Category: Creativity

Innovation Lessons from Walt Disney

As a young man Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” It was an inauspicious start for a man who went on to be one of America’s most innovative leaders. Continue reading

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What’s Your Innovation Intention?

If you want to run a brainstorming session to generate a long list of ideas, I’m out. Brainstorming takes the edge off, rounds off the interesting corners and rubs off any texture. If you want me to go away for a while and come back with an idea that can dismantle our business model, I’m in. Continue reading

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Videos are one of the most popular type of content on the Internet, and that popularity is growing by leaps and bounds all the time. This means that the technology needs to grow as well, in order to be able to keep up with the demand. Continue reading

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Creativity Redefined for Innovation

We are learning that creativity is anything that adds value and relevance to its intended audience. Smart companies are finding ways to move away from the Just-build-it-like-I-told-you model. They are discovering that the merely deductive way of handling strategy or R&D has more limitations than benefits. Continue reading

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Imagination as the most pertinent dimension of creativity for innovation/foresight practitioners, argues commercial storyteller Kate Hammer. She sees “story” as a form of cognition for both foresight and innovation. In this piece, Hammer defines a practical set of activities for “doing” fuzzy front-end of innovation work which, ultimately, are anchored in conversations. Continue reading

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How 3-D Printing Will Change Education

Also known as rapid prototyping, 3-D printing is a technology that allows users to create three-dimensional physical products from a digital file. Educational institutions are still in the early stages of adopting this groundbreaking new technology, but a few early pioneers have shown us just how feasible–and useful–it can become. Continue reading

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Holiday Innovation: The SIT Patterns in Christmas Gifts

‘Tis the season for catalogs, and my favorite is Hammacher Schlemmer, America’s longest running catalog, “Offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected for 166 Years.” I was curious to see if I could spot any of the five patterns of the innovation method called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). Continue reading

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