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So why are we not facing up to the big challenges of today?

So why are we not facing up to the big challenges of today? | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Perhaps why innovation feels somewhat flat (well for me) is our organizations and societies are utterly failing to allow us all to step up in innovation to tackle the massive, growing problems that...
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How Medium Is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers

How Medium Is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
After Ev Williams first started working on Twitter, he reached out to Jason Stirman in Texas. “You have to come out here,” Williams said. “Twitter is happening and we want you to join us.” But Stirman wasn’t easily convinced. “I told him, ‘You want me to move for 140 characters and a button? I don’t think so,’” Stirman says. “And I’ll never forget this. Ev looked me right in the eye and said, ‘If we do this right, it’ll totally change the way the world communicates.’ I thought to myself, ‘I like you, but you’re crazy.’” He regretted his decision almost immediately, and 18 months later, when Twitter hit 50 or so employees, he made the jump.
 
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5 Reflections on Innovation Talent | 15inno

5 Reflections on Innovation Talent | 15inno | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

What are the traditional competencies that innovators were hired for in your organization? Must hires today are based on competencies, but the future of hiring will move towards potential. If you don’t really know the competencies – in the context of innovation – that your company has hired for so far then it will become more difficult to make the shift towards hiring for potential.

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Five reflections from Stefan Lindegaard on how to spot and develop genuine innovation talent.

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Is the "Lone Genius" Finally Dead?

Is the "Lone Genius" Finally Dead? | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
In 2007, I published Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration, where I argued that collaboration is the most important driver of creativity. I called the book "group genius" because all of...
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'The lone genius is a myth that has outlived its usefulness. Fortunately, a more truthful model is emerging: The creative network…or the real heart of creativity–the intimate exchange of the creative pair.'

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The Finger Pointing to the Moon

The Finger Pointing to the Moon | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
In social innovation we are at risk of confusing our stories of success for real, genuine impact. Without theories, implementation science or evaluation we risk aspiring to travel to the moon, yet ...
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Great critique by Cameron Norman - @cdnorman - of the failure of many well-meaning social innovation efforts to achieve real impact.

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Clever street art on railroad tracks by Bordalo II

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Portuguese artist Artur Bordalo (also known as Bordalo II) has created a clever street art series using railroad tracks as his canvas. He has more art on his Global Street Art gallery and Facebook page.


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Why Big Data Isn’t Enough: Tomorrow’s Technology Will Be Built Around Workflows

Why Big Data Isn’t Enough: Tomorrow’s Technology Will Be Built Around Workflows | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Big data is all the rage. Everywhere you turn it seems companies are discussing new and different ways to analyze data. The problem? There is an initial euphoria, usually after a large initial investment, when some insights are found.

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Víctor Farré's curator insight, July 22, 2:54 AM

Cuando además de datos pones el flujo de información en la cocktelera. Industria del Healthcare

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Watch Tim Harford's full Wired 2012 talk on organisations and innovation (Wired UK)

Watch Tim Harford's full Wired 2012 talk on organisations and innovation (Wired UK) | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Organisations need to strike a balance between striving to make marginal improvements to their products and experimenting with radical, risky ideas, says Tim Harford

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Richard Martin's curator insight, July 22, 2:01 AM

Under the leadership of David Brailsford both the British Cycling teams and the professional road racing franchise Team Sky have demonstrated a tolerance of risk and an appetite for continuous improvement. Brailsford refers to this as 'the aggregation of marginal gains'. Economist Tim Harford explores the idea in a fascinating talk for Wired UK following the 2012 Olympic Games.

 

There is a lot of useful reading on the topic too, some of it reflected in my own blog post on marginal gains (http://indalogenesis.com/2013/10/17/marginal-gains/). Among them are Richard Moore's trilogy of books on British Cycling.

 

Richard Moore, Heroes, Villains & Velodromes.

 

Richard Moore, Sky's the Limit.

