Category Archives: Education

Everyone's a Critic

There has been a lot of recent media attention, and general outrage around Facebook’s social plugins which essentially extend Facebook’s “Like” functionality to any website that installs the plugin, allowing Facebook users to share their likes and dislikes of products, … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing Has Its 15 Minutes of Fame

Every movement has its defining moment, that 15 minutes of fame when it moves into the general consciousness and suddenly goes from niche to the next big thing. Sometimes, that move can be a good thing, an indicator that a topic will now command the attention and respect it is due as people take it more seriously. However, sometimes, well sometimes it means that everyone is jumping on the bandwagon just to jump. Overnight, it is the “cool” thing to do, the way to get some easy PR. There is a flash flood of attention and publicity that will saturate the market for a while before everyone moves onto the next big thing. One of the recent examples of this that comes to mind is virtual world technology; a couple of years ago you could not read news publications without a bombardment of predictions of how this was going to change the world. Then suddenly, the press pieces slowed to a trickle and all anyone could talk about was social media. Continue reading

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Failing: How Fast Is Too Fast?

“Fail fast, fail often, fail cheaply”. Thus goes the mantra of innovation in 2009. And it’s correct; generate lots of ideas, however absurd, and critique them later. Know when to cut your losses and move on and do so with the minimum investment possible. But here’s the rub: how fast is too fast? After all, it’s very easy to say no, to reject an idea and move on. Innovation may start with the generation of ideas, but that’s not where it ends, that’s merely the beginning of the pipeline. If all that is happening is the generation of large numbers of ideas and the expediting of them through a pipeline to be quickly judged by one or two executives who may themselves epitomize the very barriers to innovation that the process was put in place to help break down, then this is innovation in name only and, ultimately, is unlikely to generate great breakthroughs or cost savings. Continue reading

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Teaching Innovation From The Top Down

These days, much is written about how to encourage employees to think more innovatively, to encourage their creativity. Every few days brings a new blog entry about encouraging design thinking and helping employees engage the right hemisphere of their brain as well as their left in order to facilitate more radical insight for problem-solving. And there is no doubt that most people have more innate creativity than their everyday lives and jobs encourage them to utilize. There is an increasing body of anecdotal evidence that this creativity, if nurtured, properly engaged and channeled can allow a company’s existing workforce to evolve into an army of ideators, problem solvers and potential innovators. But then what? Continue reading

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Innovator Of The Century: Renaissance Man

It seems that everywhere I turn in the innovation blogosphere these days there is a constant point of view present among the pundits: innovation is impossible without a healthy cultivation of right-brain, creative thinking along with the more analytical left-brain thinking. Daniel Pink and many others sound the alarm bells for a society, which increasingly stresses rote memorization and standardized tests over creative thought. The Harvard Review recently published an article celebrating the benefits to business of heterogeneous educational and cultural backgrounds and thinking. And I find these arguments both compelling and persuasive. Continue reading

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