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Encouraging Innovation: Does Giving Employees “20% Time” Actually Work?

Encouraging Innovation: Does Giving Employees “20% Time” Actually Work? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Reacting to so-called “20 percent time” policies made popular by Google and others, a recent article on Inc. argues that innovation rarely comes from protected time or spaces away from normal work.

Rather, great ideas “come from busy people who had ideas while doing their day job, stayed late, and tried things.”

This comment got me thinking about the relationship between innovation, particularly as it occurs in the stream of everyday work, and a social recognition solution that can encourage more of it.

The common thread is the ability to catch and call out great examples of everyday work that align to an organization’s core values. Considering how many companies include innovation as a core value, and are focused on cascading those values throughout their organizations, recognition is ideally suited to that task.
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Activating Creativity an HR challenge for the next years

It is time to take advantage of the creative potential in your organisation. You could offer employees and stakeholders a positive perspective.
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5 Disruptions to Marketing, Part 1: Digital Transformation (2018 Update)

5 Disruptions to Marketing, Part 1: Digital Transformation (2018 Update) | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

At the end of last year, I wrote a series on 5 disruptions to marketing. I wanted to look beyond the typical kind of prediction posts that we are inundated with at holiday season to scope out the larger changes underway over the next 3-5 years:

Digital transformation redefines “marketing” beyond the marketing department.
Microservices & APIs (and open source) form the fabric of marketing infrastructure.
Vertical competition presents a greater strategic threat than horizontal competition.
AR, MR, VR, IoT, wearables, conversational interfaces, etc. give us digital everything.
Artificial intelligence multiplies the operational complexity of marketing & business.
Now that we’re one year along this journey, let’s revisit how those trends are progressing and consider what we’re likely to see with them in the year ahead. These aren’t “predictions,” but rather “updates” on the big multi-year themes that are reshaping marketing as we know it.

As with last year’s series, I’ll break this up into five parts for easier digestion.

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Top tech trends to watch for in 2018 

Top tech trends to watch for in 2018  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
“We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow, we lost,” said Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop in his speech soon after Nokia’s announcement of being acquired by Microsoft in September 2013. The mobile giant that was once valued at $222 billion at its peak was acquired for just $7.2 billion by Microsoft that year. Failure to adapt to new trends in smartphone technology drove the legendary mobile company from market domination to sell-off.

The biggest lesson for from Nokia’s collapse in the mobile industry is to adapt to new tech trends before your consumers abandon you. Fast innovation is the key to keeping up with new technologies. By discerning the latest trends, companies can leverage the right technology and adapt in time to succeed. Here are the top tech trends that will define the IT landscape in 2018:
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The Strategic Decisions That Caused Nokia’s Failure

The Strategic Decisions That Caused Nokia’s Failure | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Nokia’s mobile phone story exemplifies a common trait we see in mature, successful companies: Success breeds conservatism and hubris which, over time, results in a decline of the strategy processes leading to poor strategic decisions. Where once companies embraced new ideas and experimentation to spur growth, with success they become risk averse and less innovative. Such considerations will be crucial for companies that want to grow and avoid one of the biggest disruptive threats to their future – their own success.
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Why R&D Spending has Almost No Correlation to Innovation – Innovation Excellence

Why R&D Spending has Almost No Correlation to Innovation – Innovation Excellence | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The Innovation Excellence community is home to innovation articles, webinars, videos, training and education - powering successful growth in the innovation management profession.
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Grads of LifeVoice: Inclusive Innovators Lead The Way

Grads of LifeVoice: Inclusive Innovators Lead The Way | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
With the world changing rapidly most corporate executives are starting to feel the pressure. There is a realization that beyond cost-cutting and operational efficiency, companies must also invest in developing their innovation pipeline. At the beginning, corporate leaders often reach for easy solutions or low hanging fruit. They focus on the training and improving the capabilities of product teams. There are now quite a few organizations offering training in design thinking, lean startup and agile product development. While these grassroots movements are well and good, it is also starting to dawn on most executives that lean startup training is not enough.
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Bracing for seven critical changes as fintech matures | McKinsey & Company

The fintech sector is being shaped by shifting market conditions, new regulations, and changes in consumer demands and behaviors.
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Are You Solving the Right Problems?

Are You Solving the Right Problems? | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

How good is your company at problem solving? Probably quite good, if your managers are like those at the companies I’ve studied. What they struggle with, it turns out, is not solving problems but figuring out what the problems are. In surveys of 106 C-suite executives who represented 91 private and public-sector companies in 17 countries, I found that a full 85% strongly agreed or agreed that their organizations were bad at problem diagnosis, and 87% strongly agreed or agreed that this flaw carried significant costs. Fewer than one in 10 said they were unaffected by the issue. The pattern is clear: Spurred by a penchant for action, managers tend to switch quickly into solution mode without checking whether they really understand the problem.

