ocean Acidification, Causes and Environmental Influences

    Annabel Schoeman
    6 Feb 2012 | 7:40 pm
    Ocean acidification is, simply put, the change of the pH balance of the waters in our oceans. The pH levels of the ocean’s waters drop and this is because the water absorbs what is called anthropogenic carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.   Anthropogenic carbon dioxide is basically carbon dioxide produced by humans. This is because of our daily activities on earth, like the burning of fossil fuels for example. This has nothing to do with our respiratory functions that produce carbon.   Studies have shown that our oceans absorbs a third of the carbon we emit into the atmosphere.
  • Sustainable Fishing is Catching Up

    E.Meskhi
    24 Jan 2012 | 9:16 pm
    Sustainable fishing is the only method of harvesting protein rich aquatic creatures. Other fishing methods put our oceans and health at risk. There are two main factors that affect our ability to sustain oceanic fish populations: a) the health of the population, thus the rate at which they can renew themselves and b) the method of catching fish, which can be destructive to the sea floor (when bottom trawling), or indiscriminate to different species (when pair trawling). Greenpeace have actively campaigned to protect dolphins from this unduly slaughter. Furthermore the lack of widespread and…
  • What is Green Fuel?

    Ben Terrington
    24 Jan 2012 | 8:29 pm
    Green fuel technologies are developing world wide to alleviate dependance on fossil fuels.  What is green fuel and what does it mean to a society that relies on fossil fuels? Green fuel is a general term, referring to “environmentally friendly” alternative fuels, specifically biofuels derived from organic materials that can be replenished. Although the word says “green” not all alternative fuels are actually environmentally sound- instead depending on the natural resource and processing used, detrimental pollution can result. For instance, green fuels often refer to…
 
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    Innovation Management

  • How a Safe Workplace Can Lead to More Innovation

    Tom Reddon
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:06 pm
    Maintaining a safe workplace is obviously very important if you want to avoid costly accidents and injuries on the job, but it has several other benefits as well. In this article, Tom Reddon highlights a few reasons why keeping a safe workplace makes good business sense.
  • An Innovation Portal…I Can Do That Myself

    Campbell Lockhart
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Innovation portals have taken an important place in the open innovation landscape. Expectations are great in portal performance but often, for purely budgetary reasons, these portals are launched and managed internally by corporates themselves, to discover that they generate a number of community management issues that they are not used to coping with. Prior to launching a corporate portal it is a good idea to ask a few specific questions on whether to do this internally or through experienced third party innovation providers. Using external resources can often avoid pitfalls and align the…
  • Outside / Inside Innovation: Combining Open Innovation with Employee Networks to Drive Success

    Anthony Ferrier
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:03 am
    As business leaders seek additional impact from Innovation Programs, new ways to leverage and scale existing resources are being explored. One approach is to link externally sourced ideas with networks of innovation-minded employees, to generate additional business impact.
  • The Eight Cs of Transformational Change

    InnovationManagement
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:26 pm
    Agile Innovation is an execution-based model, not a control-based model. This means that the focus is on what you do (execution) rather than on what you are instructed to do. Hence, this approach requires inner motivation, and it’s not going to thrive in environments characterized by extrinsic, hierarchical, or fear-based motivational schemes. In this final excerpt from Agile Innovation, Langdon Morris discusses approaches necessary to transform organizations to achieve innovation actions and outcomes.
  • Translating Unseen Needs into Innovations

    Langdon Morris
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:21 pm
    The world is changing, yet people constantly assume, incorrectly, that tomorrow will be like yesterday. When business leaders make this mistake, the outcomes are generally bad because opportunities are lost. Competitive advantage is gained with the ability to transform insights into useful innovations by seeing the unseen. In this chapter excerpt of Agile Innovation, Langdon Morris explains how ethnography drives better innovation at a top-five U.S. financial services company.
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • How to Deliver a Meaningful, Memorable Message Quickly

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    HINT: It has nothing to do with pep talks, powerpoint shows, case studies, statistics, data, performance reviews, carrots, or sticks. Give up? Stories. That's right. Stories. Storytelling, done well, is the most effective way to deliver a meaningful, memorable message. It's been going on since the Stone Age. Why? Because it works. Here's my 5-minute talking head video on the topic. 25 quotes on storytelling As it applies to teenage girls One of my stories Our storytelling workshop
  • I Am Moving to a Blog Cabin

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:32 pm
    I see the future. Everyone will have a blog. Every blogger's pet will have a blog. Every blog will have a blog. Every blog's blog will have a blog. No one will be reading any of these blogs because everyone will be too busy writing blogs. (Those with ADD will be tweeting). Bloggers will occasionally visit other blogs, but only for the purpose of leaving comments that will direct readers back to their own blog. Letter writing will become popular once again, gaining a new lease on life after the internet crashes repeatedly because of the profusion of blogs, tweets, and youtube videos created by…
  • The Only Risk is Not to Risk

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    50 quotes on risktaking Idea Champions
  • How to Keep Small Group Brainstorming On Track

    24 Feb 2015 | 5:49 am
    If you are planning to lead any kind of ideation or brainstorming session in the near future and will be dividing the group into sub-groups, here's one thing to keep in mind: No matter how clear the instructions you give or how much you reinforce the ground rules of brainstorming, there is a 95% chance that the small groups will default to any of the following instead of brainstorming: conversation, debate, storytelling, schmoozing, philosophizing, venting, and question-asking. Bet on it. WHY does this happen? Because there is precious little time, in most organizations, for people to simply…
  • GUY WIRE: The Art of Innovation

    22 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Here is a no BS, engaging, entertaining, honorable 21-minute talk on innovation, by the extremely refreshing Guy Kawasaki. Many pearls of wisdom in this and some good jokes. Idea Champions
 
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Making innovation a valuable habit

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

    Jeffrey Phillips
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Over the last five years or so I've been asked many, many times about my opinion about corporate innovation.  Why is there so much demand for corporate innovation, yet so little practical result.  One could stipulate a number of reasons, including:The lack of time or bandwidthThe focus on efficiency over experimentationThe lack of innovation skills or techniquesThe inordinate rewards of short term thinking over long term successFear of the uncertain or unknownAnd I'm sure we could continue this list ad infinitum.   These are all reasons why so many corporations can't…
  • What's your perspective on innovation?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    Our clients are always interested in what will lead to the most innovation within their companies.  Is it the markets or industries they compete in?  Do they have a natural amount of innovation or resistance?  Do software firms innovate more than manufacturers?  Is it the culture of the organization?  If we have ping pong tables in the break room, will that make it more innovative?  How about the people?  Do we need hipsters, millennials, Boomers or some other segment?  Do we need creatives, designers, artists?  Sometimes it seems we could actually…
  • There's more innovation opportunity than you think

    Jeffrey Phillips
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Just recently we were working with a client and our combined OVO/client team had created a number of really good ideas to develop as new products and services.  When we presented them to the senior executive sponsoring the activity, his response was mixed.  Some he liked, some he was uncertain about, and some targeted a market that is valuable but which also has a lot of embedded competitors.  His comment about innovation in that last space was basically to say there may not be a lot of room for innovation, perhaps the incumbents had the space locked up.  While I…
  • Innovation doesn't take a vacation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Yesterday, January 19th, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day in the US.  This is a Federal holiday meant to recognize and celebrate the work that MLK and others did to improve the lot of African Americans.  Since it is a Federal holiday, many businesses also recognize it, so yesterday, many employees stayed home, or used the long holiday weekend to visit family or make a quick get away.Vacations and holidays are awesome. We all benefit from an opportunity to step away from our work, to recharge our batteries and refresh our thinking.  But one thing we all need to realize is…
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  • Read My First Book With Me? Book Club Forming

    Scott Berkun
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    One of my most popular books, Making Things Happen, was published 10 years ago. Originally titled The Art of Project Management, this first book both started my career as an author, but also reflected on my first career of my past: leading teams of creative people. To celebrate I’m rereading the book and I’m inviting you to read it with me. Each week we’ll cover a couple of chapters, you can ask questions which I’ll answer, we’ll schedule live Q&As and you’ll get far more than your money’s worth for what you paid for the book. You’ll likely…
  • 28 (Better) Things No One Tells You About Publishing

    Scott Berkun
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    The recent Buzzfeed post by Curtis Sittenfeld called 24 Things No One Tells You about Publishing was fun to read. I’ve written 6 books with two publishers and I agreed with much of what she said. But having been an author over a decade and hearing every question and myth, here’s my own list of things I wish more people people knew about writing and publishing. Selling books is harder than writing them. There are 300k books published in the U.S. every year. And 30% of Americans read only 1 to 5 books in 2014. Writing a book is purely up to you. But getting other people to buy…
  • Live Q&A: How To Write a Memoir / Ghost of My Father

    Scott Berkun
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Interesting in writing a memoir? or did you read The Ghost of My Father? Or both? Join me for a live Q&A about my book and how to write a memoir of your own. When: Wednesday March 4th, 12:00pm PST Where: Anywhere! It’s online. How: RSVP here I’ll answer any questions you have about the issues raised in The Ghost of My Father (free excerpt here), or questions about how it was written and what advice I have for you if you’re interested in writing a memoir yourself. Trained clinical therapist, and friend, Vanessa Longacre will join to provide expert commentary. If you…
  • How does physical fitness help productivity?

    Scott Berkun
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    Each Tuesday I take the top voted question from readers and answer it.  With 143 votes, this week’s winner was from Naveen Sinha: Many companies are now providing standings desks, healthy food, and fitness trackers to promote the health of their employees. What patterns have you seen between the workplace environment and employee productivity, especially in terms of health and fitness? Sick workers are not productive, which means any sane organization will invest in keeping its workforce healthy. More than 1/3 of American adults are obese, which may lead to more preventable illnesses and…
  • Live Q&A: When should it be?

    Scott Berkun
    16 Feb 2015 | 5:25 pm
    UPDATE: Poll closed. Date now set for Wednesday March 4th, 12:00pm. RSVP here.   One of the promised rewards to backers of The Ghost of My Father is a live Q&A with me about the book. I’ve decided to open this event to everyone. You’ll get to ask me questions about the book, the themes and questions it raises, plus get expert commentary from Vanessa Longacre, a clinically trained therapist and all around excellent person. The question is what day and time? It has to be the first week in March, and you can pick from the options below. Haven’t read the book yet? If…
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  • Lateral Marketing

    Paul Sloane
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:01 am
    Here is a gun safety advertisement which uses a lateral approach to get the message across.  
  • Which are the Best Countries for Innovation?

    Paul Sloane
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:54 pm
    UK is second on the list! Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (a specialized agency of the United Nations) co-publish The Global Innovation Index.  It compares five input metrics of the national economy that enable innovative activities: (1) Institutions, (2) Human capital and research, (3) Infrastructure, (4) Market sophistication, and (5) Business sophistication. Two output metrics compare actual evidence of innovation outputs: (6) Knowledge and technology outputs and (7) Creative outputs.  Each metric is divided into sub-pillars and each sub-pillar…
  • Which are the Most Innovative Companies in the World?

    Paul Sloane
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    Three different bodies offer their lists of the ‘most innovative companies in the world’.  They use different methods and get different results.  So here is a comparison: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/worlds-most-innovative-companies-paul-sloane   Share
  • Should you Quit the Day Job?

    Paul Sloane
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    The Entrepreneurship Summit in Mumbai is an annual conference hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, one of India’s most prestigious technical universities. I was fortunate enough to be a guest speaker there this year giving talks on lateral thinking and on open innovation. There was a range of other distinguished speakers and two of them gave starkly contrasting advice on how to start a new business. Archit Gupta is the founder and CEO of Cleartax, a successful software start-up company which provides an automated service to help people in India complete and file their personal tax…
  • Innovators must learn from their Mistakes

    Paul Sloane
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    A key precept in the self-improvement manual is to learn from your mistakes. If you can do that then you can keep growing and getting better. Yet many people find this very hard. And the same story applies to organizations. If a company wants to be innovative then it must try many new things, stop the unsuccessful experiments, learn the important lessons and rapidly move on. It sounds straightforward but it is surprisingly difficult. In his book, Adapt, Why Success always starts with Failure, Tim Harford identifies three salient reasons why individuals, corporate executives and organizations…
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • The Soft Drink Printing Machine

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

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

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

    sshapiro
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:56 am
    Many people have asked me to summarize my innovation philosophy. Although I have many articles on the topic, to make it easy, I decided to create a 6-minute animation. This video summarizes the three key mistakes companies make when innovating – and what they can do to address those issues. Fo... The post Innovation Philosophy Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation

    sshapiro
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    I recently met up with a client. The first thing I noticed was the bandage on his left hand. I asked what happened. He said, “I was looking for a box that contained cloth napkins for a dinner party we were throwing. I went to the garage, remembering that they were in a box on a shelf. I saw a ... The post Pink Boxes, Assumptions and Innovation appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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  • Solar Roof Solar Energy partner in Orange County, California

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

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

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

    Sanjay Dalal
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:59 am
    Are you in need for discount office supplies with free shipping?oGoing Office Supplies Store powered by Amazon.com provides highly discounted supplies for your home office or business. Free shipping is included for orders over $25.Binders & Binding Systems -    Browse and order the latest Avery, Wilson Jones, Universal and leading binders brands at ultra-cheap prices.Calendars, Planners & Personal Organizers -   Popular calendars include At-A-Glance, Dilbert, Mom's Family Calendar, 365 Cats, Bananagrams, DayMinder, Franklin Covey and more at rock-bottom…
  • Mobile Car Wash and Auto Detailing Services in California

    Sanjay Dalal
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Would you like the convenience of having your car washed in your own driveway by a professional? These mobile service providers bring the car-wash and detailing to you, wherever you are. At your home or at your office!Why not make money by washing local cars in your neighborhood or community? Want to expand your business and create an additional income stream? Partner up with car dealers, rental fleet owners, shopping malls, business centers and corporations.Mobile Car Washing and Detailing is a much-sought after business in 2015!Investment Needed: Less than $1,000 for car wash supplies. A…
 
