5% of new companies generate over 50% of all new jobs. Over 90% of what we do -experiments, projects, start-ups, innovations, etc. are non-successes. This space is dedicated to understand what is high growth and the interfaces to achieve it.
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The process to make a living work-space is a clearly definable sequence of activities; and can be so clear that anyone can do this. And yet this is a complicated process, which is common to any collective construction and development works. But again, the process can be made so clear that any group of people can use it. — Adapted from THE TIMELESS WAY OF BUILDING — Christopher Alexander
Some key processes related to innovation spread by practice, they are embedded in people interaction patterns, as much as in the process. Most business people have limited skills when it comes to ‘problem-finding’ or problem definition. Part of it is related to operating in environments and patterns designed for other purposes like efficiency.
The increase in atmospheric concentration of CO2 by 31% since 1750 from fossil fuel combustion and land use change necessitates identification of strategies for mitigating the threat of the attendant global warming. Since the industrial revolution, global emissions of carbon (C) are estimated at 270±30 Pg (Pg=petagram=1015 g=1 billion ton) due to fossil fuel combustion and 136±55 Pg due to land use change and soil cultivation. Emissions due to land use change include those by deforestation, biomass burning, conversion of natural to agricultural ecosystems, drainage of wetlands and soil cultivation. Depletion of soil organic C (SOC) pool have contributed 78±12 Pg of C to the atmosphere. Some cultivated soils have lost one-half to two-thirds of the original SOC pool with a cumulative loss of 30–40 Mg C/ha (Mg=megagram=106 g=1 ton). The depletion of soil C is accentuated by soil degradation and exacerbated by land misuse and soil mismanagement. Thus, adoption of a restorative land use and recommended management practices (RMPs) on agricultural soils can reduce the rate of enrichment of atmospheric CO2 while having positive impacts on food security, agro-industries, water quality and the environment. A considerable part of the depleted SOC pool can be restored through conversion of marginal lands into restorative land uses, adoption of conservation tillage with cover crops and crop residue mulch, nutrient cycling including the use of compost and manure, and other systems of sustainable management of soil and water resources. Measured rates of soil C sequestration through adoption of RMPs range from 50 to 1000 kg/ha/year. The global potential of SOC sequestration through these practices is 0.9±0.3 Pg C/year, which may offset one-fourth to one-third of the annual increase in atmospheric CO2 estimated at 3.3 Pg C/year. The cumulative potential of soil C sequestration over 25–50 years is 30–60 Pg. The soil C sequestration is a truly win–win strategy. It restores degraded soils, enhances biomass production, purifies surface and ground waters, and reduces the rate of enrichment of atmospheric CO2 by offsetting emissions due to fossil fuel.
@Savoryinstitute this is an excellent piece of research
While our cities transformed from ‘open’ to ‘closed’, the urban metabolism transformed from ‘circular’ to ‘linear’ (both transformations were facilitated by the availability of cheap energy and resources), disconnecting the urbanites from the externalities of urban consumption.
If a reversed transformation to ‘open’ cities is our goal and our global resource crises the trigger for reversal, it is crucial to realize that it is not density or urbanization itself but the urban systems we have created that are at the core of our environmental problems. "
This research focusses on the (societal) transition processes of our urban systems. Short-cutting these processes, which includes ready-made designed eco-cities and other replicable technological ‘fixes’, excludes the citizens from the transition and is therefore likely to fail.
Indoor air quality: A comprehensive body of research suggests that better indoor air quality (low concentrations of CO2 and pollutants and high ventilation rates) can lead to productivity improvements of 8-11%.
Thermal comfort: Research demonstrates that thermal comfort has a significant impact on workplace satisfaction and modest degrees of personal control over thermal comfort can return single digit improvements in productivity.
Lighting and views of nature: Several studies have estimated productivity gains as a result of proximity to windows, with experts now thinking that views from windows are probably the more significant factor, particularly where the view offers a connection to nature.
Noise and acoustics: Research suggests that being productive in the modern knowledge-based office is practically impossible when noise provides an unwanted distraction. This can be a major cause of dissatisfaction amongst occupants.
