Innovation

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  • A Game Plan for Corporate Innovation

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    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    I recently had some interactions with a company working to ramp up their innovation efforts. We had several discussions on different ways of approaching this and here you get some quick and dirty insights on how such an approach could look like. It could start with a game plan / road map that would include elements such as: • The vision, objectives and goals for the innovation drive (in this case one goal was to be publicly recognised as a leader in innovation) • An overview of the challenges and a process to prioritize them knowing that we can’t do everything • The key messages…
  • A Peek Inside Ireland’s Innovation Island

    Innovation Excellence
    Innovation Excellence
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    I had the opportunity recently to intervidw Rory Mullen, West Coast Director, IDA Ireland, and ask him a few questions about the innovation climate in Ireland and how the government is contributing to an increase in the innovation capacity of the island. Continue reading →
  • What about the Chief Innovation Officer?

    Innovationedge
    Cheryl Perkins
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I work with CIOs from forward-thinking global companies around the globe, and in fact am preparing to meet with many at our upcoming CoDev15 conference in Scottsdale in a few months. I found an interesting article over on Fast Company’s website by Brian Cooper, who says that the Chief Innovation Officer title may get in the way of innovation.  His article, Why There Are Too Many Chiefs And Not Enough Innovation, attempts to make a case that companies are trying to “fix a symptom” rather than find a solution.  Do you agree? Read on: Over the years this country has seen a…
  • The Death of Innovation, The End Of Growth

    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense
    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
  • How to Write a Book

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

  • Science and Subtraction Law #6

    Matthew May
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Neuroscientists have known for years that it's the quiet mind that produces the creative insight, and that we can't speed up that process other than by essentially doing nothing, at least with respective to the problem at hand. We need to remove ourselves and engage in some rest and relaxation, or at minimum some rote activities that don't demand deep thinking. This is the science behind law of subtraction #6: Doing something isn't always better than doing nothing. I'm always scanning the science journals for new discoveries that support this, my favorite law of subtraction. A new study out…
  • How Mighty Is Your Midsized Company?

    Matthew May
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Of the more than 10,000 business books that are published each year, few, if any, focus their attention on the all-but-forgotten midsized company. Armfuls of books on startups and Fortune-level organizational practices won't help a business moving into young adulthood. “There are almost 200,000 companies today with revenues between $10 million and $1 billion—midsized, as defined by Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business—and they account for about a third of U.S. GDP and a third of all U.S. jobs," writes Robert Sher, author of the terrific new book, Mighty Midsized…
  • Adobe: A Case Study In Cloud/Mobile Strategy

    Matthew May
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Before I go any further, allow me to say that I've been a fan of Adobe products since, like, day 1. I still have Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Pro, and Illustrator on my MacBook Air. I write for 99U.com from time to time (part of Behance, the creative community started by my friend Scott Belsky, now owned by Adobe). I say "still have" because as most people know that the company moved their Creative Suite to a cloud-based subscription model, which only last year still held the perception in many a user's mind that Adobe was sort of scamming people with repetitive charges for something most…
  • ZERO TO ONE: The Interview

    Matthew May
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    When Stanford law student Blake Masters decided in the Spring of 2012 to enroll in undergraduate computer science class CS183 and post his class notes on his Tumblr blog, little did he know they would become an internet sensation. Masters wasn't so much interested in computer science, but rather in startups, and CS183 featured a unique teacher: Peter Thiel, cofounder of Paypal, and Facebook's first outside investor. And a book wasn't even a blip on Masters's radar screen. Fast forward to today, and one of the most anticipated book launches of the fall: Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How…
  • THE DIY STRATEGY SPRINT: DAY 3

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

  • An Innovation Conversation with Fahrenheit212

    Lou Killeffer
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Our interview with Fahrenheit 212 ultimately referenced: innovation’s star turn from interesting to imperative; the maturation of the category; the growing prominence and pitfalls of the RFP, Abraham Lincoln, unicorn sightings, the pursuit of a model that creates innovators in addition to innovations, and oh yes, their mantra, “the Money and the Magic”. Continue reading →
  • A Peek Inside Ireland’s Innovation Island

    Innovation Excellence
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    I had the opportunity recently to intervidw Rory Mullen, West Coast Director, IDA Ireland, and ask him a few questions about the innovation climate in Ireland and how the government is contributing to an increase in the innovation capacity of the island. Continue reading →
  • What China Must Do to Innovate

    Drew Boyd
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    Innovation is an essential ingredient to the growth and success of China's economy. The use of methods such as Systematic Inventive Thinking will accelerate that growth. But where should China focus its innovation efforts? Continue reading →
  • How Technology Can Save Government

    Greg Satell
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Virtually everything the government does these days, from drivers' licenses to voter registration to retirement benefits, requires a robust technological platform that must overcome challenges specific to the public sector. Now, a team of technologists thinks they may have a solution. Continue reading →
  • When the Light Bulb Goes On: Dr. Larry Miller and EZ-IO

    Peter Doyle
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    He said "my father was a toolmaker and I used to watch him work, I still like to tinker, to make things." I was speaking with an eminent Emergency Room surgeon, Dr Larry Miller who created a life saving technology called the EZ-IO. Continue reading →
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    Innovation Management

  • Beyond Tech and Elusive Geniuses – The Everyday Innovation Heroes

    Pedro do Carmo Costa
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Apple, Google and General Electric success stories centre on groundbreaking characters and geniuses. But 99% of companies worldwide are unlike any of these. Most organisations are made up of people like you and me: reasonably proficient in innovation management but surrounded by innovation agnostics. People who can share with us the tough, yet stirring mission of pushing boundaries to shape a bit of future.
  • Should I Talk About My Co-creation Partners?

    Kande Kazadi, Annouk Lievens and Dominik Mahr
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Research and practice have investigated firms’ benefits of co-creation with external stakeholders, such as more creative ideas, reduced development costs, and improved product quality. However, little is known about how consumers perceive products and their firms that communicate about such co-creation activities. Using two experimental studies, we investigated how consumers’ knowledge about the involvement of different types of stakeholders during the innovation process changes the adoption of new products.
  • Portais Corporativos de Inovação Aberta, Parte II: Dois Exemplos de Casos de Sucesso

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Jos Tissen da Unilever, com sede na Holanda, e Shawn Heipp da Elmer’s Products, com sede em Ohio, EUA, têm algo em comum. Cada um administra o portal corporativo de inovação de sua empresa, o website utilizado para incentivar a submissões de soluções de tecnologia por clientes, fornecedores, inventores e empresas externos. Tissen e Heipp descrevem suas escolhas de implementação de portal e seus resultados até a data.
  • Using Global Insights to Drive Local Innovation

    Roberto Copercini
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    “Innovation” has become yet another buzz-word, used overwhelmingly by organizations to distinguish themselves from competitors. This article explores one strategy that local champions can use to be more innovative in their local markets: scan the globe for trends and insights and generate insights and ideas that can be adapted to drive innovation at the local market level.
  • How to Effectively Run Innovation Initiatives in Multinational Organizations

    InnovationManagement
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    The ultimate task for multinationals today is to efficiently harness their greatest asset: the knowledge and expertise of its people, spread across the organization and the globe. In this live IM Channel One Roundtable Discussion, hosted by Exago, we share experiences on how to run a cross borders idea management program, so as to achieve corporate alignment, employee’s engagement and seed a culture of innovation.
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Reminding Us There Isn’t An App For Everything

    Bulldog Drummond
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Three Hyper Island students (Caio Andrade, Rafael Ochoa, and Linn Livijn Wexell) dreamed up the idea of making “Not Available on the App Store” stickers as a friendly reminder to get kids away from the screen and into the real world. #notonappstore
  • Music Is The Soundtrack For Life (And Innovation)

    Bulldog Drummond
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    An interview with Patrick Dodd Music is a powerful force and an important part of our culture today. It tantalizes the senses and evokes emotion, movement and soul. Music can make us think, influence passion, and spark creativity. Music brings people together. We recently had the opportunity to sit with Patrick Dodd, music video producer and general music enthusiast, to talk about how music is shaping his life. Where does your passion for music come from? Passion for music is in my blood. My whole life, my family has passionately engineered and encouraged music—children were expected to…
  • IMAGINE IF: Uncommon Sense Learnings

    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Designing disruptive, original solutions to existing problems and breakthrough products in existing markets is hard––really hard. To increase the odds of success, a company must think and act in uncommon ways. Take the time to step back and evaluate what’s working, what could be simplified and streamlined, and most importantly be open to change. Our IMAGINE IF principle is dedicated to innovation and encouraging diverse thinking in business and life. We hope to inspire people, companies and brands to create and foster environments for innovation. Here are four UNCOMMON SENSE learnings…
  • The Death of Innovation, The End Of Growth

    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
  • Bulldog Design: Helping Our Customer Serve Their Customers Better

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most people don’t think much about gearshifts or dishwashers or leaf blowers. In fact, most people probably don’t even think about what ties all these products together—plastic. But Citadel thinks about every distinct angle of plastics, from the processes, to the technologies, to the design and more. And as they continued to push the boundaries of this material and its technologies, they began to acquire leading companies in thermoplastics and engineered composites to offer a suite of options to help their customers make the best possible products in the world. As the companies merged…
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • Einstein Wasn't Into Six Sigma

    1 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    "Not everything that can be counted counts; not everything that counts can be counted." - Albert Einstein Brainstorm facilitation training Idea Champions Free the Genie
  • Sink Your Teeth Into This

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Very well done promo video by one of our favorite clients, United Concordia. Inspiring, clear, compelling -- and all in 98 seconds. And a special shout out to John Glindeman for leading the charge on WELLNESS! United Concordia
  • Asking for Permission to Facilitate

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Here's a useful tip for you the next time you find yourself standing in front of a group of people and about to facilitate a meeting of any kind. Before you begin, ask people to give you permission to facilitate. This may sound like a complete waste of time, especially if you've been brought in by the powers-that-be to facilitate the meeting, but it's not. It's essential. Here's why: If your meeting is anything like the other 11 million meetings being held each day in corporate America, chances are good that there will be a time during your gathering when at least one person -- bored, cranky,…
  • Why Train People to Become Masterful Brainstorm Facilitators

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Why train people to become brainstorm facilitators? from Mitch Ditkoff Our brainstorm website Brainstorm facilitation training What our clients say
  • Innovation Pipeline or Pipedream?

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    More Innovation Keynotes
 
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • Whose job is it, anyway?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    In every major corporation today, people are going to work.  They are focused on processing invoices, holding meetings, launching a new marketing campaign.  They are working hard to ensure that the actual results meet the forecasts, and that the spending is equal to or less than the budgets.  These folks have more than enough work to do each day, and on top of that they are constantly in meetings to update their managers on their progress.  What's more, they have families and lives that occasionally conflict with the work day, and work that occasionally interrupts their…
  • The Innovation Clock

    Jeffrey Phillips
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    If you are a sports fan, you'll recognize that many, if not most, team sports are time-driven.  Football (American and otherwise), basketball, hockey and others all have a definitive, set time for the match.  Baseball is probably one of the few sports that doesn't have a set timeframe, just a set number of chances for each team to have an "at bat".  In most games, time isn't a factor until the end of either half, and suddenly it becomes precious. That's why in American Football and in basketball "timeouts" are hoarded and used strategically, to manage the clock, to plan the…
  • Opening the innovation aperture

    Jeffrey Phillips
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    Today a brief tip of the hat to Larry Keeley and his team at Doblin Group, for their concepts of "Ten Types" of innovation.  Keeley and his team created a very nice graphic that captures many of the different types of potential outcomes of an innovation activity.  That is, innovation can result in a new product, a new service, a new business model, a new process, and so forth.This concept is important, because when most of us think of "innovation" we think of new, tangible products.  In fact much innovation work is simply the "front end" to new product development.  Using…
  • Open to adjacency

    Jeffrey Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    We work with a lot of firms to build innovation processes and culture, hopefully leading to the development of what we call an innovation competency.  Trying to get a larger, complacent firm to embrace the risk and uncertainty of innovation is not easy.  There are often many preconceived notions about what the firm and its people should do, where they should spend their time, what's "important" and what isn't.But the truth is with the right coaching and a good set of tools and methods you can overcome a lot of learned avoidance, and actually create some good ideas.  Good ideas,…
  • Innovation is not a strategy

    Jeffrey Phillips
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    I've written about this concept before, but I believe it bears repeating:  innovation is not a strategy.  Strategies, according to Webster, are:careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of timeYour corporate strategy may be to become the leading provider of a specific product in your chosen market, or to be the most profitable company in your segment.  These are strategies, which then require definition of the direction, and some ability to measure and recognize when you've achieved your goal. Now, imagine that we use innovation as a…
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    Scott Berkun

  • Is it common to be estranged from family? Research results

    Scott
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    In my research for my new book The Ghost of My Father, I was surprised at how little data there was about estrangement. I wanted stories and research from people in situations like mine, but I didn’t find much. To fill the gap I did an informal survey last week of 91 adults, primarily through twitter, to get some baseline data. Here are the results. Disclaimer: since I recently published a memoir about my family and survey participants self-selected, it’s almost certainly biased towards higher reports of estrangement than average. This research is intended only to be a first step…
  • On Sale NOW – The Ghost of My Father – Launch Day

    Scott
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    I’m pleased to announce the launch of book #6, The Ghost of My Father. It’s on sale now on kindle and in paperback. Please buy the book today, as buying on launch day helps greatly in raising its rank and visibility on amazon in one big wave. 31 reviews so far (4.7 out of 5 average), dozens of mentions on twitter and Facebook. Its been a good day so far. If you’re not sure if you like memoirs, or would like mine, give the free chapter excerpt a try. If you can help for one minute to spread word today I’d be grateful. Details here or for quick reference: Best single…
  • FAQ about The Ghost of My Father

    Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    Tomorrow my 6th book, The Ghost of My Father, launches (you can help here). Most of my books are about business or creativity, and many people have asked me why I decided to write such a different kind of book. Here’s the list of FAQ and answers. I’ll update this page as new questions come in. The book itself answers many questions people have, so I recommend reading the chapter excerpt here (PDF). Q. Why did you decide to write a memoir? Who do you think you are? People assume only famous or important people have earned the right to write a memoir. I don’t think this is…
  • Help me launch the new book Today

    Scott
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    If any of my work has helped you in the past, here’s an easy way to return the favor. My 6th book, The Ghost of My Father, launches on Wednesday. Every single mention or purchase of the book on the day helps tremendously in helping this new book find its way in the world. 50% of profits of this first edition are going to Big Brothers Big Sisters, so you’ll be helping a great charity too. How to help TODAY: Set a schedule reminder for one or more of the following (iCal appt): Buy the book on launch day :) For now only on Kindle and paperback Post on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn…
  • Early reviewers wanted for my next book

    Scott
    18 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    My 6th and most personal book, The Ghost of My Father, launches next week. If you’re willing to write a review on amazon.com, you can read it before everyone else does – as in starting right now. Get a taste by reading the free chapter excerpt. Contact me here if you’re interested. Thanks.
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • Break the Rules – A Lesson from Freddie Mercury

    Paul Sloane
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Freddie Mercury The song Bohemian Rhapsody was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It broke all the rules for a popular music single release. At a time when most pop songs were simple and formulaic Mercury’s song was a complex mixture of different styles and tempos. It had six separate sections – a close harmony a capella introduction, a ballad, a guitar solo, an opera parody, a rock anthem and a melodic finale. It contained enigmatic and fatalistic lyrics about killing a man. And it was very long. When it was proposed to Queen’s record producers…
  • Innovation at Tesco – Every Little Idea Helps

    Paul Sloane
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Angela Maurer Angela Maurer, Head of Tesco Labs, spoke on Innovation at Tesco at the recent CIO Summit in London.  She said that they start with two sources of input – customer needs and future forces.  Customer needs include those of internal departments and stores as well as shoppers.  Future forces include technical, societal, fashion and demographic trends.  Using insights from these two areas they brainstorm with diverse groups to generate a large number of ideas.  The best ideas are selected and moved rapidly into concept development.  The concepts are validated with…
  • The Chinese Takeaway Method of Quality Improvement

    Paul Sloane
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Speaking at the Chief Innovation Officers Summit in London, Chris Loughlan, Head of Innovation at the NHS, told a story about a quality improvement technique borrowed from a strange source but now adopted in hospitals.  Say you go to a Chinese takeaway restaurant and order two spring rolls, one duck in ginger and an egg fried rice.  The Chinese assistant will repeat the order back to you, ‘ You want two spring rolls, one duck in ginger and one egg fried rice.’  The assistant does not take the order to the kitchen until it has been confirmed.  In a similar fashion when a doctor…
  • Do Procurement Policies inhibit Innovation in the Public Sector?

