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Where and When does Big Make Sense?

Where and When does Big Make Sense? | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"An insider's view of the advance readers' edition of The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath by the super-smart Nicco Mele."

The book releases here in the U.S. on April 23, 2013. 


We are all struggling to figure out which big institutions make sense....And ...which are best torn down.


....While there are many exciting aspects of the end of big, ...there are also threats.   ....The rise of fringe groups such as the Tea Party and WikiLeaks are a result of the end of big because the Web rewards extremist views.


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Without the Washington Post, would Woodward and Bernstein have emerged independently?

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In journalism, if we no longer have big news gathering organizations, who is going to fund the big investigative story?


Without the Washington Post, would Woodward and Bernstein have emerged independently? Without the Watergate Scandal how would history have differed? These are questions worth asking.


The End of Big was not self-published. Nicco talks a lot about micro publishing but went with a big publisher (St. Martin's Press) for his own book.


But at the same time, Nicco is running EchoDitto his own small business and he also has a small publishing operation (his blog). 


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

A thoughtful post, a 2013 book that provokes new perspectives on "right-sizing"economics and culture in an environment with volatile markets. ~  Deb

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The Myth of Crowdfunding (or The Crowdfunding Hydra)

The Myth of Crowdfunding (or The Crowdfunding Hydra) | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Judy offers an experienced note of caution against over reliance on any single element in such a critical area of your organization’s mission as its fundraising. After all, quite often if your fundraising fails, so does your mission.Sometimes it can feel like any problem we face today can be ‘solved’ by throwing the internet at it.

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Judy identifies aspects of the "bright and shiny object" effect of crowd-(insert the blank) - sourcing, funding, guessing, contributing, conversing.  Like the beasts in cave-paintings of old, the first blog posts, one can be nourished or devoured by the such objects of our attention.  ~  Deb

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Streamlining by Going Online with Faculty Promotion and Tenure Resources

Streamlining by Going Online with Faculty Promotion and Tenure Resources | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
Facing the administrative burden of promotion/tenure for roughly 240 candidates each year, the University of Florida developed an online promotion and tenure work process.

   

....Outcomes
After only a year and a half of full implementation, outcomes have included:

  • a 90 percent reduction in paper, 
  • a reduction in printing and administrative costs, 
  • a marked reduction in work time for faculty and staff, 
  • consistency and conformance within the tenure review process, 
  • easier accessibility to promotion and tenure packets for academic reviewers, 
  • improved transparency at all review levels, and 
  • the ability for tenure candidates to monitor their progress throughout the cycle. 

      
The cost savings for the first year alone was nearly $203,000.


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Here's a university that did something to update the wasteful and inefficient tenure review process.  This included reducing paper-intensive practices by 90% and providing progress reports to tenure candidates.

     

It remains to be seen how other universities handle the larger promotion and tenure process in the 21st century, connected with changes in higher education as a whole.  ~  Deb

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Your Innovation Lab: 5 Ways to build it from Client & Customer Feedback

Your Innovation Lab: 5 Ways to build it from Client & Customer Feedback | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Your users are smarter than you; ask them what they think of your product and how you can improve it. In a recent re-launch, our best ideas really weren't our ideas at all. They were our users' ideas. Here's to listening. And to not believing the Henry Ford hype [building a faster horse.]"  

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1) Encourage feedback.     [Many] businesses don’t want anything to do with you after you’ve paid. …when you get a question, suggestion, or request, provide a good answer, and say “Keep it coming."

   

2) Minimize distance between support and product development.    ….when a request comes in, it’s easy and natural to pass that request on to whomever actually has the power to implement it. If it gets unstructured, put it into a weekly ideas/improvements/feedback discussion.

     

3) Facilitate for feedback.      Giving feedback should be easy. Make the support form(s) easily accessible. Don’t hide them away to avoid customer nagging.  ….Nagging is good. Change the internal name from “Customer Service” to “Sales and Product Development”, if that’s the visible change you need. Feel free to add “Ninja Team” or whatever…  ….you owe them not to get snobbish about how they’re “permitted” to contact you.

    

4) Answer (quickly), and ask for more.   Waiting  for a reply is annoying. Not getting a reply at all angers people so deeply that they’ll go through fire and ice to tell the world how much you suck. Answer, and if you answer late, apologize for it.
   
…Say what went wrong, without lying, and without complicating things …And then ask for more feedback. This one’s really great. They might have yelled at you, and now you’re inviting them to yell some more?! Try it, they’ll open up like never before.

    

5) Make their feedback worth their time  ….thank them, and let them know that it’s going….  And when/if you implement it, follow up on it, and let them know that it’s now live, thanks to them. Surprise people by showing that you actually appreciate their feedback.

