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Driving Innovation in Small Companies: A Collection of Perspectives and Resources

Driving Innovation in Small Companies: A Collection of Perspectives and Resources | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Most companies around the world are small and medium sized (50-250 people) and yet the main attention of innovation is geared towards startups and big corporates. This paradox was raised as I recen...
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Excellent post by Stefan Lindegaard exploring differences in language/approach to innovation by startups, SMEs and large organisations.

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Tracking the Ebola outbreak in near real-time: HealthMap, ProMED and other tools

Tracking the Ebola outbreak in near real-time: HealthMap, ProMED and other tools | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Sobering news keeps coming out of the West African Ebola outbreak. According to numbers released on August 6, the virus has sickened 1,711 and claimed 932 lives across four nations. The outbreak continues to grow, with a high risk of continued regional spread, according to a threat analysis released byHealthMap (an outbreak tracking system operated out of Boston Children’s Hospital) and Bio.Diaspora (a Canadian project that monitors communicable disease spread via international travel).

 

“What we’ve seen here—because of inadequate public health measures, because of general fear—is [an outbreak that] truly hasn’t been kept under control,”John Brownstein, PhD, co-founder of HealthMap and a computational epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told ABC News. “The event started, calmed down and jumped up again. Now, we’re seeing movement into densely populated areas, which is highly concerning.”

 

If you’re interested in keeping tabs on the outbreak yourself, there are several tools that can help:

 

HealthMap’s Ebola map. The HealthMap team is maintaining a dedicated, interactive map and timeline of the epidemic athealthmap.org/ebola (embedded at the top of this post). Both map and timeline are regularly updated as new information becomes available, as is the HealthMap Twitter account.ProMED. The International Society for Infectious Disease, a non-profit organization for infectious and emerging disease research, operatesProMED, a disease news monitoring service that tracks outbreaks of human and veterinary infectious diseases. ProMED (short for Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases) has been sending out regular email and Twitter alerts about the Ebola outbreak since it was first noticed in March.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is regularly posting updated news and patient counts—as well as travel and preparedness guidance and other information about the virus—on both their website and Twitter.World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO’s Global Alert and Response system is providing regular updates on disease spread and control efforts. The organization is also distributing updates via its Twitter feed.


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Biodefense News's curator insight, August 14, 10:20 PM

One glaring omission from this list is http://www.ascelbio.com, which is supplying CDC/GDD with outbreak information and forecasting.  Ascel Bio was also in constant contact with Samaritan's Purse and asked to help respond to evacuate.

M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 15, 12:33 PM

Thanks To Dr. Stefan

Luigi Cappel's curator insight, August 16, 5:53 PM

Not only is this a great site, but when I went in, it automatically identified that I live in New Zealand and showed me areas close to me where there are notifiable diseases. It showed that currently measles is growing around our country. This is a great site to check out, whether you are traveling overseas and want to see if there are things you want to be forewarned about, perhaps be inoculated against, or in the case of something like Ebola, places you might be better off staying well away from at least in the short to medium term. 

 

I recommend checking it out, whether you are traveling, or simply want to see great use of maps to show real time data. The time-lapse video showing the expansion of Ebola is fascinating. This is the sort of thing we usually just see on movies showing the CDC, like one of my favorite TV shows 24. Where's Jack Bauer when you need him? Oh, I here a rumor he may be coming back:)

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How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models

How the Internet of Things Changes Business Models | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

As the Internet of Things (IoT) spreads, the implications for business model innovation are huge. Filling out well-known frameworks and streamlining established business models won’t be enough. To take advantage of new, cloud-based opportunities, today’s companies will need to fundamentally rethink their orthodoxies about value creation and value capture.

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The New Digital Battlefields

The New Digital Battlefields | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Most enterprises will not be able to adapt to the new digital battlefields, because adopting new skills today takes more than just hiring and procurement. It requires systemic thinking.
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Another insightful wrap from @digitaltonto (Greg Satell).

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Australian team develops Twitter tool to gauge world's emotions

Australian team develops Twitter tool to gauge world's emotions | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Australian researchers unveiled on Tuesday a Twitter tool to map moods around the world in real-time to help improve the allocation of mental health services.

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Learn from successes and failures | CaseWorthy

People often ask me 'how do you come up with ideas?' It's a tough question. Ideas just come to you, right? I disagree. Learn from our successes and failures…

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AleksBlumentals's curator insight, August 2, 8:10 AM
 Mark Johnstone explains in a superb way how to produce better content ideas. This is perfectly applicable to creating or choosing ventures to back.
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Why implementation matters | McKinsey & Company

Why implementation matters | McKinsey & Company | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Implementation matters. That may be no surprise to executives who have lived through the challenges of actually executing strategies and major change programs. But what may surprise you is just how much impact implementation has on a range of measures of corporate health.

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No surprise that leadership ownership and commitment are critical.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Platforms Are Not Created Equal: Harnessing the Full Potential of Platforms

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Platforms Are Not Created Equal: Harnessing the Full Potential of Platforms | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Platforms are becoming increasingly central to business value creation. Yet, not all platforms are created equal – some platforms have far more potential to trigger powerful forms of increasing returns that will ultimately marginalize other forms of platforms. In a...
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Interesting article from John Hagel (via @petervan) on the evolution and use of different types of platforms.

