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Crafting an Innovation Landscape

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As efforts to stimulate innovation spring up across campuses, institutions need a comprehensive planning framework for integrated planning of initiatives to support innovation.
Viewing the campus as an Innovation Landscape, settings for collaborative creative activity — both physical and virtual — infuse the campus fabric and become part of the daily experience of their users.
The Innovation Landscape Framework proposed here serves as a tool that can help coordinate physical planning with organizational initiatives, engage a wide range of stakeholders, and enable a culture of innovation across campus.
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The new era of education and the future of work relies heavily on our ability to thin new ways (Creativity), do things in new ways (Innovation) and generate new value and opportunity (Entrepreneurship)
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How to outthink the digital revolution in 7 steps - TechRepublic

How to outthink the digital revolution in 7 steps - TechRepublic | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Automation is coming, but humans have the ability to stay ahead of it—if they stop being reactive and start acting based on priorities and purpose.


Anders Indset ran from the side of the stage and leapt up to start the opening keynote of the DES 2017 digital transformation event. And he brought with him a contrarian message that we now spend too much time responding and reacting and not enough time thinking. 


The entrepreneur, author, and self-styled business philosopher was talking about setting priorities and leading rather than being caught up in a string of overstimulated moments. The message hit its mark with the audience of business executives and project leaders at the Madrid conference. 


Indset acknowledged that machine learning and AI are getting smarter each day and that "what used to be abstract thoughts we are [now] solving with technology." That also makes us fear that "half of the jobs will be gone." 


To avoid being automated out of work, humans need to act with even greater purpose, and that comes with thought and reflection. Indset recommended spending an hour a day thinking, in order to stay focused on your purpose.

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Mastering the Art of Ideation - X-IDEA Innovation Method - The Know How of Wow

Mastering the Art of Ideation - X-IDEA Innovation Method - The Know How of Wow | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
“How can I get better ideas for a problem that I face?” is a question I am often asked these days. First of all, remember that generating ideas with the help of creativity tools is just one part of the creative process. In order to do proper thinking, you first need to understand and define your challenge. Then generate ideas. Next, develop these into meaningful solutions or value propositions, which you then evaluate in order to find those vital few solutions that really deserve being brought to life. At Thinkergy, our proprietary systematic innovation method X-IDEA captures all these essential steps in the five stages Xploration, Ideation, Development, Evaluation and Action.

Back to our initial question: Idea generation is an art. And effective ideation depends on the situation you are in. How important is the problem or challenge that you face? Do you have to solve a problem alone, or can you tackle it in a team? And how much time do you have at hand?

Let’s capture these different contexts in a four-field matrix. On the vertical axis, we distinguish two basic scenarios related to the number of people involved – you’re alone, or you work in a team on the case. On the horizontal axis, we cover the other two aspects. First, decide if whether or not a resolution of your challenge is very important for you or your organization. In the former case, commit sufficient time for the ideation. If the importance is low to medium, than you can cut down your time investment. In result, we end up with four quadrants that suggest you different ideation approaches based on the respective situation.
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Design Thinking Needs To Think Bigger

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Systems thinking isn’t new—though it may be unfamiliar to many designers. It’s a mode of analysis that’s been around for decades. But it has newfound relevance for today’s everything-is-networked, Big Data world. Systems thinking is a mind-set—a way of seeing and talking about reality that recognizes the interrelatedness of things. System thinking sees collections of interdependent components as a set of relationships and consequences that are at least as important as the individual components themselves. It emphasizes the emergent properties of the whole that neither arise directly, nor are predictable, from the properties of the parts.

