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  • A Brainstorm Training that Works

    The Heart of Innovation
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    What follows is some juicy feedback we just received from Blue States Digital, a new client of ours who participated in our brainstorm facilitation training: "The three-day Conducting Genius training was engaging, fun and informative. I feel empowered as a facilitator and confident in my skills and ability. Mitch and Val were fantastic teachers -- I was sad when it was over!" "We did the three-day version of Conducting Genius, and I wish it could've been even longer! By far the most fun, useful, productive, and engaging training I've ever attended." "It felt like summer camp for creative…
  • Most Innovative Cities 2014

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    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    CNNMoney’s “Most Innovative Cities” list and the stories that accompany it are just a snapshot into what’s happening in America’s urban environments. In surveying experts, we heard about more than 50 U.S. cities — and the mayors behind them — that are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 50 Awesome Quotes on Vision

    The Heart of Innovation
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    1. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney 2. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now." - Goethe 3. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo 4. "It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?" - Henry David Thoreau 5. "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey
  • Innovation is not a strategy

    Innovate on Purpose
    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…
  • 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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  • 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…
  • Elegance, Subtraction & Lean: The Shmula Interview

    Matthew May
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Over at Shmula.com, I had a great time being interviewed by my friend, former Toyota pro, and all-around brilliant guy, Pete Abilla. Pete's blog has been quoted in HBR, Financial Times, and Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's DNA. He had some great questions for me. Enjoy! YOU CAN READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.             
 
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    Innovation Excellence

  • Innovators Overcome The Can’ts

    Jeffrey Phillips
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    There's a vicious, pervasive mentality swirling in corporate America today, and it's limiting innovation, growth and corporate renewal. Many of your fellow employees have been infected by a mental virus, and they aren't even aware that they have it. Continue reading →
  • Intellectually Compelling and Emotionally Engaging

    Stefan Lindegaard
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Novozymes is an interesting company that puts lots of efforts into building a strong and sustaining innovation culture. I know this from my interactions with the company some years ago and it was also shown, when Frank Hatzack, Head of Innovation Development, gave a talk at a conference in Copenhagen. Continue reading →
  • Are You Assuming Your Way Out of Business?

    Holly G Green
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    What do Sony, Radio Shack and Sears all have in common (besides instant brand recognition)? They’re all losing money, and lots of it. If it can happen to former market leaders like Sony, Radio Shack and Sears, it could happen to you. Continue reading →
  • Innovation Sighting: Subtraction in Email

    Drew Boyd
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 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. Now there's a new app that helps manage the problem.. Continue reading →
  • What is the Source of Value?

    Braden Kelley
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    Where does value come from? What makes people willing to pay $50 for a t-shirt that's just like the one that ten other people are wearing in the club? What makes people pay a premium for Apple products with features introduced by other companies months or years before? Continue reading →
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    Innovation Management

  • Innovate or Perish- Yes, that’s the Reality

    InnovationManagement
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    You’d be hard pressed these days to find a single CEO who doesn’t endorse the “innovation is very important to us” statement. So why are we not seeing the same level of commitment when it comes to actually creating the working conditions where innovative teams can thrive and deliver results? Don't miss your opportunity to make that change happen. You can take action to help your business evolve with the times and deliver tangible results.
  • Five Ways to Boost Innovation Governance for Growth in 2015

    Luis F Solis
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Innovation governance translates corporate strategy into robust, results-driven portfolios. Who among the executive ranks would oppose that? With innovation governance, the short and the long-term innovation opportunities are balanced, resources are strategically allocated (especially people), and the organization acquires an improved ability to achieve both stretch growth goals and market differentiation.
  • Novo Relatório: O Estado da Inovação na América Latina

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Para compreender as condições em torno da inovação na América Latina em detalhes, INSITUM realizou um estudo qualitativo e quantitativo, com mais de 300 das maiores organizações latino-americanas. O estudo trouxe à luz muitos dos contextos, barreiras, necessidades e resultados em torno da inovação em organizações latino-americanas. Este artigo explora alguns dos resultados e oferece um download gratuito do relatório completo.
  • Inovação: Uma Abordagem De Fora Para Dentro

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Toda organização quer ser percebida como "inovadora" e, apesar de clichê, fala-se em pensar fora da caixa para ajudar a chegar lá. No entanto, simplesmente pedir a seus funcionários para pensar fora da caixa na sua próxima sessão de planejamento interno ou reunião de brainstorming pode não ser suficiente para chegar a essas ideias para mudar o jogo. Para obter soluções únicas, você precisa olhar para as coisas sob uma nova luz. As sete estratégias a seguir são táticas que ajudarão a ter uma abordagem de fora para dentro para a inovação, para ajudá-lo a chegar a soluções…
  • Community Innovation is Led by Positive Deviants

    Paul Sloane
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Positive Deviance (PD) is an idea which is based on the observed principle that in any community there are people who adopt unusual and successful approaches to problems that beset the whole community. These people are the ‘positive deviants.’
 
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    Gregg Fraley

  • Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Speaker

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Four Criteria for Hiring an Innovation Keynoter Let this post work as a guide for meeting planners. You don’t have to hire me as your innovation speaker, but if you hire one, you’ll be well served if you pay attention to these four criteria and my comments in bold. Innovation is a complex, wonky topic and it has some special requirements that go beyond the classic things meeting planners look for in a speaker. Let’s keep this simple and as neutral as possible — my shameless personal plug is at the very bottom. I’m even going to suggest my competition here. So…
  • Rural Broadband Necessary for Rural Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Tuesday– September 23, 2014 It’s nice to see that people are recognizing that innovation isn’t always in Silicon Valley. Writing you today from the countryside in Three Oaks, Michigan, aka “Michiana” — where my poky web access is satellite based. Steve Case’s article earlier this week in the Washington Post  – Why innovation and start-ups are thriving in ‘flyover’ country –  is spot on. Case, you may recall, was co-founder of AOL. He correctly identifies the reasons why Chicago, Denver, Cincinnati, and other smaller cities…
  • Quick & Dirty Innovation

    GREGG FRALEY
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Many companies started 2014 with the good intention of “getting after innovation” this year. Was that your organization? How’s that going? Are you jumping for joy or singing the blues? Some companies have worked hard and consistently at innovation all this year. They started the year running and got things done. Look at the slew of announcements Apple just made (to be fair the watch took years). Other companies made a good start but got caught up in the red tape of too much process. So, it’s September now. For those of you who’ve been busy keeping up with…
  • Five Ways to Gain Story Fluency

    GREGG FRALEY
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Story Fluency and Innovation Every time I blink these days I see another article on story. It’s something of a too popular buzzfad, but for good reason. Clearly, story is important in many aspects of marketing, communication, and innovation. The current literature tends to focus on understanding story, and, aligning a story with a brand, or an organization. There is also the related trend of story telling, ala The Moth. I’ve been involved this last year with a similar regional group, Indigan Storyteller here in Michiana, and its been a transformative experience. I’ve…
  • Innovation Facilitation — Death is Easy, Magic Takes Training

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Three Essentials for Magical Innovation Facilitation An essential ingredient to successful innovation projects is good facilitation. Who could argue with that? Innovation combines individual and group activities. Good group collaboration is not a given. Even individual activities need coordination with the group effort. You really need an inspiring, confident, well-trained facilitator to enable innovation. I’m talking about running and managing strategy meetings, ideation sessions, virtual sessions (using IMS), concept writing sessions, and other group work. A good facilitator makes a…
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  • Lessons From A Start-Up As They Happen

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    Chapter 2: Designing the Wings  Written by Erika Penner and Elisa Hills On our quest to build a plane, we’re quickly realizing it’s the wings that allow us to fly. In our startup journey the wings represent the idea. We know that the more aerodynamic the wings, the faster and higher the plane will climb. Similarly, the better designed the idea is, the higher and faster the business will climb. “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams This quote from the late Robin Williams resonated with us given the journey that we’ve been on…
  • City Farm

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    As part of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, we explore the technological, environmental, social and economic design of scalable systems capable of producing affordable and high quality food in the heart of our future cities.
  • Fast Company’s Innovation By Design: Nike President & CEO Mark Parker

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
  • You Are Not An Onion

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    Written by Jose Pierre Imagine you’ve invented a groundbreaking technology—you’re a computer game designer, a scientist, a celebrated major league baseball player in the World Series or an Olympian. As children most of us pondered on such ideas, we hoped and determined that nothing is impossible and we believed that we could achieve the unthinkable. But somewhere along the way we stopped imagining, wondering… and in the process ceased to dream and instead began to look at the world through a waning lens. The eyes of others sometimes mean more than they should, and our conviction to…
  • Convert Music Into Food

    Bulldog Drummond
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    To find out what your favorite song tastes like, just enter in an artist or track title on the Beatballs web app. We tested it out. Within seconds, we had a list of ingredients as well as instructions on how to cook up our entire spotify list give us a listen: Bulldog Tunes.
 
