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The Blockchain and Open Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. The Internet and World Wide Web introduced a culture of standards to the IT industry. It’s too early to know if the blockchain will become another major transformational innovation.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? I was really impressed with their innovative ideas, courage and determination as they addressed some of society’s toughest problems.

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Embracing Disruptive Innovations: Organizational Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In early August I participated in a strategic planning meeting in the Boston area. They both participated in the planning meeting, along with senior executives from one of ID3’s industrial partners. At the beginning of the meeting a few of us made brief introductory remarks.

Organizational Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Almost seventy years ago, Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter popularized the term creative destruction to describe the process of transformation that accompanies disruptive innovation. In Schumpeter's vision of capitalism, innovative entry by entrepreneurs was the force that sustained long-term economic growth, even as it destroyed the value of established companies that enjoyed some degree of monopoly power.

The MIT 2017 Inclusive Innovation Challenge

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we accelerate the transformation of institutions, organizations, and human skills to keep up with the quickening pace of digital innovation? To help come up with breakthrough, real-world answers to these tough questions, IDE launched the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) last year. We created the Inclusive Innovation Challenge to recognize and reward the many amazing people and organizations that are working to accomplish this mission.”

Micro-blogging can help build your organisational culture

Dan Pontefract

In the corporate world where deadlines are rampant, constant innovation is indispensable, workloads are mounting, and financial pressures are omnipresent, it’s no wonder the employees of many organisations feel as though they are disconnected from one another.

Did Zappos Just Ruin Their Culture Or Is It A Brilliant Org Redesign?

Dan Pontefract

In a word, it’s all about “ culture.” Their collaborative mindset is infectious, one that encourages everyone to scale the culture. It’s an act of recognition, but it’s the opportunity for all Zappos employees to scale the culture.

Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: An Unusual Meeting

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Some of us have been in 3D meeting rooms for over a decade. Black Sun advocates drove the early VRML adoption.

The Economic Value of Digital Identity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, like other innovations, digital ID technologies can be used both to benefits society and for undesirable purposes. Identity plays a major role in our everyday life.

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How Nonprofit Leaders Make Time for Social Media and Other Secrets to Adoption

Beth Kanter

How can nonprofit leaders help their organizations embrace experimental innovation methods and mindsets as part of implementing their integrated social media strategy? Leadership Organizational Culture

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: GIO 3.0 - The 2007 Global Innovation Outlook

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. with back-to-back meetings in New York City, one of which I was the host for.

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

The Evolution of Design Thinking

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The application of design thinking beyond products, - in innovation, problem solving and business strategy, - isn’t new. Innovation is absolutely essential to be able to adapt to, let alone survive unpredictable market conditions and intense global competition.

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The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As in previous years, the Symposium convened a group of leaders in their field to explore the state of adoption of digital money and its economic and societal impacts around the world. . Digital money adoption is a slow changing, long haul commitment. .

The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These systems were optimized for simplicity and flexibility, and their graphical user interfaces led to many innovative applications, including the new web-based applications in the 1990s. Even as revenues fail to meet expectations, costs are prohibitively high.

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Bigger is Not Necessarily Better in Our Information-Rich Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The report is focused on the growing gap in technology adoption between individuals and institutions. They are not able to embrace these disruptive technologies and innovations at anywhere the same speeds.

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Bridging the World’s Knowledge Divide: Technology + Competition, Skills and Institutions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few months ago I attended the 12th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty , a meeting that brought together around 50-60 policy and technical experts from government, academia, business, investors and NGOs.

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Meeting the Geeks of Arabia at N2Vlabs Talks in Amman, Jordan

Beth Kanter

This post is brief re-cap about what I learned about technology innovation investments to develop new social media platforms and apps for the Arab World. ” He was invited to attend Davos in January and had an opportunity to meet Microsoft founder, Bill Gates and demo their project.

Some Thoughts on the Affordable Care Act

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Global competition continues to drive companies to aggressively focus on productivity , leveraging IT-based innovations to get their work done with fewer employees. should meet one on one with the president every week to ensure he or she has full authority to carry out the job.

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The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Five such attributes were identified in the study: adaptability, cultural competence, 360-degree thinking, intellectual curiosity, and empathy. It’s not so easy to be good at both operations and strategy because they require fairly different talents and cultures.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The accelerating velocity, expanded scope and systemic impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will lead to constant surprises and serious disruptions, including: Customer expectations - No transformation is more challenging than meeting the service expectations of digitally empowered customers.

The Global Business Environment: Success or Struggle?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I wrote about one of them, The burdens of the past , which dealt with the growing gap between individuals and institutions in their adoption of knowledge-sharing technologies. Many of these companies have adopted a defensive posture in response to such unpredictable markets, - focusing on increased productivity and lower costs, which leaves little room for creativity and innovation. But companies are still learning how to apply innovation to services.

The Datafication of Business and Society

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But digitalization , - its companion concept which captures the impact of the digital revolution on the economy and society, - has been in use since computers were widely adopted around 60 years ago.

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The Continuing, Transformative Impact of IT

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Disruptive innovations take time to play out. Its potential for driving business innovation remains untapped. billion people will become consumers by 2025, that is, they will earn enough to buy goods and services beyond meeting their basic needs.

