The Swedish government is unveiling an intriguing plan to discourage throwaway culture. The new proposals would slash the VAT tax rate on repairs to bicycles, clothes, and shoes by half in order to encourage consumers to reuse their old items rather than simply replacing them. The law would also allow residents to claim back income taxes on the cost of repairs to large appliances such as ovens, dishwashers, and washing machines.
The traditional business model is under attack… as well it should be.
In this era of disruption, it’s absolutely necessary to redefine business models and archetypes as a whole. This post dives into the benefits of blockchain, its impact on the financial system, and how some companies are experimenting.
The unabated exponential progression of science and technology has driven a staggering pace of innovation. The building blocks are mostly there, allowing creative minds to combine them in ways that attack the world’s most difficult challenges. Additional forces have emerged to position the next two decades as a period that is purpose-focused and transformative.
One of the biggest stories in agriculture right now is the jaw-dropping consolidation among companies that sell the world’s seeds, pesticides, and fertilizers.
Currently, there are six companies that dominate the biotech seed and agrochemical industries: Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Syngenta, and BASF. But in recent months, DuPont has proposed merging with Dow, Bayer has struck a deal to buy up Monsanto, and Chinese giant ChemChina is buying Syngenta. If these mergers all go through, the three biggest agribusinesses would sell 59 percent of the world’s patented seeds and 64 percent of all pesticides.
Modern technology is always evolving, which can be exciting but also a bit scary. There are many examples of an advancement that did more harm than good, though it was not understood at the time. One new dilemma facing people today is the rise of the driverless car.
Let’s play a quick game of word association. What comes to mind when the word is “startup”?
It’s a safe bet to assume that some first words are “entrepreneur,” “innovative” or “dynamic.” These words describe characteristics that make startups—and the people who run them—successful. They infer that startups are agile, perceptive to market needs, are staffed by high-energy creative thinkers who thirst for improving customer experiences and are pros at connecting tools, talent and resources to create solutions.
FACEBOOK CEO MARK Zuckerberg made his first trip to Africa this summer with stops in Nigeria and then Kenya. In June, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative—the philanthropic foundation of Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan—invested $24 million in Andela, a company that trains top software developers in Kenya and Nigeria.
On the road from idea to inventing success there are many pitfalls that stand in the way. One of the biggest pitfalls, unfortunately, is incomplete knowledge. There are a great number of things inventors should know, from the importance of doing a patent search, to the need for confidentiality agreements, to how to understand when an invention is obvious.
A communications and information-driven renaissance is driving a resurgence in open innovation, according to global crowdsourcing company, InnoCentive.
Prize competitions have long been used to solve problems and drive innovation: the 18th century Longitude Prize led to ships being able to better navigate the seas; the Orteig Prize of the early 20th century resulted in the first non-stop flight from New York City to Paris.
Companies dependent on new products and services to maintain relevance need innovators. High quality employees are hard to come by and with innovative minds becoming such a hot commodity, keeping them can prove to be even harder. Employee satisfaction must be maintained in order to foster innovation and in turn help secure an organization’s future as a successful and innovative company. Help retain top innovators by following a brief set of guidelines.
Saying they were doing something no other government has done, Obama administration officials rolled out a plan Tuesday they say will enable automakers to get self-driving cars onto the road without compromising safety.
Joe Verrengia is the architect of Arrow’s corporate social responsibility program (CSR), combining targeted charitable investing, sustainability and government relations into a strategic initiative that uniquely establishes Arrow as an innovation catalyst. He also co-directs the Arrow SAM Project, which brings technology concepts to demonstration for humanitarian purposes.
The way we buy and sell services has changed dramatically in recent years. New online platforms like Etsy and TaskRabbit have quickly become household names, but they don’t sell any products or services themselves. Instead, they connect individuals from across the world.
Companies may survive for 100 years, but to thrive they have to build and sustain a culture of innovation. (Photo: iStock) When you’re part of an established company that’s almost 100 years old, it’s easy to keep doing things that same way.
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