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • What Does This Picture Mean to You?

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Idea Champions Brainstorm Champions
  • The Syndrome Syndrome

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Here's a fun test for you: If you can read the rest of this paragraph without logging onto Facebook, tweeting, or thinking about crop circles, there's a good chance you do not have ADD, ADHD, or any other recently-identified medical condition. That's the good news. The not-so-good news? The overwhelming number of disorders, dysfunctions, and syndromes popping up daily make it almost impossible to understand exactly what condition you actually have. As a concerned citizen, humanitarian, and Johnny Depp look-a-like, I've decided to go beyond my SAHS (Social Activist Hesitation Syndrome) and…
  • A Brainstorm Training that Works

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    What follows is some juicy feedback we just received from Blue States Digital, a new client of ours who participated in our brainstorm facilitation training: "The three-day Conducting Genius training was engaging, fun and informative. I feel empowered as a facilitator and confident in my skills and ability. Mitch and Val were fantastic teachers -- I was sad when it was over!" "We did the three-day version of Conducting Genius, and I wish it could've been even longer! By far the most fun, useful, productive, and engaging training I've ever attended." "It felt like summer camp for creative…
  • Join Us in NYC on November 19th

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    www.BrainstormChampions.com
  • 50 Awesome Quotes on Vision

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    1. "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney 2. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, and magic and power in it. Begin it now." - Goethe 3. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." - Michelangelo 4. "It's not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?" - Henry David Thoreau 5. "You don't lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case." - Ken Kesey
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • 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…
  • Innovation Prevention

    Jeffrey Phillips
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    If you've followed this blog lo this many years, you'll know that I specialize in two things:  trying to convince individuals, teams and organizations to do more innovation, often with a very tongue in cheek approach.  This post is no exception.  I want to talk to you today about the importance of preventing innovation.Like Mordac, the character in the Dilbert cartoon series who prevents people from getting things done with technology, many times I have been Mordac, the preventer of innovation projects.  Mordac's job at Dilbert's company is to develop and sustain IT…
  • Innovation should change your perspective

    Jeffrey Phillips
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    I've been thinking a lot about innovation lately.  Well, I guess I've been thinking about innovation for over a decade, but for some reason the thinking has migrated from operational to philosophical.  I've long wondered why innovation is considered a transactional activity rather than a engaging philosophy or "way of life".  Too many people view innovation as something to do only in emergencies, when a competitor steals a march and wins new customers or introduces a new product.  Otherwise it's steady on, life as usual, and ignoring or avoiding innovation.  I think…
  • Going with the flow

    Jeffrey Phillips
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you've ever been working on a task or a project when time passed by in an instant, or so engrossed in a hobby or game that you forgot to eat or sacrificed sleep to continue, there's a good chance you were experiencing "flow".  Flow, that is, as defined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in his book Flow:  The Psychology of Optimum Experience.  For those of you who have experienced "flow", or who have been in the groove, or have been so engaged in an activity that time slipped by almost unnoticed, you know what it feels like.  You are doing something that you enjoy…
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    Scott Berkun

  • Help me launch the new book Wednesday

    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 on Wednesday 10/22: Set a schedule reminder for one or more of the following (iCal appt): Buy the book on launch day :) Kindle through this link is best for me (here’s…
  • 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.
  • The best memoirs I’ve read: a list

    Scott
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    As I work on a new book I make a list of books I need to read. For The Ghost of My Father I realized that since I’ve never written a memoir before I needed to study the classics and inform myself of what they can do. Reading books in the genre you’re writing is the only way to understand how to solve certain problems and to learn what the strengths and weaknesses of the form are. The more I read for a book project, the more confident I become about what I’m doing. As The Ghost of My Father launches this Wednesday (get the exclusive excerpt here – PDF), it’s a…
  • The 5 Worst Fathers Of All Time

    Scott
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    In working on my upcoming book The Ghost of My Father (releases on 10/22), I’ve read many books about fathers. There is a long history of bad ones and it puts most of our modern complains about parents into sharp relief. My book is strictly about my own experience with a distant father, and the hard work of sorting out the consequences now as an adult. But for all of my complaints about my father this list expresses the wide spectrum of how bad some fathers have been. Emperor Constantine.  Reigned over the Roman empire around 300 A.D. He led the way for the endorsement of…
  • Exclusive: Read the first chapter of my next book

    Scott
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    For the last 18 months I’ve been working on a very different kind of book, a memoir about a personal crisis in my family. The book is called The Ghost of My Father and I’m proud to tell you the book is finished and will launch to the world on Wed Oct 22nd, 2014 – if you’re on Facebook, please follow the launch here. As primarily a business author I’ve spent much of my career advising other people to take creative risks, but rarely did myself. How creative is a writer who only writes in the same genre? If nothing else, I hope you’ll be interested in my book…
 
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • 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…
  • Think High

    Paul Sloane
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Researchers discovered that the height of the ceiling in a meeting room can affect the outcome of the meeting. Apparently a high ceiling encourages people to think more creatively while a low ceiling discourages imagination and influences people to think in a constrained way. So if you want an effective brainstorm choose somewhere with plenty of headroom. The concept extends beyond the physical. In addition to material headroom we need lofty ideals too. Many people will approach a meeting as a low value exercise unless we inspire them to become engaged and try harder. The meeting leader…
  • You Train for Other Skills so why not Train for Innovation?

    Paul Sloane
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    How did your organization acquire its skills in quality, sales, marketing, people management, finance and all the other myriad competences that you use? You hired people with the skills, and you trained people so that they acquired the skills, and people learned skills on the job. So if you want to develop expertise in innovation then the same approaches apply. You hire creative people. You train people in the cultural and procedural aspects of innovation. And people learn about innovation by practising it. The main areas for training include: Problem Analysis Questioning Listening Idea…
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    Stephen Shapiro

  • Watch Personality Poker on USA Network

    sshapiro
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    This Wednesday, October 22, be sure to watch “Partners in Crimes” on USA Network at 11:30PM ET (check your local listings for your time). During this episode, you will see yours truly playing Personality Poker with Mario, Lou, and the office staff. Here’s the show description from ... The post Watch Personality Poker on USA Network appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Shapiro in Action

    shapiro
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
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  • SUCCESS Magazine Cover Story

    sshapiro
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the October 2014 issue of SUCCESS Magazine, you will find a 3-page article by yours truly on “breakthrough thinking.” It is one of this month’s cover. Be sure to get your copy before the November issue replaces it!  ... The post SUCCESS Magazine Cover Story appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • My New Demo Video

    sshapiro
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    For those of you who have not had a chance to see me on stage, now you can see some highlights from several speeches in this 6 minute sizzle reel. Enjoy!  ... The post My New Demo Video appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • How to Fool Penn & Teller

    sshapiro
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of my favorite TV shows is Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us.” Each week, aspiring magicians perform their best trick, hoping to fool P&T. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with famed duo in their Las Vegas show. As an amateur magician, I see if I can figure out how each trick was don... The post How to Fool Penn & Teller appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
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    Creativity and Innovation in Business | Social Media

  • 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…
  • Get Innovative Business Ideas Through Mind the Business Radio Show

    Sanjay Dalal
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Are you a new business owner looking for effective business ideas and strategies to run your business successfully? Or is your search related to a creative channel through which you can get innovative ideas to boost up your business? If so, then you must take a look at http://www.mindthebusinessradio.com/  Mind the Business is a radio podcast designed to help start ups, small business owners and entrepreneurs by providing crucial information regarding business world. This Radio show provides you the best platform to meet interesting people including business coaches, entrepreneurs and…
 
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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 https://www.eventbrite.com/register?orderid=362609973191&client_token=59b4b7a81741420bbb9f974f39e0065e&eid=13784861893 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…
  • Next-Generation R&D Partnerships: The NCATS Success Story

    akey
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    off https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-gen-rd-partnerships-the-ncats-success-story-tickets-13315004537 A major challenge for federally funded research and technology is bridging the so-called "valley of death" - a state of development where many promising discoveries die because they are not sufficiently advanced to attract private sector partners or venture funding even though they may have tremendous potential impact.  This problem plagues many capital-intensive technologies, such as clean energy and biotechnology.It's particularly serious when dealing with rare or neglected diseases…
  • Trade Promotion Authority: Do We Need a New Approach?

    akey
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Enable Registration Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a law that allows the President to “fast-track” trade agreements for approval or disapproval by Congress by only allowing a “yes or no” vote, is a contentious issue. While it is crucial, especially given that the Obama Administration is in the middle of negotiations for two different potentially transformative trade agreements — the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) — it also raises questions of the appropriate delegation of Congressional authority over trade. How will…
  • ITIF Comments to the New York State Department of Financial Services on the Proposed BitLicense Framework

    akey
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    ITIF proposes comments for the New York Department of Financial Services on the BitLicense Framework.
  • New York should ensure “BitLicenses” are a Step Forward for Innovation

    akey
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This accompanying blog summarizes ITIF's comments to the State of New York regarding their BitLicenses.
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    Top News - MIT Technology Review