    Paul Sloane
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I recently met the CEO of a dynamic small company in a technology sector. He had some great ideas and was actively working with a large company on an open innovation initiative. He also had a radical proposal which would improve services and reduce costs for his local City Council. However, he was disinclined to submit it. ‘If I suggest this idea, I know what will happen,’ he told me. ‘They will ask exactly how it works. They will then say that is a great idea but that they have to put it out to tender with several companies and go through their standard procurement process in order to…
  • How to Prevent Groupthink

    Paul Sloane
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 am
    One of the most common obstacles to effective decision making by teams is groupthink. The term is used to describe the observation that many groups make poor decisions because they try to reach a consensus and minimize conflict. In doing so they suppress dissenting viewpoints, eschew controversial issues and isolate themselves from outside influences. The result is that they do not seriously consider alternatives to the group’s view. The phenomenon of groupthink was researched in the 1970s by Irving Janis, a research psychologist at Yale University. He identified various causes including…
 
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Voices of Experience Transcription

    sshapiro
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I posted the audio of an interview where I shared some thoughts about innovation in the speaking industry – and in general. You can listen to the audio, or read the transcription below. Michael: With this month’s emphasis on innovation, I can’t think of a better person t... The post Voices of Experience Transcription appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Be the Source

    sshapiro
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week while in Vegas, I saw Larry the Cable Guy off in the distance. I expected everyone in the room to be flocking to him. Although a few people went up to get their picture taken with him, he was pretty much left alone. I decided to go over and talk with him. I quickly discovered that he is th... The post Be the Source appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Watch Me on USA Network

    sshapiro
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week, I made a guest appearance on USA Network’s show, “Partners in Crime.” This reality show follows the lives of two very colorful criminal attorneys, Mario and Lou. In this episode, the law firm’s staff are complaining about Mario and it is decided that an interventio... The post Watch Me on USA Network appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • My SUCCESS Magazine Article is Online

    sshapiro
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    For those of you who missed my article on “4 Great Ways to Make Breakthroughs,” you can now read it online. Here’s the beginning… Steve Jobs, Apple’s maverick co-founder, once said, “Creativity is just connecting things…. Creative people… connect experiences and s... The post My SUCCESS Magazine Article is Online appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites

    sshapiro
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I was recently interviewed for the National Speakers Association’s “Voices of Experience” CD. Each month, experts are interviewed about topics relevant to the speaking industry. For the September 2014 issue, I was asked to talk about innovation and professional speaking. In this 6 ... The post Differentiation, Expertise and Opposites appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • Elevate your Business to 360 Degrees of Success in 90 Days

    Sanjay Dalal
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    These days, managing your business and professional life is not an easy task. Every business requires proper planning for its management and operation which is essential to achieve the vision and the mission respectively. Without proper step by step planning, a business may fail to achieve its goals and is also unable to fulfill the requirements of the market.In this situation, the business owners should seek help and support from a corporate success coach, or by participating in a mentoring program. Not only the experienced businessmen, but those who are new in the business should avail the…
  • 9 Reasons - Why Use Promotional Products

    Sanjay Dalal
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Are you interested in growing your business? Do you want to land new clients? Increase brand exposure? Attract attention?Promotional products are one of the most proven marketing strategies, yet they aren’t used by a surprising number of businesses. Here are the 9 reasons why your company should be using promotional products.Reason 1: They Open Lines of CommunicationReason 2: They Attract AttentionReason 3: They Stick AroundReason 4: They Elevate Brand RecognitionReason 5: They Expand Brand ExposureReason 6: They Increase Company GoodwillReason 7: They…
  • oGoing - Next Small Business Social Network - Needs Your Help

    Sanjay Dalal
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Can You Help oGoing - The Next Small Business Social Network? Why We Started This CompanyOgoing.com was started to provide 28 million small businesses in U.S. the best network and platform to attract new customers. Our mission is to make every small business successful. Our innovative networking and marketing platform promotes the business, boosts online visibility, increases website traffic, improves SEO ranking, generates warm leads and grows sales. oGoing is led by Sanjay Dalal, who has been involved in 7 startups; one was acquired by Cisco for $3.2 billion; another by…
  • Noah Hodgin: The Preferred Business Coach & Consultant

    Sanjay Dalal
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Do you want to start a new business but don’t want to invest large amount of money? Are you a business owner experiencing some problems? Or do you want to get financial stability in your life? If so, then you need to have a personal business coach who can help you come out of all these problems. These days, many people are trying to achieve their goals, but they are unable to do so due to some circumstances. This is where, they need the help of a person who can assist and guide them in their professional life. Only a business coach can proficiently and effectively handle all these aspects…
  • Inspiring Public Speaking by Shri Narendra Modi

    Sanjay Dalal
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Shri Narendra Modi, the current prime minister of India, is an inspiring orator, quite possibly the best I have seen in many years, perhaps equal or better than U.S. president Barack Obama.What makes Shri Narendra Modi such an amazing speaker? What can we learn from his inspiring public speaking?Here are five key points that we can takeaway form Shri Modi ji's speeches:1. Simple and Easy-to-understand MessageDuring the speech, Shri Modi ji conveys three to four main messages in a very simple manner. Even the most layman person can understand what he is trying to say. He shares examples for…
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    InformationWeek:

  • Facebook Adds Tor Support

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Facebook wants to allow people to use its service without being watched or censored. Is that some kind of privacy oxymoron?
  • 4 Essentials For Mobile Device VPNs

    Patrick Oliver Graf
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    VPNs for smartphones and tablets have different requirements than laptops. Here's what you need to know.
  • Facebook Referral Traffic Soars, Twitter Tanks Again

    Kristin Burnham
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Facebook drives more than four times the traffic of its closest competitor, while Twitter's share of referral traffic continues to decline.
  • DoD EHR Contract: Open Source Vs. Commercial

    David F Carr
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers and partner firms urge Department of Defense to consider open source VistA for EHR contract, vying against IBM/Epic and other commercial contenders.
  • Windows 7's Halloween Deadline: 5 Key Issues

    Michael Endler
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Starting November 1, Microsoft will no longer sell consumer Windows 7 licenses to OEMs. What does this mean for your PC upgrade options?
 
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    ITIF Publication, Events and News Articles

  • Data-Driven Medicine in the Age of Genomics

    akey
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    off http://www.datainnovation.org/2014/12/data-driven-medicine-in-the-age-of-genomics/ Since the enactment of the HITECH Act in 2009, taxpayers and the medical industry have collectively invested more than $100 billion in an information technology infrastructure suited to America’s 21st century health needs. These investments hold vast potential for revolutionizing medical science, population health, and cost management. Yet realizing this promise requires progress on a wide range of market, regulatory and legislative obstacles, many of which are relics of a “pre-data” era. Nowhere are…
  • How Can Policymakers Help Build the Internet of Things?

    akey
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    off http://www.datainnovation.org/2014/12/how-can-policymakers-help-build-the-internet-of-things/ The Internet of Things represents the idea that ordinary objects—from thermostats and shoes to cars and lamp posts—will be embedded with sensors and connected to the Internet. Many of these changes will be subtle and go unnoticed by consumers, but the long-term effect could ultimately have an enormously positive impact on individuals and society. For example, efforts to reduce unnecessary energy usage will be accelerated by devices that automatically regulate energy usage in the home and…
  • How Big Data is Driving the Next Wave of E-Government Innovation

    akey
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    off http://www.datainnovation.org/2014/11/how-big-data-is-driving-the-next-wave-of-e-government-innovation/ Federal, state, and local governments are increasingly leveraging big data to improve the services and applications they offer to citizens and businesses. These changes are happening both in the back office, where new record management systems are capturing massive amounts of structured and unstructured data that help agencies manage their operations, and the front office, where citizen-services portals are creating personalized interfaces to government and e-filing systems are…
  • ITIF Debate: What is the Appropriate Legal Framework for Net Neutrality? Section 706 vs Title II

    akey
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Enable Registration With net neutrality rules from the Federal Communications Commission expected soon, ITIF gathers two teams of experts to argue the merits of proposed legal approaches. Advocating for classification of broadband providers as a Title II common carrier will be Michael Weinberg of Public Knowledge and Evan Engstrom of Engine Advocacy. Supporting reliance on Section 706 of the Communications Act will be Doug Brake of ITIF and Gregg Rothschild of Glover Park Group. In classic debate format, the two sides will reason out the advantages, disadvantages, and potential…
  • Executive Order on Credit Card Security Shouldn't Overlook Mobile Payments

    akey
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Obama administration has missed an opportunity to jump-start adoption of contactless payment systems.
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Scientists Pursue Novel Blood Tests for Cancer

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The inventor of a breakthrough DNA test for Down syndrome says the technology can be used to screen people for cancer.The Hong Kong scientist who invented a simple blood test to show pregnant women if their babies have Down syndrome is now testing a similar technology for cancer.
  • Will a Breakthrough Solar Technology See the Light of Day?

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A startup that might have a record-breaking solar cell is in danger of going out of business.The power unit is a rectangular slab about the size of a movie theater screen. It’s mounted on a thick steel post, and equipped with a tracking mechanism that continuously points it at the sun. The slab is made of over 100,000 small lenses and an equal number of even smaller solar cells, each the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen. This contraption is part of one of the most efficient solar power devices ever made.
  • A Credit Card Terminal That Takes Apps

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    A former head of Google Wallet rolls out a “smart” terminal for all kinds of payments.Last year, Osama Bedier—then the head of Google Wallet—decided he was on the wrong side of the payments business.
  • Alert! Websites Will Soon Start Pushing App-Style Notifications

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    A new feature of most browsers will let them issue alerts through a PC or mobile operating system.What some call the smartphone era might better be termed the notification era.
  • Your Retirement May Include a Robot Helper

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As industrial robots become more capable, they could start helping out around the home.Youngsters aren’t the only ones who get the latest high-tech gadgets. Sometime in the next decade or two, homebound retirees could be early adopters of an important new technology: the home-help robot.
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • The Entanglement of Energy, Grand Strategy, and International Security

    Meghan L. O'Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Americans are pleasantly surprised about how their energy fate appears to have changed, in such a short time, with little notice or anticipation. Within the last five years, both actual US production of oil and gas and projections for future American production have changed dramatically. Whereas in the mid-2000s, experts predicted that the US should anticipate a future of severe dependence on imported natural gas, in 2012 Washington is debating the pros and cons of becoming an exporter of this resource. Even more quietly, domestic production of oil has increased, in large part due to the…
  • The Handbook of Global Energy Policy

    Andreas Goldthau
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This is the first handbook to provide a global policy perspective on energy, bringing together a diverse range of international energy issues in one volume.
  • EU Must Resist Temptation of Energy Union

    Morena Skalamera
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Energy politics may ultimately define the shape of relations between Russia and the West during this latest crisis in Ukraine. Fears of a cold European winter without adequate amounts of natural gas from Russia are outweighing U.S.-led pressure for tougher sanctions against Moscow.
  • Europe Needs a Strategic Gas Reserve

    Leonardo Maugeri
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Due to the tensions between Russia and Ukraine, as well as to the instability of Libya, the EU is facing once again a high level of energy vulnerability that proves how poor and inconsistent its energy policies have been. For almost 15 years now, Brussels has been devoting its efforts to liberalizing the downstream energy market, aiming in particular at fostering competition in gas distribution and power generation. It also set rigid standards in order to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, strongly supporting the development of renewables. Coupled with the economic crisis, these actions…
  • The Oil Crash: Why I Was Right

    Leonardo Maugeri
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In my 2012 study “Oil, the Next Revolution”, I stressed something that no one was seeing at that time (and much later as well). As summed up by the opening sentence of the study: “Contrary to what most people believe, oil supply capacity is growing worldwide at such an unprecedented level that it might outpace consumption. This could lead to a glut of overproduction and a steep dip in oil prices.”
 
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • Today, Strategy Must Take Into Account New Sources of Power

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Power has always been easier to recognize than to define. To many, it is simply the ability to get what you want, either through coercion or persuasion. Although that may be accurate, it isn’t very helpful, so strategists have long sought to come up with more operative definitions.Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: srategyGreg Satell
  • New Webinar - How To Optimize Your VoC Program (Nov 12)

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, the 12th of November, Futurelab's Stefan Kolle together with Confirmit's Claire Sporton (VP, Customer Experience Management) will run a webinar on how to run a mature, action-oriented VoC program. We believe that listening to your customers is only one part of a truly effective Voice of the Customer program and only a comprehensive and fully integrated initiative can increase your revenue, reduce costs and promote culture change. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: webinarFuturelabVoice of CustomerConfirmit
  • Customer & Leadership: Is There a Formula / Recipe for Success?

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    I wish to acknowledge members of the ‘methodology police’, whom I met recently, for being the source of this conversation. Please note that for the purposes of this conversation I will use the terms formula, recipe, method, script and template interchangeably. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Maz Iqbalcustomer experience managementorganisational behavioursuccessbest practice
  • Great Management Questions

    admin
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    “What questions should entrepreneurs ask themselves if they want to improve their companies?” Earlier this year, business thought-leaders including Jim Collins, Marshall Goldsmith, and Gary Hamel were asked this question and their responses were published in Inc. magazine.Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Denise Lee Yohnmanagementthought leadership
  • Banks’ Apple Pay Opportunity

    admin
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    In a pymnts.com article titled One Banker’s View Of Apple Pay Threats, the SVP of a large bank indicated: “Though Apple gets a piece of every transaction, the company provides no help to banks in making sure their cards are “top of wallet” for use, or helping users decide which card is best of each situation.” Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: bankingpaymentRon ShevlinApple
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    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog

  • A List of Could’ves

    Don The Idea Guy
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    You just had a lousy interaction with a prospect and didn’t get the order. You may have even missed the opportunity to sell the next appointment. Or maybe you just fumbled the ball or simply know you weren’t at your best. The call ends or the meeting is over, and just like the old V8 juice commercial, you slap your forehead and say “I could’ve… [insert something you could have done better here]“. I know the feeling. We’ve all been there at one time or another. As a matter of fact it just happened to me on a call a couple weeks ago and I had the…
  • Want the credit? Take the blame.

