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The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge

John Hagel

Re-framing innovation. Many people have put their faith on innovation as a way to resolve the unemployment challenges that we face.  If we’re going to address the challenges ahead, we need to re-frame what we mean by innovation. So, what is the problem? Matching supply and demand. The changing nature of supply and demand.

Innovation in open online courses

George Siemens

This is a short overview of the innovations that we want to explore during the course. The innovations build heavily on community and network approaches that I and others (Stephen Downes, David Wiley, Alan Levine, Jim Groom, Dave Cormier) have used in previous open courses. Social embeddedness Social has become an abused term.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation. Cloud-based innovation is a major part of that evolution.

Not all innovation is disruptive

Harold Jarche

Given all the talk about disruptive innovation lately, I thought I’d dust off several posts I have written on the subject and update them.

Innovation as a Journey into the Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. 

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years:  “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” There is little question that small, entrepreneurial start-ups are almost always the ones that bring to market highly disruptive innovations

The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

I have just finished running a two-day program in Phuket for the Malaysian Directors Academy on The Innovation Zone: Unleashing the Mindset.

A Conversation on Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Re: the negative side of innovation, there's a prettyconsistent assessment of innovation & technology, a pretty consistentstatement, by the youth in the occupy movement. If we go one step beyond innovation, we have actuallyreached a cusp in the west. Does the general population support innovation? Who are they?

Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While the Square technology is very cool indeed, Davidoff’s key point is the ordinary nature of the innovation in question. The deal not only has the potential to change the way people pay for coffee and everything else, it also shows how small innovation applied to everyday tasks may be the next new thing for venture capital.

Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation

Ross Dawson

Last Friday, after delivering the breakfast keynote at CPA Congress in Brisbane (more on that in another post), I ran a half-day workshop at the partner offsite of a national accounting firm network on the theme of Disruption and Innovation in Professional Services. Continuous innovation. Continuous Innovation. Global sourcing.

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past twenty years I have been involved in a number of initiatives dealing with disruptive innovations.  How quickly should you move? 

Innovation in Higher Education

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Tuition costs have risen much faster than the rate of inflation and keep going up, thus making it harder for them to serve the students most in need of their services.  Why are the costs of higher education so high?  Their high costs were subsidized by philanthropic donations and government funds. 

Big-Bang Disruptions: The Innovator’s Dilemma in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The article was written by Larry Downes and Paul Nunes and published in the March, 2013 issue of the Harvard Business Review.  It was later expanded into a book, Big Bang Theory: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation published this past January. . Nearly everything you think you know about strategy and innovation is wrong,” they note.

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, IBM’s Institute for Business Value published a very good report - The Power of Cloud: Driving Business Model Innovation. Although cloud is widely recognized as a technology game changer, its potential for driving business innovation remains virtually untapped.  This will take decades to fully play out. 

Is the Link Now Broken Between Innovation, Jobs and a Higher Standard of Living?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are we now in an economy in which technology and innovation do not necessarily lead to a higher standard of living and quality of life?

A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

New paradigms emerge for guiding innovation and for determining winners and losers in the marketplace.  In her 2002 book Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages , scholar and writer Carlota Perez brings a historical perspective to these patterns of technology-based disruptive innovations

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Together, these advances are giving rise to an Internet-based platform for digital, inclusive innovations. Inclusive innovation is a relatively new concept.  It aims to develop of products and services that just about everyone can afford, even those in the bottom of the pyramid , that is, the poorer socio-economic groups around the world. 

Open Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, UC Berkeley professor Henry Chesbrough published a new book, Open Services Innovation: Rethinking Your Business to Grow and Compete in a New Era.  For over ten years now, I have been thinking about the application of technology and innovation to services.  from others’ innovation activities as well.”. They ?rst

Quip: innovation

Clark Quinn

Optimal execution is only the cost of entry; continual innovation is the necessary competitive differentiator. In a time when competitors can copy your innovation in a matter of months (or less), you can’t just plan, prepare, and execute optimally any longer.  Need I say more?  Hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink.

Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The US has been going through a prolonged economic downturn, with continuing high levels of unemployment, long term debt and rising healthcare costs

Trend: offshore service centers driving innovation and revenue

Ross Dawson

Global domain expertise inside multi-nationals increasingly resides in GICs, with innovation often a core directive. GICs in India generate $15.5

Innovation at the State Dept.