  • Technology and Inequality

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?The signs of the gap—really, a chasm—between the poor and the super-rich are hard to miss in Silicon Valley. On a bustling morning in downtown Palo Alto, the center of today’s technology boom, apparently homeless people and their meager belongings occupy almost every available public bench. Twenty minutes away in San Jose, the largest city in the Valley, a camp of homeless people known as the Jungle—reputed to be the largest in the country—has taken root…
  • Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Note from Arthur Obermayer, friend of the author:
  • How a Wiki Is Keeping Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Alive

    18 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The FDA ordered 23andMe to stop selling its health tests. But for the intrepid, genome knowledge is still available.When Meg DeBoe decided to tap her Christmas fund to order a $99 consumer DNA test from 23andMe last year, she was disappointed: it arrived with no information on what her genes said about her chance of developing Alzheimer’s and heart disease. The report only delved into her genetic genealogy, possible relatives, and ethnic roots.
  • Air Traffic Control for Drones

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If large numbers of commercial drones are to take to the skies, they’ll need an air traffic control system.How do you keep small drone aircraft safe in the world’s busiest national airspace? One idea is to have them use cellphone networks to feed data back to an air traffic control system made just for drones.
  • Can Apple Pay Do to Your Wallet What iTunes Did for Music?

    15 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With added security, better design, and improved convenience, Apple Pay hopes to finally make mobile payments commonplace at the register.
 
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • Former Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman Joins Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center as Senior Fellow

    Daniel Poneman
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Daniel Poneman, former Deputy Secretary of Energy, has joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a senior fellow. Poneman was nominated by President Obama to be Deputy Secretary of Energy on April 20, 2009, and was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 18, 2009. Under the leadership of Secretaries of Energy Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz, Poneman also served as Chief Operating Officer of the Department. Between April 23, 2013, and May 21, 2013, Poneman served as Acting Secretary of Energy.
  • A liberal actor in a realist world? The Commission and the external dimension of the single market for energy

    Andreas Goldthau
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    This article investigates the European Commission's external energy policy through the lens of the regulatory state. It argues that because of the nature of its institutions, policy tools and resources, the Commission remains a liberal actor even as the world leaves the benign pro-market environment of the 1990s and becomes more mercantilist – or ‘realist’.
  • The Ukraine Challenge and Europe's Energy Needs Collide

    Andreas Goldthau
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The crisis in Ukraine is the most severe security challenge in Europe after the Cold War. Energy has featured prominently in public debates surrounding the conflict. Yet, energy-market realities hinder some of the political preferences that currently feature prominently in the hallways of European capital cities. European policy makers should therefore push for separating energy from hard security issues in this conflict.
  • Russia's Gas Pact With China Not About Ukraine

    Morena Skalamera
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    After a decade of delays, on May 21 Russia and China clinched a $400 billion 30-year deal on the delivery of 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year starting in 2018. In Shanghai, President Vladimir Putin called the deal an "epic event."
  • Obama's Second-Term Energy Policy Is Working

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

  • Cognitive Funnels, Powerful Call-to-Action, More… Roger’s Picks

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    This reading isn’t required… but you’ll miss out if you don’t read at least a few of our top picks for the week! Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Roger Dooleyneuromarketingweb resourcespersuasioncopywritingmotivation
  • Linking CX Strategy to Corporate Strategy & Brand Values

    admin
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    How do you link your customer experience strategy with your corporate strategy? As many of you know, earlier this week we celebrated the second annual CX Day, a day to celebrate both customers and the professionals who work tirelessly to improve the customer experience. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: brand valueAnnette Franz Gleneickistrategycustomer experiences
  • Frameworks for Understanding the Future of Work

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Technology is changing work. It’s changing labor. Some imagine radical transformations, both positive and negatives. Words like robots and drones conjure up all sorts of science fiction imagination. But many of the transformations that are underway are far more mundane and, yet, phenomenally disruptive, especially for those who are struggling to figure out their place in this new ecosystem.  Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: workworkplacedanah boydtechnologyfuturechange
  • Peter Thiel’s 4 Rules for Creating a Great Business

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    In Silicon Valley, the PayPal Mafia reigns supreme. So much so that it is hard to think of any successful technology startup in the last ten years—from Facebookand LinkedIn to YouTube and Yelp—that hasn’t been touched by it in some way. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Greg Satellbusiness modelsbusiness ideasbest practicebrand valuebook review
  • The Transformation of Marketing

    admin
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Descriptions of how marketing is changing usually refer to new digital capabilities and media channels. But a more foundational transformation is also taking place - one that is elevating marketing into a critical, core company capability and shifting the scope of what marketing entails. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: marketingchangeDenise Lee Yohn
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    Creativity Central

  • The Decline of Eloquence

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

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

    Creativity Central
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    It is rare to find the terms “rabbi” and “disruptive innovation” used in the same sentence. Rarer still, is to find those words inexplicably embedded into the vision of one individual. When Rabbi Irwin Kula spoke from the BIF10 stage (Business Innovation Factory Summit) in Providence, he asked a provocative question: How do we innovate more developed and evolved human beings? Kula, the President of the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and the author of Yearnings: The Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, believes that like any system, religion has…
  • Bullets, Innovation, and the dreaded "M" Word

    Creativity Central
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    In the intellectual equivalent of placing my hand over a candle flame, I am taking a course on complex models.  And an answer your obvious question, less Cindy Crawford or Angela Lindvall and more probabilities and algebra.  I have a deep affinity and some aptitude for the English language, but I have never been an aficionado of the “M” word – mathematics.   So why dive into the deep end of the pool of models and mathematics? Frankly, I thought the class promise of “no calculus or advanced math needed” meant I could bumble my way through the course…
  • Forvo: The Holy Grail for Speakers Everywhere

    Creativity Central
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    I may have found the holiest of grails for speakers everywhere.  Imagine you're giving a speech and you want to reference the author of the Little Prince -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. If you’re not a native French speaker or haven’t mingled with literature majors, then you are tempting the fates by winging the pronunciation. To mispronounce a word in a public speech isn’t fatal but it does tend to tarnish any credibility you probably earned before the gaffe.  I have learned to compensate by pointing the screen and saying “that wonderful French aviator…
 
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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

  • FREE WEBINAR ALERT: Goodyear Innovation!

    Cheryl Perkins
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:00-1:00pm ET Business Model Innovation: A Goodyear Case Study Business model innovation is important for bringing new innovation to market, but also for capturing value from innovative technology. Alliances and partnerships are an important part of the process. Jim will discuss the approach to business model innovation – from customer insight to incubation – that is used at Goodyear. The practice that ​they use is customer-centered, systematic and data-based. It includes a systematic way of bringing the outside in. He will use an example from the…
  • Where the OI Experts will be!

    Cheryl Perkins
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    It’s here!  CoDev 2015 Join 200 of your peers at the industry’s first and most respected forum on Open Innovation.  Now in its fourteenth year, this is the one event you can count on to deliver cutting-edge content, valuable contacts, and an outstanding experience. Find out how the OI pioneers are moving ahead. The OI pioneers are going forward full steam – find out what they are doing, with whom, and how.  Get the real story from people on the front lines.  Our stellar line-up includes industry leaders – not celebrities or theorists, but people with…
  • Making everyday items better: Regional manufacturing innovations hit mainstream

    Cheryl Perkins
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Here is an interview I did with business editor Larry Avila: Making everyday items better Regional manufacturing innovations hit mainstream Story by Larry Avila, New North B2B Editor They’re all around us and we likely don’t even give it a second thought. From vehicles to move people and goods to the gizmos that keep us connected to daily happenings as well as friends and family, there’s one thing that bonds them together – someone came up with an idea to make a once-thought-impossible or difficult task possible. But in a world that constantly demands better and faster, a culture of…
  • The Theory of Crowd Capital

    Cheryl Perkins
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
      I’m curating a fantastic collection of Open Innovation white papers from innovation experts, universities and corporate thought leaders on the latest theories, recent case studies, preliminary results and pioneering research. I first came across The Theory of Crowd Capital, which is the result of proceedings of the hawaii International Conference on System Sciences last year. John Prpic from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, and Prashant Shukla of the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management put this together and I share it with you here:…
  • Eight Ways to Rethink Your Business Model

    Cheryl Perkins
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    In my book, Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Overcoming the Barriers to Personal and Corporate Success, we discuss some of the ways our corporate efforts have gone stale. One of those ways is embedded in our corporate cultures that tell our people, “Not Invented Here.” Those three little words ought not be!  There is a whole lot of re-thinking many corporations need to do in order to reshape their cultures and bring those services and products to market in a way that is sustainable. That’s why I enjoyed this article, “Eight Ways to Rethink Your Business Model,”…
 
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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

  • 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...
  • The Innovation Master Class 2014 - June 9-11

    Mike
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:31 pm
    I'm honored to be speaking at next week's Innovation Master Class June 10-11 being held at the epicenter of innovation, 3M's headquarters in St. Paul/Minneapolis. It's a wonderful line-up of speakers and one of the highest quality of attendees (based...
  • WOBI on Innovation Event Focused on Disruptive Innovation

    Mike
    6 Jun 2014 | 2:13 pm
    WOBI, the leader in management and leadership conferences, gathered 600 of the world's top thought leaders from 27 countries at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City on June 4-5 for WOBI on Innovation to discuss the power of...
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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

  • 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…
  • How Innovative Is YOUR Culture?

