Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Politics of Innovation

An investigation into the role of politics in innovation. At the Bassetti Foundation for Responsible Innovation we have long been debating the links between innovation and politics. Last year the Foundation successfully lobbied for a change to the Statute of the Region of Lombardy in Italy so that local government would work to promote responsible innovation, in the belief that innovation excellence is by definition responsible innovation.

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The Semantic Economy

the new web darlings, Instagram andPinterest, have built communities of millions of people in a matter of months, not years and they have done it with a staff that can fit in my living room (which, I might add, is not that big).What’s amazing is that we have come to take things like these in stride. Such events have become not exactly the rule, but not the exception either. In short...

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Consumerization of IT – An Opportunity for HR?

Like it or not, elements of consumer technologies like social media, gamification, and mobile are infiltrating the workplace. For human resources professionals, the effects are hard to miss. From employee and manager self-service portals to the growing number of social media elements in performance and learning management, the technology employees expect to find in the workplace is changing.

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Interview with Retired President X

I had lunch in 2009 with the recently-retired president of a multi-billion dollar company and had a great conversation about innovation, leadership, and culture. The insights are still relevant and he enjoys his private life so I won't be naming any names, but I will share some of the key insights and advice for innovators that came out of the conversation.

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We're Entering An Age of DIY Manufacturing

In my role as ERP Analyst at Software Advice, I spend a lot of time thinking about how developments in enterprise technologies such as impact manufacturing companies. Lately, however, I’ve been thinking about how some of these technologies (e.g. CAD software, cloud computing, 3D printing) are becoming accessible to the individual.

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The Godfather of Punk on Creativity and Innovation

Richard Strange is ‘punk rock’s illegitimate Godfather’, having preceded the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Ramones and The Clash with his highly influential pop art band ‘The Doctors of Madness’. Richard’s career has spanned pop art, punk, writing and acting, most famously for his film roles in Batman, alongside Jack Nicholson and in Robin Hood and Harry Potter.

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