The Economy

The Darker Side of Innovation

Productivity and Creative Destruction The whole issue of innovation productivity is getting more and more one of the key arguments for re-gaining economic growth. The problem becomes the real impact of ‘creative destruction’ that can often go with this. I recently wrote in a blog called ‘The Risks of Dampening Down Innovation Productivity” that with contracting economic performance, innovation performance ...

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From Marginal To Mainstream – Social Innovation

I think the recent global economic crisis has raised society issues far more. Social innovation will begin to move from the margins to the mainstream to tackle a range of these society challenges. It will inevitably need more structural support; it certainly will need more coordination and alignment by all the stakeholders involved. It needs organizing and being recognized in its own right. Are you ready to participate?

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Do We Need an American Idol for Innovators?

In honor of Labor Day let’s raise the national conversation about self-created jobs, employment, wealth creation and…TAKING ACTION.  If a nation wishes to become more innovative, it can only do so when it acknowledges it’s current PAIN and systemically thinks, prototypes, works, designs it’s way out of the PAIN. eg: post-WWII Germany and Japan as prime examples.  Here’s one self-annointed ...

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Open Innovation is Opening Up

In case you’ve been out of town or very busy with your workload, you haven’t failed to miss the fact that the ongoing recession (or very slow recovery, if that’s what it is) is not creating the atmosphere for a lot of hiring by larger corporations. In fact, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 million people are out of work, ...

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Global Super Shifts – Part Two

Yesterday I posted five super shifts redefining planet humanity, from globaltrends.com. Here are the second five. 1. New Power Brokers BRIC Social networks G20, which gives developing economies a greater voice in global issues. New financial power brokers – RDE central banks, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and hedge funds – and stateholders bearing stimulus funding along with their constituent ...

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Global Super Shifts – Part One

Yesterday I wrote about the world’s booming population, a big undertow changing the way the world works. Here are five more super shifts redefining planet humanity, from globaltrends.com. Another five tomorrow. 1. Mobility in resources, people, products and services, capital, knowledge, beliefs, opinions The ongoing revolution in global communications technologies offers organizations the ability to work 24/7 across time zones. ...

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Population Acceleration

World population from 1800 to 2100, based on UN 2004 projections (red, orange, green) and US Census Bureau historical estimates The planet’s booming population is a mega trend reshaping everything. Over coming decades our growing presence and rampant appetite for resources will shake up every form of life on earth. At current birthrates, the world’s seven billionth inhabitant will join ...

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The New Innovation Imperatives

About 50 years ago, I had an epiphany while riding on a 5th Avenue bus in New York City. I was studiously reading all the ad placards placed above the windows in the bus. I couldn’t figure out what it was about them that bothered me and I brooded on that for several weeks. One day, or in the middle ...

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"Tanks Alot" and Other Words of Wisdom on the Situation

Adults, Would-Be Adults and Kids Weigh In… First, my favorite pot shot from the non-adult, the most adolescent of journalistic voices, The New York Post… “Tanks Alot” with a picture of our president. Blaming someone else, in this case BAM as they punk-call him, versus being accountable. The very definition of non-adulthood. “People are going to feel less rich and ...

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