    Don The Idea Guy
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Everybody wants to take the credit for a great idea, but nobody wants to take the blame for the bad ones. The trouble is, you’re never going to get that great idea put into action unless you take a chance on a few bad ones. Most other people don’t want to get blamed when a bad idea goes wrong, so they mitigate their own risk by making sure that any idea that gets put into action has a pre-attached name to catch all the blame.  If it’s a good idea, they get the credit for putting it into action — if it’s a bad idea, they can sacrifice the scapegoat who suggested…
  • Sisyphus and Innovation Acceleration

    Don The Idea Guy
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Innovation Acceleration could also be described as achieving Creative Velocity. Even more simply stated: The more #ideas you have, the faster you will have more ideas.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule The hardest idea to come up with is the first one. It’s the toughest to get out of your head, it’s the toughest to share with the world, it’s the toughest to put into action. The second idea comes faster. It’s also easier to share and easier to activate.  You’ve done it before. There’s a path. A faint one perhaps, but a path nonetheless. You can see…
  • Queasy Concepts

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    How you personally feel about an idea has a direct effect on your ability to put it into action. If you don’t believe the idea will work, it won’t. If you don’t believe the concept is in alignment with your own personal principles, your actions will be out of alignment with your intent to implement. If you don't believe an #idea will work, it won't.Click To Tweet - Powered By CoSchedule If the idea you originally decided to work on makes your gut queasy and makes you feel uneasy, the best thing to do is to abandon it and come up with another idea to work on.  At some…
  • Idea Time

    Don The Idea Guy
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    During what part of your day are you feeling most creative? For some people it’s first thing in the morning, for others it is the afternoon, and for some it is the middle of the night (or verrrry early in the morning, depending upon your perspective). Whatever daypart (or nightpart) that works best for you is your “Idea Time“. Schedule (literally add it to your calendar, datebook, or day planner) 30-60 minutes devoted solely to creative thought. Use it to brainstorm your next big idea, write a chapter of your novel, draw cartoons, think about what it would be like to have…
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    InnoBlog

  • When Entering a New Market, Check Your Assumptions at the Door

    kblake
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Sometimes, knowledge is a bad thing, and it can be especially harmful when you’re trying to grow in a new region or open a new market. A case in point happened when my colleague Chris and I were part of a small team working to design and launch a venture in the medical tourism space. Simply put, we were going to find U.S.-based patients who might consider traveling to Singapore to receive treatment rather than have the treatment done in the U.S. We were very excited about our idea, and we’d even secured some seed funding to explore the concept. There were many reasons why the idea seemed…
  • Putting the Cat on the Table: How Candor Can Drive Innovation

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

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

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

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

  • Using Co-creation To Put Innovation on Fast Track to Success

    Cheryl Perkins
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Innovation is adapting to a new age.  Companies are dealing with so many more challenges today than in the past.  They are competing harder than ever to create and communicate new products and services.  They are looking for ways to quickly discover and implement new ideas, and many are turning to the power of co-creation. Co-creation is an increasingly popular innovation trend where companies are asking customers, partners and other communities or network to help them innovate their business models and create new sources of value –  and it’s making a big impact on the way…
  • Social Product Development: Can LIKEs and Search Improve Productivity, Knowledge Capture, Collaboration and Innovation?

    Cheryl Perkins
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    The answer is a big YES! Read on: An Interview with Dr. Suna Polat by Jackie Cooper, Management Roundtable   (Originally published on our CoDev Blog) Suna Polat, CIMdata As part of our series on Open Innovation Leadership, I was eager to interview Dr. Suna Polat, Director of Collaborative Innovation & Social Product Development at CIMdata (Ann Arbor, MI). I first met Suna many years ago when she was at Procter & Gamble leading strategic innovation and productivity capability implementations. Though already way ahead of the knowledge curve at P&G, she continued to seek and share…
  • ApplePay and MasterCard’s new Innovation Hub

    Cheryl Perkins
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:02 pm
    MasterCard has just launched a new innovation lab in New York City. The new 60,000 square foot facility will house those working on the MasterPass digital wallet, the Digital Enablement System, and MasterCard Labs’ Start Path, an accelerator for financial technology startups.  The MasterCard Digital Enablement System’s tokenization service will secure ApplePay transactions: “This is where we’re inventing what’s next … We’re building a world where everything is going to be connected. It’s not just your smartphones, it’s your tablets, your game systems, your home appliances,…
  • What about the Chief Innovation Officer?

    Cheryl Perkins
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I work with CIOs from forward-thinking global companies around the globe, and in fact am preparing to meet with many at our upcoming CoDev15 conference in Scottsdale in a few months. I found an interesting article over on Fast Company’s website by Brian Cooper, who says that the Chief Innovation Officer title may get in the way of innovation.  His article, Why There Are Too Many Chiefs And Not Enough Innovation, attempts to make a case that companies are trying to “fix a symptom” rather than find a solution.  Do you agree? Read on: Over the years this country has seen a…
  • Product Innovation is key to growth

    Cheryl Perkins
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Companies across all industries today are facing a broad array of challenges as they strive to develop products faster, improve efficiencies, and streamline their organizations.  These challenges include the need to reduce time and cost to market, and the desire for fueling a pipeline of innovation. A survey performed by the International Data Corporation, an advisory services organization for the information technology and consumer technology markets, shed some interesting light on the current mindset of the manufacturing industry.  The organization surveyed several hundred global…
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    innovation playground Idris Mootee

  • Action Cam King GoPro Is Turning Our Life Into A Movie. HTC and Others Also See The Opportunity.

    Idris
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    When I was at a GoPro event earlier this year I saw how the crowd reacted to it and it is more than a product, it is now a movement. The little mountable camera is a brilliant example of how innovation can shape the industry structure of digital imaging and created a new path of growth under the radar screen...
  • The Best Kept Secrets Of Breakthrough. Everyone Should Start Practicing Them.

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

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

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

    Idris
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Amazon has been working on a number of cool devices for a while. The temptation of playing the hardware game has always been there beyond just the e-reader. This month they will finally be unveiling a new device and there are plenty of rumors out there on what it actually is. It is most likely going to be a Smartphone....
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    innovation.net

  • SHO NUTRITION: Design Thinking for Nutritional Supplements

    Mike
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    My friend Joy Wang is in the midst of an Indiegogo campaign to raise initial funding for her ingenious and elegent nutrition and delivery system: SHO(tm) Nutrition From her Indiegogo page: With a modern, sleek design, sho™ puts your nutrition...
  • Disruption: It's Not Just for Startups Anymore

    Mike
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    I'm excited to keep you updated on the progress for my upcoming book Collective Disruption. The book is now planned to be published January 2015 (Polarity Press). I wanted to share this link to the book's landing page that now...
  • Edison Award Nominations Open - Including Collective Disruption Category

    Mike
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 am
    The 2015 Edison Awards competition has begun, and I'm excited to share that this year the Applied Technology category will include a Collaborative Disruption subcategory. As I share in my upcoming book, Collective Disruption goes beyond transactional open innovation matchmaking...
  • The Maker Revolution is Alive and Well

    Mike
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Maker Revolution is alive and well. As part of Fab10 (www.fab10.org), the 10th annual Fab Lab Community Meeting, IAAC - the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia - is holding the Fab Festival on the 5th and 6th of...
  • Collective Disruption examples from The Chief Innovation Summit in San Francisco

    Mike
    21 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    The Innovation Enterprise organized an inspiring and informative conference in San Francisco this past week, The Chief Innovation Officer Summit. I found three of the presentations really relevant to the concepts I discuss in my forthcoming book "Collective Disruption: How...
 
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    Creativity & Innovation

  • Vygotsky on Collective Creativity

    keithsawyer
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    I just re-read a classic article about creativity, written almost 100 years ago by the legendary Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky. Vygotsky’s theory–that innovations emerge from social networks and collaborative groups–has been supported by decades of research. Here are a few choice quotations: Our everyday understanding of creativity does not fully conform to the scientific understanding of this word. In our everyday understanding, creativity is the realm of a few select individuals, geniuses, talented people. This view is incorrect. Creativity is present whenever a…
  • Is There a Link Between Creativity and Madness?

    keithsawyer
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    If you’re schizophrenic, depressed, alcoholic, or bipolar, are you likely to be more creative than the average normal person? Most people think the answer to this is an obvious “Yes.” We’ve all heard about famous writers who’ve been alcoholics or have committed suicide (Sylvia Plath, Ernest Hemingway) and musicians (Kurt Cobain) and even comedians (Robin Williams). This is why so many people are surprised to learn that there’s no scientific evidence of a link between creativity and mental illness. In fact, there’s substantial evidence that creative…
  • Seeing Green (or, Maybe Blue) Makes You More Creative

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

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

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

  • A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

    philmckinney
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    We’ve all been in a meeting where we were asked to brainstorm.  The concept is familiar. Everyone involved writes out everything they can think of on the given topic, even if it seems strange, silly, or not quite practical, because sometimes, as we let our brains really run, we come across a solution or idea that just works.  Brainstorms help you think about an old topic in a new way and can be great for innovations and inventions.…
  • What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

    philmckinney
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Many governments and organizations have wanted to unravel the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley so that they can take it back and re-create its success. After my many years of working and innovating in the valley, I’ve learned that there isn’t a one size fits all way to re-create the valley.  You can’t read the latest book outlining the “10 Steps of .. [insert: Apple, Steve Jobs, Google, Facebook, etc]” deploy them in your team and automatically expect success.…
  • What innovation can you leverage from military bombing to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body?

    philmckinney
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Gizmodo recently reported that some researchers at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense are working on a new way to attack bacteria and viruses in the human body using buckyballs. A buckyball is a molecule that contains 60 carbon atoms arranged in the shape of a football. While scientists have been playing with buckyballs since the mid-1980s, thus far, they have not managed to develop practical applications for the molecule. This situation may change thanks to the work of the Danish researchers.…
  • Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

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

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

  • New Community-Led Patient Empowerment Program

    Patty Seybold
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Since Dave deBronkart’s visit to my community on the coast of Maine this past summer, our Health & Wellness Foundation has launched our own Patient Empowerment program. Led by a local surgeon, Dr. Stephen Cook, and supported by our retired pharmacist, Rick Powis, a small group of 18 patients have formed our first study group, learning how to take ownership and control of our own personal medical records and learning how to do our own health research in order to partner with our physicians. We’re just getting started, but the appetite and interest for this work is huge!  Our first…
  • Mayo Clinic Names E-Patient Dave as Visiting Professor

    Patty Seybold
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Mayo Clinic has named Dave deBronkart, e-Patient Dave, as its 2015 Visiting Professor. For more information about Dave and his advocacy of the empowered patient movement, and his role as co-chair—with his physician, Dr. Danny Sands—of the Society for Participatory Medicine, see my write ups about Dave and his work: Must Read: e-Patient Dave’s Book on Patient Engagement and Ten Steps that May Save (or Improve) Your Life. Mayo’s endorsement of an outspoken patient advocate as their “visiting professor” has gratified Dave. He said: “Boy, is this a thrill: the Chief Residents at the…
  • Is the JP Morgan Chase Data Breach Related to Apple Pay?

    Patty Seybold
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:42 am
    I had an eerie thought when I read about the massive data theft of customer information at JP Morgan Chase. Much was made about the fact that the theft did not include customers’ account information or credit card information. It was “only” their names and addresses—primarily those of customers who use the bank’s several online banking services. So what else did the thieves get? Everyone’s email addresses, I’m betting. Then, in researching Apple Pay, I learned that Chase worked extremely closely and in great secrecy with Apple to develop the Apple Pay implementation of the…
  • Evaluating Current Mobile Payment Options

    Patty Seybold
    3 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    In the U.S., we’re still playing catch up in mobile payments. Elsewhere in the world, mobile payments are much more commonplace. Paying for things using stored value on mobile phones, texting funds to a friend or family member, or debiting your bank account in real time as you board the subway or buy a coffee are common occurrences. Yet, in this country, those actions are still rare. Judging from the hype in the press about mobile payments, we act as if the fate of the U.S. economy depends on whether and when mobile payments take off. Investors are placing big bets on whether consumers will…
  • PayPal Is Poised for Bigger Things

    Patty Seybold
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    PayPal will be spun out of eBay in 2015. That’s welcome news for those of us who follow the mobile e-wallet space. Despite its strong presence as a payment service provider, PayPal’s strategy has been hindered by its relationship with eBay. An independent PayPal will be able to move more quickly and to partner with players that eBay might not be comfortable with. Jay Yarow at Business Insider provides useful context in his post, entitled “PayPal No Longer Needs eBay.” Here’s a useful chart showing the shift in their relationship, courtesy of Business Insider: Note that almost half…
 
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    15inno

  • Crowd-Foresighting: Experimenting With a New Innovation Approach

    Stefan Lindegaard
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    What happens when a crowd of innovation managers from over 50 different companies engage to create and discuss scenarios about the future of residential lighting? This is what Henkel and Novozymes set out to explore. This is a guest post by Frank Hatzack (Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes) and Paolo Bavaj (Corporate Director of New Business Development at Henkel Adhesives Technologies). Together, the two companies conducted a crowd-foresighting experiment with the overall purpose to discover whether or not a diverse and randomly composed crowd could come up with future scenarios…
  • A Game Plan for Corporate Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    I recently had some interactions with a company working to ramp up their innovation efforts. We had several discussions on different ways of approaching this and here you get some quick and dirty insights on how such an approach could look like. It could start with a game plan / road map that would include elements such as: • The vision, objectives and goals for the innovation drive (in this case one goal was to be publicly recognised as a leader in innovation) • An overview of the challenges and a process to prioritize them knowing that we can’t do everything • The key messages…
  • Making Innovation Happen at Siemens: Open Co-Ideation Is Key

    Stefan Lindegaard
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Siemens is one of the big global companies that puts lots of efforts into their innovation efforts and they have lots of initiatives on open innovation, co-creation and co-ideation within the company itself or even with external partners. At a recent conference organized by the Danish open innovation portal, Innosite, I got a chance to listen to some great insights by Christoph Krois, who is one of the innovation leaders at Siemens Corporate Technology. Krois has allowed the sharing of his presentation, which you can download here: Open Co-Ideation at Siemens You can go straight to the…
  • Coca-Cola Founders: A New Model for Creating Startups?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    “We’re trying to create a win-win,” David Butler, Coke’s global VP of innovation and entrepreneurship, says about the new Coca-Cola Founders platform. “First we partner with experienced entrepreneurs and invite them to join our global co-founder network. Next we connect them with a senior-level advisor inside one of our business units and go deep into the challenges and opportunities we’re facing at Coke. And finally, we give them open access to Coca-Cola’s relationships, resources and reach before they develop an idea into a startup. Our goal is to help our founders grow big…
  • How Big Companies Innovate With Startups and SME’s

    Stefan Lindegaard
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    There are so many examples of big companies innovating with startups and SME’s and as this innovation dynamic grows and matures, we are also starting to see different ways in which this take place. The examples I share below are divided into three main categories; accelerators and incubators, challenges and competitions and corporate venture. You can also argue that corporate platforms and portals for open innovation and collaboration are focused towards startups and SME’s to some extent. The most active category is by far the accelerators and incubators. There are so many things going on…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • What China Must Do to Innovate

    Drew Boyd
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Innovation is an essential ingredient to the growth and success of China's economy. The use of methods such as Systematic Inventive Thinking will accelerate that growth. But where should China focus its innovation efforts? Professors George Yip and Bruce McKern make the case that China should focus on the following: Cost innovation: Cost innovation occurs when changes in the product design, production or delivery process, technology or materials result in reduction in production or delivery costs. Using Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT), the Task Unification Technique tends to produce ideas…
  • Innovation Sighting: Subtraction in Email

    Drew Boyd
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The only thing worse than having too many emails is getting very long ones. When I open an email and see a long-winded message followed by a chain of other emails that have to be read as well, I dread it. After all, brevity is a virtue, and I value those emails that are short and efficient. Now there's a new app that helps manage the problem, and it is a great example of the Subtraction Technique, one of five in the innovation method, Systematic Inventive Thinking. It's called "MailTime." MailTime re-formats and summarizes your mails into a messaging conversation view. It redesigns the way…
  • Entrepreneur’s Library: Episode 5 - "Inside The Box" by Drew Boyd

    Drew Boyd
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Listen to the Entrepreneur’s Library: Episode 5 - "Inside The Box" by Drew Boyd (17 minutes): The EL Podcast Episode 5 Q: Will you take just a moment to introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about you personally?A: I’m a professor at the University of Cincinnati but I’m really a corporate guy. I’ve been in large organizations for over 30 years and 17 of those years were at the global healthcare company, Johnson & Johnson which is where I learned this method that the book is about. Q: what was the inspiration for you behind writing Inside the Box?A: It’s really inspired…
  • Can Creativity Be Taught? Insights from Jacob Goldenberg and Others

    Drew Boyd
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can creativity be taught? Here are insights from Professors Jacob Goldenberg, Rom Shrift and others on this seemingly elusive topic (from Knowledge@Wharton, August 27, 2014): “I think there are individual differences in our propensity to be creative,” says Wharton marketing professor Rom Schrift, “but having said that, it’s like a muscle. If you train yourself, and there are different methods for doing this, you can become more creative. There are individual differences in people, but I would argue that it is also something that can be developed, and therefore, taught.”Wharton…
  • It's Back! Innovation and Design Thinking MOOC

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

  • Spark to Commercialization process from Harper

    A.S Rao
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    New materials are patent rich and many firms intent on taking up manufacturing in India find starting from zero base is not desirable. They scout for technology supplier who can be an existing  materials manufacturer abroad and few others also would like to tie with specialized process technology suppliers.  Harper offers a range of thermal processing systems for new materials like Energy storage materials, Nano materials, Carbon fiber, Ceramics. Unique is their on-site technology center which assists companies with the commercialization of new materials. At this facility, they…
  • Trade Secrets stolen by Ketankumar Maniar for employment in India

