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  • Events: Do It Again, Singapore

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    IDEO
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Paul Bennett and Pete Overy call for 50 more years of creative growth in the island nation on Channel News Asia’s Future Forward show (23 minute episode, IDEO appears at 7 minutes and beyond).
  • The “So Now What?” Manual

    Don The Idea Guy : BrainBlog
    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Are you providing support materials to your new clients? I don’t mean Sales support materials, I mean doing-business-with-us-after-you-buy support materials. Smart salespeople in the world of traditional Media (Radio, TV, Print) will sometimes warn their clients (especially clients who are first-time advertisers) that as soon as their ads begin to run, they should expect to get calls from every other media seller in town. This is because most media sellers get their leads by listening and watching for companies who are buying advertising from competing media properties and then try…
  • What’s Your Innovation Intention?

    Innovation Excellence
    Mike Shipulski
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you want to run a brainstorming session to generate a long list of ideas, I’m out. Brainstorming takes the edge off, rounds off the interesting corners and rubs off any texture. If you want me to go away for a while and come back with an idea that can dismantle our business model, I’m in. Continue reading →
  • Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

    Innovation Excellence
    Paul Sloane
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. Continue reading →
  • Innovation in Your Own Backyard?

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    Cheryl Perkins
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Have you ever stopped to think your next breakthrough product may be right under your nose? Or that ‘local’ could go very global with the right development support and customer-needs tailoring? Appleton, Wisconsin As a proud resident of Appleton, Wisconsin, I recently took a look at the surprisingly rich history of invention and innovation in my hometown and surrounding Fox Valley. Granted, this region is one of the most patent-rich parts of the Midwest largely due to the intense patenting activities of consumer products companies like Kimberly-Clark Corp. (which usually gets more…
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    EDIT INNOVATION | matthew e. may

  • Leadership Vertigo: A Chat With Tanveer Naseer

    Matt
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Whenever I travel to speaking engagements or strategy/innovation sessions, I try to connect with people with whom I've had some sort of idea exchange. Last week I traveled to Montreal to keynote at a large quality conference, and my schedule permitted me the time to meet up with Tanveer Naseer, coauthor of a unique leadership book, called Leadership Vertigo: Why Even the Best Leaders Go Off Course and How They Can Get Back On Track. Tanveer interviewed me a while back for his popular podcast Leadership Biz Cafe, and I wanted to return the favor. He graciously gave me a quick walking tour of…
  • Visualizing the G20 Through Social Data

    Matt
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    The G20 Leaders' Summit is this week in Brisbane, and Dr. Peta Mitchell of Queensland University of Technology has decided to peek inside the event barricades by mapping it as it plays out on Twitter and Instagram. Mitchell will mine and analyze tweets and Instagram posts sent from inside the declared areas for location-based information, then plotting those - minus the corresponding usernames - on an interactive map the public can explore on this interactive online map. It's never been done for a G20 event, and Mitchell admits she really doesn't know what kind of information the project will…
  • Redesigning The Voting Process

    Matt
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) just named Intuitive Company the corporate winner of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition, which called for submissions that aimed to solve problems in the current voting system through cutting-edge, innovative, interactive user experiences that would redefine the future of voting. "Intuitive Voting," submitted by Intuitive Company's team leader Rob Tannen, consists of two smartphone apps, one designed to inform and assist voters, the other to train and support election volunteers. For those of us who suffered through last week's old-school,…
  • HOOKED: Nir Eyal on Habit-Forming Products

    Matt
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:13 pm
    If you look at a photo of a crowded New York City sidewalk at rush hour today, and compare it to one from, say, eight years ago, you'll notice a big difference. While some of the people in the first photo may be looking down, in the photo taken today, everyone would be looking down at their hand, which holds the device that has effectively become an appendage: the smartphone, stuffed to the brim with social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. These apps, along with the gadget itself, have become helpful habits. And not by accident, either, argues Nir Eyal, author of a…
  • Science and Subtraction Law #6

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

  • Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

    Paul Sloane
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:52 am
    As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. Continue reading →
  • USI 2014, Unexpected Sources of Inspiration (2/2)

    Nicolas Bry
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Innovation thrives on inspiration is something every attendee could feel at USI 2014. Reflect for instance on this claim by Edgar Morin: 'Our ideas can turn into ideology, and be misleading: we must enter into a dialogue with our ideas' Continue reading →
  • What’s Your Innovation Intention?

    Mike Shipulski
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you want to run a brainstorming session to generate a long list of ideas, I’m out. Brainstorming takes the edge off, rounds off the interesting corners and rubs off any texture. If you want me to go away for a while and come back with an idea that can dismantle our business model, I’m in. Continue reading →
  • The Online Video Consumer – What’s New, What’s Next?

    Jane Hurst
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Videos are one of the most popular type of content on the Internet, and that popularity is growing by leaps and bounds all the time. This means that the technology needs to grow as well, in order to be able to keep up with the demand. Continue reading →
  • Innovation in Technologies for 2015

    Jane Hurst
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    2015 is fast approaching. Do you have the latest business technologies that are going to take your business through the year and beyond? Continue reading →
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    IDEO

  • Work: Open for Business for GS Shop

    IDEO
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Brands don’t take bank holidays. A successful company doesn’t just find solutions during strict nine to five office hours—the strength of its relationship with its customers is based on openness to good ideas, and flexibility around the unpredictable ways that real people live and work.  Over a five-year relationship with GS Shop, a multichannel commerce company based in Korea, IDEO helped the company develop a brand that reflected an emphasis on openness, transparency, enthusiasm, participation, personalization, and distinction. When it was time for GS Shop to build a new…
  • Articles: TIME names PillPack as one of the 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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    20 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Along with the Apple Watch and 3D printing, former IDEO Boston Startup-in-Residence, PillPack, was named to Time’s annual round-up of the top 25 Inventions of 2014. The inventions had to make the “world better, smarter and –in some cases – a little more fun.” This week The Atlantic also writes about PillPack’s disruptive service and quotes its CEO and founder, TJ Parker, on his company’s collaboration with IDEO, “We [had] the opportunity to make everyday tasks delightful. Even something as unsexy as taking pills.”
  • Articles: IDEO’s Exploration into the Future of Automobility

    IDEO
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Leading design publications cover IDEO’s exploration into the Future of Automobility, illustrating how transportation will change in the near and long term. Danny Stillion and Ricardo Figueiroa introduce three new concepts that conceptualize the commute, package delivery services and the mobile office experience. Read more in WIRED, Fast Company and DesignBoom.
  • Events: Do It Again, Singapore

    IDEO
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    Paul Bennett and Pete Overy call for 50 more years of creative growth in the island nation on Channel News Asia’s Future Forward show (23 minute episode, IDEO appears at 7 minutes and beyond).
  • Work: The Infinite Museum for Royal Academy of Art

    IDEO
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Great art requires great openness, a space large enough to contain all the tragedy and comedy of the human experience. The limestone walls and Palladian arches of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) hold such a space. The institution’s building in Mayfair contains galleries where a wanderer can appreciate the everyday miracle of a Caravaggio, is home to the Academicians, a group led by some of the most eminent artists in the world—from Anish Kapoor to Sir Norman Foster—and for 246 years has hosted the Summer Exhibition, open to submissions from any living artist.…Our hope is that…
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Intrapreneurs, Catalysts, Champions, etc: The Changing Needs Within Innovation Development

    Anthony Ferrier
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:47 pm
    In part three of this series Anthony Ferrier considers why organizations are seeking ways to identify, engage and drive their employees towards innovative activities, with titles such as Intrapreneaurs, Innovation Catalysts, Innovation Champions, etc.
  • Five Ways to Make Your Innovation Culture Smell Better

    Braden Kelley
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    When it comes to fostering continuous innovation, most organizational cultures stink at it. Industry research provides some interesting statistics which highlight that innovation is not easily obtainable and that companies are not innovating fast enough to repel the unrelenting threat posed by new market entrants with declining barriers to entry.
  • Open Innovation: Lego and Bagels

    Elliott Wilkins
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Arguably, the principle of Open Innovation was utilised for the first time by Professor James Murray in 19th Century Oxford, England. In the time that has passed since then, this concept has become infinitely easier to implement thanks to the development of Innovation Management technology, however some companies are yet to wake up to its potential.
  • Learning From Innovation Hubs: Fluidity, Serendipity, and Community Combined

    Lidia Gryszkiewicz & Nicolas Friederici
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Innovation hubs are popping up from Addis to Amsterdam and Boston to Bangalore. Fuelled by ideals of openness, community and collaboration, hubs aim to be the next orgware for innovation—beyond business incubators and R&D labs. Managers, policymakers and investors have taken note, but are grappling with how to engage. What makes hubs so appealing and can they teach innovation managers anything new?
  • Market Intelligence Oriented Culture: a Key Driver for Innovation

    Rui Patricio, George Leal Jamil & Antonio Rocha
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:47 pm
    It is always a great achievement when we can affirm that something has been done according to one strategic plan, goal or thought. Sound strategic planning capabilities depend on industry/sector specific understanding and full perception of the external competitive environment. In the sixth and last of a series of articles focused on Innovation Culture, the focus is on a process called Market Intelligence (MI). This process can be affirmed as a cyclic, continuous organizational process that deals with dispersed data, information and knowledge in a competitive sector, to produce knowledge to…
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    Gregg Fraley

  • The Invisible Elephant of Non-Self-Expression

    GREGG FRALEY
    29 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Late Night Dream Anxiety Re: Self-Expression I had a dream last night about self-expression. I dreamed about writing a blog post. I wish I could recall exactly what I wrote in my dreams. The gist of the dream had to do with how pervasive a concept the lack of self-expression is in our lives — so much so that we usually ignore it. The elephant in the creativity and innovation room is a lack of full self-expression. The elephant in the dream — me — was trying to make itself known to an amorphous group in a meeting. I tried to speak but nobody heard my voice. I blew that…
  • Want Innovation? Ask.

    GREGG FRALEY
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Not everything about innovation is complicated. I recently gave a creative problem solving workshop to a group of scientists who all worked for the same outfit. It was a lively session. In addition to learning structured creative problem solving (Osborn-Parnes-Basadur framework) we did some short bits of ideation around new business concepts. This was more as a sampler than it was a real session. It wasn’t the goal of the session to reinvent their business, nonetheless, in a short time there were some relevant business growth ideas with potential on the table. An executive with the…
  • FAQ Re: Dr. Alan Black

    GREGG FRALEY
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Greetings from gray and chilly Three Oaks, Michigan. As gloomy as it is, I’m grateful to be here and free. Freedom is not something we should take for granted. Later this morning I’ll take a walk outside around my pond and say prayers for my friend Alan Black. I might take a photograph. When he’s released I hope he’ll come visit me here so we can enjoy a walk outside together — and photograph whatever catches our eye. Below is the latest information from Friends of Alan Black. The FAQ pretty much says it all. Much of this has been covered in news reports, but FAB…
  • Help Detained USA Citizen In Abu Dhabi

    GREGG FRALEY
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    This is a departure for this blog. While there is a direct connection to creativity and innovation it is essentially a press release written by concerned leaders in the creativity and innovation international community. One of our own, Dr. Robert Alan Black, has been detained in Abu Dhabi. The details are below. My request is that if you are so moved, please contact the offices of your elected officials. USA citizens can find contact information here.  Press Release For Immediate Release Contact:                     Rosemary Rein Phone number:       239-910-3354…
  • 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…
 
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    Get Fresh Minds

  • The Brilliant Reason Inigo Montoya Fought Left-Handed.

    Katie Konrath
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Against all odds, the Man in Black scaled the formidible Cliffs of Insanity to rescue the Princess Buttercup. But waiting at the top to stop him was Inigo Montoya, the greatest swordsmaster of his generation. Confident to the extreme, Inigo Montoya helps the Man in Black finish his climb, and even allows him to rest a bit before beginning the fight. As the two duel, however, Inigo realizes that he's overmatched. Luckily he has a little trick up his sleeve. “I know something you don’t know," he laughs. "I am not left-handed.” Inigo easily dominates with his right hand and the battle…
  • Busting Assumptions about Crocodiles

    Katie Konrath
    2 May 2014 | 6:25 am
    The Nile crocodile is a dangerous beast. Descended from the dinosaurs, it can grow over 20 feet long and has a bite force of 3,700 pounds per square inch. (Over 3x greater than a grizzly bear and 10x greater than a Rottweiler.) It's a killing machine responsible for nearly 200 deaths every year. But the Nile crocodile also has another fascinating claim to fame. It's one of the first written examples of why you can not make assumptions about how people think!  The first historian, Herodotus, wrote in his Histories how three different groups of ancient Egyptians viewed the deadly creature…
  • One benefit to rule them all.

    Katie Konrath
    25 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    It never fails. When a group of people are excited about an idea, they run right into the biggest challenge of moving that idea forward: Settling on that product's one key benefit. Why is that so difficult? Because when people like an idea, they want others to like it as well.  The natural response is to benefit-load an idea so that consumers can't do anything BUT love it.  It's the miracle pillow that stops snoring, aligns your neck, cleans your bathroom and gets you a date with Ryan Gosling. The problem is, benefit-loading always backfires. People want to hear less, not more, when…
  • How a USB charger can save the lives of millions.

    Katie Konrath
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    In the developing world, cooking is a major health issue - and not for the reason you think. Despite all the advances in technology, nearly 200 million people in India and China still make their daily meals over ineffient wood stoves or open fires. This method of cooking emits large amounts of smoke, gas and carbon, polluting the air and poisoning the people who use them. The World Health Organization estimates that 2 million worldwide die every year from the smoke generated by cooking and heating. The resulting indoor air pollution causes respiratory issues, lung disease and pneumonia, and…
  • Busting assumptions about preventing teen pregnancy.

