Social Innovation

Triumph of the Innovation Economy – Part 6

Over the last two and half centuries, innovation has changed human life more dramatically than in all of the previous millennia. But some are now asking if the world’s great innovation engine has broken down. Has America lost its innovation power?

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Einsteins from Anywhere

An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. While programs exist to build schools and train teachers, traditional models of education are not able to scale fast enough to meet demand. We simply cannot build enough schools or train enough teachers to meet the need.

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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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