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Innovation: Harnessing 3.8 Billion Years of R&D

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Point: If you’re stuck on how to solve a problem, see if nature has already solved that problem.


Story: Nature has already solved many challenges; the best solutions have survived and improved through evolution.

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The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out

The Most Engaging Ideas Leave Something Out | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Designers of Toyota’s youth brand Scion essentially used this strategy in creating the fast-selling and highly profitable xB model, a small and boxy vehicle made intentionally spare by leaving out hundreds of standard features in order to appeal to the Gen Y buyers who wanted to make a personal statement by customizing their cars with trendy options. As an advisor to Toyota at the time, I saw anecdotal evidence of buyers investing an amount nearly equal to the then-$15,000 purchase price to outfit their xB with flat panel screens, carbon fiber interior elements, and high-end audio equipment. Scion helped Toyota capture a new customer segment and secure its future. But it was never about the car. It was about what was left out of it.

 

 

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Harvard scientists design soft robotic exoskeleton to reduce fatigue and injuries

Harvard scientists design soft robotic exoskeleton to reduce fatigue and injuries | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

 

The term “robotic exoskeleton” conjures up images of a heavy contraption with a metal frame and powerful motors that endow the wearer with super-human strength.

 

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Efficiënter werken dankzij mouwen met sensoren

Efficiënter werken dankzij mouwen met sensoren | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
AMSTERDAM – Een team van Duitse wetenschappers heeft speciale kleding met sensors ontwikkeld om de bewegingen van werknemers accuraat te monitoren. Zo kunnen verschillende handelingen in fabrieken beter op elkaar worden afgestemd.
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Inventors killed by their own Inventions

Inventors killed by their own Inventions | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Map of inventors whose deaths were (in some way) caused by their own inventions.
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The Secrets of Innovation: Government Leaders Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs

The Secrets of Innovation: Government Leaders Need to Think Like Entrepreneurs | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
The speaker was Facebook VP Vaughan Smith. "We all know that innovation is key to success, but how do we innovate at Facebook? The first key to innovation is moving fast, very fast," he said.
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Après la 3D, voici la 4D, qui inclut... le sens du toucher

Après la 3D, voici la 4D, qui inclut... le sens du toucher | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Des images 3D virtuelles mais qu'on a la sensation de toucher réellement, c'est ce que proposent des chercheurs japonais pour améliorer l'expérience de jeu. Comment est-ce possible ?
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The One Word Answer to Why Innovation Fails

The One Word Answer to Why Innovation Fails | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Innovation sounds easy, but it is not. The majority of enterprises report dissatisfaction with innovation performance. Three quarters of the CEOs of multinationals view external collaborative innovation as vitally important, but only half do it, and those only rate themselves as doing it ‘moderately well’. And remember - two thirds of organizational ‘change’ efforts fail. In case you are now asking yourself, why are these odds that low – we have a straightforward answer. It’s just one word.

 

 

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The Disruption Machine - The New Yorker

The Disruption Machine - The New Yorker | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Ever since “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” everyone is either disrupting or being disrupted. There are disruption consultants, disruption conferences, and disruption seminars. This fall, the University of Southern California is opening a new program: “The degree is in disruption,” the university announced. “Disrupt or be disrupted,” the venture capitalist Josh Linkner warns in a new book, “The Road to Reinvention,” in which he argues that “fickle consumer trends, friction-free markets, and political unrest,” along with “dizzying speed, exponential complexity, and mind-numbing technology advances,” mean that the time has come to panic as you’ve never panicked before.

 

 

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Open Innovation to Accelerate Development of Home Appliances

Open Innovation to Accelerate Development of Home Appliances | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
A General Electric (GE) affiliate called FirstBuild is going to use crowdsourcing and 3D printers to build the next generation of household appliances and
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Bad Attitudes can lead to Good Innovation

I give workshops on creative leadership for major organisations around the world. I always ask delegates, ‘What is impeding innovation in your business?’ The answers often involve cultural issues such as aversion to risk, complacency or lack of motivation to experiment.

 

 

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Innovation: The Flip Side of Resilience

Innovation: The Flip Side of Resilience | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Resilience was a hot topic at last week’s O’Reilly Velocity conference, and the topic was hottest during the keynote and subsequent interview by David Woods, Professor of Cognitive Systems Engineering and Human Systems Integration at The Ohio State University. As an expert in Resilience Engineering, Professor Woods has consulted on [...]
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Innovation in the Collaborative Economy

The collaborative economy is growing as individuals find new ways to connect directly with their peers to share or rent their assets and skills.

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Will 3D printing turn Lego into an intellectual property publisher?

Will 3D printing turn Lego into an intellectual property publisher? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
If 3D printing becomes common, what model of a modern company should Lego itself use? Maybe it's the modern record company, which doesn't actually create physical products anymore.
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Study Trends to Guide Your Innovation Efforts

Study Trends to Guide Your Innovation Efforts | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Each year's end brings an onslaught of predictions for new consumer product trends and a recap of what made the biggest impact.

