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Innovation’s Primary Fuel and Higher Purpose

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Launching innovation is easy; sustaining it is difficult. What is innovation’s primary fuel? Does it have a higher purpose? Interesting questions, but I was not on a quest to answer them, I was not even meditating on the questions. I was merely watching a biennial ritual on TV — the Europeans messing up the Americans […]

When Minds Collide: New Insights From Thought Leaders

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Fifty years ago, though leadership was a relatively slow process, enabled by conferences, papers, books, and other presentations. Then word of mouth took over and the leading thoughts of the day were slowly passed from mind to mind. Thought leaders had time to think, reflect, and refine their thinking. Today, thought leadership moves at the […]

Social Mobilization: Fewer Than Six Degrees of Separation

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Collaboration depends on people being able to be in contact and work together to solve a problem. We are becoming, if not more collaborative yet, at least closer together. Compare these two facts: In 1967, an American social scientist, Stanley Milgram, sent dozens of packages to people picked from the Omaha, Nebraska, phone book. The […]

Innovating for Outcomes in a Real World

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At the end of his brilliant TED talk, Timothy Prestero, founder and CEO of Design that Matters (DtM), a Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit, summed up his work by saying: I have to think like an existentialist. I have to accept that there are no dumb users, that there’s only dumb products. We have to ask ourselves hard […]

Innovators, Not Presidents, Change the Economy

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Now that we’re headed for the voting booths, the BIG discussion is which nominee will be able to change the economy. Having studied the last nine presidents and their impact on improving the economic strength and welfare of this country, the answer is clear. Neither. Presidents alone do not change the economy. A recent Washington […]

Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS²)

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In a previous post, I mentioned the IdeaConnection. Here is a report from the Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS²) in which IdeaConnection has participated. The winning programs are a great example of collaboration, or connecting ideas for innovative projects with the sources of funding. It is also instructive to learn about new and exciting collaboration […]

Article on Collaboration Wins Beckhard Prize

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It’s official. According to the editors of the prestigious Sloan Management Review at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT SMR), an article on collaboration and innovation MIT SMR published in 2010, “The Collaborative Organization: How to Make Employee Networks Really Work,” won the Richard Beckhard Memorial Prize. The article was written by Rob Cross and Peter Gray, […]

12 Quotes on Innovative Thinking

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A friend recently asked how I manage to keep so interested and inspired on the topics of innovation and collaboration. I said, “I collect quotes.” At the start of every week I choose one and put it over my desk for that week. I read them to learn. They remind me that all the great […]

Needability Trumps Usability in Product Innovation

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  What is innovation? It is the moment when all recorded observations, published results, conference presentations, random thoughts, ideas, previous patents and prototypes, and previous products come together into an innovative “new” product. As we look at the history of modern products and product innovation, we realize that R&D and product development teams do not always […]

Collaboration Not Allowed

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No matter where you go, you find the Industrial Age model of education, based on the Enlightenment vision of the mind. What the education system really teaches our children (and taught us as well) is the primary reason we have so little collaboration. Watch and listen to Sir Ken Robinson’s spot-on understanding of the current […]