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    ITIF Publication, Events and News Articles

  • Crypto Wars 2.0: Has the United States Abandoned the Policy of "Secure by Design"?

    akey
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration A number of global government leaders including President Obama and UK Prime Minister Cameron have suggested that companies should not create products so secure that the governments cannot gain access. FBI Director James Comey has gone so far as to criticize companies that build consumer devices designed without back doors to allow law enforcement access, and one Department of Justice official has labeled devices with strong encryption a "zone of lawlessness." These statements reflect a deep disconnect between ongoing efforts, including within the federal government, to…
  • How Technology is Reshaping the World Economy

    akey
    10 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration Please join ITIF for discussion of a thought-provoking new report, Technology: Reshaping the Global Economy, by Standard Chartered, which assesses the impact transformative digital technologies—including mobile, big data, robotics, 3D-printing, and artificial intelligence—will have on the development strategies of both emerging and developed economies. The report articulates the significant impacts digital technologies will have on business strategy and public policy, documenting how they will reshape developing countries’ roles in the global production system…
  • China’s Hundred Year Marathon with the United States

    akey
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration China is engaged in a secret one-hundred year marathon to overtake the United States in global economic and military might, with a goal to supplant the United States as the world’s dominant power by 2049, argues Michael Pillsbury in a timely new book, The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower Pillsbury contends that U.S. economic, science, and trade policies have played a sometimes unwitting role in contributing to China’s ascent, and argues that the United States needs to implement a more competitive strategic…
  • President’s Proposed Legislation Could Deliver Crippling Blow to Data Economy

    akey
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
  • Healthy Funding: Ensuring a Growing and Predictable Budget for National Institutes of Health

    akey
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Enable Registration New Location: 1105 Longworth House Office Building Despite the important role federally funded biomedical research plays in supporting the U.S. biomedical industry and advancing the discovery of cures for disease, funding for the National Institutes of Health declined by 22 percent in real terms between 2003 and 2013. Join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and United for Medical Research (UMR) to discuss a new report, Healthy Funding: Ensuring a Growing and Predictable Budget for NIH, offering suggestions for how Congress…
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • A Smart-Watch Pioneer Has an Answer for Apple

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    As the Apple Watch casts a shadow across the smart-watch market, Pebble preps a wrist-worn gadget with a color e-paper display.If Eric Migicovsky, founder and CEO of smart-watch maker Pebble, is nervous about Apple’s looming entry into his company’s turf, he isn’t showing it.
  • Bitcoin-Inspired Digital Currency to Power Mobile Savings App

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A nonprofit experiments with using digital currency to give poor teenagers their first experience of financial services.Proponents of the digital currency Bitcoin have often argued that money made out of computer code could help poor people access financial services. But so far applications for the technology have been almost exclusively aimed at people with Internet access and smartphones. Now a South African nonprofit is preparing to give the idea its first real test.
  • Nano-Architecture

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    A Caltech scientist creates tiny lattices with enormous potential.Availability: 3-5 years
  • Internet of DNA

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    A global network of millions of genomes could be medicine’s next great advance.Availability: 1-2 years
  • Liquid Biopsy

    17 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Fast DNA-sequencing machines are leading to simple blood tests for cancer.Availability: now
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • How To Think Productively About Customer Experience?

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    A little while back Bob Thompson asked this question on the CustomerThink.com site. Thereafter, this question called forth 60 or so comments from a range of folks including Customer Experience gurus, thought leaders, experts, practitioners etc. I found this conversational thread interesting.  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer experienceMaz IqbalB2C relationshiptouchpoints
  • Design Leadership Is More than Simplicity. It Is About Design Discipline.

    admin
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    El·e·gant, an adjective and define or characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style. Marc Jacob? Chanel? Jil Sander? Hermes? All are unquestionably elegant by design in the fashion world. How about smartphones or interfaces? Can they be elegant?  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: design thinkingdesignIdris Mooteesimplicityvisionary
  • Millennials Look for Experiences over Possessions - So Do Their Parents

    admin
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:33 pm
    I had to laugh when Marketing magazine had a headline "Millennials look for experiences over possessions." I thought that I had read something like that before and then remembered a blog posting back in 2008 that said something very similar only this time it was about Boomers. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Dick StroudMillenialsconsumer trendsgreygenerations
  • Stakeholder Engagement for #CX Success

    admin
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Today's post is a modified version of a post I originally wrote for Confirmit in April 2013.  What is a stakeholder? And why should I engage with or interview one? Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: customer experiencesorganisational behaviourAnnette Franz Gleineicki
  • Brand Book Bites from the Birth of a Brand

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Here’s my newest “brand book bite” — check out the full collection of write-ups and author interviews here. The book: The Birth of a Brand:  Launching Your Entrepreneurial Passion and Soul (Beyond Words Publishing), a business memoir about the world-renowned UGG brand of sheepskin boots from Australia Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Denise Lee Yohnbrandingbooksbook reviewbrand loyalty
 
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    Creativity Central

  • MR. ROGERS, EGO AND THE NEURAL TRIPWIRE remix.

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

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

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

    Creativity Central
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This post is dedicated to Mark Brady, who passed away recently.  Mark was a friend and a remarkable writer who commented often on this post -- which I originally I wrote for BakerMuse Wordpress. One of my favorite lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet is understandably overlooked. Like a tiny ship, these five words are swamped by such iconic leviathans as: “To be, or not to be: that is the question” “This above all: to thine own self be true.” Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend. And, “Though this be…
  • BIF10: Why the heart of innovation is personal.

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

  • Talent Relies on Techniques Not Tools

    Don The Idea Guy
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:55 am
    Is having the tool more important to your success, or is knowing the technique more important? A lot of people obsess over the latest social media sites (or the latest changes to social media sites) instead of obsessing over the content they develop and post to those sites. Having a solid knowledge of even the very basics of creating compelling content will serve you better than knowing what the latest sparkly new social site is; Crap content is crap content no matter how brightly it shines. Let’s take the idea to an extreme… One that literally puts your life on the line. If…
  • Interesting & Unexpected

    Don The Idea Guy
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    We all enjoy running across things that are Interesting & Unexpected. It gives us a tiny secret joy of discovery which we usually share with others by word-of-mouth, email, text message, or posting on social media. Instead of waiting to stumble across the Interesting & Unexpected of another, why not put some of your own out into the world for others to encounter and share? Bestow upon others the gift of Interesting & Unexpected.   You might also like this.   Send to Kindle
  • A Carpenter Should Have A Hammer, Right?

    Don The Idea Guy
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    You hire a carpenter to come to your house to build something (I don’t know what he’s going to build, you hired him. What do you need? Bookcases? Let’s say bookcases…) He shows up wearing a t-shirt that says “Bob’s Carpentry” on it and he hands you a business card that has his title listed as “Carpenter”, but otherwise he’s empty-handed. No hammer. No nails. No saw. No wood. Nothing. Too many people who consider themselves professionals in just about any industry show up in the same manner. They have the uniform, they have the…
  • New Year, Old Friends, New Projects

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    The new year always offers a first best chance to begin something brand new, or to simply begin anew.  With the coming of the new year also came two immediate new project launches from The Idea Guy. The first was publishing a brand new book in a brand new format. The Yellow Sticky Guide to DONE is a collection of my own personal insights and practices to getting more of the most important things done using one of my favorite creativity and productivity tools (and one of my all-time favorite inventions) — the ubiquitous Yellow Sticky Note. It’s a 42-page guide to move your…
  • Write A Book Before You Get Out Of Bed

    Don The Idea Guy
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Everybody has “that book”. The one they are writing and can never quite get around to finishing and publishing. Personally, I must have four or five. The books aren’t completely abandoned, but they get “back-burnered” because of something else I “need” to work on.  After that, I end up opening the file every few days to tap away at it. And then the file gets opened every few weeks. And then every few months. And then every few years. And then you only remember it in conversations with other people who are talking about the new book they published,…
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    InnoBlog

  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

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

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

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

    kblake
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:42 pm
    When I was growing up in suburban Cleveland, the mall was everything.  It was where I hung out with friends, earned my first paycheck, and exercised my newfound independence. Now that mall is practically empty. Storefronts are vacant. You can hear the footsteps of the few shoppers echo down the hall. We all know that shopping is not just about buying stuff, and that there are emotional and social reasons that drive us to choose certain shopping experiences over others. In the rush to get online, retailers focused on building lower-cost digital equivalents of their stores that left behind…
  • Calculate How Much Your Company Should Invest in Innovation

    kblake
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    How much does your company need to invest in innovation? It seems like a simple enough question, but answering it with a degree of rigor often highlights a gap that’s bigger than you think between your future financial targets and your current investments in growth. Identifying this so-called “growth gap” is critical, because the bigger the gap, the more a company needs to look beyond its current offerings, markets, and business models to find growth opportunities. And the more growth opportunities stretch beyond a company’s current capabilities, the more the company needs to build…
 
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    Big Think Expert Ideas

  • How did researchers convince so many people they had committed a violent crime?

    Simon Oxenham
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    In a new groundbreaking study, researchers convinced 70% of participants that they had committed a serious crime. How did they come to such an astounding finding?  Read More
  • You Can Train Your Brain to Become More Confident

    Orion Jones
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    By consciously taking specific actions — from seeking out role models to reevaluating how we think about failure — we can train our mind to behave more confidently.Read More
  • Why It's Important to Teach America's Flaws in History Class

    Robert Montenegro
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:00 am
    History curriculum needs to place a keen focus on decision-making and scrutiny, not just rote memorization of names and dates.Read More
  • Navigating a Leadership Transition Means Communicating Your Value

    Robert Montenegro
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    Mergers, promotions, retirements, acquisitions, firings: there are plenty of reasons why the names and faces above you on the organizational change might change. In each case, find where you fit in the new structure and make sure the new leadership notices.Read More
  • The Moral Sciences Are Back

    Jag Bhalla
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Moral sciences are back. Natural laws of ethics, envisioned early in the Enlightenment, can now be objectively studied. Game Theory is reteaching scientists and “rationalists” old wisdoms, while suggesting a “Golden Punishment Rule,” and a Naturalistic Fallacy reform (via "negative telos").Read More
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    Innovationedge

  • Walk instead of drive? A billboard that cheers your eco-mindedness

    Cheryl Perkins
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Here’s an innovation and an inspiration: A billboard that cheers you on if you choose to walk, jog or run instead of drive: This idea might just catch on. You can add it to the list of innovative billboards that can make clean drinking water, track air quality, house the homeless, and advertise art instead of products. Fast company has the story here. Just click on the billboard:
  • Hand held 3D Printer has interesting applications

    Cheryl Perkins
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I’ve been watching the evolution of 3D printing technology over the past several years, and came across this interesting video of a hand-held prototype. Read more here and watch the video: Post by InnovationEdge.
  • 6 sustainable innovation and design trends to watch

    Cheryl Perkins
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:51 pm
    I spotted this via GreenBiz, and I think we can glean some general trends to watch this year: Over the last 20 years, businesses have played their part in the increasing global discussion of climate change and how to adapt to it. Resource efficiency and security have moved up the policy and business agenda, and the more recent discussions have been reframed under the circular economy banner. From a relatively small number of green niche players and a few leaders in the manufacturing sector implementing eco-design in the early to mid-1990s, we have seen a broadening of the sectors and…
  • PERSPECTIVES FROM CODEV 2015

    Pat Clusman
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Hopefully you had an opportunity to attend the CoDev 2015 conference in Scottsdale, Arizona with us. If not, you missed one of the best CoDev conferences ever! This year, we saw how many companies are defining and implementing new business models to deliver growth through Open Innovation. There were a variety of models discussed and if we learned anything, it was that no one model fits all. More companies are looking outside their boundaries for ideas, technologies and intellectual property, and they are working internally to integrate across functions to drive commercialization. It was very…
  • 15, a CEO, and a caring young lady with vision

    Cheryl Perkins
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I saw this incredible story at Fast Company: Do you remember what you were doing when you were 15? Lillian Pravda is 15, and she is the CEO of a non-profit that has brought free vision care to over 24,000 children in need. WATCH here:  
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • Design Leadership Is More Than Simplicity. It Is About Design Discipline.

    Idris
    21 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    El·e·gant, an adjective and define or characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style. Marc Jacob? Chanel? Jil Sander? Hermes? All are unquestionably elegant by design in the fashion world. How about smartphones or interfaces? Can they be elegant? Or what about customer experiences? Can you describe a banking or customer service experience as elegant? Most...
  • The Most Successful Wearable Design Is All About Balance, Benefit, Beauty And Behavior.

    Idris
    10 Feb 2015 | 5:12 pm
    This is the billion-dollar question: “How do we create the iPhone pr Walkman of wearables?” and “How do we create sub-ecosystems around these wearables?” At the CES who this year, you can still see everyone displaying their newest or not-so-new wearable ideas. No one can afford to miss the train but most of the wearables out there now are just...
  • In The Near Future, Instead of Choosing Between AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, You Can Also Pick Google or Apple As Your Mobile Carriers

    Idris
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The US mobile industry has been in a clear state of duopoly with Verizon and AT&T occupying about 70-75% of both consumer and enterprise market. T-Mobile is attempting to disrupt the current status but the impact will not be sustainable although its Uncarrier attack effort is causing a lot of noise. To maintain competition and sustainability for all is a...
  • The “Internet of Useless Things” or IuT Is Everywhere. Not Every Player Has A Plan.

    Idris
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:17 am
    The CES is a good one this year. Everywhere is IoT. And honestly I am little tired of hearing IoT or “Internet of Things” which is estimated to become a $7 trillion industry where thermometers, clocks, garbage cans, toilets, washing machines, watches, smartphones, fridges, baby monitors, garage doors and coffee makers are all connected digitally, allowing seamless interactions and smart...
  • Do You Know What A Growth Strategy Is?

