Go to your Dojo


In ordinary parlance, a dojo is a place where martial artists convene to work out, train, and hold contests. But, literally translated it is Japanese for the location of the way. The way is more than the way of the martial artist, more than the way of judo, karate, tai kwan do, or whatever system of combat.

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Pioneering Semantic Web Innovation


If you want to speak to someone, truly interesting and inspiring, about the Semantic Web and Innovation, Ora Lassila, is a clear choice. Lassila, an Advisory Board Member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as well as Senior Architect and Technology Strategist for Nokia's Location and Commerce Unit, was my obvious ‘go to guy’ because:

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Innovation Insights WEF Latin America 2012


The seventh World Economic Forum on Latin America took place in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on 16-18 April 2012. The meeting, held under the theme “Regional Transformation in a New Global Context”, convened a record number of participants for this regional gathering, with close to 900 top regional and global leaders from 70 nations.

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It's Like Free Money


For businesses big and small, entrepreneurs and investors it amounts to the closest thing in innovation to free money. Billions of dollars have been spent by these Federal Laboratories creating technologies, and by law they have to commercialize them.

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How do Users Influence Innovation?


Innochat is a weekly Twitter chat involving a wide range of really interesting people from all over the world, linked by one thing – a deep interest and passion for innovation. One recent chat focused on the role of users and innovation. We tried to distinguish Lead Users (LUs), Early Adopters (EAs) and Brand Advocates (BA), and assess the impact each one has on innovation.

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Increasing Demand for a Third Place


As I look around the economic landscape in the United States and see a climate where not only home prices but also rents are falling in many geographies, especially as the results of an all-advised rental property construction boom become available. I find myself thinking that we are in the middle of a profound shift in the American reality.

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Crappy Innovation


Can you be crappy? Do you dare? When we think about innovation, we usually think about what impresses us. Like Steve Jobs standing on a podium showing off his latest triumph: Incredible! Revolutionary! Mind Blowing!

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The Jolt to Best Buy


Poor financial performance is a shock to the system; it rumbles marketing plans and shakes the innovation strategy and pipeline. Best Buy retail and web sales fell 2.4% versus last year and shareholders have lost more than half of their value over the past five years. The company is now in the throws of reinventing how it goes to market as fast as it can.

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