Systems thinking can be used to explain and understand everything from inventory changes in a supply chain, to populations of bacteria and their hosts, to the instability in Syria, to the seemingly irrational behavior of certain elected officials. The vocabulary of formal systems thinking is one of causal loops, unintended consequences, emergence, and system dynamics. Practicing systems theorists employ tools such as systemigrams, archetypes, stock and flow diagrams, interpretive structural modeling, and systemic root cause analysis—all of which is beyond the scope of this post. For the purposes of this discussion, I’ll simply introduce the Iceberg Model and briefly discuss two key concepts in systems thinking—emergence and leverage points.
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"Systems thinking is a mind-set—a way of seeing and talking about reality that recognizes the interrelatedness of things."

Embracing complexity is a necessity...
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Creative people physically see and process the world differently

Creative people physically see and process the world differently | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
If you’re the kind of person who relishes adventure, you may literally see the world differently. People who are open to new experiences can take in more visual information than other people and combine it in unique ways. This may explain why they tend to be particularly creative.

Openness to experience is one of the “big five” traits often used to describe personality. It is characterised by curiosity, creativity and an interest in exploring new things. Open people tend to do well at tasks that test our ability to come up with creative ideas, such as imagining new uses for everyday objects like bricks, mugs or table tennis balls.

There’s some evidence that people with a greater degree of openness also have better visual awareness. For example, when focusing on letters moving on a screen, they are more likely to notice a grey square appearing elsewhere on the display.

Now Anna Antinori at the University of Melbourne in Australia and her team are showing that people who score more highly when it comes to the openness trait “see” more possibilities. “They seem to have a more flexible gate for the visual information that breaks through into their consciousness,” Antinori says.
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Creativity will be the source of our next industrial revolution, not machines

Creativity will be the source of our next industrial revolution, not machines | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
As robots increasingly take on manual labor, we will need to foster what differentiates human from machine (at least for now): creativity. Evidence that psychological and physical well-being is paramount to creative thinking will turn the historic exchange of human health for economic growth on its head. As Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum writes, “I am convinced of one thing—that in the future, talent, more than capital, will represent the critical factor of production.”
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As robots increasingly take on manual labor, we will need to foster what differentiates human from machine (at least for now): creativity. Evidence that psychological and physical well-being is paramount to creative thinking will turn the historic exchange of human health for economic growth on its head. As Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum writes, “I am convinced of one thing—that in the future, talent, more than capital, will represent the critical factor of production.”
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To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old

To Be a Genius, Think Like a 94-Year-Old | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
We tend to assume that creativity wanes with age. But Dr. Goodenough’s story suggests that some people actually become more creative as they grow older. Unfortunately, those late-blooming geniuses have to contend with powerful biases against them.

“Young people are just smarter,” Mark Zuckerberg pronounced at an event at Stanford in 2007, when he was the 22-year-old chief executive of Facebook. He added, according to a VentureBeat writer, “I only own a mattress,” and then expounded upon the putative correlation between youth and creative power. His logic didn’t exactly make sense (and he later apologized), but his meaning was perfectly clear: Middle-aged people are encumbered by boring possessions (gutters, dental floss, orthopedic shoes) and stale ideas.
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Introducing UCI’s Connected Learning Lab - DML Central

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Spring is a fitting season to announce the launch of our new Connected Learning Lab (CLL) at UC Irvine, an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to studying and mobilizing learning technologies in equitable, innovative, and learner-centered ways. I am humbled to serve as the founding director, and to be working with our founding faculty, Richard Arum, David Theo Goldberg, Bill Maurer, Kurt Squire, and Constance Steinkuehler. I am looking forward to expanding our ranks with more faculty, postdocs, students, and community members as we get our efforts off the ground.

