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How to Design for Outcomes

Tim Kastelle

It’s always a bit dangerous to be “inspirational.” ” The problem is that inspiration doesn’t always lead to action – and that’s what we ultimately want. This is a lesson that Timothy Prestero and his organisation Design that Matters learned painfully. In 2010, DtM came out with an incubator designed for use in developing countries that won a ton of awards.

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Top 25 most influential Innovation Blogs & Experts: 2014


If you want to stay on the cutting edge of innovation insight and techniques, then these are the blogs and experts you need to follow in 2015 2014 has been an excellent year for the spreading of insights around what makes innovation and creativity around the workplace. The proliferation of blogs, LinkedIn groups, podcasts and […]. Originally published at Top 25 most influential Innovation Blogs & Experts: 2014. Blog articles blog creativity expert innovation

Cities, Innovation, and the Future


Innovation is intimately linked with cities. This occurs for many reasons, many of which are entirely obvious. People congregate in cities, and through experiencing problems and sharing ideas for how to solve them, innovation comes about. There are suppliers and experts and scholars and materials and tinkerers in cities in abundance, so questions can be […].

Three Things They Don't Teach You About Change Leadership

Bill Fischer

Somewhere between reading John Kotter's Leading Change and Michael Watkin's First Ninety Days, most change projects are tested by currents of resistance and indecision that are often quite subtle, but need to be played right if the change initiative is to gain traction and maintain its momentum. Overlooked, or played

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

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Talk-n-Tweet | Collaborative Innovation at Scale

Hutch Carpenter

Previously, I’ve described Why Crowdsourcing Works. Crowdsourcing is a case where you get many people who don’t one another collaborating toward a defined outcome. To reiterate the principle points about the value of crowdsourcing: Diverse inputs drive superior solutions. Cognitive diversity requires spanning gaps in social networks. How much does familiarity mean trust? come into play?

You’re Either a Technology Business or You’re Out of BusinessDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

Linda Bernardi

This article is brought to you by Linda and Braden Kelley. Collectively, we have over 30 years of experience working with large, global multi-disciplinary enterprises. We write this with care and passion as we want your enterprises to succeed. We would love to hear your thoughts. Even in 2014, there are business sectors who feel […].

Reigniting Innovation and Creativity

Technology Created

 “If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” — Vincent Van Gogh. Here’s an interesting question. Why is it that, while artistic tools have become so advanced and provide artists with the opportunity to become so much more productive, the amount of art and the quality of art produced by artists has dropped so dramatically?

Balancing Innovation via Organizational Ambidexterity – Part 3

Integrative Innovation

This is part three of a three-parts article co-written with innovation-3 ‘s Frank Mattes. The first part highlighted that radical and incremental innovation build on two different innovation set-ups (exploration and exploitation, respect. The second part showed in a sample of seven leading firms that ambidexterity is used in two main types – contextual and structural ambidexterity. Scope.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

For his upcoming book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.

Driving Corporate Innovation: Design Thinking vs. Customer Development

Steve Blank

Startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but interestingly we see that companies are not larger versions of startups. I’ve been spending some time with large companies that are interested in using Lean methods. One of the conundrums is why does innovation take so long to happen in corporations? Here’s why. —– Urgency Drives Innovation Speed. No one size fits all.

TEDx Talk: The science of improving your brain’s creativity


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

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Arrogance, Risk, and Resources (Or, How to Avoid Unpleasant Surprises)


There was recently a small article in The Economist highlighting the growth of Airbnb, the residential room-sharing service, that like Lyft and Uber, is disrupting a traditional industry.  The short piece explores how Airbnb is growing, and discusses how much of a threat this may become to hotel chains.  The signals to date are mixed, […]. Innovation Strategy and Innovation

Becoming More Innovative in 2015: Innovation Resolutions

Bill Fischer

What are you going to do this coming year to be more innovative? Innovative organizations deserve innovative leaders and members and if you’re not consciously thinking about how you might improve your own personal innovativeness, you’re abdicating on an important managerial responsibility. Since this is the time for New Year’s resolutions,

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session will examine the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly.

10 Awesome Lessons on Innovation from Great Explorers

Gijs Van Wulfen

This advertisement ran in a London newspaper in 1913. Could you have imagined answering it? If you did, you are a real innovator. Besides you, over 1000 men did. They were hoping to be chosen for an Antarctic exploration led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. He gained fame for his 1909 expedition to the South Pole. We can learn wise lessons from great explorers. Christopher Columbus. Edmund Hillary.

Why Bitcoin Scares the Crap Out of Governments and Banks

Simon Taylor

Depending on who you speak to, Bitcoin is either the most perfect example of a speculative bubble or it’s an attempt by software to eat the banking industry. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, everyone is talking about it.  It has become a mainstay in the mainstream media outlets such as BBC News, Time, Wall St Journal and the […]. Bitcoin

Research in 3D printing innovation

Open Innovation

Frank Piller (photo by Joel West) On Tuesday, Frank Piller and I hosted a successful workshop on 3D printing at RWTH Aachen. About 30 people attended the workshop: half from RWTH Aachen, the rest from other academic venues and a few from industry. In many ways, 3D printing research reminds me of open source software research in 2001 or 2002. business schools). conferences Frank Piller Joel West

Enterprise gamification…yes or no? Twitter #innochat Thursday May 22

Hutch Carpenter

What do you think about gamification for the enterprise? Smart innovation that helps deliver results? Or horrible idea that treats people as Pavlovian animals? Well, this week’s #innochat will examine that question. innochat ? What’s that, you ask? innochat is a weekly conversation that takes place on Twitter, covering topics related to innovation.