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The Truth About Blockchain

The Truth About Blockchain | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Contracts, transactions, and the records of them are among the defining structures in our economic, legal, and political systems. They protect assets and set organizational boundaries. They establish and verify identities and chronicle events. They govern interactions among nations, organizations, communities, and individuals. They guide managerial and social action. And yet these critical tools and the bureaucracies formed to manage them have not kept up with the economy’s digital transformation. They’re like a rush-hour gridlock trapping a Formula 1 race car. In a digital world, the way we regulate and maintain administrative control has to change.

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The Artificially Intelligent Factory Robots Are Coming!

For decades, robotics has been an essential component of factories, manufacturing plants and warehouses around the world. However, these are robots in the simplest sense of the term - mindless machines that serve a singular purpose. Companies are now beginning to invest in autonomous robots that can think for themselves. It sounds like the beginning of a dystonian sci-fi, but there's actually a very good reason why robot workers need a brain.
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Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power

Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a groundbreaking prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution.
  The graphene-based prototype opens a new path to the development of flexible thin film all-in-one solar capture and storage, bringing us one step closer to self-powering smart phones, laptops, cars and buildings.

The new electrode is designed to work with supercapacitors, which can charge and discharge power much faster than conventional batteries. Supercapacitors have been combined with solar, but their wider use as a storage solution is restricted because of their limited capacity.

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Israel Tests Wireless Charging Roads for Electric Vehicles

Israel Tests Wireless Charging Roads for Electric Vehicles | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Electric vehicles have long been a promising option for sustainable transportation. They come with practical headaches like expensive, bulky batteries that often need recharging, however. Israel is tackling those hurdles by investing in roads that power electric buses—as they ride down the street. The government is collaborating with Israeli start-up ElectRoad to install a public bus route in Tel Aviv, using an under-the-pavement wireless technology that eliminates the need for plug-in recharging stations.
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US army fires sensor bullets, MEMS missiles

US army fires sensor bullets, MEMS missiles | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The US army is adopting MEMS and sensors to improve intelligence gathering and munitions operation, including sensors as bullets and MEMS for fuzing munitions and guided projectiles.
Some of that work is being done by the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, or ARDEC, based at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey.

One example is the Small Arms Deployable Sensor Network which allows intelligence gathering from inside a building without entering the building. ARDEC has developed wireless sensor nodes (WSNs) that can fit into a small-arms round and be fired into a building, according to a report on the ARDEC website. The WSN includes microphones, a magnetometer, a still image camera, GPS and a mesh radio network. These would then be able to sense and report the presence of people in the building.
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The importance of innovation management in digital transformation 

The importance of innovation management in digital transformation  | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Digital technologies, and digitalization, in general, are completely changing the face of business. Embracing digital transformation is the only way to adapt to today’s digital era and transform your business to stay ahead of the competition. One of the vital contributors to digital transformation, along with a few other factors, is innovation management.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives; it is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
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#Techstyle: 3D Printing, Customization, and the Future of Fashion 

"We are in an extremely individualistic age of fashion," explains Michelle Finamore, curator of Fashion Arts at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and co-curator of the current exhibit, #Techstyle. The exhibit showcases and celebrates the fusion of contemporary fashion and technology, a relationship Finamore believes will produce an explosion of personal expression through customization.

She points to the rise of digital printing as a prime example of fashion's move towards personalization. "There are already a number of websites [where you can] chose the images that you want to wear on your body. That is quite amazing. If you look at our Cute Circuit dress that is embedded with micro-LEDs, you can chose the imagery that is going to appear on your garment. So there is this incredible freedom of expression, this amazing creativity that you are going to be able to achieve in the future."

Featuring revolutionary fabrics, coats that charge your cellphone, and custom-fitted 3D-printed dresses, #Techstyles previews a world transformed through cutting-edge technology.
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What It Takes to Shift From Competing to Creating

What It Takes to Shift From Competing to Creating | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
In their just released book, BLUE OCEAN SHIFT, Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, creators of Blue Ocean Strategy, deliver the definitive guide to shifting yourself, your team and your organisation to new heights of confidence, market creation and growth. They show why nondisruptive creation is as important as disruption in seizing new growth, what leads to one over the other and why you’d be unwise not to understand this.

INSEAD Knowledge (IK): Chan and Renée, congratulations on your new book, Blue Ocean Shift, being released today. It’s already been labeled a next ‘blockbuster’ and chosen by Apple iBooks as the best business book of the month. In a nutshell, what’s it all about?

