Innochat Archive

The Role of Community in Sustainable Innovation

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Chat Date: 
Tue, Apr 10, 2012

If it's not too late, I would like to suggest a chat on “the role of community in sustainable innovation” for this week's chat.  Let me explain: to be truly responsible, innovation has to embody sustainability from the start, not try to add it as an afterthought...  Some businesses are doing this because they are convinced.  Many because they believe they have to (for reasons of image, marketing, targeting certain audiences, etc.).  Some aren't into sustainable innovation at all.  Obviously, “community” plays a role in shaping these businesses' behavior.  There

Innovation: Lead, Adopt, or Advocate?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Apr 05, 2012

This week we’ll take on the use of Lead Users, Early Adopters, and Brand Advocates in innovation. Sound like a lot to tackle? You’re right – it is!

This topic was inspired by a recent client meeting in which we discussed Lead Users in new product development.  I noticed someone would say, “Lead Users,” and then go on to talk about behaviors and characteristics not associated with a lead user.

Analog Innovators - What Can They Teach Us?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 29, 2012

I'm overworked and consequently overwhelmed this week. As a twangy musician with one foot in bluegrass, I'm also saddened and stunned by the passing yesterday of banjo legend Earl Scruggs, an exceptional music innovator. So I'd like to do something different than what I had planned (and not followed through with) for this week. Let's talk about innovators in other fields, and what they can teach us about being better innovators. Artists, musicians, educators, fashion designers and others -- anyone but innovators in business and technology. 

Innovation Roadblocks

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 22, 2012

This week's Innochat will be guest moderated by Nicki Escudero, aka @CXtheCloud and @Nickialanoche . Her fab framing post and bio are below.

See everyone on Thursday! Gwen

Curiosity in Innovation – Tapping into and exploiting it

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 15, 2012

Last month I wrote a series of posts at the Collaborative Innovation site focused on my perception of the necessity for and power of curiosity in driving innovation.

Rather than write a whole new framing post, here’s the recession-adjusted 68 cent recap:

Curiosity in Collaboration – the way in which curiosity binds an organization’s collaborative innovation

Are We Too Innovative?

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 08, 2012

A friend of mine who has just returned to the U.S. after spending 11 years in Brazil shared this story with me over the weekend. I think it provides an interesting framing for this week’s Innochat.

Infusing Education with Disruptive DNA

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Mar 01, 2012

This week on Innochat our guest will be @wandamcclure, who in addition to being my little sister is an experienced teacher with master's degrees in curriculum design and technology in education, gearing up to enter a PhD program where she'll focus on innovating education. This chat topic comes from a number of discussions she and I have had.

Nature. Nurture. Nightmare. What does it take to build an innovative enterprise?

DrewCM's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 23, 2012

I just completed the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs. It is a remarkable chronicle of a life.

Innovating by Analogy

Renee Hopkins's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 16, 2012

The other day I worked on recapping a video featuring Art Markman (@abmarkman), who's a Professor of Psychology and Marketing at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of Smart Thinking: Three Essential Keys to Solve Problems, Innovate, and Get Things Done. (Disclaimer: I work for UT.)

Scarcity & Innovation

Gwen Ishmael's picture
Chat Date: 
Thu, Feb 09, 2012

As innovation practitioners, we recognize adverse conditions, such as natural resource scarcity, job loss, or volitle markets, can drive rather than inhibit innovation. We’ve seen how low levels of disposable income can fuel mobile phone and app innovation.

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