innovation

2016: A Brand-New Year in Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 07, 2016

John W. Lewis and Renee Hopkins will lead a discussion on the directions we predict innovation will go this year, and the direction we'd all like Innochat to go this year. 

For background:

The Year That Was 2015 in Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 17, 2015

2015 is just about over....how 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

Can a Good Story Change the World?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Sep 10, 2015

For the penultimate in our series of innochats with BIF (The Business Innovation Factory), the topic is storytelling, which is the foundation of BIF''s approach to communication about innovation. Here is their framing of the subject:

At BIF, we’re passionate believers in the transformational power of story. Passionate enough, in fact, to host an annual Innovation Summit: a two-day workshop that features not speakers, but storytellers, from all industries and disciplines, and brings innovation junkies together to witness those stories unfold.

Hybrid Thinking in Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 30, 2015

I had the great good fortune to join the Philadelphia University Strategic Design MBA program as adjunct faculty last year. The program, under the direction of Dr. Natalie Nixon seeks to transform students into hybrid thinkers. With all the business rigor of a standard MBA, combined with a heavy duty design thinking overlay, it has been fascinating to see the work of the first students coming out of the program.

What is a hybrid thinker?

Innovation and Failure - Understanding the Impact of Risk to Employees and the Organization

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 19, 2015

This week our topic and framing post come from Matt Hunt (@huntm). Matt has been a regular participant in #innochat and he shares a passion for learning through failure with many among us. Check out more of Matt's work at his online home.

The Bad Habits of Innovation at Scale

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 05, 2015

The complexity of the modern enterprise beggars the mind. Most famously, Wal-Mart Stores, which owns Walmart and Sam's Club bulk purchase emporiums (because we all need to purchase a year’s supply of toilet paper at once), employs roughly 2.2 million people worldwide and is the largest private employer in the United States. Target the large department store chain (with a fascination for designers but has lost its way on the innovation front) and Kroger (a large grocery store chain) are also among America's largest employers.

Innovation or Creativity

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 05, 2015

One of the delights of being a grown up is that I no longer have to write “compare and contrast” essays on an obscure topic of a teacher’s choosing. While the skills learned (making connections between texts or ideas, engaging in critical thinking, and going beyond description or summary to generate deep analysis) are great skills to learn, the process itself is not so great when done alone. This sort of effort is best done in dialogue—which is what we’re all about at Innochat.

How Motivation Drives Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 22, 2015

This week, as promised, I am moderating the chat using as a starting point the last two questions from last week’s chat, masterfully put together by @AndreeaHirica and @JohnWLewis:

What distinguishes a “good” (effective) motivation from a “bad” (ineffective) motivation?

How do good vs. bad “why”s for innovation relate to emotional vs. rational motivations?

On Hope and Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 18, 2014

We're in the midst of the holiday season and I've got hope on my mind. First, I put together Creating Hope, a collection of BIF Summit videos featuring some of our youngest storytellers telling their innovation stories, on the theory that our hopes for the future often rest with the young.

Large scale innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 11, 2014

How does large scale innovation happen? On what scale is innovation valuable and how are resources allocated for that?

Let's use the recent test of NASA's Orion vehicle as a trigger for thinking about the allocation of resources to areas of large scale innovation. (See brief notes on the NASA Orion program below).

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