Kim and Mauborgne: BLUE OCEAN SHIFT addresses a key challenge facing virtually every organisation today. How to move yourself, your team and your organisation from competing to creating. Or, from cutthroat markets to wide open new markets in a way your people own and drive the process.
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The science of cells that never get old | Elizabeth Blackburn - YouTube

What makes our bodies age ... our skin wrinkle, our hair turn white, our immune systems weaken? Biologist Elizabeth Blackburn shares a Nobel Prize for her work finding out the answer, with the discovery of telomerase: an enzyme that replenishes the caps at the end of chromosomes, which break down when cells divide. Learn more about Blackburn's groundbreaking research -- including how we might have more control over aging than we think.
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The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching. | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
n the Netherlands, scholarly articles about changes to the Arctic ice cap make front-page headlines. Long before climate change deniers began to campaign against science in the United States, Dutch engineers were preparing for apocalyptic, once-every-10,000-years storms. “For us, climate change is beyond ideology,” said Rotterdam’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb. He took me one morning around new waterfront development in a formerly poor, industrial neighborhood, to show how urban renewal dovetails with strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change.
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The “Quantum Internet” Is Just a Decade Away. Here’s What You Need to Know.

The “Quantum Internet” Is Just a Decade Away. Here’s What You Need to Know. | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
The word “quantum” sounds so advanced and complex that people tend to get hyped up about anything attached to it. While not every quantum breakthrough elicits a positive response, in the case of a so-called quantum internet, people have a reason to be excited.

In the simplest of terms, a quantum internet would be one that uses quantum signals instead of radio waves to send information. But let’s explain that a bit further.
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Getting the Right Talent for Innovation

Getting the Right Talent for Innovation | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Perhaps the most important role of the innovation leader is creating a competent team. For that reason alone, it’s one of the most challenging. It’s a constant fight for talent. You may have the best products and services in the market, but without a strong, talented marketing team behind them, you’ll start losing ground to the competition.

Building a competent team begins with recruiting and hiring the right people. But it takes much more than just telling your human resources department to go fill open slots.
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Farm to Fashion

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Whereas Consumer companies were quick to realize the benefits of traceability of their product origins, apparel companies are now also realizing that opaque supply chains will pose a threat to their brands. For a food company, one contaminated pack of milk powder can mean a massive recall of the entire stock, cross-country. Being able to trace the origin of the contaminated product means not only limiting the cost of recall, but also being able to prove that the origin of the problem has been identified and the associated risk mitigated.
With a $5 T-shirt, the contaminated origin might seem less urgent to the fashion conscious buyer. However, tragedies such as the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1138 people and injured many more, have made consumers aware of the dark side of fast fashion and they are voting with their feet.

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A stream of superfluid light

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Scientists have known for centuries that light is composed of waves. The fact that light can also behave as a liquid, rippling and spiraling around obstacles like the current of a river, is a much more recent finding that is still a subject of active research. The "liquid" properties of light emerge under special circumstances, when the photons that form the light wave are able to interact with each other.
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Experts reveal the five ultrasound technologies that could change the world forever

Experts reveal the five ultrasound technologies that could change the world forever | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it

Since it first became a near-indispensable medical tool in the 1930s, technology that produces sound waves so high-pitched that humans can't hear them has found use in almost every branch of industry.
The vibrations it creates can kill bacteria, weld plastics and even help to mature brandies in a matter of days rather than years.
Today, ultrasound is finding its way into even more applications, powering inventions that have the potential to make huge changes in their fields. Here are just a few of them:
1. Truly hands-free phones

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Scientists construct a stable one-dimensional metallic material

Scientists construct a stable one-dimensional metallic material | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed the world's thinnest metallic nanowire, which could be used to miniaturise many of the electronic components we use every day.

The researchers, from the Universities of Cambridge and Warwick, have developed a wire made from a single string of tellurium atoms, making it a true one-dimensional material. These one-dimensional wires are produced inside extremely thin carbon nanotubes (CNTs) – hollow cylinders made of carbon atoms. The finished 'extreme nanowires' are less than a billionth of a metre in diameter – 10,000 times thinner than a human hair.
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What it feels like to be hugged in VR

What it feels like to be hugged in VR | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
This year, the Tribeca Film Festival collected virtual reality that could reach out and hug you.

Every year, the festival gathers a slate of interactive storytelling into a darkly lit, packed room, called Tribeca Immersive. In recent years, this program has featured an increasing amount of virtual reality -- experiences that use a headset like Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to put viewers in the middle of another world.

But at this year's Immersive program, many VR experiences didn't just use headsets -- they used landscapes. A giant foam tree. A bed. A recreation of a New York subway. A mirrored box. In one experience, an actor playing the playwright-director's mother wears a motion-capture suit, so she holds the viewer by the hand in both the virtual world and the real one.

Titled "Draw Me Close," the project does just that: The actor pulls you in for a real hug.
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Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem Map

Internet of Things (IoT) Ecosystem Map | Creativity & Innovation  for success | Scoop.it
A deeper dive into the companies and components in the Internet of Thing
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