Voting Closed – Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012

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Voting Closed - Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012VOTING IS NOW CLOSED

Innovation Excellence loves making innovation insights accessible for the greater good, because we truly believe that the better our organizations get at delivering value to their stakeholders the less waste of natural resources and human resources there will be.

As a result we are eternally grateful to all of you out there who take the time to create and share great innovation articles, presentations, white papers, and videos and to make a list of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers available each year.

NEWSFLASH – We’ve just added two copies (2) of Sarah Miller Caldicott’s great new book Midnight Lunch to the list of prizes ($21.95 value each), along with a $3,000 ticket to the Front End of Innovation EMEA event March 4-6, 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark to the contest portion of this initiative for one lucky voter to win.

Our lists from the two previous years have been tremendously popular:

Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2010 (download the PDF)
Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2011 (download the PDF)

Innovation Excellence is now looking for the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012.

Do you, or does someone you know, write articles about innovation?

Or do you just have someone that you like to read that writes about innovation, or some of the important adjacencies – trends, consumer psychology, change, leadership, strategy, marketing, management, collaboration, or social media (as they relate to innovation)?

Well, Innovation Excellence is looking to recognize the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers and you helped us find them with your nominations. Now it is time to vote, and help us narrow things down to a list of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012.

People who vote for someone will be entered into the prize drawings for a range of great prizes (we’ll add more prizes here as event organizers and others offer them up), including:

  1. FREE Conference Ticket to the Front End of Innovation EMEA (March 4-6, 2013)
  2. 2 copies of the five-star book – Midnight Lunch by Sarah Miller Caldicott – $21.95 value (x2)
  3. 2 signed copies of the five-star book – Stoking Your Innovation Bonfire by Braden Kelley – priceless
  4. More prizes TBD – contact us to add your event or book to this contest

The deadline for submitting votes is December 31, 2012 at midnight GMT.

The ranking will be done by me with influence from votes and nominations. The quality and quantity of contributions to Innovation Excellence by an author will be a BIG contributing factor (through the end of the voting period), so there is still time for authors and bloggers to make their first (or your best) contribution to Innovation Excellence yet. To contribute to Innovation Excellence, simply:

  1. Join the community
  2. Click on the ‘Add Content’ option in the site’s main menu and log in with the same username and password you used to create your account

You can vote in any of these four ways (and each earns points for them, so please feel free to vote all four ways):

  1. Sending us the name of the blogger by @reply on twitter to @ixchat
  2. Adding the name of the blogger to the comments below
  3. Adding the name of the blogger as a comment to this article’s posting on Facebook
  4. Adding the name of the blogger as a comment to this article’s posting in our Linkedin Group (14,800+ members)

The official Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012 and the contest winners will then be announced on Innovation Excellence on January 1, 2013.

We’re curious to see who you think is worth reading.

Here is who received nominations (in alphabetical order):

  • Adam Hartung – @Adam_Hartung
  • Alex Osterwalder – @AlexOsterwalder
  • Andrea Meyer – @AndreaMeyer
  • Arie Goldshlager – @ArieGoldshlager
  • Bill Fischer
  • Bill Taylor – @practicallyrad
  • Braden Kelley – @innovate
  • Chuck Frey – @chuckfrey
  • David Burkus
  • Deborah Mills-Scofield – @dscofield
  • Deepak Chopra – @deepakchopra
  • Don Peppers
  • Donna Sturgess – @DonnaSturgess
  • Drew Boyd – @DrewBoyd
  • Drew Marshall – @drewcm
  • Faisal Hoque – @faisal_hoque
  • Geovanny Romero Rivera
  • Gijs van Wulfen
  • Gregg Fraley – @greggfraley
  • Greg Satell – @Digitaltonto
  • Hu Yoshida – @HuYoshida
  • Hutch Carpenter – @bhc3
  • Irving Wladawsky-Berger
  • James Gardner – @bankervision
  • Jeffrey Phillips – @ovoinnovation
  • Jerry McColgin – @jmccolgin
  • John Di Frances
  • John Kapeleris
  • Jorge Barba – @JorgeBarba
  • Jose Baldaia – @Jabaldaia
  • Jose Briones – @Brioneja
  • Julie Anixter
  • Jürgen Stäudtner
  • Kaihan – @Kaihan
  • Kevin McFarthing – @InnovationFixer
  • Kevin Riley
  • LeAnna Carey – @thehealthmaven
  • Mark Sebel
  • Mark Truelson – @MarkTruelson
  • Michael Fruhling
  • Mike Brown – @Brainzooming
  • Mike Maddock
  • Mitch Ditkoff – @MitchDitkoff
  • Nicolas Bry – @NicoBry
  • Nilofer Merchant – @nilofer
  • Patrick Meyer
  • Paul Hobcraft – @Paul4innovating
  • Paul Shread
  • Paul Sloane – @paulsloane
  • Peter Cook – @AcademyOfRock
  • Polly Labarre
  • Pramath Malik
  • Ralph Christian Ohr – @ralph_ohr
  • Ray Wong
  • Ron Shulkin – @shulkin
  • Rowan Gibson – @RowanGibson
  • Sarah Miller Caldicott – @SarahMillerCaldicott
  • Saul Kaplan – @skap5
  • Scott Anthony – @ScottDAnthony
  • Stefan Lindegaard – @lindegaard
  • Steve Blank
  • Steve Todd – @SteveTodd
  • Stuart Sinclair
  • Tim Brown – @tceb62
  • Tim Kastelle – @timkastelle
  • Wim Rampen – @wimrampen

