Nominations Open – Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2012

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Top 50 Innovation TweetersWe thought it would be a fun summer activity to pull together a list of the top innovation personalities and information sharers on twitter. We know we follow a lot of great innovation people on twitter (including a lot of the great Innovation Excellence authors) and we are curious to see who you follow or who you think people should investigate to learn more about. We’ll then take your nominations and our favorites and compile them into a list to share back with you next Monday.

ANNOUNCED – Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2012

DEADLINE for nominations will be July 22, 2012 at midnight GMT and you can do it two ways:

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ANNOUNCED – Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2012

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Braden KelleyBraden Kelley is a popular innovation speaker, embeds innovation across the organization with innovation training, and builds B2B pull marketing strategies that drive increased revenue, visibility and inbound sales leads. He is currently advising an early-stage fashion startup making jewelry for your hair and is the author of Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire from John Wiley & Sons. He tweets from @innovate.

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  1. I recommend Prof. Frank T. Piller, professor of management at the RWTH Aachen University and one of the world’s leading scholars for open innovation and mass customization. His blog (on both MC and OI) and his frequent tweets at @masscustom are suited to keep you up on speed about everything any MC/OI enthusiast needs to know.

  2. I nominate JR Reagan, Deloitte’s Federal Chief Innovation Officer, an innovator and frequent speaker on innovation topics. JR specializes in lightweight innovation and prototyping to assist clients with envisioning the ‘art of the possible’. JR serves as Senior Professional Faculty at Johns Hopkins University and has given guest lectures on Innovation and Solutions Development at Harvard University, Northwestern Kellogg and University of South Carolina. JR is a prolific Tweeter with a substantial following and uses the Tweets he finds to develop an internal Innovation QOD for 40,000 global team members on internal Yammer.

  3. @prototypetoday

  4. With a bashful shuffle of the feet, @PhiBetaIota, for pressing forward with Open Source Everything Manifesto (

  5. I’ll nominate @imaginatik – lots to see there in the coming weeks/months!

  6. Hey Braden, thanks for valuing folks who live and foster change through innovation!

    As I thought about your delightful challenge I thought the tag “innovation” could be used in every blog or article I publish, and saw you as part of that inspiration.

    Because of your own brain compatible practices — such as rallying up innovative leaders like you did here — I vote for your talents to top such a list!

    Here is a post which shows how you still impact my MBA students in a course I designed and teach – Called, LEAD INNOVATION WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND. My interview re your book spotlights why I nominate your blog with honors.

    It will be fun to read results!

    Stay blessed! Ellen

  7. I vote for your blog Braden – and the reasons are at

    Good luck! Ellen

  8. My go-to guy for informative tweets on innovation, a topic I write about a lot, is @stefanlindegaard. He is writing about where the future of innovation is headed. People need to take notice.

  9. I nominate Think Jar Collective @thinkjar_ for their diverse perspective on creativity and innovation. The Collective’s columnists range from Artists to Artificial Intelligence scientists.
    Think Jar Collective
    “We aim to ‘jar’ status quo assumptions, spark creativity and relevant social innovations. We like to bash disparate ideas together to see what emerges…”

  10. I nominate @KalypsoLP – great content covering all areas of innovation.

  11. I have two – Stefan Lindegaard (@lindegaard) and @KalypsoLP.

    Both great sources of info on many aspects of innovation and express varied viewpoints.

  12. Maria Hernandez

    I nominate @ideasrealidad!

  13. These people are on my list because they share good insights through Twitter:


    You should follow them 🙂

    • Agree with @lindegaard, a great Open Innovation contributor on Twitter!

      I’ve listed:

      who also share accurate information on innovation on Twitter.

      And for the French touch 😉

  14. I recommend someone I found on twitter some weeks ago


    tweeting state-of-the-art information on innovation from different perspectives, such as digital innovation, innovation policies, innovation in media, creative industries, tech. Plus: bilingual microblogging.

  15. Basically, I follow many people with interesting content as can be seen from my Twitter profile.

    For specific innovation content, I particularly nominate the following curators:

    @innovate / @IXchat

    Make sure to follow them!

  16. Complementing the following nominees:


  17. I would recommend Linda Bernardi at @linda_bernardi, author of the recent book Provoke which is about using disruption to innovate.

  18. Please don’t forget @CogniStreamer, @CloverleafInnov and @greggfraley — very regular innovation tweeters! Thanks.

  19. Please take a look at the daily contributions of @CogniStreamer – covers about all areas of innovation.

  20. I would recommend Martin Duval @bluenove, CEO and founder of bluenove, the french leader in open innovation.


  21. Nominating:
    -Hutch Carpenter @bhc3 ( VP of Product at Spigit

    -James Gardner@bankervision( Chief Strategy Officer at Spigit, former CTO and Director of Future Design at U.K.’s Department for Work and Pensions, and former Head of Innovation at Lloyds Banking Group

  22. Far too many to count:


  23. Doug Collins posts good content at @InnoArchitect

  24. Barrie Rappaport

    nominating @reinventioninc

  25. I would like to nominate: @MayoInnovation and invite all interested healthcare change agents to Transform 2012 – in September!

