Why I have a problem with the Global Innovation Index

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INSEAD Business School, along with Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation have just released their analysis of the world’s most innovative countries for 2016. Top 10 Most Innovative Countries 2016, GII 2016. Creative Outputs.

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Inside the mind of a creative genius: Werner Herzog

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He answered questions on a whole slew of subjects, especially the thoughts behind people’s favorite films, and his creative process. Here I have collected some of his answers which I believe can teach everyone about what goes on inside the mind of a true creative genius.

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Artificial creativity (A.C.): Can a computer be creative? It’s scarily close

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In 2013, I wrote a breakthrough article on the nascent examples of computers beginning to generate ideas in a way similar to human creativity. Here I revisit the article with all-new evidence showing how close we are to artificial creativity. Creativity artificial creativity IBM Watso

Why “Talent Clusters” And Side Projects Are Good For Business

Faisal Hoque

The post Why “Talent Clusters” And Side Projects Are Good For Business appeared first on Faisal Hoque :: Entrepreneur | Author. We are nearly two decades into the 21st century and finding meaning in your work (both in and out of the office) has become all but a way of life.

How making Pros & Cons lists damage your innovation projects without you realising

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I just got back from a lunch with a dear friend of mine, who was describing a potential project which was being discussed at his new accounting company. You might be asking yourself, why am I telling you this story here, on an innovation and creativity blog? It is what keeps us from wandering into dark caves, but it also a reason why it’s so hard to convince your boss to support a new idea or innovative project.

Projects Are How Innovation Happens

Gregg Fraley

Projects, Projects, Projects. What’s quite simple about innovation is that projects are what make innovation real. Unless they are in the context of an actual project. Creative Problem Solving is not innovation. That thing is innovation projects.

Warren Buffet’s powerful “Two List” productivity tip for creative people

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Warren Buffet really hit the nail on the head with this advice, as it is something which almost all creative people will struggle with. This is a problem that I have encountered many times with some of my students who describe themselves as “hypercreative” Often they say that they are constantly working on numerous (sometimes dozens) of different projects at the same time, and constantly have new ideas for each which they want to try out.

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Creativity At Work: How To Implement And Manage It So It Delivers Innovation

Game-Changer

Creativity at work, how do you implement and manage it so it delivers innovation ? People need to engaged with their work, that means having bold goals but also assigning the right person to the right project. Too little time or money can dampen creativity at work.

Six Ideas for Coping with Little “d” Depression in Innovation Projects

Gregg Fraley

Or, less frequently, about the “oh crap” moment when a project hits a brick wall. How many promising projects have gone up in smoke because the creator, the innovator, the project leader, or a team member lose faith in a dark moment? Use Creative Problem Solving.

This guy made a fun video while renovating his garage

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This video might start off looking like just another DIY project, but partway through it shows the fun and creativity that the author put into it. Youtuber Hampton Rutland explains how he’s finishing a construction project with wood he reclaimed from a derelict demolished house.

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Persistence: The Key to Creativity and Innovation

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A persistent attitude is one of the 27 characteristics found in the greatest innovators (Kim, 2016). It is one of the most critical creative attitudes. Switch between two projects or ideas, but avoid multitasking. Write each barrier or creative block on a piece of paper and put it on a wall; then one by one remove each barrier and replace it with a possible solution. Creativity creativity crisis kh kim

What is innovation? 15 experts share their innovation definition

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He was voted one of the world’s top innovation bloggers for 2014 and is a leader in thought leadership on the science of improving creativity. Creativity, the ability to generate novel and useful ideas, is the seed of innovation but unless it’s applied and scaled it’s still just an idea.

Extreme Creativity – History of Rock

BrainZooming

Looking for Extreme Creativity ? Are you REALLY looking for extreme creativity? Close the door, or put on the headphones, and settle back for extreme creativity in a unique rock music mashup style! – Mike Brown. Do you have a few minutes to spare?