    Idris
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This marks the end of another year. A very busy and fruitful year for us. Personally I was on the road for more than 200 days and I need to take a break - perhaps 3 days. What about my New Year's resolution? I need to cut down on drive and email. I need to cut down on attending unprodcutive...
 
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    The Creativity Guru

  • How To Fly a Horse: Another Book on Creativity

    keithsawyer
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I really enjoyed a new book on creativity, How To Fly a Horse, by Kevin Ashton. He echoes what I’ve been saying for the last ten years: The flash of insight is a myth; Instead, creativity emerges from many small sparks, that occur over time. Creativity comes from hard work over a sustained period of time so that these successive small sparks lead to successful innovation. All of this is great news, because it means that everyone has the potential to be creative–because it’s not about geniuses being blessed with divine inspiration, it’s about putting in the time and…
  • Marc Andreessen on Group Genius

    keithsawyer
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Marc Andreesen, the Silicon Valley investor, has just published a free e-book containing his blog posts from 2007 to 2009. This excerpt from the book was just published in the Wall Street Journal–titled “retaining great people”. It’s really advice about how to build an innovative organization: Don’t create a new group or organization within your company whose job is “innovation”. This takes various forms, but it happens reasonably often, and it’s hugely damaging. It sends the terrible message to the rest of the organization that you think…
  • The Monopoly Game: An Example of Group Genius

    keithsawyer
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Lizzie Magie’s 1906 Landlord’s Game Today’s New York Times has an article by Mary Pilon, excerpted from her new book The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game. It’s a great story: Parker Brothers lied when they claimed that Charles Darrow invented the game Monopoly in 1934. In fact, Darrow stole the game from a group of Quakers who played their hand-made game in Atlantic City. Similar versions of the game had been played, up and down the East Coast and in the Midwest, since 1904, when a Virginia Quaker named Lizzie…
  • Montessori, Collaboration, and Creativity

    keithsawyer
    14 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    I had a great time giving this morning’s keynote at the annual Montessori teacher’s conference (NAMTA). They invited me to talk about how to foster creativity and collaboration in high school classrooms. In my keynote, I gave an overview of the core lessons from my creativity research, combined with my learning sciences research: Creative learning is active Creative learning is collaborative Creative learning engages with projects in real-world contexts Creative learning is artfully guided and structured by the teacher and the designed learning environment Then, I gave some…
  • Group Genius: Radical in 2007, Conventional Wisdom Today

    keithsawyer
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    In 2007, my book Group Genius made a radical claim: The discipline of psychology could never explain creativity, because creativity emerges from collaborative groups and networks. In 2007, this put me at odds with most of my creativity research colleagues; they studied solitary individuals. And it was a bit cutting edge for the business world, too; most business books were still focused on enhancing the creative potential of each employee: We’re drawn to the image of the lone genius whose mystical moment of insight changes the world. But the lone genius is a myth; instead, it’s…
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    Outside Innovation

  • Anthem Hack: Will It Slow the Spread of Patient Portals?

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

    Patty Seybold
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    The most recent Comcast customer experience debacle—changing a customer’s name to A**hole on their bill—has been widely tweeted and commented upon. Ronni Marshak digs deeper. What’s wrong with the culture that engenders these customer insults? What business processes has Comcast established that leads its customer service reps to the kind of melt down that takes the entire company down? Ronni’s conclusion? If your business process doesn’t make it easy for customers to cancel their service when they actually need to do so, but instead incentivizes employees to keep customers buying…
  • Why Not Let Customers Help Create Your Objectives?

    Patty Seybold
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    We all know that you get what you measure. When we experience a dysfunctional organization, we know that we should be suspicious of the objectives that managers and employees are motivated to achieve. In fact, based on the experiences we’re having, we can often guess at the firm’s compensation structure and/or culture. Here’s one example that is top of mind for me: Someone hit my car when it was parked. Their insurer was GEICO. Within 30 minutes of the accident, GEICO called me, told me they were taking responsibility and arranged for appraisal and repair. GEICO is obviously optimizing…
  • Mobile Apps: The Path of Least Resistance for Customer Co-Design

    Patty Seybold
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    We predict that 2015 will be a great year for customer co-design initiatives. There are four converging trends that bode well for customer-centric executives: Mobile app development is a popular investment among top execs. Mobile apps are well-suited to customer co-design. Mobile apps require close integration with customer portals, customer-facing web sites, social media, contact centers, and customer service. Customers’ priorities and success metrics (transmitted through stories) trump organizational politics. Mobile app development is only one of many areas in which customer co-design…
  • Innovation: Creating vs. Problem Solving

    Patty Seybold
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    I was recently engaged to facilitate an “innovation discussion” between a client’s cross-functional innovation team and an insightful team of people from one of their customers. The session didn't meet my expectations.  Don’t get me wrong; it was a valuable interchange. My client learned an incredible amount about their customers’ (mostly implicit) business drivers, about the real-world constraints of their particular business, about the seemingly intractable problems they had. Their customers learned new ways to think about and to solve some of their operations’ problems.
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  • 4 Great Innovation Conferences! London, San Francisco and Singapore

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 pm
    I am happy to say that I have entered a partnership with Innovation Enterprise, which I believe delivers some of the best innovation events on the market; The Chief Innovation Officer Summit and The Open Innovation Summit. These are some high-quality two-day summits where you get to hear from speakers from companies that are on the leading edge of open innovation, innovation management and culture. Innovation Enterprise offers lots of summits, but I can in particular recommend that you look at these: Chief Innovation Summit, April 30 and May 1 in London Open Innovation Summit, April 30 and…
  • LinkedIn: How It Can Be Used for Innovation Efforts

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    The use of social media to promote and market the outcomes of innovation (products and services) is widespread. This is not the objective of this post as I want to focus on how people working with innovation can use social media in their efforts to create these products and services and to further develop their innovation capabilities. I will cover Twitter in another post, but here we go with LinkedIn. Some facts on LinkedIn: You already know of LinkedIn if you read this, but did you know these facts? • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more…
  • What is Innovation? Why is Innovation Important? – and Other Good Questions

    Stefan Lindegaard
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    What is innovation? Why is innovation important? Why can’t we stick to business as usual? What does it take to be innovative? I was asked to provide some perspectives on these and other good questions at an upcoming session. You can read short snippets of my answers and perspectives below and you can download the presentation for my talk here: What is Innovation? Why is Innovation Important? – and Other Good Questions What is innovation? Snippet: The key is for companies to build a common understanding and a common language around innovation. It does not really matter how academics,…
  • 10 Insights on Idea Management and People as Drivers for Better Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    I will be delivering a series of sessions on idea management and people management for better innovation together with Hype Innovation this spring. Here you get some interesting insights on the topic, which I have compiled from blog posts from our sites. Only 40% of the most innovative companies have a structured idea management program in place. This means that 60% of the biggest and best companies in the world are still using archaic methods to collect, organize, and manage ideas. Whether it be offline in face-to-face brainstorming sessions, using email, excel spreadsheets, open suggestion…
  • Who Owns the Business Future of Healthcare and Medtech?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:14 am
    I had an interesting comment to my recent post on “An Example of (Slow) Open Innovation in Healthcare: GSK” that got me to think a bit on the business future of healthcare. The comment from Andreas Silow went like this: “Sorry to say, but symptomatic for pharma and healthcare industry. What happens now is that fastpaced ICT industry takes lead in the healthcare sector.” This is an interesting observation and I agree that one of the dangers for the healthcare and medtech companies is that they can lose out to the ICT industry in some (maybe many) areas within their industry. It is more…
 
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Teaching Children the S.I.T. Method

    Drew Boyd
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    My seventh-grade son asked me to volunteer at his school to teach something nonacademic and fun, like how to rollerblade, bake cookies, and so on. I called the school and asked if I could teach a course called “How to Be an Inventor.” I had taught Systematic Inventive Thinking in many innovation workshops for about four years at that point, so I was confident I could deliver a fun and useful program for kids. To my surprise, the school administrators said no. I was dumbfounded. I thought the school would welcome a minicourse on creativity. I asked why. They insisted it was impossible to…
  • Register Now for Innovation Suite #17

    Drew Boyd
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    REGISTER HERE: Innovation Suite #17
  • Innovation Sighting: Attribute Dependency and World Population

    Drew Boyd
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    What if countries were sized proportional to their population? What would the world look like? Take a look at this map (reported by NPR.org): It'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. Reddit user…
  • Creating New Products With The Division Technique

    Drew Boyd
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    You can frequently make groundbreaking innovations simply by dividing a product into “chunks” to create many smaller versions of it. These smaller versions still function like the original product, but their reduced size delivers benefits that users wouldn’t get with the larger, “parent” product. This is “Preserving Division.” Les Paul used Preserving Division to produce his multitrack recording by taking a single piece of media—a tape—and dividing it into multiple smaller tracks that perform the same function as the original large piece of tape. We see this all the time in…
  • Why Super Bowl Commercials Are So Effective

    Drew Boyd
    2 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Super Bowl commercials capture our attention because they tend to be highly creative and well-produced. At around $4 million dollars for a thirty second spot, Super Bowl advertisers need to create the best, most innovative commercials possible. To do that, they use patterns. Professor Jacob Goldenberg and his colleagues discovered that 89% of 200 award winning ads fall into a few simple, well-defined design structures. Their book, "Cracking the Ad Code," defines eight of these structures and provides a step-by-step approach to use them. Here are the eight tools:   1. Unification   2.
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • International Conference on Innovation for Inclusive Growth -10th and 11th February 2015,at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.

    A.S Rao
    5 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the World Bank Group (WBG) and the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and social Research and training centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) are jointly organising an International Conference on Inclusive Innovation on February 10-12, 2015 at Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, IndiaThe conference will foster discussion and policy exchange among stakeholders on the contributions of innovations to inclusive growth, and serve to share lessons learned. It will consist…
  • THE CITY OF NIZAMS SOON TO BECOME THE HUB OF ENTREPRENEURS: The Entrepreneur Zone (TEZ) unveiled

    A.S Rao
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:32 am
    The Entrepreneur Zone (TEZ) is a joint initiative of Zen SkillProc Pvt Ltd and Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE). TEZ has designed a 6 month modular program for entrepreneurs. TEZ will be a trainer, mentor and incubator run by industry professionals. As the first engineering industry promoted incubator, this might turn out to be a different type with focus on products in line with Make-In-India.For more details, attend seminar on 7th Feb.The session would be taken by Dr. Nandita Sethi, Director & Academic Head, TEZDate​ : Sat 7th Feb 2015Venue: IPE, Osmania University…
  • What incubators want from FM in the budget 2015.

    A.S Rao
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    iSPIRIT Expert Team on Incubators submitted their wishlist. Some recommendations:1.      Incubators should be recognized and notified as “Single Window Clearance” point for starting and closing a business, set up by Incubatee companies. New provisions could be incorporated in the Companies Act to establish such procedures, with time limits. 2.     The Incubators be exempt from: a) Income Tax under the applicable sections of IT Act, b) Customs Duty or any other applicable taxes for import of equipments, consumables, raw material,…
  • Market leaders to Category Kings: Fast mover takes all.

    A.S Rao
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Report by Play Bigger `Time To Market Cap: The new metric that matter' elaborated on this concept of Category Kings.TTMC is the measure of the time it takes a company to reach certain market capitalization milestones such as $500 million, $1 billion, or $5 billion. Time is measured by the number of years since the company was founded. Market cap is measured by (a) a company public marketcapitalization, or (b) a company valuation at the time of purchase, or (c) the most recent post-money valuation from a round of financing.Category Kings, the companies that dominate the rest of their…
  • Lessons from the Chinese patenting system

    A.S Rao
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:26 am
    Peter K. Yu, Drake University Law School, in his paper `Building the Ladder: Three Decades of Development of the Chinese Patent System' traces the development of the modern Chinese patent system. It begins with a historical overview of the protection China offered to inventions during the dynastic and Republican eras. The article then identifies five different stages of development of the modern Chinese patent system. Going from stage to stage, this article demonstrates how a developing country could strategically build a patent system that is tailored to its own social, economic…
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    InnovationLabs

  • A Classic Dilemma: Go to the Moon, or Go to the Grocery Store?