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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

It is a useful technique for creating a more responsive, flexible organizational culture as well as coming up with more innovative ideas for programs and grants that are a good fit. Sometimes the enemy of innovation is not solving the right problem.

How Has the Internet Worked Out So Far?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The survey asked questions in four main categories: adoption, impact on everyday life, impact on social relationships, and overall verdict. Adoption. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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The Continuing Evolution of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The occasion was a board meeting of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI) , a not-for-profit organization that promotes research in the public interest which Bob founded in 1986 and continues to lead. Then in the 1980s a small set of Internet e-mail protocols were adopted, - e.g., SMTP , MIME , POP , IMAP , - as well as a common format for e-mail addresses , - username@domain. But, it has not been the culture one generally associates with the business world.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Patterns of Business Innovation in China and India

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? In our article on innovation blowback , JSB and I discussed the experience of a U.S.

Hurricane Sandy: a 21st Century Wake-Up Call?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

US infrastructure is not only inadequate to meet the needs of a dynamic, growing, and productive economy, but its quality has been in relative decline. As I was personally experiencing the fury of Hurricane Sandy a few weeks ago, I thought of the Internet Highway System and President Dwight D.

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Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I explored this question by comparing blockchain today to the Internet in the early-mid 1990s, which is roughly when the Internet made its own transition from early adopters to mainstream users. It’s still in its early adopters stage, - perhaps akin to the Internet in the late1980s.

Should the US Slowly Phase Out the $100 Bill?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When it comes to digital payments, India may be actually leapfrogging the US, based on practical innovations, hard work, and, - necessity being the mother of invention, - the urgent need to step up to a major problem, - a decade ago, nearly half the Indian population had no identification whatsoever.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Wikipatterns: A How-To Site on Driving the Adoption of Wikis Within Your Organization

Mark Oehlert

Each entry begins with a short descriptor : " Most people want to see the upcoming meetings agenda.

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The Power of Pull

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Detailed demand forecasts, operational plans, and operational process manuals carefully script the actions and specify the resources required to meet anticipated demand.” “We consume media that have been packaged, programmed, and pushed to us based on our anticipated needs. The hierarchically organized enterprise was the management model adopted by businesses to help them scale their production of goods and services.

Adaptation: The Key to Become a Socially Integrated Enterprise

Luis Suarez

In Adoption via Peer Pressure? Eric comes forward to suggest that driving adoption through peer pressure , if done properly, could surely help out in the long run. But I am no longer certain that (social) peer pressure would eventually help much with those adoption efforts.

Would a Distributed Model of Government be More Suitable for a Complex, Diverse 21st Century Democracy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are there innovative government models that might work better than our present ones? The expertise is out in the field, where the rubber meets the road , as it were. Generally, those with more centrist or progressive views have shied away from the New Federalism philosophies, mostly because of its associations with segregation and with culture war issues like reproduction rights , freedom to marry , and the separation of church and state.

Leveraging Commercial Best Practices to Maximize Government Productivity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A number of the CEOs involved in this study also met with senior White House and Federal Reserve economic officials to discuss their recommendations , which emphasize both the need to reduce the nation’s growing deficit as well as laying a foundation for future innovation and growth. Again and again, new capabilities have simultaneously reduced costs and sparked innovation.”. To meet these expectations, the public sector must transform itself.”

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Increasingly, organizations will have to adopt a more environmental and socially acceptable way of doing business to attract top talent and perhaps even to survive the fierce competition around the world. To meet this commitment, they said they needed to understand and respond to diverse cultures and local needs, whether economic, environmental or social.” Several weeks ago IBM released its 2010 Global CEO Study.

A Very Delicate Balance

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I recently gave several talks on Technology-based Business Innovation that were based on the graduate seminar I taught at MIT last semester. So, what is the essence of Technology-based Business Innovation ? Why is it so very hard for any company beyond its young, entrepreneurial, adolescent years – say, ten to twenty or so - to continue to embrace the kinds of disruptive innovations that got it started and made it successful to begin with?

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, I asked whether blockchain is ready to cross the chasm from its early adopters, - who are already involved with blockchain in one way or another, - to the considerably larger set of mainstream users who may be considering blockchain but are waiting for results and assurances before jumping in. It’s still in its early adopters stage, - perhaps akin to the Internet in the late1980s. Organization and culture.

Reflections on Economics from a Non-Economist

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He cites a meeting this past May in which Professor Kevin Murphy said, talking about the remaking of General Motors: “Who in their right mind would put the government in charge of that task?” Tags: Complex Systems Innovation Management and Leadership Society and Culture

BlueIQ at IBM Finally Goes External!

Luis Suarez

So, as I am ramping up the last few hours of my holidays, yesterday afternoon I found out, through my colleagues, that, after a long while, our IBM Social Software Internal Adoption Program is now ready to transcend the firewall and go external. Key Innovations & Timeline.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Immigration

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger A collection of observations, news and resources on the changing nature of innovation, technology, leadership, and other subjects. Home Archives Subscribe « Thank You | Main | Senate Science and Technology Caucus » January 29, 2007 Reflections on Immigration In mid-January I went back to Mexico for meetings with clients and academics, as well as colleagues from IBM. In addition, people aren't interchangeable widgets; culture counts.