    

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Once you have a client or customer, why not make the most of it?  You may then have that customer for years, if you know how to best respond to their comments and feedback which this article aptly describes. ~  D

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A more united United States of America: Sally Kohn's liberal views on Fox News & Today | TED Blog

A more united United States of America: Sally Kohn's liberal views on Fox News & Today | TED Blog | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Sally Kohn is both liberal and a lesbian -- and she worked at FOX News, contributing to the conservative network for three years. During that time, sparred with some of the most conservative minds on television.  In this TED talk, she gives a bold idea for pushing past political polarization.

She feels strongly that the only way to address the issues facing our country is to sit down and have a real conversation — no more talking past each other or walking out of press conferences.  


She comments:  If people come up to me on the street, it’s: ” I don’t agree with you but I really like you. You seem really cool, you seem fun, you seem nice.” And to me, that’s huge. That’s 90% of the way there. As opposed to, “Oh you’re another one of those crazy, angry [people].”


Her current articles for 2014 are listed on The Daily Beast. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This 2013 article has lessons for our 2014 news and social media, which has all kinds of filter bubbles built into it.  For example, have your heard more about July 2014 Miley Cyrus' tattoo of her dog lately than about the recent July 4th gun violence in Chicago?  82 people were injured, of that 14 killed, yet few news organizations covered it in prime time compared to a star's tattoo.

If Sally was a token liberal at FOX news, her message is still getting out, via TED's blog, as well as her record of exposure at FOX.  

What do you think?   ~  D

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Harvard Woman Demos 3D Printed Makeup, Industry Disruption In Mind

Harvard Woman Demos 3D Printed Makeup, Industry Disruption In Mind | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
"We’re going to live in a world where you can take a picture of your friend’s lipstick and print it out," says the founder.


Grace Choi was at Harvard Business School when she decided to disrupt the beauty industry. She researched and realized that "The makeup industry makes a whole lot of money on a whole lot of bulls**t,"  Choi said at TechCrunch Disrupt this week.


"They charge a huge premium on something that tech provides for free. That one thing is color."


Color printers are available to everyone, and the ink they have is the same as the ink makeup companies use in their products. She also says the ink is FDA approved.

She demonstrated how it works, then brushed some of the freshly-printed makeup onto her hand. 

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Choi shows just how susceptible the beauty industry is to disruption with her 3D printer and company, Mink.   As email and the internet disrupted the US Postal Service and the media industry, 3D printing attracts entrepreneurs who are ready to disrupt long standing, premium priced industries like beauty products.  ~  Deb

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 6, 2014 4:10 PM

Choi shows just how susceptible the beauty industry is to disruption with her 3D printer and company, Mink.   As email and the internet disrupted the US Postal Service and the media industry, 3D printing attracts entrepreneurs who are ready to disrupt long standing, premium priced industries like beauty products.  ~  Deb

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Compensation Bloat? University of Michigan faculty question administrator pay in open letter

Compensation Bloat?  University of Michigan faculty question administrator pay in open letter | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

An open letter to University of Michigan's Board of Regents from about a dozen of the school's faculty criticizes the school's administrative pay and bonus system. "The University is in desperate and urgent need of fiscal reform." 


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The authors argue that U-M is not transparent about its pay supplements...some administrators received...in excess of $50,000.

     

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The authors argue that U-M is not transparent about its pay supplements, and that they are an unwise use of money from the general fund. Data obtained by the professors show that some administrators received salary supplements in excess of $50,000.

  

...Anthony Mora, a history professor who helped author the letter, said that while it's reasonable executive officers have higher compensation that most staff, U-M's compensation rates for those officers are between 27 and 41 percent higher than the rates' of administrators at peer institutions such as Berkeley, Texas and Virginia, according to a review done by the faculty.
 

"We want to have an open and candid discussion about the university's resources," Mora said. "I don't see this as an effort to be adversarial with the administration. I think people in the administration are genuine when they say they care about the university. But I do think there's an opportunity here for the faculty and the administration to work together."

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

The escalating costs of higher education may no longer be taken for granted with such moves as these from the core of  the university system, the faculty.

The article also referenced the initially poorly implemented, cost cutting administrative shared services initiative (labeled AST, Administrative Services Transformation)  that did not include the faculty voice in its cost cutting planning and involved the use of several consulting firms with expenses totalling over 11 million for consulting services.  As as consultant myself, I know consultant have reasons to charge a high rate, but leaving the faculty voice out of a change initiative mystifies me.