Interior layout: The way the interior of an office is configured (including workstation density and configuration of work space, breakout space and social space) has been found to have an impact on concentration, collaboration, confidentiality and creativity.
Active design and exercise: Health can be improved through exercise, and so active design within a building, and access to services and amenities such as gyms, bicycle storage and green space can help to encourage healthier lifestyles of building occupants.
Creating “A Life,” is the supreme creative act. All other creativity follows from this. Frank Lloyd Wright taught me that. Alexander Graham Bell seemed to have accomplished it. Steward Brand is a contemporary example of someone who has achieved a measure of balance in these respects - or it looks like he has to me “from here.”
How, you yourself, relate to you own creativity is critical. [link] The creative life, innovation - being an entrepreneur can become a self-inflicted horror. The creative life is definitely something that you want to “be in but not of.”
Emotional stability is not always easy here. It is simple to see why many people fear it. Passion drives creativity. Passion can also drive far less useful things. Passion, unchecked, can drive out-and-out evil things.
You do not control the creative process - you bring discipline to it, not control.
The process “controls” you - or, more accurately, flows through you. It is important to choose masters carefully.
You may create the “story” but you must never, never believe it.
Learn precious life lessons from Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture and designer of New York's Central Park and Prospect Park, the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina, and scores of other parks, school grounds and government spaces.
Next time you are in New York City (or online), take a trip to Central Park and follow the principles that Olmsted followed... By the end of the trip, you'll better understand yourself.
ONE reason structural holes persist is our overwhelming preference for face-to-face interactions. Almost 40 years ago, Thomas J. Allen, a professor of management and engineering at M.I.T., found that colleagues who are out of sight are frequently out of mind — we are four times as likely to communicate regularly with someone sitting six feet away from us as we are with someone 60 feet away, and almost never with colleagues in separate buildings or floors.
This why we have used the utmost care and advances in putting up the Collaborative Environment Nordic.works!
And we get a particular intellectual charge from sharing ideas in person. In a paperpublished last year, researchers at Arizona State University used sensors and surveys to study creativity within teams. Participants felt most creative on days spent in motion meeting people, not working for long stretches at their desks.
What it takes to get hired at these top tech companies: A mixture of hard problem-solving skills and the right rapport with company culture.
“While relevant experience is key, cultural fit is even more important,” says Lumo BodyTech CEO Monisha Perkash. “One value that is core to the Lumo culture is willingness to take risks, fail, and learn, and that mindset is something I look for during the hiring process.”
To see how a team will or could fit together there is nothing better than a compressed cycle real world case. A full cycle of Scan-Focus-Act during a full 3 day designshop is a great way to achieve this with scale and agility. Don't hire a person, cultivate a team !
The way Boston restauranteur Ayn Muir updates his menus is a reminder that sometimes the best data isn't the biggest.
Thanks RT @MarketingCori - timely reminder that the construction of high value data sets is not made solely from point but forms complex vectors. In fact, the art is in how such vectors are built with elements from many dimensions. This is something humans do naturally, with intuition, gut, feeling, ... the liverstorming process when combined with data is an extremely powerful combination
To outsiders, its a maze. To residents, its an ongoing exercise in courteous construction.
he result is a stark landscape borne of necessity, with hidden worlds of color and hospitality within. Function determines the form of home exteriors, with brick walls and star-like security bars on windows. Materials have to be cheap and durable, as well as light and small enough for men to carry through the narrow streets.
The term white space is sometimes used interchangeably with negative space, and the concept is the same. Though the term refers to “white” space in particul
The phrase “less is more” truly applies to the whole concept of white space, no matter how you look at it. In a broader sense, this take on minimalism in web design has also been getting popular lately, and it’s certainly a trend that will continue.
Most of today’s transformative companies are well known for having an innovative corporate culture and working environment that inspires and empowers employees. Governments that set an example for innovation have the power to implant a nationwide culture of creativity. When such a culture takes root, people feel inspired to run further with their ideas, to aim higher with their ambitions, and to pursue bigger dreams. That is how countries that encourage innovation take the lead – and stay there.
On the right track. Is it innovation or something more, existential?
