What is innovation?

Harold Jarche

In writing almost 100 posts on innovation since 2007, it’s time to put the core observations together into a cohesive narrative. Innovation is fifteen different things to fifteen different people. Innovation today is people making connections. An Innovation Process?

Pick of the Month: August 2012

Jane Hart

What really happens is that one innovation is built on top of what’s gone before. August is typically a quiet month, but there have been plenty of good blog posts and articles around.

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PKM and innovation

Harold Jarche

In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit: Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. The Seek-Sense-Share framework aligns with these innovation skills.

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Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. 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. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.

Market-facing Innovation Labs

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs. Since we did not have a good understanding of what it was that they actually did, let alone what their problems were, we could not tell them how our innovative ideas could be of help to them in their work.

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. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.

JAC 2012 – Joint Alumni Conference Event Highlights

Luis Suarez

Yes, indeed, that has been the main ah-ha moment and massive wake-up call that I have been having while attending and presenting at JAC 2012. Luis Suarez Live Tweeting Highlights from #jac12 Event, Zurich, September 2012 from Luis Suarez. Innovation Learning Open Business Travelling

The IBM 5 in 5: Innovation in the next 5 years

Jane Hart

IBM’s view on innovations that will change our lives in the next 5 years. future

eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

link] December 4-7, 2011 Big Ideas Fest , 3 rd , conference focused on innovation in education, Half Moon Bay, California, USA. link] December 4-9, 2011 Executive Leadership Institute , sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Clayton R.

Are We Truly Innovative?

Andy McAfee

The Aspen Ideas Festival has posted video of the discussion entitled “ Are We Truly Innovative ?” ” Andrew Ross Sorkin moderated it, and Tyler Cowen , Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran , and I were panelists.

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?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. As a result, there are reasons to believe that scale may be a plus for innovation in today’s economy, not a minus.”

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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. But I’ve also seen tangible evidence that a belief in openness, innovation, and connection is taking root there.

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Harold Jarche

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. This is how we create a culture of innovation.

Innovation is about making connections

Harold Jarche

Here, where things are less homogenous, there is more diversity and more opportunities for innovation. Tweet. The network era workplace requires collaboration and cooperation because complex problems cannot be solved alone.

An Emerging Platform for Digital, Inclusive Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Internet became an incredible platform for innovation, enabling startups, large institutions, and everyone in between to quickly develop and bring to market many new digital products and services. Its reach and connectivity led to the creation of all kinds of innovative, digital applications. Together, these advances are giving rise to an Internet-based platform for digital, inclusive innovations. Inclusive innovation is a relatively new concept.

Enabling Innovation – Book

Harold Jarche

Tweet I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation.

L’innovation pédagogique

Harold Jarche

L’innovation pédagogique et les médias sociaux from Harold Jarche. Voici ma présentation hier soir à Moncton pour l’ouverture du colloque de l’ ACDEAULF.

State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part One

Luis Suarez

And all thanks to the State of the Net 2012 conference event , hosted in Trieste, Italy, by late June. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

2025 in 2012

Doc Searls

That is a major threat to innovation in general: big companies buying startups. Marcel Bullinga is a Dutch futurist and author of Welcome to the Future Cloud. Today I got pointed on Twitter to a Q&A with Bullinga by Aaron Saenz at SingularityHub. Interesting stuff. An excerpt: SH: Welcome to the Future Cloud seems to be very supportive of intellectual property (IP) rights and digital rights managements (DRM). Are IP and DRM necessary to the development of a healthy future?

State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part Two

Luis Suarez

Again it took place at the State of the Net 2012 event, the same one where Euan was also one of the keynote speakers. IBM Innovation Knowledge Management Learning Personal KM Productivity Tools Social Enterprise

EdTech Innovation Conference, May 1-3, 2013

George Siemens

I’m rather excited to announce the EdTech Innovation conference in Calgary, Alberta, May 1-3, 2013. The conference has a Canadian focus, but we welcome international attendees who are interested in EdTech innovation: EdTech Innovation is a national conference, hosted by Athabasca University in Calgary, May 1 -3, 2013, bringing together startups, researchers, and technology purchasers and venture capitalists.

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. Aims: reducing corruption, improving safety, further opening the door to entrepreneurial innovation. Here are the projects: 1. RFP-EZ – twitter: @ProjectRFPEZ.

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. Recent technology and social connectivity trends have created a perfect storm of opportunity for companies to embrace the power of cloud to optimize, innovate and disrupt business models,” is the study’s overriding conclusion. . I could not agree more that the potential for game changing business innovation is the true power of the cloud.

Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These questions are the subject of MIT Professor Michael Cusumano’s recent book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World. In fact, steady growth and profitability are likely to encourage firms to become more bureaucratic and less attentive to detail and innovation as they transition to managing a large number of people, more complex products and services, and a bigger scale of operations.

The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. More recently , the cloud community came together to develop OpenStack , an open source cloud computing platform, and in 2012 founded the OpenStack Foundation.

Innovation in Education: Companies outside of USA?