I look forward to hearing where this letter leads in dealing with, perhaps, some unquestioned compensation practices.   ~  Deb


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Several faculty have taken up the gauntlet to question escalating costs - starting with higher education administrative bonuses.  Executive bonuses may no longer be taken for granted with such moves as these, perhaps prompted by the poorly planned, cost cutting administrative shared services initiative (labeled AST, Administrative Services Transformation)  which, incidentally, did NOT include the faculty voice in its cost cutting planning.


It also involved the use of several consulting firms with expenses totalling over 11 million for consulting services.  As as consultant myself, I know consultant have reasons to charge a high rate, but leaving the faculty voice out of a change initiative mystifies me.


I look forward to hearing where this letter leads in dealing with, perhaps, some unquestioned compensation practices, and perhaps stepping higher education back to a bigger picture of where the value generation resides and how it needs to be valued today.   ~  Deb

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Everything old is new again, Fax to Phone, ADDIE to DADDIE, Simon to iPhone

“...it takes on average 20 years for a technology to make the transition from first articulation to maturity (defined as becoming a $1billion industry)…the mouse, for example, took 30 years. “ – Bill Buxton, Principle researcher MicrosoftPatent

This SlideShare features the evolution of the inventions of the fax machine,  first envisioned and patented in 1843 by Scotsman Alexander Bain, improved on by others, then once again by Giovanni Castelli, an Italian priest.  In 1865, Castelli went on to establish the first Paris public fax service.  The service worked over telegraph lines and ran between Paris and Lyon.  ...This was still 11 years before the invention of the telephone.


Presentation by Stephanie Rieger of Yiibu at the MobX Conference in Berlin, Germany November 17, 2012.
        

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This slideshare provides research and insights into the pace of adoption for innovation, such as invention of the fax machine and THEN the telephone.  It follows my recent ScoopIt about ADDIE evolving to DADDIE for instructional design.

Quote from the article, "we don't always know the true value of a technology until a related one comes along."  


A colleague also shared in the ADDIE to DADDIE example,  "recent approaches may be old processes in new packaging, each with their own value and merit."  Adapt, evolve, reinvent. ~ D

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5 Examples of Companies Innovating with Crowdsourcing

5 Examples of Companies Innovating with Crowdsourcing | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

"The rapid exchange of data needed to maintain competitiveness demands access to multiple, fluid sources of information.  Crowdsourcing helps this happen."

        

Excerpts, 3 examples:
    

Anheuser-Busch (AB)– The world’s leading brewer, ...sought customer input to develop a brand more attuned to craft-beer tastes. Development of Black Crown, a golden amber lager, combined a competition between company-brewmasters with consumer suggestions and tastings; this project had more than 25,000 consumer-collaborators.


Coca-Cola– Coke now uses a more open business model, assuming an increasingly prominent position in corporate crowdsourcing. Its open-sourced “Shaping a Better Future” challenge asks entrepreneurs to create improvement-ventures for the project-hubs of youth employment, education, environment and health.

ucts more effectively, once again tying social media to co-creation.  


Unilever– Despite its globally-recognized and respected research staff and facilities, Unilever understands the value of collaboration with innovative partners from outside the firm. It seeks external contributions from anyone with useful input into such diverse project challenges as storing renewable energy, fighting viruses, reducing the quantity of sodium in food, creating cleaning-products that pollute less.


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Here are some current, corporate examples of crowdsourcing, which is also finding its way to government and non-profits as well.   Some say that anything corporate, or having top-down management of the project or guidance from an external organisation for solely commercial constructs is not crowdsourcing.

Regardless, now that complex, adaptive systems has arrived as a part of the conversation, along with terms like  M4IS2  (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making)  - crowdsourcing will have a chance to prove if it is a sign of our times, including concepts of creative destruction and reinvention. ~ D

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:12 PM

Here are some current, corporate examples of crowdsourcing, which is also finding its way to government and non-profits as well.   Some say that anything corporate, or having top-down management of the project or guidance from an external organisation for solely commercial constructs is not crowdsourcing.

Regardless, now that complex, adaptive systems has arrived as a part of the conversation, along with terms like  M4IS2  (Multinational, Multiagency, Multidisciplinary, Multidomain Information-Sharing and Sense-Making)  - crowdsourcing will have a chance to prove if it is a sign of our times, including concepts of creative destruction and reinvention. ~ D

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The World's Top 50 Most Innovative Companies 2014

The World's Top 50 Most Innovative Companies 2014 | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

There's another kind of faith in business: the belief that a product or service can radically remake an industry, change consumer habits, challenge economic assumptions. Proof for such innovative leaps is thin....Yet breakthrough progress often requires wide-eyed hope.

