You know the feeling that creeps up when you’ve been sitting in your office for an hour too long and the objects on your desk start blending in with each other? You might show up in the morning ready for a productive day, then once you sit down it’s like you never left. I feel as though I’m told, “You need a vacation,” too frequently, but I’ve come to believe there’s some real truth to that statement.
Design Thinking, the widely celebrated innovation model built on observation and prototyping, seems overdue to be assessed with the same scrutiny and iterative spirit it asks us to aim at everything else.
It’s time now to say, “Ok, we’ve used Design Thinking and prototyped this thing… what have we learned about creating new products, new services and new businesses? What’s working in our innovation and what’s not? What should the next model do that this one can’t?”
Household appliances aren’t the most exciting items on the market, but brilliant inventors still manage to turn them into big hits. James Dyson introduced his first bagless vacuum cleaner in 1993. Fifty models and millions of sales later, Dyson is the leader in innovative and creative household appliances. Here are seven valuable takeaways from how the British inventor went from being a guy frustrated with his vacuum cleaner to one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.
From Lowe’s Home Improvement developing Jetsons-like shopping robots to Walmart talking about startup culture, it seems every company has invested in their own innovation lab, a place where disruptive products are created to shape the future of the company.
Everyone admires innovative ideas. But it’s often hard to leap from disruption to action.
More than half of the world's population currently lives in or around a city. By the year 2050, the United Nations projects another 2.5 billion people could be moving to metropolises. As urban populations increase, the number of data-generating sensors and Internet-connected devices will grow even faster.
The U.S. Department of Defense is providing $75 million to spur flexible hybrid electronics development by a consortium featuring Apple, Lockheed Martin, top research institutions and universities including MIT and Stanford.
Potential innovations could include wearable devices to improve medical health monitoring technologies and personal fitness devices, and boost the variety and capability of sensors already in play for such tools, the agency announced Aug. 28.
What do AirBnB, Gustin, Square, and Valve all have in common? The answer is that they are highly successful Exponential Organizations (ExOs) – and they are here to change the way we do business forever.
What do companies really need to do to succeed over the next five to ten years – and give yourself some strategic latitude here. Is it more innovation, more social communications in the enterprise? The need to find more creative responses to disruption? Or is it the bogey most firm’s fear most – deep process reengineering?
It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. Although there are compelling reasons for schools to adopt these new devices—foremost of which are the low cost and portability of these devices—switching has its tradeoffs.
HENRY FORD FAMOUSLY quipped that if he’d asked what people wanted, they’d have said, “faster horses.” There are countless numbers of ideas being funded every day that are aimed at essentially building faster horses. The result is that we have available an enormous embarrassment of riches in technology, information and economy – but how many of them are truly groundbreaking or innovative?
The word "innovation" and its many derivatives have come to define the state of business today. Every company, regardless of size, the service they provide or the product they produce wants to at least be perceived as being innovative, regardless of the reality. In fact, the word is so over-used that it's quickly joining the ranks of the now-meaningless buzzword brigade, nestled securely between "cutting edge" and "game changing."
Do you like the idea of living in a city with which you can interact – a living city with which you can set up a reciprocal relationship and which can cater to your needs. Throughout the world such cities are being built right from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Songdo in South Korea. It is predicted that by 2050, about 75% of the world’s population will live in cities. This will put a huge strain on the already stretched resources of the city such as its transport system and emergency networks. To handle the huge influx of people our urban planners need to come up with new and innovative ways to increase the efficiency of existing resources while at the same time reducing costs and improving the overall quality of life of its citizens.
Since CP Snow’s controversial lecture in 1959 and stretching back into the eighteenth century, we have been engaged in a debate that questions the relative importance that our society places on science and that which it places on arts and creativity.
PERSBERICHT Op 17 september 2015 organiseert CogniStreamer een netwerk event rond ‘open innovatie en co-creatie’. Dit event vindt plaats in Antwerpen en laat experts aan het woord zoals Frank Van Massenhove (change-guru bij FOD Sociale Zekerheid) en Antonio Hidalgo (ex-innovatiemanager bij Philips).
Anyone familiar with the back stories of Thomas Edison or George Washington Carver will note that their labs were not only places of great invention but also of great learning. "See one, do one, teach one" is ancient manta of the craft guilds. This approach still prevails in the training of doctors, master electricians and design engineers.
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
Those words were uttered by Dick The Butcher in Shakespeare’s “Henry VI” as the best way to removing one of the biggest obstacles he perceived standing in the way of the revolution he was masterminding.
After reading The Clearing House’s (TCH) latest white paper on the future of payments and financial services, it seems they’d like to modernize that sentiment just a bit.
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