Conference Discounts from IIR:

Editor’s Note: Conference tickets are for conference admission only and are ultimately at the discretion of the conference organizers to grant. Travel and any other expenses for attending the conference are the responsibility of the winner. All deadlines are midnight GMT on the day mentioned.

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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. Highly recommend Steve Todd for this list.

  2. A good list, to be sure. I already follow a handful of these folks, and look forward to learning about the rest.

    The one that I follow slavishly is Steve Todd. Yes, he’s a fellow employees, but I think his study of successful innovation patterns and behaviors (increasingly using analytics) is itself an innovative approach to the topic of innovation — meta-innovation?

    — Chuck

  3. Steve Todd

  4. He inspirates me to see things differently, to think differently

  5. Steve Todd gets my vote

  6. I vote for Steve Todd!!!

  7. Mitch Ditkoff is innovation. His direct experience is shared almost daily blogging about innovation of ones life. Change the way you experience the world, you become innovator. He freely shares his wisdom with all of us. Thank You Mitch.

  8. I nominate Steve Todd – some great articles, not only this year but also previous.

  9. Paul Hobcraft: Always a thoughtful contributor to thinking on innovation.

  10. Don’t forget that you can also register votes by:

    1. adding comments on the post

    2. adding comments to the post on the Innovation Excellence group on Linkedin –

    3. by sending an @reply to @ixchat

    Happy voting!


  11. I am one of the many who will vote for Steve Todd and his phenomenal contribution to the passion necessary to spark Innovation.

  12. Steve Todd has my vote!

  13. Please include my vote for Steve Todd on this list!

  14. Bradley (Woody) Bendle

    Mike Brown – @brainzooming

  15. Gregg Fraley gets my vote. His thoughts carry the weight of experience and fresh perspectives! Best of Both worlds!

  16. Gregg Fraley is brilliant and highly recommended. His pores seep innovation!

  17. Gregg Fraley’s work is brilliant!

  18. Mitch Ditkoff gets my vote for Blogger of the Year and Blogger of the Millennium.

  19. Gregg Fraley deserves it…..he’s the hardest working practitioner in the business…..and he has the credentials and experience to back it up….

  20. Clinton Killingsworth

    Mr. Fraley has made some of the most consistent and insightful (not to mention frequent) contributions to the world of innovation and creativity in 2012. He’s also pretty a pretty funny guy & talented illustrator. Consider my vote cast for Gregg Fraley.

  21. Steve Todd gets my vote!

  22. Lawal Adebola Afolabi

    I vote Gregg Fraley. He doesn’t just write innovation, he lives it (as can be seen in his writtings and book ‘JACK’S NOTEBOOK’). He is also passionate about teaching others. I am indebted to him.

  23. Faisal Hoque is all about innovation…

  24. I nominate Mitch Ditkoff.

  25. Porfirio Dias Santos

    I must vote for the one that leads this field in my country.
    I believe it’s the unic portuguese nomination.
    Jose Baldaia’s work on innovation in Portugal regarding the critical conditions portuguese companies are facing is meaningfull.
    U CAN.

  26. I endorse Gregg Fraley.

  27. Mitch Ditkoff

  28. I vote for Mitch Ditkoff…he has inspired me over the years in corporate environments to keep things fresh and open. I have Mitch quotes on my desk that I look at every day.

  29. Mitch Ditkoff is really inspiring!!



  32. Mitch Ditkoff – @MitchDitkoff

    He makes innovation accessible to the everyman.

  33. Steve Todd – @SteveTodd

  34. Mitch Ditkoff has it goin on

  35. Steve Todd for sure.

  36. Gregg Fraley gets my vote 🙂

  37. Steve Todd, you are the best

  38. One (1) vote for Gregg Fraley @greggfraley

    I’m indebted to Gregg for for sending me “Jack’s Notebook” to read and review a few years ago. Initially I reviewed it on one of my blogs and recently “re-reviewed” it on a Squidoo lens: Jack’s Notebook

  39. Steve Todd is head and shoulders above the rest!

  40. Mitch Ditkoff is the real deal. This guy is truly possessed – to the point that he is a walking, flying, talking, meditating innovation manufacturing center – always telling it like it is,usually making it funny, and most often, relevant.

