Submitted by John W Lewis on July 22, 2015 - 6:53pm
Thu, Jul 23, 2015
The role of electricity in our energy sytems has gradually increased over time, and this appears to be continuing with the introduction of renewable methods of energy capture, conversion, distribution and consumption. Let's discuss this specific area of innovation which influences many other areas of technical development.
Submitted by Renee Hopkins on July 09, 2015 - 8:18am
Thu, Jul 09, 2015
In its current issue, The Atlantic published "A World Without Work," a long and thoughtful article by Derek Thompson (@dkthomp). The article's premise is that the concept of work itself is being disrupted by big societal shifts including:
Submitted by John W Lewis on June 24, 2015 - 10:25pm
Thu, Jun 25, 2015
Two incidents in the last week, in different industries, resulted in unexpected behaviour by well known and powerful organizations in their fields. Let's discuss the causes and the likelihood of similar future changes in behaviour.
Submitted by John W Lewis on June 17, 2015 - 6:26pm
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.
Submitted by John W Lewis on May 21, 2015 - 11:56am
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".