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17 of the most beautiful steps around the world

17 of the most beautiful steps around the world | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn't mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art.


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The Global Innovation Index 2014 - The Human Factor in Innovation

The Global Innovation Index 2014 - The Human Factor in Innovation | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
The Global Innovation Index 2014 - a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. View the 2014 7th edition.
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Another innovation report from INSEAD - with a 'people focus' thoughtfully included...

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

reat round-up by @carolyn_gregCreativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere...

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Great round-up of theories and research by @carolyn_greg

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Five key workplace trends of the future: Report

Five key workplace trends of the future: Report | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Business meetings via hologram and suburban ‘co-working hubs’ are just some of the predictions outlined in the Intel Security Safeguarding the Future of Digital Australia in 2025 report.
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No surprises, but the themes are surprisingly consistent across experts.

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Rocking the boat without falling out

American Express NGen webinar on how to become a more effective change agent inside your organization. Key takeaways: why rebels needed, five Rebel 101 skills …
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Instructive presentation from Lois Kelly about overcoming obstacles to driving change in organisations,

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17 Cartoons That Will Change Your Business by @BrianSolis @Gapingvoid

This special series of cartoons, with short insights from both Hugh MacLeod and Brian Solis adapted from #WTF (www.wtfbusiness.com), will help you see things d…
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Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers

Great Entrepreneurs Are Creative Thinkers | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Comfortable with the unknown and the unfamiliar, creative business builders are constantly thinking of novel ways to propel their business forward.
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GE Is Avoiding Hard Choices About Ecomagination

GE Is Avoiding Hard Choices About Ecomagination | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

After nine years, GE is taking its famous green initiative, ecomagination, into some complicated territory. This includes a new open innovation program that encourages ideas to reduce greenhouse gases from Canadian oil sands production — the same controversial, greenhouse-gas-heavy source of fossil fuels that environmental groups are fighting against when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. By stretching ecomagination into areas that many people clearly don’t consider very green, GE may be risking a valuable business and brand asset.

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Contemplating Parts and Wholes with a Walk Down São Paulo's Most Enchanting Street

Contemplating Parts and Wholes with a Walk Down São Paulo's Most Enchanting Street | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Maria and I were back at Sustentare Business School this weekend teaching MBA students about chaos, complexity, holonomic thinking and strategy. One toy I have that makes a great visual impression ...
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Nice exploration of systems and emergence...

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How bird flocks are like liquid helium

How bird flocks are like liquid helium | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Mathematical model shows how hundreds of starlings coordinate their movements in flight.

A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium.


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Tribalism: The real enemy in healthcare

Tribalism: The real enemy in healthcare | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Excellent The inconvenient truth is that we're often acting as a dysfunctional team where every member's main goal is to finish their own little task, and where other team members are regarded as 'the enemy'...

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Transpose healthcare with any business/industry/sector - excellent presentation on the tribalism that too often prevents collaboration - thnx to @JacquiGS for highlighting it...

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Innovation: Action That Could Be Considered a Ridiculous Error in Judgement

Innovation: Action That Could Be Considered a Ridiculous Error in Judgement | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Innovation drives economic evolution and growth. That’s one of the core ideas from Joseph Schumpeter, and it’s one of the reasons that the group for people studying evolutionary economics is called the International Schumpeter Society.  I’m at the 15th ISS Conference right now in Jena, Germany, where I got to hear Stan Metcalfe, one of my favourite evolutionary economists, speak today.

 

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Excellent post from @timkastelle on the link between knowledge, innovation and notions of economic growth.

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Creating growth clusters: What role for local government? | McKinsey & Company

Creating growth clusters: What role for local government? | McKinsey & Company | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Many governments in industrialized countries aim to encourage entrepreneurship and start-up activity to spur job creation and economic growth. To what extent governments are capable of doing so is uncertain. Nonetheless, policy makers at the regional and municipal levels are closer to the sources of innovation than those at the national level.

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5 Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise

5 Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support. This year, nearly 50% of those plans proposed using a for-profit model. And when we asked these entrepreneurs why, some of their reasons were just plain bad.

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Ideation for startups by getviable

Great presentation by Dougal Edwards
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Some useful insights and tips for startups...

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The End of the Internet?

The End of the Internet? | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.

 

Yet all of this growth and increasing connectedness, which can seem both effortless and unstoppable, is now creating enormous friction, as yet largely invisible to the average surfer. It might not remain that way for much longer.

 

Fierce and rising geopolitical conflict over control of the global network threatens to create a balkanized system - what some technorati, including Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, have called “the splinternet.”


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Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 3, 12:41 PM

Oh well - it was good while it lasted!

Karen Kerski's curator insight, August 8, 10:21 AM

We are still creating this new world of shopping, sharing and innovating. I don't see an end - it is still in its infancy.

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"Put A Park On It!" Says Copenhagen To Ugly Parking Garages

"Put A Park On It!" Says Copenhagen To Ugly Parking Garages | Pourquoi's innovation and creativity digest | Scoop.it
Most garages are terrible but necessary for now sores on the urban landscape. But why do they have to only do one thing?
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No surprise why Copenhagen tops the 'most liveable lists...

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