  41. Mitch Ditkoff makes me think and laugh.
    Keeps me from taking myself too seriously while creating fresh approaches to a stale situation.

  42. While I really eajoy reading and learning from others listed, I found Steve Todd’s thought leadership, vision, way of reflecting his collective wisdom very insipiring, thought provoking and very relevant.

    Thanks Steve!

  43. John Kapeleris is my favourite.

  44. I recommend the writings of John Kapeleris, very insightful.

  45. Gijs van wulfen

  46. My vote goes to Mitch Ditkoff – @MitchDitkoff, though I have not read all the innovators on this list, I’ve found insights from Ditkoff to be helpful, penetrating and thought-provoking–all of which I’m after in subscribing to

  47. I highly recommend @geovanny_romero. Great source of inspiration #strategy #innovation

  48. Gregg Fraley not only blogs it, he works it.

  49. Steve Todd

  50. Mitch Ditkoff gets my vote!

  51. Voting for Mike Brown – Brainzooming blog

  52. Voting for Mike Brown – Brainzooming blog

  53. Definitely: Geovanny Romero Rivera !

  54. I always start my day with something interesting from the “Mike Brown – @Brainzooming” blog.

  55. Ruth Glendinning (@GuRuth)

    I vote for Gregg Fraley who has a holistic message of innovation that addresses the complexity of each opportunity presented.

  56. I start my day with Mitch Ditkoff’s message….and often share his postings with my staff.

  57. I start every day with the Mike Brown – Brainzooming blog … so there’s my vote.

  58. My vote is for Braden Kelley

  59. Drew Boyd regularly provides thought provoking case study examples using systematic inventive thinking (SIT) as innovation tools.

  60. Voting for Mitch Ditkoff, the king of innovation!

  61. Make that the one and only Mitch Ditkoff!!!!!

  62. Mike Brown @ brainzooming

  63. Mike Brown Brainzooming

  64. Mike Brown Brainzooming

  65. MIke Brown Brainzooming

  66. Voting for Mike Brown – Brainzooming blog

  67. Mitch Ditkoff and Braden Kelley

  68. I cast my vote for Geovanny Romero and Steve Todd

  69. Mitch Ditkoff

  70. I am voting for Mitch Ditkoff because he constantly presents insightful ideas,quotes,quips,anecdotes,little-known facts,biographies,revelations and epiphanies regarding creativity and innovation in his written words on his innovation blog site (he’s also a much sought-after speaker)which sparks, lights on fire, and launches into the stratosphere and beyond anyone who is in the least interested in, connected to, channeling, and aspiring toward innovation and creativity in any field of human endeavour.

  71. Faisal Hoque gets my vote – check out his twitter following of +80,000 and recent posts on FastCompany He’s been writing about innovation for the last decade, including 6 books.

  72. John Kapeleris has a credable track record that is reflected in his very useful and comtemporary Blog – its the only one I read regularly.

  73. Gregg Fraley, the best teacher when it comes to creativity and innovation

  74. John Kapeleris gets my vote

  75. Braden, this is a good initiative, but you need to rethink the approach as it is flawed. This is less about who contributes with strong content on a regular basis and more about who puts the most effort into activating their social media networks. I have chosen not to do this as I believe the people in my network have more important things to do. Perhaps you can come up with a better approach next year? I am not fully sure what it should be, but I am sure we can ask the community for good input 🙂 Stefan

    • Stefan, above it states that I do the ranking and that a BIG factor is the quality and quantity of contributions to Innovation Excellence. It is not purely a social media voting exercise, but votes do show a certain element of an author’s popularity.


      • So it is either your preferences or the social media exercise? 🙂 Well, I am actually only half-joking here. Don’t get me wrong – you know I like what you do. I just think that you have a great initiative that you can use for so many other things (the big vision could be the Oscars of innovation for many different categories) but for this to happen you need to improve the voting concept. Just food for thought…

  76. My vote is for Gregg Fraley – @greggfraley

  77. I vote for Stefan Lindegaard, not least of all for his comment above!

  78. Mitch Ditkoff

  79. Let’s vote for Bill Fischer – One of the authors of The Idea Hunter!

  80. Let’s vote for Bill Fischer! One of the guy’s behind The Idea Hunter.

  81. Voting for Mike Brown – Brainzooming blog

  82. My vote is for Steve Todd

  83. Jeffrey Phillips

  84. John Kapeleris is no1

  85. John Kapeleris

  86. I would like to nominate John Kapeleris and Tim Kastelle – their Blogs are outstandingly Brilliant

  87. Lea Carey – the Health Maven!

  88. My vote goes with Tim Kastele

  89. LeAnna Carey – @thehealthmaven

  90. My vote is for Steve Todd

  91. I vote for John Kapeleris

  92. My vote goes with John Kapeleris

  93. John Kapeleris is the oNlogger to watch…

  94. Steve Todd

  95. I share in Stefan’s comments and Greg’s supporting comment. I’ve seen appeals to individuals communities to vote, why?