    Katie Konrath
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    What assumptions are you making without even knowing it?  Are those assumptions preventing you from seeing real solutions to your challenges? When TV shows like "16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom" launched, critics contended that those shows glorified teen pregnancy. They believed that starstruck young women would want to emulate what they saw on TV - much like young men imitated the Jackass stunts. But data shows that the opposite is true. Professors Melissa Kearney of the University of Maryland and Phillip Levine of Wellesley College found that "16 and Pregnant” actually motivates teens…
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Timberland Teams with Omni To Create Recycled Footwear

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Timberland announced a partnership with tire manufacturer and distributor Omni united on Monday to create the first line of tires ever purposely designed to be recycled into footwear outsoles at the end of their lifecycle.
  • Our 2014 List of Uncommon Gifts

    Bulldog Drummond
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    We live in a world today where people make things far more complicated than they need to be—including the holidays. Instead of enjoying the journey to find the perfect gift for that special person, the season seems to bring stress and obligation leading to convenientsupermarket gift cards and the obligatory wish list sweater. We think it’s time to put a little soul back into the giving season and rekindle the inspiration around the magical exchange of goods. Here’s our 2014 list of uncommon gifts that we hope will help you tell a story to the people you love. And if you…
  • Are You Working For A Cause Or For Applause?

    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Brands and people alike need to question what they’re working for. On the surface, most repeat their company’s mission statement or life mantra, however digging a bit deeper one might begin to question their intentions. So before you celebrate success and declare a cause-driven world to be better because of your efforts, examine how the temptation to work for applause has crept into the cause. Do any of the following apply to you? Your first move in the morning is to see if anyone has retweeted last night’s tweet You say yes to any speaking engagement before…
  • Live Life To Express, Not To Impress—Learning Lessons from Paul Smith

    Bulldog Drummond
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Written by Olivia Purvis “You can find inspiration in everything (and if you can’t look again).” –Paul Smith Building a brand that inspires people is challenging—it takes time, authenticity and a healthy dose of passion. Paul Smith is a man, and a brand, whose passion for creativity and design clearly propels his company forward and stands out in the saturated fashion industry. Experiences spark creative thinking and enhance our ability to create.  I recently attended the Paul Smith exhibition in London dedicated to his life and career. Excitedly sitting in the front row I was…
  • Choreography At Its Finest

    Bulldog Drummond
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
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    The Heart of Innovation

  • The Seed of Innovation Moment

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    If you want to foster innovation in your company, stop obsessing about programs and initiatives for a moment and simply help your people learn how to tune into the seed of innovation moment. It's much less expensive, and much more likely to yield results. A simple way to begin Idea Champions
  • BIG IDEA: Empowering the Homeless

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    What idea do you have to make a difference? What can YOU do to go beyond the obvious and really be of service to people in need? And if you work in an organization, how can you rally the troops to join you in the venture? Check out what 24-year old Veronika did. Genius! Need to brainstorm it with others? Just need a starter idea?
  • The Awesome Power of Immersion

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:58 pm
    "If I had an hour to solve a problem," explained Albert Einstein, "I'd spend the first 55 minutes thinking about the problem, and the last five solving it." Translation? One of the secrets to having a big breakthrough is immersion -- "the state of being deeply engaged, involved, or absorbed." Immersion is the ocean in which our fabulous insights, ideas, and illuminations are swimming. That's why Yogis seek out caves, embryos gestate, and writers go on retreat.
  • Win a Subscription to Free the Genie

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    In an effort to ho, ho, ho the ground for innovation in 2015 (and in gratitude for YOU being a reader of Heart of Innovation), Idea Champions will be giving away five annual subscriptions to our Free the Genie creative thinking app. If you want to enter the raffle, simply send an email to info@ideachampions.com by 12/26 and include one New Year's resolution you are making for the coming year. If your name is selected, we'll send you the link to your free subscription on 12/31. Go for it! And happy holidays to you! FreeTheGenie.com Five ways to use Free the Genie The non-virtual version
  • How to Jump Start Brilliance in 2015 in an Extremely Cost Effective Way

    9 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    The first company that says YES to Idea Champions' brainstorm facilitation training (and signs a contract by 12/31) receives a 20% discount. This ain't eBay folks, but it IS a good deal. Operators are NOT standing by. (We don't have any operators). But we will get back to you within 24 hours.) Brainstorm Champions What our clients say
 
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    Innovate on Purpose

  • In the beginning of innovation

    Jeffrey Phillips
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    I received an email from a colleague and prospective client recently, letting me know that a lot of his hard work on preparing the ground for innovation within his company seemed to be paying off.  A lot of long, lonely toil to advocate for innovation was finally being accepted.  Executives were starting to recognize the need for innovation and begin to pay attention to his presentations and advocacy.  There's nothing like the feeling when a long period of being a lone voice crying out in the wilderness finally begins to pay off.But, like the proverbial dog that catches the…
  • Innovation through Subtraction

    Jeffrey Phillips
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    About a month ago I had to visit Austin for a meeting at the University of Texas, where I went to graduate school.  This meeting coincided with a home football game, so as you can imagine, hotels were at a premium.  Not to worry, I thought, this will give me a chance to check out AirBnB.  For those of you who are already fans, enough said.  For those who aren't familiar, AirBnB is basically a service to connect the traveler (me) to people who are willing to rent rooms in their houses or their entire house or apartment for a day or longer.  As I'm a business traveler,…
  • Innovation: Snake oil, placebo or wonder drug?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    5 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    I was scanning the Twitterverse today when I saw that one individual, Rita McGrath, a professor at Columbia, posted the following tweet:"Met with senior executive today.  Talking #innovation.  He says, deep sigh, "Innovation is the answer to everything".  Disillusioned?This tweet represents the way a number of people think and feel about innovation.  Innovation has become for many people a magic elixir, capable of solving a whole host of problems.  Declining revenues?  Innovation!  Falling market share?  Innovation!  As if we don't need to worry…
  • Did you innovate today?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Increasingly, as I'm working with corporate clients, I'm beginning to ask the teams I work with a simple question.  I ask them "what did you innovate today"?  And I ask them that question every time I interact with them.  Because it's increasingly clear that innovation is still sporadic and haphazard, engaged in the moment but quickly put aside or forgotten.  Corporate cultures and pressing deadlines, not to mention a full calendar make it easy to "do" innovation when the consultant is there, or when the boss demands it, or when it's "on the calendar", but much more…
  • Who is your Turing?

    Jeffrey Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    I saw the Imitation Game over the weekend, and I must say it's a fascinating movie, on several levels.  First there's the whole idea of cracking a secret code, one which even the senior leaders in the British and American forces thought was probably uncrackable.  The effort to "crack" the ENIGMA code was incredible, and probably shortened the war, along with the effort to crack the LORENZ cipher, which for some reason doesn't get the attention that the ENIGMA work does. While this isn't a movie review, I'll digress for just a second to recommend it highly.The movie is interesting on…
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    BQF Innovation Blog

  • Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

    Paul Sloane
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:23 am
    As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”   It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. In 1921, he founded his first animation company in Kansas City. It failed. He had to dissolve his company. He could not pay the rent and it is said that he was in such desperate straits that he had to eat dog food. When Disney offered MGM studios the opportunity to distribute Mickey Mouse films in 1927, he was told that the idea would not work because a giant mouse…
  • Ten Innovation Predictions for 2025

    Paul Sloane
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:42 am
    Predictions are always difficult and especially so if they are about the future!  However Thomson Reuters are bold enough to make 10 innovation predictions for 2025.  Some seem eminently sensible but others are a little outrageous – especially teleportation.  What do you think? Ten Predictions   Paul Sloane Share
  • Additive Brainstorming is Better than Competitive Brainstorming

    Paul Sloane
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:12 am
    It is usual to design suggestions schemes, brainstorms and ideation meetings from a competitive point of view. So we might say that we want a large number of ideas and then by a darwinian process we will eliminate the weaker suggestions and choose the best. People might vote on the proposals and the most popular win through. This approach will work if the challenge is clearly stated in terms of desired outcomes and evaluation criteria, and if the process is well facilitated. However there is another approach which can sometimes give more focussed and therefore better results. Start with a…
  • 15 Great Business Books in 15 Sentences

    Paul Sloane
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    Here is a great short article by Max Nisen which encapsulates the wisdom of 15 classic business books in one sentence each.   Superficial? Certainly but there is a large element of truth in each concise summary – and it does save you a lot of time. Incidentally you can save time reading most self-help and positive thinking books.  My summary is that nearly all of them are based on one powerful truth – change your attitude and you can change your life. Paul Sloane Share
  • Break the Rules – A Lesson from Freddie Mercury

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

  • Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You

    sshapiro
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Back in the early 90′s, while working for Andersen Consulting in New York City, I was asked to give a presentation to a client project team that was creating a complex software system. They were struggling with the testing process. The project team was told that I was one of the Firm’s f... The post Your Inner Impostor May Be Hurting You appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You?

    sshapiro
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    During a recent podcast, the interviewer, Fei Wu, asked me, “What is a question that other interviewers have not asked that you would like me to ask?” I’ve never been posed that question before in over 100 interviews. The conversation was being recorded and felt pressure to answer ... The post What Aren’t Your Customers Telling You? appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World

    sshapiro
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    I was recently interviewed by Fei Wu for her Fei’s World podcast. She is a fantastic interviewer. It was truly a conversation that meandered to a lot of different, yet related topics. We discussed concepts such as: Innovation Asking Better Questions and Creating Better “Briefs” Con... The post 2 Part Interview on Fei’s World appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Mastery is Not Enough

    sshapiro
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Think about the last time you went to your favorite restaurant. Was the quality of the food the only reason you enjoyed it so much? Or were there other factors? Décor? Service? Overall atmosphere? Other intangibles? If you can, recall a time you needed technical support and were 100% pleased with th... The post Mastery is Not Enough appeared first on Stephen Shapiro.
  • Voices of Experience Transcription

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

  • Have you joined Ogoing.com yet?

    Sanjay Dalal
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    We just wanted to follow up and make sure you joined Ogoing.com, the leading business-to-business social networking and social media marketing platform for SMB.If yes, great! Please share with us your oGoing username by adding your comment, and we would be sure to feature you for the next 7 days ($50 value)! Take a moment to share a new post, and make new connections.If not, why not spend five minutes today and join up… Just go here to join for free: Join Business Social Network  We look forward to your joining oGoing, and hearing back from you! Why join Ogoing.com?It's the best…
  • Consumer, Personal and Home Business Service Providers in Los Angeles, CA

    Sanjay Dalal
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Do you provide personal, consumer or home business services in Los Angeles, CA? Are you an entrepreneur who loves helping people or businesses by providing them timely services that make their lives or work easier, saves them time and money, and helps them do better?Are you a Top Business Services Provider in LA and Orange County, California?Personal Services, Consumer Services or Home Services is a Hot Business Services category. If you are looking to start a new business, or have already launched your services startup, here are the 50 businesses that are in demand…
  • Elevate your Business to 360 Degrees of Success in 90 Days

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

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

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

  • The Troll Hunters

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 pm
    A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites. Have they gone too far?We’ve come up with the menacing term “troll” for someone who spreads hate and does other horrible things anonymously on the Internet. Internet trolls are unsettling not just because of the things they say but for the mystery they represent: what kind of person could be so vile? One afternoon this fall, the Swedish journalist Robert Aschberg sat on a patio outside a drab apartment building in a suburb of Stockholm, face to face with an Internet…
  • Geneticists Begin Tests of an Internet for DNA

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Scientists are starting to open their DNA databases online, creating a network that could pave the way for gene analysis at a new scale.A coalition of geneticists and computer programmers calling itself the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health is developing protocols for exchanging DNA information across the Internet. The researchers hope their work could be as important to medical science as HTTP, the protocol created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, was to the Web.
  • Chemical-Sensing Displays and Other Surprising Uses of Glass

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An inside look at Corning’s labs suggests what’s next for the inventor of Gorilla Glass.Someday your smartphone might be able to help you in a new way when you’re traveling: by telling you whether the water is safe to drink.
  • Desalination out of Desperation

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Severe droughts are forcing researchers to rethink how technology can increase the supply of fresh water.Even in drought-stricken California, San Diego stands out. It gets less rain than parched Los Angeles or Fresno. The region has less groundwater than many other parts of the state. And more than 80 percent of water for homes and businesses is imported from sources that are increasingly stressed. The Colorado River is so overtaxed that it rarely reaches the sea; water originating in the Sacramento River delta, more than 400 miles north, was rationed by state officials this year, cutting off…
  • What Are MOOCs Good For?

