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Culture and Innovation

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The culture in our firms has a big influence on how innovative we are. Two ways to change the culture are to go with a flatter organisational hierarchy, and to examine the assumptions that underlie...
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The Rise Of The Smart Creative

The Rise Of The Smart Creative | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

We often hear about millennials being the ones that are going to take over the workplace, but we’re missing the larger picture, there’s a new brand type of employee out there. The Smart Creative.
That’s right; there’s no age or generation that goes with this kind of employee. It has to do with the mindset that has been instilled by this information-driven society.
So, What Is A Smart Creative?
This term is coined in the book “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg. In the book, they describe the type of employees that Google attracts as well as some stories of how Google started their unique hiring and retention process.
If you’re an HR manager or even an employee trying to create a google-like atmosphere within your office, this book is a good starter kit to building a culture similar to Google’s.
A smart creative is an employee that doesn’t chase compensation; they chase the ability to cause change and disrupt industries. They’re not the type to cause any workplace problems; they are the ones that are finding solutions to some major problems.
Smart creatives are the types to not hold back on whenever they have an idea that can make
Most importantly, smart creatives aren’t afraid to fail. They’re not scared to try something new, and they will do their best in collecting data and analytics to make sure that their ideas are foolproof.


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Rona Lewis's curator insight, November 30, 6:26 PM

Are you a smart creative?

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 17, 4:15 PM

Good article. 

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Hunting for the Origins of Symbolic Thought - NYTimes.com

Hunting for the Origins of Symbolic Thought - NYTimes.com | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Three years ago, on an expedition to Sulawesi, one of the larger islands in the Indonesia archipelago, the archaeologist Adam Brumm visited a cave decorated with ancient art: mulberry-colored hand stencils and paintings of corpulent pig-deer and midget buffalo, complete with hairlike brush strokes. Squeezing past a giant block of limestone at the cave’s entrance, Brumm made his way toward a narrow nook and crawled along it. There, on a section of ceiling less than a foot above his head, he saw ghostly silhouettes of human hands speckled with warty growths of calcite known as “cave popcorn.”

 
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How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s Daughter, Became the World’s First Computer Programmer

How Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s Daughter, Became the World’s First Computer Programmer | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
How a young woman with the uncommon talent of applying poetic imagination to science envisioned the Symbolic Medea that would become the mod
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Have A Seat (Or Don’t) — The Nib — Medium

Have A Seat (Or Don't) - The Nib - Medium
Growing up in a designer chair museum
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Wry and beautiful cartoon by Sarah Firth...

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10 Trends for 2015

l10 Trends for 2015 by Havas Worldwide. While two years ago, the report noted the coming rise in “co-” words (co-create, co-parent, copreneur), for 2015 “self-” is the overriding idea.


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elitecarpetcleaning's curator insight, December 11, 7:38 PM

looking towards 2015

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http://richardverkley2.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/want-to-know-who-is-richard-verkley/

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 14, 2:19 PM

Very interesting predictions.  Worth looking at if marketing and strategy are your interests.  

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The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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The basic building blocks of storytelling
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Brilliant visual tool for creative storytellers...

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RSA Animate - The Power of Networks - YouTube

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In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex moder...
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A brilliant summary of why and how we need to change to navigate complexity. Thanks to Peter Van der Auwera and Jon Husband for highlighting...

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The Productivity Paradox

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American manufacturers’ near-heroic efforts to regain a competitive edge through productivity improvements have been disappointing. Worse, the results of these efforts have been paradoxical. The harder these companies pursue productivity, the more elusive it becomes. In the late 1970s, after facing a severe loss of market share in dozens of industries, U.S. producers aggressively mounted […]
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Excellent article on why an overriding focus on cost-cutting and efficiency derails productivity efforts.

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Enter Amazon

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AMAZON, it seems, is about to enter the online travel business. Skift reports that the internet retailer is striking deals with hotels around New York, Los Angeles...
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The Diatomist - Aeon Video

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In this 4-minute documentary, the Victorian art of microscopic algae arranged in kaleidoscopic patterns makes amazing hidden worlds visible.
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The Source of Bad Writing

The Source of Bad Writing | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The 'curse of knowledge,' writes Steven Pinker, is the result of writers' assuming readers understand the subject. This causes bad writing. Good explanations start with imagining what it's like to be ignorant of a subject
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"The curse of knowledge is the single best explanation of why good people write bad prose. It simply doesn't occur to the writer that her readers don't know what she knows—that they haven't mastered the argot of her guild, can't divine the missing steps that seem too obvious to mention, have no way to visualize a scene that to her is as clear as day. And so the writer doesn't bother to explain the jargon, or spell out the logic, or supply the necessary detail."

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5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe

5 Creativity Myths You Probably Believe | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Creativity isn't the result of a high IQ or being right-brained. Before you get set to work on your next project, know what's actually holding you back and what's all in your head.
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Global Innovation 1000: Proven Paths to Innovation Success

Over the years, the Global Innovation 1000 study has identified the core strategies that can improve a company’s return on its R&D investment. In our 10th anniversary of the study, we look back at a decade’s worth of data on R&D spending patterns, and we look ahead to the next decade, asking our respondents how they expect their innovation practices to evolve.

