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. “An innovation is the implementation of a new or significantly improved product (good or service), or process, a new marketing method, or a new organisational method in business practices, workplace organisation or external relations.” An Innovation Process?

working collaboratively and learning cooperatively

Harold Jarche

The results of this ‘experiment’ were striking: 91 per cent of the Six Sigma companies failed to keep up with the S&P 500 because Six Sigma got in the way of innovation. Collaboration + Cooperation. Two types of behaviours are necessary in the network era workplace — collaboration and cooperation. Cooperation is not the same as collaboration, though they are complementary. Teams, groups, and markets collaborate. Improving Organizational Performance.


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Fostering an Innovation Culture: Talent, Discipline and Leadership

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Innovation has been a hot topic for the past few decades. Companies all over the world have integrated innovation into their overall strategies and marketing campaigns. Nations and regions have launched innovation initiatives in an attempt to attract such companies and their accompanying well-paying jobs. But, as I have learned over my long career , managing innovation initiatives is actually quite hard, much harder than it may at first appear.

The 2019 Artificial Intelligence Index

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

To help address these important questions, the annual Artificial Intelligence Index was created under the auspices of Stanford University’s Human-Center AI Institute , - guided by a Steering Committee of experts from academia and industry, and in collaboration with a number of sponsoring partners and data contributors. Now in its third year, the 2019 AI Index Report was released this past December.

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Xyleme Named to 2019 Training Industry Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies List


Raleigh, NC – February 7, 2019 – Training Industry today announced that Xyleme has been selected as part of the 2019 Top Training Companies lists for the Authoring Tools sector of the learning and development market. Xyleme is the Learning Content Management System (LCMS) of choice for the visionaries who are looking for innovative ways to change the way learning is created and delivered. View the 2019 Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies.

Once Lumbering, Now Innovative Incumbents Hit Their Stride

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Today, winner-take-all organizations are on the rise, but collaborative ecosystems are flourishing as well. Even in industries where competitive concentration is increasing, innovation hasn’t – as would be expected – flatlined.”. They’ve outperformed their peers in financial results and innovation over the past three years. They have a broad network of ecosystem partners, and are ahead of all others in co-creation and collaboration with customers and partners.

The Blockchain Value Framework

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In July, 2019, the World Economic Forum and Accenture released Building Value with Blockchain Technology , a white paper aimed at helping organizations evaluate blockchain’s benefits and build an effective business case. Worldwide spending on blockchains solutions is expected to reach almost $3 billion in 2019 and close to $12.5 In fact, a lack of collaboration can undermine – or even block – such transformation.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2018

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Starting in 2017, the Top Ten list has been chosen in collaboration with Scientific American and published in an issue of the magazine. A 2017 paper, The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Innovation , argued that beyond its growing list of applications, - from machine translation to predictions of all kinds, - AI is also becoming a new kind of research tool which will potentially reshape the very nature of innovation and R&D.

Impact of AI on Government - Opportunities and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2019, the Partnership and IBM collaborated on two additional reports, Assessing the Impact of AI on the Work of Government , and Building Trust, Managing Risks. This second 2019 report is focused on understanding and addressing AI risks, based on lessons from companies and countries around the world.

How to Support the Widespread Adoption of AI

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From siloed work to interdisciplinary collaboration. In their 2009 book Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Rewiring the Economy , Erik Brynjolfsson and Adam Saunders introduced the concept of organizational capital as the necessary critical ingredient that enabled a company to take full advantage of major IT advances.

Can AI Help Develop and Execute a Competitive Business Strategy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

People and technology must closely collaborate , with each playing the particular role they are best at. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Technology and Strategy

Will Humans Be Better Off in an Increasingly AI-Based Future?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Improve human collaboration across borders and stakeholder groups. AI will optimize and augment people’s lives: Experts hope that AI will help save lives “via health advances and the reduction of risks and of poverty…” as well as “spur innovation and broaden opportunities,… and increase individuals’ overall satisfaction with life. ”. After decades of promise and hype, artificial intelligence is finally becoming one of the most important technologies of our era.

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Leveraging AI to Transform Government

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In-depth interviews were conducted with 14 people from 10 organizations, including the various government agencies involved, as well as their collaborators in non profits and universities. The first use case describes a decade long collaboration between a USC research team and the LA International Airport on how to use AI to help law enforcement units figure out how to best deploy their limited staff more effectively so they can outsmart terrorists and other criminals.

