The Jazz of Innovation
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Sir Richard Branson: Knight of Big Ideas

Sir Richard Branson: Knight of Big Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Sir Audacity himself: "Dream big by setting yourself seemingly impossible challenges. You then have to catch up with them."

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Why the World Needs Big Ideas

Why the World Needs Big Ideas | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
With so many businesses thinking small, true audacity and vision mean more than ever.
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Training Is Innovation Accelerant

Training Is Innovation Accelerant | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
I’ve neglected to write about a critically important aspect of creativity and innovation — the value of training.

Creativity and innovation training is a highly effective accelerant for business results.

And yes, you can train creativity. And by the way, if you want brainstorming that works – don’t skip training. Much of the research that says brainstorming doesn’t work (ahem) studied groups with no training.

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Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. After a recent discussion I had with Steve Blank it made me remember that I had left off one of the most critical factors – a culture of failure.

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What Is Your Why?

What Is Your Why? | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We corporate drones are actually pretty lucky. Many of us get to work sitting down, in the shade, for eight to nine hours a day. Compared to the work I used to do on the farm, my life is gravy. And so it goes for many people in the developed world. In fact, our work is so far removed from “work” – that is, the expenditure of blood or sweat, that we are fortunate.

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Viewpoints: How president can champion innovators

Viewpoints: How president can champion innovators | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley CEOs have helped both presidential candidates, but will both presidential candidates help Silicon Valley?

When it comes to Silicon Valley and America's innovation economy, here are the issues we need the next commander in chief to champion from the Oval Office.

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Propriété intellectuelle : Libérons la culture et l'innovation

Propriété intellectuelle : Libérons la culture et l'innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
La propriété intellectuelle semble être, dans notre société de l’information, le sujet le plus technique et polémique qui puisse exister.
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Why a common language matters for innovation

Why a common language matters for innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

As noted in previous posts (here, and here) I'm returning to the idea that executives have a number of important roles to play when sponsoring innovation. Perhaps one of the most important roles is the work of creating a common innovation definition and language, and communicating the importance of innovation consistently and broadly.

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Innovation is Everyone's Job

Innovation is Everyone's Job | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Great organizations don't depend on a small number of exclusive people to come up with innovations. Instead they create a culture in which every employee is encouraged and empowered to innovate — whether it's in processes, products, or services.
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Don't Let Your Company Use 'Horses & Bayonets'

Don't Let Your Company Use 'Horses & Bayonets' | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
How do you measure the success of a military...or a business? Whatever your metric, it's easy to get sidetracked on a given day. Here's how to keep the big picture in mind.
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Five Leadership Competencies for Disruptive Innovation

Five Leadership Competencies for Disruptive Innovation | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Disruptive innovation is no longer the exception, it’s the rule. Just look at Blackberry, Blockbuster, Borders, and Kodak – all companies that missed opportunities to leapfrog to the next big thing.
If we’re not proactively driving disruption, we’ll eventually need to react to it. Most leaders, however, aren’t prepared for the challenges of leading through such prolonged uncertainty. And to top it off, most organizations are set-up to reward predictability and control – the exact opposites of what’s required to lead during disruptive times.

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This is what the advertising world looks like in terms of sheer creativity

This is what the advertising world looks like in terms of sheer creativity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Everybody knows the maps that are distorted to reflect some kind of metric. Simon Veksner of the creative advertising blog Scamp had a little too much time on his hand and tried to create a world map where each country’s size is determined by the number of Cannes Lions Awards it won, relative to its number of inhabitants.

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Abby Brooking's curator insight, September 24, 2014 8:42 PM

Creativity in Advertising:

This short article talks demonstrates an explanation of the worlds advertising status and how popular it is, which is shown on the map judging by the amount of Cannes Lions Awards each country has received and how they have engaged in using resources to the best of their ability to reach out world-wide. Small and medium-sizes companies from around the world engage in this opportunity to meet new customers and engage the whole industry. Cannes helps to build and host a party to get a brand recognised and identified.

 

This shows that Belgium and other European countries such as the UK, Sweden, and the Netherlands are most successful and rely predominantly on advertising compared to countries like US and Canada which are relatively small and could possibly be the weaker countries. Read this article for the precise information and statistics.

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Innovation: the flavor of the month problem

Innovation: the flavor of the month problem | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

One data point defines an instance, and is difficult to project. Two data points define a line which signals continuity. Three data points begin to suggest a trend. Close to a decade as an innovation consultant constantly confronted with the same challenge suggests a "wicked problem" that needs to be solved. That problem is the flavor of the month problem.