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

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

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

    Langdon
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Innovation is intimately linked with cities. This occurs for many reasons, many of which are entirely obvious. People congregate in cities, and through experiencing problems and sharing ideas for how to solve them, innovation comes about. There are suppliers and experts and scholars and materials and tinkerers in cities in abundance, so questions can be […]
  • Driven to Death by the Rate of Innovation

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

  • See Taylor Swift Remixed With Famous Works Of Art

    KC Ifeanyi
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Artist Eisen Bernard Bernardo had a blank space for his next project—and he wrote Tay's name.Following the success of his "Mag+Art" project—a series of magazine covers seamlessly blended with classic works of art—Philippines-based artist Eisen Bernard Bernardo received a request to tackle album covers next. The challenge was accepted in the form of "Album+Art Tribute to Taylor Swift."Read Full Story
  • Twitter Hopes To Become Friendlier, Triples Its Abuse-Handling Team

    David Lumb
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Twitter is finally ramping up its abuse control after getting hit hard by critics. Is it enough to reverse slowing growth?Critics have backed Twitter into a corner for its lax policing of abuse—and in response, Twitter has tripled its abuse report-handling team and now fields five times as many abuse reports as before, according to The Guardian. Will this win Twitter enough goodwill to spur its lagging growth and repair its unfriendly reputation?Read Full Story
  • Lunar's First Apple Watch App Is Part Sundial, Part Time Machine

    John Brownlee
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Onetime is a slick app that lets you track multiple time zones as easily as tracing a finger through the sky.It was the middle of the night, and John Edson's brain was frazzled with jet lag. He couldn't get back to sleep. The president of international design firm Lunar lives in San Francisco, but this was his fifth trip to Beijing in just a few months, and his circadian rhythm was all out of whack. "I woke up in the middle of the night, did some complicated mental math, and decided it was around 2 in the morning," Edson remembers. Plenty of time to get some shut-eye. So Edson popped a…
  • If Thoreau Took LSD, This Is The Cabin He'd Design

    John Brownlee
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Tubakuba is a Scandinavian cottage with a front door that's like crawling through a black hole.From the foot of the snowy, picturesque massif that residents of Bergen, Norway, call the Seven Mountains, the Tubakuba looks like any number of modernly designed rural cabins. It's a small cube of wood and glass, perched semi-precipitously upon a rocky incline: the sort of retreat that any writer would give his eyeteeth to call home. But it's when you approach the Tubakuba from the back that the cabin truly takes your breath away: it's got an entry portal that looks like a hole torn in…
  • Egypt Plans To Build A 650-Foot-Tall Pyramid Skyscraper

    Shaunacy Ferro
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    It would be the country's tallest building.Cairo may be getting a new skyscraper inspired by Egypt's oldest architecture. The Zayed Crystal Spark project, announced by the country's housing minister earlier this week, is shaped like a tall, skinny pyramid on top of a broader, shorter pyramid. The 200-meter-tall (650 feet) tower will be Egypt's tallest building to date. The proposed 8.5-million-square-foot development is a mix of government, commercial, and entertainment space, and will be constructed through a public/private partnership.Read Full Story
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    Schumpeter's Century

  • Depopulation: An Investor's Guide to Value in the Twenty-First Century

    BrianH
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    That's the title of a new short Kindle e-book by Philip Auerswald (@auerswald) and Joon Yun (@DrJunYoon). The book is, in part, a longer-form treatment of several of the main ideas from Auerswald's The Coming Prosperity, particularly Chapter 2: Demographic Dividends.The book grapples seriously with Walt W. Rostow's observation that: "Up to this point, the conventional concern has been the adequacy of resources and the deterioration of the environment as new industrial countries move forward to technical maturity and beyond. These legitimate concerns give way in the next century to the quite…
  • The Algorithmic Frontier

    BrianH
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In our recent paper we introduce the idea of the algorithmic frontier to represent our current era of globalization. The idea of a frontier has a long history in American thought, starting with Frederick Jackson Turner’s seminal work, The Frontier in American History (1892). Frederick Jackson Turner wrote of the closing of the American frontier, but the physical closing of a land based agricultural frontier, which he described, marked the end of only one type of frontier. In Agwara et al. we summarize different dominant interpretations of the frontier over the past four hundred years of…
  • Algorithms and the Changing Frontier

    BrianH
    23 Jan 2014 | 6:00 am
    That is the title of a new paper that we recently uploaded to SSRN. The paper was prepared for an NBER conference on the changing frontier in science and innovation - a retrospective on the world since Vannevar Bush's seminal Science The Endless Frontier. The abstract:We first summarize the dominant interpretations of the "frontier" in the United States and predecessor colonies over the past 400 years: agricultural (1610s-1880s), industrial (1890s-1930s), scientific (1940s-1980s), and algorithmic (1990s-present). We describe the difference between the algorithmic frontier and the scientific…
  • How the Peer-to-Peer Economy Expands Opportunity

    BrianH
    17 Jan 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Testimony by @auerswald at the House Committee on Small Business hearing on "The Power of Connection: Peer-to-Peer Businesses." Other speakers included Dr. Arun Sundararajan (NYU), Ms. Beth Stevens, Assistant General Counsel, Sidecar Technologies, Inc., and Mr. Alan Mond, CEO, 1000 Tools, Inc. - the latter two are examples of innovative startups shaping the "sharing" economy described so well in books like The Mesh" and "What's Mine is Yours." An excerpt from Auerswald's testimony:In more general terms, the bottom line is this: shared prosperity requires not only innovations that scale-up to…
  • A Call for Open Access

    BrianH
    14 Feb 2013 | 12:57 pm
    The Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a nonprofit coalition of organizations that support barrier-free access to taxpayer-funded research, issued the following call to action that might be of interest to our readers.Call to action: Tell Congress you support the Bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR)Published Feb 14, 2013 Today (February 14, 2013), Senators Cornyn (R-TX) and Wyden (D-OR) and Representatives Doyle (D-PA), Yoder (R-KS), and Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill that will accelerate…
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • Considering the Consideration Funnel

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

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

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

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

    Jamin Hegeman
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    What are the big trends in service management that service designers need to know? Dr. Mary Jo Bitner, Professor and Executive Director, Center for Services Leadership at W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, will draw on her many years of experience in this space to answer this question during the closing keynote talk at the Service Experience Conference. She’ll highlight how the world of service management is changing dramatically through a renewed focus on service innovation, customer experience and engagement strategies, service infusion in product-centric firms,…
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    FOLDEN.INFO eMedia

  • Digg launches Internet TV Surface

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

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

    FOLDEN.INFO
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    International short films are shown for free at the film portal shortfil.ms. There is a broad choice of films available, which are accessible in convenient ways. The films are assorted by genres and by languages. Furthermore one may search for actors, authors or filmmakers. The idea to create the site the makers had by the ...read more
  • Music Streaming in HiFi Quality

    FOLDEN.INFO
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    What is already standard to online video, hd or even uhd, now becomes reality for music streaming. Music subscription services are starting to stream in hifi quality. Lately tidal has been launched, a new music subscription service. Currently the service is only available in the US and UK. But the makers of tidal are also ...read more
  • New Realtime Search Engine for News and Events

    FOLDEN.INFO
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Tersee is the name of a new realtime search engine. The search engine has been developed by a small team in Berlin since 2011 and is now available to the public. The search engine is specialized in news and events. Beside texts the engine is searching for videos as well. The search is fast and ...read more
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    ZenStorming

  • Dear RadioShack, It didn’t have to end this way…

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

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

    Plish
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    What do the Cane Toad, Mosquito Fish  and the traffic app Waze have in common?   Give up? The are all innovations that created collateral damage. Cane Toads were introduced to Australia in an effort to control the Cane Beetle which was destroying sugar cane.  The problem is that the can toad loved the environment and preferred eating anything other […]
  • 3D Printing in the Future of Healthcare

    Plish
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
      Today was my 3D Printing day at RSNA.  Spent the morning listening to some amazing work being done (Chaired by  Dr. Frank Rybicki), and the afternoon taking in the rest of the show. First were presentations covering how flows of blood and other substances through blood vessels, could be confirmed using models. Dr. Tam […]
  • Designing Patient Experience at RSNA14

    Plish
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Today was my first day at the Annual Radiology Society of North America (RSNA) Meeting.  It’s a great conference to see what’s new in minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment.  What was especially evident was the emphasis on patient experience, on making the healthcare experience less intimidating and more interactive. These machine wraps and environments from Bear […]
 
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Funk yeah. Toejam & Earl might be back.

    kiran
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Along with Road Rash, the Toejam & Earl video game series was essential pop culture in my childhood. I spent countless hours playing these games about two aliens bringing funk to crazy earthlings. I’ve casually followed the Facebook fan page, but yesterday the big news dropped that the creators are trying to make a new game – the one they always wanted. It’ll feature more elements of the original gameplay, but with retro comic book style. Since SEGA doesn’t actually own the rights to the game, Humanature Studios can go indie and are raising funds on Kickstarter.
  • Safelight: A film with more than a few of my favorite things

    kiran
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Road trips. Film photography. The 70s. The California coastline. That’s enough to make me watch a movie, but it doesn’t hurt that our good friends Joel P West and Darla Hawn teamed up for music on the film either. Safelight (formerly Truck Stop) is a drama about a high school student’s quest to photograph every lighthouse in the state (despite his cerebral palsy) and the runaway girl who helps him make it happen. I wasn’t able to find a release date, but it should debut sometime this year. Click here to view the embedded video. The post Safelight: A film with more…
  • Our February Mixtape

    holiday matinee
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:55 am
    “Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band? You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.” I don’t think any of us are MCR fans, but I have to give props to Gerard Way for that one. On this month’s mix, you’ll find tracks from by Springtime Carnivore, Fat Tony, Day Wave and even a track we felt…
  • A chocolate egg-cream candle from Katz’s Deli. Nope, this isn’t a joke.

    dave
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    They’re one of the last standing establishments from old New York. And while Katz’s prices feel very new New York, their hot pastrami, framed celebrity wall and charming attitude is a must experience. Adding to the repertoire is now a chocolate egg cream candle that’s ready to explode in your home. That’s right, as if you weren’t already feeling the 15 pounds from lunch, you can now relive this New York delicacy and throw up every time you light up. Did I mention I make a mean egg cream? The post A chocolate egg-cream candle from Katz’s Deli. Nope, this…
  • In it to Pin It: 10 Brands Bringing Flair Back

    monique
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:05 am
    We need to talk about your flair. Collectible pins used to be something you only found at Little League games or theme parks, but I’ve noticed pins are making a stylish comeback, thanks to some super cool lifestyle brands popping up in my neck of the (online window shopping) woods. If you too want to up your lapel pin game, I suggest perusing my 10 favorite pin producers! City of Industry Image: City of Industry Do you share my enthusiasm for snail mail and kitchen supplies? Then you’re gonna want to look into City of Industry’s fun collections. Explorer’s Press Image:…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Want Wine To Be in Your Stars? Try An Astrologically Produced White

    Laurie Kay Olson
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    If you are looking for the perfect white -- say a nice Sauvignon Blanc -- you want to know that every possible step was taken to ensure the quality and taste. With Loxarel's Cora you can. Biodynamics have been employed in the making of this wine from planting to the finished product. That includes making sure that even the stars and planets were consulted astrologically at each stage in the process.
  • Ciao! Baby Portable High Chair Is Flippin Genius

    Amber Leventry
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:56 pm
    If you are a parent of young children, and willing to go out with your children, you have done two things: changed your baby on a floor because there was not a changing station available, and you have reluctantly held your baby while trying to enjoy a meal out because the one high chair in the restaurant was being occupied—or that one high chair was grosser than the dirty diaper you changed on the floor. The Ciao! Baby portable high chair solves one of these problems. And it’s flippin genius.
  • Overly Honest Or Overtly Sexist? Rear Window Sign Warns Of Woman Driver Behind The Wheel

    Motors.new
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    A bright yellow MINI seen navigating the Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, China displayed a curious warning to fellow commuters in the form of a handmade rear window sign reading “New Driver – Woman”.
  • Is It a Comet or an Asteroid?: No, It’s Studio Swine's Meteorite Shoes

    M Dee Dubroff
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Inspired by the European Space Agency's landing of the Philae lander on Comet 67P in November of 2014, London-based Studio Swine created these high-heeled Meterorite shoes as part of a project for Microsoft. Read on, even if wearing these monstrous shoes is probably the last thing you would ever do!
  • Blue Jeans Meetings Is More About What You’re Sharing Than Wearing

    Ron Callari
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:59 pm
    In the 21st Century world of remote videoconferencing, wearing blue jeans to an online meeting has become commonplace. In fact you can also show up in sweats or pajamas if you like. That's because this type of video communication is more about the collaboration and saving costs, than it is about fashion.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • How to succeed in advertising: show up

    edward boches
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Against all odds ( l to r) Kristen Cavallo, Shirley Leung, Pam Hamlin and Karen Kaplan appear on stage together. It was Tuesday. The entire city of Boston was digging out from its third major storm in 30 days. Snowbound cars clogged city streets. Small mountains of snow and ice stood at every corner. Getting from one end of the city to the other could take an hour or more. And that’s if you could find a cab since public transportation was shut down. This was causing me undue stress. In 36 hours I had 260 people coming to a sold out event at Boston University. Invitations had gone out.
  • Lessons from Snickers and the Bathing Suit Issue

    edward boches
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Take a look at BBDO’s Snicker ad on the back cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated Bathing Suit issue. Brilliant. Not because it’s a print ad, but because it hijacks a cultural moment. The fact is there aren’t very many universal or all-inclusive media events anymore – the Super Bowl, the Oscars, a few others perhaps. But smart brands and their marketing partners can create visible concepts by identifying the few that do remain and making themselves a part of them. It could be the news, public events, popular TV episodes or in this case a highly anticipated magazine edition.
  • What’s original advertising and does it matter?

    edward boches
    1 Feb 2015 | 1:29 pm
    2015 The day starts normally and then: Disaster looms everywhere. Wild animals run loose. Cars crash. Spontaneous fires appear. First responders are out in force. Fish fall from the sky. 1999 The day starts normally and then: Disaster looms everywhere. Wild animals run loose. Cars crash. Spontaneous fires appear. First responders are out in force. No falling fish. The first spot is Mophie’s new Powerless commercial, due to air on the Super Bowl tomorrow. It’s getting lots of pre-game buzz and deservedly so. What’s not to love? It delivers huge production value, great music, tight…
  • Love your Mom, hug your kid, get a burger. Smart idea from McDonald’s.

    edward boches
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Less I ruin my personal brand image, let me first say that I am not a fan of McDonald’s food. I don’t even let my kids eat there. In their 14 and 18 years, they’ve been to a McDonald’s only once and that was at a train station in Beijing where there was no other safe place to eat before boarding an all nighter to Xi’an. Nor am I a fan of the “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign that has run for the last few years. Seems that love is a word that gets thrown around way too generously in advertising. Can you really love calorie-filled burgers and fries? OK, I admit to being a snob. But I…
  • Real Beauty VS Charlotte McKinney’s breasts

    edward boches
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    Advertising is filled with contradictions. One day you can read an Ad Age article on the best advertising of the 21st century and learn that Unilever’s Dove emerges the winner for actually changing consumer notions about beauty with its inspiring Real Beauty campaign. A few days later in the same magazine you can ogle Charlotte McKinney and her apparently naked bouncing breasts, recruited to metaphorically represent and sell a hormone free burger for – surprise – Carl’s Jr. It appears that women with wrinkles, imperfect bodies, and no photo shop adjustments can help a beauty brand…
 
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Effective Presentation Skills – 6 Keys to Successful Last-Minute Changes

    Mike Brown
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    I was getting ready to present Taking the NO Out of InNOvation for a client’s all-team dinner event. My client contact was wonderful in supplying lots of information on the organization and its people. Additionally, we had already conducted a survey among the next day’s workshop participants on creativity, innovation, and strategic thinking readiness. Yet for all that prep, there’s nothing like seeing the organization in person – both its people and its physical location place – to shape last minute thinking about specifically tailoring a presentation in the last…
  • Strategic Insight – The Real Big Data Dilemma – Monetization by Woody Bendle

    Guest Author
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    Customer experience strategy and innovation expert Woody Bendle is back today taking another swipe at big data with help in thinking through how to monetize it (vs. just parking it in the cloud and praying for rain). Here’s Woody! Strategic Insight – Monetization Is the Real Big Data Dilemma – Woody Bendle Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for several years, you’re aware Big Data is a big topic! Just look at this Google Trends graph depicting search volume for “Big Data” the past five years. That’s one incredible upward trajectory wouldn’t you say! But have you…
  • The A to Z of Productive Strategic Thinking Exercises

    Mike Brown
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    There are many factors that go into productive strategic thinking exercises and efficient group strategy development sessions. Here is an A to Z recap of some of what goes into how Brainzooming approaches strategy development: Appreciative Inquiry – Incorporate positive questions focused around when a group is at its strategic best. Balance – The best strategic thinking emerges when you have people with a balance of different perspectives and strategic thinking exercises allowing them to work together productively. Crowdsourcing – Include perspectives even from people not…
  • Content Marketing Strategy – What’s the Point with Social Media?

