Author Archives: Scott Bowden

Moroccan Innovation

Morocco is a land that has mystified and enchanted travelers for ages. Situated between the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlas Mountains, and the Sahara Desert, Morocco is a place of geographic and cultural diversity, situated at the confluence of civilizations. This agglomeration of Moroccan cultures and geography makes for an interesting locale in which to study innovation.

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More Roman Innovation and How to Innovate Like a Tourist

I wrote recently about innovation lessons from the Roman Empire (SPQR Innovation) and in the course of my travels and research, I have uncovered additional Roman examples that are worth investigating.  I also would like to share an insight that occurred to me concerning a characteristic of tourism and how it relates to the challenges faced by innovation practitioners. Roman ...

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What Mike Tyson and the Stoics Teach Us About Innovation

I spend a great deal of time searching for new ways of thinking about innovation and I must admit that I never thought that I would write an innovation article that included both Mike Tyson and the ancient practice of Stoicism. In his new book, Tyson recalls life lessons to which he attributed much of his success. These ideas, similar to the Stoics' are worth exploring from an innovation practitioner perspective.

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Los Alamos Innovation

Although we often think of nuclear weapons technology as advanced, cutting-edge, and modern, in fact the dawn of the era of atomic weapons was over 70 years ago. The most current nuclear weapon designs in the U.S. arsenal are 40 years old.

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Cold Case Innovation

If innovators take a cold case-inspired approach, we might come up with an alternative method for handling older ideas. This approach has the potential to create a new source of innovation ideas by leveraging past work and applying new criteria to those old ideas.

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History Lessons for Innovators [video]

History Lessons for Innovators [video] - Innovation Excellence.com

Scott Bowden spends a great deal of time thinking about what he terms as “historical innovation,” which is the concept that one can improve the efficacy of modern innovation programs by studying examples of how people solved problems in the past , and applying those techniques to the challenges faced by current students of innovation.

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Building Innovation

I have always admired the work of great architects.  The challenges they face when designing a new structure seem overwhelming at first glance.  The architect must design a building that is sound from an engineering standpoint, functional for its occupants, integrated into the physical site (whether natural or within an urban area), cost-effective, able to be built in a reasonable ...

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Lessons from Monet: Impressions of Innovation

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I did not set out to chronicle the innovative characteristics of the great painters (my previous writing was on Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings), yet somehow I ended up following precisely that path as I read a new book by Ross King on Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies. In Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, King examines ...

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Innovation Lessons from Santa Claus

The Holiday Season for innovation practitioners is a time for reflection on the previous year, its highlights and lowlights and all those days in between.  Most of us will take a well-deserved break from work this month as we prepare for the inevitable challenges of the coming new year.  In the spirit of the season, I decided to spend some ...

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