Sat.Jun 04, 2016 - Fri.Jun 10, 2016

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

Idea to Value

In Bangladesh, 70% of the population live without regular electricity, often in tin-sided huts which can reach 45°C inside. This simple solution is made from recycled materials and can cool a room by 5 degrees, making life much more bearable.

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Productivity Is For The Robots (For Now)


It’s inevitable, the robots are coming for our jobs. McKinsey Global Institute predicts that robots could increase global productivity 50% by 2025, adding $2 trillion to the economy ; other studies point to similar outcomes.

Riding (and Surviving) the Innovation Roller Coaster


Startups are innovating. Corporations are reinventing. We take a look at both in Riding (and Surviving) the Innovation Roller Coaster.

3 Reasons To Believe The Singularity Is Near

Digital Tonto

The crazy predictions Ray Kurzweil made a decade ago don’t seem so outlandish now. Related posts: The Singularity: Apocalypse or Nerd Rapture? Facebook, Instagram and the Singularity. Business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The 5 Competencies of Highly Innovative Organizations

Speaker: Dr. Ankush Chopra, Professor of Strategy, School of Management Fribourg

Professor Ankush Chopra studied over 100 companies in North America and Europe to seek answers to the above questions. He found that companies across the world use the same set of competencies to become successful innovators. In this webinar, he shows how you can use these insights to develop and lead an innovative organization.

Excellent review of the latest 2015/2016 innovation consulting reports

Idea to Value

Believe it or not, this isn’t the only innovation website out there, and I’m not the only innovation consultant in the world.

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The Main Impediment to Innovation

Destination Innovation

What is impeding innovation in your business today? I asked this question at a Master Class on Innovation I ran recently for senior executives leaders in large organizations. The answers included many corporate culture issues such as: - We are risk averse. There is a fear of failure.

How to conquer your audience


Giving you easy access to new sources of innovation, open innovation practices allow you to ask different questions of different communities. The post How to conquer your audience appeared first on Blog Insights initiative-success open-innovation

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Avoiding the Corporate-Startup Dating Disaster


When looking for a technology startup to partner with, big companies can fall into the same trap as people trying online dating: They see the quest as a numbers game favoring those who get out there and mingle with the greatest number of people.

Setting the Vision for Innovation is as Easy as ABC

Idea to Value

A Great Leader paints an ABC vision – Appealing , Believable and Challenging. You cannot expect your team to be enthusiastic and innovative if they do not know the direction in which they are headed. It is up to the leader to set the course and give a bearing for the future. This is set in broad terms and is described as the mission, core purpose or vision for the organisation.

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

Muhammad Ali an analogy for innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

I'm a sports guy. I like all kinds of sports. Grew up playing baseball, football and running track. When my kids came along naturally they adopted other sports than the ones I was familiar with so I've learned to "love" swimming and soccer. If you know swim meets you'll appreciate the joke we pass around our family: I hope my last day on earth is at a swim meet, because they never end.

Why Real Mistakes Lead to Bigger Innovations

Innovation Excellence

The vast majority of executives (even "enlightened" innovation leaders) unwittingly kill promising innovations long before the upside or risk can be determined. This silent killer curtails or dooms most corporate innovation efforts.

Will Data Science Make Your Business Instincts Irrelevant?

Faisal Hoque

Here's what you need to know to balance your intuition with the data—now that there's more of it than ever. The post Will Data Science Make Your Business Instincts Irrelevant? appeared first on Faisal Hoque :: Entrepreneur | Author.

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To Successfully Implement Innovation in Business, You Must Fight Organizational Culture of Fear and Innovation Assassination

Idea to Value

The new innovation in business book Robert’s Rules of Innovation II: The Art of Implementation explains that the main reason even the most promising innovative ideas fail is due to the organizational failure to implement the innovation plans. Why is it that organizations shy away from innovation implementation?

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

Research, invention and innovation

RTI Innovation Advisors

I'm pissed off today. I'm pissed off because our elected officials continue to denigrate entrepreneurs and business people. Yesterday Nancy Pelosi, the democratic demogoge of Hollywood, lectured people about the iPhone. Steve Jobs and Apple, she claimed, did not create the iPhone. If this is true you must be wondering, well, how did they get all that revenue and profit then?

How to Adopt the Innovative Mindset

Innovation Excellence

Innovation is an iterative process. You can create a detailed plan for how to innovate, but these strategies rarely survive their first contact with the market. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face,” said boxer Mike Tyson. Success comes when you learn to adapt.

Creative Quickies – Taking Both Business Strategy Paths at Once


My natural inclination when it comes to business strategy is to identify what is MOST IMPORTANT and build everything around that. Tie the objectives, priorities, and strategies to a very tight focus for an organization.

Innovation Ventures: Separation vs. Integration

Integrative Innovation

Probably the most critical structural ingredient for innovation capability is how new ventures – internal as well as external ones – are to be implemented in the organization in order to get validated and scaled.

5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Innovation circles the publishing industry

RTI Innovation Advisors

There are a few relatively hide-bound industries in the US that have to date been somewhat impervious to real innovation. If you've followed this blog you know that I believe traditional retail banking is one of those industries. Retail banking is already dead, it just doesn't know it yet. Another industry ripe for innovation is the book publishing industry. Sure, self-publishing is on the rise, and I published my last book (shameless plug alert!)

Apple is Not the Next Blackberry, it’s the Next Toyota

Innovation Excellence

In a blog post that recently went viral, Marco Arment argued that Apple may be the next Blackberry. He pointed out that, while other tech companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google are advancing in key artificial intelligence technologies, Apple is falling behind.

Strategic Priorities – Crunch Time for an Entrepreneur


When something has to give, what strategic priorities will you give up? When it is crunch time, what will emerge as your real strategic priorities? And are the priorities you pick the same strategic priorities you said you’d emphasize when it was time earlier in the year for strategic thinking?

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Diversity: A Driver of Innovation

Innovation in Practice

Take a look at the people around you at work. What do you notice? Well, we all differ from one another. But appearances aren't the only way we differ, it's the unique views and backgrounds that we bring that can help you boost your creativity at work. Diversity is a driver of creativity.

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.

Diabolically Simple Questions

Mike Shipulski

Today’s work is complicated with electronic and mechanical subsystems wrapped in cocoons of software; coordination of matrixed teams; shared resources serving multiple projects; providing world class services in seventeen languages on four continents.

Why Values are Very Important for Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Would you know what things matter to your employees? This post explores why this matters, especially for innovation. Continue reading → Innovation Management People & Skills culture Values

Creative Thinking – 13 Unexpected Benefits of a Strategic Thinking Workshop


It’s always incredible to work directly with Brainzooming blog readers in supporting their companies’ innovation strategy objectives.

Visa Calls on Startups for Innovative Solutions

Planview Spigit

On April 29th, in order to solve their biggest business challenges, Visa turned to the startup community for help with the announcing of its second-annual Everywhere Initiative.

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?