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Labs: Designing the future

Labs: Designing the future | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"In the spirit of a creative, open innovation system, the Lab is a structure that not only thinks, but also does. Traditionally a place for scientists to test hypotheses that lead to potential breakthroughs, the Lab has been re-purposed to address elusive “wicked problems” in society. In this version (sometimes called the innovation, design or change Lab), substitute the scientific method with design thinking as the rigorous and repeatable protocol; swap beakers and Bunsen burners for sticky notes and white boards; and shift from single expertise to multifaceted expertise (usually representing a combination of business, design and humanities – in MaRS’ case, add science & tech as well as entrepreneurs of all sorts).


In these Labs, teams are experimenting with alternative solutions to real-world challenges such as water sanitization, carbon neutrality and age-friendly societies. And just like scientific breakthroughs, when these solutions succeed, they are game changing."


There is a considerable list of Labs to check out, alongside further reading: here.


By Lisa Torjman

@marsdd
February 29, 2012

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how to hack your culture | networks

how to hack your culture | networks | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Ideas, information, trust, influence, opportunity and other resources move through networks of relationships without necessarily adhering to what the org chart says. Social network analysis tools now allow us to make the invisible visible so that we can be more deliberate in our approach to networks. There are a couple of big opportunities here:


Good ideas often have social origins. Innovation is fueled by the exchange of ideas and perspectives and identities, and the accompanying creative tension. It is in this exchange that we have the opportunity to recombine and synthesize, generating brand new opportunities. By deliberately and proactively building networks we can create more of those valuable intersections.

 


Via Maddie Grant, David Hodgson
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Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos

Resiliency, Risk, and a Good Compass: Tools for the Coming Chaos | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Joi Ito - There are nine or so principals to work in a world like this:

 

1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.


2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.


3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.


4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.


5. You want to have good compasses not maps.


6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.


7. It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.


8. It’s the crowd instead of experts


9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.

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Frugal Innovation working for the collective good

Jugaad is a Hindi word meaning an innovation; an improvised solution born from ingenuity and resourcefulness when faced with scarce resources.

 

http://jugaadinnovation.com/

 

Frugal Innovation requires some hard questions to be answered. Is it affordable within the context of that economy? Or, is it accessible for everyone within everyday culture? 

 

Frugal Innovation is the means by which everyday people find solutions to everyday problems, by using not much more than their ingenuity, and skills of observation. These entrepreneurs are also social innovators as they work for the collective good.

 

And the story that follows is very much about appreciative inquiry, A requirement for us to listen deeply and learn from all that which surrounds us. Even if it does not come from our normal sources of information and influence. For me this poses the question if we cannot afford business as usual where do we we need to look for inspiration and guidance? How do we minimize resources and maximize value? The answer is we need to look further afield.

 

via No Straight Lines

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TechCrunch | Sugar Water

TechCrunch | Sugar Water | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Almost none of the stuff on the radar of the silicon valley echo-chamber is innovative or solves any real human needs. They won't cure anyone of disease, feed a child, improve the environment, or radically improve manufacturing...

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Jim Whitehurst: What are the limits of open innovation?

Jim Whitehurst: What are the limits of open innovation? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"MIX Maverick and Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says open innovation works better than coordinated innovation in areas where problems can be modular and where the innovation can be iterative."

 

via Management Innovation eXchange

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An Interview With Ezio Manzini

An Interview With Ezio Manzini | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Ezio Manzini is an Italian design strategist, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable design, author of numerous design books, professor of Industrial Design at Milan Polytechnic, and founder of the DESIS (Design for Social Innovation towards Sustainability) network of university-based design labs. His work over the past 30 years in sustainability and social innovation has coalesced around four watchwords: small, local, open and connected. On a recent Friday morning we spoke via skype and I was immediately impressed with his easy manner, warmth and balanced optimism."

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Can Open Source Manufacturing Save Humanity?

Can Open Source Manufacturing Save Humanity? | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

It leverages collaborative “hackerspace” dens and fab labs, while the Social Engineering-Knowledge Database simplifies searching for free open source hardware designs and creating materials lists by organizing them into packages with things like CAD files, assembly instructions, and a bill of materials.


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Creativity in Poverty - Hindustan Times

Creativity in Poverty - Hindustan Times | The Next Edge | Scoop.it
For more than two decades, Prof. Anil Gupta has scoured India's villages for their hidden innovations.
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Occupy Rio+20: OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING

Occupy Rio+20: OPEN SOURCE EVERYTHING | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

What does Open Source Everything mean to the UN?: Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Sustainable Development (RDSD) empowers The 99% with deep participation in the United Nations:

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ARE BEST HANDLED WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF ALL CONCERNED CITIZENS, AT THE RELEVANT LEVEL... EACH INDIVIDUAL SHALL HAVE APPROPRIATE ACCESS TO INFORMATION CONCERNING THE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HELD BY PUBLIC AUTHORITIES...

 

Since the last Earth Summit, humanity has mastered the open communications systems, information technology and software to enable global collaboration, participation and innovation. As Marshall McLuhan predicted, today's living generations are birthing one of the greatest social transformations in history — the shift from the Industrial Age to the Age of Shared Wisdom and Innovation. The Internet and associated technologies form an evolutionary system for the human race, encompassing the tools and diverse traditions to harness a holistic and resilient approach to build future civilization.

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Goodbye University Hello Multiversity

Goodbye University Hello Multiversity | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

How could a newly established university be designed today in order to be elite? Which features must be included, and which features can be left out?

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Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy

"There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff. 'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can redesign the way our economy works"

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Global Action Networks | Networking Action

Global Action Networks | Networking Action | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

Global Action Networks (GANs) are a specific type of network. These are a new, innovative network that are addressing critical global issues like climate change, poverty, health, education, and human security. They do this by integrating seven characteristics.

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Biomimicry: A Tool for Innovation

Biomimicry: A Tool for Innovation | The Next Edge | Scoop.it

"Innovators from all walks of life—engineers, managers, designers, architects, business leaders, and more--can use biomimicry as a tool to create more sustainable designs. The Biomimicry process of consulting life’s genius, described in the Design Spiral, can serve as a guide to help innovators use biomimicry to biologize a challenge, query the natural world for inspiration, then evaluate to ensure that the final design mimics nature at all levels—form, process, and ecosystem."

 

shared by David Hodgson @davidhodgson

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