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ILT is not Dead


Organizations continue to focus on implementing new and innovative ways to implement digital learning. In fact, according to the 2019 Brandon Hall Study , ILT remains the primary form of learning delivery in organizations – a whopping 94%, as opposed to eLearning at 77%. Face to face interaction also lends itself for a higher level of collaboration. While this trend continues to grow, statistics are showing that instructor-led training (ILT) is not dead.

meetings, bloody meetings

Harold Jarche

Initiate first discussion on a collaborative web document. Two types of behaviours are necessary for knowledge flow in the network era workplace — collaboration and cooperation. Cooperation is not the same as collaboration, though they are complementary. Cooperation differs from collaboration in that it is sharing freely without any expectation of reciprocation or reward. Collaboration includes — Coordinating tasks ?with

The New, Interdisciplinary, MIT Schwarzman College of Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

give MIT’s five schools a shared structure for collaborative education, research, and innovation in computing and AI. US leadership in AI requires the close collaboration of academia, business and government. These commentaries, representing faculty from all five MIT schools, implore us to be collaborative, foresighted, and courageous as we shape a new college - and to proceed with judicious humility,” wrote Dean Nobles in her Perspective’s foreword. “Rightly so.

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making time for learning

Harold Jarche

Social and informal learning are key to increasing insights that can drive innovation. People at work need more than training — they need ongoing, real-time, constantly-changing, collaborative, support. Organizing and participating in meetings, Finding people best suited to solve a problem or to learn from, & Collaborating with others to achieve a task. For over a decade I have promoted the idea that work is learning & learning is the work.

The Evolution of Work in Urban Labor Markets

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As it turned out, instead of declining, we’ve seen the rise of superstar cities and metro areas, which continue to generate the greatest levels of innovation and good jobs, and thus attract a disproportionate share of the world’s talent. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture

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learning with complexity

Harold Jarche

Getting work done today means finding a balance between sharing complex knowledge to get work done ( collaboration ), and innovating in internet time ( cooperation ). A core part of sensemaking is connecting cooperative learning with collaborative action. Two technologies — machine learning , and the internet — are changing our understanding of the world by showing that we really cannot understand large scale complexity.


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In the context of work it happened with collaboration, innovation, and creativity. The process of thingification (turning a useful idea into the latest thing and thereby rendering it useless) appears unstoppable. It is even happening with disruption! It happened with blogging, it happened with YouTube, it's happening with podcasting. All these potentially powerful attempts at building a new world using new tools being rendered safe by assimilation into the old.

complex networks of trust

Harold Jarche

What is innovation? — History tells us that innovation is an outcome of a massive collective effort — not just from a narrow group of young white men in California.” — Mariana Mazzucato. Democracy Innovationit is not so much about having ideas as it is about connecting and nurturing ideas. Markets do not work in isolation from the public sector. Everything is connected. The lone genius does not exist. Networks of trust are what create value for society.

adding value with teams

Harold Jarche

In working collaboratively & learning cooperatively I noted that team collaboration requires the transparent sharing of knowledge — using enterprise social networks and other technologies — so that everyone on a team knows what is going on and why. This method of work has to be supported by management by enabling — innovative and contextual methods, the self-selection of the most appropriate tools and work conditions, and willing cooperation between workers.

The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Other words: innovative, adaptable, tech-empowered. Transition to the Work World What skills do they think are the most important to demonstrate to get and keep a good job: Attitude, communication, collaboration and cultural fit, time management, and technical application (they sometimes wish, eg., Summary of a presentation: The Gen Z Learning Journey From Higher Education To The Workplace Giselle Kovary, M.A., President n-gen People Performance Inc.

Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

19 September 2019. They can help meet the needs of individual learners and effectively promote gender equality and incentivize innovative pedagogical, didactical and methodological approaches. The point of this section is to point out the benefits of “regional and global collaboration and advocacy in the creation, access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation, redistribution and evaluation of OER.”

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Shaping (As Opposed to Stumbling Into It!) – The Future of Online Learning and Training Stephen Murgatroyd, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer Contact North | Contact Nord These are summary notes of the talk, taken by me, “I’m here because I’m old…. when 5G rolls out - Collaborative Learning o Eg.

Learning and eLearning Conferences to Attend in 2019


It is time to start planning your 2019 learning conferences to attend, we are! January 27-29, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ. February 6-08, 2019 | West Palm Beach, FL. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019, TechKnowledge delivers practical how-to’s, advanced strategy and solutions, and everything in between. Training Magazine’s Training 2019 Conference & Expo. Feb 25-27, 2019 | Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Florida. DevLearn 2019.

Blog Post: The Henley Forum 2020 Awards

David Gurteen

The Henley Forum would like to hear from people who are working to develop dynamic capability though knowledge, learning, change and innovation work. cultivating innovation. and collaborating across boundaries. By David Gurteen Just a reminder about the Henley Forum 2020 Awards. The awards recognise those who are advancing organisational practice.

The Increasing Demand for Hybrid, “T-Shaped” Workers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The vertical stroke in the letter T represents a depth of skills and expertise in one or more specific fields; the horizontal bar implies broad multidisciplinary and social skills, as well as the ability to collaborate with experts across disciplines to jointly solve complex problems. More specifically, they needed to learn how to approach problems from many perspectives and to combine various approaches to find innovative solutions.”.