Another Good Year for The Good Men Project

CorporateIntel

I have just finished my third full year on the board of directors and as strategic advisor to The Good Men Project. If you’re not yet familiar with The Good Men Project, we are an editorial site that focuses on men’s issues in the 21st Century.

Key Innovation Issues for 2016 and Beyond

Integrative Innovation

In the course of this first month of 2016, I was asked a couple of times what my prospects are for the year ahead when it comes to key innovtion issues. We are headed towards a co-creative platform economy. It will become a hotbed for innovation in 2016 and the coming years.

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Creative Thinking – 31 Excuses Why a Creative Outlet Isn’t Working

BrainZooming

Ever felt as if your main creative outlet just isn’t working anymore ? I’m WAY off my creative thinking game when it comes to putting pen to paper and fingers to keyboard. 31 Excuses Why a Creative Outlet Isn’t Working. Wow, maybe my creativity is fine.

Doing good by doing well – Giving back to the community

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I want to tell you all about a development project which is close to my heart, and which I support with revenue from my Improvides Innovation Consulting business and Ideatovalue.com. It was the UK head of the charity, informing me of the progress of the project.

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by Robert Alan Black

Stephen Shapiro

My suggestion is that you include a portion of time for NEW projects. The markets today want, desire, crave, demand CHANGE, NEW, CREATIVE. interesting approach and concept Stephen. Dangerous one. I chose to do that a few years ago. and it has led to a temporary disaster.

Which is better – Planned or Emergent Innovation?

Destination Innovation

For new products the projects might go through a stage-gate process where they have to clear certain hurdles in order to have extra resources released. There is a program and the projects adhere to it. Then the director and producer skilfully design a creative and dramatic production.

5 Ways to Fail at Innovation

Imaginatik

Having “the usual people” working on an innovation project is a surefire way for it to fall into committee and go nowhere. Read our new report on “ How to Win at Corporate/Startup Collaboration 2016 ”. Most innovators are optimists.

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10 Project Planning Questions for Launching New Programs

BrainZooming

10 Project Planning Questions for Launching New Programs. Exploring the right project planning questions from the start allows you to see what flexibility exists to modify initial planning. Most clients we’re talking with are deep into launching new programs.

Will an intelligent computer ever be able to create art?

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We are already seeing how Artificial Intelligence can begin to make creative projects, acting as a form of artificial creativity. Their aim is stated as a research project to advance the state of the art in machine intelligence for music and art generation.

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This guy just built an unbelievable instrument with 2000 marbles

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It’s made of over 3000 pieces, constructed out of nothing but plywood, screws, wire, marbles, pieces of instruments and LEGO (the trademark sign of any creative project).

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project

Planview Spigit

Getting (and retaining ) buy-in from decision makers for innovation projects is often the stumbling block that many a corporate innovator and intrapreneur faces. Got some stories on how you secured buy-in for an innovation project?

This air cooling system for the slums uses plastic bottles and requires no electricity

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It just goes to show that often, you don’t need extremely complex and expensive infrastructure projects to bring benefits to hundreds of thousands of people. In Bangladesh, 70% of the population live without regular electricity, often in tin-sided huts which can reach 45°C inside.

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Why Risk Innovation?

Imaginatik

The part that may put the most stress on powerful industry leaders is failure but companies that truly innovate may fail more than they succeed, dumping valuable resources into projects and products that either never see the light of day or that are quite transient.

Building the Core Competencies for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

The well-structured part is the decision-making process, the level of (dedicated) project management, how much is self-managed in learning, what level of supervisory skills and the design of a talent management approach. So these are just my closing innovation thoughts of 2016.

How to Get Buy-in for Your Innovation Project

Planview Spigit

Getting (and retaining ) buy-in from decision makers for innovation projects is often the stumbling block that many a corporate innovator and intrapreneur faces. Got some stories on how you secured buy-in for an innovation project?

Watch Steamboat Willie for free: The original Disney Mickey Mouse cartoon

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Disney and his partner had an ace up their sleeve though: they had the creativity and skill to create Oswald in the first place, and they used this creativity to move on from Universal and produce their next set of cartoons themselves. Do you like insights into creativity like this?

