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Tackling Complexity and Wicked Problems with Design Thinking by Thierry de Baillon and Ralph-Ohr

The world we live in becomes increasingly complex. Complex systems in different areas of our life, such as business, environment, economy etc. involve ever larger numbers of interacting elements.

 

The Economics of Co-Creation. Can What Happened To Microbrewery Happens To The Auto Industry? By Idris Mootee

A lot of talk and interest around the concept of co-creation. It is no question that this is going to have asting implications of how products and experiences are designed, developed and marketed.

 

Is the customer always [or rarely] right? By Arie Goldshlager

This quote from Charlie Trotter was recently featured as a metacool Thought of the Day on Diego Rodriguez’s blog:

 

Innovation: The Age of the Heretic by Deb Mills-Scofield

For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated with the word “heretic”.  Perhaps it’s the Devil’s Advocate in me (oh! What a pun!).  Perhaps its because I love being ‘heretical.’ Perhaps its because being heretical is key to innovating.  And this word has been around for millennia! 

 

Design thinking The new office by John Hagel and John Seely Brown

From exercising with Wii to staying at boutique hotels, we are increasingly immersed in designed experiences. Our expectations grow. Even previously prosaic objects become better-designed set pieces in the scenes of our life, mimicking what the media show us we can have. From soap dishes to store signage, what is mundane we pass over for the more elegant alternative. 

 

Become A Critical Thinker by Karen Christensen

It is of course important to recognize that many people are working hard to create a better world – animal rights groups such as PETA, the Farm Sanctuary, the Humane Society, groups like Amnesty International and environmental groups trying to curb destruction of the planet are a few that come to mind. But what is missing is a conversation about what is at the root of all the problems these groups and other advocacy groups are attempting to address:

 

Innovation’s Nine Critical Success Factors by Vijay Govindarajan

Your organization won’t innovate productively unless some underlying factors are in good shape. If “10” is outstanding and “1” is poor, how do you rate your organization on each of these?

 

Innovation Lessons from Orson Welles by Tim Kastelle

I’m still in Italy, where one of the topics of conversation is the recent special issue of The Economist, which discussed some of the problems that the economy here has experienced during the Berlusconi years (the special articles are summarised and linked here).

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What Is A Social Enterprise? There Is Still A Lot Of Debate? By Idris Mootee

Social enterprise is a hot idea. Being asocial entrepreneurship these days is way cooler than being a iBanker. I think we are only seeing the beginning of a long term trend, people realize it takes a new kind of enterprise to solve the world’s problem. And NGOs are not the solutions.

Innovation Failure & Ownership: What happens when we own our successes and abdicate our failures by Andrew (DrewCM)

Innovation is a high-stakes endeavor. Much may be risked on the hoped-for chance of reward. The success or failure of a single innovation may win or lose reputations and careers. In some organizations, the retribution for failure may be swift and harsh, while the rewards for success may be just as fickle

Is Innovation a Process or an Outcome? By Karen Christensen via Ralph Ohr

You believe that everything we know and desire is the outcome of a single discovery that was made 1.9 million years ago. Please explain.

 

Sharp Insights: What Everyone Wants by Stefan Lindgaard

Sharp insights that can help others develop personally as well as professionally. This is what everyone craves for and as a thought leader many will look in your direction for this.

Innovations begin when the system is stuck by Jorge Barba

All great innovations emerge out of rigidity. They are born when someone recognizes that the system – the company, the industry, the country – has frozen and can no longer react to new opportunities or threats.

Creativity Requires Courage by Jeffrey Phillips

I took the day off on Friday. A spur of the moment decision, really. My daughter was finishing a summer camp near Asheville, NC and I decided to go up with the family and spend the weekend there.

Eat More Innovation by Holly G. Green

It’s a powerful story about a woman, Temple Grandin, who overcame autism to become one of the most influential figures in today’s livestock and animal husbandry industry. Not only is Temple’s story a testament to the ability of the human spirit to overcome tremendous obstacles, it teaches many principles that all business leaders would do well to embrace.

Convergence Culture & Innovation by Tim Kastelle

I think that this is also critically important for innovation. One of the issues in innovation is that we not only have to come up with great ideas, and figure out ways to make them work, but we must also figure out how to get them to spread. This is a storytelling problem.

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