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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
News is bad for you. It leads to fear and aggression. It hinders your creativity and makes you sick. We should stop consuming it, says Rolf Dobelli, who's abstained for years
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The Best New Books On The Creative Economy

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The Best New Books On The Creative Economy: The seven key questions to be asked of the exciting new books documenting the principles and practices of the emerging Creative Economy
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Brilliant series coming from Steve Denning.

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When Not to Celebrate Failure

Most of us would accept that failure is just an inevitable part of success. For instance, when you learn how to ski, you have to fall a number of times before you’re able to make it down the mountain skillfully. There are times, however, when failure is not a good thing, such as when you need to meet a customer deadline or achieve a competitive level of quality. Unfortunately, many managers don’t distinguish between when failure can be a valuable catalyst for learning and when it can be truly harmful, leaving employees unsure about when to take risks and experiment, and when to play it safe.

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Economic complexity: A different way to look at the economy

Economic complexity: A different way to look at the economy - Foundations & Frontiers - Medium

By W. Brian Arthur; External Professor, Santa Fe Institute; Visiting Researcher, Palo Alto Research Center. 

Economics is a stately subject, one that has altered little since its modern foundations were laid in Victorian times. Now it is changing radically. Standard economics is suddenly being challenged by a number of new approaches: behavioral economics, neuroeconomics, new institutional economics. One of the new approaches came to life at the Santa Fe Institute: complexity economics.

Complexity economics got its start in 1987 when a now-famous conference of scientists and economists convened by physicist Philip Anderson and economist Kenneth Arrow met to discuss the economy as an evolving complex system. That conference gave birth a year later to the Institute’s first research program – the Economy as an Evolving Complex System – and I was asked to lead this. That program in turn has gone on to lay down a new and different way to look at the economy.


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"Where does complexity economics find itself now? Certainly, many commentators see it as steadily moving toward the center of economics. And there’s a recognition that it is more than a new set of methods or theories: it is a different way to see the economy. It views the economy not as machine-like, perfectly rational, and essentially static, but as organic, always exploring, and always evolving – always constructing itself."

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Australia’s lost digital tribes

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In a desert of indifference, Australia’s lost digital tribes are looking for leaders. Time though may be running out for a nation stuck in a 1980s mindset.
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This makes for sad reading - symptomatic of deeper leadership issues, especially lack of vision.

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Understanding “New Power”

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We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated.

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Interesting exploration of how collaborative power models are evolving, enabling people to circumvent traditional avenues and institutions.

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developing digital business leadership in a changing market | Decoding the new economy

developing digital business leadership in a changing market | Decoding the new economy | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Technology and talent are the biggest worries for CEOs today says Peter Sondergaard, Gartner’s Senior Vice President for Global Research, however those challenges are part of a much greater shift in business. In an interview at the Australian Gartner Symposium on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Sondergaard discussed how businesses and their senior management have limited time to adjust to a rapidly evolving marketplace.

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Digital literacy has to be part of the senior leader's skillset - or face irrelevancy.

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Siemens revs up global push

Siemens revs up global push | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
THE image of the first Holden rolling off the production line at Melbourne’s Fisherman’s Bend just over 66 years ago was a symbol that Australian manufacturing had come of age.
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Australia's future opportunity: 'The challenge for Australia is to embrace a manufacturing process that was becoming digitised and largely automated... It makes competition global rather than local. It means that people from almost anywhere can participate in the relevant global supply chain, if you’re good enough.'

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GAFAnomics: New Economy, New Rules

22 years: the average age of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. 22 years of growth frenzy, combined with the upheaval brought about by the Internet to our bus…
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Fantastic exploration of the far-reaching impact of the tech world's titans...

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Two Ways to Deal With Innovation Uncertainty More Effectively

Two Ways to Deal With Innovation Uncertainty More Effectively | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

ExcellenInnovating means that we are seeking out uncertainty. The ideas of scaled investments and affordable losses can help us reduce this uncertainty, and increase our chances of succeeding.

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Excellent practical piece from Tim Kastelle on processes to test assumptions and reduce uncertainty (and thereby better manage risk).

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Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

One September day in 2008, Leonard Shlainfound himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” with an intense interest in the ennobling intersection of art and science, author of the now-legendary Art & Physics — had spent the previous seven years working on what he considered his magnum opus: a sort of postmortem brain scan of Leonardo da Vinci, performed six centuries after his death and fused with a detective story about his life, exploring what the unique neuroanatomy of the man commonly considered humanity’s greatest creative genius might reveal about the essence of creativity itself.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

The Beginner’s Guide to Social Media Marketing [Infographic] | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

The folks at Placester created an infographic that is the beginners guide to social media marketing. Key Insights:

61% of U.S. adults on more than one social network have “unlikes” or “unfollower” brands on social media.79% of Twitter users who see Tweets from both a brand and users tweeting about a brand take action online or offline.82% of consumers trust a company more if they are involved with social media.Social media sharing now accounts for 54% of information consumers use in buying decisions.46% of global Internet users said social media influenced their purchase decisions.
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Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, November 18, 9:18 AM

Interested in getting more involved in social media, but don't know where to start? Here is a great "101" level Infographic that gives you the basics of how, when, why to post, as well as other tips on growing your audience.

Chuck Taylor's curator insight, November 18, 4:40 PM

Great insight for marketers.

Rachel Turner Dool's curator insight, November 26, 1:29 AM

Some simple advice for new starters. My favourite - be yourself!! If you're genuine it elicits a positive response, people can sniff out a fake.