Although each Future Center has its own unique features, they have some things in common. All centers are facilitated working and meeting environments that help organizations prepare for the future in a proactive, collaborative, and systematic way. To realize the objectives of creating and applying knowledge, developing practical innovations, bringing citizens in closer contact with government, and connecting end users with industry, they share some key elements:
There’s no magic behind the success of Future Centers; they simply follow the rules of individual and organizational creativity. The key is a holistic approach to bring out that creativity by tapping the power of space, dialogue, and process. Increasing numbers of European and Japanese organizations have started to see the benefits of the creativity inspired by these idea incubators. And the concept is still evolving: the Future Centers of the future will likely be even more effective.
This study draws on 18 years of panel data from over 10,000 participants to explore the self-reported psychological health of individuals over time and the relationship between urban green space, wellbeing and mental distress. Findings show that urban green space can deliver significant benefits for mental wellbeing.
Urbanisation is considered a potential threat to mental health and wellbeing and although effects at the individual level are small, this study demonstrates that the potential benefit at a population level should be an important consideration in policies aiming to protect and promote urban green spaces for wellbeing.
This is uncharted territory, and the fact that generations have experienced the fossil-fueled upswing holds no predictive power over our future. Just because growth has been thematic does not mean it will always be so. The failure of most people to treat this possibility seriously is disheartening, because it prevents meaningful planning for a different future. We can all hope for new technologies to help us. But this problem is too big to rely on hope alone, and in any case, no practical technology can keep growth going indefinitely.
I want to be clear that just because I am pointing out potential failure modes of our human endeavors does not mean that I am predicting a dismal future. It is clear to me that this can be avoided. I’ll have to describe my rosy picture of the future in a post sometime. The point of this blog is that we have to apply scientific skepticism to our lofty narratives so we aren’t misled down a false garden path. (Aside: my friend, Mitch, has a much more satisfying and sinister-sounding way to pronounce “misled,” sounding like my-zeld.)
I know of no better way, than personal journaling, to hold context, over a long period of time, and to discover the deeper aspects of one’s own work and being. What you and I know of ourselves, no matter how introspective we are, is but a fraction of our true complexity. Keeping a journal is a major tool for building the ability to be The Observer of one’s own life and times.
Life and life-like things cannot be understood, controlled nor directed; they are emergent [zone of emergence engine] phenomena.
Jaynesbelieved that consciousness, as we now experience it, emerged with writing; the feedback from thinking, writing it down - creating an “outside” artifact - and then reading it and realizing the self in this process, was to him, the means by which our species became aware of our own mental processes. If this be true or not, it can be observed that the disciple does cause one to reflect upon one’s own processes and motives, accomplishments and failures, in a powerful and unique way.
We like to think that success comes from predicting trends, analyzing data, gaming out strategies — from using some sort of logical approach. But if it was that simple we should have solved the mystery of success long time ago — and we haven't. Instead serendipity is what sets us apart — since that is the only way we can discover an approach that is not obvious or logical.
What if the stories behind companies such as Microsoft or Nokia or Starbucks or the stories behind world-famous authors, index-destroying investors and breakthrough scientists had a lot more to do with randomness than we think? What if success or failure is just one unexpected moment away?
Sure enough, serendipity often is the story. By the end of the ’80s, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer had realized, through rigorous analysis, that Microsoft needed to abandon its still-struggling new operation system, Windows, because of a memory flaw. They partnered up with IBM to developOS/2, and decimated the Windows team. But a serendipitous, seemingly insignificant, meeting at a party on the Redmond campus between two people, David Weise and Murray Sargent (a non-employee stopping over en route to Germany) led to a teasing joke. That joke suggested a solution to Windows’ problem, and within the hour Weise and Sargent were sitting down to solve the flaw and fundamentally alter Microsoft’s future.
Roughly nine months into Google’s existence, Sergei Brin and Larry Page realized they needed to choose between their company and their PhD work at Stanford. They decided to pursue their doctorates, and offered their search engine to Yahoo for $1 million. Yahoo declined (as did others). Lucky thing, that. And in 2004 Paolo Pellegrini, a VP at the investment bank Lazard Freres, was fired — then took on a low-level position at a hedge fund after a lucky phone call. The desperate-to-prove-himself banker found a chart that showed how the housing market was overpriced. His boss, John Paulson, bet large and made $15 billion in a year. “I love that chart,” Paulson would keep saying — but has proved unable to find more of them.
