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Creativity and incubation: an interview with Sheila E

Sheila Escovedo is a world-class drummer, percussionist whose credits read like chapters in a music history book: Pete Escovedo, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Ringo Star, Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan and George Duke. Having been Prince's musical director, I was interested in Sheila's ability to lead teams of musical giants amongst the many things we talked about.

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Editor's Pick: Help Launch Derrick Ashong's World Cup of Hip Hop on IndieGogo

The Editors Pick this week is Derrick Ashong's Take Back the Mic: World Cup of Hip Hop - a global competition for musically inclined youth and their fans. From Ghana originally, Ashong understands that the most powerful way for global youth to find their own powerful original voices is to (have them) Take Back the Mic. This is an IndieGoGo campaign worth checking out and funding.

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Pepsi's Failure to Walk the Talk…and a BIF Biz Lesson

Pepsi Refresh failed because it had no relevance to the brand’s operations or heritage. Pepsi never earned that particular mission and therefore consumers saw little need to reward the company for its efforts. Contrast Business Innovation Factory (BIF), an organization that brings cutting edge innovation techniques to social initiatives, many of which are similar to those Pepsi Refresh sought to promote.

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World Cup Innovation

As I watched the matches over the last few weeks, I found myself thinking about how innovation practitioners could benefit from examining their work efforts using examples from soccer. From the start to the end of a match, soccer is rife with lessons learned for the innovator.

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