From the list of 50:

1) GOOGLE
FOR BECOMING A $350 BILLION GIANT THAT LETS LOOSE ALMOST TOO MANY INNOVATIONS AND MILESTONES TO COUNT.


2) BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES
For doing good, methodically, using data to answer questions other foundations aren't asking


3) XIAOMI
FOR REINVENTING THE SMARTPHONE BUSINESS MODEL IN THE WORLD'S LARGEST MOBILE MARKET.


7) NIKE
For setting a sustainable example.


9) DONORSCHOOSE.ORG
FOR SETTING ITS SIGHTS ON EDUCATION REFORM,…avoiding unions and politicos by crowdsourcing direct assistance to teachers. 


11) DODGE
For being a part of the conversation, no matter what.


15) MICHAEL KORS
FOR WINNING TWO FASHION RACES AT ONCE


See the 50 companies, the full list here.


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Photo via Fast Company- featuring DonorsChoose.org
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Fast company has a mix of what defines innovative companies that mixes old and new, connected to adaptability and flexibility.  

See the companion article on the 12 rising innovation qualities spotted in this 2014 list of companies as well as a comment comparing innovative company ranking methods to Forbes.
 ~  Deb

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The top innovative companies have leaders who know how to sense and respond, as well as adapt.  ~  D

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The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming

The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Google and Microsoft are getting ready.

There's a big difference between what Microsoft is working on and Google Glass, though.
 

The most recent word out of Google is that Google Glass isn't going to use "augmented reality" – where data and illustrations overlay the actual world around you.
 

Google Glass is actually just a tiny screen you have to look up and to the left to see.
 

Microsoft's glasses seem to utilize augmented reality. In a patent illustration we've embedded below, you can see that the glasses put data on top of a live action concert and a ballgame.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-end-of-the-smartphone-era-is-coming-2012-11#ixzz2sSTxhykq 


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My current Galaxy S4 smartphone has a gesture option, to execute commands without actual touch.   It's not that far away from taking the enormous computing power of smart phones to a new platform, closer to the body, to deliver.  Computing power will only continue its exponential climb.  (Moore's Law - the number of transistors onintegrated circuits doubles approximately every two years.)  ~  D

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スマートホーン時代の終わりがきている。

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An African messaging app could beat out huge growth of WhatsApp, Line & WeChat in India

An African messaging app could beat out huge growth of WhatsApp, Line & WeChat in India | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

This is what 21st century globalization looks like: Mxit, an African company has just announced its intention to enter the Indian market, taking on established players from the US and newer contenders from China and Japan.


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Mxit offers connectivity to old fashioned “feature phones”

    

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Mxit makes a popular mobile messaging app and claims 7.4 million monthly active users, with just under a million of those outside South Africa. Some 35 million Indians use WhatsApp and 10 million use the Japanese app Line. China’s WeChat doesn’t disclose country figures but it also appears to be popular based on anecdotal evidence.


...a minnow like Mxit has a vision beyond smartphones. Unlike its bigger, richer, more established competitors, Mxit offers connectivity to old fashioned “feature phones,” of which there remain many users in India. In the third quarter of 2013, the most recent for which figures are available, over 80% of phones shipped were feature phones

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As if the wild growth of WhatsApp wasn't the thing, and it is - this app takes advantage of mobile reality.

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Intriguing Networks's curator insight, January 31, 2014 2:30 AM

BAlways good news to see the early and broad based adoption enbabling change

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Everything a 1991 Radio Shack Ad, worth $5K, I Now Do With My SmartPhone

Everything a 1991 Radio Shack Ad, worth $5K, I Now Do With My SmartPhone | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
There are 15 electronic gimzo type items on the page, being sold from America's Technology Store. 13 of the 15 you now always have in your pocket.


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You'd have spent $3,054.82 in 1991 to buy all the stuff in this ad that you can now do with your phone.

       

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That amount is roughly equivalent to about $5,100 in 2012 dollars.

     

A sample from Steve Cichon's list:

  • All weather personal stereo, $11.88. I now use my iPhone with an Otter Box.
  • Microthin calculator, $4.88. Swipe up on iPhone.
  • Tandy 1000 TL/3, $1599. I actually owned a Tandy 1000, and I used it for games and word processing. I now do most of both of those things on my phone.
  • VHS Camcorder, $799. iPhone.
  • Mobile Cellular Telephone, $199. Obvs.
  • Mobile CB, $49.95. Ad says "You'll never drive 'alone' again!" iPhone.
  • Deluxe Portable CD Player, $159.95. 80 minutes of music, or 80 hours of music? iPhone.
  • 10-Channel Desktop Scanner, $99.55. I still have a scanner, but I have a scanner app, too. iPhone.
       