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Online courses may not be changing colleges as their boosters claimed they would, but they can prove valuable in surprising ways.A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these “massive open online courses” stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher education. Their interactive technology promised to deliver top-tier teaching from institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and MIT, not just to a few hundred students in a lecture hall on ivy-draped campuses, but free via the Internet to thousands or even millions around the world. At long last, there…
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    Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs - Energy technology innovation policy

  • Science, Technology, and Public Policy Fellowships, 2015–2016

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Each year, the Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School welcomes new pre- and post-doctoral fellows and visiting researchers to a select team of scholars exploring the critical role that science and technology play in everyday life.
  • Fall/Winter 2014-15 Belfer Center Newsletter

    Sharon Wilke
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Fall/Winter 2014/15 issue of the Belfer Center newsletter features recent and upcoming activities, research, and analysis by members of the Center community on critical global issues. This edition highlights discussions at the Belfer Center about Iran and its nuclear program. Former U.S. National Security Advisor and Center Senior Fellow Thomas Donilon and former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror added their voices to Center debate on this issue during a Harvard Kennedy School forum on a possible deal to prevent development of nuclear weapons in Iran. In "Stopping ISIL," a…
  • Affordable Energy Without Environmental Harm

    Sharon Wilke
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    Robert Stavins and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements research the best architecture for an agreement that will help prevent catastrophic climate change, a new book by Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn, and Venkatesh (Venky) Narayanamurti takes on the challenge of transforming energy innovation in the United States—the world’s largest economy—to help provide secure, affordable energy without causing major damage to the environment and the climate.
  • Hot Off the Presses

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    See a sampling of recent books from the Belfer Center
  • New China-Russia Gas Pact Is No Big Deal

    Meghan L. O'Sullivan
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The latest China-Russia gas deal, declared on the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Beijing this week, got far more attention than it deserved.  Eager to add fuel to the narrative of an emerging strategic relationship between Beijing and Moscow, commentators pronounced the deal as a game-changer, a symbol of a new partnership between long-estranged countries.  Yet, a look beyond the words of Russian gas executives (always a good idea) suggests that there is much more hype than substance here. The deal seems to be little more than an effort to ensure that Putin did not…
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    Marketing & Strategy Innovation blog

  • 15 Brand Trends for 2015

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Another year almost gone, and it's time to start sharing trends and predictions for 2015!   Last year, I shared Brand Keys' Robert Passikoff's 14 Brand Trends for 2014. This year, Robert again put together his proposed trends for the upcoming year. He again shared his thoughts on the numerology, as well, this time, obviously focusing on 15: In numerology 15 is the combination of the number 1 (representing leadership and forward movement) and the number 5 (numeric for business and finance), thus 15 becomes the fusion of leadership and forward momentum for brands and marketers. Facebook Like…
  • Why It Doesn’t Matter If Consumers Are Willing To Pay For Content

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It doesn’t seem so long ago that the best way to get instant access to content was to stop by a newsstand and handover a few dollars for the publication of your choice.  You could also fill out a little card and receive a subscription for a discounted price.  Either way, you paid for the privilege. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Greg Satellbusiness modelscontentpublishing
  • Riding the "Buy-Cycle"

    admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    For many individuals and businesses the challenge of learning to “Ride the Buy-Cycle” is an ongoing battle of uncoordinated and often misguided baffle. I use the analogy of "Riding the Buy-Cycle" to point out that its often not the Buying Cycle itself that should be the focus, it’s the way we choose to ride it that matters. Many seem to determine that where they play in the buying cycle is a matter of market conditions, rather than strategic choice. For instance, many categories are becoming commoditised today, and marketers feel “stuck”, riding the waves of market forces, powerless…
  • Brand Experience Brief: Targetexpress

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    TargetExpress, the new smaller retail concept from the folks at Target, is intended to offer “an assortment that is locally relevant to meet urban guests’ quick trip wants and needs at an everyday value.” Check out this video audit and analysis to see how it delivers on that mission. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: retail formatsbrand experiencesDenise Lee YohnTarget
  • The Come Back of Hardware. And Software Is Becoming a Commodity

    admin
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:31 am
    The world is suddenly obsessed with smart technologies and this time around it seems unstoppable. Our everyday electrical and mechanical industrial object will now be occupied and ran by software and connected to the cloud. It also means each object (as small as some smoke detectors and as large as automobiles) will now be equipped with tons of sensors and can adapt to different environment and individual needs. Facebook Like Google Plus One Linkedin Share Button Tweet Widget Tags: Idris Mooteesoftware
 
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    Creativity Central

  • Wishcraft: A foundational approach to ideation.

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

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

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

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

  • Consider The Source

    Don The Idea Guy
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    It used to be that the News Media held their sources to the highest standards. They went to extreme efforts to not just verify the personally integrity of their sources, but to also make certain they could personally vouch for the veracity of their claims. These days the source could simply be a random tweet reported as “news” in order to scoop the competition. Everyone on every channel spends all day talking about the tweet, and then spends all evening discrediting the tweet (which turned out to be false) and those who spoke of it — everybody on every channel —…
  • Wrong vs. Different

    Don The Idea Guy
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    I read a post from a business friend the other day in which he outlined the “right” way to apply for a job, the “right” way to outline and explain past positions on a resume, the “right” way to speak to the interviewer, etc.  All I came away with from his advice and perspective was that this place of employment wasn’t not a place I’d want to spend half of my day! While those things might have been the “right” way to do things for this employer, it would have been oh-so-wrong for a creative brain or expressive personality. The…
  • The “So Now What?” Manual

    Don The Idea Guy
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    Are you providing support materials to your new clients? I don’t mean Sales support materials, I mean doing-business-with-us-after-you-buy support materials. Smart salespeople in the world of traditional Media (Radio, TV, Print) will sometimes warn their clients (especially clients who are first-time advertisers) that as soon as their ads begin to run, they should expect to get calls from every other media seller in town. This is because most media sellers get their leads by listening and watching for companies who are buying advertising from competing media properties and then try…
  • Breaking Trust and Losing Permission

    Don The Idea Guy
    6 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    The number of holiday sales emails this year is ridiculous! In past years I received one or two extra emails per list. Three was “aggressive”. But this year I’m getting three per day from some retailers and they simply don’t seem to care that their practice is annoying their list members and current customers. After all — we can just hit the unsubscribe button, right? The week prior to Thanksgiving I received emails for Black Friday specials saying that “Black Friday Starts Now” and giving me “Early Access to Black Friday Pricing”,…
  • The Disintermediation Uber Straw

    Don The Idea Guy
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Have you seen the movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis called “There Will Be Blood“? It’s an incredible film with lots of great actors in winning performances. Even if you’ve seen it before, the movie is worth a second look, if only for the infamous “I drink your milkshake” scene. Spoilers here, so if you haven’t seen it — stop reading and go watch the movie! Earlier in the film Day-Lewis’ character Daniel Plainview had attempted to purchase a piece of property on which he wished to drill for oil. He had virtually all the land surrounding it,…
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    InnoBlog

  • Calculate How Much Your Company Should Invest in Innovation

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

    kblake
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    “Why don’t we just do that instead of all this testing?” The ‘we’ in the question is a large client active in the retail space. The ‘that’ is what he assumed was required to launch a new product, and ‘all that testing’ was the test & learn plan that came first. The question posed was unintentionally profound, and it articulates a perspective that corporate innovators encounter all too often. A key reason why corporate innovators meet up with persistent resistance from the core business is that people don’t have a clear definition of the ‘what’ and ‘how’  of…
  • Innovation Leadership Lessons from the Marshmallow Challenge

    kblake
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:41 am
    Imagine a room filled with 30 people, divided into six teams. Each team gets 20 sticks of spaghetti, a yard of string, strips of scotch tape, and a single marshmallow. They have 18 minutes to build a free-standing structure that will enable the marshmallow to rest on top. This is the so-called marshmallow challenge, a staple of many design schools. It’s a great way to teach the benefits of rapid prototyping.  Our team at Innosight also uses it as a staple in leadership development workshops. Here’s why. In an arresting seven-minute TED talk, Autodesk fellow Tom Wujec shares data…
  • 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…
 
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    Innovationedge

  • Innovation in Your Own Backyard?

    Cheryl Perkins
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Have you ever stopped to think your next breakthrough product may be right under your nose? Or that ‘local’ could go very global with the right development support and customer-needs tailoring? Appleton, Wisconsin As a proud resident of Appleton, Wisconsin, I recently took a look at the surprisingly rich history of invention and innovation in my hometown and surrounding Fox Valley. Granted, this region is one of the most patent-rich parts of the Midwest largely due to the intense patenting activities of consumer products companies like Kimberly-Clark Corp. (which usually gets more…
  • Maximizing OI Metrics: How to Get the Results You Need

    Cheryl Perkins
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    FREE WEBINAR ALERT: Open innovation metrics are still evolving. While some have proven effective, companies are not fully satisfied with the results. Is it the metrics themselves? The way they are implemented? Or is it that OI is continually evolving? Please join me in a  live webinar discussion on Tuesday, December 16@ 12 – 1:00 PM ET with leading practitioners from Campbell Soup Company, Clorox and Johnson Controls Automotive. I am planning on a candid, interactive session where we will explore the benefits, challenges, how-to’s, and controversies of measuring open innovation…
  • Changes

    Pat Clusman
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    While shoveling snow this past week, the song Changes, from David Bowie came up randomly on my iPod. You know the song, Ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange. It got me thinking about today’s business environment and the challenges many businesses face, especially the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Change seems to be the only constant in today’s business. While most SMEs aspire to grow their business, ironically enough, when the growth starts to happen, many SMEs are woefully unprepared. Often times, the management and staff at SMEs lack the experience, resources and…
  • DSM Video: Open Innovation – Proudly Found Elsewhere

    Cheryl Perkins
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Check out this video below outlining Royal DSM’s approach to Open Innovation, entitled “Proudly found elsewhere.” Robert Kirschbaum, Royal DSM Royal DSM’s Vice President of Open Innovation, Robert Kirschbaum, will be presenting at CoDev 2015 to discuss the cultural changes they think are key to their success and how DSM built its Innovation Engine for Growth, which Mega Challenges were chosen to focus on, and how Open Innovation and Corporate Venturing are applied to speed-up commercialization while mitigating the risks for failure. For more information, click here.
  • Open Innovation Quick Tip #2:

    Cheryl Perkins
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    How do you build a solid foundation for breakthrough OI?   Six big ideas: I am seeing more companies realize they need to innovate from the outside in. They recognize growth requires doing new things, not working on the same things competitors are working on. They can no longer just discover, develop and ship to create value nor do they have all the smart people within their walls to create and control all IP. Therefore, they are laying the foundation for sustainable growth, ensuring their ability to leverage OI best practices on new playing fields with new partnerships and new co-creation…
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    Creativity & Innovation

  • The Art of Tinkering

    keithsawyer
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’m reading a fascinating book about creativity called The Art of Tinkering, curated by the two co-directors of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio. The book brings together creations and practices of artists and makers from all over the United States. I love this list of “Tinkering Tenets” from the book–daily practices that help you create: Revisit and iterate on your ideas Prototype rapidly Merge science, art & technology Use familiar materials in unfamiliar ways Create rather than consume Express ideas via construction Embrace your tools Be…
  • Another View of the “Mad Men” Era

    keithsawyer
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I just found these old photographs from 1965, in the Newport News Shipyard Bulletin. The Newport News Shipyard is now the largest shipbuilding company in the United States (it was really big back then, too). This is my sister Cindy (left) and me (right) sitting in front of our father, an electrical engineer who worked on the Esso New Orleans, the ship pictured at the bottom on the cover of the issue.
  • A Clever Back-Handed Compliment

    keithsawyer
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:40 am
    Ending his WSJ review of Richard Zoglin’s new book about Bob Hope, titled Hope: Entertainer of the Century, Henry Allen makes the cleverest back-handed compliment I’ve ever read: Mr. Zoglin’s excellence as a biographer is as mysterious as Hope’s excellence as an entertainer, but here it is, an entertaining and important book. You end up feeling that (1) you’ve learned everything there is to know about Bob Hope; (2) there isn’t that much to know; (3) you’ve had a good time learning it.
  • Ten Educational Innovations To Watch For In The Next Ten Years

    keithsawyer
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    A team of education experts at the Open University (UK), led by Professor Mike Sharples, have identified “ten innovations that are already in currency but have not yet had a profound influence on education” in this new report. Of course, you can find similar lists in just about every business magazine and newspaper, but what’s different about this report is that it’s been generated by researchers working at the cutting edge of both technology and learning sciences research. It’s a must read for teachers, academics, and policy makers–anyone who cares about…
  • ZIG ZAG Published in Chinese!

    keithsawyer
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    Great news! My 2013 creativity advice book, Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity, was just published in a Chinese language edition, by Cheers Publishing in Beijing. Just minutes ago, I received my author copy in the mail. It’s so exciting to see that my ideas are available to readers in China! Check out the home page of Cheers Publishing: you’ll see that they’ve translated many wonderful science-based books, including: * Proust was a neuroscientist (Lehrer) * Where good ideas come from (Johnson) * The righteous mind: Why good people are divided by politics…
 
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    Phil McKinney

  • What Can Children Teach Us About Creativity?

    philmckinney
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Some adults tend to think that creativity is something you are born with. But, the truth is we are all creative. If your creativity seems to be at a stand still, I invite you to think about what we can learn about creativity by observing children. I just came back from our vacation with our kids and grand-kids and I took the opportunity to observe my grand-kids and how they exhibit creativity.  And what did I observe?…
  • 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.…
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    Outside Innovation

  • How to Create Senior-Friendly Services & Communities

    Patty Seybold
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    Several people sent me the same article from this Sunday’s New York Times: Retirees Turn to Virtual Villages for Mutual Support. They all knew that I’m interested in, and working on, the creation of “virtual assisted living” solutions. The article describes “Virtual Villages” – most of these are part of the Village-to-Village Network, which started with the creation of the Beacon Hill Village in 2001. What interests me about this grass roots movement to create senior-to-senior support networks around the country and around the world are three things: It’s a great example of…
  • Do Your Policies Make Your Existing Customers Angry?

    Patty Seybold
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    Often in a large company, the proverbial right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. Each department creates policies to streamline business processes, improve consistency and quality, and preserve margins. The sales organization is anxious to drum up new business, so they want to court new homeowners, and provide “try it, you’ll like it” policies. The service organization wants to give existing customers the opportunity to renew their service agreements, even when their circumstances change (e.g., they moved from one home to another). The finance group wants to reduce credit…
  • Transforming Education to Create a Generation of Change-Makers

    Patty Seybold
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:48 am
    By Patty Seybold At a recent TEDx, I encountered Zoe Weil (pronounced Zo While). She is a pioneer in what she calls “humane education” and “solutioning.” You can find more info on her Institute for Humane Education web site. She describes being a Humane Educator as somebody who teaches about the interconnected issues between human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection. She was introduced to this field in 1987 through a course taught to middle-school kids in Philadelphia. Zoe’s teaching work reached a tipping point as a result of her TEDx talk in 2011 in…
  • How Viable Is the Apple Pay Ecosystem?

