Monthly Archives: August 2011

Reminder – Expert Office Hours Today

Just a friendly reminder that today at: 9am – PDT (west coast USA) Noon – EDT (east coast USA) 5pm – UK 6pm – Continental Europe We will be having our next Expert Office Hours with Deborah Mills-Scofield (@dscofield) on twitter at http://tweetchat.com/room/ixchat or using your favorite twitter tool or twitter search to follow along at hashtag #ixchat Please tweet ...

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Secret Sauce that Doubles Profits

Last month a group of engineers met secretly to reinvent the US economy one company at a time. Here are some of the players, maybe you’ve heard of them: Alcoa, BAE, Boeing, Bose, Covidien, EMC, GE Medical, GE Transportation, Grundfos, ITT, Medrad, Medtronic, Microsoft, Motorola, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Samsung, Schneider Electric, Siemens, United Technologies, Westinghouse, Whirlpool. Presenter after presenter ...

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Schumpeter Reloaded

Creative Creation Economist Joseph Schumpeter’s signal contribution to economics was to put innovation at the core of economic development. He saw beyond the field’s obsession with marginal cost analysis and price-based competition, understanding that this fixation was merely a function of the ability to model such features of the landscape cleanly, with little regard for their ultimately secondary, and perhaps ...

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Innovation at Ground Zero

I recently watched the amazing Discovery Channel documentary Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero chronicling the reconstruction of the World Trade Center after the tragedy of 9/11. The show is an awe inspiring mix of engineering marvels, construction complexity, and a healing nation. The documentary, directed by Steven Spielberg, chronicles the entire span of the project, from the initial visions of the architects, to the planning and coordination of the supervisors, to the steel, concrete, and iron workers erecting the skyscraper at jaw-dropping heights. The new World Trade center is designed to be both a memorial honoring the past, and a beacon of hope looking toward America's future. No matter what project you are working on, there are some impressive takeaways you can apply to your own work.

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Innovation in the Old Economy?

The statistics are stark according to Forbes magazine the US is losing 50,000 manufacturing jobs per month, over 42,000 factories have closed down since 1999 and some 44 million Americans rely on food stamps.  I have driven through towns like Dayton Ohio, block after block of boarded up buildings, ghost towns where once there were families and businesses.  The panacea ...

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Prizes: NSF Awards Sci/Eng Visualization Challenge

Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation presented the winners and honorable mentions in the eighth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, which drew 111 entries from 63 countries, including 24 U.S. states. From the competition…”The winners — in categories including illustration, photography, informational graphics, and multimedia — draw you into unseen worlds in very different ways and span ...

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Another Digital Innovator Bows Out

While the tech world considered life AJ (After Jobs), another digital pioneer of no small note also decided to call it a day – Jim Romenesko. Perhaps unknown to most, Romenesko, as The New York Times reports it, “was a blogger before there were blogs.”  Working primarily to aggregate news by and for journalists – and provide the occasional insight ...

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The Civilization Starter Kit

If only people weren’t beholden to a planned obsolescence mind-set. Only if diverse resources collaborate to be collectively smarter, wiser, and richer. In the shortest 2011 TEDxKC talk of the evening, TED fellow and Polish-born fusion physicist Marcin Jakubowski shared an overview of his work just an hour north of Kansas City directing Open Source Ecology in developing the Global ...

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