    A.S Rao
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    This case makes an interesting reading. The facts of the case clearly establish unauthorized downloading of intellectual property classified as Trade secrets. But , it is not clear why Ketankumar did it. He did not sell it in the market or pass it on to new employer. The case file says, he intended to get a job in India based on this. That is interesting as there is no medical device manufacturer in India who is competing with the US firm BD and thus could profiteer from these trade secrets related to disposable pen injector. Is it a corporate espionage or related to his patent…
  • Professional Training of Cluster development executives

    A.S Rao
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Promoting MSMEs through clusters has become a dependable tool for policy makers around the globe. Over 50 countries have taken up this initiative with encouraging results. A background on the same is available at our 2012 Cluster Conference website (http://clusterconference.in/pdf/ThemePaper-International-Conference.pdf)Success of this programme pivots around an entity called the Cluster Development Manager (CDM), also known as a Cluster Development Agent/Executive, who plays the role of an informed and trustworthy broker and links the MSMEs present in clusters to GVCs and also enhance their…
  • Make in India program facilitates Strategic Alliance between Zen Technologies and Rockwell Collins

    A.S Rao
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    In 30s international cross licensing agreements were widespread in electrical and chemical industries. Next phase were joint ventures with local firms as multinational enterprises expanded overseas. Strategic alliances got noticed in 80s. Unlike other forms of cooperation, these strategic alliances bring together global companies that cooperate in certain areas while they continue to compete in other parts of their business; they involve leading edge technologies and advanced capabilities and are formed to fulfil strategic objectives rather than merely to comply with local…
  • Patentable Subject Matter

    A.S Rao
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:26 am
    Visit to USA by PM Modi is followed by news/ views on Indian IPR policy. It is time to learn more.Lisa Mueller is a partner in Michael Best’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and the chair of the Life Sciences and Chemical Practice Group. Ms. Mueller has extensive experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical areas. For 10 years, she has worked closely on-site with in-house legal departments of international pharmaceutical companies, handling a variety of patent and freedom-to-operate matters, providing training to new in-house counsel and meeting with scientists and…
 
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    Lateral Action

  • Business for Authors and Creatives: a Conversation with Joanna Penn

    Mark McGuinness
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What are the biggest challenges facing creatives who start out in business for themselves? Should you quit your day job or start building your creative enterprise in your spare time? How are your creative and business challenges likely to change over time? How do the massive changes in the publishing industry in recent years affect writers’ career prospects? With so much competition, how can a new author get people to pay attention to their book? How can you exploit the intellectual property in your work, to create more income (without working extra hours)? Are writers better off…
  • How Your Creativity Can Save You in a Crisis

    Mark McGuinness
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Image by nikkytok via BigStock As Gregory Sampson awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found his bed transformed into a gigantic slab of stone. He couldn’t see the change – the room was pitch-black, so opening his eyes or closing them made no difference at all. But he could feel it. The bed was rock-hard. And cold. There were no sheets. His pillow had vanished. Lying there on the cold stone in darkness, he could hear nothing but the sound of his own breathing and his heart thumping in his chest. Reaching out on one side and then the other, he felt nothing but stone. Rolling…
  • Travel the World as a Suitcase Entrepreneur: a Conversation with Natalie Sisson

    Mark McGuinness
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    In recent years the term ‘digital nomad’ has become a buzzword for a new way of living and working – travelling the globe with a laptop and living in a succession of exotic countries, all the while running a business from the road. Plenty of hype and myths have grown up around the subject. One suspects there may even be a few armchair nomads. But there are people out there walking (and flying) the walk – and Natalie Sisson is one of them. I ‘met’ Natalie online several years ago via our blogs. Whenever I hear from her it’s rarely from the same place…
  • Video: Public Speaking for Introverted Creatives

    Mark McGuinness
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    If you want to succeed as a creative professional, sooner or later you’re going to have to stand up in front of an audience and persuade them of the value of your work. If you’re a writer you’ll be invited to give readings and talks. If you’re an artist you’ll be asked to talk about your work at salons and exhibitions. If you’re an agency creative, you’ll have to pitch ideas to your colleagues and clients. If you’re an entrepreneur you’ll need to tell investors and potential buyers about your company and products. If you’re a…
  • Unlock Your Creativity (and Win Pitches) by Starting at the Finish Line

    Gigi Rosenberg
    21 Nov 2013 | 12:26 pm
    Image by digitalista via BigStock When I teach my workshop on ‘Fundraising for Artists,’ we play this game: I give the class an imaginary check for $10,000 and I ask an artist to come to the front of the room and describe her project. Participants have to decide if and when they’re willing to give the artist the check and if not, what questions they want answered. Suddenly, the attendees who walked into the room as unsure artists transform into savvy philanthropists with smart questions about the artist’s project and vision. This game helps both the artist see where…
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    neuronspark

  • Intel Fellows 2014

    paul
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    From IDF 2014 the Intel Fellows answer questions from attending Geeks.
  • HTML5 Enters Native Territories

    paul
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Mohammad Reza Haghighat is a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel focusing on innovation in the web technologies and he loves HTML5
  • Cloud-Aware Applications

    paul
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    David Casper, CTO, Moogsoft at Forecast 2014 in San Francisco talked about developing Cloud-Aware apps. David is also Co-Chair, Infrastructure Workgroup, ODCA
  • Helping Charlie Tell NASA’s Story

    paul
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden talking to the Kids with the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program SSEP and the folks from NASA Social before the launch of Orb 2 from NASA Wallops, VA
  • Michael Stonebraker Straight Talk

    paul
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:46 am
    Wisdom from the Father of Modern Relational Databases. Co-Founder of VoltDB, HP Vertica, Postgres/Ingres, Tamr and many other databases, Dr. Michael Stonebraker.
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    InnovationLabs

  • 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 […]
  • Arrogance, Risk, and Resources (Or, How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises)

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

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

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

  • Inbox, Paper, And Sway: Why Tech Giants Are Suddenly Reinventing Their Core Apps

    Jared Newman
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all launched new takes on old apps this year, and it's not exactly a coincidence.If you look through the App Store reviews for Facebook Paper, it doesn't take long to find the recurring theme.Read Full Story
  • A Sad, Digusting Pet Machine That You Can't Tear Your Eyes From

    Marina Galperina
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    What to watch this weekend: Flesh Computer, a horror sci-fi short that would give David Cronenberg the creeps.In a dilapidated apartment complex, a handyman tinkers with a grotesque project. It's a sort of a pet--globs of thick-skinned meat, spurting wires connected to electronic equipment, plopped across a few shelves in the back of a facilities office--but it's got personality! Look how its mouth-like orifice quivers when it breathes. Aw. This is Flesh Computer, a short film from writer/director Ethan Shaftel.Read Full Story
  • Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane Crashes In Test Flight

    Alice Truong
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    One pilot has been confirmed dead.It's been a bad week for space travel. A Virgin Galactic rocket plane with two pilots on board exploded and crashed in a test flight Friday morning. The crash resulted in one death and major injuries for the other pilot. Officials say a pilot found inside the plane died immediately, and the other, who parachuted out of the vehicle, was transported to a hospital.Read Full Story
  • The NYPD Is Concerned The Next Terrorist Attack Could Be Carried Out By Gun-Toting Consumer Drones

    Alice Truong
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The police force says it's hard to tell if a drone is friend or foe.The New York Police Department is concerned the next terrorist attack could possibly be carried out by consumer drones armed with guns, explosives, or chemical weapons.Read Full Story
  • Hungry? You Might Make Better Decisions, Study Finds

    Peter Wade
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Researchers compared the choices of hungry versus not hungry participants and found surprising results.Have a hunger to be a better decision maker? Then stay hungry, my friends. Researchers have found that being hungry leads people to make better choices, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.Read Full Story
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    Adaptive Path

  • From Farm to Phone to Table: Sprig comes to the Service Experience Conference

    Jamin Hegeman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:20 am
    What does it take to make a customer experience delightful? Sprig CEO and co-founder, Gagan Biyani, will be at our Service Experience Conference to talk about the deliberate design of Sprig’s minimal app, as well as how his team applies data science to get smarter about what their customers want and when to ensure we deliver a delightful experience from farm to phone to table. We got his non-designer take on the importance of service experience and where he sees a need for service design in the future. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? There are three…
  • Designing the Olympics Participant Experience

    Jamin Hegeman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Can you imagine the complexity and opportunity of designing the participant experience for the Olympics? At our Service Experience Conference, Alex Nisbett will share his story of the first Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games to explicitly design and deliver a spectator experience for the World’s greatest sporting event. We asked him for his thoughts on service experience, the conference, and what are the next big challenges he’d like to tackle with design. Why should people be interested in service experience and design? Service experience and design is highly relevant right…
  • Active Data Logging Doesn’t Work

    Scott Sullivan
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    In October of 2012 I bought my first personal tracker, a Full, an application where you set a monthly goal, (e.g., “Eat salad for lunch 15 days this month”) and you mark if you’ve done it that day with a simple swipe left or swipe right, it couldn’t be any easier – this lasted 7 days. There’s Ginger.io an application spun out of MIT’s Human Dynamics Lab that lets you report on all kinds of health data and makes that data available to your healthcare provider, incredibly useful for all 5 days I used it. If we compare my longevity of data reporting of the active inputs to…
  • The Designer’s Guide to Brooklyn

    Nelly Wollenberg
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Deciding where to take our UX Intensive workshops is usually based on demand, requests from would-be or past participants or suggestions from AP staff. A large majority of our AP staff is either originally from the east coast, studied at east coast schools or worked somewhere along the eastern seaboard. Needless to say, the announcement of Brooklyn as our next UXI location was definitely met with some excitement and an abundance of suggestions of not to miss local hot spots. Since our team is heading out next week and possibly some of you will be going as well, we thought it would be great to…
  • Meanwhile, in the Exciting World of Adaptive Path Events…

    Jessica Blake
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    2014 has been quite a busy year for Adaptive Path Events! Starting with MX in SF, continuing on to UXI in Dublin, Experience Mapping in Austin, Seattle and Chicago, and most recently, coming home for UX Week! We’ve definitely racked up the frequent flyer miles and shared our expertise with thousands of people all over the world. Feel like you missed out? Well do not fret we still have two jaw-dropping San Francisco events on the calendar for 2014. The Service Experience Conference (November 13-14) and UX Intensive (December 2-5). We are feeling especially warm and fuzzy today, so we are…
 
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    FOLDEN eMedia Blog

  • Connect your Smartphones

    FOLDEN.INFO
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    With smartphones being adopted by many people a new kind of apps has coming up, which allows to connect various smartphones directly and without the need of an internet connection. These apps have various advantages, e.g. to bypass a slow internet connection or to save bandwidth. Zapya for example enables to exchange files via Bluetooth […]
  • Fun with Useless Stuff ;-)

    FOLDEN.INFO
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    A lot of fun is provided by the site The Useless Web, which by this has its purpose like the shown websites themselves. Actually it is even something that has become popular lately by animated gifs. An example is the image below with the figure following the mouse cursor. FOLDEN.INFO Directory Sources: Interactive Fun – […]
  • Earning Money by Mobile Messaging

    FOLDEN.INFO
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Just earning money while doing what many people like most, this is what the Quack Messenger enables. The idea is simple and wide spreaded, people using the messenger are earning a share of the advertising revenue of the service. Maybe you have already experience with such a service, which have accompanied the development of the […]
  • Instant Chat with Photo and Video Sharing

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

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

  • Frank Gehry says fuck you

    kiran
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I personally don’t know enough about architecture to have an intricate, intelligent debate about it, but I will always appreciate the humor in a good fuck you. You can read more about why Frank is pissed here. The post Frank Gehry says fuck you appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Our October 2014 mixtape

    holiday matinee
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    After watching this moving mini-doc on Northern Soul, it only feels right to include a track on this month’s mixtape. Besides that, we’ve got indie rock, regular rock, electronic, and much more. Dig in and let us know what tracks you’re feeling. p.s. Not seeing a tape above? Mobile users treat your ears here. The post Our October 2014 mixtape appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Websites make themselves now? Word.

    kiran
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:15 am
    There’s Squarespace, Virb and countless other platforms to build websites, but something called The Grid looks like it could be a game changer. According to the company, they’ve created artificial intelligence that takes all the words, pretty pictures and videos you give it and shapes them together in a way that makes sense for you. Right now it looks like you have to drop some loot on becoming a founding member to find out (I haven’t yet), but perhaps you will find it worth experimenting with. One thing’s for sure though. It will revive the usual AI debate over making…
  • Mill Valley Film Festival shorts worth watching

    kiran
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    One of the perks of blogging is that sometimes people deem you influential enough to check out rad stuff. To celebrate their 4K Ultra HD TV, Sharp sent me to the Mill Valley Film Festival to check out a night of short films. I just wanted to share two of my personal faves with all y’all. Click here to view the embedded video. Click here to view the embedded video. The post Mill Valley Film Festival shorts worth watching appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
  • Take me to the sunny side

    kiran
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Oaklandish continues to impress. They sponsor tons of great events, put out dope designs and donate a good chunk of their proceeds to helping improve Oakland. Here’s one of the latest designs I’m feelin’. Give it up, give it up. The post Take me to the sunny side appeared first on Holiday Matinee.
 
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Chuwi DX1: 7” Android Tablet With Reversible Camera

    Rey M.L.
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    While hardly a new concept, Chuwi's DX1 tablet features a single camera that can rotate to face front or back or any angle in between. That presumably helps this cellular modem-toting device reach its low price tag.
  • ZelectricBug Updates Classic VW Beetles For A Fossil Fuel Free World

    Motors.new
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    ZelectricBug gives vintage VWs an extreme EV makeover that actually improves upon the original gasoline-engined classic. With a top speed of over 90mph, a range of 90-110 miles between charges and the promise of absolutely NO maintenance, the ZelectricBug brings out the best from this well-loved blast from the past.
  • Will Tsu Become The Next Paypal?

    Ron Callari
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn may be profiting from all that user-generated content users post on their networks daily — but are you? Yes, they have all provided us with some fun and engaging ecosystems to strut our stuff, and ofcourse there are cost factors attached to all that development. But at the end of the day, do our images, bon mots, intellectual property and reputations hold no value at all?
  • BLACKLINE Is Cycling Innovation

    Samantha Pankey
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The BLACKLINE is a bicycle, and it looks like any other bicycle. Nothing fancy--two tires, handlebar, seat, the works. That is, until you look closer. Then you'll see that it may be a bike, but it is a bike of the future, equipped with both mechanical and technological perks.
  • Want To Avoid Second-Hand Smoke In Japan?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:58 am
    Smoking remains a problem world wide. While it is certainly a personal choice for those who smoke, it is not so much for those around them being to forced to engage in the habit along with them. In Japan a new idea has cropped up to limit the amount of smoke that smokers share with the people around them. They are called smoking bells, glass bubbles, or smoking hoods. They were invented to help smokers and non-smokers alike.
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    Creativity Unbound

  • Talent imitates, genius steals. And then it remixes.

    edward boches
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Talent Imitates, Genius Steals: Four Chapters on Being Creative in the Digital Age from edward boches The good folks at Biogen Idec asked me to speak at a gathering of international marketing folks this week. Admittedly I know little or nothing about bio-tech or pharmaceuticals. So rather than faking it, I talked about something I do know about. Creativity: having ideas, inspiring ideas, dissecting ideas. It was only a few years ago when creative was a word used to describe the art and theater students who kept to themselves in high school. Or people who had no money and lived in lofts,…
  • Creativity for the digital age in six minutes

    edward boches
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Creativity for the digital age in six minutes. from edward boches Boston University COM PR professor Amy Shanler asked me to present “how to be creative” in six minutes for a “speed dating” like session for her PR students. If being creative isn’t already enough of a challenge, trying to explain how to do it in six minutes. Obviously it’s something I think about a lot in a never ending attempt to inspire students who are eager to create, invent, and make stuff that’s interesting. But we all know that you learn and improve by doing, not be listening…
  • Is Apple getting closer to a post-Jobsian voice?