    Patty Seybold
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    We published our initial review of Apple Pay functionality on October 11th.  Our conclusions are summarized in this Report Card: Customer’s Moments of Truth for Mobile E-Wallets Grade It’s not safe! Fear of theft of assets, account information getting into the wrong hands, and identity theft. B+ I can’t use it! Inability to pay everywhere I want to shop, using my payment type of choice. D You’re tracking me! Fear of “big brother” or any entity knowing where I am, what I’m doing, and making that information available to others without my knowledge or permission. C Lock-In! Once…
  • New Community-Led Patient Empowerment Program

    Patty Seybold
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Since Dave deBronkart’s visit to my community on the coast of Maine this past summer, our Health & Wellness Foundation has launched our own Patient Empowerment program. Led by a local surgeon, Dr. Stephen Cook, and supported by our retired pharmacist, Rick Powis, a small group of 18 patients have formed our first study group, learning how to take ownership and control of our own personal medical records and learning how to do our own health research in order to partner with our physicians. We’re just getting started, but the appetite and interest for this work is huge!  Our first…
 
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    15inno

  • True or False: Employees Should not Be Bothered with Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    I got an interesting comment to my recent post on how to train and educate executives on innovation. It went like this: “Innovation requires time and drive to explore new vistas, therefore it is understandable that busy employees can’t be bothered to look into it. The best way is for senior managers to assign a team and give them the time and resources!” First, I agree that it makes sense to assign teams and give them time and resources to make it happen. Next, I think this comment is dangerous: “understandable that busy employees can’t be bothered to look into it”. If…
  • 80% of Big Companies Plan to Increase Innovation Budgets in 2015

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    NineSigma recently asked more than 300 executives in big companies about their innovation programs and plans for 2015. The survey is highly encouraging and it also underscores the rising importance of open innovation. • 87% agreed or strongly agreed that my company has the resources and capabilities to leverage innovations from external partners • 80% agreed or strongly agreed that my company plans to increase its budget for innovation programs in 2015 • 79% agreed or strongly agreed that my company effectively leverages innovations from other industries • 71% agreed or strongly…
  • Don’t Confuse Open Source with Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 am
    I just read a post in which a comment stated that open source is the easiest way to understand open innovation. In my view open source does not have much to do with open innovation. Wikipedia starts its definition of open source like this “In production and development, open source as a development model promotes a universal access via a free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.” Open innovation is harder to define as there are so many views on what innovation – open…
  • Executives Listen to their Peers! – Tips for Training Executives on Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    I just did a webinar in my Innovation MasterClass on the topic on how to train and educate corporate executives on innovation and now you can view and download my presentation here: Training and Educating Executives on Innovation from Stefan Lindegaard Here you get a some of the key messages from the presentation: You should train and educate these five groups of people on innovation: • The corporate innovation team itself • Employees • Managers •  Executives • Key external stakeholders When I talk with corporate innovation teams and people in charge of innovation initiatives in…
  • Innovation: We Do not Have Time for it!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I just had another interesting meeting with great people today. They work with innovation and R&D and we got to spend a little less than an hour together to discuss some of the challenges that you face on these issues in big companies today. A little less than an hour. I mention this again because we got one of the biggest issues at workplaces in general a little before 10am. We did not have enough time. The people in this meeting had to go to other meetings. It would have been great if we could have continued the discussion, but they said they had to go. That’s just how it is. It is my…
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    Innovation in Practice

  • Entrepreneurship Education Forum Webinar Series

    Drew Boyd
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    On December 3, 2014, the first session of the Entrepreneurship Educators Forum Webinar Series took place. The vision for the project is to create a meeting place for the community to discuss the challenges of teaching entrepreneurship, and to build an open-source platform that will enable us to collect, curate and share knowledge, teaching materials and tools that will help us guide our students effectively. Bill Aulet opened the session with a review of a roadmap for entrepreneurship education at MIT that divides the process into three main stages – nucleation, product definition and…
  • Philips Selects Revolutionary Voice Recognition Software from VoiceItt as Winner of Annual Innovation Fellows Competition

    Drew Boyd
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Philips North America announced VoiceItt, developer of the voice recognition software TalkItt, as the grand prize winner of the second annual Philips Innovation Fellows competition, in partnership with global web-based crowd funding site Indiegogo, recognizing the company and technology as the next meaningful innovation in health and well-being.  According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 7.5 million people in the United States alone have trouble using their own voices.  TalkItt empowers people with motor, speech or language disorders to easily communicate. By recognizing…
  • The Power of Patterns That Guide Our Thinking

    Drew Boyd
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Could creativity be as simple as following templates? In 1914 psychologist Wolfgang Köhler embarked on a series of studies about chimpanzees and their ability to solve problems. He documented the research in his book The Mentality of Apes. In one experiment, he took a newborn chimp and placed it in an isolated cage, before the newborn saw or made contact with other chimps. He named her Nueva. Three days later, researchers placed a small stick in the cage. Curious, Nueva picked up the stick, scraped the ground, and played with it briefly. She lost interest and dropped the stick. Ten minutes…
  • Holiday Innovation: The SIT Patterns in Christmas Gifts

    Drew Boyd
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    'Tis the season for catalogs, and my favorite is Hammacher Schlemmer, America's longest running catalog, "Offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected for 166 Years." I was curious to see if I could spot any of the five patterns of the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). With eighty seven pages of cool gifts in the catalog, it wasn't hard at all. The hard part was deciding which ones to choose. Here are my favorites: 1. SUBTRACTION: The Subtraction Technique works by removing a component, preferably an essential one, then working backwards to imagine what benefits…
  • Innovation Sighting: Attribute Dependency in Smart Apps

    Drew Boyd
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Are online reviews going extinct?From Yelp to Amazon, reviews these days are good for just one thing: Seeing what others think of a product, service, or business. But are reviews really helpful?  Could they be an outmoded one-size-fits-all solution in a world where a user's interests are increasingly customized and niche-specific?  Are they going the way of the dinosaurs? According to 'HeyLets' CEO Justin Parfitt -- an expert on how to use reviews to make good consumer decisions -- the next generation of review sites and apps will more intelligently utilize your personal data and contextual…
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    INDIA INVENTS

  • AP Government sets up entity for Innovation Society

    A.S Rao
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:40 am
    A.P government has set up 3 entities for development of ICT Industry namelyeGovernance AuthorityElectronics &IT AgencyInnovation Society.I was invited to join Executive Council of 3rd entity -Innovation Society,Innovation SocietyTechnology survives and thrives through innovation. All the 3 areas, namely, e-Governance,Electronics and IT are substantially technology-based and hence innovation has to be promoted. Moreover, specific capacities and skillsets are required to be built/ harnessed for successfully promoting these sectors. Hence the need arose for a society for…
  • Promoting Semiconductor startups

    A.S Rao
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    Make-In-India philosophy and reports of larger innovation fund with DeitY have rekindled hope for a synergistic policy to promote new technology ventures including the dream of INDIAN DESIGNED CHIP .Chip development has become prohibitively expensive over time. While one person could design a chip in the 1960s, design teams can reach into the hundreds of engineers today. Products may take years to develop, and then the projects are turned over to third-party manufacturers, known as foundries, for production. The chips are more complex because the circuitry is so dense that chips can have…
  • Export of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) is not an infringement under Section 107A of the Patents Act.

    A.S Rao
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:53 pm
    On November 5th, in Bayer Corporation (Bayer) v. Union of India & Ors (NPL), the High Court of Delhi (Court) examined the scope of India’s Bolar exemption. Specifically, the issue to be decided in this case was whether the exportation of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) constituted a defense to infringement under Section 107A of the Patents Act.The decision:After a review of the facts, the Court accepted that the product NPL sought to export was not for commercial purposes since the amount was only sufficient to make 1000 to 2000 tablets (which was…
  • Report of the Forum on High-Tech Defence Innovation

    A.S Rao
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:54 am
    India is the largest arms importer in the world, which means that it is exporting not only foreign exchange, but also entire eco-systems that a thriving defence industrial complex could have generated for India, with all its benefits.  India needs to urgently discard its “Import with Benefits” model and usher in a Defence Industrialization Strategy (DIS) through indigenous, high-tech innovation.  A successful plan has to dig practically into every aspect of our Nation’s functioning, outlined in the more detailed report below. The Report is the Forum’s voice, an…
  • Vallurupalli Nageswara Rao- edupreneur from Andhra

    A.S Rao
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    In the year 1959,Sri. Vallurupalli Nageswara Rao, founded 'Southern Engineering Works' (SEW) in Vijaywada, A.P. India, along with late Sri. Y. Purnachandra Rao and Sri. Y.M.G. Nageswara Rao as co-founders to pursue civil engineering construction activities. Part of the prestigious Nagarjuna Sagar Dam in Andhra Pradesh was the first project SEW e executed. The company was awarded a major dams such as, Tawa, Bargi, Bansagar, Hasdeo Bango, in Madhya Pradesh, Srisailam and Priyadarshini Jurala in Andhra Pradesh. In 1983, the company was converted to a Private Limited Company and…
 
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    neuronspark

  • Jeana Alayaay

    paul
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    At GigaOm Roadmap14 Jeana Alayaay, Product Manager, Pivotal Labs gave her talk on The Future of Product Management and Why Design Matters?
  • Urs Hölzle

    paul
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:31 am
    Urs Hölzle is Senior Vice President for Technical Infrastructure at Google. Urs oversees the design, installation, and operation of the servers, networks, and datacenters that power Google’s services. He talked about building-out Google’s servers at the Web Summit in Dublin, Eire.
  • Intel 14nm Microarchitecture

    paul
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    IDF 2014 Intel next generation 14 nanometer microarchitecture from the Team that created it.
  • Intel 14nm Process

    paul
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    Mark Bohr an Intel Senior Fellow and director of Process Architecture and Integration talked about 14 nanometer process technology At IDF 2014
  • Intel Fellows 2014

    paul
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    From IDF 2014 the Intel Fellows answer questions from attending Geeks.
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    Jim Kast-Keat

  • DJ Earworm vs. Us The Duo

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

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

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

  • Does Discussing Your Religion At Work Make You Happier?

    Marisa Kabas
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    A new study finds that being open about religion in the workplace leads to higher satisfaction.If you have a crucifix on your office wall or a nativity-scene mouse pad on your desk, you might be happier at work, new research suggests. The collaborative study at Kansas State University revealed that people who openly discuss their religion in the workplace are happier on average than those who don't.Read Full Story
  • 12 Holiday Gifts You'll Want To Keep For Yourself

    Jacqui Cheng
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    The team at The Wirecutter spent hundreds of hours in their test labs to find the best gifts of 2014.The best gifts are often things that people wouldn't get for themselves. Sometimes it's because those items are too expensive or luxurious, and other times it's because they didn't even know they needed the item until after they received it. Over at the The Wirecutter and the The Sweethome, we spend all year squirreled away in our test labs, spending hundreds of hours trying to suss out the best items that would fit most people's lives. So which of these make the best gifts this holiday…
  • The Quest To Reproduce The Scent Of A Rose, With Designer Microbes

    Jessica Leber
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    Stop and smell the genetically engineered yeast.Once upon a time, perfume was a luxury only kings and queens could afford. The technology of fragrance originally involved crushing up flowers, until the French perfected the technique of extracting and concentrating essential oils from plants instead. Later, chemists came along who could whip up a recipe for a fragrance in a lab, giving us the mass-produced scents that the proletariat know and love.Read Full Story
  • Here's The Big Problem With Sony Releasing "The Interview" On Demand

    Evie Nagy
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    It may be a long time before anyone (legally) sees the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy. And not because of North Korea.Yesterday things quickly unraveled for the Seth Rogen, James Franco comedy The Interview, which depicts a fictional assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. After a message from the hackers known as Guardians of the Peace threatened violent attacks on movie theaters if the film was released, all the major theater chains pulled out of showing it, and then Sony itself canceled the movie's Christmas Day release.Read Full Story
  • This Addictive Game Could Save You Money On Your Next Utility Bill

    Eric Jaffe
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It worked for some PG&E households in California.If you're looking to waste some time today—and since you're reading this column, that's a pretty safe bet—check out the online strategy game Power House on Facebook. The premise may not sound that exciting: guide a family of four through a series of everyday household tasks using as little electricity as possible. But Power House is addictive and challenging, and better yet, it could save you money on your next utility bill.Read Full Story
 
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    Adaptive Path

  • A Design Approach to Human Flourishing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Music Streaming in HiFi Quality

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

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

    FOLDEN.INFO
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    polarr is a new online photo editor, which describes itself by being the most advanced one. And indeed the online app is fast and has some outstanding featues, which I personally miss even within some photo and graphic software. The feature I am talking about is the feasibility to easily store a processed version and ...read more
  • Connect your Smartphones

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

  • Are Crowd Powered Apps a New Invasive Species? – Innovation Creating Collateral Damage

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

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

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

    Plish
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    At the end of my last post on the Vodou Exhibition at Chicago’s Field Museum, (you might want to click the link and give it a read if you want to come up to speed,) I mentioned that I’d visit the exhibition again  and see if my thoughts changed. I did. They didn’t. Friday night was […]
  • How Curation and Design Didn’t Dispel the Darkness of Vodou (Which is NOT Voodoo)

    Plish
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I had an opportunity to go to a Member’s Only night at Chicago’s Field Museum.  The event was in honor of the opening of a new exhibition entitled: Vodou – Sacred Powers of Haiti. One of the highlights of the night was a discussion led by Field Museum Exhibit Project Manager, Janet Hong. On the […]
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    Holiday Matinee

