If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as a launch pad to explore new territory.
Todd Johnston was a designer before designing was cool. For decades, he and his colleagues have practiced design to accelerate innovation for corporations and countries. His team designs the collaborative sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where they are often tasked to help leaders tackle the biggest challenges. [...]
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Design as an important part of the innovation process. Finding design solutions to a new paradigm shift in the way people interact with the world.
New patent mapping system helps find innovation pathways Phys.Org "What we are trying to do is forecast innovation pathways," said Alan Porter, professor emeritus in the School of Public Policy and the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering...
Rather than chasing Silicon Valley VCs for co-investments in innovative start-ups that they'll just squander, the world's largest corporations should follow this eight-rule process to nurture their own killer apps.
Making firms as innovative as possible involves sourcing stimuli from outside the firm, through issuing crowdsourcing challenges to external communities, benchmarking relevant firms, finding trends that can be leveraged across industries, and searching for new partnerships, suppliers, and acquisition candidates. Then systems must be put in place to get the external learning to those who need t know inside the firm.