    Patty Seybold
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Each year I treat myself to quality time with a group of long-time clients. I call these folks (who are mostly men) “Patty’s Pioneers.” We’ve been hanging out together for over two decades. The group has evolved over time, with people retiring and new folks being recruited in to the fold. The group is hand-picked by me based on how these people are “wired.” What I mean by that is that each of these pioneering souls has a number of similarities in their backgrounds, in how they view the world, solve problems, and create businesses. A few of these hardy souls have remained with the…
  • Are You Measuring What Matters to Customers?

    Patty Seybold
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    In the northern hemisphere, early September is a natural time to take stock and to set priorities. As our kids go back to school, we adults find ourselves in the same mindset: excited about learning new things, accomplishing something important, and having fun “playing” with our colleagues and customers. So, it’s a natural time to set some goals and priorities. Why not start by taking stock of how to improve your customers’ end-to-end experience of using your products and services, in doing business with you, and in doing their jobs. I was reminded of how important this is as I…
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    15inno

  • 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…
  • Free Webinar: Bringing Assets, Needs, Value Pools and Channels Together for Better Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    On Oct 23, you can join a webinar, where we will look into how companies must find the right balance between internal open innovation and “true” open innovation, how the triple matrix of direction, value pools and channels can bring progress to open innovation programs and why many companies struggle on getting this right. Some questions that you should reflect on before, during and after this webinar are: • Are you able to bring together the internal open innovation and “true” open innovation efforts? • What value pools (think suppliers, startups or universities) can you tap into…
  • Five Keys for Career Success: Lessons from Ellison, Gates and Jobs

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, just posted an interesting article in which the journalist looked into some common traits from the founders of Microsoft, Oracle and Apple. These five keys for success are worth paying attention to you want a bright career: 1. Find your passion and have a dream - Ellison, Gates and Jobs had big dreams and an even bigger passion for what they did with their companies. 2. Adversity is necessary - Jobs got sacked by Apple, Ellison and Oracle almost went bankrupt in the early years and even Gates and Microsoft faced serious trouble, when they missed…
 
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    Innovation in Practice

  • 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…
  • Innovation Sighting: The Division Technique in Vision Correcting Displays

    Drew Boyd
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Innovation is anything that is new, useful, and surprising. "Surprising" means that the idea makes you slap your forehead and say, "Gee, why didn't I think of that?" Here's a great example. "Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects — no glasses (or contact lenses) required." It is a classic and clever example of the Divison Technique, one of the five techniques in Systematic Inventive Thinking. From MIT News: “The first spectacles were invented in the 13th…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • 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…
  • 10 technologies of tomorrow that will be in use in 2025

    A.S Rao
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Based on research trends Thompson Reuters came out with 10 predictions of innovation.Dementia declines,Solar becomes the primary source of energy,Type 1 diabetes become preventable,Food shortages disappear with successful indoor crop growth,Electric air transportation takes off,Everything, everywhere will be digitally connected,Cellulose derived packaging takes the market from petroleum based packaging,Drug development will be more precise and cancer treatment will have few toxic side effects,DNA mapping at birth becomes the norm,Teleportation is tested,
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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

  • 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.
  • Amorphic Framework

    paul
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Sam Elsamman came to the NYC HTML5 MeetUp and talked about Amorphic a front to back isomorphic framework for developing applications with node.js and mongoDB
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • Which Came First?

    jimkastkeat
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Which came first, the sermon or the podcast? If you were at our last Pub Theology gathering you know the answer!
  • Preaching With Beyoncé and Stories About Swearing

    jimkastkeat
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The past two Sunday evenings at Middle Church have included my most recent (short) sermons. The first sermon includes one of the greatest lines I think I may have ever crafted in a sermon (it’s about Beyoncé; you can hear it about 2 minutes in to the first video). The second sermon includes the story of the first time I got in trouble for swearing and then a whole lot of almost swearing to follow in a sermon appropriately titled “The F Word.” (My portion of the sermon begins at about 9:15.) Enjoy!
  • Lord in Your Mercy

    jimkastkeat
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    This morning at Middle Church I offered the Prayers of the People, perhaps the greatest and most frightening honor a minister could have. Here’s the words we prayed, with “hear our prayer” as a congregational response. God, we gather this morning, here in this physical and digital sanctuary, in need of hope and healing, grace and peace, for ourselves and for our world. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. With turmoil and anxiety on our shoulders, both from our immediate life and in the world around us, we need you now and everyday. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.  We…
  • Praying with Your Hands

    jimkastkeat
    7 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    A prayer: God, sometimes we pray with clenched fists, holding on for our own dear life or to the life of those we love. Sometimes we pray with clenched fists, raising them in protest of the injustice we encounter. Sometimes we pray with clenched fists, not knowing what else to do, desperate to hold on to anything. God, may we find you within our clenched fists, hearing your invitation to turn anger to love and violence to peace, knowing that yours is the hand that is always there to hold onto ours. God, sometimes we pray with our hands open, offering ourselves to you and the lives of love and…
  • We Are All Cyborgs Now

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

  • Steve Ballmer Defends Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's Comments On Women And Raises

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    "He allowed good karma to happen and good things happened to him and he was very fortunate, and that's his genuine belief in life."In an interview today with CBS This Morning, former Microsoft CEO and new NBA team owner Steve Ballmer spoke candidly about a range of subjects. The conversation roamed from buying the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion ("There's just no sport as great as basketball"), to leaving the company he helped build with Bill Gates ("No, actually, nobody wanted me to leave as CEO"), to his former employer's whiffs with Nokia and Windows Phone ("All along the way we've…
  • CNN, Cartoon Network, And More Go Dark For DIsh Network Subscribers

    Chris Gayomali
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    A contract dispute between Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting means customers are out of luck.As part of a contract dispute, seven Turner Broadcasting channels, including CNN, have been yanked from Dish Network as of early Tuesday morning. So if you're a Dish subscriber who craves relentless Ebola coverage that's a touch on the hysterical side, it looks like you'll have to get your fix somewhere more nuanced.Read Full Story
  • This Nightlight Costs $100, And It's Worth Every Penny

    John Brownlee
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Leeo Smart Alert is a beautifully designed nightlight that can also protect your home when you're away.Asked about the future of the connected home last week,Nest founder Tony Fadell said it wouldn't be a single integrated Jetsons-like experience authored by Google or Apple. Instead, it would be made up of a universe of great individual smart products, which might not be able to communicate with one another, but still make our homes smarter and safer in one unique way.Read Full Story
  • "So Badass You Can't Believe It" Magic Leap Raises $542 Million To Launch The Future Of Computing

    David Lidsky
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    An ambitious, stealthy startup recruits Google, Qualcomm, and VC and Hollywood A-listers to build next-gen augmented and virtual reality.If you're a card-carrying member of the Where's my jetpack? school of innovation, lamenting every new messaging app as a sign of the bankrupt imagination of the tech world, this news is for you: There's a company that, at best, you heard of a week ago, based on the outskirts of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (!), that today announces it has raised a jaw-dropping $542 million in second-round financing from an unparalleled lineup of bigfoot investors to complete…
  • A Review Of Simpsons World, An App For "Simpsons" Fans That Gets Streaming Video Right

    Neal Ungerleider
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:06 am
    With every episode of The Simpsons on demand and a metadata-driven index of in-jokes, the app masters the world of streaming video.Ralph Wiggum and Reverend Lovejoy finally have an app of their own. The new Simpsons World app and portal, which launches today, is a Simpsons fan's ultimate dream: Every episode of the long-running television cartoon available on a streaming player, with every in-joke and uncredited guest star (Michael Jackson! Dustin Hoffman!) lovingly encoded into metadata.Read Full Story
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • 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…
  • Adaptive Path: Where We’re Going Next

    Jesse James Garrett
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    The truth is, nobody knew if this was going to work. It was, after all, a terrible idea. The idea was this: Sell a service that nobody’s ever heard of. Something that, even when you explain it, comes across as vague and abstract, and of questionable value. Then introduce it to a rapidly shrinking market, as an entire industry goes into free fall. Tough sell. That’s what it was to be one of the seven of us back in 2001, introducing ourselves to the world as Adaptive Path and declaring ourselves “user experience consultants.” It was fun and exhilarating and scary as…
  • Conversations in the Kitchen: The Do’s and Don’ts of Debriefs