Savvy businesses and entrepreneurs understand the importance of adapting to consumers’ ever-changing preferences to stay competitive. In today’s dog-eat-dog business environment, innovation is key to survival.

 

 

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Innovation and Productivity Growth in the UK and Europe

Europe faces two key challenges: low job growth and high unemployment on the one hand, and anaemic productivity on the other. Indeed, from the post-war period to the mid-1990s the EU was closing the productivity gap with the United States. Since 1995, that gap has widened steadily and shows no sign of narrowing. If Europe is going to catch back up it must consider the lessons from productivity growth in economies like the US: more ubiquitous adoption of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by all organisations (for profit, non-profit and government) through-out the European economy.

 

 

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Why an aging population may be good for innovation

Why an aging population may be good for innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The conventional wisdom is that an aging population is a net drag on a nation’s economic competitiveness. America, these naysayers point out, is almost ready to fall off a demographic cliff once the aging Baby Boomers start retiring.

 

 

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A Safe Approach to Open Innovation for Big Companies

A Safe Approach to Open Innovation for Big Companies | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Most companies have embraced open innovation today, but their efforts are still very different. Some get it, some don’t and some are still trying.

 

 

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Innovation requires non-MBAs

A while back there was a journalistic leitmotif about whether we (Canada) were adequately training our grads for our collective future well-being. The gist was a lament for non-practically trained university graduates (i.e., not business (under)grads or engineers) being shunted from productive higher-paying jobs in favour of those MBAs and engineers, and other professional school finishers

 

 

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Powerful Innovation Relies on Weak Signals & Forces

    

Powerful Innovation Relies on Weak Signals & ForcesFor a long time I’ve wondered if we don’t pay far too much attention to the obvious aspects of innovation – brainstorming, ideas, trends, etc – and pay far too little attention to the connective activities and culture that moves ideas through an integrated workflow. It’s easy to focus on and celebrate activities and definitive results.

 

For a long time I’ve wondered if we don’t pay far too much attention to the obvious aspects of innovation – brainstorming, ideas, trends, etc – and pay far too little attention to the connective activities and culture that moves ideas through an integrated workflow. It’s easy to focus on and celebrate activities and definitive results. A team can hold a brainstorming session and measure the number of ideas, for example.

- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/09/26/powerful-innovation-relies-on-weak-signals-forces/#sthash.ruAx70OS.dpuf ;

For a long time I’ve wondered if we don’t pay far too much attention to the obvious aspects of innovation – brainstorming, ideas, trends, etc – and pay far too little attention to the connective activities and culture that moves ideas through an integrated workflow. It’s easy to focus on and celebrate activities and definitive results. A team can hold a brainstorming session and measure the number of ideas, for example.

- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/09/26/powerful-innovation-relies-on-weak-signals-forces/#sthash.ruAx70OS.dpuf

 

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Inside The Company That Got Rid Of Email

Inside The Company That Got Rid Of Email | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Cristian Rennella is really good at email. He responds to my messages within minutes, an especially quick turnaround for a CEO. (Rennella co-founded the South American travel comparison site, El Mejor Trato.)

His secret: He banned email at his company. Without clutter and requests from colleagues, he gets less than five emails per day. With so little to do in there, it doesn't take him long to get to my communiques.

 

 

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How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget

How to Prioritize Your Innovation Budget | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Spend on tomorrow’s opportunities, not just today’s needs.
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A mandate for innovation in Europe

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Innovation is of the utmost importance for Europe’s economy, but has so far gotten far too little attention in discussions about the organisation of the new Commission. A Chief Innovation Officer, able to lead the Commission on the innovation front, is urgently needed, argues Roland Strauss.
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The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

Over the past decade we’ve helped dozens of leaders through their first 100 days. Based on our experience, augmented by in-depth interviews with a few of the most seasoned practitioners with which we have worked, we suggest that innovation leaders put the following five items on their 100-day punch list.

 

 

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The 10 New Trends in Corporate Innovation Management

The 10 New Trends in Corporate Innovation Management | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Last year, we launched a program called the 1M/1M Incubator-in-a-Box. Part of its goal has been to stimulate corporate innovation and intrapreneurship. It has exposed us to a broad range of technology companies and their innovation goals, strategies, and processes. While most of what we have learned is confidential, I will synthesize some trends we’re seeing in this domain.

 

 

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Why innovation and start-ups are thriving in ‘flyover country’

Why innovation and start-ups are thriving in ‘flyover country’ | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

There are two prevailing perceptions about innovation and start-ups: first, they are all tech driven, and second, they originate from just a few regions — chief among them, Silicon Valley.

 

 

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