Stanford Technology Ventures Program’s Executive Director Tina Seelig shares rich insights in creative thinking and the entrepreneurial mindset. Her talk, based on her 2009 book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, cites numerous classroom successes of applied problem-solving and the lessons of failure. Here is the transcript from the talk: I am Tina Seelig and I play two roles here today. First, I am the host normally, but today I’m also the speaker. So I’m going to give you a little bit of my background so you know actually who am I besides of the person who usually introduces our other guests. I am the Executive Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and along with my wonderful colleagues Tom Byers and Kathy Eisenhardt who are the faculty directors, we run the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. And we spend all of our efforts thinking about research and … Continue reading
Col. Casey Haskins, an accomplished military officer and professor at West Point Academy, argues that one of the biggest obstacles to creativity is a reliance on the status quo. “We do lots of stuff that we have no idea why we do it, and we don’t even bother to examine it, and in some instances, that does harm,” explains Haskins. New ideas and new ways of looking may provide the answers to challenges to U.S. competitiveness in business, education, government, and health care. In this week, our guests will reveal how they have created cultures of creativity that foster innovation. We’ll define “design thinking” and learn about collaborations that extend knowledge across disparate fields and add value to society, products and services. We will discover how creativity can be taught and learned, and how to inspire creative confidence in ourselves and others. – Chautauqua Institution
Here is a bit of innovation humor for you from the folks at Yorkshire Forward. It is an advertisement promoting a Yorkshire Forward event in 2009 that will next occur in June 2012. Yorkshire Forward is the regional development agency, charged with improving the Yorkshire & Humber economy in the United Kingdom.
John Kao in a presentation that mixes speech, music, and audience input, the renowned author and thinker dubbed “Mr. Creativity” talks about the meaning and importance of innovation, how we innovate, and the future as a design problem. It’s about an hour long presentation from the Momentum and Tides event in San Francisco in 2009.
Mike Waite, President of Menasha Packaging, talks about how they transformed 160+yr old commodity market, old industry company into a customer-focused, innovative and cool place to work. Recorded for the Mills-Scofield & BW Center for Innovation and Growth Open Innovation Success Stories Panel, May 18, 2010.
Author and speaker Scott Berkun talks about how much of what we know about innovation is wrong. That’s the bet this talk takes, as it romps through the history of innovation, dispelling the mythologies we’ve constructed about how we got here. This talk, loosely based on the upcoming O’Reilly book (May 2007), will help you to recognize the myths, understand why they’re popular (even if you don’t believe in them), and how to use the truth to help you innovate today.