    Mike Brown
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    After my Brainzooming workshop on creating fantastic content at the Social Media Strategies Summit, one attendee took exception to it. His point of contention was the model we use that suggests brands think about content creation as if they were television networks. The point is television networks have been successfully creating and curating content for years; they have also historically found a balance between entertainment and commercial messages that still attracts audiences. In our view, for brands struggling with creating a significant amount of audience-focused content, thinking about…
  • Strategic Thinking – Community Collaboration for Digital Inclusion

    Mike Brown
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 am
    Suppose you need to involve hundreds of engaged audience members to shape the strategic thinking for a significant issue your organization faces. How do you create the opportunity for learning and community collaboration in this scenario? The organizing group addressing digital inclusion in Kanas City presented The Brainzooming Group this situation. Having announced an all-day Digital Inclusion Summit and inviting any interested community members to participate, we designed the event’s community collaboration strategy. There are challenges we don’t typically encounter. Because of the…
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    Christa Rose Avampato

  • This just in: It’s okay to wing it – a lesson from my first D.C. dinner party

    Christa
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Welcome! One of my very dearest friends was in town on Friday. Though I’ve only been in D.C. for a week, I didn’t hesitate to invite her and her boyfriend over for dinner. She’s spending a year abroad and I’ve so missed being in the same city with her. As soon as I extended the offer and she accepted, I panicked a bit. My place isn’t all set up. Heck, I don’t have any cookware, plates, silverware, glasses. I don’t even have a table. You know, all the things you need to actually cook and host a dinner. On top of that I’m running around trying…
  • This just in: Don’t let rejection stop you from writing and submitting your work

    Christa
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Rise! One of the best things about starting my career in theater is that I got used to rejection very early on in my life. Now every once in a while I get disappointed, but in a few minutes (literally) I always make the choice to channel that energy into something positive. I rise up out of the ashes of rejection, more determined than ever. This scenario played out recently when I started to submit personal essays for publication in literary journals. One essay in particular, Help in the Ashes, was very important to me. It was about how I came full circle in my healing after my apartment…
  • This just in: Your life is in your hands

    Christa
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Your life is in your hands “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey — and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.” ~Bob Moawad, author This is a magical moment. It’s also scary as hell. All of a sudden you wake up and you realize your life is really all up to you. You steer it. You make the choices. You build your own road. It’s a lot of responsibility.
  • This just in: How to let the light in

    Christa
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Live in the light “Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen This quote has been an important guidepost for me for many months, now more than ever. It inspired the title of my novel, Where the Light Enters, and it continues to guide me through the many changes that I’m experiencing in my life now. No matter what’s happening to us and around us, it’s important for us to continue to ring the bells that still can ring. Smile and love and help where and when…
  • This just in: Anne Lamott and Brandon McMillan taught me another lesson about the power of stories

    Christa
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Stories save us “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ~Philip Pullman My dog, Phin, is adjusting to our new apartment. Sometimes he gets some anxiety that manifests in barking as he’s adjusting to new circumstances so we have a whole routine we’ve used many times to help him adjusted as quickly as possible. (Luckily that’s the only way it manifests!) Brandon McMillan, the host of the show Lucky Dog, recently did an episode about a dog who had severe separation anxiety and he suggested a layering…
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    Value innovation consulting for enterprises and startups

  • Top storytelling tips for innovators and entrepreneurs

    Jorge
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    As a well known Disney fanatic, I get asked about storytelling quite a bit. And, my number one and only tip is this: be authentic. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but many people are afraid to be authentic. A great way to express authenticity through story is by talking about a time or situation when you were the best version of yourself (success); and likewise when you were not (learned from failure). Why? Because it tells us two things that any person can empathize with: your success and your lessons from failure. In essence, there is a transformation. Those are stories worth telling…
  • How do you measure an innovation ecosystem?

    Jorge
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Here’s a recap from our #innochat session on Measuring an innovation ecosystem. Below are the questions we discussed with my own and answers as well as responses from other participants. Want to read the whole chat? Great! You can find the complete transcript of the chat in PDF. What do you think are the critical components of an innovation ecosystem? Before the obvious ones such as infrastructure and funding, you need culture: beliefs and attitudes. Most governments immediately aim to put in the place the hard stuff (funding, infrastructure) before the soft stuff (culture). . A1…
  • Jony Ive on design: Care about getting it right for each other

    Jorge
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    Radical is a matter of perception, what seems radical to others is common to some. It’s not different for Apple and other organizations. Came across this video about Jony Ive telling Charlie Rose what drives his, and Apple’s, design obsession. Simple: care for others.   Related PostsCreativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellenceThe true innovator’s motto: We’ll figure it out…Strategy doesn’t inspire people. Conviction does.Innovators widen their view of competition You are reading Jony Ive on design: Care about getting it…
  • 18 questions for crystallizing strategy

    Jorge
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:02 am
    Did I ever tell you I love questions? I ask them constantly, and collect them intensely. For the purpose of culture, leadership, strategy and innovation, there are many types of questions that if used correctly can help you see a challenge from different perspectives that may lead to developing unique solutions; the types that can be revolutionary. Innovative leaders ask themselves questions all the time, because well placed questions provide focus and perspective necessary for innovation. Dan Rockwell, aka @LeadershipFreak, shared some key strategy questions on his blog that are quite…
  • What’s the secret sauce of a culture of innovation?

    Jorge
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    This Thursday we’ll discuss “Measuring an innovation ecosystem” on Innochat. Many will argue that to develop a culture of innovation you need talent, support, capital and a host of other mechanisms. It’s such a common response that many organizations and governments around the world have created their own mechanisms to “drive” entrepreneurship and innovation in their respective ecosystems, but all their efforts don’t matter much because they lack a critical ingredient: culture. Why? Because many don’t pay attention to culture. Culture is not…
 
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    STEVENAHILL.COM

  • Common Misconceptions About PPC Keywords

    Steve
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    As with any developing technology, some people hold misconceptions about PPC keywords. Some are completely false, while others are based on half-truths that simply need some clarification. While I can’t pretend that I’ve seen it all when it comes to misconceptions about pay-per-click (PPC) marketing, there are a few about keywords I want to address. […]
  • The Mailman on Analytics

    Steve
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:41 pm
    NBA Legend Karl Malone recently gave a pretty eyebrow-raising interview which is currently getting quite a bit of attention. Most of that interest centers on the comments he made about fighting former teammate, Kobe Bryant, but what I want to look at is what he said about the use of analytics in sports. The Mailman, […]
  • 5 Pay Per Click Account Items You’ve Gotta Review in the New Year

    Steve
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    Note: This post was originally published on LinkedIn. Click here to view the original post. The beginning of the year is a great time to take an in-depth look into your pay-per-click (PPC) accounts and assess its architecture. Much like an annual checkup with a doctor, it’s important to review every component of your account at […]
  • Kim Kardashian, Stop Acting Like You Own The Poor

    Steve
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    As much as it pains me to admit, this post is partially about Kim Kardashian. Yesterday, I came across an article on USA Today about a recent event at Thai orphanage involving the ever-controversial Hollywoodite. Kim was visiting the orphanage as part of a taping for her show (no doubt to portray herself as philanthropic) […]
  • Eleven Must Watch Video Parts From Eleven Years Ago

    Steve
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    At some point in adulthood, usually after you complete the highest level of education you intend on pursuing, life speeds up and memories seem more distant. When I look at the list of video parts below, I think to myself, “I can’t believe that was 11 years ago.” (2003 was a great year for skate […]
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    TalentCulture

  • How 15 Years Of Innovation Shaped Today’s Workforce (Infographic)

    Heather Huhman
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    How did you work 15 years ago? Chance are you were blissfully unaware of “crackberry” addiction, sorting through actual piles of paper resumes, and learning new ways to use email and the Internet for work. A lot has changed since the dawn of the new Millennium, and HR has evolved. New technology and innovations have changed the ways both employers and employees think about work and the ways we actually complete that work. This infographic, compiled by MedReps.com, a job board for medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs, looks at major innovations since the 21st century and how…
  • Tips To Bring Creativity To Employee Engagement

    Tim Wright
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Employee Engagement: individual’s investment of wisdom, skills, energies, creativity and time in the work assigned. This is No. 4 of 5 articles exploring specifics of employee engagement. We’ve examined Wisdom, Skills and Energies. Let’s look at Creativity, a talent every individual can engage in unlimited ways. What Creativity Means (Definition) Creativity is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and inspiration. For business, creativity is not “fine arts.” It is the ability to look at…
  • #TChat Preview: Build A Remarkable Workplace In Six Steps

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about the three elements of a clear and compelling business vision. This week we’re going to talk about the six steps to building a remarkable workplace. Nice segue, don’t you think? It’s the people that guide and propel the workplace, right? If it were only so easy. From this week’s guest’s experience opening a shop a…
  • Is Your Personal Brand Working Against You?

    Sally Hogshead
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Your personal brand is supposed to boost your reputation. It’s also supposed to help you spread messages, build relationships and grow your business. It’s supposed to. But that doesn’t mean it does. Your personal brand can actually work against you, and can even damage people’s perception of you. For the first half of my career, I was a copywriter in advertising, and wrote ads for some of the world’s greatest brands. I saw the power of branding to help a brand become more loved and admired. Yet I also saw that not all branding is created equal. A generic or…
  • How To Fix A Broken Interview Process

    Raj Sheth
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Organization during the hiring process is critical to retaining and attracting potentially highly valuable candidates. Unfortunately, not all hiring procedures are a one-interview-and-done situation. Organizations that conduct more than two interviews before making a hiring decision, however, tell candidates that their interview process is broken (this isn’t true for all positions, namely highly skilled or executive roles). Careful consideration should be taken when restructuring the interview process. Each company (and department) is different, so adjusting the interview process…
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • The Innovative Brain - February 2015 - Innovation is Weird

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

    New & Improved, LLC
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence - #6 in our series is - Experimentation. Occasionally we get lucky and stumble upon a creative idea that we act upon. That's always nice, but no question about it, to be successful for the long-term a more robust strategy is needed. Read on for some good examples from Ericsson, Adobe and Rite-Solutions.
  • Innovation Leadership: 4 Common Mistakes that Stifle Innovation

    New & Improved, LLC
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Before you pat yourself on the back for supporting innovation in your organization, be sure you aren't making these common mistakes.
  • Creative Spaces: Are You Wasting Your Money and Effort?

    New & Improved, LLC
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    The 12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence - Series #5 - Environment. "Buyer Beware", simply designing a creative space may actually thwart - not enable - your innovation efforts if you don't keep some key factors in mind. Keep reading to learn success tips and common well-intentioned mistakes to avoid.
  • Innovation and Positive Thinking: 3 Conspiracies to Kill Your Future

    New & Improved, LLC
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:13 am
    Pessimists rarely produce sustained cultures of innovation. Yet most media feeds, as part of their business model, tend to energize pessimism. It is possible to inoculate oneself such that realistic optimism flows through your mind and the minds of those you lead. Here are a few uncommonly known tricks...
 
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    Pacific-Tier Communications LLC

  • The Changing Face of Technology and Innovation

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

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

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

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

    Administrator
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Software Defined Networking and Network Function Virtualization (NVF) themes dominated workshops and side conversations throughout the PTC 2015 venue in Honolulu, Hawai’i this week. SDNs, or more specifically provisioning automation platforms service provider interconnections, and have crept into nearly all marketing materials and elevator pitches in discussions with submarine cable operators, networks, Internet Exchange Points, and carrier hotels. While some of the material may have included a bit of “SDN Washing,” for the most part each operators and service provider engaging in the…
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • This Week In Innovation: 2/23/15 - 2/27/15

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    Innovation Starts in The Belly of The Beast: Innovation chooses youBusiness Model Innovation: Three examples, including UberWhy Data Trumps All When Plotting Your Growth Strategy via Entrepreneur Why You Must Innovate, or Watch Your Business Die: Continued innovation is absolutely key to successAnticipating A Surge in Social Media Usage During This Year: Businesses are focusing on co-creation of content and this will increase the overall amount createdThe Innovation Game: The "Red Box" methodReal Innovation: Not having ideas, but solving problems20 Ways to Boost Your Entrepreneurial…
  • Frugal Innovation Pioneers in Europe: Renault, Siemens, Pearson, & Unilever

    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Navi Radjou, co-author of the best seller “Jugaad Innovation” and winner of the 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award, discusses the concept of frugal innovation in the video below, being pioneered by thousands of ingenious entrepreneurs in emerging markets like India, China, Africa, and Brazil to innovate cost-effectively and sustainably under severe resource constraints, after his FEI EMEA talk on Frugal Innovation: Creating Greater Value in an Age of Austerity.Frugal innovation is now making inroads in Europe, with visionary European firms such as Renault, Siemens, Pearson, and Unilever…
  • Do you have a specific reason to Innovate?