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Kortrijk: Stad van Innovatie, Creatie en Design

Kortrijk: Stad van Innovatie, Creatie en Design | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Hoe trots de Stad Kortrijk ook is op zijn historisch patrimonium, de Groeningestad kijkt vol vertrouwen door een 21ste-eeuwse bril naar de toekomst. Befaamde architecten en urbanisten zijn de stad - met respect voor haar verleden - aan het hertekenen. Neem hier alvast een kijkje !

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How to Manage Innovation as a Process

How to Manage Innovation as a Process | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

It’s much better to think of innovation as a process than to think of it as an event. I think about it as the process of idea management inside an organisation.

This means that in order to innovate effectively, you not only have to generate great ideas, but you have to select the ones that you want to invest in, then execute them, figure out how to keep people inside the organisation committed as you go through the process, then get the new ideas to spread out in the world. And if one part of that process goes wrong, then your innovation efforts will likely fail.

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The 10 richest tech entrepreneurs in Europe

The 10 richest tech entrepreneurs in Europe | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

A list of the 10 richest tech entrepreneurs in Europe, because we know you just love lists, and we do too. Germany is very well represented, and SAP is almost like a country by itself.

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Nouvelles mesures pour l'innovation : les réactions des entrepreneurs

Nouvelles mesures pour l'innovation : les réactions des entrepreneurs | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Depuis l'annonce du projet de loi de Finances 2013 fin septembre, les entrepreneurs qui plaçaient beaucoup d'espoir dans le nouveau gouvernement pour favoriser les PME innovantes ont déchanté - avec en point d'orgue la fronde des « pigeons » contre la taxation des plus-values de cession.

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5 Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

5 Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
You won't find apps or Angry Birds here. Check out five ambitious companies pursuing big, bold ideas.
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Here's what Europe needs to copy from Silicon Valley

Here's what Europe needs to copy from Silicon Valley | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Should the tech hubs of Europe — or anywhere else desperate to become a center of innovation, for that matter — ignore Silicon Valley or mimic it? There are good reasons to try and start over, but don’t throw everything that we’ve learned away, says Dan Crow.

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8 Questions Investors Use to Bypass Startup Hype

8 Questions Investors Use to Bypass Startup Hype | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

If you really want to impress a startup founder as a potential employee, or you want to be a smart investor, you need to know the right questions to ask. These are the questions that get past the hype of a founder “vision to change the world,” and into the realm of real business strengths, weaknesses, and current health.

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Smart highways: because it's not just the car that needs to get smarter

Smart highways: because it's not just the car that needs to get smarter | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

We already knew smart grids, but highways also have a lot of potential for becoming more sustainable and safer. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and road construction firm Heijmans have developed a concept to start building ‘smart highways’.

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Snolo Stealth-X Brings Funky Carbon Fiber Design To Sleds

Snolo Stealth-X Brings Funky Carbon Fiber Design To Sleds | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The wintertime is coming… it bears repeating it if only because it gives us a simple intro to segue onto the product above. It’s a sled called Snolo Stealth-X, and is ostensibly made from carbon fiber. That makes it light, probably very stiff and we assume pretty freaking awesome at getting you from the top to the bottom of a snow-covered hill. It’s so light apparently, that you can pack it up and carry it in a backpack.

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Insights about Innovation: Architecting serendipity

Insights about Innovation: Architecting serendipity | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

Does innovation come from carefully planned research and facilitated ideation or is it the result of individuals that somehow seem to be able to come up with groundbreaking ideas. The latter seems to have been the case when we look at some well known examples both in science as well as business, e.g. Penicillin, Post-it notes, Cornflakes and the Microwave to name a few.

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The 'best' ideas are rarely the most creative

The 'best' ideas are rarely the most creative | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it
Frequently, brainstorms, idea campaigns and similar idea extravaganzas end with a vague notion of choosing the best idea. The problem here is that a truly creative idea, the kind of idea that has the potential to become a breakthrough innovation is seldom the best solution to the problem or the best path to achieving a goal - for the very simple reason that highly creative ideas are original. They cannot directly be compared to existing notions.


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Post-election push seen for innovation ecosystem

Post-election push seen for innovation ecosystem | The Jazz of Innovation | Scoop.it

The outcome of the 2012 presidential elections isn’t expected to have much of an impact on U.S. innovation policy. Still advocates see a post-election window for bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and lawmakers to renew a dialogue that seeks to leverage U.S. entrepreneurial strength to create an innovation ecosystem.

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