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This is a helpful perspective, looking back, of how far technology integration has come within a decade or so, and how much we take for granted today.  ~  D

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Remote Control for Daily Living: Google's Nest Deal & Mobile

Remote Control for Daily Living: Google's Nest Deal & Mobile | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Google’s proposed acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion is reflective of how the definition of mobile is changing ...[to include] wearables, connected cars, smart appliances and other hardware 


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...the mobile phone ...a..remote control for everyday life...

   

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The deal is the latest move by Google to extend its mobile business with an eye toward making smartphones and tablets the [the means] to connect with other devices throughout their day.

   

“Google's acquisition of Nest makes the mobile phone a consumer's remote control for everyday life,” said Andrea Wilson, Fort Worth, TX-based vice president, strategy director and luxury practice lead at iProspect.


.....Android is already the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. A recent report from Gartner found that Android accounted for nearly 82 percent of all smartphone sales during the third quarter of 2013.

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Ken Burbary writes up a helpful piece on where Google is headed.

Having recently switched to a Droid Samsung S4 for its amazing voice recognition and texting enhancements, while remaining a die-hard Apple fan, suggests that Ken is onto the key intention of Google to be a part of our everyday lives.  Google Glass anyone?
Examples:
  • I love the Gee Whiz of my factor of my phone, to run Roku or Aero off my TV, especially when the Roku remote WAS NOT working.
   
  • Taking photos of checks for deposit is pretty cool.  Yes, any phone can do this, but hey, the key fact is we ARE doing it - adult kids and parents in the house.
    
  • Boomers are helping each other learn their phones, perhaps on those bus rides to Stratford (Shakespeare plays.)
   
  • Sorry Siri, but Google voice on a Droid can set my alarm clock just as easily, and has amazing voice recognition accuracy.
      
If you've used your phone with smart appliances, a smart furnance / AC or such, tell us how it is working.    Best, ~  Deb
 
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...Innovation Will Have To Be 'Heart And Mind,' Or Nothing At All" ~ Dr Kobus Neethling

...Innovation Will Have To Be 'Heart And Mind,' Or Nothing At All" ~ Dr Kobus Neethling | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

In [Dr. Neethling's]  work in more than 30 countries and which spans two decades, he has witnessed an overbearing close-minded perspective on innovation---as if innovation is predominantly a discipline of ‘things’.
    
He goes on to say:
The shaping of a better planet for all of us is and will become even more complicated and unpredictable and therefore we will need a new kind of wisdom, courage and purpose-driven passion to innovate for the benefit of all.  


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What's needed?  "Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation."

    

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....the groundbreaking innovations of the 20th century...served only the needs of a few. Naturally we have to continue our pursuit of cutting edge technology, ideas and systems. but the context in which these innovations take place, is and remains the fundamental issue.   

    

Of all the innovations ....the one that comes the closest to heart and mind innovation and the one that considered the context of the dramatic changes that the innovation would bring with immense sensitivity is the creation of a new South Africa.

     

In a television series that I wrote called ‘Creating a miracle’ I highlighted the critical factors which led to this unique societal innovation.

    

  • A rare integration of spiritual, creative and pragmatic leadership
  • A bringing together of opposite visions into a single shared vision
  • The creation of new symbols, values, attitudes, principles, customs and practices (and the letting go of the traditions, norms and conventions which would obstruct or frustrate the creation of a free and democratic society)
  • Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation
  • An extraordinary insight into the essence of the innovation that was required

      

As my mentor Paul Torrance said many times: “Creative people can perform miracles but they are always in danger of crucifixion”



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Yes, it is time to, as Dr. Neethling says, elaborate on Aristotle: “Innovating the mind without innovating the heart is no innovation at all,” Lessons from a fully co-created innovation in South Africa has insights for us all.  

I became aware of Dr. Neethling's work through the whole brain assessment, the NBI.  I'm glad to see how much more there is to benefit us all.  ~  Deb

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Looks Promising! New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

Looks Promising! New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques responsible for memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients.

    

The research team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks - a maze, a test to get them to recognize new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid.
     

Alzheimer’s affects 50 million worldwide. A team from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have come up with a promising solution for removing the defective brain beta-amyloid and tau proteins.
     

Publishing in Science Translational Medicine, the team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to move in. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so once they get past the blood-brain barrier, they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps before the blood-brain barrier is restored within a few hours.

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I and the friends and families of those who know someone with Alzheimer's, estimated 50 million, hope this is true.  It could be the breakthrough we need with implications for huge change in the world.  ~  Deb

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Richard Platt's curator insight, March 23, 7:43 PM

Very promising trials, now it will need to pass FDA testing, given that ultrasound has typically been shown to be non-invasive and generally harmless this does seem like something that is worth investigating.