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of the main misconceptions about mobilizing innovation is to try to engage everyone with the same strategy and approaches.Managing innovation is making choices and dealing with constant trade-offs about different issues, particularly the ones related to people. The ultimate goal should be to make innovation a collective responsibility of the entire organization.However organizations cannot afford to have a single policy for keeping continuous motivation and engagement among all people. They should draft a plan to encourage that at least key people actively contribute for the innovation…
  • Most innovation is the result of a collaborative effort by a diverse group

    23 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Harvard Business School’s Linda Hill, author of “Collective Genius,” a 2013 Thinkers50 honoree and one of the women in innovation we celebrated last year, with her team conducted extensive research and concluded there are pronounced differences between the qualities associated with traditional business leadership and those required to sustain a culture of innovation. “The most effective leaders will lead from behind,” said Hill.“It’s a matter of harnessing people’s collective genius, because most innovation is the result of a collaborative effort by a diverse group.” Hill…
  • This Week In Innovation: 2/16/15 - 2/20/15

    21 Feb 2015 | 4:30 am
    How Large Companies Can Leverage Startups to Innovate: 6 Steps from engaging to evolvingAdobe Is Kickstarting Innovation From Its Employees: Adobe is giving away a tool called Kickbox that helps employees develop new ideasHow The Larry Pages of The World Get Their Big Ideas: Simple... play with LegosMobile Ecommerce Trends to Promote Future SMB Growth: Consumers are now making more and more transactions via smartphones and tablets The 3 Blueprints For Business InnovationWhat is The Next Big Sector to Face Disruption? Financial Services Why Strategies Get Stuck: 61% of organizational studies…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Innovation and Organizational Culture

    Ralph-Christian
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, and, like all adaptive systems, it evolves over time as the external environment and internal needs change.  …
  • 5 Important Points About Business Models

    Tim Kastelle
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:19 pm
    One Technology, Five Business Models In the late 1990s, some researchers at The University of Queensland made a breakthrough.  They invented radar equipment that works with an extremely high degree of precision over a relatively short range. Once they had made their discovery, they next started working on bringing their technology to market. Their first thought was that this would be very useful for locating pipes and underground power lines when people were digging things up. They built a prototype and called their company GroundProbe, and started trying to sell their radar to backhoe…
  • To Get Big, Start Really Small

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    When you’re starting out with something new, it’s important to understand that your customer is never “everyone.” Even if your eventual potential market is huge, you need to start out by dominating a small niche. Google didn’t start out by organising the world’s information.  Google started out as a way to make searching the Stanford Library easier as part of the Stanford Digital Library Project. Facebook didn’t start out aiming to connect everyone in the world with cat pictures and artificially manufactured political outrage.  It started out as a…
  • You Can’t Win With Average

    Tim Kastelle
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Research has shown that the average corporate acquisition destroys value. And yet… …the firms that are outstanding at Mergers and Acquisitions use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average job interview yields no usable data on whether or not you should hire someone. And yet… …there are people and firms that are outstanding at interviewing and use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average return on innovation is positive, but small. And yet… …you know…
  • How to Design for Outcomes

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully. In 2010, DtM came out with an incubator designed for use in developing countries that won a ton of awards. Their strategy was that they would use the awards and the attention that they generated to inspire manufacturers to make their incubator.  Prestero tells the whole story in this excellent TEDx talk: If…
 
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    15inno

  • 4 Great Innovation Conferences! London, San Francisco and Singapore

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 pm
    I am happy to say that I have entered a partnership with Innovation Enterprise, which I believe delivers some of the best innovation events on the market; The Chief Innovation Officer Summit and The Open Innovation Summit. These are some high-quality two-day summits where you get to hear from speakers from companies that are on the leading edge of open innovation, innovation management and culture. Innovation Enterprise offers lots of summits, but I can in particular recommend that you look at these: Chief Innovation Summit, April 30 and May 1 in London Open Innovation Summit, April 30 and…
  • LinkedIn: How It Can Be Used for Innovation Efforts

    Stefan Lindegaard
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    The use of social media to promote and market the outcomes of innovation (products and services) is widespread. This is not the objective of this post as I want to focus on how people working with innovation can use social media in their efforts to create these products and services and to further develop their innovation capabilities. I will cover Twitter in another post, but here we go with LinkedIn. Some facts on LinkedIn: You already know of LinkedIn if you read this, but did you know these facts? • LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more…
  • What is Innovation? Why is Innovation Important? – and Other Good Questions

    Stefan Lindegaard
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    What is innovation? Why is innovation important? Why can’t we stick to business as usual? What does it take to be innovative? I was asked to provide some perspectives on these and other good questions at an upcoming session. You can read short snippets of my answers and perspectives below and you can download the presentation for my talk here: What is Innovation? Why is Innovation Important? – and Other Good Questions What is innovation? Snippet: The key is for companies to build a common understanding and a common language around innovation. It does not really matter how academics,…
  • 10 Insights on Idea Management and People as Drivers for Better Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    I will be delivering a series of sessions on idea management and people management for better innovation together with Hype Innovation this spring. Here you get some interesting insights on the topic, which I have compiled from blog posts from our sites. Only 40% of the most innovative companies have a structured idea management program in place. This means that 60% of the biggest and best companies in the world are still using archaic methods to collect, organize, and manage ideas. Whether it be offline in face-to-face brainstorming sessions, using email, excel spreadsheets, open suggestion…
  • Who Owns the Business Future of Healthcare and Medtech?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:14 am
    I had an interesting comment to my recent post on “An Example of (Slow) Open Innovation in Healthcare: GSK” that got me to think a bit on the business future of healthcare. The comment from Andreas Silow went like this: “Sorry to say, but symptomatic for pharma and healthcare industry. What happens now is that fastpaced ICT industry takes lead in the healthcare sector.” This is an interesting observation and I agree that one of the dangers for the healthcare and medtech companies is that they can lose out to the ICT industry in some (maybe many) areas within their industry. It is more…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

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

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

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

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

    Robert Brands
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Some things are easier to measure than others. For example, an objective such as lower cost of goods sold, or improved revenue is relatively easy to measure. Strategic objectives on the other hand... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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  • What makes up your innovation capital?

    paul4innovating
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:02 am
    If someone came to you and asked the question: “tell me what makes up your financial capital?” I expect you could answer this fairly comfortably. It might need a little added help from your finance department but you could produce and show significant details that we are all ‘schooled’ to understand and generally have accepted, as under common definitions and standard practice. Our businesses are measured constantly on their financials, we produce a constant flow of reporting documents that provide useful insight and allow for a more informed judgement by present and future…
  • Building Innovation Capability Through Three Interlocking Platforms

    paul4innovating
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:31 am
    A little while back I was reading somewhere an academic paper and it triggered a thought, so I set about capturing it for this post, then it somehow got filed away. So this is the reworked opening thought to record the idea to ‘capture’ it, so I can reflect later on, about how I should build on this further. I show a number of hyperlinks to help in pulling this together…..well for me anyway! So this is a work-in-progress and should be taken as a thinking out loud at this stage. Linking capability through interlocking platforms We are in need of a different “sustaining”…
  • The Four Lenses of Innovation by Rowan Gibson

    paul4innovating
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:32 am
    Every now and then, a book comes along that completely surprises me in terms of my own reactions to it, forcing me to unglue some of my preconceived ideas, and then stick them back together again into a whole new pattern. It threw me into a loop, trying to figure this out. To be honest, I still have not fully figured out why I keep pondering over Rowan Gibson’s “The Four Lenses of Innovation: a power tool for creative thinking”, which will be published in early March, and why it is forcing me to reconcile different thoughts in my mind. Rowan Gibson’s previous book was “Innovation to…
  • Are you engaging with all the different voices around you?

    paul4innovating
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:45 am
    Having different perspectives and voices will enhance your innovation activities, they provide diversity, stimulus and greater options for you to consider the future innovation journey. How do we set about engaging with all these different voices surrounding innovation? Have you ever worked with the three horizon framework? It is really useful for managing your innovation activities, drawing out the often conflicting voices within the organization on how to take innovation forward. The approach can unlock you from just being caught in the present, to one of envisaging a future that then…
  • One really big issue is aligning strategy and innovation, right?

    paul4innovating
    8 Feb 2015 | 1:25 am
    Achieving innovation alignment always needs clear framing. I would argue most problems or disappointment with our innovation efforts can be attributed to a lack of alignment to the organizations strategy and/or its poor governance with our end results. Here I am suggesting a way to overcome this constant frustration. Poor strategic alignment can be overcome by working through a comprehensive approach to addressing all areas that impact innovation. One such framework I believe can help, as explained here, through the work mat approach. I  believe this work mat approach does moderate and…
 
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • The Dangerfield Theory of Innovation and IP in China

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

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Lindsay
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Monopolies can innovate, just like elephants can play tennis. The results usually just aren’t very elegant or successful. Competition, on the other hand, is famous for driving innovation. Even in state-owned monopolies, like NASA’s initial monopoly on space exploration in the US, it was competition between nations during the rush to outer space and then competition between suppliers of technology that inspired the hundreds of inventions and innovations that NASA can proudly boast. But without the incentive to do better and stay ahead of competitors, innovation is slow and clumsy.
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  • Top storytelling tips for innovators and entrepreneurs

    Jorge
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    As a well known Disney fanatic, I get asked about storytelling quite a bit. And, my number one and only tip is this: be authentic. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but many people are afraid to be authentic. A great way to express authenticity through story is by talking about a time or situation when you were the best version of yourself (success); and likewise when you were not (learned from failure). Why? Because it tells us two things that any person can empathize with: your success and your lessons from failure. In essence, there is a transformation. Those are stories worth telling…
  • How do you measure an innovation ecosystem?

    Jorge
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:27 am
    Here’s a recap from our #innochat session on Measuring an innovation ecosystem. Below are the questions we discussed with my own and answers as well as responses from other participants. Want to read the whole chat? Great! You can find the complete transcript of the chat in PDF. What do you think are the critical components of an innovation ecosystem? Before the obvious ones such as infrastructure and funding, you need culture: beliefs and attitudes. Most governments immediately aim to put in the place the hard stuff (funding, infrastructure) before the soft stuff (culture). . A1…
  • Jony Ive on design: Care about getting it right for each other

    Jorge
    17 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    Radical is a matter of perception, what seems radical to others is common to some. It’s not different for Apple and other organizations. Came across this video about Jony Ive telling Charlie Rose what drives his, and Apple’s, design obsession. Simple: care for others.   Related PostsCreativity Inc.: what it takes to build and sustain a culture of excellenceThe true innovator’s motto: We’ll figure it out…Strategy doesn’t inspire people. Conviction does.Innovators widen their view of competition You are reading Jony Ive on design: Care about getting it…
  • 18 questions for crystallizing strategy

    Jorge
    11 Feb 2015 | 5:02 am
    Did I ever tell you I love questions? I ask them constantly, and collect them intensely. For the purpose of culture, leadership, strategy and innovation, there are many types of questions that if used correctly can help you see a challenge from different perspectives that may lead to developing unique solutions; the types that can be revolutionary. Innovative leaders ask themselves questions all the time, because well placed questions provide focus and perspective necessary for innovation. Dan Rockwell, aka @LeadershipFreak, shared some key strategy questions on his blog that are quite…
  • What’s the secret sauce of a culture of innovation?

    Jorge
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    This Thursday we’ll discuss “Measuring an innovation ecosystem” on Innochat. Many will argue that to develop a culture of innovation you need talent, support, capital and a host of other mechanisms. It’s such a common response that many organizations and governments around the world have created their own mechanisms to “drive” entrepreneurship and innovation in their respective ecosystems, but all their efforts don’t matter much because they lack a critical ingredient: culture. Why? Because many don’t pay attention to culture. Culture is not…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • Innovation and Organizational Culture

    Ralph-Christian
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Recently, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has published key findings of their latest “Most Innovative Companies 2014” survey. Beside the annual ranking, headed by the top three companies Apple, Google and Samsung, some insightful outcomes with regard to organizational and cultural requirements have striked my eye. According to BCG’s research, successfully innovating companies approach innovation as a system. The system is rooted in experimentation, and, like all adaptive systems, it evolves over time as the external environment and internal needs change.  …
  • 5 Important Points About Business Models

    Tim Kastelle
    9 Feb 2015 | 11:19 pm
    One Technology, Five Business Models In the late 1990s, some researchers at The University of Queensland made a breakthrough.  They invented radar equipment that works with an extremely high degree of precision over a relatively short range. Once they had made their discovery, they next started working on bringing their technology to market. Their first thought was that this would be very useful for locating pipes and underground power lines when people were digging things up. They built a prototype and called their company GroundProbe, and started trying to sell their radar to backhoe…
  • To Get Big, Start Really Small

    Tim Kastelle
    7 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    When you’re starting out with something new, it’s important to understand that your customer is never “everyone.” Even if your eventual potential market is huge, you need to start out by dominating a small niche. Google didn’t start out by organising the world’s information.  Google started out as a way to make searching the Stanford Library easier as part of the Stanford Digital Library Project. Facebook didn’t start out aiming to connect everyone in the world with cat pictures and artificially manufactured political outrage.  It started out as a…
  • You Can’t Win With Average

