Author Archives: Julie Anixter

Weekend Mashup 9-18-11

“Confidence is a mystical thing.”  I don’t know who said it but I know that I heard it on NPR as I headed out to work Friday and listened to their report on consumer confidence and the market.  It struck me as not just true, but a place — geographically, economically and emotionally speaking — that innovators can, and must, ...

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One Man's View – The 9-11 Neighborhood

Editors Note:  It seemed fitting to us to begin this day with an example of post 9-11 innovation that is about us responding to and taking care of each other. Fellow Meetuppers, I don’t write to our whole community often, but this week is special because it’s the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and many people don’t know that Meetup is ...

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Weekend Mashup 9-10-11

As this week wraps up on the tenth anniversary of 9-11 we are deluged and provoked by reflection and remembrance — especially here in New York and D.C.   To quote Kurt Anderson quoting Freud — there are three ways to deal with loss: inebriating substances, satisfying activities, and deflection. This week’s mashup includes some of all of the above: ...

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Haque's "Lessons of Jobs" Stirs Debate on HBR

The outpouring of commentary post-Jobs’ resignation has been daunting.  You could feel the business world shudder, pause and reflect.  Like a shot going off in an echo-chamber.  One of the best of the best pieces to my taste is Umair Haque’s last HBR post   “Steve’s Seven Insights for 21st Century Capitalists” because, well, he not only crisply summarizes Jobs’ ...

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Weekend Mashup 9-4-11!

Here's a new feature -- a quirky list of news from around the blogosphere that entertained, inspired, and provoked us: 1. Seth Godin's precise observational generosity: particularly his sharing of "a fascinating, generous and over-the-top-in-a-good-way article on infographics by Ed Fry." We'd loved it too! Worth bookmarking!

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DIY Manufacturing – Run Your Own Factory at Home

WIRED editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and Autodesk CEO Carl Bass discuss the future of 3D printing, and how amateur designers may soon be able to build resource-intensive products like furniture using remote but cost-effective tools. The New Industrial Revolution: How Web Innovation Models Are Transforming Manufacturing. Featuring Carl Bass, President & CEO, Autodesk, in conversation with Chris Anderson. Carl Bass is ...

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McQueen at the Met – A Lesson in Demand Creation

When the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit closed on August 7 at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, it left a swath of unmet needs, unfulfilled consumer demand, and a transformation of the designer’s personal and corporate brand.  The late McQueen was elevated from fashion rebel/outsider to Artist/household name in the exhibit’s wake, but for thousands of New Yorkers ...

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Tom Peters, Arie De Geus, and Roses

Sometimes life is like StumpleUpon. I was talking to Rowan Gibson today about Royal Dutch Shell and the work of Arie De Geus, memorialized in his book The Living Company and it turned out it had been important to both of us. Hearing Arie De Geus speak at a Senge Systems Thinking conference in Boston 20 years ago changed the ...

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"Tanks Alot" and Other Words of Wisdom on the Situation

Adults, Would-Be Adults and Kids Weigh In… First, my favorite pot shot from the non-adult, the most adolescent of journalistic voices, The New York Post… “Tanks Alot” with a picture of our president. Blaming someone else, in this case BAM as they punk-call him, versus being accountable. The very definition of non-adulthood. “People are going to feel less rich and ...

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After TED – What in the World is Wurman Up To?

What do you do AFTER you invent TED? Steven Heller, another of my Go-To Cultural Cull-Masters delivers the news about Richard Saul Wurman here. Don’t miss an article (3,000+) – Subscribe to our RSS feed and join our Innovation Excellence group! Julie Anixter is Chief Innovation Officer at Maga Design and a Founder of Innovation Excellence.

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