Six Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful – Webinar and Book

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

Consequential DisruptionDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

Linda Bernardi

Why Global Disruption is not enough. We Need to Disrupt MEANINGFULLY! As you know, I have been a strong advocate of disruption leading to innovation from the 1st day of my career post graduate school (Mathematics) at BBN (Bolt Beranek & Newman) in Cambridge. We invented things that did not exist and in as […]. Blog Disruption Innovation consequential disruption device innovation enterprise gadget innovation

Gentlemen, This is a Football

Technology Created

Vince Lombardi was a legendary coach. There’s no debating that. His record was 96 wins against 34 losses. He won six division championships, two conference championships and two Super Bowls. Because he so exemplifies the spirit of football and winning, the NFL named the Super Bowl trophy, the Vince Lombardi trophy. What were the keys to his success? So, coach took nothing for granted. Print.

Leveraging New Ventures for Innovation

Integrative Innovation

As pointed out in a recent post , teaming up with startups provides an opportunity for established firms to drive innovation without risking major interference with their core businesses. On the other hand, by engaging with established firms, a startup acquires capabilities to develop and scale their business, e.g. supply But what kind of engagment with new ventures should be pursued? Takeaway.

How We Used to Give Startups Very Bad Advice. 2 Minutes to See Why

Steve Blank

If you can’t see the video click here Filed under: 2 Minute Lessons , Corporate Innovation , Customer Development. Minute Lessons Corporate Innovation Customer Development

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The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul will take us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This is a session you don’t want to miss.

Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist


If you're looking for opportunities to launch new and innovative businesses, the best place to start looking appears to be Craigslist Craigslist is one of the granddaddies of the internet. It's been around since 1995 (older than some entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley!), and frankly is as basic-looking as a website can get. It also has customised […]. Originally published at Want a new market ready for innovation? Find it on Craigslist. Blog articles Craigslist innovation startups

The Secret that Victoria Didn’t Know


What the best way to move into an adjacent market? recent Bloomberg Businessweek* article highlighted how not to do it, reporting briefly on the difficulties that Victoria’s Secret has had in moving from lingerie into the markets for sports bras, sweaters, jeans, and dresses. None of these new ventures has fared as well as […]. Innovation

We Need Good Teamwork, Not Good Luck

Bill Fischer

"Good Night, and Good Luck" were words made famous by radio news pioneer Edward R. Murrow as he closed-out his evening broadcasts from London during the terrible early days of the Second World War. But, there was no "luck" involved in Murrow's work. He was consciously and deliberately part of


Awesome Innovation Infographic To Double Your Effectiveness

Gijs Van Wulfen

Take a closer look at the  Innovation Infographic  as pdf. Starting innovation is for many a struggle to master. A  study of Booz & Company shows  only a quarter  of all companies  are effective  at the start of innovation. And Stage-Gate Guru Robert Cooper shows that of every seven new product/service projects, about four enter development, 1.5 are launched, and  only one succeeds. You might recognize some of the struggles in practice: “Our short-term mindset rules.” ” “Our innovation process is unorganized. It’s chaos.”

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Models, Strategies and Tactics for Accelerating Innovation through Collaboration Outside the Organization

Speaker: Paul Campbell, VP of Innovation, Schneider Electric

We are excited to have Paul Campbell, an expert in corporate entrepreneurship, covering some of the strategies and tactics he has repeatedly used to transform corporate innovation programs. In this session, Paul will share his experience innovating in new and adjacent markets through a deft deployment of open innovation, business accelerators, venturing, M&A, R&D, business development and strategy team leadership.

Why you should always begin with the end in mind

Richard Hughes-Jones

I picked up my copy of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey the other day. remembered that one of Covey’s principles was to begin with the end in mind and I’ve been doing some detailed thinking recently about what my own end is, so to speak. It struck me that […]. The post Why you should always begin with the end in mind appeared first on Richard Hughes-Jones. Business Models Business Strategy Early-stage Businesses Lean Startup Startups

WOIC: Day 1

Open Innovation

On Thursday, open innovation scholars enjoyed a very exuberant 1st day at the 1st annual World Open Innovation Conference in Napa. As the day began, the audience received their own copy of the brand new — fresh off the presses — New Frontiers in Open Innovation. ( An $81 value! He offered 6 suggested areas for future research Clarity of definitions.

Bring customers into the idea review process

Hutch Carpenter

Say you’ve got some internal ideas at your company. Who takes a look at them? Assesses them to determine next steps for each idea? Figures out the value and difference the ideas can make? How about your own customers? talk a lot about jobs-to-be-done here, and getting a firm grip on those to understand where innovation and product enhancement opportunities lie. But sometimes that’s not realistic. Ideas come from many sources, and more likely than not, fail to reflect hard analysis of jobs-to-be-done. But customer feedback is valuable. The concept sounds right, yes? Type of ideas.

Disruption, Innovation And The Necessity Of Creative/Engaged CollaborationDISRUPT | INNOVATE | LEAD

Linda Bernardi

The art of disruption and collaborative innovation is a very complex and often sensitive topic. In my line of work (as an innovator and disruptor), I am brought into medium and large enterprises with the explicit mission of breaking things to identify and collaborate on new areas of business. We hit many levels of resistance […]. Blog Disruption Enterprise Innovation Culture of Disruption culture of innovation enterprise innovation graphic facilitation graphic recording grove consultants international innovation enterprise innovative culture

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