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New (Free) E-Book: Leading Systems Change Will Supercharge Your Facilitation Skills

Beth Kanter

Overall, the program led to over 100 collaborations and its impact is ongoing. Teampedia -This collection includes many useful team building activities, icebreakers, teamwork resources, and tools for teams that want to improve their collaborative processes, including meetings. HyperIsland -Hyper Island is a creative business school in Sweden with a unique approach to learning that focuses on collaboration, creativity, and learning-by-doing.

The Third Wave of the Digital Economy - Promises and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“The next wave of digital innovation is coming. Countries can welcome it, prepare for it, and ride it to new heights of innovation and prosperity, or they can ignore the changing tide and miss the wave,” writes Robert Atkinson in The Task Ahead of Us. Atkinson is founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a think tank focused on science and technology policy.

learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

In complexity, cooperation trumps collaboration. Collaboration means working together for a common objective around some kind of plan or structure. Work teams are collaborative. Cooperation is not the same as collaboration, though they are complementary. Teams, groups, and markets collaborate. Working cooperatively requires a different mindset than merely collaborating on a defined project. Innovation. Innovation comes from people, not technology.

How Covid Is Reordering the Global Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The pandemic has spurred firms to invest in the technologies and applications needed to make remote collaboration possible. “American firms forecast that the proportion of days worked at home will jump from 5% before covid-19 to about 20%, a number that chimes with the average desire of workers.

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Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A ccording to a 2019 Task Force on national security, federal investment in R&D as a percentage of GDP peaked at 1.86% in 1964 but has declined from a little over 1% percent in 1990 to 0.66% in 2016.

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Why Business Transformation Efforts Often Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A 2019 study found that the average digitization level across all industry sectors was only around 25% of their ultimate potential. Transformative changes are generally based on new, innovative ideas that few may understand in their early stages.

Reconnecting Society and Reopening the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this year, Moro and collaborators evaluated the effectiveness of social distancing policies in the NY metro area by analyzing anonymized geolocation data. A few months ago, MIT Connection Science held it’s annual Sponsors’ Meeting online.

Why “The Techlash” Is a Threat to Growth and Progress

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) published A Policymaker’s Guide to the “Techlash” - What It Is and Why It’s a Threat to Growth and Progress. “Does information technology (IT) solve problems and make our lives easier, allowing us to do more with less?,” The ITIF report was published toward the end of 2019, a few months before the advent of Covid-19.

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Could AI Reshape the Global Balance of Power?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) was established by the US Congress in Fiscal Year 2019 to “advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and associated technologies by the United States to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.”

What History Tells Us About the Accelerating AI Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks before our lives were turned upside down by Covid-19, I read Technology at Work v4.0 , the fourth report in the Technology at Work Series developed by Citigroup in collaboration with Oxford University. The report includes an excellent chapter on What History Tells Us About the Coming AI Revolution by Oxford professor Carl Benedikt Frey based on his 2019 book The Technology Trap.

The Public Face of Science - Implications of the Covid Crisis

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It was followed by Encountering Science in America , which was published in 2019. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Healthcare Systems Innovation Management and Leadership Media and Communications Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Why Some AI Efforts Succeed While Many Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Winning with AI , - a 2019 report based on a survey jointly conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group , - found that 90% of respondents agree that AI represents a business opportunity for their company. A common mistake companies make is to assume that, since AI is so dependent on advanced research and technical innovations, their AI strategy should be considered primarily from a technology perspective.

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learning about machine learning

Harold Jarche

” — PWC Banking CEO Survey 2019 (PDF). Step-in: Using machines to augment work — New Media Literacy, Virtual Collaboration, Cognitive Load Management. Innovation WorkWhy is machine learning [ML] important for your business? If you work at Nokia, your Chairman can explain it to you in a one hour presentation he developed over six months of research. Risto Siilasmaa helped make his network smarter.

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new societal infrastructures

Harold Jarche

Cheating Becomes Collaboration. In December 2019 NineShift announced its work was done — “The NineShift story, which predicted and then documented the transformation of society from the Industrial Age of 2000 into the Knowledge Society of 2020, has been complete.” Communities Democracy InnovationIn 2004 Bill Draves and Julie Coates wrote Nineshift : Work, life and education in the 21st Centur y. That was the same year I started blogging here.

leadership through cooperation

Harold Jarche

John’s Innovation Centre. “CEPI [ Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations ] will coordinate engagements between GSK and entities funded by CEPI who are interested in testing their vaccine platform with GSK’s adjuvant technology to develop effective vaccines against 2019-nCoV. “Since the 2019-nCoV gene sequences were made available through GenBank, some labs have developed testing kits to specifically detect the 2019 coronavirus in suspected patients.