Questions Drive Innovation

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Aug 18, 2016

I am back! as a moderator for the Aug. 18 chat. The topic is questions, specifically, how and why innovators are better off looking for questions than looking for answers.

This will be a spirited, free-form discussion, similar to last week's chat. All views are welcome. I clearly come down on the side of questions. I'd love to hear more thought on this view, and also hear the thoughts of people who favor a looking-for-answers approach.

Innovation, Education, Dintersmith, and You

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Chat Date: 
Thu, May 19, 2016

This week, we welcome Ken Gordon to the host seat. Ken (@quickmuse) is Content, Conversation, and Community Strategist at Continuum Innovation in Boston. He is a well known innocat, and recent initiator of  the #innochat facebook group. Ken's chosen topic relates to innovation in education and here is his framing post:

Is life a standardized test… or an impossible problem to be solved?

Those familiar with the work of Ted Dintersmith know that the above is a question designed to trip up those who don’t worship at the altar of innovation.

The Year That Was 2015 in Innovation

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

2015 is just about did we do?! How did innovation do, in general? John W. Lewis and Renee Hopkins will lead a chat reviewing the year on #innochat and the year in innovation.

The chat will be similar to The Year That Was 2014 in Innovation

Innovation Smackdown: Are Big Companies Or Startups More Innovative?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 04, 2012

This week’s topic is inspired by Raz Godelnik’s article, “Are Big Companies More Innovative Than Startups?” For years, small, nimble companies have cranked out innovation after innovation while corporate giants have strained to adjust course and keep up. But are those days coming to an end?

Bigger is Better

Oct. 27 Innochat: @Halley on Why Don't Women Start More Companies?

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 27, 2011

10/27 UPDATE: Halley posted more information about the topic at her blog, Halley Tucker's BoOk BoX.

Our guest is Halley Suitt Tucker (@Halley), former start-up CEO and author of Does This Start-Up Make Me Look Fat? Here's the short and sweet framing Halley sent me for this chat:

Steve Jobs' Innovation Legacy

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Oct 20, 2011

There's really only one question to this:

How did Steve Jobs impact the way we innovate?

My answer is that his career offered examples that clarified a number of ideas about innovation that we knew already. I've read a fair number of tributes to him and articles about him lately, and these things are cited over and over:

Ambition: Jobs was ballsy; he wanted to create products that changed the world. He understood that dreaming big was the only way to get big results.

What Do Nations Need to Lead Innovation?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Jul 21, 2011

Following a lively dialogue held here June 23 (previous framing post here), this week’s #innochat will narrow the focus to continue our discussion of innovation in a global economy. Specifically, we will look at “What nations need, to lead innovation.”

Improvising Innovation

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 21, 2011

Our guests for the April 21 Innochat will be Jordan and Amanda Hirsch of THINK IMPROV, who'll talk about how innovators improvise and how thinking like an improviser improves innovation. Here's how they describe what they'll cover in the chat:

Innovation’s Unintended Consequences

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 07, 2011

The power of innovation is its ability to introduce change into stable systems. Sometimes that change will be fundamental and profound. When we work to design and implement our innovations how do we prepare for and manage fundamental and profound unintended consequences?

Innovation Lessons from SXSW - Innochat March 24

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 24, 2011

We hosted a successful live Innochat on Mon., March 14, at the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival. But that's not all that went on. SXSWi welcomed 19,000 participants, 10 locations, and hundreds of scheduled sessions in tracks ranging from business to journalism to design to social media. Parties hosted by established companies and startups alike offered chances to learn from each other. There are also two other SXSW components that happen during the same week -- the film conference and the music conference.

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