    I’ve read some amazing innovation thinking during this year, I’ve enjoyed many of the ‘snappy’ solutions as well. There is a healthy community and the winners, in the end are the ones that ‘invest’ in reading and returning.

    The nominations offered so far are for me top in what they contributed, be it one or many articles. An outright winner, surely not necessary and it does, to quote from the film, Casablanca: “round up the usual suspects”

    Keep the community vibrant Braden and ALL involved are the real winners.

  96. Mike Brown @Brainzooming

  97. Mike Brown – @Brainzooming – is so dedicated with his great blog that regularly inspires and offers great insight.

  98. @HuYoshida all the way – great leader and excellent blogger

  99. Voting for Mike Brown – Brainzooming blog

  100. I vote for Mike Brown – @Brainzooming

  101. I vote for John Kapeleris.

  102. I vote for Maria Paula Oliveira!

  103. I vote for Maria Paula Oliveira.

  104. I cast my vote for LeAnna Carey – @thehealthmaven

  105. Mitch Ditkoff – the BEST! 🙂

  106. Mitch Ditkoff.
    Mitch’s blog is funny & insightful. He always manages to inspire, surprise & keep me returning for more.

  107. Mitch Ditkoff is getting my vote. He’s insightful funny, inspiring and has a fresh perspective.

  108. Mitch Ditkoff

  109. Steve Todd from EMC writes a great innovation blog (Innovation Playground).

  110. Why, Mitch Ditkoff of course!

  111. I vote for Geovanny Romero Rivera

  112. @ixchat I vote for Mike Brown @Brainzooming for Top #Innovation Blogger Tweet

  113. My vote: Maria Paula Oliveira

  114. Mitch Ditkoff

  115. My vote is for Mitch Ditkoff.

  116. Mitch Ditkoff

  117. Mitch Ditkoff really gets me going!

  118. Mitch Ditkoff!

    Have collaborated with Mitch on many projects undertaken with mutual / shared clients. He’s at his absolute best when confronted with room full of stony-faced, “I’m here because my boss sent me” types — breaks down the barriers to resistance, gets all the reluctants focussed on how they can make their organizations and themselves innovate and change for the better.


    Mitch Ditkoff is #1, have known Mitch for years, has never waived for his one-pointed approach in life to INNOVATION and inspiration

  120. MItch Ditkoff rocks innovation!

  121. I vote for Mitch Ditkoff!

  122. Julie Anixter is wonderful! Love reading her contributions!

  123. Mitch Ditkoff is fantastic.

  124. LeAnna Carey is terrific!

  125. Mitch Ditkoff

  126. •Geovanny Romero Rivera

  127. Mitch Ditkoff is one amazing guy. Creative, joyful, deep-hearted and definitely innovative– an idea champion.

  128. Mitch never ceases to amaze me with his fabulous advice always presented consistently in the most interesting and compelling way.

  129. Mitch Ditkoff delivers consistently fresh and compelling content in a humourous, interesting and compelling way.

  130. I would like to nominate Mitch Ditcoff. Incredibly creative!!!

  131. Mitch Ditkoff Prema Kaye

    Creative, smart and a breezy, humorous approach

  132. Mitch Ditkoff Prema Kaye

    Mitch is creative, smart, and has a breezy, humorous approach

  133. Mitch Ditkoff is cretive, smart and has a breezy, humorous approach

  134. Steve Todd is awesome and gets my vote every day of the year!!!

  135. Anna-Sophia Wilson

    Steve Todd

  136. Mitch Ditkoff

  137. Steve Todd – incredibly intelligent and communicates so well that even us non-techs get it.

  138. Mitch Ditkoff gets my vote.
    Thank You

  139. Mitch Ditkoff gets my vote

  140. Jose Baldaia – @Jabaldaia

  141. Mitch Ditkoff

  142. Recommend Hu Yoshida for his neutral analysis and recommendations

  143. Its going to be Hu Yoshida only…

  144. @goyucel for his endless efforts to promote innovation in digital diplomacy and education in Turkey

  145. The best blog out there for inventor education is the United Inventors Association Daily inventor blog

  146. Braden…Very tough to pick a single individual! I think Paul Hobcraft consistently writes top-quality innovation posts.

  147. Adding myself. I think I received a couple of nominations via @ixchat

  148. Voting for Mike Brown – Brainzooming

  149. LeAnna Carey @healthmaven is great!

  150. Excellent project. Should be more people doing this kind of thing. Thank you!

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