George Siemens

Innovation in education is getting attention globally. The epicentre of edtech innovation is the USA. New and innovative teaching models through the use of technology are a global focus. What are the most innovative companies that you’ve come across that are NOT US-based Entrepreneurship may well be the force that finally brings structural change to higher education after 800 years.

Pick of the Month: April 2012

Jane Hart

Note, for easy reference, all the resources in my daily Picks are collated monthly on my 2012 Reading List. “As the web rapidly transforms the way we consume knowledge, here’s a quick look at innovative tools, programs, and startups that are rapidly changing how we learn.”

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Value polarization and transcending job commoditization: Expertise, Relationships, Innovation

Ross Dawson

INNOVATION. Innovation stems from connecting expertise, ideas, insights, and experience. Yesterday I released a first version of my Future of Work framework.

Working Smarter, March 2012

Jay Cross

March 1, 2012 to March 30, 2012. And here are the top articles from this month: Habermas (1929- ): ideology, action but lost on new media - Donald Clark Plan B , March 30, 2012. A workscape perspective - Harold Jarche , March 25, 2012.

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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 your firm is going to survive and thrive as the world economy goes through a fundamental phase change—from industrial bureaucracy to a creative economy of continuous innovation? This workshop is taking place on March 19-21, 2012 in Washington DC.

The Power of Innovation keynote in Luxembourg

Ross Dawson

It was fascinating to see the energy and innovation in this small country in the heart of Western Europe. I recently gave the opening keynote at the Golden-i Awards in Luxembourg.

Excellent data on the state of global innovation: idea generation, idea conversion, and crowdsourcing

Ross Dawson

Strategy + Business magazine has just launched its annual Global Innovation 1000 study , a deep analysis of the 1000 biggest spenders on innovation globally. Most executives think about crowdsourcing and distributed innovation as tools for idea generation.

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IBM Lotusphere and CONNECT 2012 – Here We Go Again! #ls12 #IBMConnect

Luis Suarez

Of course, I am talking about the IBM Lotusphere 2012 event , which this time around, also comes along with the second edition of the CONNECT 2012 event. Look forward to seeing you all at Lotusphere and IBM Connect 2012 … Oh and don’t be shy!

Reaction to IMS Learning Impact 2012 Conference

Xyleme

With the ability to easily create learning applications that seamlessly mash-up the best content, and with the tools available, it is no wonder that some innovative vendors have already seized on this new opportunity. Ending on a positive note, I would have never expected innovation to be led by our public K12 system. We may have all been drinking the same cool-aid, but at the IMS Global Learning Consortium Learning Impact Conference in Toronto, there was a meeting of the minds.

Innovating our way out of the industrial era

Harold Jarche

The only answer that makes any sense is innovation — a word that neither side uses properly, ever. The only way out of this mess is to innovate ourselves into a better future. Inside organizations, innovation can be facilitated through narration, transparency and power-sharing.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I find it helpful to look at cloud along two key dimensions: as a technology to improve IT productivity, and as a platform for enabling business innovation. Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation.

Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This semester I am teaching the innovation half of a course on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NYU’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). The bulk of the innovations in the industrial economy involved physical objects, physical systems and the physical world around us.

Some Reflections about Social Data in the Cloud from the Social Innovation Summit 2012

Beth Kanter

For the past two days, I’ve been attending (and also a speaker ) at The Social Innovation Summit , a private, invitation-only forum that explores the frontiers of social innovation.

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Technology, Resources and Innovation

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The stovepipe innovations - why are you settling for it? In 2012 Wu and colleagues completed a major mobile learning metastudy collecting 164 studies.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of his choices this year is a New Yorker article by bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell - Creation Myth: Xerox PARC, Apple, and the truth about innovation. He uses Steve Jobs’ legendary 1979 visit to Xerox PARC as the springboard for his reflections on the nature of revolutionary innovations. In the 1970s, PARC was the mecca for innovation in computing. In his article, Gladwell discusses a related PARC innovation - the laser printer. The innovator says go.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Aligning government with 21st century economic realities will require innovations at least as disruptive and profound as those embraced by the private sector. By harnessing major technological shifts and adopting best business practices, we can not only make our government far more productive, but also foster greater innovation in areas ranging from healthcare to education and energy – innovation that will generate economic growth and job creation.”. “We

Are Innovation and R&D Yielding Decreasing Returns?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Given the pace of technological change, we tend to think of our age as the most innovative ever. These innovations, first developed in the late 19th and early 20th century, have long been transforming the lives of billions. In a September, 2012 paper , Northwestern University economist Robert Gordon questioned the generally accepted assumption that economic growth is a continuous process that will persist forever. Innovation may be hitting a wall of diminishing returns.

Disruptive innovation in professional services: the value in expertise

Ross Dawson

The concept of disruptive innovation is now well-recognized in business. Disruptive innovation can happen in any industry, however it can need translation and interpretation for other domains such as services. Health care : Christensen’s latest book, The Innovator’s Prescription , is on disruptive innovation in health care.