  • Kick Apps: My Top 5 Apps of 2014

    dave
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Apps are taking over. From food and fitness to games and banking, there truly is an app for everything. And fuck yeah I love getting turned on to a new one. It’s almost replaced the excitement I used to get around a new song or movie. Plus, it’s become one of my favorite questions to ask people, “Got any new apps that are blowing your mind?” Since the homescreen is the new holy grail, I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of the top 5 kick apps that have taken up real estate on my phone. And like Apple now says, “Get it.”    …
  • Leave love bombs everywhere

    kiran
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    I just got excited about an app. Wait, I’m not sure you realize how significant this is because I’m usually slamming them as a complete waste of time. Recho is different. It allows you to leave audio messages that can only be listened to when other users are at the location you recorded the message at.  The possibilities are pretty endless: city guides with insider tips, stories, jokes, music, love notes (don’t worry, there’s a privacy setting so you’re not professing your love to some creepy dude). Click here to view the embedded video. So far I haven’t…
  • Our Karaoke Mixtape

    kiran
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    I wasn’t always a fan of karaoke. It was only when my friend Scotty started hosting a night in San Diego that I would find myself up on stage each night embarrassing myself. You know what though? It was fun. Karaoke isn’t about being a great singer, it’s about singing the songs you were never meant to sing. After a long hiatus, I recently found myself back at it, eight songs deep before I felt the need to call it quits. Still feeling those good vibes the next morning, I asked the HM team what their favorites were and threw them together in this karaoke mixtape. I hope it…
  • A Mixtape Story

    kiran
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    It all started as a project to keep myself occupied. I was insanely stressed about my mother’s cancer, and as it turned out, she had under six months to live. I needed as many distractions as possible. I met Dave the year before and started contributing to Holiday Matinee. I always enjoyed the music he was into. I mean, the guy had worked with Connor Oberst, Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab for Cutie in their early days. He appreciated old-school hip-hop the way I did. I figured we would be as good as anyone at making mixtapes. And if no one liked them, it didn’t matter. It was fucking fun…
  • Make Your Mark [review]

    kiran
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Part of what bothers me about startup culture is the number of products and services created that don’t seem particularly important. As a friend of mine once lamented during a space launch, “We rarely do anything ambitious anymore, we just make websites.” What I enjoy about 99U’s latest release is that it’s helping to spread of the stories of people building businesses that matter. It’s a business book written for makers. Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide To Building A Business With Impact is a solid read for anyone thinking about starting a…
 
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    SERVICE INNOVATION

  • Imagine that you are a customer

    Arnold Beekes
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:13 am
    Yesterday I had a meeting in a hotel. We were having a great conversation until someone started vacuum cleaning in our area. It was around 11AM.  We had to almost shout towards each other to make ourselves heard. Actually, I have had this experience in other hotels as well. Around mid-morning they start vacuum cleaning. It looks like that it is a standard procedure in the housekeeping manual. This indicates 2 types of problems:1.    The employee is clearly disengaged. Otherwise she would have waited or would have asked us whether she was disturbing us. Neither action…
  • Who knows all about your customers?

    Arnold Beekes
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    The other day I was wandering about the high-tech content of ecommerce. Every day there are new online stores being opened, where you can buy anything from tennis rackets, to books, to diapers. Placing the order on the website and planning the delivery is most of the high tech activity.Then a large part of the ecommerce business is done offline, i.e. the physical delivery of the goods to your doorstep by couriers. This is actually the high-touch component of ecommerce. Every day there are a number of delivery vans (from TNT, PostNL, UPS etc) cruising through my neighborhood. And these…
  • A product with a free service or a service with a free product

    Arnold Beekes
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 am
    In retail there is a battle for survival. Bricks and mortar stores are having huge problems to deal with the competition from E-commerce.Most players are rather creative in trying to capture the attention of potential customers. Last week I did buy a Sonos loudspeaker. These are rather pricey, so I had just put it on my wish list. By coincidence I saw that Sonos now had a special offer. This offer includes a full year free service from a streaming music service called Deezer. The regular price of this service is €9,99 per month and I now have free access for a year. That seems like a great…
  • What is the goal of design?

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

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

  • Your Top 10 Most Viewed New Brainzooming Posts this Year

    Mike Brown
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Each year we share the top 10 new Brainzooming blog posts from the previous year based on your views. Reviewing the list is an intriguing exercise for me, especially when comparing it to tomorrow’s list – my favorite blog posts from the year. The most striking thing about your most popular new Brainzooming blog posts is only five are numbered lists. This is in stark contrast to previous years where nearly all of them were numbered lists. One change could be that we published fewer list posts this year. In previous years, list posts were among the easiest content to write. This year,…
  • Creative Thinking Skills – 38 Brainzooming Articles on Creativity from 2014

    Mike Brown
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Offering ways to boost your creative thinking skills is one of the important topic areas on the Brainzooming blog. This is a recap of 38 articles from the past year on creative process, creative leadership, and various techniques and creative inspirations. There is some overlap the recent look back at innovation articles, but we tried to keep the two lists as distinct as possible. Enjoy perusing the list and diving in wherever and whenever you are looking for a creative thinking boost! Creative Process Creative Thinking Skills – Using Questions and Structure Successfully Strategic Thinking…
  • Creative Inspiration – Three Pictures and Very Few Words

    Mike Brown
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Today’s creative inspiration is all in these three pictures with very few words involved. I hope at least one of these creative inspiration memories resonates with you and leads you to new creative ideas today! The Creative Inspiration of a Great Friend   Using Creative Ideas Until They Wear Out   The Mystery of the Golden Egg Mike Brown   If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the free Brainzooming blog email updates. Download the free ebook, “Taking the NO Out of InNOvation” to help you generate fantastic creative thinking and ideas!  For an…
  • Strategic Thinking Questions for Sponsorship Strategy

    Mike Brown
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    We ran a post recently on the “official sponsorship” relationship between Disney and American Tourister, suggesting ten strategic thinking questions you could use to develop a sponsorship strategy and identify new and unusual partners for your organization. Strategic Thinking Questions . . . and Answers Jim from Massachusetts followed up the post with a request to provide some context for how a brand might answer the ten strategic thinking questions. His suggestion was if readers were able to see how we’d answer the strategic thinking questions for Disney, they’d have a better sense…
  • Strategic Thinking – A Path toward Organizational Humility

    Mike Brown
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Our friends at Armada Corporate Intelligence featured an article in their weekly “Inside the Executive Suite” feature recently about creating a path toward organizational humility. This Inside the Executive Suite edition used a comment in a Wall Street Journal story about how Cirque du Soleil, the well-known entertainment company, had a big dose of humility thrust upon it. This was as a result of both business setbacks and, more specifically, a performer’s death on-stage during a 2013 performance. A Path toward Organizational Humility Armada Corporate Intelligence used a…
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  • The Incumbent’s Dilemma: Why disrupting yourself is hard

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

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

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

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

    Christa
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Seniors who met through a virtual community take in a movie together It’s exciting to see a plethora of companies across industries scooping up new technology and innovating to grow and enhance a sense of community. Here are some of my favorite recent examples: Subscriptions For a long time I’ve wanted a subscription to a movie theater that would give me unlimited access to one of my favorite pastimes. I came up with all kinds of ideas why this wasn’t possible – impossible to predict when / if a movie time was sold out, crowd control, and the question of profitability all came to…
  • Inspired: Letters to a Young Scientist – Dr. E.O. Wilson’s view on our life’s work

    Christa
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Dr. E.O. Wilson examining plant gall, Walden Pond, Massachusetts Whether you’re a scientist or not, young or not-so-young, Dr. E.O. Wilson’s book, Letters to a Young Scientist, is a primer in how to building a meaningful life from a purpose-driven career. I first encountered Dr. Wilson’s work as one of the most esteemed biologists in the world while I was a fundraiser at Conservation International. Dr. Wilson is a member of the board of directors and in many ways was (and probably still is) a supreme guiding light of the organization’s strong science basis. I picked up his slim…
  • Inspired: How to transform an ending into a beginning

    Christa
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    “Amidst the worldly comings and goings, observe how endings become beginnings.” ~Tao Te Ching There’s a lot of talk about making endings in beginnings, but how does it actually happen? Here’s what’s worked for me: I spend some time to consider what actually learned in the goodbye so I can use that knowledge in my next hello. I take the emotion out of it. I let myself feel all my feelings about the ending, and then I really let them completely pass. I don’t take those emotions into my next beginning. I trade fear for excitement. There’s a fine line…
  • Inspired: Disney and Handel remind me that I have plenty of time

    Christa
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Disneyland will never be complete. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. ~Walt Disney Disney directly supervised the construction of the original Disneyland in a single year. Handel wrote Messiah, one of the most beloved and popular pieces of holiday music, in 24 days. Whenever I feel crunched for time, I think about these two examples. They remind me that time isn’t my issue; it’s a matter of focus, discipline, and determination. If Disney and Handel can complete these enormous tasks in such a short amount of time, then certainly I have the…
  • Inspired: An impossible vision will serve you well

    Christa
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Alice in Wonderland – my inspiration to believe in the impossible On Friday, I had a meeting with someone who explained his definition of vision: “It’s something that keeps us constantly reaching; a place we never really get to. And if by chance, we do reach our vision then we know that we haven’t dreamed big enough.” His idea intrigued me. I’d never heard it put quite that way before. It caused me to think that maybe I’ve been selling myself short; perhaps I haven’t dreamed big enough. And maybe it’s time. Can I make 2015 a year of…
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  • The Incumbent’s Dilemma: Why disrupting yourself is hard

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

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

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

    Rishi Dean
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I was fortunate enough to travel to Moscow, as one of a handful of MassChallenge mentors, to deliver a week-long startup “bootcamp” to Russian entrepreneurs. We were hosted by the the Skolkovo Foundation, a Russian non-profit attempting to help create & commercialize advanced technologies, where its Skolkovo Innovation Center is comprised of startups across five […]
  • 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 […]
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  • What kills most innovation isn’t a lack of ideas, it’s a lack of relationships

    Jorge
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Do we still need old-fashioned physical offices to do work? Contrary to reports that the demise of the office is near, I believe we still need physical offices; and more importantly physical interactions. I believe that the model that will be dominant for most types of organizations is a hybrid between being a mobile worker and being at a physical office. Duh? Yes, it’s an obvious answer but I don’t most businesses look at it this way. More importantly, before considering whether or not you need a physical office, the real issue your must consider is culture. One way that startups…
  • The true innovator’s motto: We’ll figure it out…

    Jorge
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    It is very common that innovation efforts are squandered because the people involved, frankly, should not be there in the first place. Of the projects you’ve been a part of, how many had people that were willing to roll with the punches and figure out a path forward? I assume you can count them with one hand. Innovation is not easy, it takes risk and requires a team of people who are comfortable operating in the unknown;  people who get excited about starting from scratch and having a go at it; people who are willing to work through challenges that have no precedent. It’s safe to…
  • Innovators widen their view of competition

    Jorge
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    I’m sure you’ve been in meetings where everyone worries about competition more than they worry about customers. It is a fact that for traditionally run businesses, any talk about strategy quickly shifts to competition. It’s unavoidable and it pisses me off.  Traditional business practice is based on beating the competition, which assumes that there is competition that looks and plays just like you if you are starting a business. What ensues is a predictable playbook of using strength against weakness, optimizing operations and cost cutting for value; the recipe for more of…
  • 5 questions to help you think about the culture you wish to create

    Jorge
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Why? Because even a beautifully conceived strategy won’t be executed the right way if people’s values and beliefs are not aligned. In other words, culture is not mandated; it is shaped from the beginning. That’s why culture matters; in both the business and governmental context. As a leader, you can’t let it slide. It is the one thing we have control over from the start. But many organizations jump straight into action, and as a result many a company or institutions operate like chickens without a head figuring out what they are…
  • Innovators are the early adapters

    Jorge
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve adopted new products and services when they are just starting out. It’s very common that I get requests to “try this and that” for startups looking for early adopters and beta testers. As such, my main objective in adopting products and services that are in beta is the following: Staying updated on the latest stuff that doesn’t fit with the current reality; I get a feel for what could be next on the horizon from another perspective; How can begin to adapt it to the real world and what would I learn. It’s rare that I come…
 
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  • Kim Kardashian, Stop Acting Like You Own The Poor

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

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

  • Creativity is Living Paradox

    Michelle
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:42 am
    Living creativity is living paradox. It is ubiquitous and universal and also uniquely personal. It contains a balance of left and right brain, cultivating and emergence, thinking and being, reflection and action, receptivity and generativity, planning and improvisation, heart and head, left brain and right brain, mind and body, analysis and intuition, movement and stillness, order and chaos, expansion and contraction, inward focus and outward focus, capturing and letting go, individuality and connection, taking in and releasing, and structure and flow.
  • Whole Brain Thinking and Applied Improvisation for Innovation, Ideation and Creative Problem Solving

    Michelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I was recently interviewd by Michael Smith, President of  TeraTech, on the Conscious Software Development Telesummit on Whole Brain Thinking and  Applied  Improvisation for Innovation, Ideation, and Creative Problem Solving. Below are excerpts from the transcript of the interview. For the complete interview, along with some techniques to apply, sign up for the Conscious Software Development Telesummit for FREE at http://conscioussoftwaredevelopment.com `````````````````````````````````Michael:  What  do you mean by "whole-brain thinking" and why is that important?  …
  • 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…
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  • 10 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Retain Your Employees