    Tim Kastelle
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:10 am
    Research has shown that the average corporate acquisition destroys value. And yet… …the firms that are outstanding at Mergers and Acquisitions use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average job interview yields no usable data on whether or not you should hire someone. And yet… …there are people and firms that are outstanding at interviewing and use this skill as a significant point of strategic difference. Research has shown that the average return on innovation is positive, but small. And yet… …you know…
  • How to Design for Outcomes

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully. In 2010, DtM came out with an incubator designed for use in developing countries that won a ton of awards. Their strategy was that they would use the awards and the attention that they generated to inspire manufacturers to make their incubator.  Prestero tells the whole story in this excellent TEDx talk: If…
 
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  • Smart City Strategy: Jazan Economic City (Saudi Arabia)

    Margarita Angelidou
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In its quest to diversify its economy, attract foreign investment and tackle unemployment, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) embarked on developing four new ‘economic cities’ under the principles of smart city planning. The new cities are overseen by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Knowledge Economic City (Saudi Arabia)

    Margarita Angelidou
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In its quest to diversify its economy, attract foreign investment and tackle unemployment, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) embarked on developing four new ‘economic cities’ under the principles of smart city planning. The new cities are overseen by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Mousaed Economic City (Saudi Arabia)

    Margarita Angelidou
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In its quest to diversify its economy, attract foreign investment and tackle unemployment, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) embarked on developing four new ‘economic cities’ under the principles of smart city planning. The new cities are overseen by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Innovation in Europe’s Cities

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    “Innovation in European Cities” report, published by LSE Cities, sets out the context for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ European Mayors Challenge. It gives an overview of the key themes facing European cities today and provides an independent analysis of the 155 submissions to the award and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Smart City Strategy: King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia)

    Margarita Angelidou
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In its quest to diversify its economy, attract foreign investment and tackle unemployment, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) embarked on developing four new ‘economic cities’ under the principles of smart city planning. The new cities are overseen by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Talented Jess Fuller Closes Her Finest Exhibition

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    <> Martos Gallery was honored to have presented Planet Without a Body, a spectacular solo exhibition by talented artist Jess Fuller. EYES IN™ editor in cheif Vivian Van Dijk saw Jess Fuller’s captivating artwork when she covered Art Basel Miami live in 2014. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Jess Fuller’s Latest Exhibition Makes History In her latest series on view, Fuller’s dyed structural paintings have evolved into sinuous reliefs. The artist begins her process on the floor, working on multiple pieces at once, moving shapes…
  • Paddy Cosgrave & Web Summit’s Marvelous Evolution

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Visionary entreprenuer Paddy Cosgrave started Web Summit from absolutely nothing. He fought hard to make his dream a reality in just 4 years. In this in depth interview he describes how he went from hosting Web Summit in his apartment to employing over 100 people & receiving more than 20,000 annual Web Summit visitors. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Paddy Cosgrave Tells Story of Web Summit’s Incredible Growth “Web Summit started in my bedroom just over 4 years ago. 3.5 years ago we moved to my sitting room. 2.5 years ago to an…
  • Ford Teams Up for New Lighting Design in Milan

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    <> Ford’s head of design & EYES IN™ Magazine Featured Creator J Mays is teaming up with Salone del Mobile to present the all new innovative design and lighting installation “Favilla. To every light a voice”. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Ford & Salone del Mobile Creates New Lighting Design Ford is highlighting the company’s commitment to innovation through design by announcing with Salone del Mobile the creation of a unique interactive installation in Milan. Ford highlights its commitment to innovation through design by…
  • Alexander Loyd’s Book Shows How to Achieve Goals

    Vivian van Dijk
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Most self-help programs have a shocking 97 percent failure rate. The standard self-help mantra of tapping in to your willpower and using the power of positive thinking is actually a recipe for failure. Now in Beyond Willpower: The Secret Principle to Achieving Success in Life, Love, and Happiness, bestselling author Alexander Loyd, Ph.D., N.D., reveals the definitive self-help program to help you finally achieve the life you want and the success you deserve. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Alexander Loyd’s New Book Shows How to Change Your Life…
  • Lynda Benglis Set to Unveil Vibrant New Collection

    Vivian van Dijk
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    <> Storm King Art Center presents the 2015 special exhibition, Lynda Benglis: Water Sources, comprising large-scale sculptures and fountains installed outdoors, across Storm King’s 500-acre site, and inside Storm King’s Museum Building. Share your innovative news with EYES IN™ Magazine via our Facebook page. Lynda Benglis Will Release Vivid New Collection Also on view for the 2015 season will be a large-scale temporary installation and a body of new, indoor work by artist Luke Stettner, part of Storm King’s annual Outlooks series. Both exhibitions open May 16 and are on view…
 
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  • Science Fair Projects Turn Kids into Inventors

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

    Emily Moorhead
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    It’s the middle of February. If you made a New Year’s Resolution and you are holding strong, good for you. It is tough to stick to a difficult goal, but it can be so rewarding. If you are struggling with your resolution, you are in good company. By this time, nearly 40% of those who made a New Year’s resolution have begun struggling to achieve their goals.  But, it does not have to be this way. If you are having a hard time staying motivated with your New Year’s invention idea resolution, there are several motivational steps you can take to remember why you started in the first…
  • 3 United States Presidents You Didn’t Know Were Inventors

    Emily Moorhead
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, we remember the early United States presidents who helped to mold the USA into the international powerhouse it is today. Their courage, perseverance, hard work, and wisdom created a nation known for its freedom and opportunity. But what else are these presidents known for? Several United States presidents were also inventors, creating products which added convenience to everyday life. George Washington George Washington is not only the father of the country, but also the creator of several farming inventions. Farming was his hobby and lifestyle, so he sought…
  • 8 Black Inventors Who Made History

    Emily Moorhead
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    February is Black History Month and the time to celebrate the many prolific Black inventors throughout history. American innovation is rich with the contributions of famous Black inventors that have made history in many different areas, including medicine, technology, and food. George Washington Carver George Washington Carver is likely the most famous Black inventor. He is renowned for the discovery of over 300 different uses for peanuts, including cooking oil, axle grease, and printer’s ink. Most notably, however, George Washington Carver was not interested in fame or fortune; he wanted…
  • 7 Ways Innovation Has Changed the Fashion Industry

    Emily Moorhead
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    When most people think of how innovation has affected various industries, the first to come to mind are usually technology and household products. However, innovation has had an immense impact on many more types of businesses. Over the years, the fashion industry has been affected by the emergence of high-tech innovations. 1. Wearable Tech Wearable tech has been around for a couple years now, from smartwatches to Google Glass. When it started becoming popular, many dapper men and chic women wanted to see some more fashion-forward pieces in the wearable tech realm. Attractive designs and…
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  • People-Centric Marketing

    Braden Kelley
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    We live in an increasingly complex world where both the volume of change and the pace of change are accelerating. But it is not just change that is accelerating, choice is proliferating as well. Witness the example of General Mills’ … Continue reading →
  • Planning to Spread

    Braden Kelley
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    We’ve all seen the viral videos that seemingly come out of nowhere to garner millions of views on YouTube, videos like this one where five people play one guitar singing Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used to Know”, which as of … Continue reading →
  • Is working smarter for suckers?

    Braden Kelley
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:17 am
    Last night I dreamed about the extremely unbalanced view of work in our societies, and woke up wondering whether working smarter is for suckers. Why is that we lionize the workaholics among us and penalize those that find ways to … Continue reading →
  • Microsoft Stomps on Google Glass

    Braden Kelley
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Wow! I have to start that word, because I’m not sure how else to describe what has just emerged from Microsoft Research in the new Microsoft HoloLens. And as I say in the title, if you watch the video below … Continue reading →
  • Innovation Keynote and Change Planning Workshop Special

    Braden Kelley
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:39 am
    To kickoff January with a bang I thought I would make a special offer to companies and event organizers who would like to get an excellent innovation keynote for their company or event attendees AND get a jump on your … Continue reading →
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  • Innovation Rankings – Measuring Innovation

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

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

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

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

    Robert Brands
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Some things are easier to measure than others. For example, an objective such as lower cost of goods sold, or improved revenue is relatively easy to measure. Strategic objectives on the other hand... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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  • Why You Didn't Meet Your Innovation Goals in 2014

    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Answer these 10 questions to focus your energy and resources this year.
  • From Fee-for-Service to Fee-for-Value

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Medicare's big announcement on payment models is an inflection point in the transition from volume to value.
  • The Future of Health Is More, Better, Cheaper

    1 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    As healthcare becomes more democratized, new companies entering the industry from other sectors, as well as established players, are racing to provide consumers with medical products and services they can use at home.
  • The Hard Work of Invention

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson plumbs the history of digitization to get to the roots of successful innovation.
  • Creating What Consumers Want

    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    CPG companies are good at the early stages of innovation where they develop new products, and the late stages of innovation, where they commercialize them. But they're not so good at the middle stage of learning which product features, prices, and packaging a consumer will be attracted to buy.
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • Tekever launch a brain-controlled drone

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:52 am
    Tekever, a drone specialist company, has demonstrated a drone that can be directly controlled by the human brain. During a public presentation in Lisbon (Portugal),  high-performance electroencephalogram (EEG) systems to measure brain waves noninvasively, were used together with specially conceived algorithms to convert brain signals into drone commands. The “drone operator”, wears a cap that measures brain activity and influences the drone’s path using nothing but simple thoughts. Essentially, the electricity flowing through the pilot’s brain acts as an input to the…
  • ‘Accelerate’ @ Riverside Innovation Centre

    admin
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Do you have a business idea? Thinking about working for yourself or freelancing? Are you looking to start up your business this year? ‘Accelerate’ @ Riverside Innovation Centre Monday 2nd March 4-9pm (Free dinner at Zizzis included) Tuesday 3rd March 4-7pm Please note: you must be available to attend on both days. If you would like to take your business idea to the next step, start freelancing or actually set up, ‘Accelerate’ will help you do it.  Business Gurus, Award Winners, Professional Services, Mentors and Entrepreneurs will gather at RIC to develop your business idea and help…
  • Win a £50 Convivio Voucher

    admin
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:22 am
    FindIt, the regions new business support portal from Cheshire and Warrington Councils, has teamed up with Convivio Bar and Restaurant in Chester (home of the acclaimed Night at the Opera performances) to offer a £50 voucher to one lucky winner. As we head towards spring we are keen to make sure you’re getting the right support for your business and a voucher to the tune of £50 for an elegant dining experience at Convivio will surely put a “spring” in your step. As part of a constant drive to support the business community we would like you to participate in a short survey to hear…
  • Cyber Security and the ‘Insider’ threat – SASIG

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:08 am
    Over the last eighteen months the University of Chester through its Riverside Innovation Centre (RIC) has been involved in the formation of a fledgling regional cyber security initiative. Initially this involved RIC working with one of the area’s secondary schools, the University Academy Birkenhead, in raising parents and pupils’ awareness about online safety. Last week, RIC was invited to attend the Security Awareness Special Interest Group’s (SASIG) regional meeting in Liverpool to address the ‘Insider Threat’. Invited speakers from the nuclear industry, the financial services,…
  • Sony try their hand at Smartglasses

    admin
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Following the withdrawal of Google Glass from the market for redevelopment, Sony have released the Developer Edition of their SmartEyeglass  SED-E1 for sale. Pre-orders for the SmartEyeglass, priced at £620 are now being taken in the UK and Germany. The glasses will be compatible with the Android operating system and devices and include a camera, GPS and sensors. The glasses are designed to work in conjunction with an Android Smartphone.  Whilst not as slimline and elegant as Google Glass, the price is significantly lower but there is even less appeal in a more obvious wearable device…
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  • Three Traits of Creative People

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:30 pm
    I’ve observed in successful scientists, in myself and in highly productive authors, I’m talking about the type of authors who have consistently produced high quality books for years. Anyone can become more creative by making sure they possess the following three traits. A master of knowledge, in general the more knowledge the better. It is […]
  • Waves & Winds of Doctrines

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:40 pm
      Hurricanes destroy things with their extreme winds, storm surge and relentless waves, not many things can stand in their path without destruction. Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was an example of extreme destruction and death by hurricane.  More than 1,800 people lost their lives in this hurricane as it smashed into New Orleans, a direct […]
  • Four Critical Responsibilities of Dad

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:34 am
    When I look at my kids I wonder how they look at me, I remember as a young child looking at my parents as almost surreal ideals. I wonder am I setting a good example, should I show open humility or quiet strength.  Should we err on the side of strictness or on the side […]
  • Dull Iron Still Sharpens

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
      Knife sharpening steel rods are round and very dull, you can buy them on amazon. When the dull knife is ground into the round hard steel rod the knife becomes sharp.  The bible teaches… Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another – (Proverbs 27:17) Notice that neither the knife nor the rod is sharp […]
 
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  • The Role of Big Data at the Oscars

    Jeffrey Cipriano
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    The Oscars, Hollywood’s biggest branding and marketing opportunity, increasingly rely on big data to build critical consensus around award-winning films. Studios are using measurement to target the social media platforms of specific filmgoers who they feel will be most attracted to their film. It’s designed to build brand recognition in films that voting members of the Academy haven’t seen yet. Take a look at this article about Focus Features using the Los Angeles-based firm Moviepilot to build buzz for Academy Award-nominated Stephen Hawking biopic, “The Theory of Everything.”…
  • Double Trouble? More Like Double the Fun. NYFW, meet the NBA.