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Innovation is Potent Leadership

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After working with more than 100 clients, we have noted one of the most critical factors in the success of an innovation project: if you outsource all of the work on your innovation projects, they will fail. You can’t outsource the important things. It doesn’t matter if you use our humble Studio or a 7-figure firm from Palo Alto or London.

How Silicon Valley innovates by letting anyone access their tech

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These are not just side projects that these tech companies have thrown together to please the open source communities. Silicon Valley is home to some of the biggest and most innovative companies in the world.

Short animated film “The Present” which won over 50 awards

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Based on a comic strip , this short film was the graduation project from the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. But it still takes a creative mind to come up with an idea which can make people have an emotional response to the art. Do you like examples of creativity like this?

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Theaster Gates: “It’s about our ability to shape things.”

Tim Kastelle

Gates works as an artist, curator, urbanist and facilitator and his projects attempt to instigate the creation of cultural communities by acting as catalysts for social engagement that leads to political and spatial change. Gates describes this project as “real-estate art”… Wait!

Comment on 2016 is Nothing New by Robert Alan Black

Stephen Shapiro

My suggestion is that you include a portion of time for NEW projects. The markets today want, desire, crave, demand CHANGE, NEW, CREATIVE. interesting approach and concept Stephen. Dangerous one. I chose to do that a few years ago. and it has led to a temporary disaster.

The Future of Work in a Project Based, Consultant Driven world

Rmukesh Gupta

If you agree with this trend, then you will also agree the following: how organisations identify, hire, retain and work with these highly skilled consultants and integrate them into the projects/programs will increasingly become core strengths of the organisation.

How Do You Learn How To Learn? Learn From Learners

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He started hanging out with other programmers and got involved in their projects; and then coded is own projects. Uncategorized Brian Chesky continuous learning Creativity Elon Musk Innovation Leadership Reid Hoffman Tim Ferriss Y Combinator (company

Innovation Must Be Managed

Tim Kastelle

Berkun says: A common pattern of the Myth of Epiphany is creativity by accident. The very idea of the Muse, forces that choose to grant ideas to us from above, externalizes creativity, and accidents have similar appeal.

What Assumptions Underlie Your Business?

Tim Kastelle

This is part of a series reflecting on what we’ve learned through the course of six programs involving 40 research projects and more than 250 people.

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Invest in Innovation Skill Building

Gregg Fraley

I thought by this year in history (2016) everyone in the business world would have a clue as to how to do ideation (aka brainstorming) properly. And worst of all — there are no innovation projects actually happening. Without projects — Nothing — will happen.

Six Causes of Failure for Innovation Teams

Destination Innovation

They should be allowed to bypass many internal approval processes and take control of the project themselves. If all the people on the team are creative types then they have great ideas but nothing much gets done. The cross-functional innovation team is not a hobby it is a high priority for all participants and they should be freed from other duties to allow them to devote the time they need to the project.

Innovation Fertility

Imaginatik

It is the creative use of the collected data, not just the ideas themselves, which raises the game – which we refer to as ‘innovation fertility’. The ultimate insight was to determine any gaps in creative reasoning between the new kids on the block and the old timers.

The secret to this government department’s innovation success: Small teams

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The federal government is the largest institution in the world, and spends $86 billion annually just on IT projects. And 94% of those projects end up over budget or behind schedule, and 40% never even finish. Split what were previously large, multi-year projects into smaller, bite-sized projects where progress could be seen and monitored more rapidly, and be executed by much smaller, focused teams. Is it possible for government agencies to innovate?

Why innovation portfolios matter

Jeffrey Phillips

Innovation does require creativity and expansive thinking. Most product management teams assign resources and plan projects based on the product portfolio, company objectives and roadmaps. At this point in business evolution, every CEO understands the need for more innovation. After a decade of reading about it, getting pounded over the head with the Jobs/Apple story and watching new innovations disrupt entire industries, businesses are starting to react.