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Warren Berger Tells How to Ask a ‘Beautiful Question’ - How to Amplify Innovation & Performance

Warren Berger Tells How to Ask a ‘Beautiful Question’ - How to Amplify Innovation & Performance | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger is about the importance of asking thoughtful, ambitious "beautiful questions"—the kind that can bring about change in the world around you.


How do you define a "beautiful question"?
 

Warren Berger:  The term is inspired by this line from the poet E.E. Cummings: "Always the beautiful answer who asks a more beautiful question."

The way I define a beautiful question in the book is: "An ambitious, yet actionable, question that can begin to change the way we think about something—and might serve as a catalyst to bring about change."


For example, when someone steps back and asks, Why are we doing things the way we've been doing them the past 20 years—what if we tried a whole new approach? That's a beautiful question.


- See more at: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/08/warren-berger-tells-how-to-ask-a-beautiful-question.html#sthash.Y9LUzjHR.dpuf

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In the consulting world, it's shared that a good consultant knows how to ask good questions.  This article amplifies performance and innovation by interviewing the author about breakthroughs (the cell phone, the Internet), helpful organizations (The Red Cross, the Olympics) that started with a question.

So the weird, the unusual, the provocative can end up being the beautiful when it comes to a great, powerful question.  ~  Deb 

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Tufts University Named Best Open-source School in America, Tools for Innovation

Tufts University Named Best Open-source School in America, Tools for Innovation | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

In May 15, 2014, researchers backed by Spanish software download site Portal Programas published a report naming Tufts University the number one open-source university in the United States. 

Tufts received an overall score of 100, followed by Utah State (93.01) and the University of Notre Dame (57.10).  Two other Massachusetts universities scored in the top 15:  University of Massachusetts Boston (4th) and MIT (14th), ranking Massachusetts only behind Utah in states where colleges and universities actively participate in open source projects and the operational use of open-source software.

 

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I'm a fan of Tufts open source tool VUE, a powerful tool for organizing, creating, linking, and curating. It's a great tools to help innovation.  A sample tool I created from VUE is here, a retreat planning flowchart, which was used in a faculty retreat to explain the retreat planning process.  ~  D

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Complexity Simplified: 6 Simple Rules for Simplifying Everything by BCG

Complexity Simplified: 6 Simple Rules for Simplifying Everything by BCG | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

In their new book from Harvard Business Review Press—Six Simple Rules: How To Manage Complexity Without Getting Complicated—Boston Consulting Group partners make a valiant attempt at helping increasingly complex organizations  improve their performance in an increasingly complex world.   


Here is an excerpt of Time's summary of the six items:

1. Understand what your employees actually do. 

Don't add unnecessary functions and procedures. Discover what people actually do and why. Change the conditions inside the organization so their interests align with what you need them to do.”


2. Find your fighters. Conflict  can be a sign that people are actually doing the hard work of cooperating....  We call them ‘integrators.’ They’re often not in positions of formal power...they are the focus of strong feelings, either positive or negative. Give [them] authority to succeed


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It is a valiant attempt, yet it is.  If nothing else, this Boston Consulting Group book will help you better roll with the punches, including broadening your acceptance of the iconoclasts, the so-called misfits, while renewing your sense of how to look at mistakes in learning.  ~  D

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Disruptive Technology and Innovation Requires Change Management & New Talent Strategy

Disruptive Technology and Innovation Requires Change Management & New Talent Strategy | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
HR professionals know that anything that causes business disruptions is certain to have implications for human resource management, including the growth of 3-D printing.


I admit I'm looking forward to it. I think the 3-D printer is such a disruptive technology that I want to be in on the fun.


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...The teenager found the plans on the Internet. Imagine, open-sourced body parts!

    

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The news reports range from 3-D printing an iPhone case to high-heel shoes, or models of body parts on which doctors can practice.


...my favorite use of the technology so far goes to a teenager who used a 3-D printer at a local library to build a prosthetic hand for a boy who was born without fingers. The hand opens and closes and can even hold a pencil. The teenager found the plans on the Internet. Imagine, open-sourced body parts!


Implications for HR leaders? 
  

McKinsey recently issued a report highlighting some of the business disruptions that are likely to result from this new technology.



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... there may be very specific, and difficult to find, talent requirements for such a shift, and begin to devise a talent-development and sourcing strategy to meet the [need]

   

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3-D technology  -- aka additive manufacturing -- is likely to accelerate product development.  ... Value may not come from manufacturing a product; it may come from being able to add uniqueness to the design alone.

