Innochat Archive

Are we suffering from "Premature Enlightenment"?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

How well can we assess the maturity of an innovation? And, in the case of digital systems, is it possible that we are suffering from a severe case of premature enlightenment?

T-shaped people and culture for collaborative innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

Collaboration is an important aspect of any activity. It has particular importance for innovation, which involves exploration involving people in flexible and overlapping roles, as distinct from production which involves relatively stable roles and boundaries between them.

The nature of the culture and the people required for effective innovation has been referred to as "T-shaped".

The Old and New Years in Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Another year is coming to an end and a new one is about to begin. As you take a longer term view of innovation and our #innochat discussions of it, what do you think and feel are the significant events and trends?

What innovation would you like as a present?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 22, 2016

Innovations are novel to the people receiving and adopting them. Often they are a nice surprise, something unexpected, intriguing, and exciting. On the other hand, some of them seem rather odd, especially at first, and may do not work out well in the longer run.

Aha! moments in innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 15, 2016

We've all had them, those so called "aha!" moments. These are the sudden realisations that we can do see something that we could not previously see, that we understand how something works when it had all seemed confusing, or that something that seemed impossible is possible after all.

Nuclear power generation as an innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Nuclear power generation is viewed very differently in different countries with a surprising lack of consensus on its overall benefit.

As an innovation is adopted and matures, more is learned about its advantages, and disadvantages. Over time, a consensus tends to be reached about its overall benefit, based on the nature and extent of the advantages and, often more importantly, about the disadvantages.

In nuclear power, this does not seem to have happened.

Innovation pursues failure, or success?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Dec 01, 2016

There is much talk about innovation and the need to accept failure. We are exhorted to fail more, to fail faster, even to fail harder! What are we to make of it?!

The state of innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 24, 2016

Let's discuss your views on how innovation is progressing during #innichat on Twitter on Thursday November 24th, starting at 12 noon Eastern time (5pm GMT, 6pm CET, 1700 UTC).

What is the value of the "wisdom of the crowd"?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Thank you to Kim Flum, @KimFlum, for providing his week's #innochat topic. Kim is a regular innocat and is particularly interested in innovation and communities. This is her framing of the topic.

Who cares whether it's innovative?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

This topic as the antithesis of last week's topic Is This Innovative Enough?

Let's discuss the objective aspects of the importance of being innovative as a contrast to the subjective issues.

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