The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge
AUGUST 24, 2015
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
OCTOBER 7, 2014
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
JUNE 25, 2014
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
JULY 14, 2014
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.
Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
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.
Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies
AUGUST 2, 2012
Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. Its lead article defined the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem. This makes some sense.
Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation
AUGUST 29, 2012
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.
A Conversation on Innovation
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 10, 2011
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?
Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation
MAY 23, 2012
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.
The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation
OCTOBER 22, 2013
I have just finished running a two-day program in Phuket for the Malaysian Directors Academy on The Innovation Zone: Unleashing the Mindset.
Six characteristics supporting excellence in service delivery innovation
OCTOBER 20, 2015
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.
Innovation in Higher Education
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
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
MARCH 12, 2014
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.
An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation
MAY 30, 2012
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
DECEMBER 1, 2011
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
FEBRUARY 18, 2011
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.
Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
Over the past twenty years I have been involved in a number of initiatives dealing with disruptive innovations. How quickly should you move?
A Great Stagnation or a New Golden Age of Innovation?
APRIL 23, 2011
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.
Is the Link Now Broken Between Innovation, Jobs and a Higher Standard of Living?
MARCH 5, 2014
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?
The Legend of Apple and Xerox PARC and the Truth About Innovation
JANUARY 12, 2012
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.
From Trash Cans to Nokia: Is Creativity Innovation?
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
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
OCTOBER 8, 2007
Main | Restoring Balance in the New Year » Institutional Innovation Executives spend a lot of time these days worrying about innovation.
Innovation at the State Dept.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
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.
Trend: offshore service centers driving innovation and revenue
APRIL 24, 2014
Global domain expertise inside multi-nationals increasingly resides in GICs, with innovation often a core directive. GICs in India generate $15.5
A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion
JANUARY 11, 2011
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
AUGUST 22, 2012
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.
Data Science and the Changing Nature of Research and Innovation
JUNE 19, 2013
The US has been going through a prolonged economic downturn, with continuing high levels of unemployment, long term debt and rising healthcare costs.
5 recommendations for successfully implementing distributed innovation and shared value
MARCH 23, 2011
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.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Large Metropolitan Areas
AUGUST 12, 2011
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.
Christian Bason of MindLab on public sector innovation
JULY 18, 2011
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.
Automation Technologies and the Future of Work
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Since restaurant employees who cook earn an average of about $10 an hour, a business case based solely on reducing labor costs may be unconvincing.”.
An innovative workshop on radical management
FEBRUARY 26, 2012
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 Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Is the problem with.
JANUARY 8, 2011
They typically do this by controlling costs in their value chain and achieving economies of scale. Capitalism is indeed fixing itself.
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
DECEMBER 12, 2013
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
DECEMBER 22, 2015
Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
Why Innovation is Critical to Help Governments Adjust to the Realities of the 21st Century?
OCTOBER 3, 2012
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.
A Talk On Fast Innovation, All In One Great Picture - Bob Sutton
JULY 25, 2011
The ergonomics of innovation -- The McKinsey Quarterly. interview Pixar Brad Bird - Innovation lessons from Pixar Director Brad Bird - Strategy - Innovation - The McKinsey Quarterly. Financial Times: The Cost of Hidden Bias at Work. Customer-Focused Innovation. Innovation in a Recession: Forum | KQED|NPR.
Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience
OCTOBER 27, 2015
Design has long played a major role in product innovation. How can you apply design principles to help rethink the workplace experience? .
The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things
OCTOBER 15, 2014
The cost of connectivity. Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high. Not future-proof.
networks are the new companies
NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Nilofer Merchant wrote in The New How that, “Permission to innovate without asking happens when the strategy is co-owned.” ” - Wikipedia.