Social Media and Music – Ideal Partners?

Quiet Company – “It’s Better To Spend Money Like There’s No Tomorrow Than Spend Tonight Like There’s No Money” I recently became aware of TheSixtyOne, an online music community where “artists upload their work for review, but, rather than allow a stuffy suit in a boardroom to decide what’s good, thousands of listeners do.” Since I canceled my Last.fm account ...

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Incorporating Social Media into the Conversation

I came across an interesting Fast Company blog article from Steve Rubel titled “How to Captivate and Hold Attention in the Age of the Stream” that caused me to think about parallels between digital media and physical media. Here is an excerpt: “Imagine for a moment that you’re standing on an overpass high above a busy L.A. freeway like the ...

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The Ten Tenets of Transformation

THE POINT: How you think about an innovation challenge determines how well you deliver game-changing ideas. Our 10 Tenets of Transformational Thinking may be practiced by anyone, in any industry, at any scale, any time. Farewell, light bulb myths. Hello, consistent performance. THE TEN TENETS OF TRANSFORMATION Transformational thinking is all too often thought of as a once-in-an-eon lightning strike ...

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The True Nature of Innovation (Perception vs. Reality)

The new reality TV series, “Stars of Science,” gives 16 young Arab inventors a chance to design and build their dreams. From a solar-powered generator for tents, to an oxygen-infused juice drink, contestants vie to impress the judges and the audience. The show has captured the attention of many viewers, some of whom are eager to demonstrate that the Arab ...

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Is Innovation Dead in Consumer Packaged Goods?

I was having an interesting discussion this morning with a couple of innovation colleagues of mine. One is an entrepreneur with an outsourced “skunk works” business. The other is a creator and inventor who led disruptive innovation efforts at a major office products company. We came to a sad conclusion, at least for us innovation-oriented types. Innovation is dead in ...

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Improving Innovation Collaboration

I first met Keith Ferrazzi at the incentive2innovate Conference at the United Nations. Keith is the author of the best-selling “Never Eat Alone” and the new bestseller “Who’s Got Your Back.” When his book tour stopped in Seattle the very next week, I had the opportunity to ask Keith on camera about the impact of relationships on innovation and collaboration. ...

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Our Modular Electronics Future

THE POINT: Leading electronics companies can lead a movement to future-proof their businesses by innovating updatable products that encourage customer loyalty, sustainability and pragmatic fun. Creating Consumer Electronics 2.0 It’s easy to blame tighter purse strings for falling electronics sales figures. But it’s not just lack of money that’s keeping customers away; it’s fear of instant obsolescence. Today’s consumer consideration ...

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Identifying Innovation

I want to return to an issue that sparked some healthy debate a few weeks ago but didn’t go far enough in my opinion. When Michele Obama first announced the Office of Social Innovation, bloggers like Allison Fine posed some really important questions about what is meant by innovation and how to ensure that the government doesn’t just reward the ...

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