The founding of CLL is motivated by the growing momentum and investment in technology-enhanced learning platforms and approaches, variously described as online, personalized, blended, flipped, games-based, media-rich, massive, and interactive. While these new approaches offer hope for improving education and opportunity for all young people, we see an urgent need for these efforts to be informed by values of equity and inclusion, and evidence-backed frameworks from the social and learning sciences. The CLL is dedicated to rigorous research and robust theory building, as well as supporting a broader Connected Learning Alliance through partnership with technology makers, educational practitioners, media outlets, policymakers, and community-based organizations. Our ambition is to model engaged, relevant, and responsive interdisciplinary scholarship that is accountable to making a real and positive impact in the lives of youth, educators, parents, and change-makers of all kinds.
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15 Essential Skills They Don’t Teach You In College

15 Essential Skills They Don’t Teach You In College | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
I offered my oldest the very prestigious “Altucher Fellowship”. Never awarded before. Only awarded to her. Always send people to the best resource. Even if it’s a competitor. The benefit to you comes…
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Despite the title this skillset can be applied to all kinds of human endeavour - money-making needn't be a focus over making things happen. 
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Why higher education institutions love hybrid (not disruptive) innovations (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Why higher education institutions love hybrid (not disruptive) innovations (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
A  study last month on the high costs of online learning grabbed headlines. According to a survey by WCET, higher education institutions’ distance learning programs appeared no cheaper, and in some cases reported being even more expensive, than traditional face-to-face instruction.
This finding bucks the conventional wisdom that online learning is always cheaper. Logically speaking, it ought to be cheaper: delivering lectures and content online lends itself to lowering labor costs, generating efficiencies in assessment, and scaling at a fraction of the cost of face-to-face instructional models.
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A new architecture for the university campus of the future - Christensen Institute

A new architecture for the university campus of the future - Christensen Institute | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
As schools innovate and transform what teaching and learning look like on their campuses, the design of academic buildings is likely to change in dramatic ways as well. Classrooms and lecture halls may, over time, fade away and become relics of our educational past.

Bryant University, a private university located in Smithfield, R.I., with academic programs that integrate business and the arts and sciences with a global perspective, offers a glimpse of what the future of campus design could look like. Its new Academic Innovation Center (AIC) opened just this past fall.

The Center provides spaces for innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and learning where students can learn in novel formats, develop and prototype new products and services through a design-thinking approach, and collaborate. The goal is to bolster students’ capacity for innovation and creativity.
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Innovation and the grass roots

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There are huge opportunities for bottom-up innovation in regional cities and local council areas, but only if communities can overcome skills and capability shortfalls to make sense of the digital data resources available to them.

Things are never this simple, of course. But if you can at least view newly available digital data as a key component for evidence-based decision-making, then you can start looking at the kinds of governance frameworks that will enable that data to be more easily turned into knowledge and insight.

When we think of cities we tend to think of geographic boundaries. But communities are different; they are bound by more than geography. People can belong to more than one community.
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The Future of Work — 3 Mega-Trends – Innovation Culture – Medium

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A lot of my work, in both public speaking and private consulting, is rooted in foresight and anticipatory research. Unlike “futurology” I’m less interested in predicting the future than anticipating…
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Want To Fight Inequality? Forget Design Thinking

Want To Fight Inequality? Forget Design Thinking | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
While that system may work in business, Carroll draws from a main tenant of activism for her philosophy on designing for social change: that the communities that are impacted the most by a movement should have a prominent place in leading the movement. "You cannot say that you are effectively addressing these issues if you are not including the people affected by them into your efforts, and giving them access to power," Carroll says. To come up with community-led responses to racial inequity in St. Louis, CRXLAB not only consults with the black and Latino communities who experience that inequity; they are the people participating in the workshops, benefiting from the resources, and building out their ideas.

One example of that is a new initiative from CRXLAB called Design to Better [Our City], which will adapt the 24-hour workshop formula to a longer-term curriculum for middle- and high-school kids during the school year that will bring designers, business people, and legislators together to teach students about creative problem solving. Carroll says CRXLAB opted to make the program, which will begin in 2018, an after-school one so that it would bring together kids of all races, even as the St. Louis school system remains largely segregated due to districting. Last month, the initiative became a finalist for the Knight Foundation's Knight Cities Challenge, and if it becomes a recipient of the grant in June CRXLAB will expand it to Detroit and Miami.