    Noel McKenzie-Johnson
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    In our San Francisco studio we’re fortunate to have a large, open kitchen. Not unlike what you might experience at home, we often find ourselves migrating and gathering to this spot throughout the day. Maybe it’s the food. Or, maybe it’s the cold beer. More often than not, it’s just as likely that it’s for the conversation. On this specific occasion, our project team was in the kitchen conversing about the result of a client workshop. The dialogue revolved around common debriefing questions like: • What do you think went well? • What didn’t go so well? • What would we have…
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    FOLDEN eMedia Blog

  • 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 […]
  • Listen and Stream Live Music with Video

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

    kiran
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    I just finished up Chris Guillebeau’s latest book and in two words, do I recommend it? Yes. I only needed one. My reason for that is it had me stopping midway through and taking some action. That doesn’t happen very often. The Happiness of Pursuit is Guillebeau’s takeaway from studying people who have embarked on some pretty ambitious quests. Oh you know, little things like walking across Turkey, sailing the world solo or completing the MIT computer science curriculum in a single year. No big whoop. Then there’s his own quest of visiting every country on the planet,…
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    Inventor Spot - Inventions, Innovations, and Interesting Ideas for the Inventor in All of Us

  • Want To Play Chess In The Round?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    You and a couple of friends are hanging out together and you decide that you want to play a board game. All three of you are in the mood for a rousing (?) game of chess but who has to sit out on deck for a few hours? What to do? Well, odd as it seems all you need to do is get this intriguing Three Player Circular Chess set. The game play manages to retain all of the rules and strategies of classic chess.
  • SONY Gets Into The Car Parts Biz With A High-Sensitivity CMOS Image Sensor for Automotive Cameras

    Motors.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
    SONY, known for their groundbreaking Walkman music player and other innovative audiovisual devices, figures it's time to stop walking and get behind the wheel instead. Scheduled for mass-production in December of 2015, the IMX224MQV CMOS image sensor for automotive cameras is the company's first component approved for use in the commercial automotive sector.
  • Muku Shuttr Lets You Become A Grandmaster Of Smartphone Photography

    Josiah Motley
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    If you're looking for a device to really step your smartphone photography game up, look no further than the Muku Shuttr; the little peripheral that allows you to take hands-free pictures with your Android or Apple smartphone. The Shuttr was made possible thanks to their Kickstarter campaign that reached their goal in a little over a week. The Shuttr uses Bluetooth technology to pair with your device and allows for (almost) hands-free photography.
  • Want To Pick Your Own Food In The City?

    Laurie Kay Olson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    For some people food can be a scarce commodity. Yet even in the cities there is food all around us that goes uneaten every year. A new website called Falling Fruits has been set up to help map the places where these foods are in public places and can be legally picked and consumed. It started out as a venture by Ethan Welty, a University of Colorado graduate student, to keep track of these foods for locals in Boulder, Colorado, and is now worldwide.
  • In-Store Tailor Enlarges Pants Pockets For iPhone 6 Plus Customers

    China.new
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You've got to have deep pockets to own a new iPhone 6 Plus... in more ways than one. All's not lost for owners of the oversized Apple devices, however, thanks to an enterprising Chinese iPhone retailer who set up an in-store tailoring booth where customers can get their pockets enlarged while they wait.
 
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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

  • 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…
  • Is it technically working or does it work for me?

    Arnold Beekes
    19 Jun 2014 | 12:49 am
    Recently I did switch from a glass fiber provider (for tv, telephone, internet) to another cable provider. I must admit that the reason was a slight dissatisfaction with the original provider as well as a cheaper offer for similar services. The first nuisance is the time that they are planning to visit you. They said that they would arrive between 8.00 am and 1.00 pm. Even when asked a day early they could not give me an exact timing. This is really annoying and inconvenient, as I could not even go to the bathroom in the waiting time. Then the (subcontracted) engineer did install everything.
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    The Brainzooming Group

  • Creating Strategic Impact – Challenge and Change

    Mike Brown
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Working on a creating strategic impact exercise the other day, I typed the words “Challenge” and “Change” on a Powerpoint slide. Suddenly, it struck me that the only difference between challenge and change is the “lle” in the middle of challenge. Take the “lle” out and you get “change.” Add the “lle” to change, and you get “challenge.” I think it was late at night (or some other time I was mentally exhausted), so I put messages out on Twitter and Facebook calling out the three-letter difference in challenge…
  • Event Strategy – 5 Ideas for Generating Applause When You Need It

    Mike Brown
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Applause is a wonderful part of any conference event. Applause makes the speakers feel better. Applause signals the attendees are enjoying the event. Applause keeps things lively. None of that means applause always happens spontaneously, however. How many conference events have you been to where speakers start or finish with no applause? I’ve been to plenty. Sometimes there’s no applause because of the audience. Often, though, it’s because event organizers aren’t actively enabling applause as part of the event strategy. 5 Event Strategy Ideas for Generating Applause When You Need It…
  • Brainzooming – In Case You Just Joined Us

    Mike Brown
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Nearly five years after launching The Brainzooming Group as a full-time strategy and innovation firm, we are honored by the Brainzooming blog readership growth. We appreciate those of you who have been diving in to the Brainzooming blog mid-stream to join us. Based on new readers asking about the Brainzooming backstory when I’m out speaking, and the fact there are now nearly eighteen hundred articles on the Brainzooming blog, an “in case you just joined us” recap highlighting all the different perspectives woven into the Brainzooming backstory seems helpful. A Left Brain and Right…
  • Strategic Thinking Question – When Does Free Become Getting Paid?

    Mike Brown
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    You’ve heard the strategy. You’ve heard the strategy’s promise. Heck, you may be knee-deep or even waist-deep in the strategy. What’s the strategy? Giving away what you do for free in the hope of building an audience that will eventually pay you for what you do. Strategic Thinking Question – When Does Free Become Getting Paid? A lunch discussion the other day, however, was when and how do you start getting paid? One intriguing answer to this strategic thinking question came via Jonathan Field as he addressed moving from free speaking to paid speaking. He tied the…
  • Strategic Planning – 10 Signs of a Strategic Planning Meeting Nightmare

    Mike Brown
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:50 am
    Have you seen this commercial about bad decisions people make in horror movies? It reminds me of the typical strategic planning process, where people KNOW it’s not going to be productive, yet they approach a kickoff strategic planning meeting the same way every year and think things will be different. 10 Signs of a Strategic Planning Meeting Nightmare If you’re invited to a strategic planning meeting to prepare for next year or you are doing the one inviting to this type of meeting, look at the materials sent to participants. Want to know in advance if the strategic planning process is…
 
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • 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 […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

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

  • Inspired: What Sea World dolphins taught me about writing and life

    Christa
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dolphins are amazing! Ever wonder how dolphins sleep without drowning? So did I so I asked one of the biologists at Sea World. Dolphins (and whales) are unihemispheric: one half of their brain sleeps while the other half stays awake because they must actively decide to take every breath. This idea is mind-boggling to me. Imagine what we could do with that kind of brain! There is no such thing as impossible, not even if you live in water and breathe air.Sometimes to live a good life with the situation that presents itself, we have to do something insane that’s never been done before.
  • Inspired: The way to done is to begin

    Christa
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Begin and you will find the way I’m researching and writing like a madwoman for National Novel Writing Month. Truthfully, all I need to do is begin and finish, in that order. 50,000 words in 30 days, roughly 1,800 words per day. There will be many round of revisions after November 30th; most of writing is rewriting. I don’t need any part of it to be perfect this first time around. I’m free to play, experiment, and explore. I have to remember that if I can breathe, then the story will breathe, too.Filed under: writing
  • Inspired: You are the master of your time

    Christa
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Be your best pilot. Time doesn’t get away from us. Put a plate of your favorite food in front of you when you’re starving and then force yourself to stare at it for 10 minutes without moving a muscle. That 10 minutes will feel like an eternity when in reality it passes just as quickly as any other 10 minutes of your life. What matters is attention and intention. What we focus on and what we do with that focus is what allows us to give our time meaning and value. Don’t throw it away and don’t let other people waste it for you. Treasure your time. It’s a gift, and…
  • Inspired: Writing teaches us to live a meaningful life

    Christa
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Wizard of Oz To write a compelling story, the characters must want something that matters to them in every scene. If that line isn’t art reflecting life, I don’t know what is. Why are any of us doing anything if we don’t know why we’re doing it? We wouldn’t follow (nor write) a story if the characters weren’t clear on their deepest desire, so why would we live our lives that way? Dorothy didn’t go to Oz because she thought it might be a nice walk. Alice didn’t traipse through Wonderland because she was bored. Characters go in search of…
  • Inspired: Kids understand what we have in common