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

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

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

  • What is the goal of design?

    Arnold Beekes
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Last week I did go to Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. It was a costly trip by train and the admission fee was also much too high. Oh yeah and it rained cats and dogs, so that sets the scene!Basically (former) students are sharing their work in various places.However I did not see anything that I would consider to be useful, with the exception of a good-looking bike. The intent was to allow the manufacturing to happen here, rather than in China. The rest of the pots, carpets, lights and sites was not making me enthusiastic.I might be mistaken, but isn’t the goal of good design to make a…
  • Detaching is crucial for small business owners

    Arnold Beekes
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Especially in retail, small business owners make very long hours, each week. During daytime and part of the evening they are open to serve customers and when the shop is closed they have to do the admin, ordering and replenishing the stock.They are in this routine, 6 days per week. That is quite challenging, physical as well as mental. The risk is that they have no time and energy left to scan and research the market. The only newness they bring are new products, which they got delivered from their distribution channel. This means that they might be up for a big surprise, and it is likely not…
  • The right mindset to be a service provider

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

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

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

  • The Gospel

    Scott Gould
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    The gospel is like butter, Golden produce of heaven’s bossom. It is costly and common. All can eat. The gospel is like butter. Through churned and beaten It is made to be eaten, Not left on a shelf. The gospel is like butter. It is meant to be spread. It sticks to lips, Makes a meal of bread. The gospel is like butter. Greases and eases. Softens the hardens. Flavour enriching the plain. The gospel is like butter. Believer, let it not remain a lump. Church, do not clump. Let it spread. The post The Gospel appeared first on Scott's Blog.
  • Nine

    Scott Gould
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:25 pm
    For our 9th anniversary Not the time the watershed starts, Nor time children come home from parks. It’s not the gifts, nor is it the news, Or the star player, or time to amuse. Not hell’s circles, nor friends of the ring, Or simply six enjoying flipping. It isn’t square threes, or the muses, Or the ball with yellow stripes and bruises. Neither is it the planets numbered right, Nor all the innings, nor work’s green light. And certainly isn’t the cat’s tail, or lives, Or dressed to the full, or a saving stitch in time. No. Ours is our trips round the sun, And not complete, there’s…
  • Who Is Your Phyllis Wills?

    Scott Gould
    16 Oct 2010 | 12:50 am
    A woman by the name of Phyllis Wills passed away recently. Type her name into Google, and you’ll find nothing about her. Ask people on the street about her, and you’ll find no body knew her. In fact the only person I know who knows much about Phyllis is my dad. About 20 years ago, in response to a desperate phone call from a drunken and depressed man who had reached the end of himself along with his wife, Phyllis went down to their home with curlers still in her hair (as she was mid-perm at the point of the phone call), and spent time counselling them. That was the night that my…
  • 5 Steps to Making Quality Decisions

    Scott Gould
    16 Aug 2009 | 6:44 am
    I have long lived by making what I call ‘quality decisions based on personal convictions’. In other words, I make decisions about what I will do and won’t do, and where I will go and won’t go, long before I ever have the opportunity to enact my decision. I am of the opinion that if one does not decide in advance that they will not compromise an area of their life that they have made a quality decision about, then when the time comes, your emotions will make the decision for you and generally you will find it hard to stand up to your inner conviction. Quality decisions…
  • For Dot

    Scott Gould
    8 Jan 2008 | 4:46 pm
    How do you sum up a life? Mark it and give it a measure? Do you take only the highs, And judge it by its total pleasure? Or is there something deeper inside, That in the everyday, there is treasure? It is not miles travelled, or distances, That count for how far you have gone, It is the day by day sacrifices That you made so that other’s could go on. And by these daily instances, You’ve shown us what is right, and is wrong. Some choose to live for themselves, But you chose to live for your family, And taught us that amongst ourselves Our name should not be our only commonality. Some spend…
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Strategic Planning – 6 Reasons to Develop Marketing Metrics Early

    Mike Brown
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    There was considerable interest in marketing metrics and ROI at our two-day “Doing New with Less” marketing workshop for the Transportation Marketing and Sales Association. One question we addressed was, “When do you develop marketing metrics during strategic planning for new initiatives?” Should you develop metrics as you start developing your strategy? Or should you develop metrics after the strategy is developed as a final (or near-final) step in strategic planning? Our recommendation is to address marketing metrics as you start developing your strategy. Why?
  • Strategic Thinking Exercises – Taking Risks with a Live Audience

    Mike Brown
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Suppose you see a new opportunity in front of a live audience where there are high expectations. Do you risk trying something you’ve never done before in front of the audience, or do you go safe and file it away to try in a more familiar venue later? That was a question at several points during the Transportation Sales & Marketing Association Bootcamp I did this week on “Shoestring Marketing – Doing New with Less.” We covered a wide variety of Brainzooming strategic thinking exercises during the workshop and had the extra time to consider trying some new things. A…
  • Strategic Thinking Exercises – 12 Permissions to Disrupt New Markets

    Mike Brown
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    I’m recasting a variety of innovation-oriented Brainzooming strategic thinking exercises for a workshop on “Strategic Service Innovation” at the 2014 Compete Through Service Symposium at the Arizona State University Center for Services Leadership. Having organized many corporate senior management education programs at ASU previously, it’s exciting to get back to the Center for Services Leadership to facilitate two Brainzooming workshops on strategic service innovation. Among the strategic thinking exercises we’re revamping is one where companies can explore potential…
  • Creating Thinking Exercises – Chickens, Eggs, and Creating Strategic Impact

    Mike Brown
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Chuck Dymer, the Brilliance Activator, taught me years ago about the difference between chickens and eggs when it comes to creative thinking exercises. In the world of creative thinking, Chuck shared how you can equate a chicken with a concept and an egg with an idea. Just as a chicken lays many eggs, exploring a concept with various creative thinking exercises yields many ideas. Based on the breadth and variety of creative thinking exercises you use, the ideas a concept produces may be radically different. One great benefit of the chicken and egg approach is this: If you have a single idea,…
  • Creating Strategic Impact – Kansas City Royals and Tinkering Less

    Mike Brown
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Our hometown Kansas City Royals are playing in the 110th World Series against the San Francisco Giants. It is beyond surprising the Royals made it back to the World Series after a twenty-nine year absence. I will spare you the details of the Royals making it to the World Series, because I readily admit not following the Royals closely in decades. My attention this year really only started in September. Even so, there is a clear lesson for creating strategic impact within the management style of Kansas City Royals manager, Ned Yost. Kansas City Royals and Tinkering Less What’s been…
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • How to choose between native, hybrid, and HTML5 mobile app platforms

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

    Rishi Dean
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I was fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, as one of a handful of MassChallenge mentors, to deliver a week-long startup “bootcamp” to Russian entrepreneurs. We were hosted by the the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian non-profit attempting to help create & commercialize advanced technologies, where its Skolkovo Innovation Center is comprised of startups across five […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 5/5: Putting it all together

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

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

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

  • Inspired: National Novel Writing Month Begins Today

    Christa
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Where Emerson’s adventure begins: Stargrass Paper & Books Today marks the beginning of my next big writing project – National Novel Writing Month. By November 30th, I will finish the ~50,000-word first draft of my first novel, Where the Light Enters staring my heroine, Emerson Page. She is about to discover that her passion for books is intricately entwined to ancient secrets about her family. Books are in her blood, literally. She will learn that it’s her destiny to protect them at all costs, and the costs are dangerous and many. Her new-found heritage will take her and…
  • Inspired: Halloween—Your chance to be anyone you want

    Christa
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Happy Halloween! Halloween is a powerful holiday. We can literally walk around in someone else’s shoes for a night. I love the idea of giving up practicality for the evening and fully investing in our wackiest, most creative ideas. It’s an excuse to indulge in personal reinvention. Dress up, eat candy, dance around, and have fun!Filed under: holiday
  • Inspired: A lesson from my MINI Cooper—now is the time for dreams

    Christa
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Me, my mini niece, my mini dachshund, and my MINI Cooper Yesterday I placed the next piece of the puzzle in the great re-engineering of my life—I bought a car. And not just a car, but my dream car. I had to decide between a MINI Cooper and a Honda Accord. I’ve wanted a MINI from the time I first saw them over a decade ago. Thank goodness my sister, Weez, went with me yesterday. We test drove both cars and I was going to go for the practical Accord, even though it was slightly more expensive than the MINI. My sister wouldn’t have it. “The MINI is your dream car. If you…
  • Inspired: Create and taste the stars

    Christa
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Starry night “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars.” ~ Dom Perignon right after he created Champaign. Quote from The Fault in Our Stars. This quote explains exactly how we should feel whenever we create something whether we write, paint, tinker, or bake. We should be delighted by the process and the end product. Once our creations make us feel like we are drinking the stars, we know we’ve found everything we’ve been looking for—happiness, success, wonder. Creation isn’t a luxury; it’s a vital force of human existence. It’s the meaning of life…
  • Inspired: Make what makes you happy

    Christa
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    “Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.” ~Tina Fey Too often we make choices—what career to have, where to live, or what to make for dinner—based upon what we think other people will like. Next time you make something, anything, make it for you. Make what delights you, what makes you happy, what fills you up. Who cares if it’s good? Who cares if anyone else likes it? If we aren’t entertaining ourselves then what’s the point? Create for you.Filed under: choices, creativity, happiness
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • How to choose between native, hybrid, and HTML5 mobile app platforms

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

    Rishi Dean
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I was fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, as one of a handful of MassChallenge mentors, to deliver a week-long startup “bootcamp” to Russian entrepreneurs. We were hosted by the the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian non-profit attempting to help create & commercialize advanced technologies, where its Skolkovo Innovation Center is comprised of startups across five […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 5/5: Putting it all together

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

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

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

  • How to cultivate the Generalist within

    Jorge
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    As a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones that connect that dots. For that very reason, as a generalist, I know it’s hard to get us to pay attention to anything uninteresting; much less get inspired. We need to be challenged; constantly. We also need to be unleashed; not managed. But for an organization that is willing to change, as your own, you can turn yourself into a…
  • The benefits of thinking and doing BIG

    Jorge
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    BIG ideas get all the attention by the media, bloggers, journalists and the like because Big ideas, like anything that is coming out of Google X, have the possibility to create waves of change for society. Businesses that want to call their latest and greatest invention the next best thing should be thoughtful about what it is they are promoting. Though we can all tell BIG from SAME, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs calling their latest venture The New Thing; frankly most of the time it isn’t. So, to determine whether or not something is really The New Thing we can use the…
  • Everything is ripe for innovation because human error is ubiquitous

    Jorge
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Many known businesses have been founded on a single insight about what customers want or will want. Since forward-thinking businesses live off the insights they identify and generate, their operating model looks quite different from businesses that are always playing catch up. As stated before, most businesses exist exploit their business model and to squeeze out as much efficiency out of it. That usually translates into mindless behavior in both the front-lines and at corporate HQ. Again, identifying the type of insights that fuel breakthroughs should be an ongoing activity inside…
  • My answers to the 5 big questions on innovation

    Jorge
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Recently, Business Performance Innovation Network asked me to give my thoughts to their 5 big questions on innovation. Think these questions and answers will be useful to you so here they are How do you build organizations and cultures that embrace innovation and change? Leaders that want to build an organization that innovates consistently must provide three things to employees: freedom, support and challenge. Those are the key ingredients needed to accelerate innovation in any environment. In other words, you can put it like this: Have bold goals, get out of the way and reward people for…
  • Structured serendipity: How Great Ideas Emerge

    Jorge
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Almost always great new ideas don’t emerge from within a single person or function, but at the intersection of functions or people that have never met before. As a business leader, you can engineer these connections; serendipity. Serendipity is the type of word that paralyzes most business leaders because it is a loosey-goosey term that means “let’s see what happens”. Seeing what happens is not what traditional businesses aim to do when developing their strategies. Yet, many of the greatest innovations have sprung from serendipity: Happy accidents that sprung from…
 
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    STEVENAHILL.COM

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

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

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

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

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

  • Creative Emergence Word Cloud

    Michelle
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
  • Applied Creativity and Play - Heart of it All interviews me

    Michelle
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    I was interviewed on the Heart of it All online radio show on applied creativity, play, co-creativity, and creating conditions for creative emergence: Part 1: http://bit.ly/ZnuLSO Part 2: http://bit.ly/1xJwApo
  • Resistance Gets a Bad Rap in the Creative Process

    Michelle
    4 Mar 2014 | 6:34 am
    Resistance gets a bad rap. It can be a natural, healthy part of the creative process, and serve generative purposes. As the the unknown of what is emerging meets and the desire to maintain the known status quo, a dynamic tension surfaces and resistance happens. It's not about avoiding resistance, but learning to move through it. This can serve, among other things, to strengthen what actually is emerging. It's part of the expansion and contraction that comes with any new birth. For more on this and ways to move through it, see my article on Natural Resistance in the creative process…
  • Make the Unknown Your BFF

    Michelle
    19 Jan 2014 | 2:43 am
    How we perceive the unknown determines
how available we make it to ourselves as a resource in the creative process. The unknown - or "fertile void" -
is the place of pure creative potential,
 waiting to be formed and shaped into being. The void is there, always waiting to co-create with us.By learning how to befriend it, it can become your most trusted, generative, generous, co-creative partner in any endeavor. You can access deep, novel, and surprising levels of your own unique creative brilliance.To befriend the unknown: • Change the lens you see for seeing it. See it like…
  • The Creative Source

    Michelle
    1 Jan 2014 | 4:43 am
    image from www.dreamstime.com My short reflection on, and homage to, the Creative Source--the creative, life-giving, mysterious, generative source within us that gives birth to all things creative and emergent--as we enter a new year...filled with new potential, dreams, directions, expressions and creations....Inside us there is a spacious fullness, a coherent wildness...The kind of power that doesn't always display its full plumagein grand revelry.Instead, one of swimming silently-boldy throughout the ether wavesCreating its own energy currents...Calling, leading, guiding, emerging.It…
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    TalentCulture

  • #TChat Preview: World Of Work Productivity And E-mail Excellence

    TalentCulture Team + Guests
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The TalentCulture #TChat Show is back live on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 7-8 pm ET (4-5 pm PT). The #TChat radio portion runs the first 30 minutes from 7-7:30 pm ET, followed by the #TChat Twitter chat from 7:30-8 pm ET. Last week we talked about the business leadership cliff and how to avoid it, and this week we’re going to talk about productivity and e-mail excellence. Yes, that right — productivity and e-mail excellence. The fact is, no matter how much some of us feel that e-mail is killing “world of work” productivity, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And while…
  • The Bravery Of Being Fearlessly Authentic

    Kevin W. Grossman
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We play the game With the bravery of being out of range We zap and maim With the bravery of being out of range…” —Roger Waters (musician and writer) Small craters pocked the desk around her laptop dock. Tiny tendrils of sulfurous smoke rose from each one, like poisonous snakes entranced by music only they could hear. Pens lay strewn like bodies left behind on a war-ravaged beach. Jodi rubbed her eyes with shrapnel scarred hands and gazed again into her laptop screen. She thought, Where did it go? The email — it was right there with all the others earlier that morning. Her boss, a…
  • Could Employee Appreciation Transform Your Hiring Strategies?

    David Bator
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Employee retention is an important business consideration because high turnover rates are costly and often detrimental to overall team performance. However, even with the best retention rates, companies usually need to hire new workers once in a while. Whether they’re expanding or filling the holes left by retirees, leaders seek talented candidates who are excellent fits for the open roles. Anyone who’s been involved in the hiring process can attest to the fact that the whole ordeal can be quite a hassle, often with less than optimal results. So are you stuck with the…
  • Getting Things Done Vs. Making An Impact

    Deidre Paknad
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    There is a lot of discussion about productivity, but I’ve always preferred the term velocity. I’ve found that my velocity to goal determines my career velocity. By that I mean the speed and efficiency with which I achieve my goals determines the speed and degree of career growth I experience. If I use half the time and half the people, capital and other resources to achieve the goal as planned or as a peer, there will be career reward and recognition. As importantly, the organization can then apply the unused time, capital, people and other resources to achieving more than it planned or…
  • #TChat Recap: Leadership Development: At The Cliff

    Meghan M. Biro
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Leadership Development: At The Cliff Being a leader is a constant reminder that you are a manager of people. Leadership development has never before been more recognized in the World of Work than it is today. Leaders have to be able to drive and manage change effectively. The truth is there a doubt that lingers in the World of Work that believes leaders are not capable of effectively driving and managing change, and it comes from at least 44% of executives that expressed their doubt, during a global study conducted by Oxford Economics and was commissioned by Sap SuccessFactors. This week our…
 
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    Innovative Brain Food from New & Improved

  • Creative Problem Solving: How to do it, How it works.