For most of the students—the program begins with seventh graders—it will be the first time they've learned about design or been given access to tools for things like building a website or designing an app. It will also be an opportunity for them to use their backgrounds, learned experiences, and specific insights into their own communities to develop new ideas—not to be used by an experienced designer, but for them to develop and put into place themselves. It's easy to imagine how something like this could benefit a student as she goes on through high school and graduates with an idea for a nonprofit or digital product that will directly address the issues she and her community know well.
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Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

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IN BRIEF

Elon Musk co-founded artificial intelligence non-profit OpenAI just announced it has created an AI system that can learn to complete a task in reality after watching just one demonstration of that task in a simulated environment.


ONE SMART BOT

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, OpenAI’s newest robot system should leave humanity blushing. Not only can it successfully replicate human behaviors, it can do so after just a single demonstration of the task.

The  research company co-founded and chaired by Elon Musk used two separate neural networks to develop its one-shot imitation learning system.

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Harnessing and Managing the Best Ideas

Open innovation is oftentimes the key to harnessing and managing the best ideas. It’s also one of the latest tools for effective research and development, and it dramatically levels the playing field between companies of all sizes. Open innovation allows organizations of all sizes to access new ideas, evaluate and put them into action.

What’s Inside
Download this white paper to learn:

Why R&D is no longer a barrier to entry or a strong competitive advantage
The shift in R&D from internally focused to expansion outside of the department
The process for implementing open innovation in your organization
Preparing for the complexity of idea management
How to harness internal and external ideas using systems
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The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse

The Creativity Crisis: It’s Getting Worse | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Synopsis
This is an executive summary of a follow-up report (2017) of “The Creativity Crisis” (Kim, 2011) that discovered American creativity in decline since the 1990s. The full report has been reviewed by several researchers, but it will not be public until it has gone through a lengthy review process.


Executive Summary

Children are born to be creative, like eagles are born to soar, see the world, and find food, not scratch and fight for scraps in a coop. When children utilize their creativity to its full potential, instead of competing against each other on memorization tests, creativity can contribute to healthy lives and future careers.

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Why idle moments are crucial for creativity

Why idle moments are crucial for creativity | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

In 2012, researchers found that letting your mind wander can lead to better creative problem solving. And anecdotal links between daydreaming and creativity abound. From Einstein to Nobel-Prize-winning chemists to the inventor of the Post-It Note, many of the world’s great thinkers have espoused the benefits of giving your mind a rest. And perhaps you too have noticed that your best ideas come in the shower or while out for a walk.


Daydreaming is how we access our big-picture state of mind
When your mind is able to wander, it is accessing memories, emotions and random bits of stored knowledge, says Amy Fries, author of Daydreams at Work: Wake Up Your Creative Powers and a writer and editor for Psychology Today.


“Daydreaming is how we access our big-picture state of mind,” Fries says. “When you’re in a daydreaming state of mind, you can visualise or simulate your own version of events."


This visualisation can help us gain a new perspective on a problem or link two previously disjointed thoughts to come up with an original idea.

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When Pixels Collide

When Pixels Collide | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Each pixel you see was placed by hand. Each icon, each flag, each meme created painstakingly by millions of people who had nothing in common except an Internet connection. Somehow, someway, what happened in Reddit over those 72 hours was the birth of Art.

How did this happen?

While I followed Place closely, I cannot do justice to the story behind it in the few words here. There were countless dramas -- countless ideas, and fights, and battles, and wars -- that I don't even know about. They happened in small forums and private Discord chats, with too much happening at once, all the time, to keep track of everything. And, of course, I had to sleep.

But at its core, the story of Place is an eternal story, about the three forces that humanity needs to make art, creation, and technology possible.
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5 Videos To Help You Understand The Need for Innovation in Education

5 Videos To Help You Understand The Need for Innovation in Education | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Innovation in education is an ongoing process and is needed every once in a while to keep thing healthy and engaging for students as well as teachers. Particular set patterns and pedagogies cannot work all the time, a little “twist” or innovation is needed to keep monotony off the bay and keep students interested thoroughly. Innovations are always needed because every problem needs its solution; so it becomes the need from time to time to discover something new and useful in education.

