Innochat Archive

Communication of Innovations

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 18, 2015

How do we hear about innovations, and how do we tell other people about them? More generally, what is the role of communication in innovation? The better we understand this, the better we can communicate and enable innovation to occur more effectively.

People, innovation, and projects

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 11, 2015

How are people involved in innovation projects and what are the choices and consequences of different types of involvement?

Developing Innovation Capabilities

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Jun 04, 2015

One of the most active innocats on Twitter recently is Ken Gordon (@quickmuse) of Continuum Innovation (@_Continuum) in Boston. Ken has also introduced several of his colleagues to #innochat. Jon Campbell (@jhcampb), Continuum's Principal of Design Strategy, ran an event on innovation capability and healthcare this week entitled Building an Innovative Healthcare Organization: A Conversation with Innovation Leaders.

Unbundling Capabilities

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 28, 2015

This topic was suggested by Saul Kaplan (@skap5), who has pointed out on many occasions that much innovative development involves the use of existing capabilities in new ways. This involves achieving a purpose more effectively by taking new approaches which bundle those existing capabilities in new combinations. The specific issue addressed in this discussion is that, in many cases, before any new bundling of capabilities can be implemented, existing combinations must first be "unbundled".

The Serious Fun of Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 21, 2015

The prospect of working on innovative projects can be exciting. Yet, the reality can be very different.

Innovation, Humans and Humanism

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 14, 2015

Let's discuss the role of humans and humanism in innovation. The issue is the importance of human beings in innovation, and the extent to which automation can replace and extend human capabilities to provide and consume innovation and innovative products.

The Music of Innovation

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, May 07, 2015

What can we learn about business innovation from a consideration of parallel lessons from the world of music?

Some time ago, Peter Cook (@AcademyOfRock) took part in #innochat, and afterwards we exchanged some thoughts. This eventually led to this chat topic, triggered by his interests in the relationships between music and innovation and what we might learn from them.

Hybrid Thinking in Innovation

DrewCM's picture
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?

Automate or Reengineer?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Recently Fred Wilson (@avc) wrote "Don't Automate, Obliterate" which takes its title from a 1990 article by the late Michael Hammer. The meaning is captured by a neat analogy in the Hammer article: "Don't pave the cow paths."
Let's discuss the merits of the advice that both of them are offering.

Innovation or invention?

John W Lewis's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Many people, especially when new to innovation, take the view that the subject is mainly about invention. Perhaps this is partly because the words look and sound similar! In this view, innovative developments are expected to require the creation of new things: materials, approaches, techniques, etc..

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