    New & Improved, LLC
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    The 6 Key Stages of Creative Problem Solving. The process of CPS is already in your DNA, but with practice and a full understanding of its six stages, you can become a creative powerhouse!
  • "12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence" - Deep Dive into Accountability & Recognition

    New & Improved, LLC
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In order to build and sustain a culture of innovation, senior leaders need to hold all employees accountable to innovative fostering behaviors. Along with accountability there is also recognition. Often strategies are put in place to reward innovation that can have unintended consequences. Learn more with our deep dive into one of the 12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence - Accountability and Recognition.
  • Can Creativity be Measured?

    New & Improved, LLC
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    There are many metrics that are tracked and monitored - sales, ROI, costs - just to name a few. As organizations increasingly focus on creativity and innovation there is increased pressure to measure such things as creative potential, innovation quotient, and more. Read on for details on one test that measures creative thinking potential.
  • Lemonade Tames the Gator Brain

    New & Improved, LLC
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    Even Bob Eckert, CEO and co-founder of New & Improved, finds that his gator brain can get the better of him. Watch our latest video and learn how he tamed his gator brain with a powerful creative tool we call POINt.
  • The Innovative Brain - The Value of Being a More Innovative Thinker

    New & Improved, LLC
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Check out our latest edition of The Innovative Brain, and discover some unexpected values of being a more innovative thinker and much more.
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • Can You Think Like Google and Amazon?

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    What would Google or Amazon do if they purchased your company?  What would happen if they entered your industry? We are proud to Introduce DISRUPT, a unique one day strategy accelerator,  taking place on December 3rd, 2014 in Chicago, at the offices of Leo Burnett. DISRUPT brings together executives across disciplines to uncover the major forces impacting the B2C world. Our intelligence lead Dr. Hitendra Patel in combination with our expert industry facilitators will help you create a future action plan to adapt to industry disruptors, and ensuring your business remains relevant, by…
  • Just Announced: FEI EMEA 2015: Front End of Innovation, Vienna

    26 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    We are thrilled to announce the release of the 2015 Front End of Innovation EMEA conference agenda, and want to personally invite you to the 9th annual event, taking place 11-13 March in Vienna, Austria. Join forces with other innovation executives passionate about creating paradigm shifting changeOur focus this year is MOBILIZING INNOVATION: Fueling Forward the Innovation Engine.Use #MobilizeInnovation to send us your tips, best practices and top challenges for us to discuss on Twitter and get those engines running!“Just like the first breath of life, any engine must be triggered…
  • This Week In Innovation: 10/20/14 - 10/24/14

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Why Hearables Will Trump Wearables: 3 Reasons hearables will outperform wearables in the future and make you healthierFocusing Innovations Inside: 3 Tips to Reach Your Goals7 Keys To a Successful Innovation Office Wearable Tech To Hack Your Brain: A headset that shocks your brain and increases your focus and energyThe Idea That Disruption is Dead is a Myth: Are we declaring the game over before it even starts?Uber, Can it Disrupt the Financial Sector: "A growing peer-to-peer platform that is dismantling barriers to entry in a comprehensive way"Want to Drive Collaboration? You need to look…
  • This Week in Innovation 10/13/14 - 10/17/14

    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Payment Innovation: Africa the overlooked hub in what is perceived as a rural unbanked continentLeaders Give Innovation Low Marks: Other Competencies valued higher across several studieBusiness Must Create Process for Innovation: Starbucks IT Boss discussesWhere Does Innovation Come From? 8 Sources of InnovationForesight: A forgotten tool in the fight against poverty and hungerWhy New Ideas Fail: "The brain is hardwired to distrust creativity" Top 10 Disruptions in HR Technology: Ignore them at your peril via Forbes12 Questions to Ask Before Pursuing a New Business IdeaAbout the Author:Ryan…
  • Productivity and innovation: A Canadian Perspective

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    In mid-thought about why government needs to pursue a cloud-based IT development strategy, an idea about government’s v. the private sector’s role (and shortcomings) in Canadian productivity unfolded.I pondered: what does government do well and badly? why does it fiddle with various levers and dials at the periphery to affect players’ activities? are there other things it could do? is business doing all/what it can do?Here’s the notion, admittedly with the blinkered view of someone with a narrow answer to a broad question: I think that business probably hasn’t done what it could…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • How Should We Organise for the Social Era?

    Tim Kastelle
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Welcome to the Knowledge Economy What do organisations do? For a long time, we’ve thought about them as machines for building things. But there’s good evidence that this is no longer a good way to think about them. Consider this from Alex Pentland’s book Social Physics (page 105, emphasis added): The social physics view of organizations focuses on patterns of interaction acting as a kind of “idea machine” to carry out the necessary tasks of idea discovery, integration and decision making.  Leaders can increase its performance by promoting healthy patterns of…
  • The Innovator’s Hypothesis: Michael Schrage Tells Us How to Take the First Step

    Tim Kastelle
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Imagine that your organisation currently doesn’t innovate at all, but you’d like to do more (this might not be much of a stretch for some of you). What’s the best first step? Many organisations start with strategy. After all, we can’t innovate without a plan, right? Others will jump straight into forming an innovation team and telling them to start innovating. Some will take a light touch, and just have the CEO to tell everyone to innovate more because it’s really important. None of the these are the best first step. None of these create action. Experiments…
  • Innovation Thoughts Triggered by Marshall McLuhan

    Tim Kastelle
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Even if you’ve never read Marshall McLuhan, you’re probably familiar with a couple of his ideas.  Two of most famous quotes are: The medium is the message. and The human family now exists under conditions of a global village. We live in a single constricted space resonant with tribal drums. Both of those quotes are around 50 years old now – McLuhan was remarkably prescient.  Over the weekend, I read The Book of Probes by McLuhan, which is a fantastic book. The first 2/3 of the book has McLuhan quotes incorporated in photography/art by David Carson (including the images…
  • On the Importance of Time in Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Innovation is executing new ideas to create value. If you think about that, you can see that time is important – you can’t do all three things instantaneously. Here are two important ideas: Within an organisation, innovation is the process of idea management. New ideas diffuse along an s-curve. If we put these two ideas together, we can see how time works in innovation. Here are the parts of the idea management process: If we order the steps as: Idea generation Idea selection Idea execution Sustaining ideas Diffusion Them we can map them onto the S-Curve like this:   Here is…
  • There’s No Low-Hanging Fruit in Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    There is No Low-Hanging Fruit I hear this idea a lot when organisations are trying to ramp up their innovation efforts: “We need to find some quick wins to get this going, so we’ll look for the low-hanging fruit.” Here’s the thing: there is no low-hanging fruit. If there were, we’d have picked it already. I mean, we’re not stupid, right? Solve the Tough Problems First In 10 Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, and Brian Quinn say: Solve the tough problems first. If we do that, the easier stuff will take care of…
 
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  • Crowd-Foresighting: Experimenting With a New Innovation Approach

    Stefan Lindegaard
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    What happens when a crowd of innovation managers from over 50 different companies engage to create and discuss scenarios about the future of residential lighting? This is what Henkel and Novozymes set out to explore. This is a guest post by Frank Hatzack (Head of Innovation Development at Novozymes) and Paolo Bavaj (Corporate Director of New Business Development at Henkel Adhesives Technologies). Together, the two companies conducted a crowd-foresighting experiment with the overall purpose to discover whether or not a diverse and randomly composed crowd could come up with future scenarios…
  • A Game Plan for Corporate Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    I recently had some interactions with a company working to ramp up their innovation efforts. We had several discussions on different ways of approaching this and here you get some quick and dirty insights on how such an approach could look like. It could start with a game plan / road map that would include elements such as: • The vision, objectives and goals for the innovation drive (in this case one goal was to be publicly recognised as a leader in innovation) • An overview of the challenges and a process to prioritize them knowing that we can’t do everything • The key messages…
  • Making Innovation Happen at Siemens: Open Co-Ideation Is Key

    Stefan Lindegaard
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Siemens is one of the big global companies that puts lots of efforts into their innovation efforts and they have lots of initiatives on open innovation, co-creation and co-ideation within the company itself or even with external partners. At a recent conference organized by the Danish open innovation portal, Innosite, I got a chance to listen to some great insights by Christoph Krois, who is one of the innovation leaders at Siemens Corporate Technology. Krois has allowed the sharing of his presentation, which you can download here: Open Co-Ideation at Siemens You can go straight to the…
  • Coca-Cola Founders: A New Model for Creating Startups?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    “We’re trying to create a win-win,” David Butler, Coke’s global VP of innovation and entrepreneurship, says about the new Coca-Cola Founders platform. “First we partner with experienced entrepreneurs and invite them to join our global co-founder network. Next we connect them with a senior-level advisor inside one of our business units and go deep into the challenges and opportunities we’re facing at Coke. And finally, we give them open access to Coca-Cola’s relationships, resources and reach before they develop an idea into a startup. Our goal is to help our founders grow big…
  • How Big Companies Innovate With Startups and SME’s

    Stefan Lindegaard
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    There are so many examples of big companies innovating with startups and SME’s and as this innovation dynamic grows and matures, we are also starting to see different ways in which this take place. The examples I share below are divided into three main categories; accelerators and incubators, challenges and competitions and corporate venture. You can also argue that corporate platforms and portals for open innovation and collaboration are focused towards startups and SME’s to some extent. The most active category is by far the accelerators and incubators. There are so many things going on…
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    Innovation Speaker

  • 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/
  • Best of 2014: Brands & Company Coral Springs Award

    Robert Brands
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Thanks Coral Springs!   Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brands & Company, LLC D.B.a Innovationcoach Receives 2014 Best of Coral Springs Award Coral Springs Award Program Honors the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • 10 IMPERATIVES TO SUSTAIN INNOVATION – All in one place

    Robert Brands
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    “In the 17th century, Innovators didn’t get accolades. They got their ears cut off.” – Emma Green The competitive marketplace of the 21st century has brought with it a new connotation of the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Language of Innovation Leaders – Selling Innovation The Right Way

    Robert Brands
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
      During the process of innovation, selling your idea can be one of the biggest challenges. Once you go up several layers they begin to speak a different language. The office of CEO is only two... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • Lay out the path, get out of the way but please give me ambition.

    paul4innovating
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Today we see a new commission elected in Europe. As a European you always want this to be a new beginning, a new hope, perhaps a new start for Europe. Jean-Claude Junker has become the new president of the European commission and along with his new Commission team have been setting out their priorities for regaining momentum for Europe. I was re-reading Mr Junker’s policy agenda based on “Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change” and you realise not just the complexity and challenge all this entails, bringing 28 countries along still, it seems, a pathway that still talks “a single…
  • Inspiration, Ideation and Implementation

    paul4innovating
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Finally I am completely surrounded. I have that feeling of being somewhat overwhelmed, I can’t twist and turn any more, it simply will not go away. Do I throw myself off the building or decide to listen a little longer? It really is forcing me to think. Today it seems whenever I pick up a business book each chapter has a section on it. Also I seem not to be able to not fall over all the articles extolling its virtues, I mindlessly “Google it” and you can see your whole life flash before you, if you decided to investigate this seriously. What am I talking about?  Well nothing…
  • Are you hearing all the voices for ideas?

    paul4innovating
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    So where do ideas come from? The most popular one is the ‘voice of the customer’ yet this is one of the many ‘voices’ that need to be allowed to speak. In this fuzzy front end of innovation where ideas are generated, there are many places we can ‘discover and listen’ to the voices that will provide concrete ideas and concepts. Let’s take the time to recognize these and ask you, the reader, do you have a systematic plan to capture all these voices? The Voice of the Customer The most talked about place to find the ideas that are closer and relevant are the search for new ideas…
  • Connected Enterprise, Connected World

    paul4innovating
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    I was delighted to be invited onto a panel with GE at their R&D centre in Munich this week. Dubbed “Innovation Breakthroughs – Igniting Europe’s Growth” They were celebrating 10 years of theopening of the centre and as you arrived, you saw the cranes at work to double the facility as well as further deepen their commitments within the surrounding community even further. One such community success story has been the co-location they have with the Technical University of Munich (TUM), where both have evolved to share a real philosophy of creating new knowledge and…
  • The Real Race is to Invest in Knowledge Assets and Grand Innovation Challenges

    paul4innovating
    5 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    We need to connect our knowledge and put these assets into solving ‘grand challenges.’ Lets focus on the bigger picture here. Developing our knowledge and then putting it to good use gives us the potential for securing a competitive position- that goes without saying, perhaps. Living in Europe offers us enormous history, diversity and a constant respect for the make-up of its different cultures. Europe is a very proud continent forged from this history of competitiveness but it is grappling with its place in the global world where others seem to have greater present day advantage.
 
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

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

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

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

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

  • How to cultivate the Generalist within

    Jorge
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    As a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don’t get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones that connect that dots. For that very reason, as a generalist, I know it’s hard to get us to pay attention to anything uninteresting; much less get inspired. We need to be challenged; constantly. We also need to be unleashed; not managed. But for an organization that is willing to change, as your own, you can turn yourself into a…
  • The benefits of thinking and doing BIG

    Jorge
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    BIG ideas get all the attention by the media, bloggers, journalists and the like because Big ideas, like anything that is coming out of Google X, have the possibility to create waves of change for society. Businesses that want to call their latest and greatest invention the next best thing should be thoughtful about what it is they are promoting. Though we can all tell BIG from SAME, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs calling their latest venture The New Thing; frankly most of the time it isn’t. So, to determine whether or not something is really The New Thing we can use the…
  • Everything is ripe for innovation because human error is ubiquitous

    Jorge
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Many known businesses have been founded on a single insight about what customers want or will want. Since forward-thinking businesses live off the insights they identify and generate, their operating model looks quite different from businesses that are always playing catch up. As stated before, most businesses exist exploit their business model and to squeeze out as much efficiency out of it. That usually translates into mindless behavior in both the front-lines and at corporate HQ. Again, identifying the type of insights that fuel breakthroughs should be an ongoing activity inside…
  • My answers to the 5 big questions on innovation

    Jorge
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    Recently, Business Performance Innovation Network asked me to give my thoughts to their 5 big questions on innovation. Think these questions and answers will be useful to you so here they are How do you build organizations and cultures that embrace innovation and change? Leaders that want to build an organization that innovates consistently must provide three things to employees: freedom, support and challenge. Those are the key ingredients needed to accelerate innovation in any environment. In other words, you can put it like this: Have bold goals, get out of the way and reward people for…
  • Structured serendipity: How Great Ideas Emerge

    Jorge
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Almost always great new ideas don’t emerge from within a single person or function, but at the intersection of functions or people that have never met before. As a business leader, you can engineer these connections; serendipity. Serendipity is the type of word that paralyzes most business leaders because it is a loosey-goosey term that means “let’s see what happens”. Seeing what happens is not what traditional businesses aim to do when developing their strategies. Yet, many of the greatest innovations have sprung from serendipity: Happy accidents that sprung from…
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • How Should We Organise for the Social Era?