Innovation in education is defined as “the process of making changes to something established by introducing something new.” It applies to radical or incremental changes to products, processes or services. Students today are on lookout for challenges and opportunities that helps them explore and connect to outside world for better opportunities. And so, they challenge educators to be innovative and to make learning environments more exciting, challenging and rewarding for them.

Enlisted are 5 epic videos that will help you understand the need for innovation in education.

A New Design for Education
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How Performing Arts Develops 6 Skills That Will Enhance Our Lives

How Performing Arts Develops 6 Skills That Will Enhance Our Lives | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

The practical role performing arts plays in a well-rounded holistic educational experience has been the subject of much debate over the years. It’s refreshing to see that it is receiving more attention than it has in the past. Educators are more aware of its intrinsic value in curriculums across the world. It’s more than just role-playing or doing a little dance; it’s about learning versatile, transferable life skills that matter.


Besides the fact that it’s fun and challenging, it builds habits of mind that are essential to living well and weathering the adversities of everyday life. It hones our creativity and intelligence, fosters our compassion, and brings a higher understanding of humanity to our awareness. Performers have to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and good listeners.

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Pixar-esque Short Shows How Society Saps Your Creativity

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A wordless film by two Spanish filmmakers follows a father and son as they struggle for happiness in spite of crushingly bleak capitalist forces.

https://vimeo.com/194276412

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College transformed: Five institutions leading the charge in innovation - Christensen Institute

College transformed: Five institutions leading the charge in innovation - Christensen Institute | Learning Futures on I.C.E. - Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Higher education leaders today confront a bevy of criticisms ranging from worsening affordability and persistent socioeconomic disparities to a lack of relevance in the ever-changing economy. Institutions are beset by internal challenges and external pressures. Business models are cracking under enormous pressure as state appropriations decline and net tuition growth wanes. Business as usual simply can’t continue.

The nature of competition in higher education is changing—presenting both challenges and opportunities. For decades—centuries, even—higher education has been on a continuous trajectory of developing more complex and comprehensive institutions to build and disseminate knowledge and educate students. But technology is enabling a new, disruptive path: simpler, more affordable, more accessible educational experiences, built in alignment to the needs of the workforce. Leaders can look to examples of institutions that are successfully innovating in the new environment, some along this new disruptive path, and others by incorporating disruptive technologies to move forward along the traditional trajectory:
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Future-U TEAM

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TEAM PIONEERS

There are already pockets of educators, experts and ‘Edunauts’ who are ahead of the curve and working to aid a transition to a successful tomorrow > FUTURE-U is committed to nurturing these experts, researchers and mars-shot thinkers, and is grateful to have their support in making the mission happen:
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An Open Invitation to Innovation: Lone Star College-University Park -- Campus Technology

From its founding in 2012 with an "Invitation 2 Innovate" (i2i), to the premier this week of a new conference on open innovation, Lone Star College-University Park has innovation in its DNA. It's the newest of seven community colleges that make up Lone Star College, and it has a clearly articulated plan to be a leader in innovation. Here, CT speaks with Lone Star College-University Park's chief strategist for innovation and research.
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Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

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Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate!

Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Unfortunately, innovation is too often be touted as a silver bullet solution without even defining what innovation is. Some folks have taken a stand against innovation, given its use as a catchall strategy. Yet I stand firmly in support of innovation as a focus for making better organizations and happier teams. I believe that what is most important is not that we “innovate” for innovation’s sake, but that we create cultures of innovation in our organizations -- cultures that supports risk-taking, reflection, and real collaboration. Out of the hundreds of strategies for and stories of innovation, I believe there are ten key lessons we can draw out to support us in creating cultures of innovation in schools and districts. Why ten lessons? David Letterman, obviously.
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