Monthly Archives: August 2011

Notes From the First Innovation Office Hours

On Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 5PM GMT (Noon EDT, 9AM PDT) we hosted our first Expert Office Hours in the tradition of the collegiate institution – the idea being to create a place where the global innovation community can come and ask their innovation questions of a variety of innovation experts on a weekly or monthly basis. To execute ...

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Is it an innovation if nobody knows about it?

The first clocks using mechanical movements kept time by regulating a flow of water. For seven hundred years or so, everyone knew that these clocks were invented in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries. No one is quite sure where exactly, as several cities at roughly the same time erected central clock towers. However, in the middle of the ...

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Innovate Your Purpose Not Just Your Product

It’s with some sadness that I note the latest news from the United States Postal Service. Their plans currently call for the reduction of hundreds of thousands of jobs, and the elimination of thousands of post offices across the country. The Washington Post reports that the Post Office must make billions in payments for employee and retiree pensions, while mail ...

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Mobilizing Your Innovation Army

Too much of the time the innovation conversation focuses on whether someone is innovative or not. We waste far too much time focusing on how people can become more innovative instead of stopping to think about the possibility that everyone is innovative in their own way. The lone innovator myth needs to die. Great ‘lone innovators’ like Alexander Graham Bell ...

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The Innovation Killer – "I've got mine."

There’s always a risk, when floating any innovative idea, that it will crash against the rocky shores of personal fiefdoms, entrenched power bases and cronyism, both public and private. The often intense resistance to anything that might require real change often comes down to the same silent refrain: I’ve got mine. Don’t mess with it. It’s a stance that can stop innovation dead in its tracks. There may be no better example of how not to innovate than the current state of American politics.

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Twitter's Business Model Innovation

In an excellent article on the impact of twitter on the Arab Spring revolutions, Blake Hounshell makes an important point about twitter itself: “But five years since its founding, Twitter has hit a critical mass of activists and casual observers on the ground, journalists in the office and in the field, and analysts behind their desks. Twitter today is always ...

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Global Super Shifts – Part Two

Yesterday I posted five super shifts redefining planet humanity, from globaltrends.com. Here are the second five. 1. New Power Brokers BRIC Social networks G20, which gives developing economies a greater voice in global issues. New financial power brokers – RDE central banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and hedge funds – and stateholders bearing stimulus funding along with their constituent ...

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McQueen at the Met – A Lesson in Demand Creation

When the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit closed on August 7 at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, it left a swath of unmet needs, unfulfilled consumer demand, and a transformation of the designer’s personal and corporate brand.  The late McQueen was elevated from fashion rebel/outsider to Artist/household name in the exhibit’s wake, but for thousands of New Yorkers ...

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9 Ways to Keep Innovation Alive in your Marketing Organization

When your company has an existing, proven method of conducting business, it can be a struggle to keep innovation alive. But innovation is a key factor in driving both real-time and future success, especially marketing in today’s fast-changing and customer-driven world. Here are nine recommendations to motivate innovation throughout your marketing organization. 1. Encourage and reward (or require) teamwork Creativity ...

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