    Tim Kastelle
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Welcome to the Knowledge Economy What do organisations do? For a long time, we’ve thought about them as machines for building things. But there’s good evidence that this is no longer a good way to think about them. Consider this from Alex Pentland’s book Social Physics (page 105, emphasis added): The social physics view of organizations focuses on patterns of interaction acting as a kind of “idea machine” to carry out the necessary tasks of idea discovery, integration and decision making.  Leaders can increase its performance by promoting healthy patterns of…
  • The Innovator’s Hypothesis: Michael Schrage Tells Us How to Take the First Step

    Tim Kastelle
    12 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Imagine that your organisation currently doesn’t innovate at all, but you’d like to do more (this might not be much of a stretch for some of you). What’s the best first step? Many organisations start with strategy. After all, we can’t innovate without a plan, right? Others will jump straight into forming an innovation team and telling them to start innovating. Some will take a light touch, and just have the CEO to tell everyone to innovate more because it’s really important. None of the these are the best first step. None of these create action. Experiments…
  • Innovation Thoughts Triggered by Marshall McLuhan

    Tim Kastelle
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Even if you’ve never read Marshall McLuhan, you’re probably familiar with a couple of his ideas.  Two of most famous quotes are: The medium is the message. and The human family now exists under conditions of a global village. We live in a single constricted space resonant with tribal drums. Both of those quotes are around 50 years old now – McLuhan was remarkably prescient.  Over the weekend, I read The Book of Probes by McLuhan, which is a fantastic book. The first 2/3 of the book has McLuhan quotes incorporated in photography/art by David Carson (including the images…
  • On the Importance of Time in Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Innovation is executing new ideas to create value. If you think about that, you can see that time is important – you can’t do all three things instantaneously. Here are two important ideas: Within an organisation, innovation is the process of idea management. New ideas diffuse along an s-curve. If we put these two ideas together, we can see how time works in innovation. Here are the parts of the idea management process: If we order the steps as: Idea generation Idea selection Idea execution Sustaining ideas Diffusion Them we can map them onto the S-Curve like this:   Here is…
  • There’s No Low-Hanging Fruit in Innovation

    Tim Kastelle
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    There is No Low-Hanging Fruit I hear this idea a lot when organisations are trying to ramp up their innovation efforts: “We need to find some quick wins to get this going, so we’ll look for the low-hanging fruit.” Here’s the thing: there is no low-hanging fruit. If there were, we’d have picked it already. I mean, we’re not stupid, right? Solve the Tough Problems First In 10 Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, Larry Keeley, Helen Walters, Ryan Pikkel, and Brian Quinn say: Solve the tough problems first. If we do that, the easier stuff will take care of…
 
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    URENIO Watch

  • IEEE Smart City Challenge

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    IEEE has created the Smart City Challenge, a game that encourages people to share their vision for a better world, city by city. The IEEE wants suggestions for how to design smart cities of the future. Suggestions can include ideas for communication, energy, infrastructure, and transportation. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Future Cities: UK Capabilities for Urban Innovation

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    This report provides an overview of the UK’s capabilities for urban innovation by illustrating examples of activities led by businesses, universities and research institutions, and city governments and other civic organisations. Through case studies the report highlights the exportable products and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Future of Data-Driven Innovation

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation published the Future of Data-Driven Innovation report. This report explores the tremendous growth in data collection, delving into the implications on business and public policy. How big is Big Data? How can it be used for good? What about privacy? What role... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The World’s Smart21 Communities of 2015

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:43 pm
    The Intelligent Community Forum today named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. The Smart21 Communities of 2015 is comprised of five communities from the United States, four communities from Australia, four communities from Taiwan, three communities from Canada, and one community each from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Re-imagining Cities

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    In cities around the world, digital platforms are bringing together citizens and service providers in innovative ways. In a recent post on Medium Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief of R&D and Julia Root, Adjunct Fellow at the GovLab write about the ways in which we observe cities... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    EYES IN

  • New Art Center ‘Stilt City’

    Vivian van Dijk
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Located on Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Stilt City will be an art community space created in a vacant bungalow, which had been flooded by Storm Sandy in 2012. The post New Art Center ‘Stilt City’ appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Martin Schoeller’s ‘Portraits’ Presented

    Vivian van Dijk
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hasted Kraeutler is pleased to announce a major retrospective of Martin Schoeller's photographs, organized to coincide with the release of Portraits. The post Martin Schoeller’s ‘Portraits’ Presented appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Galerie Thomas’s 50th Anniversary

    Vivian van Dijk
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Galerie Thomas celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and will participate in 'Highlights' International Art Fair Munich again this year. The post Galerie Thomas’s 50th Anniversary appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Unspinning the Spin, a Non-Sexist, Non-Racist Guide

    Vivian van Dijk
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:51 am
    Robin Morgan's Unspinning the Spin is a guide to words and phrases - their meanings, sources, suggested uses, and non-sexist, non-racist alternatives. The post Unspinning the Spin, a Non-Sexist, Non-Racist Guide appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Women’s Media Awards Inspires, Challenges

    Vivian van Dijk
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    The Women’s Media Awards recognize game-changers for women in media, celebrating Amma Asante, Ursula Burns, Katie Couric and Barbara Walters in 2014. The post Women’s Media Awards Inspires, Challenges appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Women Who Made Invention History

    Nicole Lininger
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Throughout history, and now into the 21st century, famous women inventors have played a vital role in the world of innovation. In fact, women have become increasingly prevalent in the field and are responsible for such momentous advances as windshield wipers, disposable diapers, the first computer language, and the Mars Rover. As a part of our 30th anniversary, InventHelp would like to celebrate some female inventors that have helped to innovate our modern world with their intelligent minds, strong wills, and full hearts. Mary Anderson Anyone who’s ever driven in a rain or snow storm…
  • InventHelp Inventions that are Available in Stores

    Nicole Lininger
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    For thirty years, InventHelp has been helping people to submit their ideas to companies in hope of obtaining a good faith review. It all starts with a vision: a product, a service, or even a problem to be solved. This idea turns into a goal- “I want to make it easier.” “I want to help people.” “I want to be renowned.” Perhaps the most rewarding achievement is to have your product patented, licensed, and sold. Although these results don’t happen too often, for some, this has become a reality. Oatey Twist-N-Set Replacement College Flange, available on Oatey Supply Chain Services…
  • 30 Years of Invention and Innovation

    Nicole Lininger
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    As InventHelp celebrates its 30 year anniversary, we honor scientists and inventors who came together to create important innovations that have shaped our world over the past few decades. These great strides have made an enormous impact on our global society, health, economy, and communication. Personal Computers and the World Wide Web Although the history of the personal computer truly started in 1970s, it was not until the late 1980s that “microcomputers,” as they used to be called, were sold in high volumes to the general public. Companies like Apple, Xerox, Tandy, Commodore, and IBM…
  • Hometown Pride: Pittsburgh Innovations

    Nicole Lininger
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Here in Pittsburgh, we have a lot to be proud about: three stellar pro sports teams, awesome fanbases, French-fry and coleslaw topped sandwiches, a “unique” language all our own, a ton of bridges, a booming movie industry, renowned colleges, and…apparently, inventions. InventHelp has made its home in Pittsburgh for 30 years, and some innovations find their roots in the Steel City dating back further than that. The first bridge held by wire cable suspension was built by John Augustus Roebling in 1845. It spanned the Allegheny River at 11th street. George Westinghouse invented the first…
  • Competition is Healthy

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

  • Where is the Innovation Bonfire the Hottest?

    Braden Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Now that I’ve finished the book proposal for my second book (which is getting strong initial interest from publishers), I thought it might be interesting to peek in on the Nielsen Bookscan sales numbers on Amazon and look back at … Continue reading →
  • What Change Roles Are Missing?

    Braden Kelley
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    I’m gearing up to write a new app and book on organizational change to complement a powerful new visual change toolkit that will be incredibly useful for use in change programs, project and portfolio management, and even innovation, and so … Continue reading →
  • Powering Monday Night Football with Feet?

    Braden Kelley
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Electricity. It’s not exactly cheap, and in rapidly modernizing countries (or even U.S. municipalities with budget woes) the idea of illuminating a neighborhood soccer field so kids and adults can play at night (especially in a poorer neighborhood), might seem … Continue reading →
  • Let’s Chat About the Language of Innovation

    Braden Kelley
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    It was bound to happen sooner or later… What is it you might ask? Well, it is the recognition that the language we use (and more importantly, having a common language) when it comes to innovation, to change, or to … Continue reading →
  • Think Like a Tech Company or Go Out of Business

    Braden Kelley
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    by Braden Kelley and Linda Bernardi Even in 2014, there are business sectors who feel they are not ‘tech companies’. News flash: Whether you are a consumer products company, an insurance company, a hotel, or a pharmaceutical company, your business … Continue reading →
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    IdeaFaktory

  • Apple Payments and Strange Bedfellows Analysis [free login]

    Steve Faktor
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Apple Pay launched last week with a million cards registered. How did you celebrate? CVS and several other retailers celebrated by disabling all NFC chip payments in anticipation of their own solution, CurrentC…based on my favorite punching bag, QR codes. Finally, the payments space is getting exciting – but not for the reasons everyone thinks.  Sure, NFC and Bitcoin are practically Fifty Shades of Grey compared to credit cards. But it in my years in payments and loyalty innovation, this is the first time new contenders will succeed – and redefine the consumer experience.
  • Microsoft’s Nuclear Option for Mobile

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

    Steve Faktor
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:36 pm
    (This post originally appeared on LinkedIn) Something stubborn and senseless stands between us and a golden ‘Age of Abundance’. Surprisingly, it’s not gun lovers, Koch brothers, or Honey Boo Boo’s mother. While working on my next book, I stumbled across some powerful ways to solve America’s Prosperity Paradox, which keeps every citizen from basking in Botoxed bliss, like a Bravo housewife.  It’s within our grasp to eliminate debt, end income inequality, and fuel free enterprise.  But like Rocky or Karate Kid, abundance requires a training montage…
  • Entrepreneurship Lessons From 40 Criminals

    Steve Faktor
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
    At 6:40pm last night, I entered a room full of criminals. Ex-cons, to be exact. Needless to say, I couldn’t have been more conflicted about where to leave my laptop bag. I got over it by the time the hugging started. You might be wondering, how long after taking mushrooms is it safe to write LinkedIn articles? I assure you, last night was drug-free, purposeful, and life-altering. The event was organized by Defy Ventures, a non-profit that trains ex-cons to be entrepreneurs and productive citizens. For me and about 35 other executive volunteers, the four hours flew by – as did…
  • What Killed Google+ And What Can Save It

    Steve Faktor
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    The demise of Google+ is a cautionary tale of rivalry, missed opportunity, and of course, drunk geeks waltzing. (…I’ll explain.) As an active user of Google+ and casual clairvoyant of Google’s strategy, it’s no surprise that you’re almost as likely to be bodyboarding with Gisele Bündchen as reading this sentence on Google+. While Google+ loyalists hunt for hope in Google’s lukewarm assurances, the company’s actions have been swift and deadly. Last week, the company parted ways with Vic Gundotra, a talented executive who led Google+ through a thick fog of…
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    Doblin

  • Join the Doblin Team

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    We are a community of committed and experienced professionals from across multiple disciplines working together to help our clients drive transformation through the discipline of innovation.  We are always looking for top talent to join the Doblin team. Current openings Innovation Insights Advisor - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - Chicago Design Strategy Lead - Chicago Innovation Project Manager - New York Design Strategy Lead - New York In addition to our current openings, we are always looking for talented professionals interested in pursuing a career with Doblin or join our network…
  • Roll up your sleeves for our Chicago Ideas Week Labs

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

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

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

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

  • 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/
  • Best of 2014: Brands & Company Coral Springs Award

    Robert Brands
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Thanks Coral Springs!   Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brands & Company, LLC D.B.a Innovationcoach Receives 2014 Best of Coral Springs Award Coral Springs Award Program Honors the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • 10 IMPERATIVES TO SUSTAIN INNOVATION – All in one place

    Robert Brands
    5 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    “In the 17th century, Innovators didn’t get accolades. They got their ears cut off.” – Emma Green The competitive marketplace of the 21st century has brought with it a new connotation of the... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
  • The Language of Innovation Leaders – Selling Innovation The Right Way

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

  • Growing Hot !!

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:59 am
        This post might fall under the useless information category for some people however I find this interesting and educational. A friend of mine grows hot peppers, some of the hottest peppers in the world, he starts these in January from seed and harvest’s them in September. The chemical in hot peppers that causes them to […]
  • Creating with Create Space

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
        Creating books is now easier than ever. No longer do we need to convince a publisher that our books are worthy, with some time and a little money and we can create an amazing book to sell to our audience. Amazon has a system that takes authors through the publishing process, this system is called […]
  • A Type of Creativity That Few Will Acknowledge

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:23 pm
        A friend recently was amazed how easily that I solved a problem, he was amazed that he didn’t think of it years ago, he had been engineering and inventing around a certain technology for decades, his knowledge is impeccable on the topic.  He had explored and thought and pored over a problem for years.  […]
  • Turning Your Working Teams into Creative Mobs

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    19 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
          Creative people are all over the place.  Most people are able to create but when they team up things get ‘complicated’ and  problems can arise. Organizations with teams of creative people are not always able to create up to their potential.  Competition, incompetent leadership, low morale, office politics all can work against the […]
 
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    The Innovation Mill

  • Halloween Treats from Top Brands

    Catharine Cody
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    As Americans prepare to go trick-or-treating tonight, many brands are taking the opportunity to issue spook-tacular promotions. Here are a few that caught our attention: - Chipotle: Just show up in costume at any participating Chipotle after 5pm and you’ll receive a burrito for only $3. - Petco: Rover receives a real treat – a pound of free dog treats from the Treat Bar throughout October 31st with a $10 purchase and a coupon. - IHOP: Kids can create their own “scary face” pancake for free. - Starbucks: You’ll score a Franken Frappucino or any other grande Frappucino…
  • Spicing Up Your Autumn Brainstorms

    Nick Light
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:32 am
    Autumn. It’s a time for cider donuts, foliage and crisp mornings – basically the stuff dreams are made of. But if you’re anything like us here at Peppercomm, autumn also means pre-holiday season brainstorming sessions. Many of our clients have holiday communications initiatives, and all of them want to stand out among their competitors in a season saturated with brand messages. What ends up happening is both awesome and tiring all at once. Those of us who participate in brainstorms sit in (or lead) two or three hours of brainstorming per week. We find that Peppercommers love to attend…
  • B2B Audiences’ Advice to Marketers: STOP MARKETING!

