Design

Sustainable Innovation – a conversation with Alan South of Solar Century

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Alan South leads Solar Century, a company dedicated to bring novel and sustainable solar energy products to the world. He has abackground working for IDEO, perhaps the foremost design innovation company in the World. Peter Cook asks about how he has created a climate of innovation at Solar Century and his thoughts on creativity, design and the role of leadership in building an innovative enterprise.

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Designing for Rapid Innovation

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Setting-up an agile organization for innovation is not enough: one has to get his innovation accepted by the core business, and the market. To tackle this issue and preserve speed, 'innovation by component', based on modular and collaborative design, brings significant cues. How to achieve a successful component design (API) is what we address hereafter.

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Seniors are the New Innovators!

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A Co-creation Challenge integrates users in the product creation process, asking seniors, caregivers and consumers for solutions for using the vast opportunities of mobile technology for the actively aging population. These developments promise to help people stay active and connected to friends, family and support network, as well as make healthcare more cost-effective.

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Design Thinking Requires Storytelling

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Stories inspire, motivate, and shift the way the people think and work. Many civilizations throughout history understood the power of storytelling. From ancient Egypt to modern China story-telling provided the foundation for nearly everything. For business, often there needs to socialize strategies within executive management, the board and senior staff and they include telling innovation, survival and hero/heroine stories.

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