 

Richard Moore, Mastermind: How Dave Brailsford Reinvented the Wheel.

 

Rod Ellingworth, Project Rainbow.

 

Daniel Friebe, 'Cyclonomics', an article collected in The Cycling Anthology, Volume 1, edited by Lionel Birnie & Ellis Bacon.

 

See also academic David Denyer's interview covering the topic of leadership lessons from British Cycling: http://www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/p20690/Knowledge-Interchange/Management-Themes/Leadership/Cranfield-On-Leadership/Leadership-Lessons-from-British-Cycling.

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4 Things Leaders Get Wrong About Creativity

4 Things Leaders Get Wrong About Creativity | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Design theory and branding professor Natalie Nixon says the reason we don't see more creativity in business is that most leaders don't have any idea what it is.


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Love this: 'Creativity isn't learned. It's uncovered.'

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What is kintsugi? - WeDoJapan

What is kintsugi? - WeDoJapan | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
It's safe to say that kintsugi is one of the more obscure Japanese arts. I've had blank stares even when I mention it to Japanese friends or experts in Jap
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Chile teaches the world a lesson about innovation

Chile teaches the world a lesson about innovation | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The success of Start-Up Chile offers a roadmap for spurring innovation.
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A terrific illustration of the opportunities and sustainable culture change created by visionary leaders enabling bottom-up innovation.

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Strategic Conversations: How Toyota Solves Big Problems

Strategic Conversations: How Toyota Solves Big Problems | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Facing a hairy problem or business challenge? Introducing the “strategic conversation” — a method for getting out of your normal headspace to spark new ideas, and most importantly, action.
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Designing strategic conversations requires a lot of preparation and intention - with heavy focus on the upfront design.

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Design your work space for parallel processing

Design your work space for parallel processing | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

The most contemporary workplace concepts support three emerging workplace trends:
+ parallel tasks and processing;
+ synchronicity between physical and virtual environments; and
+ collaboration.


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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, July 8, 8:11 AM

In the physical workplace, parallel processing is enabled by working environments designed for specific functions. Instead of an employee taking ownership of a single desk and a computer, employees are offered the mobility and freedom to select a workspace that is most appropriate for their current workload. Companies use parallel processing to simultaneously integrate the design of products with other tasks that would usually be performed successively. 

 

The most forward-looking education institutions will look to harness simultaneous task processing. Such institutions can also look toward NASA’s Integrated Design Centre or the Concurrent Design Facility at theEuropean Space Agency for guidance on how best to enable parallel processing that has been specifically implemented within an educational environment.

 

But within the past five years, collaboration has also become globally recognised as the most powerful mechanism to foster innovation and simulate creativity within the workplace. The current iteration of collaborative work processes is sharply focused on a cross-departmental approach, where teams are being formed from several siloed business units. This supports innovation, fosters creativity and is responsible for outside-the-square solutions.

  
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Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist" | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.
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Why the US is building a fantastical aquarium in Brazil

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An exotic new aquarium under construction in Brazil is a lightning rod on two continents — and the latest test of the theory that where weird designs go, new cities follow.


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Business transformation: an ongoing process of shifting to more open organizations - Trends in the Living Networks

Business transformation: an ongoing process of shifting to more open organizations - Trends in the Living Networks | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
A recent article in CMO.com titled Telcos Undertake Customer-Focused Transformation shared some of my thoughts on the realities of business transformation. The article opens: Transformation isn’t so much a process as a modus operandi for successful businesses in the digital age, according to Australian futurist and digital strategist Ross Dawson. Dawson said that successful, ongoingContinue reading Business transformation: an ongoing process of shifting to more open organizations
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A Desirable-Future Haiku — The Message — Medium

The coming hundred years, in one hundred words
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Wonderful piece by Kevin Kelly on imagining possible futures, without the bleakness of the techno-pessimists... Thanks to @petervan for the heads-up

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How political activism breeds design ingenuity around the world

How political activism breeds design ingenuity around the world | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Disobedient Objects, a new exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, attempts to challenge standard definitions of art and design by shining a rare spotlight on the often amateur-made, cobbled-together but purposeful objects designed by grass-roots political activists around the world.