Our mind abhors these serendipitous explanations, and searches for convenient patterns instead. Ask for the keys to career success and you’ll get logical explanations, recommendations, pathways and approaches. Then ask someone how he or she became successful and suddenly it becomes a story of serendipitous encounters, unexpected changes in plans, and random consequences. It does not make sense to ignore this basic fact about success any longer.
We like to think that success comes from predicting trends, analyzing data, gaming out strategies — from using some sort of logical approach. But if it was that simple we should have solved the mystery of success long time ago — and we haven’t. Instead serendipity is what sets us apart — since that is the only way we can discover an approach that is not obvious or logical.
So be open to serendipity, in your organization and in your life. You can take steps to increase the chances of it, too.
This is what Nordic.works is designed to do:
For instance, bring together people from outside your organization, or between siloed departments or between different countries or cultures. These interactions will help you find unexpected insights and opportunities — those that others might not have logically figured out.
Take statistical advantage of these random moments by placing as many purposeful bets you can afford while not becoming distracted. Angry Birds was the game-maker Rovio’s 52nd game. You have probably not heard of their 51 earlier ones. If you tried 52 times at anything you would probably have a decent chance at finding something that helped you stand apart, too!
Your organization, career, even life can change in a single moment. Make sure to seize it.
The statistic shows the estimated volume of funds raised by crowdfunding platforms worldwide. In 2011 the estimated volume of funds raised by CFPs amounted to around 1.5 billion US dollars, in 2013 this is estimated to amount to around 5.1 billion US dollars.
Today we released the latest version of Foursquare to the world. We crafted, designed and engineered this version from the ground up, and…
Fantastic piece of visual design thinking. I am so glad we are setting up spaces for teams to come and do exactly that. The needs for this work are quite specific, the protocols are not really described by Scrum or Agile, forgive the slang. Yes, there is a profound discipline and preparation to develop something great. The environment plays a huge role.
For consumer products, the power of mobile distribution is hard to overstate. Facebook serves more than 1B mobile users each month. Angry Birds reached 50M users in 35 days, a feat that took Instagram 18 months and Facebook more than 3 years. But the distribution advantages of mobile app stores hasn't been observed as powerfully in SaaS or enterprise software.
Tomas Tunguz makes an excellent point in this article on SaaS and refers to an insightful piece here - makes me ask what to SaaS users need most? Is really the transaction support ideas that have evolved from large organizations what is most interesting? Or, are there needs to leverage competencies across the large number of companies in the segment a new and untapped market?
At MG Taylor we use natural materials to build our environments for a variety of reasons. They are renewable. They recycle easier. They age and repair more gracefully. There is an easy affinity with them. There are thousands of years of long accepted design and craft grammar associated with these materials and this provides an anchor for people even as so much else is new.
Our environment for Nordic-Baltic emergence is making progress. Construction is well advanced. We are looking for soft opening Sep 2014. Contact us for your collaboration / innovation needs aleks (at) growthpartners.eu rinalds (at) growthpartners.eu
We are excited to build on the MG Taylor tradition
Anant Jhingran, one of the luminaries that helped develop IBM's Watson, says that as big data becomes more mainstream, data scientists must begin to think of their role as enabling developers to deliver business value to end users in the lines of business.
"The developers are the new kingmakers," he adds. "They are unlocking business value by building apps. The data scientist needs to have a new mindset — it's not just about solving big problems in isolation anymore. The mindset has to be: How do I enable these developers?"
For every successful start-up, umpteen entrepreneurs will fail - despite having brilliant ideas. Many of these failures will be down to one major problem that faces new businesses anywhere in the world: finding finance.
...In the end every VC fund will be looking for different things. But the one thing they will have in common is a desire for a clearly thought out business plan. A start-up must have a commercially viable idea. But it also needs to be able to find the fund that matches it best and then present its idea in a clear and concise manner.
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