David Weinberger

To begin with you are dealing with highly educated employees with a strong desire to keep their jobs… Likewise, the report cites a new willingness to experiment and fail, which is essential for innovation but anathema to State’s traditional culture. The Net and social networking are transforming how State does its business.

The Legend of Apple and Xerox PARC and the Truth About Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Gladwell is a great storyteller.  He uses Steve Jobs’ legendary 1979 visit to Xerox PARC as the springboard for his reflections on the nature of revolutionary innovations.  Legend has it that when Jobs was shown the working Alto prototype with all its innovative capabilities, “he was very excited. After much discussion, Xerox agreed.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Large Metropolitan Areas

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Silicon Valley model has become the most prominent example of what it means to be a successful innovation hub.   Why is that?  To begin with, most successful high-tech innovation hubs have been built around the great engineering universities in their midst - Stanford and UC Berkeley for Silicon Valley, and MIT for the Boston area. 

From Trash Cans to Nokia: Is Creativity Innovation?

Steve Denning

Understanding the difference between creativity and innovation can shed light on seemingly contradictory ideas, namely, that User-Led Innovation Can’t Create Breakthroughs and an article by Patricia Cohen in the New York Times last week about inventions created by users: Innovation Far Removed From the Lab. So what?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Institutional Innovation

John Hagel

Main | Restoring Balance in the New Year » Institutional Innovation Executives spend a lot of time these days worrying about innovation.

5 recommendations for successfully implementing distributed innovation and shared value

Ross Dawson

Chapter 5 from Living Networks , on Distributed Innovation – Intellectual Property in a Collaborative World , is still immensely relevant today. We are still relatively early on in working out the implications for innovation of distributed value creation. IMPLEMENTED DISTRIBUTED INNOVATION AND SHARED VALUE.

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

Dave Snowden

Today I was privileged to be invited as to present along with four others at an Innovation Diffusion workshop for UCL in connection with the NHS.

White House Innovation Fellows

David Weinberger

The White House is announcing the White House Innovation Fellows who are going to work on five projects. Building a prototype process for federal agencies to source low-cost, high-impact solutions from innovative tech companies and startups. 2. Here are the projects: 1. RFP-EZ – twitter: @ProjectRFPEZ.

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Christian Bason of MindLab on public sector innovation

Ross Dawson

Next up is Christian Bason, Director of MindLab , a cross-ministerial institution for innovation in the Danish government, presenting by Telepresence. The result was far more palatable food, presented well, which in fact cost significantly less to produce. will endeavor to blog the event as I go. Christian began by telling a story.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Is the problem with.

Steve Denning

They typically do this by controlling costs in their value chain and achieving economies of scale.  Capitalism is indeed fixing itself.

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Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

third model is based on a foundation or the community such as, the Apache Foundation, the Wikipedia foundation and the open source model, where the costs are borne by the community that is interested in releasing the software. Stephen Downes December 10, 2013 Access I''d like to begin with the issue of access. Learning. Learning. e?Learning

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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An innovative workshop on radical management

Steve Denning

In these three days ( March 19-21 in Washington DC ), you will discover how to use radical management to thrive in the 21 st Century creative economy and the world of continuous innovation. Have you ever wondered how you could break the seemingly unchangeable cycle of cost/benefit tradeoffs? Have you ever wondered…. Then just imagine.

The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2016

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Smart Systems Technology and StrategyArtificial Intelligence. The Blockchain.

FinTech and Financial Inclusion

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In developed markets, FinTech innovations are primarily aimed at improving the mobile payments user experience. 

Why Innovation is Critical to Help Governments Adjust to the Realities of the 21st Century?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

For the past twenty years, companies have embraced digital technologies to significantly improve their productivity and reduce costs.  . Aligning government with 21st century economic realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector. Government has lagged the private sector. 

Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design has long played a major role in product innovation.  How can you apply design principles to help rethink the workplace experience?  .

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The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The cost of connectivity.  Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high.  Not future-proof. 

The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are they still a strategic value to business?   Can digital innovation drive long term economic growth? Take advantage of new innovation models.