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Landmark buildings that were never supposed to last this long

Landmark buildings that were never supposed to last this long | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Temporary architecture, buildings created to be torn down after a special event or brief use, gave us fascinating and revolutionary works in the 19th and 20th century. But some outlasted their death sentences to become permanent. Here are some of the most amazing examples.


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The Connected Company › The future is podular

The Connected Company › The future is podular | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

A pod is a small, autonomous unit that is enabled and empowered to deliver the things that customers value.


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Richard Martin's curator insight, July 21, 2:45 PM

Dave Gray's exploration of a podular system, and his expansion of the idea together with Thomas Vander Wal in their book, The Connected Company, demands careful attention. In the context of the peloton, I can see a pod as either a trade team or, on any given day, the breakaway that forms early on, representing the diversity and multiple talents of the peloton as a whole.

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3D-printing may revolutionize medical education

3D-printing may revolutionize medical education | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

A kit of 3D-printed anatomical body parts could revolutionize medical education and training, according to its developers at Monash University.

Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education, said the simple and cost-effective anatomical kit would dramatically improve trainee doctors’ and other health professionals’ knowledge and could even contribute to the development of new surgical treatments.

 

“Many medical schools report either a shortage of cadavers, or find their handling and storage too expensive as a result of strict regulations governing where cadavers can be dissected,” he said.

 

“Without the ability to look inside the body and see the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, it’s incredibly hard for students to understand human anatomy. We believe our version, which looks just like the real thing, will make a huge difference.”

 

The 3D Printed Anatomy Series kit, to go on sale later this year, could have particular impact in developing countries where cadavers aren’t readily available, or are prohibited for cultural or religious reasons.

 

After scanning real anatomical specimens with either a CT or surface laser scanner, the body parts are 3D printed either in a plaster-like powder or in plastic, resulting in high resolution, accurate color reproductions.

 

Further details have been published online in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education.

References:Paul G. McMenamin, Michelle R. Quayle, Colin R. McHenry, Justin W. Adams, The production of anatomical teaching resources using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology, Anatomical Sciences Education, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/ase.14753D printed anatomy to mark a new era for medical training
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ChemaCepeda's curator insight, July 23, 4:22 AM

La impresión 3D también va a mejorar la manera en que nos formamos los profesionales sanitarios

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[SIS] The Psychology of Space

lecture in a series from Strategic Design & Management Summer Intensive at Parsons the New School for Design http://parsons-sis2014.tumblr.com


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Myriam Lafaille's curator insight, July 17, 8:04 AM

chouette cours qui entraîne la pensée design

Pascale_Masson's curator insight, July 18, 3:20 PM

What spaces make you (un)comfortable ?

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BRICS nations set up New Development Bank to challenge US and euro focus

BRICS nations set up New Development Bank to challenge US and euro focus | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
THE leaders of five emerging market powers said at a summit Tuesday that they gave final agreement to creating their own development bank worth $100 billion that will have its headquarters in China.
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Design Process & Tools

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Candid With Ken Koo – What is Design Thinking? (Design Thinking Infographic | Pinterest http://t.co/SrFc7UxJFx #innovation #technology)


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John Maeda: Fall in Love with Technology through Great Design

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Drawing on wisdom from Paul Rand, John Maeda shows us why both startups and end-ups need great design to succeed. But getting there requires a focus on designers, ambitious leadership, and lots of experimentation.
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Wideranging presentation from leading design thinker John Maeda on role of design in all types of organisations.

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10 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

10 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are an idiosyncratic group of people. Each one has found success in his or her own way. It’s difficult to duplicate the results. Success takes hard work, dedication and, most importan…
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