Innochat Archive

Innovation and/or Invention?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, May 26, 2016

Decades ago, most people thought of new things as being invented by mad scientists for other people to use.

Now, there is more emphasis on innovation, involving the adoption of new things by anyone.

Yet, when people meet to discuss ideas, to scribble on Post-It notes, and to develop new proposals, they are doing some of both: invention and adoption.

Innovation, Education, Dintersmith, and You

John W Lewis's picture
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.

Seeing is believing

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 12, 2016

If we have not seen something, then it is difficult to believe it. If we find it counter-intuitive (which, of course, depends on our intuition!), we might, even, convince ourselves that it is impossible. Then we'd be completely stuck!

Is innovation swimming or drowning in information?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, May 05, 2016

Is more information better or worse for innovation? 

Let's discuss an aspect of information and innovation that is rarely discussed: too much information. 

Innovation - you can not be serious!

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

How is innovation communicated? What feeling and meaning do we attach to innovation, not merely rationally, but also emotionally. During #innochat on April 28th at 12noon Eastern time, let's explore this broad and important topic in a free flowing discussion (without a prepared set of questions).

"Leading Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise"

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

This week we have a guest, Peter Cook (@AcademyOfRock), author of the book of this title, and a guest on innochat in the past.

Based on a background which links music to business, his book tackles the issues of leadership in organizations of creative people. It includes stories and examples from some well known enterprises.

Digital transformation: how's that going?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

18%, says a recent study. Let's discuss the extent of adoption of digital products and processes. This choice of topic is triggered by the study "Digital America: a tale of the haves and have-mores" by the McKinsey Global Institute.

Innovative opportunities in the unexpected

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 07, 2016

Unexpected outcomes offer a major opportunity to learn about the possibilities available to us. They are highly reliable sources of opportunity because they are actually happening. This innochat is the last in a series of discussions on the seven sources of innovative opportunity identified by Peter Drucker in his book "Innovation and Entrepreneurship".

Conversational innovation at Twitter?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Let's discuss the latest development of Twitter's facilities.

In a departure from its previous style, Twitter have provided a facility which chooses which messages are shown. Their announcement of it is here, with the title "Never miss important Tweets from people you follow".

Innovating away incongruities

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

This is the sixth chat on sources of opportunity for "innivation" (i.e innovation ;-)) as we work up the list of seven identified by Peter Drucker in his book: Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Drucker describes an incongruity as "a discrepancy, a dissonance, between what is and what 'ought' to be, or between what is and what everybody assumes it to be."

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