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How machines learn (a great video explanation of deep learning)

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In today’s dose of inspiration, I wanted to give you an insight into one of the most innovative technologies of the past few years which has the potential to revolutionise entire industries: machine learning.

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15 most important Innovation Theories your company should be using

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Every company says that innovation is important, and that they value the ideas of their people. In fact, creativity is becoming a core skill which companies know they need in the future.

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How to keep our children (and adults) from losing their creativity

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All children are born creative. Yet why is it that when we ask adults, the majority would not describe themselves as being creative anymore? What has happened over those formative years to remove a person’s ability to come up with great new ideas? Can we keep our children creative for longer?

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The single biggest reason why startups succeed

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One of the most complicated questions to answer in business is why some ideas succeed and others fail. That is where I came across this interesting TED Talk by Bill Gross (video above), who is the founder of the first US-based startup accelerator: Idealab.

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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.

The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

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Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea’s ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea.

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This video shows how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics

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One of the most pressing concerns in medical innovation is how to address the problem of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. There are regular news updates about diseases that are becoming resistant to traditional drugs, such as MRSA and even Super Gonnoreah.

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Diminishing law of innovation returns and the problem with “better”

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Every company thinks that they can innovate by making their product better. But eventually, this concept of “better” begins to become irrelevant.

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The Top Reasons We Fail to Achieve Our Creative Goals (And How to Stop It Happening to You)

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There are few things more detrimental to a person’s self-confidence and motivation than failure to achieve the goals they set for themselves. Yet this is something that happens to countless people every day.

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Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released 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.

How to defeat “Loss Aversion” – the #1 reason why middle managers kill innovation

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In this article, you are going to learn exactly what Loss Aversion is, why is creates crippling fear in middle managers and decision-makers, and a simple model for how you can reframe your company’s thinking which encourages more innovation projects to thrive.

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What is Design Thinking? Extensive interview with Tom Kelley from IDEO

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One of the most important figures in the field of Design Thinking is Tom Kelley, one of the heads of IDEO along with his brother David. Recently, Tom was interviewed by High Resolution (video above) about his thoughts on Innovation and Design Thinking.

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Your lazy brain: Why thinking is actually uncomfortable

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A fantastic video by Veritasium which shows how your brain usually reacts instinctively, because that is more energy efficient that actually working on a challenge.

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This engineer replaced a $1,000.00+ medical device with one costing $0.20

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Sometimes, you need to set yourself really strict constraints in order to come up with the most creative innovations. This is exactly what Manu Prakash did with his team at Stanford when trying to make a better, cheaper way to test blood samples in poorer countries. Check out his video above.

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2016’s best innovation blog articles, from the top influential innovation bloggers

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Sometimes, it is important to take a step back from your own work, and highlight some of the best work from other people around the world.

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A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session examined 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. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Elon Musks new $0 salary, and what it can teach us about visionary innovation leaders

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When it comes to innovative business practices, Elon Musk doesn’t appear to do anything half-hearted. In fact, we have previously spoken about how Elon Musk shows how you can turn a Twitter complaint into a solution in 6 days.

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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.

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4 Reasons Great Leaders Are Not Afraid to Fail

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Many people have an overwhelming fear of failure. This usually stems from societal programming that tells us how negative and even shameful failure is. However, the reality is that failure is a necessary part of life. It is just one step of thousands you will take.

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How Hollywood turns this vehicle into any car you can think of using CGI

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You probably know about green screen, and how film and TV studios use it to create computer-generated images for you favorite blockbusters. But did you know that a lot of the cars you see on screen, on TV and especially in commercials might be computer-generated as well?

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6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

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.

This emotional short animation shows how parents inadvertently stifle their children’s creativity

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This short animated film really got to me. Without speaking a single word, it illustrated how parents who think they are doing what is best for their children may inadvertently be training them to be uncreative. Watch the short film in the video above. Called Alike , it was directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez and has won over 81 international awards.

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Did you know: Some people are born with an imagination?

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One of the most important skills for any creative person is that of visualisation.

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Silent Geniuses: Why we need more respect for the creativity of introverts

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Share this post with anyone who you know who wishes that they had the courage to speak up and let people know about their ideas. Imagine what you think a “creative person” looks like, and what they behave like.