    Christa
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We are alike. My 4-year old niece, Aubree, asked me to pick her up so she could see herself in the mirror. She looked at our reflection and hugged my face. “We are the same!”, she said. She has blond hair and blue eyes. I absolutely don’t. Kids are amazing because the first thing they see are our similarities. They bring people together. Adults immediately look for differences and divide people. Let’s let kids lead, in our daily lives and on the world stage. We are so much more like all people than we realize. There is always common ground.Filed under: children
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    Breaking Glass by Rishi Dean

  • 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 […]
  • What Does a Product Manager Do? Part 2/5: Competencies

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

  • My answers to the 5 big questions on innovation

    Jorge Barba
    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 Barba
    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…
  • Interactions, not individuals, drive breakthroughs

    Jorge Barba
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    A key skill all innovators have is the ability to network with the objective of developing ideas, finding collaborators, bouncing ideas off others and overall just building their ideas. Rather than being individualists, innovators are collaborators. They understand that it takes a diverse community of people working on a single problem to drive breakthroughs; as opposed to a single hardworking individual: It’s not the raw creativity or herculean intellect of an inspired individual that solves problems. It’s the interaction between that individual and others that leads to epiphany. Most…
  • Q&A: Changing Mexico from cheap labor provider to a global engineering powerhouse

    Jorge Barba
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    The following interview is about Alfonso Arámburo, CEO of Brecher Mfg, a product design company in Tijuana, Mexico that specializes in engineering development and mechatronic prototyping. Alfonso is an entrepreneur and engineer with 6 years of experience. Alfonso has Bachelors in Mechatronic Engineering, in addition a Masters in Business Administration. Alfonso has worked for companies such as Turbotec, a Caterpillar company, Rockwell Automation, TECO GmbH in the city of Munich, Germany leading projects for companies such as Continental, BMW, Renault, Land Rover and Chrysler. You can contact…
  • What is a mindset and why does it matter?

    Jorge Barba
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If you are really ambitious, I believe that rather than setting out to accumulate as many material things as you can, you should be aiming to spread mindset; a point of view. This blog is very much focused on innovation as a mindset, not as a collection of tools and frameworks that anyone can pickup and magically turn him/herself  into an innovator. The idea that innovation is a set of activities is an easy sell, the idea that innovation is a mindset is hard to swallow for most people. Tools are meant to be straightforward, mindset creates tension because goes deeper; it challenges you.
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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

  • Building An Authentic Brand: A Case Study

    Shawn Parr
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Building a brand that stands for something is challenging; it takes time and, most importantly, authenticity. Almost all companies hope to impart a positive emotion or gain immediate recognition upon someone viewing their logo, hearing their name or considering their story. Zippo is one such company that has been able to achieve that success. When most people hear the word Zippo, they have immediate brand recognition. Its name and brand persona hold a reputation of tradition and durability that companies and industry leaders can learn from. Zippo Conveys Quality and Personality Zippo employs…
  • The Culture Control Panel

    Josh Levine
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    As culture settles in as a legitimate business concern in the larger discussion of work management, so do methods for measuring and managing it. Here are five key touchpoints of culture that all businesses from startups to blue chips can use to build employee engagement — and extra profit — from day one. Download a free copy of the culture control panel here. She sat in her office wondering what was wrong. Though meeting her financial goals, the company she set out to create was evaporating as it grew in size and staff. Success was causing the problem, but it wasn’t growth that was the…
  • What Will Millennial Managers Expect from HR?

    Mark Feffer
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    The challenges of recruiting and retaining Millennials have been well-documented. They’re demanding. If they don’t find meaning in their work, they’ll go someplace else. They expect flexibility in how they do their job. To hear many recruiters, managers and HR professionals tell it, Millennials are an exceptionally challenging generation of employees. Now they’re becoming managers, and that could pose new challenges to HR organizations that have already struggled with Gen Y’s approach to work. For example, citing a study by EY, USAToday says that Millennial…
  • 5 Ways Manager Engagement Spurs Employee Engagement

    Tim Wright
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am pleased Joe Folkman’s article Workers Aren’t Engaged points the finger in the right direction: “Everyone appears to agree that the primary problem of engagement is a management one, not a worker one. If there is an employee engagement problem, it lies squarely at the feet of the managers and the organization that tolerates ineffective managers.” (Italics mine.) It comes down to manager engagement. Of course we want employees engaged.The stronger an organization’s employee engagement, the better for the organization’s results. That is on both the…
  • Keep The Pursuit Of Your Goals From Going Off-Track

    Lisa Ryan
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    “When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck. — Estee Lauder Do you know what you want out of your life? Can you see your future clearly in your mind’s eye, and do you know down to the very core of your being that you’re working toward your life’s purpose? If so, congratulations! If you’re not quite there yet, take a few moments and imagine what your life would be life if you were living on purpose. How wide is the gap between what you want to be doing and what you’re currently engaged in? Sometimes we get…
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  • 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…
  • Building Connected Networks in the 21st Century: Start-ups & Partnerships (Roche/Genentech)

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    This Learning Lab was presented at the Back End of Innovation 2014 Conference, by Ayelet Baron, Futurist, Simplifying Work and Innovator in Residence, Roche/Genentech.Ayelet helps people thrive – she is a global strategist who speaks, writes and consults people and organizations to gain a 21st century edge. Today Ayelet is at the forefront of fixing what’s broken in business and transforming organizations. Ayelet is an Innovator in Residence with Roche’s Product Development Strategic Innovation team.This talk started with another conference leitmotif: get out of your work building and…
  • This Week in Innovation: 10/6/14 - 10/10/14

    11 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Starbucks Uses Cloud to Manage Innovation and Disruptive TechnologyEffective Risk Management Encourages Innovation: Accessing untapped benefits to improve business processes and stakeholder's confidence5 Disruptive Technologies for 2015 and Beyond Fast and Furious: Volvo is Using Innovation and Turbochargers to Save the PlanetDisruptive Technology: A huge opportunity for innovation and the utility locating sectorWhy Experts Reject Creativity: "Knowledge doesn't turn us into critical thinkers. It maybe turns us into over-critical thinkers"A New Way to Fund Ideas: Crowdfunding, Crypto-Assets…
  • 4 Trends that Will Impact 2015: From FEI Toronto via Trendhunter

    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We had another chance to catch up with the lovely Shelby Walsh, who is President at TrendHunter and soaks up trends for breakfast, lunch and dinner along with her team at the Front End of Innovation Toronto and Consumer Insights Canada event last week.Here's what she told us:How did you find the experience at FEI Toronto & Consumer Insights Canada?The experience at FEI Toronto was fantastic. The breadth of sessions everyone had to choose from was incredible -- from the Internet of things, to the mind/body connection and authenticity. On top of the takeaways from all of the sessions,…
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • 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…
  • Innovation Thoughts on Zero to One by Peter Thiel

    Tim Kastelle
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    How do we build things that move society forward? That is the core question addressed in Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.  I finished the book today, and here are some key quotes (in bold) and my thoughts on them. Of course, it’s easier to copy a model than to make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange.  Thiel’s argument is that…
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  • 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…
  • Free Webinar: Bringing Assets, Needs, Value Pools and Channels Together for Better Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    On Oct 23, you can join a webinar, where we will look into how companies must find the right balance between internal open innovation and “true” open innovation, how the triple matrix of direction, value pools and channels can bring progress to open innovation programs and why many companies struggle on getting this right. Some questions that you should reflect on before, during and after this webinar are: • Are you able to bring together the internal open innovation and “true” open innovation efforts? • What value pools (think suppliers, startups or universities) can you tap into…
  • Five Keys for Career Success: Lessons from Ellison, Gates and Jobs

    Stefan Lindegaard
    12 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, just posted an interesting article in which the journalist looked into some common traits from the founders of Microsoft, Oracle and Apple. These five keys for success are worth paying attention to you want a bright career: 1. Find your passion and have a dream - Ellison, Gates and Jobs had big dreams and an even bigger passion for what they did with their companies. 2. Adversity is necessary - Jobs got sacked by Apple, Ellison and Oracle almost went bankrupt in the early years and even Gates and Microsoft faced serious trouble, when they missed…
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    Innovation Speaker

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

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

    Robert Brands
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    While most organizations believe that Innovation is required to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, they often do not put enough emphasis on building the organizational capability for... Visit our Innovation-Innovation coach website today! http://www.innovationcoach.com/
 
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • 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.
  • Building Collective Agility for Innovation

    paul4innovating
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Agility is important to me. For me, agility and innovation have needed to always go together. I named my company Agility Innovation Specialists and at its core, we state that the value of this focus can offer a real “intensity in innovation” that we believe reflects today’s world of need. We encourage you to disrupt the accepted, to constantly challenge the current ways and push into uncomfortable territory. We suggest you seek out customer’s unmet needs, unexplored opportunities to give a new diversity to any thinking, and then we set about accelerating these ideas to fruition. Those…
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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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  • My answers to the 5 big questions on innovation

    Jorge Barba
    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 Barba
    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…
  • Interactions, not individuals, drive breakthroughs

    Jorge Barba
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    A key skill all innovators have is the ability to network with the objective of developing ideas, finding collaborators, bouncing ideas off others and overall just building their ideas. Rather than being individualists, innovators are collaborators. They understand that it takes a diverse community of people working on a single problem to drive breakthroughs; as opposed to a single hardworking individual: It’s not the raw creativity or herculean intellect of an inspired individual that solves problems. It’s the interaction between that individual and others that leads to epiphany. Most…
  • Q&A: Changing Mexico from cheap labor provider to a global engineering powerhouse

    Jorge Barba
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    The following interview is about Alfonso Arámburo, CEO of Brecher Mfg, a product design company in Tijuana, Mexico that specializes in engineering development and mechatronic prototyping. Alfonso is an entrepreneur and engineer with 6 years of experience. Alfonso has Bachelors in Mechatronic Engineering, in addition a Masters in Business Administration. Alfonso has worked for companies such as Turbotec, a Caterpillar company, Rockwell Automation, TECO GmbH in the city of Munich, Germany leading projects for companies such as Continental, BMW, Renault, Land Rover and Chrysler. You can contact…
  • What is a mindset and why does it matter?

