Author Archives: Klaus-Peter Speidel

The Small Movement in Innovation

A couple of years ago, Canadian sustainable design guru Lloyd Alter made a convincing case for a “small movement”: smaller homes, cities, cars, and computers. One of the huge advantages that comes to mind is increased mobility and versatility. Something small fits in places (for example gaps between cars, or pockets of tight jeans) where something big doesn’t. This is ...

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From Skunk Works to Enterprise Open Innovation

Deploying Open Innovation Inside the Enterprise by Klaus-Peter Speidel and Michael Bonner The brightest ideas often come from unexpected sources. This is why Open Innovation (OI) works. When companies go outside their own R&D departments to tap the knowledge of thousands of independent inventors, university researchers and other knowledge holders, good things happen: OI helps organizations overcome group-think, encourages lateral ...

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Steve Jobs, Innovation and the Shirtless Dancer

Following as Waiting or Betraying In any field requiring constant innovation, the value of leadership is taken for granted.  Consider Edison’s invention of the light bulb, Durand’s patenting of the tin can, or Kellogg’s discovery of flaked corn. An intrepid pioneer, bold and undaunted, does something new and it catches on. This is conventional wisdom. When something catches on, when an ...

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A New Paradigm for Innovation

Describe and Search by Klaus-Peter Speidel Within the problem solving aspect of innovation there is a paradigm shift on the horizon. The old paradigm is DAT (Define and Try). This refers to the traditional approach of relying on strictly internal research and development solutions, where researchers and engineers quickly define their problem and then try to figure out a solution ...

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Can you see the innovation?

Introduction I’ll start with a very simple question: What do you see here? You either see one or two figures in the drawing (spoiler alert: rabbit and/or duck), but in any case you can see only one of these figures at a time. To see both, you have to change the way you are looking. This figure exemplifies the general ...

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