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Where to Get New Ideas… How About the Romanian Food Festival?

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Our family had so much fun at the Smithsonian’s Military Invention Day three weeks ago, we decided to hit the town again and join up with fellow IdeaScale colleague, Matt Paulson , and his family and head to Potomac, MD for the Romanian Food Festival.

Common IdeaScale Use Cases

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IdeaScale recently spent some time talking to our customers about how and why they’re using IdeaScale and we found that those interviews highlighted a few common IdeaScale use cases in the process and we decided to share four of them here.

What Does a Chief Innovation Officer Do?

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We continue to see more and more Chief Innovation Officers at the enterprise level. In this survey from 2015, researchers report that 43% of large companies have some sort of top innovation executive in place, which was up from 33% in 2011. But what does a Chief Innovation Officer do?

3 Reasons Healthcare Needs Idea Management

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It’s hard enough to keep up in a complex industry like healthcare. But just wait till healthcare is disrupted as dramatically as retail or music has been over the past decade.

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.

What the U.S. Coast Guard Can Teach Us About Innovation

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The Coast Guard has changed the game with innovation. When we look for inspiration with innovation strategy, we rarely consider organizations outside the corporate world. But it’s not just start-ups and big companies innovating.

Do You Know the Value of an Idea?

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If you’ve been reading our blog, then you know that there are two ways of measuring innovation program success : innovation inputs and innovation outputs.

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Top Themes from Open Nation DC

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IdeaScale Gov hosted its first-ever Open Nation DC April 12 at the WeWork White House location. For us at IdeaScale, Open Nation is always our favorite week of the year. We’ve been hosting a company-wide Open Nation event in Berkeley for three years now.

3 Tactics that Make Innovation Management Easier

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IdeaScale learns from all its best customers, but in our latest interview with Redwood Credit Union we learned three things that make innovation management easier: Pre-Populate Your Campaign.

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.

The Stages of Innovation. Where Are You and What Does That Mean for You?

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A brilliant innovation starts with a single step. How does innovation happen? That’s a question that bedevils even the most creative of companies. Innovation is necessary for corporate survival, but where is your company in the five stages of innovation?

Military Invention Day

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Two weeks ago, my wife and I looked at the weekend weather report – more rain. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, then you’ve experienced record breaking rainfall recently. On top of that, our nine month old is like a bull in a China shop right now.

A Successful Product Improvement Workflow

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For the next three weeks, IdeaScale will introduce a proven IdeaScale workflow that is being used by our highest performing communities. Our hope is that these workflows become templates that you can use in your own communities.

A Collaborative Product Development Stage Gate

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You might be surprised to learn that silica sand is used in a wide variety of industries: everything from the oil & gas vertical to products in sports & recreation. It’s amazing that sand can be used for arts and crafts or even water filtration.

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.

Is Your Innovation Program Changing Employee Sentiment?

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Many people launch an innovation community as a way of improving their employee engagement scores. But how do you know if you’re moving in the right direction? Many IdeaScale customers are interested in gathering sentiment analysis.

How Design Thinking Complements Crowdsourced Innovation

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In my double role as an innovation architect at IdeaScale and a consultant for innovation management, I rely on a variety of methods to set my clients up for success. Combining methods is one of the ways I make sure they make the most out of their innovation efforts.

5 Valuable Innovation Lessons Companies can Learn from Google

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Google didn’t put the world at a fingertip without innovation. Is there a company that more perfectly defines modern life than Google?

Incentives for Participation or Incentives for Success? What Works?

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In a fast-paced corporate environment where there are many expectations and a steady stream of work, how (and more importantly) why, would you carve out time to contribute to your company’s new ideation platform?

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.

The Metrics of Public Sector Innovation

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Last month, leaders in public sector innovation gathered to discuss ways of crowdsourcing new solutions to longstanding problems at IdeaScale’s Open Nation DC.

Crowdsourcing and Traffic

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving which means that many of you are traveling to be home for the holidays. And if you are traveling that means that you’re trying to avoid something that no one enjoys: traffic! So we thought we’d look at some of our favorite crowdsourcing and traffic stories.

How Innovation Helps Address Sustainability Challenges

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Innovation builds more than just better products. One of the greatest challenges facing business at the moment is sustainability.

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A Successful Customer Experience Innovation Workflow

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Last week, IdeaScale introduced a proven product improvement workflow that is being used by our highest performing communities. This week, we continue that trend by showcasing a workflow that has been used to demonstrably improve customer experience and customer satisfaction.

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.

Innovation is Always an Opportunity for Learning

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Innovation programs generate more than ideas and new products, they generate data and insights that can inform your strategic direction.

Using Design Thinking to Ready Your Company for the Green Economy

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In 2011, EY and GreenBiz Group conducted a survey of executives employed by companies generating revenue greater than $1 billion.

Debunking 5 Myths about Building an Innovation Team

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Build the best team, by ignoring these myths. Building an innovation strategy can be intimidating, and often it’s a relief to have a team together. But too often, innovation teams meet, talk, and come out with ideas, but nothing else.

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Four Disruptive Tech Trends That Will Impact Your Innovation Strategy

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What will shake up the world this year? What’s next in technology?

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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.

Is There Such a Thing As a Bad Idea in Innovation?

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Is there ever such a thing as a truly bad idea? Does anybody really believe that there are no bad ideas?

Will Blockchain Change How Financial Businesses Innovate?

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Blockchain will change finance, even if you never buy a bitcoin. The world’s financial system was never built to do the things that it does.

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Collective Behavior in IdeaScale Communities

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Contributions from community members in the form of valuable ideas are seen as strategic assets in the success of IdeaScale initiatives. The larger the community of participants the more diverse views are likely to appear; more diversity increases the chances of producing valuable ideas.

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Can Ideation Build Community

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Ideas pull us together. The history of communities shows they’re formed around ideas. Those ideas can be anything from colonizing space to just the idea that this particular place on the ocean would make a good port, but underlying any community is a strong idea.

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.

Introducing: CBS’s Wisdom of the Crowd

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CBS debuted a new show Sunday night called “ Wisdom of the Crowd.” It’s about a tech CEO, played by Jeremy Piven, who builds a crowdsourcing platform to help find his daughter’s killer.

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How is Open Innovation Different from Co-Creation?

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When innovating, do you stick to what you know or the wider world? Open innovation” and “co-creation” are words you hear a lot when building an innovation strategy, and they also seem to be words that most people poorly define. To some, they’re interchangeable.

The Data Economy & GDPR – Innovating around Regulation!

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When you hear the word “regulation” – the first thing that comes to mind is bureaucracy. Especially, when it comes to the European Union!

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Last Day to Submit to the CEC’s Youth for Innovation Challenge

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Last year, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation launched a fantastic challenge with inspiring results. Youth from across North America shared incredible ideas that included creating concrete from recycled plastic or powering grocery stores on food waste, and more.

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.