   

  • Don't wait until someone tells you it might have an impact: Know the business well enough to raise the issue if no one has mentioned it already. 
     
  • Help the executive team consider the strategic implications of the technology and whether it can be leveraged to the business' advantage or whether the business needs to be prepared to meet new forms of competition.
    
  • Recognize that there may be very specific, and difficult to find, talent requirements for such a shift, and begin to devise a talent-development and sourcing strategy to meet the skilled-worker needs of a new manufacturing strategy.

 

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This is a quality article emphasizing the need to be ready for adaptive change, perhaps fast.  As author Susan R. Meisinger suggests, be "not only be prepared to manage the change, ...be leaders within the organization in embracing and driving change."  I'd add, create a learning environment now with leadership at all levels to empower your ability to change together.  Share what's important to be ready.  ~  D

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Steve Blank's Lean Startup Model: Not Just For Startups, Rather For Surviving & Thriving in ANY Business

Steve Blank's Lean Startup Model: Not Just For Startups, Rather For Surviving & Thriving in ANY Business | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

The principles of the lean startup pose big challenge to corporate behemoths – but Steve Blank argues that they are now “essential for the survival of business.”

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This is a challenge to how business is done.  This is not your dad's company strategy, or even the Fortune 50's strategy from last year.    It is predicted the Fortune 500 will swap itself out with new business within a decade.  It IS time to rethink which business principles you will follow. ~ D

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Twelve (12) Rising Innovation Trends From the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014 - Fast Co.

Twelve (12) Rising Innovation Trends From the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014 - Fast Co. | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

The culture of innovation across the globe is more robust than ever. Here are 5 innovation trends excerpted from the full list of 12 from Fast Company's World's 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2014:

   

1)  EXCEPTIONAL IS EXPECTED   Google, the No. 1 company, did not land there for the range of its activities--despite the 29 achievements we list. ...today's smartest businesses tend to laser-focus on just a few goals; broad ambition can distract from the nitty-gritty required to turn goals into reality. Yet from Google Fiber to Google Glass to investing in new health technologies, Google executes at a high level repeatedly. That's why it tops the list.

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How do you make meaningful change in the face of calcified institutions? Sometimes you just have to go around them.

    

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2.   INNOVATION IS EPISODIC   ....From breakthrough change at Philips (No. 50), development of LED lighting has been under way there for 50 years--and a specific 11-month deadline provided the essential innovative exclamation point.
     

3.  MAKING MONEY MATTERS
….great businesses are self-sustaining. Dropbox (No. 4) and Airbnb (No. 6) are darlings of the venture set, but they also charge real customers real money for a product with real value. Unlike …pre-2008 whose business models rely on advertising for revenue (Facebook, Twitter, et al.), these enterprises are transaction based--and are reaping the rewards.

     


5.  SUSTAINABILITY HAS FOUND A NEW GEAR
…Today, energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and recycling are core advantages for successful enterprises. Brazil's Braskem (No. 41), a $19 billion petrochemical giant, uses sugarcane rather than oil to create in-demand plastics. Levi Strauss (No. 30) produces more than 10% of its clothing with recycled materials, on its way to 100%. ....You don't have to own a Tesla (No. 20) to see the impact.


7. CONFLICT ISN'T REQUIRED
How do you make meaningful change in the face of calcified institutions? Sometimes you just have to go around them. …DonorsChoose.org (No. 9) …avoidied unions and politicos by crowdsourcing direct assistance to teachers. Bloomberg Philanthropies (No. 2) uses data to answer questions other foundations aren't asking and SHoP Architects (No. 33) manages to both create cutting-edge designs à la indie firms and get them built at the appropriately industrial scale.


See the full list of 12 here.

 

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These qualities are a good list to compare to other global company innovation lists, such as from Forbes.  Money is high on the list of 12, yet other qualities bear a look, compared to Forbes rankings based on the difference between their market capitalization and a net present value of cash flows from existing businesses.  ~  Deb

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This is a good list to compare to other global company innovation lists, such as from Forbes.  Money is high on the list of 12, yet other qualities bear a look, compared to Forbes rankings based on the difference between their market capitalization and a net present value of cash flows from existing businesses.  ~  D

Richard Platt's curator insight, February 26, 2014 11:43 PM

Pretty sure that I don't agree with some of what's on this list, but hey have a look, everybody's entitled to an opinion

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5 Ways to Bring Creativity Back to Your Culture

5 Ways to Bring Creativity Back to Your Culture | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it
All too often, entrepreneurs build companies that stifle the very creativity they need. Here's how to get that creative spark back.


Excerpted:  Four changes (of five) you can make today to bring creativity back to your culture.