    Sam Ford
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Peppercomm has partnered with The Economist Group Content Solutions to survey 500 global business executives on how they approach content from other companies as readers, listeners, as viewers, and simultaneously surveyed 500 marketers about their content strategies. In the process, we found that 71% of business executives say content from companies turn them off when they seem too much of a sales pitch. Yet the survey found that 93% of marketers tie their content directly back to products and services, and 70% report they measure the effectiveness of their content by the number of calls from…
  • The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show is 77 Days Away

    Melissa Vigue
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    Brands big and small are focused on ending 2014 strong and kicking off 2015 with a bang. Are you considering the2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as your launching pad?  If so, you better get started if you haven’t already.  Space is all but nonexistent at this point and you need a compelling reason to put a stake in the ground.  All that said, CES will welcome 100,000 plus attendees, and generate billions of media impressions for the big guns and some really smart start-ups. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are thinking about throwing your brand’s hat in…
  • WOM Done Right – The London Taxi Experience

    Maggie O'Neill
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    I am pretty well traveled and a native New Yorker which means I have hopped in the back of many taxis and, well, always just hoped for the best.  All I want is a decent driver who knows where I need to go. Grooming, smoking and noise control are all just gravy from there. However, in recent years all of these requirements have taken a back seat (literally) to me being bombarded with marketing banter – loud television commercials, brochures, vehicle wraps and more. These truly have started to be more of an annoyance than a well-served marketing message. Thank god for volume control on…
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • How To Assemble Your Team For Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

  • Crowdsourced DNA Project to Speed Up Research

    IdeaConnection
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    A new crowdsourced citizen science project could speed up some microbial research by nearly 40,000 years. Uncovering Genome Mysteries is a new project being hosted on IBM’s World Community Grid. Researchers are hoping to unlock the biological secrets of marine microbes from all over the world, whether they are in Botany Bay in Australia or the Amazon River in Brazil. Understanding the genetic similarities between microbes could lead to new medicines, new crop technologies and new eco-friendly materials.  And that’s just for starters! The project is hoping to make 20 quadrillion…
  • UAE aims to be a Global Innovation Powerhouse

    IdeaConnection
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The UAE (United Arab Emirates) has set its sights on being one of the most innovative nations in the world within the next seven years.  Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE has launched an ambitious innovation strategy that focuses on seven sectors – education, health, renewable energy, space, technology, transport and water. He also wants to create a national culture that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship. And who would bet against him achieving these ambitions?  After all, it was Sheikh Mohammed’s drive and vision that…
  • Open Innovation Challenge Offers $1 Million for Ebola Protection

    IdeaConnection
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The Ebola outbreak that has now spread outside of Africa, could become “the next AIDS” unless there is a fast global response. That’s according to Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Africa alone, the rate of spread is faster than the efforts to care for those infected. The fight against the deadly hemorrhagic fever is happening on several fronts, and to boost protection for health workers, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has turned to the crowd for help. A few days ago, USAID broadcast a request for…
  • Scientific Research to Benefit from More Open Innovation

    IdeaConnection
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Open innovation is giving science a big boost with the announcement of a challenge fund to advance bioelectronic medicines research and the launch of an open innovation stem cell technology center. To foster collaborative research to develop bioelectronic medicines, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has created a $5 million innovation fund. This is on top of the $1 million that GSK has already committed to the Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge. Revolutionary Approach to Healing Bioelectronics is a revolutionary new field of medicine that doesn’t rely on drugs to treat diseases. Instead, a tiny…
  • Crowdsource Map for Ebola Response Help

    IdeaConnection
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    The current Ebola outbreak is the deadliest to date, having so far claimed more than 3,000 lives according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).  The hemorrhagic fever has  spread to multiple countries in West Africa including Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.  To help tackle the problem and provide help to those suffering, online volunteers from more than 80 countries are involved in a crowdsource mapping initiative. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) is a spin-off from the OpenStreetMap project, a free editable map of the world that is created by members of the public.  Parts…
 
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    Brand Genetics

  • Creativity Inc [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Author: Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace Publisher:  Bantam Press Publication date: 2014 Fear’s Dark Force What’s the secret to a successful innovation project? Fail early, fail fast, fail fearlessly. Every early failure is a door that closes on future wasted time, allowing you to focus on opportunities with potential. Just one of the insights shared by Ed Catmull, co-founder with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter of movie hit-machine Pixar Animation Studios (Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Incredibles,…
  • ‘Home-made’ – where old meets new: A Kickstarter insight

    Cliff Fawcett
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Innovation rarely answers a truly new need – rather it improves the way existing needs are met. Kickstarter is a great place to uncover those ‘new ways of doing’. We use Crowdsight to analyse crowdfunding sites and understand those ‘new ways of doing’. One of the strongest trends in food currently is ‘home-made’ and ‘home-crafted’. There is a growing desire by consumers to put their own stamp on the food they eat. From home-baking, to home-pickling to home-brews and beyond its all been done by someone somewhere; what’s new is the ways in which it can be done – and…
  • The future of agriculture: A Kickstarter insight

    Cliff Fawcett
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Innovation. Change. Disruption. It starts at the edges of categories. At Brand Genetics we constantly look to the edges to uncover insights and innovations that change the mainstream. We use Crowdsight to analyse crowdfunding sites (like Kickstarter) to identify emerging, validated trends (i.e. those that have gained investment). In food, there has been a perpetuating trend for natural, no chemical produce: we see this in the increasing rise of organic, free range food on the shelves of supermarkets and in the proliferation of farmers markets. Still, for the majority of us, the food we buy is…
  • Zero to One [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future Author: Peter Thiel & Blake Masters Publisher: Virgin Publication date: 2014 Competition is for wimps. Real innovation should be about creating monopolies. That’s the central tenet of this season’s bestselling must-read blockbuster on innovation, Zero to One, from PayPal creator and innovation investor Peter Thiel (#4 on Forbes Midas List of 2014 worth $2.2 billion). Monopolies Mean Profit Good innovation focuses on delivering value by solving peoples’ problems better, faster, cheaper or more easily. But great innovation…
  • Next Generation Coke Life – Future-Proof or #Fail?

    Paul Marsden
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    Is Coke’s next-generation Cola, Coke Life with all the sweetness of regular Coke but with half the sugar (thanks to added steviol glycosides) – a winner?  Similar to the failed Pepsi Raw, Coke Life has a reduced equivalent of 6 tea-spoons of sugar per can, and is targeting “35- to 55-year-old consumers who are looking for a lower calorie cola with sweetness from natural sources”. Initial reaction – as the green wonder hits the shelves in the UK – has not been positive.  A withering attack from industry thought leader Mark Ritson – Coke Life…
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    AmyK International

  • Are you a “sorry” leader?

    AmyK
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Years ago the question, “What separates the men from the boys?” irritated me. It typically preceded an inane comparative on which of two male adults was more macho than the next guy, but today I find myself saying, “Here’s a great example of what it means to be a grown up, to be a man.” 2014 was the year of the sports man’s apology. Some of these apologies were a lot more sincere than others. Earlier this year Landon Donovan, the face of U.S. soccer and all-time leading scorer was cut from the World Cup. He was none too happy about it, and actually rooted against the U.S. team in…
  • How do you add structure to creativity? It’s not a trick question.

    AmyK
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Want more creativity and innovation inside your organization? Get less haphazard. Sounds counter intuitive – but hold that thought. Too often people confuse unbridled and accidental with creative and innovative. There’s a reason why Einstein always said he worked better with a deadline. Creativity and innovation need structure. Guardrails help guide our path to the better ideas, the better solutions, the better products, services and systems we want and need. Following a model is an ideal way to create structure. Follow these 5 stages to produce your next brilliant idea and take it to…
  • Hollywood writers have this insider’s secret for Leaders

    AmyK
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:50 pm
    What do high performing company cultures and successful television shows have in common? Just about everything – minus an Emmy and the drama… hopefully. Both a show and a business create a product (or service), both must capture and hold the interest of their customers, both deal with frequently changing variables and both must optimize multi-functional teams. Writers and leaders know this scenario very well – they’re right in the middle of the melee, or so it must seem at times. Both writers and leaders must be creative and often under pressure. If they don’t capture the…
  • Do Your Ideas Pass the 2 Question Test?

    AmyK
    28 May 2014 | 2:05 pm
    What if you created a product or service so cool, so innovative that it actually changed an entire industry? Two companies set out to do just that. One succeeded. One failed. What can we learn from each that could set you and your company on a whole new path to profitable success? Avigilon Corporation, “sees the future” and the future looks profitable. Avigilon is a leader in high-definition (HD) surveillance solutions. They recently acquired VideoIQ, Inc. because of their ability to use technology for real time responses to surveillance. For example, suppose you drove to work one morning…
  • 5 “Next” Practices for a Culture of Innovation

    AmyK
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Have you heard? Innovation is the key to future success! Right…as it’s stated in approximately 275,000,000 sources – safe to say it’s obvious. What is far less obvious? How. While creativity is most certainly an intimate part of any innovative outcome, it does not always require a gifted artist’s skill. What it does ultimately require is leadership. And, more often than not, the result of innovation will define the leader. Feeling a little pressure? You need to get comfortable with the pressure, for in the words of Brene Brown, “There is no innovation and creativity without…
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    Brilliant Ideas » Brilliant Ideas

  • Samaritans Radar

    Michael
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:23 am
    This is a brilliant idea from the charity the Samaritans. If you sign-up it scans your twitter feed and looks for key words that might indicate distress, loneliness or desperation and sends you a link to the tweet. The idea is that you can then engage with them to let them know that you are listening. Brilliant. The post Samaritans Radar appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • This really is a brilliant idea. Putting sails back on ocean going ships

    Michael
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    This idea is to put rigid sails – the equivalent of a plane wing on to container ships in order to reduce the energy and therefore Co2 used to move ships through the ocean. You can see more here, http://www.greenchallenge.info/index.php/competition/finalists/pierre-yves-cousteau-turbosail The post This really is a brilliant idea. Putting sails back on ocean going ships appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #232. Re-purposing ships for floating homes

    Michael
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    Every year hundreds of ships are de-comissioned at enormous cost of the environment as they are generally done in very poor countries where environmental laws are significantly lower than in the more developed economies. Brilliant idea #232 is to re-purpose ships for floating homes and accomodation. Not only does it solve a housing problem it also solves a planning problem because we are using our shoreline to build on rather than digging-up greenfield sites. The post Brilliant Idea #232. Re-purposing ships for floating homes appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea. Mens Sheds

    Michael
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    Men’s Sheds are non-profit organisations that originated in Australia, to advise and improve the overall health of all males. They normally operate on a local level in the community, promoting social interaction and aim to increase the quality of life. There are over 900 located across Australia, with thousands of active members. Men’s Sheds can also be found in Scotland, England, Wales, Ireland, Finland and Greece. It’s essentially a place that men can go to to do ‘stuff’. Sounds simple, but the health (particularly mental health) benefits of going somewhere to do stuff…
  • Brilliant Idea #221. A 4 day work week in the summer

    Michael
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    Now that Autumn is creaping up on us and the summers are drawing-in the summer days will soon be a distant memory, here’s an idea, we should work the equivalent of 4 days a week in the summer by finishing at 3 every day. We’d enjoy the summer more, have better quality of life, more family time, more time to exercise and feel the health benefits that the summer can bring us. It will be a powerful message to our customer and suppliers that we are putting the health and wellbeing of our staff first. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea #221. A 4 day work week in the summer appeared…
 
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    Destination Innovation

  • How to Fight the Fear of Change

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    People are naturally apprehensive about change. They fear the unknown. There is a reluctance to take risks. This can be particularly true in a successful enterprise. Success can be an enemy of innovation. Why mess with a model that works? There is little incentive to take risks and try new things. But even successful companies are at risk if they stand still.  Smith Corona was very successful making typewriters but the advent of word processors proved fatal.  Kodak and Polaroid  were leaders in their fields but digital camera technology made them obsolete. Overcoming the fear of change is…
  • Eight Must-See Sights in New York

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Brooklyn Bridge The occasional visitor to New York City can easily be overwhelmed by the size and range of attractions that are on offer. To make things a little easier here is my choice of top places to visit on a weekend in Manhattan. 1. The Brooklyn Bridge. For 20 years after it was opened in 1883 this was the largest and longest suspension bridge in the world. It spans the East River joining Manhattan with Brooklyn. The walk is a wonderful stroll along a wooden boardwalk with the traffic racing below. It affords splendid views over the Financial District, the Midtown Skyscrapers and out…
  • The Innovation Process at Tesco

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Angela Maurer, Head of Tesco Labs, spoke on Innovation at Tesco at the recent CIO Summit in London.  She said that they start with two sources of input – customer needs and future forces.  Customer needs include those of internal departments and stores as well as shoppers.  Future forces include technical, societal, fashion and demographic trends.  Using insights from these two areas they brainstorm with diverse groups to generate a large number of ideas.  The best ideas are selected and moved rapidly into concept development.  The concepts are validated with customers.  The next…
  • An Assembly Line of Innovations

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Henry Ford A great way to innovate is to take an idea from another place and apply it in your field. Take as an example the assembly line. Henry Ford (1863 – 1947) is often credited with the innovation of the assembly line in mass manufacturing and he was the first to use it in automobile manufacture. However, Ford got the idea from an abattoir. A Ford executive, William Klann, was impressed with the efficiency of the Swift slaughterhouse in Chicago where carcasses were butchered as they moved along a conveyor.   In 1913 at the age of 50 Ford introduced the assembly line process into his…
  • Great Innovators are Relentless Rule Breakers

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    31 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The song Bohemian Rhapsody was written by Freddie Mercury for Queen’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It broke all the rules for a popular music single release. At a time when most pop songs were simple and formulaic Mercury’s song was a complex mixture of different styles and tempos. It had six separate sections – a close harmony a capella introduction, a ballad, a guitar solo, an opera parody, a rock anthem and a melodic finale. It contained enigmatic and fatalistic lyrics about killing a man. And it was very long. Freddie Mercury When it was proposed to Queen’s record producers…
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  • The Fear of “I Don’t Know”

    rnadworny
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    “I don’t know.”  Three simple words. Those words impel otherwise intelligent adults in two opposite directions. One group finds energy in those words and is excited to explore. I call these the Detectives. Detectives look for clues. Detectives make and test assumptions. Detectives imagine different scenarios and see which ones make sense and which ones don’t. The Detectives are in the minority. The other group feels paralyzed by those words. I call these the Accountants. Accountants need facts and figures to proceed. Using their imagination makes Accountants feel…
  • The Future of Education and Work

    rnadworny
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Liz Gerber is a professor at Northwestern University and founder of Design for America, an extracurricular, interdisciplinary design program hosted by 21 universities across the country. Fast Company has featured the program on its cover and one of its first projects, SwipeSense, just raised $1.7M for its smart hand hygiene sensor. Liz grew up in Burlington and attended Burlington High School. RN: I love the whole concept behind Design for America. How did you come up with the idea of teaching students design and innovation by sending them out into Chicago to solve community problems? LG: The…
  • Minimum Viable Change (MVC)

    rnadworny
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    What’s Your Minimum Viable Action for Change? At a recent Innovation Breakfast workshop, I asked participants to send in a business challenge they faced in their organization. It had to be short, but important. Many of the challenges or questions sounded like these: Our own bureaucracy is getting in our way. We ask ourselves too many critical questions and thwart breakthroughs too soon. How do we find the time for research and exploration while managing a busy workflow? How might we create the time and space to innovate? How can we communicate better between the different silos of our…
  • Why Oh Why? Ask More.

    rnadworny
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Journalist and Questionologist Warren Berger was in Burlington this week talking about his latest book “A More Beautiful Question.” Berger spoke to over 70 area business people and helped lead an inquiry workshop at the latest Innovation Breakfast at the ECHO center. Later in the day, he shared his insights into power of questions with a group of Champlain College students. I chatted with Warren about his book. RN: How did you get interested in writing a book about questions in the first place? Warren Berger: In my writings about innovation, I spent a lot of time studying the way…
  • A Folder Full of Ideas, A New Product Innovation

    rnadworny
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Prototyping, testing and a folder full of ideas. Sometimes that can lead to a successful new business. Doug Hartwell, founder of Bitybean developed an UltraCompact Baby Carrier, a business that he has launched from Charlotte. I collided with Doug to talk about his design process for this new product. RN: How did you make the shift from working as an engineer at General Dynamics to an entrepreneur selling a baby carrier? DH: I’m an engineer by background and I have a ton of different ideas. Over time, I had developed a folder full of 30 new product ideas. I love 8 1/2×11 white…
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  • NEWS: More select articles in coming weeks

    Nick Skillicorn
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Hi everyone, The big news coming from Improvides is that I have been taken on for a large-scale client project which will last a few months. While this is excellent news for me and the company, I wanted to let you all know that this will impact the amount of time I am available to […] Originally published at NEWS: More select articles in coming weeks
  • Your creativity evolved around 40,000 years ago

    Nick Skillicorn
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Take a good look at the image of this figurine. It is one of the most important clues about what makes you human. It’s called the Der Löwenmensch (The Lion Man), and was discovered in 1939 in a German cave. It is made out of Mammoth ivory and was recently dated as being at least […] Originally published at Your creativity evolved around 40,000 years ago
  • Dear Apple: Your designers are killing your business

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fomenting a Culture of Innovation before They Leave Organizations seek to foment a culture of innovation. The currency of the realm—the realm where innovation is prized and pursued—is ideas. Ideas. The number of ideas conceived. The number of people creating ideas. The number of ideas brought to fruition—that see the light of day. The societal and economic value of the ideas. People expend a lot of time and effort fomenting this culture. Challenges abound. Old ways die hard. The pace frustrates people. Some—the very ones the organization wants to keep—seek other…
  • Reflection on Innovation, #413

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The future of work mirrors our past labors, only more immediate and more transparent. 
  • Reflection on Innovation, #412

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When we can be sure of nothing, then we must be sure of the process by which we resolve ambiguity.  The skilled practitioner thinks about the means by which the question is asked and the ideas are pursued. 
  • Reflection on Innovation, #411

    15 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    In the Digital Age share of market come with share of mind. 
  • Reflection on Innovation, #410

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    The window of opportunity is, in reality, the window of profitability.  Yet, we hesitate to move fast.
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