  26. Nominating @MayoInnovation – in a short amount of time the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation has moved from an insulated, multidisciplinary group to the center of innovation discussions in healthcare through twitter. @MayoInnovation through their utilization of tweetchats + storify, and effective use of links to external resources help tell the story and frame often complex problems of healthcare to ones that can be solved.

  27. @Renee_Hopkins

  28. Far too many to add but I will give you my Top 10 in no particular order:

    1. @digitaltonto
    2. @ralph_ohr
    3. @paul4innovating
    4. @greggfraley
    5. @lindegaard
    6. @ovoinnovation
    7. @chuckfrey
    8. @brioneja
    9. @ariegoldshlager
    10. @rossdawson

  29. I would like to nominate the following (unordered):


    All the best.


  30. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their list of nominations so far. Lots to choose from. Three days left to get your nominations in if you haven’t already. Lots to choose from. 🙂


  31. A short list based on Klout ratings, industry knowledge, and robust content:


    211 more innovation tweeps here:!/reinventioninc/innocats


  32. I nominate @innovation360 as the best innovation company in Middle East!

  33. I would like to nominate @innovation360

    thank you!

  34. My nominations for the top innovation tweeters of 2012


    Follow them on this list!/Brioneja/innovation-news-network

    or on this daily

  35. Claudia Megele (@claudiamegele)has introduced the use of social media, twitter in particular, to the heart of the social work community, creating a welcoming, interesting and universally welcoming space within which professionals/service users/anybody can debate and discuss issues which effect them. Claudia introduced the @swscmedia debates and her selfless work continues apace. She should most certainly be on this list, if not a the top of it!

  36. I nominate @innovation360

    Sameer Sortur

  37. I would like to nominate Claudia Megele (@claudiamegele) for her innovative use of Twitter to bring together the Social Work community and provide a platform which is exciting, stimulating and diverse where all can debate and contribute on a level with the @swscmedia deates. Her selfless and incredibly generous work should put her on the list, if not at the top of it!!

  38. I learn so much from:
    and @greggfraley

  39. Great lists here! Hey, let’s not overlook our amazing female innovators as top game-changers too!

    Here are a few of the many out there – and here’s how gender offerings add finer innovative outcomes for ALL!

    @sandymaxey @MariSmith @robynmcmaster @WomenOfHistory @robynmcmaster @MeghanMBiro @lizstrauss @Brainmaker @AngelaMaiers @dscofield @GreenSkyDeb @KateNasser @Annemcx @LollyDaskal @bizshrink @PDobrowolski @Competia @phyllismufson @leesabarnes @ShellyKramer @justcoachit @maricallah @rachbarnhart

  40. Further top female innovators that also add to winning outcomes:

    @LearnIt2EarnIt @lizzwinstead @MeredithMBell @drjoyce_knudsen @njsmyth @DorleeM @JenniferSertl @feistycoach @KateNasser @thehrgoddess @LizKislik @CINERGYCoaching @Lyn_Boyer @4KM @DrMelanieG

    • thank you Dr. Ellen for the wonderful recognition. Even though I just met you on Twitter, I look forward to sharing information.

      so I would like to nominate you @ellenfweber as a wonderful innovator of social media and Twitter!

  41. I nominate Ellen Weber @ellenfweber Most of her tweets relate to innovation and almost ever post on her awesome blog ( is focused on innovation although she doesn’t use that label.

  42. Maurice Biermans

    I recommend Marjolein Caniels, @MCCOUNL
    Prof. Organisational Learning Open University of the Netherlands. Area: Innovation, Learning, Economics, Creativity.

    Her tweets are inspiring and mention a lot of art and creativity that touches innovation.

  43. I nominate Ellen Weber @ellenfweber and Robyn McMaster @robynmcmaster as outstanding female innovators who both tweet and blog content that is focused on innovation for leadership/career development (incorporating the latest developments in neuroscience, psychology, business and more).

  44. I nominate @ellenfweber and @njsmyth. Ellen tips ideas upside down and sees the world differently than many people.

    @njsmyth is a game-changer in higher education. She has brought much innovation to University of Buffalo.

  45. I could definitely have done more than fifty. There were a lot of great nominations. Thank you to everyone who took the time to add a comment to the nominations article or send me one via twitter.

    Keep innovating! 🙂


  46. You can find the final Top 50 Innovation Tweeters of 2012 list here:

    Watch for a list focused on company accounts tweeting about innovation in August.

    Thank you for all of your great recommendations and nominations!


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