    Jorge Barba
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    If you are really ambitious, I believe that rather than setting out to accumulate as many material things as you can, you should be aiming to spread mindset; a point of view. This blog is very much focused on innovation as a mindset, not as a collection of tools and frameworks that anyone can pickup and magically turn him/herself  into an innovator. The idea that innovation is a set of activities is an easy sell, the idea that innovation is a mindset is hard to swallow for most people. Tools are meant to be straightforward, mindset creates tension because goes deeper; it challenges you.
 
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    The Discipline of Innovation Blog

  • 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…
  • Innovation Thoughts on Zero to One by Peter Thiel

    Tim Kastelle
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    How do we build things that move society forward? That is the core question addressed in Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.  I finished the book today, and here are some key quotes (in bold) and my thoughts on them. Of course, it’s easier to copy a model than to make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1. The act of creation is singular, as is the moment of creation, and the result is something fresh and strange.  Thiel’s argument is that…
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    URENIO Watch

  • 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! ]]
  • White Paper: Smart Cities and the Energy Cloud

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    This Navigant Research white paper examines the critical issues facing cities and utilities as they develop the energy policies needed in the century of the city. The emerging vision is of smart cities that integrate large and small-scale energy initiatives ranging from improvements in national... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Most Innovative Cities 2014

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    CNNMoney’s “Most Innovative Cities” list and the stories that accompany it are just a snapshot into what’s happening in America’s urban environments. In surveying experts, we heard about more than 50 U.S. cities — and the mayors behind them — that are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A new report, published by Democracy Collaborative, is a representative survey of some key emerging best practices in state and local policy-making to support community wealth building—designed to support economic inclusion goals, create quality jobs with family-supporting wages, address... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Age of Megacities

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    “The Age of Megacities”, an engaging Esri project, maps the growth of ten global megacities by examining the expanding urban footprint of each city over the past 100 years. The Esri team has selected 10 international cities to show the wind-whistling clip of modern development. For each... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • LUNGevity, Donna Karan Look to Return ‘Care’ to Healthcare

    Vivian van Dijk
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    LUNGevity presented the Face of Hope Award to Donna Karan for the Urban Zen Foundation, founded in response to her husband's lung cancer battle. The post LUNGevity, Donna Karan Look to Return ‘Care’ to Healthcare appeared first on EYES IN.
  • ClickStick Revolutionizes Deodorant

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Today is one of the first days of the deodorant revolution, as ClickStick launches on Kickstarter. ClickStick is the world’s first smart electric ... The post ClickStick Revolutionizes Deodorant appeared first on EYES IN.
  • ‘The Talks’ Unleash Hot New Album

    Vivian van Dijk
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The last three years have seen The Talks working relentlessly to bring us a smorgasbord of bouncy, big hitting singles with ‘Can Stand ... The post ‘The Talks’ Unleash Hot New Album appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Learn the Business of Winning

    Vivian van Dijk
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Formula One racing is not just one of the world’s most watched sports with 500 million views worldwide it is first, and foremost, ... The post Learn the Business of Winning appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Eye Opening ‘When Did You Die?’

    Vivian van Dijk
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When did you die? When someone told you that you weren’t good enough? When you buried who you really are for fear that ... The post Eye Opening ‘When Did You Die?’ appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • 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.
  • The Industrial Revolution: Important Inventions and Lessons

    Nicole Lininger
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    The Industrial Revolution was an incubator for innovation and change. From the mid-18th century to the mid-19th century, the transition to new manufacturing processes changed the daily lives of those in the United States, Great Britain, and the rest of Western Europe. The United States shifted from a mainly agriculturally based economy to one that focused more on industry and textile production. In the spirit of Labor Day and the Industrial Revolution, we would like to highlight some of the most essential inventions of this period to remind us of the great strides that innovation and…
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • 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 →
  • Where Does Value Come From?

    Braden Kelley
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Where does value come from? What makes people willing to pay $50 for a t-shirt that’s just like the one that ten other people are wearing in the club? What makes people pay a premium for Apple products with features … Continue reading →
  • Are you competing at cloud speed?

    Braden Kelley
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    We live in an era of constant, accelerating change, and the only organizations that are equipped to keep pace are those that are capable of competing at cloud speed. Does trading out packaged software installed on your own servers for … Continue reading →
 
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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.   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, we are always looking for talented professionals to join our team or network of contractors. In particular, we’d love to hear from designers and researchers who can relate to our passion for…
  • 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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    Business Model Institute

  • Interview: Business Model vs. Business Plan

    Jim Muehlhausen
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    I recently appeared on the Sage Advisors radio program discussing the differences between business models and business plans.  Below you can find the replay link as well as the promo copy for the interview. My Guest, Jim Muehlhausen JD has enjoyed the privilege of working with hundreds of business leaders, from both big and small companies, on an intimate level. These business leaders have shared their hopes and dreams, successes and failures, and the inner workings of their business with him. Through the course of all those interactions he came to discover there wasn’t…
  • Noomii Interview Replay

    Jim Muehlhausen
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    I had the priviledge of discussing business models with a leading coaching organization this week. Thanks to the fine folks at Noomii for the chance to share ideas.Here’s a replay of the interview here: http://businessmodelinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/intro-to-business-models-jim-muehlhausen.mp3
  • 5 Checkpoints Before Changing your Business Model

    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Most people do not like change, not really. Humans are creatures of habit, and whilst they like the excitement that change can bring, they are averse to the apprehension and the uncertainty that comes with it. We only truly enjoy change when the change we’ve made becomes the norm, when the initial fear fades and we realize that not only are things going to continue to be okay, but they will be so in a new and exciting environment. Change is great for the individual and the business. Change helps you to adapt, it helps you to step away from the stagnant and to take a giant leap into the…
  • The Best Marketing May be None at All

    Jim Muehlhausen
    29 May 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Marketing can be a daunting task. It’s always more difficult and expensive than anticipated. Sometimes the frustration of those factors causes us to make bad decisions like cutting corners or, worse yet, convincing ourselves that under-spending will probably work out alright.Unfortunately, getting your marketing 90% right sometimes yields a 0% benefit. Take the marketing letter I received below as a case in point. The agent came up with a strategy to differentiate his marketing by hand-writing an introductory letter. This is a decent strategy to stand out from the dozens of similar…
  • Don’t be afraid to narrow your niche

    Jim Muehlhausen
    21 May 2014 | 5:47 am
    I saw the van below in a parking lot and it struck me as a shockingly narrow and unusual niche. This stands in stark contrast to many businesses who want to be all things to all people. They sport slogans like, “For all your… needs.”Common sense and human psychology dictate that you cannot be good at many things and most people or companies can only be great at one thing. Saying “all things” implicitly states you are great at nothing.By overly, repeat…overly, narrowing your niche, you offer the customer the opportunity to perceive you as an expert at that. This is not an easy task…
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    Innovation Speaker

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

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

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

  • Kickstarter Cancels Anonymising Router Project

    RIC Chester
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    The crowdfunding site, Kickstarter, has suspended a bid to make a router that hides what users do online, after questions were raised about the manufacture of the device. After the project had been launched on Kickstarter it was pointed out that the purported ‘custom’ hardware was already available elsewhere. Prototype Anonabox images looked to be very similar to a device available from a Chinese electronics firm which offered the same kind of capabilities. August Germar, the creator of the Anonabox project, told Ars Technica that the devices from the Chinese company were…
  • Room Alive! Full room gaming from Microsoft

    RIC Chester
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    Microsoft Research has released a demo of RoomAlive, building upon the concepts of Illumiroom, their previous gaming concept demonstrated last year,  while increasing interactivity. RoomAlive uses projectors and depth cameras to work out the dimensions of a room so any surface within it can be used as a display on which to show images.   The ceiling-mounted cameras keep an eye on people moving round in the space to work out how they interact with projected objects. RoomAlive: Magical Experiences Enabled by Scalable, Adaptive Projector-Camera Units  
  • FREE Breakfast Seminar – Tax Relief and IP

    RIC Chester
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:52 am
  • Free workshop-Business Resilience & Contingency Planning

    RIC Chester
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Venue-Chester Football Club, Swansway Chester Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester CH1 4LT Find out how to make your business resilient to unexpected events Tuesday 14th October 9.00 – 12.00 Registration from 8.30 Businesses are increasingly being affected by severe weather such as flooding, high winds, ice & snow and disruption to power supplies and transport links. The insurance industry has found that 80% of businesses affected by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months. Are you or your key staff in a flood risk area? How would you be affected by a power cut? How…
  • World War I Exhibition at the University of Chester’s Riverside Campus

    RIC Chester
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    Wednesday evening saw the official opening of the University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care Historical Society’s First World War Commemorative Programme of Events. The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tim Wheeler officially opened the four-year long programme, highlighting the Faculty’s historical exhibition which specifically focuses on the health provision available in the Chester area one hundred years ago, and the effect of conflict on the provision of health and social care. A particular highlight of the evening was a memorable and moving excerpt from…
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    Adam Collier

  • 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 […]
  • Breaking Gound on Online Real Estate?