    Bonnie Pedlow
    19 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    When planning your client’s biggest event of the year, arguably the first step is to give the calendar a thorough check. What else is going on out there that could keep the media away? Who has the intention of dominating your target audiences’ channels with their own announcement, launch or party? The goal is to find a date and time with the fewest number of possible conflicts to maximize your chances of delivering your message to attentive listeners via influencers and writers who have the room in their schedule to pay attention. So when the perfect storm of the NBA All-Star Game and New…
  • An Innovative Way to Change the Conversation

    Deb Brown
    18 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    The “Like a Girl” campaign from Procter & Gamble’s Always brand is smart, brilliant and innovative in its execution. What I particularly love about the campaign is that it shows how innovative a campaign can be by changing the tone of the same three words and, as a result, changing its meaning.  It reminds us – especially those of us in communications and marketing – that sometimes the most effective way to break through and engage audiences may not be the next big event or stunt, but a very simple – and powerful – way to change a conversation. The campaign, which started…
  • A Few Recommendations for SXSW

    Sam Ford
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you’re interested in innovation in the media and marketing, perhaps no place gets more attention than the annual SXSW conference in Austin. Now that we’re only a month away from the festivities, we figure some of you Innovation Mill readers are making plans to head down to Texas. (If you are, shoot me at tweet @Sam_Ford. I look forward to seeing you there). As you think about your agenda in Austin—or for those of you not going and curious about what’s on the docket for this year’s conference—here are a few sessions on our recommendation list—one involving our client Control…
  • Twitter and Google Search: 3 Things to Expect for SEO in 2015

    Innovation Team
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:07 am
    The following is a guest post from Peppercommer Alex Shippee.  Twitter recently announced a new partnership with Google to display Tweets as the result of search queries. That said, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo then went on to say it was still “several months” before any noticeable changes take effect. So with a few months head start, what will this mean for those of us who use both platforms? 1. Tweets will help further search goals: If you’re optimizing blog titles (or similar content) for search, then all the more reason to be Tweeting them out. At the same time, brands with a strong…
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  • Help Hollywood Create a Hit TV Show about a Female Engineer

    IdeaConnection
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Hot on the heels of the Academy Awards, Hollywood is on the hunt for some new talent, and this is where you can come in. Award-winning writer, producer and director Lee Zlotoff and the National Academy of Engineering in the US have launched a global crowdsourcing competition seeking ideas for a TV series with a female engineer as the lead character. The Next MacGyver competition is named after MacGyver, a television show from the ’80s and ’90s about a secret agent who solved problems with engineering skills. Zlotoff was the creator of the hit series. Inspiring Young Women The new…
  • Crowdsourcing Domino’s Pizzas Earns Cash for Consumers

    IdeaConnection
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:52 am
    Crowdsourcing is helping Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd to a bigger slice of profits in Australia and giving customers a taste of the action as well.  The Sydney-listed company has reported an increase in first-half profit and credits some of that to its Pizza Mogul innovation Pizza Mogul is a sharing website and application that lets consumers create their own pizzas (drawn from the company’s list of toppings) and branding and then share them with friends and family on social networks. If there are any sales, they earn money from each one, Accordingly, Dominos gives ‘Moguls’…
  • New Alan Turing Institute to Open

    IdeaConnection
    9 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Alan Turing, one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century is rightly being lauded again for his achievements thanks to interest in his work generated by the biopic The Imitation Game. His legacy will live on in the soon to be opened Alan Turing Institute in the UK.  Its headquarters will be based at the British Library in London and five universities will lead its work in maximizing the benefits of big data. The world-class institute hopes to attract top mathematical brains and data scientists in the UK and from across the globe to work on new ways of collecting, organizing and…
  • Crowdsourcing Approach to Super Bowl Ads

    IdeaConnection
    2 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    So, it’s congratulations to New England Patriots who beat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl, played at the University of Phoenix Stadium. But they weren’t the only winners at Sunday’s sports fest. Big brands that turned to crowdsourcing to market their wares also came out on top. The annual sports fixture is often the most watched broadcast on American television, a fact that delights and excites advertisers. The coveted slots come at a premium, but in return you can get your name in front of a huge audience. However, this is not enough for most brands who want more bites of…
  • Crowdsourcing Experiment to Solve the Mystery of Edwin Drood

    IdeaConnection
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Could crowdsourcing solve one of the world’s biggest literary mysteries?  Many Charles Dickens fans are certainly pinning their hopes on the crowd to discover what actually happened to Edwin Drood. When the author of such classics as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol died, he was midway through The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  With the novel laying unfished, its ending was therefore unknown. But now an innovative website going by the name of the Drood Inquiry hopes to determine the location and fate of the story’s young protagonist. The website was set up by Dr Pete Orford…
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  • The home and it’s owner – a changing relationship: A Crowdsight Analysis

    Cliff Fawcett
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:01 am
    Intelligent home security has been an interesting concept for years – and a constant feature of science fiction writers – but until recently it hasn’t been a reality. With smart-device proliferation and increasingly affordable state of the art electronics that is changing. In the US alone, currently less than 1% of homes employ full smart home technology, but by 2018 it is predicted that over 45 million smart home devices will have been installed, with annual business volume of over $12 billion. When it comes to this smart revolution start-ups are leading a charge! We’ve used…
  • Fresh beer that stays fresh: A Crowdsight Analysis

    Cliff Fawcett
    6 Feb 2015 | 4:16 am
    One trend ‘tapping’ into the huge growth of craft beer in the US has been the rapid rise of Growlers. These half-gallon refillable bottles (as well as the emerging 32-ounce “growlet,”) have become a prominent feature of the beer landscape that let drinkers take craft and microbrews home, straight from the tap. Though their market share is still small it’s where the growth is at, with volume rising 15% in 2012. But the big problem for growlers is retaining ‘freshness’: as soon as the growler is open, that half gallon of beautifully brewed craft beer starts to ‘go off’,…
  • The 9 FMCG Trends of 2015 [Speed Briefing]

    Paul Marsden
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    Last week, the winners of the 2015 Product Innovation of the Year awards were announced. And based on an analysis of the voting patterns of the 10,000 strong consumer-jury, we’ve identified the 9 big trends shaping FMCG in 2015 and beyond. So here’s a short presentation of the trends, along with all the winners; the winners themselves are UK innovations, but the trends identified are international in scope and relevance. Check them out, download the deck, and use as creative stimulus and innovation planning. #ConvenienceRules – The mega-trend of 2015 and the future;…
  • Sleep Hacking: A Crowdsight Analysis

    Cliff Fawcett
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    In a world that is getting busier, more demanding and more stressful people are looking for ways to do things better and more productively: time is a luxury. As such people are looking to cut down on unproductive uses of time and sleep is increasingly seen as something that can be ‘hacked’. Studies have shown that the better we sleep, the better we are prepared to face the challenges of the day. The question is how we can make sleep a ‘shortcut’ for greater productivity? Using Crowdsight, our crowdfunding analysis tool, we’ve reviewed ideas emerging on sites like Kickstarter and…
  • The Paradox of Choice [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less Author: Barry Schwartz Publisher:  HarperCollins Publication date: 2005 The success of your next innovation will depend on whether you are marketing to ‘Satisficers’ or ‘Maximisers’. To find out whether you and your consumers are Satisficers or Maximisers take the test below. In many categories, consumers are primarily ‘Satisficers’ – they opt for the first product they find that they believe will satisfy their needs (including price needs). Satisficers use a ‘take the first‘ rule…
 
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  • Idea Competitions

    Michael
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Idea competitions are a great way to engage people in your innovation efforts. You can create engaging comms around a competition and to provide an opportunity for anyone, whatever level they are in the organisation to pitch their ideas to the most senior people and win a prize is fantastic. Here’s an infographic with some pros and cons to consider and the really important things to think about before you get started. You can click on it to make it larger. The process that I would highly recommend is this; 1. Launch the competition with clear insight into what ideas you are expecting…
  • Brilliant Idea #279. The Gripway

    Michael
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    I spend a lot of my spare time at sailing clubs, all of which have a slip way to allow launching and recovery of boats and boards. They are called slipways for a reason – they are slippy and lots of accidents happen. They are slippy because it’s close to impossible to stop organic materials like seaweed growing on the concreat slipway. In fact, I am sitting here at the English National Sailing Academy on Portland in Dorset and they pay a man with a machine to literally grind-off the weed at low tide. It’s quite rediculous that I can hear a large motor at such an idyllic…
  • Innovation Inspiration #61

    Michael
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    The post Innovation Inspiration #61 appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #275. Etch a Sketch clock

    Michael
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:07 am
    Take an etchasketch. Add three servo motors controlled by some software. Servo 1 wipes the screen. Servo 2 and 3 controls the x and y axis to draw the time. Every 58 seconds servo 1 wipes the screen and servo 2 and 3 re-writes the time. Brilliant Etchasketch PLUS It integrates into your calendar via wifi and also draws your upcoming calendar appointments Even more brilliant The post Brilliant Idea #275. Etch a Sketch clock appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #274. Greeting card subscription Service

    Michael
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    “Greetingcardsretaildisplay”. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons I find the process of giving greetings cards such as faff. I can’t be alone. Brilliant Idea #274 is a subscription model for greetings cards. It would work like this; You subscribe and enter the details of the people that you ought to send cards to; name, relationship, date of birth, home address, any other details that you might want to remember. There could even be a Facebook connect which imports the friends and their dates of birth Depending on where the recipient is, for example if I am sending…
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  • Building bridges between stocks and flows

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

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

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

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

    paul4innovating
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Much of my focus within my work is to move organizations towards recognizing and expanding their innovation capital or stock. The hard part for many organizations is that many of the key elements of innovation capital consist of many intangibles as well as tangibles and this needs deeper understanding and appreciation. These intangibles are in most cases non-technological and embodied in the organizational routines and thinking of the employees. It is focusing on building the stock of this innovation capital as well as making the flow more dynamic, ever evolving, adapting and changing to the…
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    Destination Innovation

  • Replace Confusion with Clarity

    admin
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Stewart Butterfield Stewart Butterfield is a Canadian serial entrepreneur. He is famous for founding the photo-sharing site Flickr which he sold to Yahoo. He then developed a gaming application. Glitch, which failed. His latest venture is Slack, a platform for team communication and project management, which has been valued at over $1B. In a recent interview in the Times of India he told of some of the important lessons he has learnt. When asked what was the one key mantra for a start-up’s success he said, ‘You need to have clarity of purpose which can be communicated to other people.
  • What Hollywood can teach us about Innovation and Longevity

    admin
    14 Feb 2015 | 3:49 am
    Universal Pictures was founded in 1912, Warner Brothers in 1923, Walt Disney Studios in 1923 and Columbia Pictures in 1924. How have they survived and prospered for so long in such a competitive and volatile business? Movie-making is one of the few American industries which has dominated the global market over an extended period and shrugged off competition. US TV and film exports are worth around $16B a year. The big studios must be doing something right so what lessons regarding innovation and survival can we learn from them? 1. Pivot and Restructure. Hollywood has had to see off threats…
  • Moral Values can be a Source of Innovation and Differentiation

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    In 1959 Nils Bohlin, an engineer at the Swedish Car Manufacturer Volvo, invented the first three point safety belt. It was much more effective than the standard lap belt (as still used on airplanes). Volvo, realising the importance of this invention, chose not to patent it but to share the idea with other vehicle manufacturers. They may have lost some revenues but their action undoubtedly saved many lives and it cemented Volvo’s reputation as a highly ethical company committed to safety. In the 1970s Anita Roddick founded the Body Shop. She deliberately chose a radically different approach…
  • Big Bang or Steady Growth – which is the right approach for your Startup?

    admin
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    The Entrepreneurship Summit in Mumbai is an annual conference hosted by the Indian Institute of Technology, one of India’s most prestigious technical universities. I was fortunate enough to be a guest speaker there this year giving talks on lateral thinking and on open innovation. There was a range of other distinguished speakers and two of them gave starkly contrasting advice on how to start a new business. Archit Gupta Archit Gupta is the founder and CEO of Cleartax, a successful software start-up company which provides an automated service to help people in India complete and file their…
  • The Search for Certainty and Fit kills Innovation.

    admin
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    In the 1990s a group of developers at Microsoft came up with an innovative device for reading electronic books. At that time no such product existed as a commercial entity. The team was excited at the possibilities for this innovation and they sent the working prototype to Bill Gates. He rapidly rejected the idea. It did not fit in with the Microsoft business strategy and the product did not have the Windows look or feel. Microsoft missed the opportunity.[1]  Amazon went on to develop a huge business based on e-books and the Kindle. Bill Gates is renowned for being an open-minded leader…
 
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    Improvides

  • This genius new beehive design is the epitome of innovation

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

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

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

    Nick Skillicorn
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    Virtual Reality is a gimmick that will never catch on in mainstream society. But Microsoft just announced a new Augmented Reality headset that could actually bring a change in the way we interact with technology. In the world of innovation, you can never rest on the idea that your products and research are ahead of […] Originally published at Microsoft’s new HoloLens is revolutionary, disruptive, and actually useful
  • How can we get women innovating more?

    Nick Skillicorn
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:42 am
    As Intel announced that they will be investing $300million to help address the diversity gap in Technology and Gaming, Improvides considers the gap’s impact on your innovation ability. Here’s a quick challenge for you: Think of any three people who since the year 2000 have developed something truly innovative and successful. It could be anyone, […] Originally published at How can we get women innovating more?
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    Innovation Architecture by Doug Collins

  • Incubator Nation: The Rise of Immersive Collaborative Innovation

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

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

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

    12 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    American Sauce for Americans I found myself overseas—and outside my native U.S.—recently. One day at lunch, my hosts—gracious to a fault—offered me as a condiment American Sauce from Heinz (figure 1). The connection made perfect sense. I was American. The sauce was American. It said so on the label. We were destined, in the eyes of my hosts, to become fast friends. I wondered: What ingredients, exactly, comprised American Sauce? The hopes and fevered dreams of a new nation? An admixture of inalienable rights granted by the Creator? Polyunsaturated fats? It was a…
  • Predictions: Ten Ways the Driverless Car Will Change Everyday Life

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    When Henry Ford made the car a mass-market success, people applied their immediate point of reference to its name, calling it the horseless carriage. Their point of reference was out back, eating oats and whinnying. We come full circle. People look to experience the driverless car. Their point of reference is in the garage, complete with steering wheel and gas pedal. Some brand manager, somewhere in the world, will make their professional career by giving this new means of conveyance its permanent name. For now, however, we make do with the driverless car. The driverless car revolutionizes…
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