    Ava Collins
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Hands down, the most important investment you could possibly have in your company is your employees. Are you investing a large percentage in hiring the right employees? Do you have a winning team? If so, employee retention should be your top priority. Here are 10 surprisingly easy ways to achieve it. Develop an employee retention strategy Don’t leave this to the last minute, or go into it unprepared. You’ll be flying blind. The best way to approach this is with your eyes open, with a plan. Narrow down all the variables when it comes to your company and specifically what your employees…
  • #TChat Recap: Creating Positive Organizational Change That Matters

    Meghan M. Biro
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Creating Positive Organizational Change That Matters In our final #TChat Topic of the year, we had a really awesome discussion about the importance of creating positive organizational change that matters. Change is something we all need to get used to in these social times, if we haven’t already. When it comes to the World of Work, organizational change is something that take a lot of persistence to learn how to embrace and make it a part of your business and culture goals. But to do so, you have to accept change so we can begin building a culture that’s constantly being impacted…
  • The Leadership Style That Drives Innovation

    John Scott
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Making the leap into management can be an exciting and challenging time. Switching roles from contributor to leader can be a confusing proposition. You’ve done so great with your job that now you’ve been asked to stop doing it, and instead to start using a different set of skills to supervise a team of people. The kneejerk reaction to the added responsibilities and altogether new situation might be to get out in front of your new team, take on more of the work that you’re already comfortable with, and set up processes designed to your habits and personality. After all, that’s what got…
  • 3 Ways Leaders Create Change Resistance

    Patti Johnson
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Leading a change is different than a basic process or tacking your “to-dos.” Change requires a commitment and belief. It takes hearts and minds. As much as we want it to be, change isn’t a command-and-control effort cascading its way through the hierarchy level by level. Lasting change moves through an organization or community like a virus person by person. I’ve researched the behaviors and habits essential for starting a successful change as shown by people I call Wave Makers. Interestingly, some of the very behaviors and habits that derail a change are those we associate…
  • 5 Tells Your Candidate Might Be Lying

    Josh Tolan
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Liar liar, pants on fire? Not always. In interviews, it can be hard to know if a candidate is outright lying or merely stretching the truth. Do they really mean what they say? Luckily, you don’t have to be the Mentalist to figure out if what a candidate is saying is true. New research indicates most people have good instincts when it comes to spotting a lie. But even if you don’t, these body language secrets can help you tell: 1. Their voice changes. When someone is lying, their voice adjusts. Start the interview by asking the candidate basic questions like their name, where they’re…
 
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  • "12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence" - Deep Dive into Technology

    New & Improved, LLC
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    In this next installment of The 12 Strategies for Innovation Excellence, we take a deep dive into Technology. Find out how technology can enhance your innovation efforts. However, "Buyer Beware", simply rolling out new technology isn't enough and can be a costly flop.
  • Innovative Car Wars

    New & Improved, LLC
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Increasingly, it can be difficult to distinguish between car commercials. We found some which celebrate the creative spirit and may inspire you in ways that surprise you.
  • The 6 Core Values of the Sustained Innovation Leader

    New & Improved, LLC
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Values drive behavior. Without the correct set of values, aspirations for a sustained culture of innovation will be unmet. There are values that can be lived, by leaders, managers and individual contributors that will develop a sustained innovation culture. Learn what they are, and how to constantly re-energize them.
  • The Innovative Brain - How to Measure Innovation

    New & Improved, LLC
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    As fiscal year-end is approaching for most organizations, there is increased attention to the annual results. Maybe this includes measuring your innovation efforts. Read our latest newsletter for a Deep Dive into Key (Innovation) Measurements. There's also 12 Powerful Parenting Methods for Raising Creative Resilient Children and a touching reminder from GE on nurturing new ideas .
  • Update: Phonebloks the Prototype

    New & Improved, LLC
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Innovation Update! Last fall we told you about Phonebloks, a mobile phone made up of separate components that can be clicked together. Now, this idea has moved to be a working prototype designed by Google. Learn how it happened.
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  • NexGen Cloud Conference in San Diego – Missing the Point

    Administrator
    5 Dec 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The NexGen Cloud Computing Conference kicked off in San Diego on Thursday with a fair amount of hype and a lot of sales people.  Granted the intent of the conference is for cloud computing vendors to find and develop either sales channels, or business development opportunities within the market. As an engineer, the conference will probably result in a fair amount of frustration, but will at least provide a level of awareness in how an organization’s sales, marketing, and business teams are approaching their vision of a cloud computing product or service delivery. However, one presentation…
  • Nurturing the Marriage of Cloud Computing and SOAs

    Administrator
    3 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    In 2009 we began consulting jobs with governments in developing countries with the primary objective to consolidate data centers across government ministries and agencies into centralized, high capacity and quality data centers.  At the time, nearly all individual ministry or agency data infrastructure was built into either small computers rooms or server closets with some added “brute force” air conditioning, no backup generators, no data back up, superficial security, and lots of other ailments. The vision and strategy was that if we consolidated inefficient, end of life, and high risk…
  • Now that We Have Adopted IaaS…

    Administrator
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Providing guidance or consulting to organizations on cloud computing topics can be really easy, or really tough.  In the past most of the initial engagement was dedicated to training and building awareness with your customer.  The next step was finding a high value, low risk application or service that could be moved to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to solve an immediate problem, normally associated with disaster recovery or data backups. As the years have continued, dynamics changed.  On one hand, IT professionals and CIOs began to establish better knowledge of what…
  • Now that We Have Adopted IaaS…

    Administrator
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Providing guidance or consulting to organizations on cloud computing topics can be really easy, or really tough.  In the past most of the initial engagement was dedicated to training and building awareness with your customer.  The next step was finding a high value, low risk application or service that could be moved to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to solve an immediate problem, normally associated with disaster recovery or data backups. As the years have continued, dynamics changed.  On one hand, IT professionals and CIOs began to establish better knowledge of what…
  • Now that We Have Adopted IaaS…

    Administrator
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Providing guidance or consulting to organizations on cloud computing topics can be really easy, or really tough.  In the past most of the initial engagement was dedicated to training and building awareness with your customer.  The next step was finding a high value, low risk application or service that could be moved to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) to solve an immediate problem, normally associated with disaster recovery or data backups. As the years have continued, dynamics changed.  On one hand, IT professionals and CIOs began to establish better knowledge of what…
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    Front End of Innovation Blog

  • Real Time Marketing or Video Marketing?

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The flow of social media and digital trends for the year are leading to the synergy (or battle?) of two trends: real time and video. Which one is set to prevail?Real Time MarketingIs almost as if something is memory, vintage, expired or extinct on its maiden voyage. As the antithesis to traditional advertising which worked on repeat value, real time marketing is more than just the hype of being current, but is more agile, in the moment. As social media experts have it, its not a project but a process, and is thus fluid, ongoing, instead of a one shot advertising campaign. For marketers, this…
  • This Week In Innovation: 12/8/14 - 12/12/14

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Eco-Innovation: Going beyond creating technology for technology's sakeReal Innovation Disrupts Markets: Shaking up markets and changing people's livesDirecTV: Channeling Gamification and Crowdsourcing to Spur DevelopmentIBM Capitalizing On Cloud Disruption: Shaking up the software and hardware marketplace Magic 8 Ball For Students? Algorithms that can predict students gradesHow Big Companies Can Accelerate Innovation: Companies need to keep inventing new business modelsHow the Cloud Transforms Business: Beyond Cost Saving via ForbesTop 10 Fintech Trends for 2015Has The Disruption Metaphor…
  • Podcasting Phenomena: 12 Innovation Podcasts You Should Hear

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the past month, I've read a dozen articles on Podcasts. Yes, Podcasts are apparently having a moment as we like to say in the industry. What's interesting about this phenomena is, at least for me, layered.Something Like A PhenomenaYou see podcasting became popular when the iPod made Mp3 a mainstream term over a decade ago.We've been offering podcasts as far back as four years ago on the FEI platform and I can still recall my first (nerve-wracking) production, which was a live chat with authors and marketing rock stars Mitch Joel, Chris Brogan & Julien Smith back in 2009.So it is…
  • This Week In innovation: 12/1/14 - 12/5/14

    6 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    4 Ways to Empower Sustainable Innovation Innovation and the Unknown: 5 tips for start-upsWho Should Control Innovation? Should it be just the IT department or should everyone contributeIDC's Top 10 Technology Predictions for 2015How The Internet of Things Can Encourage Business Collaboration: Embracing partnerships to survive in a world of integrated systems Sleep Tracking Faces Potential Disruption From Gaming Industry: Nintendo Switching into the World of Sleep10 Trends In The Future of Mobility Collaboration Kinks That Can Cost You: Communication and tech hassles are top reasons…
  • Dan Pink on Learning to Think More Like a Designer

    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Digging back in our vaults, we uncovered this video from one of our sister events, where Dan Pink,  NYT and WSJ Bestselling Author of Drive, discusses creative transformation and offers tip on learning to think more like a designerAll around you are design decisions brought to life, some good, some bad. Learn to think more creatively by thinking about the design decisions you encounter, and the ways that they could be different. Dan Pink on Learning to Think More Like a Designer from Creative Leadership on Vimeo.Related articlesHow to Promote Creativity & Innovation Within Your…
 
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  • True or False: Employees Should not Be Bothered with Innovation?

    Stefan Lindegaard
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 am
    I got an interesting comment to my recent post on how to train and educate executives on innovation. It went like this: “Innovation requires time and drive to explore new vistas, therefore it is understandable that busy employees can’t be bothered to look into it. The best way is for senior managers to assign a team and give them the time and resources!” First, I agree that it makes sense to assign teams and give them time and resources to make it happen. Next, I think this comment is dangerous: “understandable that busy employees can’t be bothered to look into it”. If…
  • 80% of Big Companies Plan to Increase Innovation Budgets in 2015

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    NineSigma recently asked more than 300 executives in big companies about their innovation programs and plans for 2015. The survey is highly encouraging and it also underscores the rising importance of open innovation. • 87% agreed or strongly agreed that my company has the resources and capabilities to leverage innovations from external partners • 80% agreed or strongly agreed that my company plans to increase its budget for innovation programs in 2015 • 79% agreed or strongly agreed that my company effectively leverages innovations from other industries • 71% agreed or strongly…
  • Don’t Confuse Open Source with Open Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:57 am
    I just read a post in which a comment stated that open source is the easiest way to understand open innovation. In my view open source does not have much to do with open innovation. Wikipedia starts its definition of open source like this “In production and development, open source as a development model promotes a universal access via a free license to a product’s design or blueprint, and universal redistribution of that design or blueprint, including subsequent improvements to it by anyone.” Open innovation is harder to define as there are so many views on what innovation – open…
  • Executives Listen to their Peers! – Tips for Training Executives on Innovation

    Stefan Lindegaard
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    I just did a webinar in my Innovation MasterClass on the topic on how to train and educate corporate executives on innovation and now you can view and download my presentation here: Training and Educating Executives on Innovation from Stefan Lindegaard Here you get a some of the key messages from the presentation: You should train and educate these five groups of people on innovation: • The corporate innovation team itself • Employees • Managers •  Executives • Key external stakeholders When I talk with corporate innovation teams and people in charge of innovation initiatives in…
  • Innovation: We Do not Have Time for it!

    Stefan Lindegaard
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:24 pm
    I just had another interesting meeting with great people today. They work with innovation and R&D and we got to spend a little less than an hour together to discuss some of the challenges that you face on these issues in big companies today. A little less than an hour. I mention this again because we got one of the biggest issues at workplaces in general a little before 10am. We did not have enough time. The people in this meeting had to go to other meetings. It would have been great if we could have continued the discussion, but they said they had to go. That’s just how it is. It is my…
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    Paul4innovating's Blog

  • Dealing with Your Darwin Effect through Innovation

    paul4innovating
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    I have been working away, as my labour of love, frustration and sheer determination, on my thinking through the ‘harnessing’ of the dynamics within innovation, to offer organizations their innovation fitness and future landscape design, so as to radically alter their present capabilities and capacity to innovate. The aim is to relate these to where your organization is in their existing capabilities, where they need to go, in identifying and clarifying the necessary capabilities they need to have, so as to achieve certain strategic goals and then, “we”, together, collectively…
  • Achieving a higher collaborative gear

    paul4innovating
    6 Dec 2014 | 12:32 am
    For a big majority of us, open innovation is now well established, it is part of our innovation furniture. The quest for many, today, is the search for richer engagements, possibilities and exchanges. We need to move beyond the existing boundaries and go deeper into the collaborative space. I regard collaboration as the active ingredient, the yeast that allows our ‘daily innovation bread’ to rise. Getting all the parties ‘gathered around’ puts increased vitality, energy and commitment into working together over a project or idea. As we learn to reach out and collaborate, exchanging…
  • Tackling the Internal Jobs-to-be-done for Improving Innovation

    paul4innovating
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:24 am
    We are constantly nudged towards understanding the needs of customers through the jobs to be done approach. So why do we still seem to not achieve this ‘higher purpose’ of providing solutions to customers’ needs? Predictable growth has run its course as we live in unpredictable times; we need a better way to identify ALL those unmet needs that our customers have. That need comes from knowing the “job which needs to be done”. We need to sharp shoot to hit clear targets, we need to become a lot more explicit in our knowledge of a customer’s unmet needs, and they need to make the…
  • So Welcome to the Age of Digital Innovation

    paul4innovating
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    Digital technology is about to become the precursor for all the changes we have put off for years within our organizations. We need to radically improve our abilities to engage, relate and discover new innovation opportunities at a completely different level of faster performance. There are many issues both strategic and tactical to work through, to extract the rich potential from any digital transformation for new innovation growth outcomes The final part of a seven part series –  a new dawn or your worst nightmare?’ The array of new digital technologies that we are trying to…
  • The Need to Automate the Innovation Process

    paul4innovating
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
    There has always been a consistent call to automate the innovation process. Now it might turn into a stampede, based on real ‘digital’ need. We have made solid progress in the use of out-of-the box software for capturing ideas at the ‘fuzzy front end.’ We have developed pipelines and use product life cycle software systems to manage this through to commercialisation. Yet today we still have a fragmented, often broken innovation process, very reliant on the manual processes, where the human intervention dominates. Can this be changed? Technology must form a greater core of the…
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    Conquering Innovation Fatigue: Helping Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Find Innovation Success