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
        I used to read blog posts from people like Michael Hyatt and Jeff Goins about everyone starting a blog and I thought they were a stretch.  Today after blogging for about 3 years I couldn’t agree with them more. Below are seven reasons that almost everyone should consider building their own blog, their own […]
  • A Truly Fascinating Plant

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
        This is a blog about creativity, one of the creative languages outlined in my upcoming creativity course is called a researching creator, I most resonate with the researching creator.  I also took a personality matrix test recently that said I was an analyzer. I love to analyze, I love to create understanding and share […]
  • Protected: Building Your Site

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
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  • Announcement & Thank You

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
      Thank you to Brad Underwood for giving me (for free) the url name AdamCollier.com  This is great news because I’ve had my eye on this url for more than a year now, this will replace my current url last name (collieradam.com) shortly.
 
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    The Innovation Mill

  • 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…
  • North Face’s Latest Customer Experience is “Ground Breaking”

    Innovation Team
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s guest post comes from Peppercommer @Ali_Pearce The “thrill of the hunt” has a whole new meaning with North Face’s latest stunt. Consumers who enter the brand’s latest pop-up store in Korea experience quite a shock when the floor starts to disappear and shoppers are forced to start climbing the store’s rock wall. If that wasn’t enough of an adventure, once the floor has completely disappeared, a North Face item that is perfectly suited for the shopper appears from the ceiling. Of course, this item is just out of the consumers reach – giving shoppers 30 seconds to…
  • Serial Obsessed

    Lauren Parker
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m an avid podcast listener. Whether I’m on a long run or trekking through the NYC subway system, I enjoy being able to lose myself in audio stories. While Public Radio has mastered the audio storytelling art form, many others – even amateurs – are creating incredible compelling and highly produced narratives. My new favorite is called Serial from producers of This American Life (and I’m not the only one who thinks so). While most podcast are one-and-done episodes that tell a singular story over the course of the recording, Serial unravels one comprehensive…
  • This Means War: A Look at Today’s Shareholder Activism

    Jacqui Emerson
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    In case you missed about a billion articles per day highlighting Carl Ichan’s crusades over the past decade, let me go ahead and fill you in: There’s a war going on between corporate boards and those who want control over them. And it’s constantly getting dirtier and more personal. It used to be that poison pills protected companies from shareholder activism that would make changes to the board by triggering some very unappetizing consequences. Interested in having all the company’s debts come due immediate when the directors on the board are changed? No? Didn’t think so. But those…
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • How To Assemble A 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

  • 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…
  • Open Innovation to Accelerate Development of Home Appliances

    IdeaConnection
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Crowdsourcing and 3D printing appear to be all the rage at the moment.  Earlier this month, Local Motors created the world’s first 3D printed car, based on a design submitted to a crowdsourcing contest. Now there’s news that a General Electric (GE) affiliate called FirstBuild is going to use crowdsourcing and 3D printers to build the next generation of household appliances, revolutionary products to make our lives easier.  They could be anything from food blenders and garbage disposal units to grilling machines and feature-packed water systems. The aim is to get novel products to market…
 
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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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    Brilliant Ideas » 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…
  • Brilliant Idea. VeloPost

    Michael
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:36 am
                      I stumbled across this organisation a few weeks ago. Based in Bristol they offer a postage service for business in Bristol sending letters within the City. It’s called Velopost becuase all the transport is done by bike. It’s a brilliant idea and should be available in every major city. I’m waiting for Velopost norwich before I send my job appliction (it’s quite hilly in Bristol). The post Brilliant Idea. VeloPost appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Pay what you please restaurants

    Michael
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:08 am
    Here’s an idea. Disrupt the typical approach to running a restaurant by throwing away the price list and asking people to pay what they want. Brilliant.   http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2014/jan/28/pay-what-you-want-restaurants-around-world   The post Pay what you please restaurants appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Framing the Challenge. The problem with Challenge based Innovation

    Michael
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    I was at an innovation conference for the rail industry here in the UK yesterday and the Chief Innovation Officer for Network Rail (the organisation that owns and maintains the rail infrastructure across the country) said (three times) “money for innovation isn’t a problem, we have plenty of money to innovate – more than we could probably give away. BUT don’t come to us with an idea. Listen first to our problems and then come to us with solutions”. Their strategic priorities are very public and easy to understand; capacity, customer experience, carbon reduction,…
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    Destination Innovation

  • Eight Proven Ways to Become Poor and Stay Poor

    admin
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Nobody plans to become poor and yet a great many people end up poor.  Here are some of the best known ways of ensuring a life of penury. 1.  ‘We don’t need no education…’ If you drop out of school or fail to achieve a basic education then you will severely restrict your chances of employment.  What is more it is difficult to acquire further skills if you lack the basic ones.  However this method does not guarantee poverty as there are some exceptional people who, because of sheer hard work or innate ability, succeed despite little formal education. 2.  Develop an addiction.
  • How to Get Promoted at Work

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    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    If you work in a large organization and are ambitious for career progression then here are a number of tips to help you gain promotion. 1. Do your job well.  I know that this is stating the obvious but it is the starting point. For promotion it is a necessary but not a sufficient requirement that you perform your current duties diligently. Many people think that this is all they need to do and that the rewards, recognition and promotion will follow. Corporate life is not ‘fair’ in this sense. Many people do great work and are passed over. You need to excel in your current role and do…
  • How do you Revolutionize a Complacent Company Culture?

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    20 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Burton Lee It is said that when it comes to business success, ‘Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast.’ The biggest single barrier to agility and innovation is a stodgy corporate culture. So how can you revolutionize a complacent culture? Changing the corporate culture is one of the toughest tasks that a new CEO faces. If you want to replace comfort with energy and risk aversion with innovation where do you start? Here is a twelve point checklist which Burton Lee, a Venture Capitalist and lecturer at Stanford University, recently shared at the CIO Summit in London. Take actions to: Include…
  • Are You Open-Minded?

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    20 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    Open mindedness is the willingness to listen to and consider opposing or contradictory views. People who are open minded are receptive to fresh ideas even if those ideas challenge their strongly held beliefs. Furthermore people who are open minded are willing to admit that they can be wrong. On the other hand people with closed minds do not contemplate ideas that contradict their fundamental beliefs. Instead they reject input that challenges their point of view and gather input which supports it. Most people believe that they are open minded but that is the first belief that they need to…
  • Look for Positive Deviancy within your Community

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    19 Oct 2014 | 2:53 am
    Positive Deviance (PD) is an idea which is based on the observed principle that in any community there are people who adopt unusual and successful approaches to problems that beset the whole community. These people are the ‘positive deviants.’ The PD approach was developed by Jerry and Monique Sternin with the charity Save the Children in Vietnam in the 1990s. They worked in villages where 64% of children were malnourished. They observed that some villagers, though no better off than their peers, had children who were well-nourished. These families had developed different behaviours and…
 
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  • 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…
  • Why Your Innovation Initiatives Aren’t Working

    rnadworny
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It seems that every business these days has some innovation initiative for its employees. Those initiatives have lots of different names. Sometimes we use words like “agile” or “creativity.” The intent is usually a good one: how does one tap into the collective talents and creativity of employees to move a company forward? Those of us who’ve been through these realize pretty quickly that most of these initiatives fall short. In the worst cases, they leave a bad taste that allows employee cynicism to fester, the exact opposite of what business leaders and managers hope for. Here are…
  • On Collaboration and Teamwork

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

    Nick Skillicorn
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    TED has just uploaded the video of my recent speech at TEDx Durham University In it, I go through evidence from recent academic studies which shows how everyone has the ability to improve their creativity over time, and what sort of things can help achieve that aim. For those of you who want to know […] Originally published at TEDx Talk: The science of improving your brain’s creativity
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