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.
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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.
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.
Submitted by John W Lewis on November 20, 2014 - 9:22am
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.
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:
Submitted by John W Lewis on October 29, 2014 - 7:24pm
Thu, Oct 30, 2014
Let's explore the basis of the prominence of innovation.
For our #innochat of two weeks ago, Andrew Townley (@atownley) provided us with a challenge which was founded on the high profile that innovation is given today. We discussed the challenge then, now let's return to the foundation.
His challenge was to understand the business value of innovation, but the foundation was that innovation is considered to be important and to have a contribution to make.
I have long been a proponent of the value of being a life-long learner. Digging into a new topic and “going deep” have been habits that I developed in high school and probably drive a lot of the work I do in the innovation space. I’m an intellectually curious and casually indiscriminate learner. I'm not necessarily a T-shaped person. More like an M-shape.
Submitted by John W Lewis on October 14, 2014 - 6:33am
Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Our guest this week is Andrew Townley (@atownley), who has participated in #innochat for many years and is well known to many innocats. His chosen topic for this chat reflects his interest and experience in understanding how innovation activities contribute to generating business value.