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Inspirational and creative furniture made from folding woods

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Check out this video to see some amazingly creative furniture designed by Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs. Created using just a single piece of bamboo and strategically cut and fit together, each piece transforms from a flat slab of wood into a functional piece of furniture. A table. A chair.

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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 takes 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 was a great session you don’t want to miss.

The future of renewable energy: kite power

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Despite what the current US president keeps saying, renewable energy is the way that the world will be powered in the future. Two of the most established technologies which already provide electricity to millions of people are solar power and wind power.

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Uber’s latest innovation: using a friend’s location as a destination

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Uber, the ride-sharing app already making taxi-services obsolete, has just announced their latest feature, and in my view it is a perfect example of innovation. It allows you to ask a contact whether they will allow you to use their location as a destination for their Uber ride. Genius.

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How Steve Jobs predicted what would cause Apple to lose its innovative edge

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One of the most misunderstood concepts in innovation management is why some companies can bring their ideas to life and continue innovating, while in other companies good ideas get no traction and die.

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Dr Beau Lotto on how being creative requires the brain to do what it fears most

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In this interesting perspective video (above) from Dr Beau Lotto, we find out why being creative is one of the things which the brain fears most. At a high level, it is all about the fact that the brain is designed to reduce and remove uncertainty from our lives.

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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 shares 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.

Microsoft retakes the innovation crown with its new focus on creativity

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Up until a few years ago, experts in the innovation space were using Microsoft as a case study for failing to innovate.

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What percentage of your brain do you really use?

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We have all heard the myth that we only use 10% of our brains. But how close is this to reality? It would be more accurate to say that we only use between 1% – 16% of our brain, at any one time.

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Understanding how films use colour palettes to affect the audience

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I recently came across this short introductory video explaining how Hollywood films use colour in various ways to change how the audience experiences a film. No, I am not talking about the simple distinction between black & white films and later technicolour varieties.

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Egoistic Altruism – The reason why innovating for individual gain helps everyone

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The video above is a wonderful explanation of a concept of innovation which is so often overlooked: Individuals who lead innovation gain the most from it. But society gains even more overall in the long run. At its most fundamental level, it is driven by the forces of economics. Kurzgesagt , a wonderful Youtube channel explaining everything from gene editing to the end of the universe , just released this video about the driving forces behind global innovation.

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Spigit's 2018 State of Crowdsourced Innovation Report

A rigorous analysis of how the world’s largest brands – representing 21 different industry verticals – leverage their innovation programs to solve problems and surface opportunities, and the key role crowdsourcing plays in their success.

Innovation pioneer Dieter Rams’ “Ten principles for good design”

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If you work in design or innovation, you might not necessarily have heard of Dieter Rams. But you will have definitely felt his impact in the design principles which underlay much of his work. Rams is renowned for his “less, but better” design philosophy, which helped him design a number of iconic products for both Braun (electronics) and Vitsœ (furniture and the 606 Shelving system) throughout the 1950s and 1960s, making both companies household names.

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Nick Skillicorn and Idea to Value: now coming to you from Australia

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Hi everyone, This week’s update is going to be a bit more personal. The reason why I haven’t been able to release as many articles in the last few weeks is quite simple. Over the past month, I have moved to Sydney, Australia with my lovely girlfriend.

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Microsoft Reinvented the PC – Enter Surface Studio

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Today, it seems that every social or age group of buyers is divided into dozens of subcategories for which the computer manufacturers create new models. The diversification of computer market has led to the production of various types of models in the last few years.

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Why Asian People Are Uncreative? Why Jewish People Are Creative?

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Please note, this is a contributor article by Dr KH Kim and discusses her research, and should not be construed as a generalisation of any group of people. Creativity is the process of making something unique and useful, and the successful outcome of this process is an innovation. My research coalesced around the three steps of the CATs framework for innovation: Cultivate the C limates (step 1), nurture the A ttitudes (step 2), and apply T hinking s kills (step 3).

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Creating a Culture of Innovation — Validating Success with Numbers

Developing a culture of innovation internally leads to higher employee engagement, empowerment of your employees to assist on solving some of your most vital problems, an effective method for capturing their ideas and acting on them and finally, an increase in costsavings.