The Nordics take their design seriously – we knew that because they produce beautiful objects. But Finland is trying to go one step further by inserting design and designers into the public sector too. And the designers seem to take to it: in a country where public expenditure is such a large part of the GDP, says Bryan Boyer, head of strategic design at the Finnish Innovation Fund: why not have designers use their skills to shape policies and communities?
What if what we are doing is in fact showing people (our colleagues, our friends, our customers, our partners) that there is a better way to work, to build businesses with a purpose & to make a difference through their work?
What if the bigger impact is not so much in the abstract concept of organizations but in the atom unit of each individual?
How do you know if someone is truly innovative? I look for three things. First, does the person have a cognitive process for generating new ideas? Innovation is a skill, not a gift. It can trained and learned like any other skill.
Abstract: This study examines the microprocesses in the social networks of those involved in organizational innovation and their strategic behavioral orientation toward connecting people in their social network by either introducing disconnected individuals or facilitating new coordination between connected individuals.
This tertius iungens (or “third who joins”) strategic orientation, contrasts with the tertius gaudens orientation emphasized in structural holes theory, which concerns the advantage of a broker who can play people off against one another for his or her own benefit.
Results of a multimethod study of networks and innovation in an engineering division of an automotive manufacturer show that a tertius iungens orientation, dense social networks, and diverse social knowledge predict involvement in innovation. Implications of the study for innovation and social networks, as well as for social skill and agency within firms are presented.
Nowak addresses the interesting question of how cooperation might have evolved and persisted in an evolutionary process apparently dominated by competition -- Howard
"Cooperation is needed for evolution to construct new levels of organization. The emergence of genomes, cells, multi-cellular organisms, social insects and human society are all based on cooperation. Cooperation means that selfish replicators forgo some of their reproductive potential to help one another. But natural selection implies competition and therefore opposes cooperation unless a specific mechanism is at work. Here I discuss five mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation: kin selection, direct reciprocity, indirect reciprocity, network reciprocity and group selection. For each mechanism, a simple rule is derived which specifies whether natural selection can lead to cooperation."
Perhaps the only task more daunting than rounding up the internet’s trove of free resources is organizing those blogs posts, videos, photos, and audio files into a presentable classroom lesson. Online pinboards could simplify both.
You can set your watch to it. About every six months an article appears arguing that innovation is an overused term, with corporate fatigue auguring a "back to basics" approach focused on less sexy but important tasks of execution, strategy, and so...
Your company's next great idea could come from anyone -- an employee, a customer, a vendor, or even a stranger. Everyone involved in your small business helps you drive innovation. They also create chaos. But, with so much input, how do you make sure the best ideas don't get lost in the shuffle?
The bubble was popped by Facebook’s IPO belly flop. Some saw it coming, but before May 18, plenty of smart people saw only blue skies. Chris Sacca predicted we’d see a $56 price on opening day. But within 2 weeks, the price had dropped 29% to a low of $26.83. According to Bloomberg, it was the worst IPO of the decade.
[AS: Interesting though it is, this article only gestures towards to the salient point here, namely: social media are not marketplaces.
Social is not a source of innovation. Social is a state of mind.
'What's the best business model for social media?' is a contradiction in terms. Facebook shareholders are the unwittingly funders of a platform that is making free global networking an entry-level expectation for those participating in the social web.
They're not there to promote social good and a progressive agenda. They're there to make money. And they're getting burned. It may not make them any money, but it may well be the catalyst from which the next generation of free, open, crowdsourced, subscription-hosted (someone has to pay) networks emerge.]
You can’t lead when you know too much. Education establishes barriers to thinking. Everything that comes your way is instantly judged by what you know. In some cases the less you know the more open you are
How to not lose your creative passion. This is dangerous. You can be doing a lot of work as a creative and still feel as though you’re not doing much of anything you love. A long-time friend of mine...
"You have to learn that you make better decisions through collaboration" - John Chambers, CEO and Chairman, CISCO.
Chambers’ career was built on his ability to command and control but he now says; “That’s not the future – it’s about collaboration. I believe that companies and leaders who do not change will be left behind. And so I had to move from being a command and control leader. You have to learn that you make better decisions through collaboration.”