       

Offer Unlimited Vacation

Offering unlimited vacation won't make people skip work every Friday or leave people hanging at deadlines. Instead, it will give them control to choose when they decide to work and when they don't. Although this may seem trivial, being able to choose means everything in a creative culture.

   

Ditch the Meetings

The worst part about meetings is that they're incredibly easy to add. Even if you make an agenda, the number will only go up as you grow in size. As a result, little creative thinking will get done during the day.

    

Nix Department Goals

Department goals often help managers more than employees. Generally, you'll end up wasting valuable hours setting new goals and then even more time asking why you didn't hit them.
 

Worse still, each department relies on resources they don't control and departments they're not a part of to reach their goals. This can result in teams signing up for work they were unaware of, which can lead to arguments about whose goals are more important.

      

Give Plenty of Feedback

...A lot of companies make feedback a formal process, waiting until the end of the month, quarter, or year to share how they actually feel.


Creative cultures thrive on timely, spontaneous feedback. Whether it's good or bad, feedback helps teams raise their own expectations. It's the fuel you need to ignite a creative culture. And who doesn't want one of those?

     

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I left off his "Let Employees Work Remotely" not because I don't believe it helps, it's just that it has been challenged because of the need to interact with others, examine blind spots, and building a culture does involve a certain amount of showing up.

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Even the stodgiest retailer can win over millennials - Not your father's RadioShack

Even the stodgiest retailer can win over millennials - Not your father's RadioShack | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

One store no longer fits all. 
     
Today’s millennials—nearly 80 million individuals in the United States alone—represent a staggering force in today’s marketplace, spending roughly $600 billion each year. And their impact is only expected to grow through 2020, with estimates their total spending in the US will top out at nearly $1.4 trillion annually. 
     
Despite this, most retailers today are millennial-challenged...


Highlights:


  • Unlike previous generations that struggled to price and comparison shop, millennials have it down to a science, using sites like Hukkster.com to find unique products and discounted rates at the click of a button.
    
  • Showrooming:  ...Millennials, looking at products on the retail floor and then turning to the internet to make their actual purchase at the lowest price is a way of life. But retailers can’t afford to simply turn their stores into showrooms.   ....To survive, they must change their in-store experience—and fast. 
    
  • The sale doesn’t end at the register
    
  • Understanding how [your] brand and products fit into the broader fabric of their lives.


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I, for one, loved the Superbowl ad and all the in-your-face 80's iconic flashback  For two:  this article covers the complexity of bricks and mortar, showrooming, price shopping and the ongoing relationship with mobile- and tech-savvy millennials and anyone who uses tech as their right hand for shopping research.  ~  Deb

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Manufacturing, US Department of Energy & the Power Electronics Innovation Institute at NC State University

Manufacturing, US Department of Energy & the Power Electronics Innovation Institute at NC State University | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have tapped NC State to lead a $140 million advanced manufacturing institute that will unite academic, government and industry partners in an effort to revolutionize energy efficiency across a wide range of applications, including electronic devices, power grids and electric vehicles.

Learn about the next generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute at NC State University and the game-changing promise of wide bandgap semiconductors. 

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This has tapped the attention of the president, connected to work by the FREEDM Systems Center launched by NC State and the National Science Foundation in 2008.  The FREEDM Center is described as building the electric power grid of the future naming 56 corporate and academic partners,   It is described as the model for the Next Generation Power Electronics Innovation Institute.

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Scaling Up in the UK: Zapp App Enables Millions of Shoppers to Pay by SmartPhone

Scaling Up in the UK:  Zapp App Enables Millions of Shoppers to Pay by SmartPhone | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? | Scoop.it

Millions of consumers will be able to use a smartphone app to pay for purchases this year in the latest shift away from cash and card payments.

 

Known as Zapp, the app is due to launch in the autumn and will be available to 18 million UK current account holders with HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank.

 

The mobile payment system will only work for online purchases initially, but Peter Keenan, chief executive of Zapp, said he expects it to be enabled for at least one in five store payments from late 2015, meaning that consumers can "leave their wallets at home".


From another article about smartphone app payments in the US from The Verge:

There are two primary means of paying with your phone at a brick-and-mortar store: scan to pay using a QR code, and tap to pay using Near-Field Communication, or NFC. As the market battle rages over which pay-by-phone technology will win out, LevelUp has decided to hedge its bets with a new piece of hardware that supports both.  

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Mobile is getting even bigger, scaling up in the UK.  As for leaving your wallet at home?  Eventually.  Google Wallet and Square, and now LevelUp are 3 apps in the USA for paying by smartphone.  They are in limited use.  The UK will be a new test of scaling BIG for smartphone app payments.  ~ Deb


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