Open Innovation

EU Innovation Convention 2011 Wrapup

I’m not planning this as a detailed report of the convention but to reflect and comment about why I think it provided a good contribution to the innovation debate(s), especially here in Europe. We do need to ‘tune in’ more on what these events can offer, if managed well, in depth and breadth of innovation’s scope. I’m singling out some of the more striking moments for me.

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Framing Opportunities for Education Innovation

The cacophony that is U.S. public education is a function of overlapping frames -- the variety of aims and perspectives from which stakeholders approach the 'system.'  The following is a list of ten dominant frames that can be used as a set of opportunities for innovation -- not just in public education but in the myriad communities that have a stake in its future.

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What is Your External Talent Strategy?

I am currently doing research for a white paper and a webinar on harnessing the global talent pool to accelerate innovation, and I need your help to add to the case studies I've already gathered. Here is the premise: As more industries become commoditized and innovation becomes more of a focus, organizations are being forced to move beyond a talent ownership mindset to a talent attraction and engagement mindset.

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Set University Innovation Free

So what’s the problem? The problem is that innovative university research is not set free. Currently, university technology commercialization strategies rest on the assumption that university research is most commercially appealing when managed as potentially lucrative, university-owned intellectual property. The current approach to commercializing university inventions is due for an overhaul.

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Exploring for Innovation by Space, Sea, and Land

The partnership between the Foundation and Shell has been more than a year in the making and is part of Shell's ongoing commitment to innovation. Shell is widely known within the innovation community for its Gamechanger internal and open innovation initiative that many other organization's have endeavored to learn from. Now Shell has chosen to continue its innovation efforts outside its four walls by beginning an innovation journey with the X PRIZE Foundation.

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Customer Value Pulses

Customer value pulses are targeted waves that result in steady, rhythmic increases in market growth and value production. Market growth and value production can each happen independently, but then you experience them as propped up by your effort, leaning heavy on the work you must continue just to keep them alive. Better to bring the two together and let them support each other, even create synergies together.

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20 Tips for Ideation Excellence

The fuzzy front end of innovation confronts you with a lot of questions. In my new book ‘Creating innovative Products and Services’ I try to solve them with the FORTH innovation method. The fuzzy front end is the nickname for the start of innovation or ideation phase. Getting innovative ideas is a vague process. It’s considered as hard to do. ...

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Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2011: Idea Management Enlightenment

Well, it’s been a year, and Gartner released its Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2011. First, know that Gartner publishes dozens of individual sector hype cycles. Each one plots the specific technologies and concepts relevant to that field. But the one for Emerging Technologies spans across multiple industries. As Jackie Fenn, vice president and Gartner fellow notes: Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies” targets strategic planning, innovation and emerging technology professionals by highlighting a set of technologies that will have broad-ranging impact across the business.

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