  • Simple Steps Can Dramatically Increase Participation in Innovation

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

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

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

  • What kills most innovation isn’t a lack of ideas, it’s a lack of relationships

    Jorge
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Do we still need old-fashioned physical offices to do work? Contrary to reports that the demise of the office is near, I believe we still need physical offices; and more importantly physical interactions. I believe that the model that will be dominant for most types of organizations is a hybrid between being a mobile worker and being at a physical office. Duh? Yes, it’s an obvious answer but I don’t most businesses look at it this way. More importantly, before considering whether or not you need a physical office, the real issue your must consider is culture. One way that startups…
  • The true innovator’s motto: We’ll figure it out…

    Jorge
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    It is very common that innovation efforts are squandered because the people involved, frankly, should not be there in the first place. Of the projects you’ve been a part of, how many had people that were willing to roll with the punches and figure out a path forward? I assume you can count them with one hand. Innovation is not easy, it takes risk and requires a team of people who are comfortable operating in the unknown;  people who get excited about starting from scratch and having a go at it; people who are willing to work through challenges that have no precedent. It’s safe to…
  • Innovators widen their view of competition

    Jorge
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    I’m sure you’ve been in meetings where everyone worries about competition more than they worry about customers. It is a fact that for traditionally run businesses, any talk about strategy quickly shifts to competition. It’s unavoidable and it pisses me off.  Traditional business practice is based on beating the competition, which assumes that there is competition that looks and plays just like you if you are starting a business. What ensues is a predictable playbook of using strength against weakness, optimizing operations and cost cutting for value; the recipe for more of…
  • 5 questions to help you think about the culture you wish to create

    Jorge
    3 Dec 2014 | 4:43 am
    Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Why? Because even a beautifully conceived strategy won’t be executed the right way if people’s values and beliefs are not aligned. In other words, culture is not mandated; it is shaped from the beginning. That’s why culture matters; in both the business and governmental context. As a leader, you can’t let it slide. It is the one thing we have control over from the start. But many organizations jump straight into action, and as a result many a company or institutions operate like chickens without a head figuring out what they are…
  • Innovators are the early adapters

    Jorge
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    For as long as I can remember, I’ve adopted new products and services when they are just starting out. It’s very common that I get requests to “try this and that” for startups looking for early adopters and beta testers. As such, my main objective in adopting products and services that are in beta is the following: Staying updated on the latest stuff that doesn’t fit with the current reality; I get a feel for what could be next on the horizon from another perspective; How can begin to adapt it to the real world and what would I learn. It’s rare that I come…
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    URENIO Watch

  • Smart Citizens: How internet facilitates smart choices in city life

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A report from Ericsson ConsumerLab shows how the internet facilitates smart choices in city life. The report is based on a study which was conducted online in September 2014 with 9,030 iPhone and Android smartphone users aged between 15 and 69. Respondents were from Beijing, Delhi, London, New... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Socrata Open Innovation Magazine – Volume 4

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:10 am
    The fourth edition of Socrata’s Open Innovation magazine focuses on a simple question: What does it mean to be good at open data? By the time you reach the final page of this magazine, we know you will have many new ideas for how to improve upon your open data program.      ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Report: Smart City Suppliers

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:42 am
    A new report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of 16 leading smart city suppliers with the capacity to provide leadership on large-scale smart city projects spanning multiple operational and service areas. These smart city suppliers are rated on 10 criteria: vision,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Report: Delivering the Smart City

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:52 am
    “Delivering the Smart City” report, produced by Arup and University College London (UCL), analyses the spending patterns of eight major UK cities to gain an understanding of how much cities are paying for technology, as well as considering whether this expenditure is ‘smart’. To... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Technology of Us

    Panagiotis Tsarchopoulos
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    If automation was the mantra for technology to date, is humanization the calling for technology in the future? The Technology of Us is a discussion hosted by TeleTech CEO Ken Tuchman that explores this question from the perspective of top intellectuals, scientists, designers and business... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit URENIO website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    EYES IN

  • Active Design Aims to Fight Employee Obesity

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Some of the country's top design minds are joining a panel discussion on 'Active Design', a new trend that promotes physical activity in the workplace. The post Active Design Aims to Fight Employee Obesity appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Hammer & Hand Wins 2 Green Home of the Year Awards

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Karuna House and Pumpkin Ridge Passive House both earned 2014 Green Home of the Year Awards from Green Builder magazine, making Hammer & Hand the sole recipient of multiple awards from the national competition. The post Hammer & Hand Wins 2 Green Home of the Year Awards appeared first on EYES IN.
  • 17th Islamic Arts Festival Opens in Sharjah

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The 17th edition of Islamic Arts Festival is opening tonight in Sharjah to assure its pioneer global status and its huge efforts to embrace Islamic arts. The post 17th Islamic Arts Festival Opens in Sharjah appeared first on EYES IN.
  • Heel Up Launches Kickstarter for Fashion Forward Shoes

    Vivian van Dijk
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Heel Up fashion accessories provide an easy and affordable way to jazz up high heels, allowing endless, stylish looks for every occasion. The post Heel Up Launches Kickstarter for Fashion Forward Shoes appeared first on EYES IN.
  • NFL & NBA Wives Support Dress For Success Charity

    Vivian van Dijk
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Masha Kirilenko, Andrei Kirilenko and owner of Fashion IQ, got together with Jaclyn Rosenberg for the 2nd Annual Wives’ Soiree for Dress For Success. The post NFL & NBA Wives Support Dress For Success Charity appeared first on EYES IN.
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    InventHelp Blog

  • Invention Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

    Emily Moorhead
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    The holidays are a time of tradition. Even in the age of technology, the simplicity of the sparkling lights of a Christmas tree, scent of freshly baked cookies in the air, and squealing of young children opening their gifts could be a scene straight out of a classic holiday movie. All holiday traditions have invention stories behind them, some going back hundreds of years. Sparkle and Shine A Christmas tree looks splendid with lights and ornaments, but it just isn’t complete without tinsel. Tinsel was invented in Germany in 1610, but it was made of genuine silver, shredded into thin…
  • 5 Innovations to Help You Achieve Your 2015 New Year’s Fitness Resolution

    Emily Moorhead
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Who wants to get fit in 2015? According to the Marist Poll, 44% of Americans vowed to improve their fitness in 2014, and the numbers are expected to rise for 2015. If you’re looking to shrink your waistline and pump up those arms in the New Year, check out these innovative products that can help you to achieve your goal. Kettleshell The kettlebell workout became a trend a couple of years ago because of its ability to build strength and endurance in the lower back, legs, and shoulders. The workout received some backlash, however, because kettlebells tend to be expensive, and as you get…
  • 5 Tips for the Ultimate Invention Brainstorming Session

    Emily Moorhead
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Whether alone or in a group, brainstorming can seem like a daunting task. Coming up with a concept for a new invention may be difficult for some.  Utilizing some of these brainstorming tips can make things a little easier – and you might have a little fun too. 1. Talk Out Loud If you’re brainstorming solo, talking to yourself may seem a bit crazy, but trust us, it helps. By creating an audible dialogue, different parts of your brain are activated. You may be able to think more critically about your ideas or even create additional concepts. 2. Never Say Never Negativity kills creativity.
  • Kids Invent the Darndest Things

    IVH-Admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    Kids have amazing minds. In one moment, they seem to have infinite wisdom that could only be native in an old soul, and in the next, they’re trying on your too-big high heels and singing like they’re on Broadway. Although we try to stay as creative, imaginative, and playful as we were as kids, there’s no mistaking the mind of someone who hasn’t yet experienced the weight of the world. Perhaps it’s this creativity and ingenuity that has led some kids to invent amazing things. Before they can even drive, these kids have created products that improve the lives of others while making an…
  • Restaurant Innovations That Will Have You Coming Back For Seconds

    Emily Moorhead
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    You may remember a familiar scene from cult-classic Back to the Future, Part II. Middle-aged Marty McFly is at the dinner table with his family, and his mother takes a small disk from a shiny foil packet and pops it into a Black and Decker “Hydrator,” a device that resembles a cross between a microwave and a toaster oven. In about three seconds, a piping hot pizza is ready to be served to the family. Supposedly, this is what 2015 is going to look like. Considering that we’re nearly done with 2014, it’s highly unlikely that we’re going to see Hydrators, hoverboards, or flying…
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    Business Strategy Innovation

  • We Are Target. Who Are You?

    Braden Kelley
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    By now you’ve probably seen the video of the Target employee standing on the checkout counter delivering a Mel Gibson, Braveheart inspired speech to fellow employees prior to opening the doors on Black Friday (nearly 4 million views and counting). … Continue reading →
  • December Innovation Special

    Braden Kelley
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    As 2014 comes to a close and the holiday season continues, I thought I would make a special offer to event organizers in search of a last minute innovation speaker for a December or early January 2015 event AND to … Continue reading →
  • Is Amazon Echo the Answer to Google?

    Braden Kelley
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    Today Amazon launched the Echo – an internet appliance with voice recognition and response designed to be to your living room what Siri and Cortana are to your pocket (you ask, it answers). It is a bold move for Amazon … Continue reading →
  • Are You Lying to Your Customers?

    Braden Kelley
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    It seems like every company these days is trying to claim that they are innovative, trying to claim that they are customer-centric, trying to claim that their employees are important to them. But are they? Can all this be true? … Continue reading →
  • Where is the Innovation Bonfire the Hottest?

    Braden Kelley
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Now that I’ve secured a book deal with Palgrave Macmillan for my second book, I thought it might be interesting to peek in on the Nielsen Bookscan sales numbers on Amazon and look back at the last couple of years … Continue reading →
 
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    Riverside Innovation Centre » Riverside Innovation Centre

  • Entrepreneurs – win up to £1,500!

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    Santander has just launched a new Santander Universities Enterprise Portal which gives entrepreneurs the chance to win up to £1,500 by uploading a 60 second pitch. The Santander Universities Enterprise Portal is an online hub designed to support entrepreneurs, start-ups and the small business community. How does it work? ·         Entrepreneurs record a 60 second video pitching their business or idea in a creative, innovative or funny way ·         The videos are submitted via the portal for judging ·         The top 10 videos get placed on the portal for the…
  • Pepper, the friendly robot!

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    The latest creation from Aldebaran, Pepper is the first humanoid robot designed to live with humans. At the risk of disappointing you, he doesn’t clean, doesn’t cook and doesn’t have super powers… Pepper is a social robot able to converse with you, recognize and react to your emotions, move and live autonomously. Engaging and friendly, Pepper is much more than a robot, he’s a companion able to communicate with you through the most intuitive interface we know: voice, touch and emotions. Created for SoftBank Mobile—one of the largest mobile phone operators in Japan-…
  • Break Down or Break Out!

    admin
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    On 4th-5th December, the Riverside Innovation Centre hosted the launch event of the “Break Down or Break out!” (BDBO) Project, funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus + programme. The project aims to provide simple and practice based guidance for long-term unemployed people over 40, still coping with the consequences of economic pressures, and empower them to take action. Partners from United Kingdom, France, Romania, Italy, Finland, Spain and Israel met to discuss measures, methodologies and actions to be adopted throughout the project cycle. Three members of the Riverside…
  • What’s in it for my Business? IFB Breakfast Event

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    Businesses are invited to learn more about getting the most from the International Festival for Business (IFB) at a free breakfast briefing and networking event at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park on Thursday, May 22, 2014. What’s in it for my Business? will take place from 8.30am to 9.30am and offers SME’s (Small Medium Enterprises) and companies throughout the region the opportunity to find out more about IFB, which takes place in Liverpool in June and July 2014. The breakfast event is being held jointly by the University, the Mersey Dee Alliance, Cheshire West and…
  • Project Planning & Risk Management

    admin
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 09:00 Friday, 30 January 2015 at 16:30 (GMT) A project is the means by which change can be initiated; it has uncertainty and carries risk. If this is the type of task with which you are faced then this two-day training is for you. These sessions are designed to give you a foundation in the essentials of project planning & risk management. The course is for individuals or groups in business, entrepreneurs, administrators, managers, students, company founders and anyone working as part of a team to benefit from knowledge of how to plan a project and manage risk.
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    Adam Collier | Creativity on Fire

  • Five Steps to Always Think for Yourself

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We all have the freedom of thought and will and no one, no matter how eloquent or politically correct, can take that from us unless we allow it. I’ve written in the past that there are obstacles to living a creative life.  The primary three obstacles are: Not thinking for oneself Emotional wounds Excessive busyness We all have […]
  • That 5th Creativity Language

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
      If you’ve not heard of the Five love languages you have to check out this book (Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman) these love languages explain how we need and prefer to be loved by our spouse. Words of Affirmation Quality Time Receiving Gifts Acts of Service Physical Touch Understanding your own and your spouses love […]
  • Evaluating Your Ideas

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Some people do the bulk of their creativity through the generation of ideas. The language of ideas is what they know and how they create.   Ideas constantly, they are not always good at execution but ideas come to their mind all the time. Some have called this idea-diarrhea, Stu McLaren referred to this recently at the platform conference and […]
  • Protected: Test: The 5 Creative Languages

    adam@sciencelayer.com (Adam Collier)
    29 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
 
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    The Innovation Mill

  • ‘Tis the Season for Giving: Most Innovative Charities to Support

    Marian Daniells
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Here on the Innovation Mill, we highlight companies with innovative and insightful marketing campaigns. But with an eye to the holiday season and the joy of giving, I thought it worthwhile to highlight a handful of worthy and innovative nonprofits. The below organizations not only have creative branding, but have all received four-star ratings from Charity Navigator – high praise in the world of non-profits. Acumen Fund Acumen Fund is a global venture fund that raises charitable donations, then invests in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty. To…
  • Exposure: The Good, The Bad, The Word of the Year

    Bonnie Pedlow
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    December: It’s time for the annual flood of reflections on the past 12 months and predictions for the year to come. By ending the year with lists of the top books, ads, pantones, you name it, we as media consumers love to have things wrapped up so we can look to the coming year with clearly defined memories and expectations. I think of them as presents beneath the tree, with nice little bows. These ubiquitous “something of the year” announcements are grandfathered by Time’s venerable Person of the Year cover, which started in 1927.  That’s two years prior even to the Oscars…
  • Please Tag #AdvertisingAgainstHumanity

    Lauren Parker
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I’m not a board game person. I’m not a card game person. But I have one exception: Cards Against Humanity. It’s the perfect blend of pop culture, creativity, competition and raunch. To play, the Card Czar plays a black card with an obscure premise and participants submit a white card with a silly reference with the goal of achieving the most shocking/funny/brutal pairing. Take for example: “What would grandma find disturbing, yet oddly charming?” paired with “A can of whoop-ass.” You get the idea. One ad agency saw the potential to create a brilliant…
  • Best Ad of 2014 Wasn’t Really an Ad? Cheers to that!

