Innochat Archive

How Motivation Drives Innovation

Renee Hopkins's picture
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?

Generation Why Not

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 15, 2015

This week, on January 15 at 12pm ET, our guest is Andreea Hirica (@AndreeaHirica), a frequent innocat who describes herself as a “digital native by age and digital immigrant by market of origin”. She is, evidently, well qualified to address this topic, has suggested our cryptic title, and has jointly written the following framing post.

Generation Y, Generation Why, or Generation Why not?  What if the, so well attributed, “Millennials” characteristics are not the distinctive features of a specific age group but are generational in a different sense?

Innovation or technology?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Another year is underway and we have a variety of interesting discussions in the offing for #innochat. Some of those are on specific topics. In the interest of deepening our understanding, let’s intersperse them with discussions of some fundamental issues in innovation. This week: technology.

The Year That Was 2014 In Innovation

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 01, 2015

Happy New Year! Wishing all the innocats a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous, happy, healthy and innovative 2015.

In keeping with our long-standing, one-year tradition of marking the end of the year with a review, of sorts, we will be doing the same today. I'm expecting turn-out to be fairly light (it being a recovery day for some) but I think it is good to put a cap on the year with whoever is able to show.

Here's some of what we covered in 2014:

"Data-based Decisions to Action-learning" and 

@JohnWLewis's series on "Adoptions of Innovations"

On Hope and Innovation

Renee Hopkins's picture
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

John W Lewis's picture
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).

Interstitial Spaces, Boundaries and Adjacencies

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 04, 2014

in·ter·sti·tial - in(t)ərˈstiSHəl/

adjective, of, forming, or occupying interstices. "the interstitial space"

One of the great challenges for those working in the realm of innovation practice is that the fuel for our practice is a ready supply of data, information and knowledge. Without that supply our efforts may be starved and success elusive. One of my frequent exhortations to clients is that I don’t care how they fill that pipeline (beg, borrow, cheat, steal —understanding the repercussions of all those choices, of course) but fill it they must.

Innovation in ecommerce

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 27, 2014

Our topic today was proposed by Anthony Feyitimi ("Tee-Tones") who is interested in the opportunities in ecommerce.

Ecommerce is topical

It is the festive season: today is Thanksgiving Day in the USA, and Christmas is less than a month away. Many people have been, and will be, buying gifts and, for many retailers, this is their busiest period of the year.

Learning to innovate

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 20, 2014

What is the relationship between innovation and learning?

Let's discuss the need to learn new skills in order to innovate. These might be practical skills involved in the specific field in which we are innovating. Or, at a meta level, they might be the skills to innovate at all.

Innovation and #TheGenZEffect w guest @DanKeldsen

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Our guest this week, @DanKeldsen, has just released the book The Gen Z Effect: The Six Forces Shaping the Future of Business, which describes Gen Z NOT as a demographical construct, but as a generation-crossing set of behaviors shaped by technology innovation. In short, the Gen Z effect happens when the "simplicity and affordability of technology unites generations more than it divides them."

You can get the gist of the premise and the six factors shaping the change, in this fabulous 6-minute video:

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