    Maggie O'Neill
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    It has been quite a week for the ad world, and times they are a changin’. First Stuart Elliott is leaving the NY Times. Enough said. Second, Ad Week came out with their top ads of the year and the winner. Well it wasn’t even a real ad. It was, as the industry mag called it, “brilliant and subversive, and it wasn’t even real.” So here is the story, and of course a bit of a conundrum for the industry. But what else is new? In early 2014, when all of the ad buzz revolves around the Super Bowl (the biggest ad buy of the year for those living under a rock), Newcastle Brown Ale and…
  • Black Friday Comes Early

    Catharine Cody
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    While most of us begin to plan our scrumptious Thanksgiving Day meals, retailers are gearing up for the most lucrative day of the year – Black Friday.  But, consumers aren’t just seeing savings the day after Turkey Day, they’re now seeing it before the holiday. According to a retroactive analysis by Savings.com, most deals occur about six to seven days before Thanksgiving. Amazon instituted a “Black Friday Deals Week,” throughout the course of which they are adding new deals almost every ten minutes. Not to be left out, Walmart launched a “Pre-Black Friday Event” with…
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    Synecticsworld » Thinking

  • Incubation: Bridging The Gap Between Idea and Implementation

    Synectics
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Leo Boudreau By Leo Boudreau   I’ve noticed, over the last few years, that the old adage, “I wish I’d thought of that!” is increasingly being replaced by, “I thought of that! I wish I had done something with that idea!” This shift has largely been missed in the corporate boardroom, however. Most companies seem to still focus only on the pursuit of new ideas, when they should really be learning to implement the big, game-changing, absolutely amazing (and terrifying) ideas that they let sit on the sidelines, gathering dust. In my opinion, this is the emerging challenge for…
  • Crafting a More Productive R&D & Marketing Innovation Partnership

    Synectics
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:44 am
    Connie Williams, CMO & General Partner Synecticsworld By Connie Williams This article first appeared on PreScouter in September, 2014 Does your organization’s innovation feel like “In this corner, Marketing, in this corner, R&D”? If it does, that’s because R&D and Marketing work in very different ways, often seeing the world and opportunities very differently. The old, traditional way of working, with R&D and Marketing in their separate corners working on innovation opportunities, has to be retired. While marketers tend to rule innovation in CPG and R&D leads in…
  • How To Assemble Your Team For Innovation

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

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

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

  • Christmas Reads for Innovators, Creative Thinkers and Science Fans

    IdeaConnection
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    Stuck for a present to buy the inventive genius in your life this festive season?  Whether that bright, creative spark is you or a friend or family member, here are some fantastic holiday reads to stimulate the old grey cells even more. The Future of the Brain: Essays by the World’s Leading Neuroscientists edited by Gary Marcus and Jeremy Freeman – well, err, hopefully it does have a future.  This tome charts the quest to unravel the mysteries of the brain. Original essays by scientists at the top of their game focus on such areas as the implications of brain science for…
  • How You Can Help Find a Cure for Ebola

    IdeaConnection
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    The Ebola outbreak may be fading from the headlines, but it is still a huge problem that is claiming thousands of lives.  To help speed up the development of a definitive cure for the devastating disease, the Scripps Research Institute is enlisting members of the crowd to use their computer downtime to carry out critical research. Erica Ollmann Saphire, a Professor at Scripps, said: “We have the information in my lab that will tell us how to fight it [the virus]. But we need computational power to calculate which drugs will best fit in the targets that we find.” Anybody with a PC…
  • Countdown to the Inaugural World Open Innovation Conference

    IdeaConnection
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Have you got your tickets?  This week sees the very first  World Open Innovation Conference.  Leading industry and academic figures will gather in Napa Valley, California on December 4-5 for two days of research, lectures, presentations and brainstorming, designed to forge stronger links between business practice and academia. The conference theme will address some of the gaps caused by a) industry practices that ignore scholarly research, and by b) academics who are content to sit in their ivory towers disregarding the laboratory or companies. A large number of topics will be under…
  • Intelligence Community Embraces Open Source and Crowdsourcing

    IdeaConnection
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    In a recent radio interview, the chief information officer of the USA’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) restated the organisation’s support and investment in crowdsourcing solutions.  Speaking on Federal News Radio, Dave White highlighted the GitHub platform and the need for wider collaboration. The GitHub platform is an open innovation portal that allows registered users to help the agency develop apps across 16 areas, including anti-piracy and tools for first responders. Bucking the intelligence community status quo, NGA sees a lot of opportunity in engaging with…
  • Why Problem Solvers Love IdeaConnection

    IdeaConnection
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    IdeaConnection’s problem solvers are drawn from diverse disciplines, countries and cultures. They work together in small teams to solve open innovation challenges for businesses and for the common good. At any one time a team could consist of an engineer, biologist, chemist and physicist. In their own words, here are some of the reasons why these brilliant minds enjoy stretching their creative problem solving muscles. “You are stronger when you are more than one and the solution becomes simplified. That was one of the major reasons that drew me to IdeaConnection because it attracts…
 
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  • The Consuming Instinct [Speed Summary]

    Paul Marsden
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal about Human Nature Author: Gad Saad Publisher:  Prometheus Publication date: 2011 Reasons not Rationalisations Ask consumers the reasons why they buy the stuff they buy, and you’ll probably get rationalisations, not reasons. Rationalisations are the ‘justifications’ we make to ourselves – and to others – for why we’ve bought something. But the real reasons may be quite different to rationalisations; they may be private, hidden or even unconscious. Enter The Consuming…
  • The Hunger Games Generation: Innovating for ‘Gen Z’

    Tom
    28 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    To coincide with the recent launch of Hunger Games: Mockingjay – the franchise that is so iconic for Gen Z – Brand Genetics has created a short report on this exciting generation. We believe that if you want to know what the world will look like tomorrow you need to understand the up and coming generations – and Gen Z already look like they will be a real force for change. Whether or not they’re your target audience today, Gen Z are already starting to influence how the world works. Their traits are only just starting to emerge but they show a marked difference to Gen Y /…
  • 6 Innovation Lessons from the Global Innovation Forum

    Tom
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Last week the 4th Global Innovation Forum rolled into London town and Brand Genetics chaired the event, which gathered a diverse range of innovators from around the world to share and learn from one another. We all learnt a huge amount over the course of the two days, but here are 6 key themes that emerged which we thought worth sharing: 1. The world has changed: It’s not changing it’s changed! At the conference we heard how you cannow take ‘Dronies’ (selfies from a drone) and ‘Yelfies’ (where you shout and the camera snaps you), drive cars designed to…
  • Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs

    Paul Marsden
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs Author: Larry Keeley, Ryan Pikkel, Brian Quinn and Helen Walters Publisher:  John Wiley & Sons Publication date: 2013 Q: What’s the best way to fail at innovation? A: Do product innovation. This is the controversial message of a new hot book on innovation that’s getting glowing reviews – 10 Types of Innovation by innovation experts Larry Keeley and colleagues. When doing innovation, particularly breakthrough innovation, we need to move beyond product innovation, because products rarely add value –…
  • Miso Tasty – 5 Key Lessons from a Start-Up

    Andrew Christophers
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    As innovators we love to engage with new start-ups, to gain insight into what’s fuelling passions and driving growth. Miso Tasty is a striking new premium miso soup – a modern version of the ancient Japanese superfood. Targeting modern busy urbanites, it’s already selling in such well-heeled establishments as Selfridges, Wholefoods and Harvey Nichols. Bonnie Chung is the driving force behind Miso Tasty – so what are her 5 Top Tips from her experience so far? Your brand is your baby: protect it fiercely “Nurture and protect your brand in the same way you would a child; patiently and…
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  • 7 Most Thought-Provoking Questions I Was Asked In 2014

    AmyK
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I like to have my thinking agitated – preferably with a good glass of wine, some sumptuous appetizers, and a few brilliant minds to shake up the discourse. Sometimes these intriguing conversations are accompanied with markers, flip charts and coffee, but hey, at least they’re happening. Several conversations stood out this year – highly provocative, highly engaging and well…highly awesome. Out of all these cool tête-à-têtes I’m sharing the 7 most thought-provoking questions I was asked in 2014. Here’s to unleashing some “awesome agitation” in your life. Wine and food…
  • Are you a “sorry” leader?

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

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

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

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

    Michael
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:17 am
    Sorry, all the images are missing from the blog. My hosting partner is upgrading me to make the site faster and it seems the images are not available during this upgrade process. Hope to have full service soon.   The post Sorry, something is missing! appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea. Spill proof wine glass

    Michael
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Thanks to my friend Ian Gotts for sharing. Brilliant. The post Brilliant Idea. Spill proof wine glass appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #242. Choose the mattress in your hotel room

    Michael
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Brilliant idea #242 is for hotels and bed and breakfast establishments that want to create an exceptional customer experience. Can’t they allow the user to book a room with the type of mattress they prefer – so they could choose a hard or soft mattress? Could that be that difficult? Brilliant.   The post Brilliant Idea #242. Choose the mattress in your hotel room appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #242. Scented hand-dryers

    Michael
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Brilliant Idea #242 is to put nice smells into hand dryers so when you dry your hands you get a nice whif of scent. That’s it. Brilliant.       Why do I (and why everyone should) share my ideas freely online? Click here to find out The post Brilliant Idea #242. Scented hand-dryers appeared first on Brilliant Ideas.
  • Brilliant Idea #241. Live sharing of slides

    Michael
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    If you go to a conference nowadays you see a lot of people holding up their phone or ipad to photograph specific slides. It’s a great idea because you can immediately capture the slides that caught your attention. The downside is that unless you are sitting right in-front of the stage all too often however they are awful photos (like the one above) and your fellow delegates view is interrupted by you holding-up your ipad. Brilliant Idea #241 therefore is an app or plugin for Powerpoint that, as well as displaying the slides also ‘broadcasts’ them via bluetooth so you can see…
 
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    Destination Innovation

  • An Innovation Lesson from Walt Disney – Ignore the Doubters

    admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:20 am
    Walt DisneyAs a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. In 1921, he founded his first animation company in Kansas City. It failed. He had to dissolve his company. He could not pay the rent and it is said that he was in such desperate straits that he had to eat dog food. When Disney offered MGM studios the opportunity to distribute Mickey Mouse films in 1927, he was told that the idea would not work because a giant…
  • How to Run an Innovation Workshop

    admin
    3 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    In this audio and slide presentation I give eight key steps on how to run a really effective workshop to generate and select great ideas. The Eight Steps are: 1. Set a Clear Objective 2. Choose your Selection Criteria 3. Invite the Right Group 4. Use a Facilitator 5. Prepare the Ground 6. Brainstorm 7. Select the Winners 8. Action Please let me know if I can help with your innovation workshop.
  • How to Hire Creative People – Great Questions for Interviewers to Ask

    admin
    1 Dec 2014 | 12:58 am
    How can you change a corporate culture which is comfortable, complacent and risk averse into one which is dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovative? One key action is to stop hiring comfortable, complacent risk avoiders and to start hiring dynamic, entrepreneurial innovators. The trouble is that managers tend to hire people who are like them and who will ‘fit in’ with the team. And the people who will fit in with a conventional, unadventurous team will probably have conventional, unadventurous views and attitudes.   Many managers who have a young team would be reluctant to add an older…
  • Value Chain Analysis

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:46 am
    Do you want to innovate with your service or process?  Here is an effective method which I use on innovation workshops. It involves analysing and questioning every stage of your procedure.  Start by breaking the customer journey down into separate stages starting with when the client first encounters you or your brand through to them completing the transaction and any follow-up steps. Draw this as a block diagram and include as many steps as you can, both internal and external. Now for each stage ask the following five questions in depth: 1. What is the purpose of this step? 2. What…
  • Everybody needs a Book of Successes

    admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Do you ever feel overwhelmed, lethargic or depressed? Most people do from time to time. Here is a simple thing that you can do to reinforce your motivation and self-confidence. Read your book of successes. Of course before you read it you must write it. Take a blank piece of paper or start with a blank document on your computer. Now list out all the things that you have achieved going right back to your childhood. You might have performed in a school play, won a competition, played for the soccer team or passed a piano exam. Include any academic or work related successes. Take your time and…
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